UCalgary Nursing Undergraduate Student Handbook

Undergraduate Student Handbook

Bachelor of Nursing Program

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Important Documents and Policies

Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with general information, rules and regulations contained in the University Calendar, and with the specific information, rules and regulations of the Faculty of Nursing. 

Key documents and policies relating to the Bachelor of Nursing Program are posted at: nursing.ucalgary.ca/policies
Policies are typically reviewed on an annual basis.

Year One (YO) students are also referred to nursing.ucalgary.ca/undergraduate/curriculum/term-1-2 for valuable information, tips and much more.

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Important Dates

University of Calgary 2021-2022 Academic Schedule

**NOTE: Dates listed are subject to change. The official Academic Schedule is posted online at: http://www.ucalgary.ca/pubs/calendar/current/academic-schedule.html

Program Objectives

The graduate of the baccalaureate program will be a professional, ethical, competent practitioner of nursing.  The beginning practitioner will have acquired an understanding of a philosophy of nursing, informed by the human health experience, critical inquiry, nursing practices and context (cultural, historical, sociopolitical, and economic). 

The graduate will be prepared to participate professionally and engage in relationships with individuals, families, and communities in meeting changing health care needs. 

The graduate’s practice of nursing will be informed and guided by professional, legislative and ethical standards, research/theory and practical knowledge. The graduate will also have enhanced knowledge and skills in a self-selected focused area of practice.

The Undergraduate Nursing Student at the time of graduation will demonstrate:

  1. Safe, competent, compassionate, respectful, and ethical nursing practice.
  2. Exemplary personal and interpersonal professional behaviours in accordance with the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA) Nursing Practice Standards and the Canadian Nurses Association Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses (2017).
  3. Understanding of the impact of contextual factors (political, economic, social, cultural, ecological and global) and diversity on health and health transitions.
  4. Relational, collaboration, and advocacy skills to facilitate positive health transitions for individuals, families, groups, communities and/or populations.
  5. Integration of core principles of assessment, psychomotor and technical skills, and effective teaching/learning strategies guided by theoretical and philosophical assumptions about humans in the practice of client care.
  6. Knowledge of the fundamental concepts of prevention and health promotion for individuals, families, groups and/or populations and incorporate them into nursing care delivery plans.
  7. Competence in the nursing care of individuals, families, groups, communities and populations in the context of the broad determinants of health across the lifespan and based on disciplinary nursing knowledge.
  8. Utilization and integration of current research findings as appropriate to enact and improve practice.
  9. Documentation and articulation of clinical reasoning and clinical decision-making in varied contexts.
  10. Inter-professional and inter-sectoral practice competence.
  11. Skills of leadership to sustain and promote healthy environments and promote health for clients and health care professionals and workers.
  12. Knowledge of regional, national, and global healthcare systems, processes and ecological changes that affect healthcare practices.
  13. Self-directed life-long learning skills, utilizing effective teaching/learning strategies and principles.
  14. Preparation to meet the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta Entry to Practice Competencies, and to write the national licensure examination upon completion of the program.

Requisite Skills and Abilities

Requisite Skills and Abilities (RSAs) are basic skills and abilities required by nursing students for progression through a nursing education program and for initial entry-to-practice as a Registered Nurse.  The College & Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA) considers RSAs fundamental to the provision of safe, competent and ethical nursing care in the best interest of the public.

  1. Cognitive
  2. Behavioural
  3. Communication
  4. Interpersonal
  5. Physical
  6. Sensory Perceptual
  7. Environmental

Detailed information regarding RSAs, including examples, are outlined in the document “Requisite Skills and Abilities for Becoming a Registered Nurse in Alberta”, CARNA, May 2011.  This document is available online here.  

It is important to note that the University of Calgary Academic Accommodation Policy does not require the University to lower or substantially modify standards in order to accommodate students with disabilities.  Adaptive technology and/or academic accommodations are available to facilitate learning; however, they do not relieve students of their responsibilities to develop the essential skills and abilities expected of all other students.

Academic Accommodation for Applicants and Students in the BN Program

The purpose of academic accommodation is to provide students with documented disabilities equal opportunity to master the essentials of a post-secondary education.  Students with disabilities at the University of Calgary have met all admission requirements but may have done so with the use of accommodations.  Similarly, they are expected to meet all academic and non-academic requirements.  Adaptive technology and other academic accommodations do not relieve students of their responsibility to develop the essential skills and abilities expected of all students.

The nature and type of academic accommodations vary from student to student and are dependent upon the student's disability and the academic requirements.

It is the student’s responsibility to request academic accommodations. If you are a student with a documented disability who may require academic accommodation, you must officially register with Student Accessibility Services. Students who have not registered with the Student Accessibility Services are not eligible for formal academic accommodation. You are also required to discuss your needs with your instructor within the first week of classes.

It is important for students with documented disabilities, who have met the admission criteria, to note that the University of Calgary will provide academic accommodations to all students who have provided documentation of disability to the satisfaction of Student Accessibility Services, to the extent that the accommodation does not cause undue hardship to the University of Calgary or lower the performance standards of any given academic program.  The provision of academic accommodations is based on a balance of rights and shared responsibilities,

and, as such, reflects the responsibilities and obligations of students with disabilities, course instructors, staff, and practicum supervisors for the provision of academic accommodation and the ongoing development of an accessible learning environment.

