Bachelor of Nursing (BN)/Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN)



Congratulations on your acceptance into the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) 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 Science in Nursing degree requires the completion of 120 units of coursework. The BScN is delivered in a condensed format, and takes 3.25 - 3.5 years to complete for students admitted to Year 1, and 2.25 - 2.50 years to complete for students admitted into Year 2.

Courses required in year one

  • Fall semester
    • NRSG 203 – Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Winter semester
    • NRSG 204 – Anatomy and Physiology II
    • ACWR 303 – Academic Writing
  • Either fall or winter semester
    • NRSG 201 – Introduction to Nursing
    • NRSG 202 – Indigenous Health Studies
    • Junior Statistics Requirement (Statistics 205 recommended)
    • Philosophy Requirement (Any PHIL course; Philosophy 249259313, or 347 recommended)
    • Junior Arts Option
    • Junior Science Option
    • Junior Open Option
  • Spring semester

NOTE: Off-site students will take NRSG 202 online in the spring term, and will take all Open Options in the fall/winter terms.

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 BScN Program is a full-time professional program. Students admitted to Year 1 must successfully complete all 11 courses as outlined prior to commencement of Year 2, unless approved by the Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs.

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

  1. Term 3 - Fall

    • 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
  2. Term 4 - Winter

    • 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

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 here and Advanced Placement information here.

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 Undergraduate & Graduate Programs Office to get advice on course selection.

Once you have accepted your offer, you will start receiving emails from the Faculty of Nursing, including important information about immunizations and other requirements that need to be completed before the start of the program. The Faculty of Nursing requires all students to use a University of Calgary email address throughout their Nursing program. All university communication will be directed to this address. Students are responsible for activating their University of Calgary IT username and email account via the IT 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 & Graduate Programs Office.

Centre for Career & Personal Development: 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.

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.