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Bachelor of Nursing Science - Accelerated Standing Track

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Program Overview

Our philosophy is that exemplary nursing practice is built upon the foundational blocks of the sciences and arts. This professional degree program qualifies graduates to apply to the regulatory body of the province which they plan to work in order to secure registration to practice with the title “Registered Nurse”

  • Two years in length including two summer terms (fall-winter-summer, fall-winter-summer).
  • Hands-on program with practice nursing skills taught each year in the School of Nursing Simulation Lab and Glaxo Wellcome Clinical Education Centre.  
  • Complete clinical placements starting in the winter term of your first year.  You will have a placement in children’s health, maternity, mental health and with acute and chronic care adults. You will have clinical placements caring for patients of all ages and stages in life in areas such as hospitals, public health, clinics and community agencies.
  • Support is provided for student success: a full-time academic advisor is available throughout your program along with numerous Queen’s services such as Student Wellness ServicesStudent Academic Success CenterStudent Affairs and Peer Support
  • Smaller class sizes mean that you will get to know the faculty well over the course of your time in the program
  • Students may tailor their program by applying for research assistant or simulation lab assistant positions, choosing to take the Certificate in Business, Certificate in Law, Arts and Science certificates, or by completing a dual degree in Arts and Sciences.

Queen’s nurses work all over the world in many settings, including hospitals, community organizations, and in research, education and government.  The program prepares you for graduate studies in the future.

Please read our Statement on Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.
Learn more about the Essential Requirements for studying in an Ontario nursing program.

Clinical placements start in winter term of your first year. Students begin preparing for the clinical practice environment in fall term of first year by interviewing people at the GSK Clinical Education Centre (CEC). There are also physical assessment and nursing skills labs throughout the program to help you prepare and progress in the practice environments. Students will take the following courses throughout the Fall, Winter and Summer terms:

  • Professional Relationships
  • Medical-Surgical Nursing
  • Pharmacology for Health Sciences
  • Great Works of Philosophy
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Nursing Practicum: Care of Chronic and/or Acutely Ill Adults/Elderly Adults I
  • Medical-Surgical Nursing II
  • Family-Centred Maternal Child Nursing Care
  • Nursing Practicum: Care of Chronic and/or Acutely Ill Adults/Elderly Adults II
  • Nursing Practicum: Maternal and Child, Family-Centred 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.

Students have a community rotation in the winter term of their second year.  The majority of clinical rotations are in the spring/summer term after the first and second year. Students will take the following courses throughout the Fall, Winter and Summer terms:

  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing
  • Concepts of Acute and Critical Illness
  • Community Health Promotion Theory
  • Management and Leadership in Health Care
  • Introduction to Biochemistry
  • Nutrition and Health
  • Gerontological Nursing
  • Nursing Research
  • Practicum in Community Health Promotion
  • Microbiology for Nursing Students
  • Nursing Practicum: Medical-Surgical and Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing (Fall or Winter)
  • Current Issues in Nursing and Health Care
  • Integrated Practicum 

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.

How to Apply

For Students applying from Queen's and other universities. 

Please Note: Selecting 'Second Degree' will not turn up the nursing requirements on the Admissions page. Please select another option (ie. transfer) to find the AST nursing requirements. 

Alumni Spotlight


Tamara Nevills, AST Alumni

In addition to completing my BNSc at Queen's, I've also completed my basic officer training in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) along with other trade qualification courses that taught me the leadership skills required to be a nurse in the CAF. I was subsequently joined the first rotation of CAF personnel to deploy to Sierra Leone to assist with the Ebola outbreak relief effort. On this operation, we worked alongside our British military counterparts, staffing an Ebola Treatment Unit and helping local and international health care workers who had contracted the terrible virus. Time management and team work were vital to success.  Wearing the multiple layers of PPE in that extreme temperature (30-50*C), changing gloves and aprons between tasks and doing everything with a buddy is a challenge. Skills as simple as collecting daily blood work can keep you in the facility for upwards of an hour just to ensure the safety of everyone involved. This life changing experience is exactly what I joined nursing and the CAF to do, and Queen’s prepared me for it!



Update: Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Queen's is not hosting any on-campus tours or visits at this time.

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 online) 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 certifications. 

You are also required to provvide 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 the School of Nursing to give to the police station, please write and we will provide you with this letter. 

Please note that due to COVID-19 some non-clinical courses and most elective courses will be held online until further notice.

Our undergraduate programs are not online degrees. You will come to the Queen’s campus to take courses.

The program is full-time (two 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.

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.