Further information regarding Student Accessibility Services can be found at ucalgary.ca/access

Important Policies

Students are advised to review the following policies which can be found at: nursing.ucalgary.ca/policies

  • Attire for Students in the Practice Setting (Undergraduate Programs)
  • Signage of Documentation in Practice Areas
  • Student Learning Plan:  Undergraduate Nursing Practice Courses
  • Principles and Procedures for Student Academic Appeals
  • CPR Certification Policy
  • Medication Calculation Policy for the Undergraduate Nursing Program
  • Medication Preparation and Administration for Undergraduate Nursing Students
  • Nursing Practice Attendance Policy
  • Religious/Spiritual Observance
  • Use of Social Media
  • Objective Structured Clinical Assessment and Review (OSCAR) Policy

Academic Information

The University of Calgary Academic Calendar is located at:  ucalgary.ca/pubs/calendar

  • Academic Performance
  • Regulations – Nursing
  • Academic Schedules
  • Examinations   
  • Fees
  • Grading System
  • Plagiarism
  • Re-appraisals and Appeals
  • Registration
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Student Misconduct - Academic and Non-Academic        


Examinations and Tests

For detailed information regarding Examinations and Tests, please refer to the official online University of Calgary Calendar, Academic Regulations, G. Examinations and Tests: ucalgary.ca/pubs/calendar/

Final examinations are scheduled by the Registrar’s Office.  The exam period is posted in the University of Calgary Calendar.  A final exam can be scheduled anytime during this time period.  Students must be available for examinations up to the last day of the examination period. Up to date information on examinations can be found here: ucalgary.ca/registrar/exams

Deferred final examinations are allowed in the following circumstances:

  • Illness
  • domestic affliction
  • religious conviction

Travel/vacation/social (i.e. weddings, graduation ceremonies, birthdays, etc.)/recreational activities will not be accepted as valid reasons for requesting a deferred examination.

In the event of an “intended absence” which makes it physically impossible to write an examination, the student will:

  • Notify the instructor as soon as possible, prior to the date of the final examination
  • Submit an “Application for Deferred Final Examination” form (ucalgary.ca/registrar/exams), along with supporting documentation, to the Coordinator, Undergraduate Programs, Faculty of Nursing, for approval/signature of the Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs, Faculty of Nursing.

In the event that a student is absent from a final examination due to unforeseen reasons, the student must:

  • Notify the instructor within 48 hours of the missed examination
  • Submit an “Application for Deferred Final Examination” form (ucalgary.ca/registrar/exams), along with supporting documentation, to the Coordinator, Undergraduate Programs, Faculty of Nursing, for approval/signature of the Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs, Faculty of Nursing, no later than the deadline indicated in the Examinations Schedule.  Students who are eligible but do not apply for a deferred final examination by this prescribed deadline shall automatically lose this privilege.

For further information regarding Deferral of Final Examinations Policies, please refer to the official online University of Calgary Calendar, Academic Regulations, G. Examinations and Tests, G.6 Deferral of Final Examinations: ucalgary.ca/pubs/calendar/

Students are advised that, in accordance with exam policies of U of C, all candidates for final examinations are required to have proof of identification in the way of a U of C student I.D. card (Unicard).

IT Support

Find out about getting an email address, logging on to your UofC Portal (for class information, grades, D2L), resetting your password etc.

email: itsupport@ucalgary.ca; phone: 403-220-5555

This one-stop portal provides all the campus services, work tools and applications you need to manage your academic or professional career at the University of Calgary.

my.ucalgary.ca  gives you access to PeopleSoft, D2L, campus recreation, parking and an on–line registration service which includes the following:

  • Registration, Course Add/Drop and Withdrawal
  • Master Timetable and Student Ratings of Instruction
  • Your Student Timetable and Fee Information
  • Your U of C Courses and Grades
  • Academic Requirements
  • Fee Payment
  • Address Changes, including email address
  • Exam Timetable

Electronic Communications Policy

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.  Before you can start using your U of C email, you need to register for a free IT computing account.

To register for an account go to: ucalgary.ca/it/

Your preferred email address in your Student Centre will be automatically updated to your official @ucalgary.ca address.  Remember to check your ucalgary email regularly for course, program and advisory related correspondence.

Academic Requirements

Academic Requirements (AR) tool is a Web based “degree audit” and academic planning tool that allows you to track your progress in your chosen program or plan for a change to another program.  It uses text-based reporting and visual (graphical) information to assist you with navigating your degree requirements.  A video tutorial is available at ucalgary.ca/registrar/academic-requirements

  1. Log into your account through my.ucalgary.ca
  2. Scroll down to you Student Centre screen and click on My Academics
  3. Beside Academic Requirements, click on View My Advisement Report

Please note: it is your responsibility to ensure that you meet degree requirements.  If you have any questions concerning Academic Requirements, please contact a Faculty of Nursing Student Advisor  at: nursing@ucalgary.ca

Desire2Learn (D2L) and Technology Requirements

The University of Calgary uses Desire2Learn (D2L) to communicate important information to students including course outlines, required textbooks, weekly topics, grading scales, etc. 

It is also a communication tool to facilitate student to student, student to instructor, and group work interactions.

