Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) UCalgary

BScN

Bachelor of Science in Nursing 

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) replaces the existing Bachelor of Nursing (BN) program and provide program graduates with the background, competencies, and skills required to enter the nursing profession, as well provide students with a more integrated educational approach that supports the meaningful inclusion of developments in areas such as genomics, epigenetics, and artificial intelligence and how these scientific advances influence nursing’s disciplinary perspectives and impact nursing practice.

  • For students entering the BScN directly from high school, the reduced program length is 3.25 to 3.5 years
  • Overall BScN program is still 120 credits and requires same number of clinical practice hours as BN
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Year 1: Introduction to Registered Nursing Practice

Year 2: Foundations that Inform Registered Nursing Practice

Year 3: Complexity, Integration, and Consolidation

What does this change mean for you?

The Fall 2024 intake will act as a transition year with seats available in both the previous Bachelor of Nursing and the new Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

  • Bachelor of Nursing (BN, year 2 admission) – available to students who meet the transfer or degree holder admission requirements for the Bachelor of Nursing.
     
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN, year 1 admission) – available to applicants directly from high school and to students who have attended post-secondary but who do not meet the admission requirements for the Bachelor of Nursing (BN, year 2).
     
  • Coming Fall 2025: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN, year 2 admission) –– the BScN (year 2 admission) will replace the BN as the advanced entry route for students with prior post-secondary course work who meet the BScN transfer admission requirements.

Detailed admission requirements

You will be considered for admission to the appropriate program based on your academic history and the courses you present at the time of admission.

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Route of Entry into Program* Year of Program Program location and delivery mode

Direct Entry – from High School

Year One

University of Calgary Campus

In-person, classroom, laboratory, simulation (in person and virtual), clinical practicum placements primarily within the City of Calgary and possibly surrounding areas.

Advanced Standing Route (Transfer and After-degree)

Year One – If need pre-requisites

Year Two - *Take ‘Introduction to Nursing’ in spring prior to fall entry into year two

University of Calgary Campus

In-person, classroom, laboratory, simulation (in person and virtual), clinical practicum placements primarily within the City of Calgary and possibly surrounding areas

Medicine Hat College (MHC) Collaborative Program Year One - Admission is initially to Medicine Hat College

Medicine Hat College Campus

In-person, classroom, laboratory, simulation (in person and virtual), clinical practicum placements primarily within and around Medicine Hat, Alberta.

Indigenous Community Route (Siksika Pilot) 

Iyikinaami – Spirit Helper
Year One

Old Sun Community College

In-person, classroom, laboratory, simulation (In person and virtual), clinical practicum placements at local clinical sites (within 120 km of their community) 
Rural Community Route Year One – If need pre-requisites
Year Two - *Take ‘Introduction to Nursing’ in spring prior to fall entry into year two

Designed rural sites

In-person, classroom, laboratory, simulation (In person and virtual), clinical practicum placements at local clinical sites (within 120 km of program site) 

*All require ‘Introduction to Nursing’ as requisite for entry into the program.

Still have questions about applying? Contact the Undergraduate and Graduate Programs Office