Four Year Program


The philosophy of Queen’s University School of Nursing is consistent with the mission and vision of Queen’s University and reflects the nursing faculty belief that exemplary nursing practice is built upon the foundational blocks of the sciences and arts.  The purpose of the nursing program is to educate individuals to competently address the health needs of individuals, families, and communities in a variety of environments.  Central to the program are the five core concepts of client, health, environment, quality, and transitions.
Nursing is a dynamic profession requiring critical and reflective thinking based on current scientific rationale, as well as humanistic perspectives.  Partnering with individuals, families, and communities, nurses assist their clients through various life transitions, using sound decision-making and therapeutic communication in their interactions.  Competent care requires not only an understanding of bio-psychosocial processes, but also the socio-environmental and cultural contexts that affect clients, families, and communities.
We believe these approaches to academic excellence prepare practitioners to make caring connections and allow learners to transition – integrating sciences, humanities, and evidence-based health care – into their professional roles as nurses and life-long learners.   We believe students should have the opportunity to learn interprofessionally with, from, and about each other.  Students learn best from nursing faculty and nursing role models who foster caring and inquiry into human transitions from theoretical, practice, and research perspectives.

Program Overview

The program of study for the undergraduate degree program for the four year track:

  • Current Academic Calendar (pp. 11-13)
  • The track of study for secondary school graduates and students with some university education is four years in length.  Normally, this track of study should be taken full time.

Admissions Details

For admission details, please refer to Undergraduate Admission’s Canadian High School Admission Requirements. If you plan to apply with previous post-secondary education, please review Applicants with Previous Post-Secondary Education.

From this web page you will be able to find information that will help you decide if Queen’s University is the best place for you to study nursing.  

There are opportunities throughout the year to visit the campus and we regularly give tours of the nursing building and facilities.  We will be delighted to welcome you and your family to come and ask questions.  The nursing program has a faculty and staff person who can talk to you in more depth to answer questions so please do not hesitate to contact us at

The School of Nursing welcomes Aboriginal applicants to the undergraduate programs. For more information, please refer to the School of Nursing calendaritem 6 of Academic Requirements.

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


The complete calendar can be downloaded by clicking here. You will need Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat installed on your PC to view this file.


Additional Requirements

Upon acceptance, additional requirements can be viewed on the Academic Calendar, p. 20-21


How to Apply

Click here to read about general information about applying to Queen's University on the Undergraduate Admissions website

Click here to visit the page specifically addressing admission to Undergraduate Nursing Science


School of Nursing calendars are available for download in PDF format. You will need Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat installed on your PC to view them.