Students should log on to D2L via the MyUofC Portal via Quick Links or d2l.ucalgary.ca

Wireless technology may be used to enhance and expand the teaching-learning environment.  Students are advised that they may require a laptop or tablet for some in-class participation throughout the BN Program.

Nursing Practice Experiences

Normally, a student will not be permitted to withdraw from a nursing practice course in order to avoid failure in that course.

Within the Nursing Practice Standards established by CARNA (2005) it states that a nurse must ensure their ‘fitness to practice’. 

This means that the nursing student must be able to perform essential functions of the nursing role expected for the lab or clinical practice that they have been assigned and successfully complete all aspects of the practicum in order to graduate.

To fulfill course requirements, attendance at all scheduled on-site and off-site nursing practice is required.  This includes attending all labs/orientations during the first week of classes.  If you are ill or experience an unforeseen circumstance, you must inform your Nursing Instructor as soon as possible.   

A student who misses more than two nursing practice days, due to illness or unforeseen circumstance, may be at risk for not successfully completing the course.  In addition, they will be required to meet with the Associate Dean, Undergraduate Practice Education.  The student may be required to complete makeup activities. Students who miss two days of practice will meet with the NPCC and a Learning Plan may be initiated.

It is important that students familiarize themselves with the “Nursing Practice Attendance Policy” in its entirety.  A copy of the policy can be found at: nursing.ucalgary.ca/policies

To ensure that students are meeting the attendance expectations for each nursing practice course, the number of absences for each student will be tracked. 

Students whose program is interrupted due to unforeseen circumstances (e.g. failure, illness, injury, etc.) may be required to complete all coursework at the next available offering.  Each situation will be reviewed on an individual basis by the Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs.  [NOTE:  Terms 5 and 6 are only offered once per academic year.]

As you begin your program, you should be aware that nursing practice occurs in each of Terms 3 through 8.  [There are no nursing practice courses in Terms 1 or 2.]  You will be placed in a variety of settings including hospitals and community agencies, urban and possibly rural settings.  You are responsible for your own transportation as not all placement sites will be accessible by public transit.  You may require independent and reliable transportation, particularly for home care and community placements (i.e. NURS 289, NURS 389), as you may be required to drive to multiple locations during the day.

If you are planning to work part-time, you will need to be cognizant of the fact that your practice experience may occur at various times, including evenings, nights and weekends.  This could necessitate changing your work commitments.

To ensure a comprehensive learning experience throughout your program, placements may not be close to your residence and will not necessarily be your first choice.

Typically, your schedule will be made known to you just prior to the beginning of each term.  We will do everything we can to give you as much notice as possible.

Normally Practice Evaluations (mid-term and final) are accessible only to Associate Deans and administrators who manage the student file.  However, the Nursing Practice Course Coordinator may also access evaluations from previous courses when the Associate Dean decides that access will either benefit the student or protect the safety of the patient.  Access under these circumstances will be documented in the student file.

A Nursing Instructor may identify a need to share information with the Nursing Instructor in a sequential term in order to provide early support/resources for the benefit of the student’s ongoing learning.  In such cases, the student will be informed.

The Faculty of Nursing “Attire for Students in the Practice Setting (Undergraduate Programs)” Policy ensures nursing students, as University of Calgary representatives and future Registered Nurses, dress appropriately in all practice settings.  The policy can be viewed in its entirety at the following website:  nursing.ucalgary.ca/policies

Uniforms are required for practice in hospitals, the Clinical Simulation Learning Centre and a variety of other care centres.  The Faculty of Nursing requires a standard uniform and specific instructions regarding the uniform will be provided at practice orientation.  Where uniforms are not required, specific instructions will be given.

Students will not require a uniform for Term 3 (NURS 289).  Some students may require a uniform prior to Term 4 (NURS 389) as mandated by the practice setting.  By Term 5 (NURS 489), all students must own at least one Faculty of Nursing Uniform.

Faculty of Nursing Uniforms are sold exclusively at the University Bookstore.  A variety of sizes and styles are available allowing students to mix-and-match.  Further details regarding styles and pricing are available at: calgarybookstore.ca

To ensure the safety of students and the clients or patients they serve, students in the Faculty of Nursing must hold current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification designed for Health Care Providers prior to commencement of ALL NURSING PRACTICE courses (Term 3) within the Bachelor of Nursing Program.

CPR certification is valid for a 12-month period from the date of course completion (regardless of the expiry date printed on the card); therefore, all students must recertify annually.

Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions blended offerings of recognized CPR courses will be accepted. Blended courses must consist of online theory (part 1) and in-person skill instructions (part 2). Part 2 must be completed within 90 days of Part 1, but due to Covid-19 there is an extended grace period for completion. Classroom learning dates will be available once it is safe to resume in-person training.

CPR certification may be obtained through the following agencies:

  • Titan Health & Safety (Heart and Stroke Foundation)Basic Life Support (BLS)(Held at the University of Calgary in partnership with the Undergraduate Nursing Society.  Courses are offered at a discounted rate.  Further information can be found at:  http://titanhealth.ca/cpr-courses/bls-u-of-c-nursing/
  • Heart and Stroke Foundation:  Basic Life Support (BLS)
  • *Canadian Red Cross:  Basic Life Support (BLS)
  • *St. John’s Ambulance (Canadian Red Cross)Basic Life Support (BLS)

If you have any questions regarding CPR Certification requirements for the Faculty of Nursing, please contact Debbie Laser (nursingimmunization@ucalgary.ca).

