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University of Calgary Calendar 2018-2019 Faculty of Nursing 4. Program Details 4.1 Bachelor of Nursing Program at the University of Calgary
4.1 Bachelor of Nursing Program at the University of Calgary
Introduction

The University of Calgary offers an innovative Bachelor of Nursing degree to prepare students for the opportunities and challenges of a nursing career in a changing health-care system. Throughout the program, students are provided with a sound theoretical base and supervised practice experience in a variety of nursing settings.

Admission to the Program

See admission regulations in the Admissions section of this Calendar.

Direct Entry Route (from High School):

To be eligible for the Direct Entry Route, applicants must be entering directly from high school or be presenting no more than 12 units (2.0 full-course equivalent) transferable post-secondary courses (including University of Calgary courses).

(a) Standard (high school) Admission: English Language Arts 30-1, Mathematics 30-1 or Mathematics 30-2, Biology 30, Chemistry 30 and one other "30" level 5-credit subject.

(b) Adult Student Admission: English Language Arts 30-1, Mathematics 30-1 or Mathematics 30-2, Biology 30 and Chemistry 30. The fifth 5-credit subject is waived.

(c) Transfer students must present the required matriculation subjects as outlined in (a) or (b) above. A transfer average will be calculated and used as outlined in A.2 (Undergraduate Admission) of this Calendar.

Transfer Route:

Applicants must present the following high school subjects or equivalent:

  • Mathematics 30-1 or 30-2
  • Biology 30
  • Chemistry 30

Plus the following from an accredited post-secondary institution recognized by the University of Calgary:

  • A minimum of 30 transferable units (5.0 full-course equivalents) which must include the following courses, or equivalent, at a junior level or higher:
    • English or a comparable English literature (3 units or 0.5 full-course equivalent)
    • Arts* course (3 units or 0.5 full-course equivalent)
    • Statistics course (3 units or 0.5 full-course equivalent)
    • Human Anatomy and Human Physiology course(s)** (6 units or 1.0 full-course equivalent with a minimum of grade of "C-").
  • A transfer grade point average (GPA) which meets the minimum admission average (set annually). Effective Fall Term 2017, the Transfer Admission GPA will be calculated based on the five prerequisites outlined above (English, Arts, Statistics and Anatomy/Physiology), regardless of when they were completed, plus an additional 15 units (2.5 full-course equivalents) taken from the most recent transferable coursework for a total of 30 units (5.0 full-course equivalents) and as per section A.2 (Undergraduate Admission).

*Arts includes any course offered by the Faculty of Arts at the University of Calgary.
**Approved by the Faculty of Nursing.

Degree-Holder Route:

Applicants must present the following from an accredited post-secondary institution recognized by the University of Calgary:

  • An approved baccalaureate degree.
  • A minimum of 90 transferable units (15.0 full-course equivalents) which must include the following courses, or equivalent, at a junior level or higher:
    • English or a comparable English literature course (3 units or 0.5 full-course equivalent)
    • Arts* course (3 units or 0.5 full-course equivalent)
    • Statistics course (3 units or 0.5 full-course equivalent)
    • Human Anatomy and Human Physiology course(s)** (6 units or 1.0 full-course equivalent with a minimum grade of "C-").
  • A grade point average (GPA) which meets the minimum admission average (set annually). Effective Fall Term 2017, the Transfer Admission GPA will be calculated based on the prerequisite courses outlined above (English, Arts, Statistics and Anatomy/Physiology), regardless of when they were completed, plus an additional 15 units (2.5 full-course equivalents) taken from the most recent transferable coursework for a total of 30 units (5.0 full-course equivalents) and as per section A.2 (Undergraduate Admission).

*Arts includes any course offered by the Faculty of Arts at the University of Calgary.
**Approved by the Faculty of Nursing.

Limitation of Enrolment

Enrolment in the BN program is limited. Applicants will be accepted on the basis of academic standing in high school and/or previous post-secondary education completed.

Deferral of Admission

Due to the high demand of this quota-based program, requests for deferral of admission will not normally be granted.

Course Requirements

Students are required to register according to the following schedule. Terms 1 and 2 (see "Nursing Program of Study" Table) are for students admitted to the Direct Entry Route (from High School). Students admitted to the Transfer and Degree-Holder Routes are exempt from completing these Terms; therefore, they commence the program in Term 3.

It is important to note that students will not be permitted to switch routes mid-program.

Nursing Program Routes

Direct Entry Students Transfer Students - September Entry Transfer Students - January Entry Degree-Holders - January Entry
Fall Term 1 Term 3

 

   

 

Winter Term 2 Term 4 Term 3 Term 3
Spring/Summer     Term 4 Term 4
Fall Term 3 Term 5 Term 5 Term 5
Winter Term 4 Term 6 Term 6 Term 6
Spring/Summer   Term 7

 

Term 7
Fall Term 5 Term 8 Term 7 Term 8
Winter Term 6   Term 8  
Spring/Summer          
Fall Term 7        
Winter Term 8        

Nursing Program of Study

Term 3 Term 4 Term 5 Term 6 Term 7 Term 8
Discipline NURS 285 NURS 385 NURS 485 NURS 495 NURS 585  
Science NURS 287 NURS 387 NURS 487 NURS 497 NURS SR. OPTION  
Supporting NURS 288 NURS 388 NURS 488 NURS 498 NURS SR. OPTION  

Integrating (Practice)

NURS 289 NURS 389 NURS 489 NURS 499 NURS 589 NURS 599

Nursing Program Routes

See "Nursing Program Routes Table".

Students in all three routes of the BN Program are required to complete the following program of study.

Nursing Program of Study

See "Nursing Program of Study Table".

Students admitted to the four-year program route must successfully complete all ten Term 1 and Term 2 courses as outlined under “Course Requirements” prior to commencement of Year 2 (Term 3), unless approved by the Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs.

Terms 1 and 2 consist of the following required courses:

Kinesiology 259
Academic Writing 303
Junior Arts Option (Suggestions: Psychology 200, 203 or Sociology 201)
Kinesiology 260
Junior Statistics Option (Statistics 205 recommended)
Philosophy Option (Philosophy 249, 259, 313 or 347 recommended)
Junior Open Option (Science option recommended)
Junior Open Option
Junior Open Option
Open Option

Other Requirements

Promotion from year to year is by recommendation of the Faculty of Nursing. For the purposes of promotion, Terms 1 and 2 are taken in Year 1; Terms 3 and 4 in Year 2; Terms 5 and 6 in Year 3, and Terms 7 and 8 in Year 4.

The minimum requirement is a grade point average of 2.00 in each of the first two years and 2.50 in each of the last two years. Refer to 3.4 Student Standing: Students Previously in Satisfactory Standing.

Program Regulations

Duration of Degree Program

Except with special permission of the Dean, the BN degree must be completed within seven calendar years from the date of initial registration in the program.

Transfer Credit

Students transferring from other institutions or faculties within the University are considered on an individual basis. However, students will be required to complete the equivalent of not fewer than ten courses, at least six of which must be Nursing courses taken as a BN student.

Nurse Registration Examinations

In order to be considered eligible to write the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), BN students are required to complete the fourth year program requirements with a minimum 2.50 grade point average.