Bachelor of Nursing


Congratulations on your acceptance into the Bachelor of Nursing degree program. Nursing knowledge is needed all over the world; in Canada, the health-care system is experiencing almost daily changes in structure and in the delivery of services to patients. You are embarking on an educational journey that will allow you to confidently enter this world not only through our quality programming, but also with opportunities to help shape and transform practice through research.

The Bachelor of Nursing degree requires the completion of 20 full-course equivalents (120 units) and requires four years of full-time study for direct entry/high school students. Students admitted to the Transfer and Degree Holder Routes are required to complete 15 full-course equivalents (90 units) within a timeframe of 24 or 28 months, respectively. Please refer to the Faculty of Nursing's website for more information.

Courses required in your first year (direct entry)

Open option courses allow you to explore additional areas of interest outside of your chosen degree. If you have a passion for the arts, you may wish to take a course in dance or art history. If you like to travel, perhaps you want to learn a second language such as Spanish or German. The sky is the limit. Speaking of the "sky", how about a course in Astronomy? NOTE: Some 300 level courses, which do not have prerequisites, are open to first-year students.

The BN Program is a full-time professional program. Students admitted to the four-year program route must successfully complete all ten Term 1 and Term 2 courses as outlined prior to commencement of Year 2 (Term 3), unless approved by the Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs.

First register in Kinesiology 259 (fall term) and Kinesiology 260 (winter term) lecture and labs, and then build the rest of your schedule around those courses.

Remember to register for both fall and winter semesters at the same time.

  1. Term 3

    • Nursing 285: The Discipline and Profession of Nursing I: Foundational Professional Concepts
    • Nursing 287: The Science of Health I: Communities and Populations
    • Nursing 288: Supporting Health I: Communities and Populations
    • Nursing 289: Integrating Nursing Roles and Practices I: Learning, Praxis and Scholarship in the Practicum Setting (247 lab/clinical hours = 2 HCE)
  2. Term 4

    • Nursing 385: The Discipline and Profession of Nursing II: Inter-Professional Practice and Professional Accountability
    • Nursing 387: The Science of Health II: Families in Transition
    • Nursing 388: Supporting Health II: Families in Transition
    • Nursing 389: Integrating Nursing Roles and Practices II: Learning, Praxis and Scholarship in the Practicum Setting (247 lab/clinical hours = 2 HCE)

In Year 1 (Direct Entry Route only), you will complete 5.0 full-course equivalents (10 half course equivalents or 30 units) over two terms (fall and winter). This first year of study consists of specific foundational courses, such as anatomy and physiology, statistics and academic writing.

In Years 2 through 4 (all program routes), you'll take core nursing courses which integrate theory with practice. In each term, a new nursing content area will be covered:

  • Term 3 – Population/Community health of individuals and groups across the lifespan
  • Term 4 – Development of nursing knowledge, skills and competencies for nursing with families in transition across the lifespan
  • Term 5 – Nursing of persons and families with acute health challenges and life-threatening illness
  • Term 6 – Nursing of persons and families experiencing chronic illness
  • Term 7 – Integration of scholarship and practice, working with concepts of leadership, research, policy development, ethics and change agency with a population of particular interest
  • Term 8 – Exploration of strategies for transition to the graduate nurse/registered nurse role

Your first nursing practice experience will occur at the beginning of Term 3 (Year 2). Throughout your nursing education, you will work in collaboration with Registered Nurses and teams of health-care professionals to address the needs of client populations across the life span.

In the final year of your program, an exciting component of our curriculum allows students to have some choice in forming their learning experiences. In Term 7 you will be able to select from a number of predetermined course packages to create a more in-depth understanding of your area of passion. For instance, if you are excited about cancer care and research, you could combine a course in each and then launch into a nursing practice opportunity working across several settings such as a hospice or home care environment.

If you are coming to the University of Calgary with Advanced Placement credit or International Baccalaureate credit, you will follow the same registration process as any first time university student. You may be eligible to use your transfer credit in your degree program depending on the program you have entered and whether or not the courses are applicable. Look for International Baccalaureate credit information at and Advanced Placement information at

You may view your transfer credit by logging in to your online Student Centre. Once you know the transfer credit you have received you may contact the Kinesiology Undergraduate Advising Office to get advice on course selection.

Generally, students must complete 18 units at the junior (200-level) before they are allowed to register in 300-level courses. However, if you received IB or AP credit for a 200-level course, you may take the 300-level course that has your 200-level course listed as a prerequisite.

Once you have registered in your courses, you will automatically be subscribed to a nursing mailing list. The Faculty of Nursing requires all students to use a University of Calgary email address throughout their Nursing program. All university business will be directed to this address.Students are responsible for activating their University of Calgary IT username and email account via the UCIT website.

It's important that you check your UCalgary email address regularly as you'll be receiving time sensitive important announcements from the Faculty of Nursing Undergraduate Programs Office.

Career Services: Find the resources and online tools to help you discover your interests, values and passions. You'll also find career and job search resources, as well as volunteer opportunities that will help you build career-related skills.

Co-Curricular Record: If you are involved in out-of-classroom experiences such as volunteer work, leadership training and club involvement, have that documented on a Co-Curricular Record, an official document sanctioned by the University of Calgary. When coupled with your academic transcript, the CCR will help you tell a story of your university experience which can be used for positions or programs that you apply to after you graduate.

Year One Nursing Council (YONC): Offers volunteer and leadership opportunities to first year students including coordinating year one events, social activities and serving as representatives on the Undergraduate Nursing Society.

Undergraduate Nursing Society (UNS): Be part of a group of students that endeavor to enrich the lives of nursing students both socially and academically. Throughout the year, UNS organizes events and fundraisers that provide students with leadership experiences and student government opportunities.

Nursing Guys Club (NGC): The NGC develops community through promotion of gender equality within the field of Nursing by promoting positive messages regarding male nurses and their role in health-care. NGC members are actively involved in recruitment events, social activities, fundraising and serve as representatives on the Undergraduate Nursing Society