If you are looking at certification through another agency or from another province, please ensure the certification is for Health Care Providers and is recognized by the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR).

Online courses are not acceptable.

*If you plan to work for Alberta Health Services (AHS) over the next year, it is important to note that AHS employees must present Heart and Stroke Foundation certification.

All nursing students are required to complete a series of immunization and diagnostic tests as outlined on the Student Immunization Worksheet.  Documented proof of completion must be provided to the Faculty of Nursing prior to commencement of the program.

A copy of the Student Immunization Worksheet and the Student Immunization Acknowledgement and Consent can be found on the Nursing Student Orientation D2L site

Should you have additional questions after reviewing these forms, please e-mail the Immunization Program Coordinator at:  nursingimmunization@ucalgary.ca

Throughout the BN program, students are required to ensure that immunizations are current and must provide proof of updates to the Faculty of Nursing.  Failure to do so will result in students being removed from practice courses until such time as adequate proof has been provided.  Please note requirements may change during the program as determined by Alberta Health Services guidelines.

What is a N95 mask?

A N95 mask is a type of mask that you may be required to wear in the practice setting to help protect against certain communicable diseases.  In order to ensure that the mask is giving you adequate protection, you need to be fit tested.  There are different sizes and types of N95 masks.  It is not a one-size-fits-all mask.

When should I be N95 Fit Tested?

All nursing students must be fit tested for a N95 mask prior to commencement of Year 2/Term 3 (for Transfer Route and Degree Holder Route students this is your first Term).  You must submit photocopied proof of your N95 fit testing card.  A photocopy of your card should be submitted with your Student Immunization Forms.  Please note that N95 fit testing needs to be done every two years (or sooner if specified on your card).

Where can I be N95 fit tested?

You may contact any of the following companies in Calgary to receive N95 fit testing.  Please note that the list is for information purposes only and the inclusion of a company on this list is not an endorsement of the company by the Faculty of Nursing or the University of Calgary.  This is not an exhaustive list and there may be other companies in Calgary that you can use at your discretion.

  • Eisan Consulting: to book call 403 460 9111 ext. “0” or reception@eisanconsulting.com
  • VIP Occupational Health Services Ltd. Calgary based: to book call (403) 264-1130 Ext. 1. (sales@vipohs.com, www.vipohs.com) Quantitative N95 Fit Testing M-F 8am-5pm. U of C - Student pricing
  • If you are from outside Alberta and are having difficulty getting the fit testing done in your province you can wait until you are in Calgary to have it completed.  Please do this ASAP when you arrive and have proof into the immunization office prior to the first day of classes.

Please ensure that whatever company you use meets the following criteria:                                                                                                                      

  • They provide you with proof of the fit test.  This is usually a card and needs to include the following information:  your name, student ID number, the company name, the date you were tested, the expiry date, the make, model, and size of the mask you were fit tested for, and which testing method they used (a photocopy of this card is the documentation that you need to submit as proof).
  • They provide you with education prior to being fit tested.  For example: when the mask should be used, what the limitations of the mask are, how to put on and take off the mask, how to do a seal check, etc.
  • They do a medical screening to ensure that it is safe for you to wear a N95 mask.
  • They are fit testing you with a N95 mask that Alberta Health Services (AHS) uses. The masks that Alberta Health Services, Calgary Zone, uses are all 3M masks.  The model numbers are: #8210, #1870plus, #8110s, #9105 and #9105s.  NOTE:  Please make sure that you are fit tested for one of these masks.  If you are tested with any other model, you will need to be fit tested again.

If you need any additional information about N95 fit testing please contact:  nursingimmunization@ucalgary.ca


All students attending the University of Calgary require a student identification card (Unicard).  It can be used to borrow materials from the library, ride Calgary Transit (for full-time students) and gain access to the gym, labs and other secure areas.  Money can also be added to the Unicard so that it can be used as a no-fee debit card to buy food, print and copy documents, or buy things at the Bookstore.  There are currently 20 food locations on campus that accept the card.

In addition, Unicards are required in order to provide proof of identity during the writing of final examinations (see Proof of Identity, page 14).

The following website contains detailed information regarding how to obtain a Unicard: ucalgary.ca/ancillary/unicard

Faculty of Nursing Undergraduate Practice Photo Identification Card

Faculty of Nursing photo identification is provided to all nursing students upon commencement of Year 2 (NURS 289).  This card must be with the student at all times (either worn or available upon request) while in the practice area.  If the student loses the identification card or it needs to be replaced for any reason, a replacement fee will be charged.  Arrangements for a replacement card can be made through the Unicard Office (Dining Centre, Room 18).

The photo used for the Practice Identification Card is the same computer generated photo used for the Unicard; therefore, it is necessary for nursing students to obtain their Unicard in early September or January, depending upon when they enter the program.

Name Badge

All students are required to wear a name badge in the practice area and the Clinical Simulation Learning Centre.  Students will receive a Name Badge Request Form in their admission package.  Although badges must have both a first and last name, students are permitted to use a first name which may be different from their formal name.

