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Bachelor of Nursing Science

Program Overview

Queen's Nursing gives you the tools needed to become an experienced health professional. This baccalaureate degree program prepares you to take the NCLEX-RN exam, to secure registration to practice with the title 'Registered Nurse (RN)'. Our commitment to nursing science includes evidence-based teaching and rapid translation of research to nursing education and practice.

General Overview:

Queen’s nurses work all over the world in many settings, including hospitals, community organizations, and in research, education and government. The program builds a strong foundation for future graduate-level studies, including becoming a nurse practitioner (NP).

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Learn more about the Essential Requirements for studying in an Ontario nursing program.

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. Students begin preparing for the clinical practice environment in first year by interviewing people at the GSK Clinical Education Centre (CEC), and by learning health and physical assessment skills at the CEC and in the simulation lab.

First year courses are:

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

Brief descriptions of the courses offered can be found in the current Academic Calendar. Course offerings and program requirements are subject to change each year.

Second year continues to cover the fundamentals of nursing. Clinical placements start in second year with students having a two hour lab session and an 8 hour clinical shift each week, both fall and winter terms, in a health care agency.. Students are automatically registered into core courses. One 3.0 credit unit elective course fits into the Winter term of second year.

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

Brief descriptions of the courses offered can be found in the current Academic Calendar. Course offerings and program requirements are subject to change each year.

Students are automatically registered into core courses. In third year, every student will have a rotation in children’s, maternity, mental health and medical/surgical areas. There is room for 3 electives (3.0 credit units each) in this year.

  • Medical-Surgical Nursing II
  • Family-Centred Maternal and Newborn Nursing Care & Family-Centred Pediatric 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

Brief descriptions of the courses offered can be found in the current Academic Calendar. Course offerings and program requirements are subject to change each year.

Students are automatically registered into core courses. The focus of fall term practicum is Community health promotion. In winter term, students complete the final practicum in a health care agency; students can apply to take their final clinical placement anywhere in Canada. The final practicum is 400 hours of clinical practice time. There is room for 1 elective in Fall term.

  • 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

Brief descriptions of the courses offered can be found in the current Academic Calendar. Course offerings and program requirements are subject to change each year.

Admissions

Students apply to Queen’s Nursing 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.

Application Deadline: February 1

We welcome and encourage applications from all equity seeking individuals. Visit queensu.ca/admission to learn more about the Queen's equity admission self-identification pathway and first-generation student admission pathway. For more information on our Indigenous students admission pathway, visit healthsci.queensu.ca/indigenous

Admission Requirements

FAQ

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 to bnsc.programs@queensu.ca 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).  You must take in-person classes and they should be dated after May 1st of the year you are entering the program. You will receive an email from us, once admitted, advising you how to submit these certifications. 

You are also required to provide a criminal records check. You will receive information about this from the School of Nursing once you accept your admissions offer.  If you require a letter from Queen's Nursing to give to the police station, please email bnsc.programs@queensu.ca and we will provide you with this letter. 

The program is full-time (four years) and not available as an online degree. All courses are in-person unless specifically stated in advance.

Please see our Undergraduate Admissions page about external transfers to our program. Applicants with previous university course credits are also encouraged to check out our Accelerated Standing Track BNSc program (2 years).

No, the CASPer test is not required for admission to this program.

External Resources

Casn LogoThe Undergraduate Program (BNSc) has been granted a 7-year accreditation from the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN) as of June 2020.