BScN-After Degree Program

The Faculty of Nursing no longer offers Winter admission to the After Degree Program as of 2015-2016.

Announcements

October 16, 2014 The Faculty of Nursing no longer offers provisional admission to the BScN-After Degree Program to applicants who meet all admission requirements with the exception of the Medical Microbiology prerequesite course. Applicants are required to meet all of the prerequisite admission requirements to be considered for the program.

Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) After Degree Program is for students who come to nursing with a recognized university degree in any field of study, and is offered both in Edmonton and in Camrose.  The Faculty of Nursing recognizes that students who already hold a degree have developed critical thinking and analytical skills. These skills, combined with career and life experience and, in many cases, additional education, make these individuals excellent candidates for this program. Please refer to section 130 of the University Calendar for more details.

Contact

For questions about the program, please contact nursing.undergraduate@ualberta.ca.  

Admissions

There is one round of admissions (Fall) for the BScN-After Degree Program in both Edmonton and Camrose.

Edmonton and Camrose Sites

The BScN-After Degree Program can be taken in either Edmonton or Camrose.  Both program sites provide students with the skills to practice as Registered Nurses in urban and rural areas and in variety of settings. There is a focus on rural nursing in the BScN-After Degree Program in Camrose.  Applicants may apply to both the Edmonton and Camrose program locations, but as a condition of admission the program must be completed at whichever location the student enrolls in; transfers between locations are not permitted.   

Edmonton

Students admitted to the BScN-After Degree Program in Edmonton will attend classes at the UofA North (main) Campus.  The Faculty of Nursing offices and lab are located in the Edmonton Clinic Health Academy, however classes can occur in various buildings around campus.  Edmonton site students are generally assigned to clinical placements in the city of Edmonton and the greater Edmonton area, but if needed could be placed as far away as 150 kilometres.  Students are responsible for their transportation to practice placements and for the costs of travel and accommodations where applicable. 

Courses and labs in the Edmonton program will be taken in the Edmonton Clinic Health Academy, a new 150,000 square meter building is designed specifically to give students a place for interactive, high-tech collaboration and team work.  Home to all of the University of Alberta's health science disciplines, Edmonton Clinic Health Academy is designed specifically to teach team-based and patient-centred care.

Camrose

Students admitted to the BScN-After Degree Program in Camrose will attend classes in the Husfloen Building at 4316 38 Street in the city of Camrose.  Although offered in Camrose, this program is managed by the Faculty of Nursing rather than Augustana Faculty.  Classes in this program are not held at the Augustana campus.  The two Faculties do however collaborate with regards to various student services.  Faculty of Nursing students at the Camrose site are assessed Augustana noninstructional fees, allowing them access to certain facilities and services at Augustana. 

The Husfloen Building has been recently renovated!  Read more about the new facility.

Students may apply to live in the Augustana residences or may wish to seek off-campus housing in the city.  Augustana guarantees Fall/Winter residence space to students who apply (but cannot necessarily guarantee a single room), including access to the Augustana Dining Hall (all-you-can-eat single entré buffet).  Spring/Summer residence options are also available but with slightly different amenities and application process.  The Augustana Students' Association provides an off-campus housing registry at www.augustana.ualberta.ca/sa/housing and other local listings are available in Camrose.  In past years some students have chosen to commute from Edmonton or other communities to Camrose; students considering this option should be aware that ongoing on-time attendance is expected and travel times and weather conditions should be carefully evaluated. 

Camrose site students may be assigned to clinical placements in Camrose or as far away as 150 kilometres. Students are responsible for their transportation to practice placements and for the costs of travel and accommodations where applicable. 

Course Sequence

Below is the course sequence for those undertaking full-time studies.  Please also refer to section 134 of the University Calendar, and to your Welcome Letter once admitted to the program.  Course sequencing is subject to change and can be configured differently depending on clinical placement availability. 

  • The number in brackets beside the course name indicates the units of course weight ("credits") for that particular course. 
  • Course names that end in "Practice" are clinical placements/experiences done in off-campus healthcare facilities.  
  • The most current course descriptions are available on Bear Tracks.  If you do not have a UofA Campus Computing ID, you can login to Bear Tracks as a Guest. Each course description also includes the different course components (lecture, lab, tutorial/seminar, clinical).  For more information about these different components, please visit the Teaching Methods section of our website.
  • Due to the integrated nature of the coursework, the BScN-After Degree Program is designed to be completed in two years.  Application for an extension to the program must be submitted to the Student Advisor. With approval, students have three years to complete the requirements for this program.  Therefore, it is necessary to undertake full-time studies and it is not possible to complete this program on a part-time basis. 

The following course sequences are in effect as of the 2013-2014 academic year:

Students Beginning in Fall Intake (Edmonton or Camrose)

Total units of course weight ("credits") = 86

Year 1 Fall NURS 113 (3) Pathophysiology
  NURS 301 (3)* Nursing Research
  NURS 303 (6) Introduction to Nursing Theory
  NURS 304 (1) Introduction to Nursing Practice
  NURS 305 (4) Introduction to Health Assessment 
Year 1 Winter NURS 215 (3) Pharmacotherapeutics in Nursing
  NURS 307 (6) Acute Care Nursing Theory I
  NURS 308 (6) Acute Care Nursing Practice I
Year 1 Spring/Summer NURS 309 (6) Mental Health Nursing Theory

NURS 310 (6) Mental Health Nursing Practice
Year 2 Fall NURS 407 (6)  Acute Care Nursing Theory II 
  NURS 408 (6)  Acute Care Nursing Practice II 
  NURS 409 (3)  Leadership and Issues in Nursing 
Year 2 Winter  INT D 410 (3)  Interprofessional Health Team Development 
  NURS 405 (6)  Community Nursing Theory 
  NURS 406 (6)   Community Nursing Practice  
Year 2 Spring/Summer  NURS 494 (3) Nursing in Context DI
  NURS 495 (9)  Nursing Practice VII 

*NURS 301 may be taken during any term of Year 1, but must be completed prior to commencing Year 2.

Students Beginning in Winter Intake (Edmonton)

Total units of course weight ("credits") = 86

Year 1 Winter NURS 113 (3) Pathophysiology
  NURS 301 (3)* Nursing Research
  NURS 303 (6) Introduction to Nursing Theory
  NURS 304 (1) Introduction to Nursing Practice
  NURS 305 (4) Introduction to Health Assessment 
Year 1 Spring/Summer NURS 215 (3) Pharmacotherapeutics in Nursing
  NURS 307 (6) Acute Care Nursing Theory I
  NURS 308 (6) Acute Care Nursing Practice I
Year 1 Fall NURS 309 (6) Mental Health Nursing Theory

NURS 310 (6) Mental Health Nursing Practice
Year 2 Winter  NURS 407 (6)  Acute Care Nursing Theory II 
  NURS 408 (6)  Acute Care Nursing Practice II 
  INT D 410 (3)   Interprofessional Health Team Development  
Year 2 Spring/Summer  NURS 405 (6)  Community Nursing Theory 
  NURS 406 (6)  Community Nursing Practice 
  NURS 409 (3)   Leadership and Issues in Nursing  
Year 2 Fall  NURS 494 (3) Nursing in Context DI 
  NURS 495 (9)  Nursing Practice VII 

*NURS 301 may be taken during any term of Year 1, but must be completed prior to commencing Year 2.