The fee for the name badge will be automatically added to your Nursing 289 tuition fee at the time of registration. This fee is non-refundable and will appear under Supplementary Fee on your Student Centre.  The name badges will be distributed in October for students entering Nursing 289 in September, and in February for students entering Nursing 289 in January. Students will be notified by email when the badges are available.  If your badge is lost, please contact the Faculty of Nursing Student Advisor at: nursing@ucalgary.ca.   

The cost for a replacement name badge is $25.00.

All applicants admitted to the Faculty of Nursing are required to provide a current Police Information Check (also referred to as a Criminal Record Check) which must include a Vulnerable Sector Search.  In order to be considered “current”, the Police Information Check must be completed during the three months prior to admission (June 1 – August 31 for Fall Admission/October 1 – December 31 for Winter Admission).

A scanned copy of the original Police Information Check must be uploaded to the designated dropbox on the Nursing Student Orientation D2L site - no later than the specified date on the Admission Checklist provided in the Faculty of Nursing Admission Package. You will be asked to show the original paper document in-person at a later date. Without this documentation, admission to the Faculty will be retracted. [NOTE: For those who use the CPS ePIC, the document we receive from CPS is all that is required. You do not need to do anything more]

If the Check results in a “not clear” determination or if a criminal record conviction is confirmed, admission to the Faculty may be retracted.  An internal University appeal process is available to applicants who are refused admission for this reason.

At any time throughout the program, students may be required to produce a current/new Police Information Check, the results of which could require their withdrawal from the program, in the sole discretion of the University.  If charged or convicted of a criminal offense at any time during enrollment in the program, students are required to inform the Faculty of Nursing Undergraduate Programs Office immediately.

Detailed information on how to obtain a Police Information Check is available at: nursing.ucalgary.ca/undergraduate/required-documents

As a student entering the Faculty of Nursing, you will be required to read and sign a number of forms which address internal and external policies/requirements.  These forms can be found on the Nursing Student Orientation D2L Site.

Security Clearance Nursing Practicum Consent for Disclosure of Information

In order to participate in a nursing practicum, students are required to sign a Consent for Disclosure of Information form. 

Responsibility of Students in Relation to Clinical Practicum; Schedule B Acknowledgement and Undertaking

As a result of the nurse-patient relationship, nurses and nursing students are in the privileged position of accessing information concerning clients/patients.  Nurses and nursing students have a professional, moral and legal obligation to maintain strict confidentiality of any client or patient information or data.  Students admitted to the BN program are required to sign a “Schedule B Acknowledgement and Undertaking” form.

Health Sciences Placement Network (HSPnet)

The Health Sciences Placement Network of BC (HSPnet) is a secure web-enabled application developed and managed by the BC Academic Health Council on behalf of users in several provinces across Canada.  The HSPnet database contains information about students and their practice education experiences within health agencies and provides accurate tracking of student placements which ensures that students are provided with a variety of practice experiences and settings. 

Students authorize HSPnet users to collect and/or disclose relevant personal information for purposes consistent with identifying, coordinating and evaluating practice education experiences as required by their educational program.  Detailed information on Privacy and Security Policies for HSPnet can be found on the following website: hspcanada.net.

In order to participate in this database placement system, students must sign a consent form for use and disclosure of personal information.

Clinical Simulation Learning Centre (CSLC)

All students are required to sign a CSLC Confidentiality Agreement and Consent and Release Form. The terms of these agreements will apply to all simulated practice experiences throughout the duration of the program.  The Confidentiality Agreement is necessary to ensure all participants understand and fulfill the CSLC philosophy of creating a safe and respectful learning environment including maintaining the confidentiality of information and the simulated practice experience.  Additionally, the Consent/Release Form assures awareness of scenario recording for all simulation participants and reinforces that recording is for teaching purposes only.

Placements requirements will vary depending upon the level of the course (i.e. Term) and the placement location.  These requirements may include but are not limited to:  completion of learning modules, signing of agreements (i.e. confidentiality), completion of an Intervention Record Check, on-site orientation, etc.

Reference Letter Request Form

In order to obtain references from Professors in the Faculty of Nursing, students must complete a Student Records Reference Letter Request Form.  This form can be obtained at:  nursing.ucalgary.ca/policies

The University of Calgary Students' Union

Bachelor of Nursing students are members of the University of Calgary Student’s Union. A summary of services offered by the Union at U of C is outlined on the following website: su.ucalgary.ca

The Undergraduate Nursing Society (UNS) is a student organization offering leadership and participatory opportunities with members chosen/elected by their peers. UNS endeavours to enrich the lives of nursing students professionally, academically and socially through a variety of initiatives including faculty, university and community volunteerism, fundraising for causes inside and outside the faculty and events. The UNS plays a vital role in communication to nursing students across all years of the undergraduate program.

Groups that fall under UNS include the Nursing Guys Club and the peer mentorship team. As well, the faculty’s online program, NurseMentor, is open to undergraduate nursing students who wish to have additional support from a UCalgary Nursing alumni mentor. Additional information about this program can be found at: nursing.ucalgary.ca/alumni/nursementor

UNS executive members sit on a number of faculty committees, providing opportunities to learn – and potentially have a say - about the governance of the Faculty. All students are encouraged to become involved in any way that is comfortable: email is checked on a regular basis at uns@ucalgary.ca and participation in any form is always welcome.

Volunteering and the Co-Curricular Record

In the Faculty of Nursing, we value volunteerism. There are several ways that you can contribute, other than academically, to enhancing our environment.

