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Bachelor of Nursing Science


First year courses will cover many of the fundamentals of this professional program. Students are automatically registered into core courses. Electives are not required for first year. First year courses are:

  • Professional Relationships
  • Nutrition and Health
  • Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis
  • Health Assessment
  • Introduction to Biochemistry
  • Introductory Human Anatomy
  • Great Works of Philosophy
  • Microbiology for Nursing Students
  • Principles of Psychology

Second year continues to cover the fundamentals of nursing. Clinical placements start in second year. Students are automatically registered into core courses. One 3.0 credit unit course fits into the Winter term of second year. 

  • Medical-Surgical Nursing I
  • Nursing Practicum: Care of Chronic and/or Acutely Ill Adults/Elderly Adults
  • Gerontological Nursing
  • Pharmacology for Health Sciences
  • Nursing Research
  • Mammalian Physiology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • One Elective

Students are preregistered into clinical placements and associated theory courses. There is room for 3 electives (3.0 credit units each) in this year. 

  • Medical-Surgical Nursing II
  • Family-Centred Maternal Child Nursing Care
  • Nursing Practicum: Medical-Surgical and Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing
  • Nursing Practicum: Maternal and Child, Family-Centred Nursing Care
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing
  • 3 Electives

Students are preregistered you into all Fall term courses. There is room for 1 elective in Fall term. In Winter term students can apply to take their final clinical placement (anywhere in Canada). Online courses are also available. 

  • 1 Elective
  • Concepts of Acute and Critical Illness
  • Current Issues in Nursing and Health Care
  • Community Health Promotion Theory
  • Integrated Practicum
  • Practicum in Community Health Promotion
  • Management and Leadership in Health Care

For more information, please read the Academic Calendar

Frequently Asked Questions

We would be happy to meet with you, answer any questions you may have and give you a tour of the nursing facilities.  Please write Barb Bolton,, to arrange a visit to the School of Nursing.  We recommend you also contact Queen’s campus tours and work in a tour of the campus also while you are visiting.

Yes, you do!  You require first aid and CPR, HCP (health care provider level).  They must be in-person classes (not on-line) and they should be dated after May 1st of the year you are entering.  You will receive an email from us, once admitted, advising you how to submit these.

Yes,  you do!  You will receive information about this from the School of Nursing.  If you require a letter from the School of Nursing to give to the police station, please write and we will provide you with this letter. 

You will receive a letter from the School of Nursing once you are admitted directing you to a form which will explain what is required to be a nursing student at Queen’s

Our undergraduate programs are not on-line.  You will come to the Queen’s campus to take courses.

The program is full-time (four years).  If you have transfer credit for certain courses, you may not need to take them.  Courses will be assessed once admitted to the program.

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Casn LogoThe Undergraduate Program (BNSc) has been granted a 7-year accreditation from the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN) as of July 2013.

Curriculum Framework Document


Students apply to Queen’s Nursing (QN) through the OUAC (Ontario University Application Centre) website. Secondary School prerequisites include English 4U, Biology 4U, Chemistry 4U, and a 4U mathematics course. Two additional U or M level courses are also required. A minimum grade of 75% is necessary in English 4U. Applicants outside of Ontario may have additional requirements. 

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