The Co-Curricular Record (CCR) is the University of Calgary’s official document that recognizes a student’s out-ofclassroom experiences. Activities such as joining an intramural sports team, holding an executive position within a club or becoming involved in student government all qualify. Sign up, complete a minimum of 20 hours (within a specific category/position) between September and May, get your hours validated and the activity will appear on your official record. Benefits include providing graduate and/or professional schools, as well as potential employers with an overview of all of your student experience that can help set you apart from the competition when you graduate.

Nursing has many opportunities for you to develop your Co-Curricular Record. Activities range from representation on a Faculty committee to acting as an ambassador at various special events (i.e. high school visits, student/faculty get-togethers such as pancake breakfasts, barbeques, etc.)

Visit the CCR website (leadership.ucalgary.ca) to create an account and gather further information. This website acts as a clearinghouse of student involvement activities, listing thousands of ways that you can get involved!

Student representation on various undergraduate faculty committees is valued. Students are members of various BN committees and are appointed to these committees by the UNS.

Estimates of Expenses

All fees listed are estimated and are subject to change on a yearly basis.

When estimating expenses for your post-secondary education it is important to consider costs such as: accommodation, food, transportation, parking and child care (as applicable). Students are responsible for their own transportation and parking costs incurred during practice experiences. In addition to tuition and other general fees (as outlined in the University Calendar), other expenses which BN students may incur include the following:

Textbooks and Supplies (For Both Terms)

Undergraduate Nursing Society (UNS) Membership

Security Clearance/Criminal Record Check

N95 Fit Testing**

**N95 Fit Testing is valid for two years; therefore, you will need to be tested twice during the program.

Textbooks, Supplies and Supplementary Fees (For Both Terms)

Uniform and Shoes

Stethoscope (Will be sold in the Faculty of Nursing in early September/January)

Undergraduate Nursing Society (UNS) Membership

CPR Certification Course (Required for N289)*
$ 90 (full course)

Transportation Costs for Off-Campus Practice (i.e. gas, parking, etc.)

*CPR Certification is valid for one year. UNS offers CPR for members at a reasonable rate.

Textbooks, Supplies and Supplementary Fees (For Both Terms)

Uniform and Shoes

Undergraduate Nursing Society (UNS) Membership

CPR Recertification*

Transportation Costs for Off-Campus Practice (i.e. gas, parking, etc.)

*CPR Certification is valid for one year. UNS offers CPR for members at a reasonable rate.

Textbooks and Supplies (For Both Terms)

Uniform and Shoes

Undergraduate Nursing Society (UNS) Membership

CPR (recertification)*

Transportation Costs for Off-Campus Practice (i.e. gas, parking, etc.)

NCLEX Examination Fee

CARNA Application Fee and Temporary Permit

*CPR Certification is valid for one year. UNS offers CPR for members at a reasonable rate.

Undergraduate Student Awards and Government Student Loans

Enrolment Services provides information on scholarships, bursaries, and government student loans to entering and continuing undergraduate students. For information, students may contact the University of Calgary, Enrolment Services Office at:

Address: 116 MacKimmie Tower 2500 University Drive NW Calgary, AB T2N 1N4

Phone: 403-210-7625

Email: Undergraduate Awards ucawards@ucalgary.ca

Student Loans financialaid@ucalgary.ca

Website: Undergraduate Awards ucalgary.ca/awards

Student Loans ucalgary.ca/studentloans

High School Awards

  • Eligibility: Open to students who are entering their first year of the Nursing undergraduate degree program and who are admitted on the basis of their high school grades. Students must be entering the Fall term at UCalgary.
  • Application: Available in your My UCalgary account starting October 1, 2020. By completing one application, you will be considered for all competitive high school awards, excluding Prestige Awards, including those that are specific to students in the Faculty of Nursing.
  • Final Deadline: March 1, 2021

Prestige Awards

  • Eligibility: Open to students who are entering their first year of the Nursing undergraduate degree program and who are admitted on the basis of their high school grades. Students must be entering the Fall term at UCalgary.
  • Application: Available in your My UCalgary account starting October 1, 2020. By completing one application, you will be considered for all Prestige awards that are applicable for students in the Faculty of Nursing.
  • Deadline: December 1, 2020

President’s Admission Scholarships

  • Eligibility: Offered to students entering first year of the Nursing undergraduate degree program in the Fall term directly from high school. Eligibility is based on the student’s admission average as determined by the Admissions Office.
  • Application: No awards application required.

Undergraduate Awards for Continuing Students

  • Eligibility: Open to students continuing in the Nursing undergraduate degree program after successfully completing the previous Fall and Winter terms as a full-time student at UCalgary. A minimum GPA of 3.20 is required for scholarships and of 2.00 for bursaries on at least 24.00 units. Applicants with a verifiable permanent disability are considered on at least 18.00 units. Spring and summer courses are not used in the calculation of a scholarship average.
  • Application: Available in your My UCalgary account starting June 1, 2021. By completing one application, you will be considered for all competitive undergraduate awards, including those that are specific to students in the Faculty of Nursing.
  • Deadline: August 1, 2021

Awards for Transfer Students and Degree Holders Entering in January

Students entering the Bachelor of Nursing Transfer or Degree Holder Routes in January are not eligible for undergraduate competitive scholarships and bursaries until they have completed consecutive Fall and Winter terms at UCalgary as full-time students. The Faculty of Nursing has established the following entrance nominated awards (no awards application required) specifically for Transfer and Degree Holder students:

  • BN Nursing Scholarship: One award, valued up to $1,500
  • Dr. Marlene Reimer Nursing Scholarship: One award, valued up to $1,500
  • F.L. (Nan) Sparks Scholarship: One award, valued at $1,000
  • Lloy Semenyna Nursing Scholarship: One award, valued up to $1,500
  • Margaret Scott Wright Scholarships: Two awards, valued up to $1,400 each
  • Professor Marguerite Schumacher Nursing Scholarship: One award, valued up to $1,500

Upon completing consecutive Fall and Winter terms at UCalgary, January-start nursing students are eligible to apply for Undergraduate Awards for Continuing Students (see above).

Full-Time Students

Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and protected persons are eligible to apply for government student loans as a means of helping to finance your education. To be considered for funding, you must apply through your home province/territory. You only need to submit one application to be considered for federal loans, provincial loans and a variety of provincial and federal grants.

Student loans are intended to be supplemental to student and family resources and are provided on the basis of financial need. Student loans are interest-free while you are attending university full-time.

Applications for the upcoming year are made available online in June and can take 4-6 weeks to process. Alberta students should apply through Alberta Student Aid studentaid.alberta.ca and out of province students can access their lender information by searching ‘student loans’ on canlearn.ca.

Part-Time Students

Students studying part-time can be assessed for specific loans and grants. Part-time students must complete and submit a paper application and will be assessed based for their educational costs only. The paper application and more detailed information regarding Alberta part-time loans and grants is available online at: studentaid.alberta.ca.

For all other provinces, students should contact their provincial lender or consult their website for more information. Contact information for out-of-province lenders is available on the Student Loans section of the Office of the Registrar website at: ucalgary.ca/registrar/finances/studentloans.

Guidelines for Applying

The following information is required at the time of applying:

  • Alberta Student Number
  • Social Insurance Number
  • 2019 Income
  • Financial Resources: scholarships, bursaries, RESPs, etc.
  • School and Program Information (ex. Study period dates and costs)
  • Deadlines: The deadline for Alberta residents to apply for student loans is 30 days prior to the end of study period. Deadlines are in effect for other provinces; out of province students should contact their government funding office for specific deadline dates.
  • Once a loan is processed and approved students will receive a Student Award Letter/Notice of Assessment which outlines how much funding you have been approved for, what types of funding, and when the funds will be disbursed.
  • New student loan borrowers will also receive a loan agreement from each lender (one for federal student loans and one for provincial student loans) along with detailed instructions on how to process these documents. These documents must be processed and approved before any funding can be disbursed.

All student loan forms including out-of-province loan application forms, interest-free forms or part-time loan applications must be completed by the Financial Aid or Enrolment Services team. These forms can be submitted via e-mail to financialaid@ucalgary.ca. Please include name, UCID, and the term(s) you would like reflected on the form (ex. Fall and Winter, Winter only).

Program Year Start Date End Date
Direct Entry and Offsite (BNDE) 1,2,3,4 Sept 1 April 30
Degree Holder (BNDH) 2

Jan 1

May 1

April 30

June 30


Sept 1

April 30

May 1

Sept 1

June 30

Dec 31

Transfer (NURS) - FALL Entry 2 Sept 1 April 30
  3 Sept 1 April 30

May 1

Sept 1

June 30

Dec 31

Transfer (NURS) - Winter Entry 2

Jan 1

May 1

April 30

June 30

  3 Sept 1 April 30
  4 Sept 1 April 30


Learning Resources

The Clinical Simulation Learning Centre (CSLC) utilizes simulation in nursing education. The CSLC team is dedicated to creating environments for students and faculty which enhance learning through simulation. The team provides opportunities for experiential learning in a safe and supportive environment. Integral to the mission of the CSLC is the utilization and conduction of research to advance nursing knowledge and human health. Activities within the CSLC are based on the best available evidence related to simulation, education and nursing professional practice.

Campus Services

The University of Calgary provides extensive services for students. Only a select few of these services have been included in this handbook. For a more complete list, please refer to the Student Services section of the UCalgary Calendar (ucalgary.ca/pubs/calendar). All students are encouraged to take part in campus orientations provided by UCalgary.

The Bookstore carries all textbooks and supplies required for courses. At the end of each semester the Bookstore will "buy back" your used course books if the book is being used in future sessions. The Bookstore is open 0900 - 1800, Monday to Friday and 1000 - 1700 on Saturdays. There are extended hours during the first week of classes to deal with the extra demand. The Bookstore is located on the 1st floor of MacEwan Student Centre. For more information, please check the following website.

Campus Security works closely with the university community, Calgary Police Service and other agencies to maintain the University of Calgary as a pleasant place to live, work and study. If you have a safety concern or a question about the services Campus Security offers, please contact Campus Security at 403-220-5333 or email campus.security@ucalgary.ca.

The University Child Care Centre Society provides daily care and supervision to young children 3 months to 6 years of age. The Main Campus location gives priority to full-time students and the West Campus location gives priority to full-time staff/faculty as well as providing kindergarten for up to 38 children. Both centres are open 7:30 a.m to 5:30 p.m.

For further information please check the following website or email waitlist@ucalgary.ca.

Highly trained and caring counselors are available by appointment to help you with educational, career or personal counseling: University of Calgary Wellness Centre Room 370, MacEwan Student Centre, 210-9355. 

All full-time undergraduate students are automatically enrolled in the Student Health and Dental Plan when they register for classes. Participation is mandatory unless proof of alternative, comparable coverage is provided to the University of Calgary Student Health and Dental Plan Office prior to the fee deadline date in September and January. Detailed information regarding these benefits can be found at: mystudentplan.ca/uofcalgary

Find the Health/Dental Plan Opt-Out/Waiver form here.

University Health Services provides quality health care and education in a reassuring friendly manner. Its primary focus is centered on students. 

University Housing offers on-campus accommodation, including family housing, self-contained apartments and traditional residences. Please check the following website for detailed information on tours, the application process and services.

Knowing how to effectively and efficiently find quality information is not only relevant to academic purposes (i.e. assignments and research papers); it is also essential for nursing practice. The University Library offers a wide variety of services, facilities and information resources to assist you with your research and practice information needs.

Please note, the Nursing collection is housed in the Health Sciences Library located in the Health Sciences Centre, near Foothills Hospital. For assistance with your research or accessing resources, please contact the Nursing Librarian, Dr. Alix Hayden, at ahayden@ucalgary.ca For finding information to write research papers and class assignments, follow this link.  

Nursing students are encouraged to register for a locker su.ucalgary.ca. You can find the locker reservation link under the following menu items in PeopleSoft:

  • Academics
  • Enrollment
  • Locker

The Students' Union is responsible for lost and found articles. The lost and found service is located in the Information Centre at the west end of the food court on the second floor of MacEwan Student Centre. 

Parking is available in many forms on campus. Your options include:

  • Meters
  • Pay Lots
  • Parkades
  • Semester Permits – available for the Art Parkade and McMahon Stadium
  • Annual Permits - assigned parking can be obtained by placing your name on a waiting list through the Parking Services Office. Annual Permits for assigned lots are sold on a yearly basis. Waiting lists are in use for all assigned lots. The average wait is 6-36 months depending on the lot chosen.

The Parking Services Office is located in the Olympic Volunteer Centre in McMahon Stadium, phone 220-6771/6772 or check the following website for further details and current costs. 

Parking Tickets

Parking Services staff will ticket your vehicle if it is improperly parked on campus. Unpaid parking tickets can lead to a number of penalties including having your vehicle towed and impounded until all tickets and the towing fee are paid for. If you feel you have been unjustly ticketed, contact the Parking Services office and they will advise you of appeal options.

Motorist Assistance Program

A variety of services are available at no charge to assist motorists with their vehicles i.e. air/tires, boosting, de-ice for door locks, de-ice for fuel lines.

24 hours a day and seven days a week, Safewalk volunteers walk people safely to their destination on campus. This FREE SERVICE is conducted in male/female pairs. The volunteers walk anywhere on campus (including McMahon Stadium, Health Sciences, Student Family Housing, the Alberta Children's Hospital and the University LRT station). Requesting Safewalk volunteers to walk with you is easy!

  • Call 403-220-5333 (24 hours a day/seven days a week, 365 days a year)
  • Use the Help Phones (they are not just for emergencies)
  • Approach an on-duty Safewalker and request a walk. For more information call the Safewalk office at 403-220-4750 or email safewalk@ucalgary.ca.

You are a member! As a student of the University of Calgary you have access to fantastic health and recreation facilities through University of Calgary Active Living. You pay for this access as part of your student fees. 

Intramurals and Sports Clubs

Intramural Sports provides the opportunity to participate in team and individual sports through a variety of leagues and tournaments. The program is operated by Active Living student employees who intend to provide sporting enjoyment to their fellow students. All students are encouraged to participate in intramural activities. For more information, visit: ucalgary.ca/activeliving/intramurals

The Student Success Centre is available to support you in your personal, academic, and career success. From when you first arrive at the University of Calgary through to when you graduate, the Student Success Centre provides services and programs to ensure that you make the most of your time at the University of Calgary. The following programs and services are available to ALL undergraduate students:

  • Writing Support tutors are available by appointment for all students wanting to learn strategies to write more effectively and gain a better understanding of how to improve their written assignments. Writing workshops are also held in the fall and winter semesters.
  • Leadership Programs are offered by way of the University of Calgary Leadership Program (UCL) providing training in personal, team and community leadership and the Emerging Leaders Program designed for first-year students.
  • Student Success Workshops are offered throughout the fall and winter semesters covering a variety of topics to help support your academic success.
  • Career Planning and Coaching Services are available through personal one-on-one planning/coaching sessions with Career Development Specialists and informative workshops on relevant topics are also available.
  • Orientation and First Year Experience Programs help to ease the transition for new students to the U of C and sets you on the right path.

The Universal Pass Program (UPass) is a transit sticker applied to the Unicard that entitles full-time students access to transit services for the applicable term(s). The U-Pass compulsory fee is included in UCalgary General Fees assessed at the time of registration.

To obtain more information about U-PASS, visit ucalgary.ca/unicard/upass.
For information on Calgary Transit see calgarytransit.com.