Bachelor of Science, Nursing (BScN) (Academic Calendar)
Cape Breton University offers an innovative Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree Program. This program prepares graduates to provide safe, compassionate, competent and ethical nursing care consistent with entry-level competencies as defined by the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia (CRNNS). Admission criteria are intended to select academically qualified students who are able to meet the rigours of the program and ultimately be successful in the program.
The Bachelor of Science Nursing program offered at Cape Breton University has full degree granting authority and has achieved joint approval and accreditation by the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia (CRNNS) and the Canadian Associations of Schools of Nursing (CASN). The Bachelor of Science Nursing Program at Cape Breton University has been awarded accreditation approval until 2019. This seven-year accreditation is the highest that can be earned by the Schools of Nursing in Canada.
Admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program (BScN)
Important information pertaining to admission into the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program
- Admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program is coordinated through the CBU admissions office, in consultation with the Nursing Department.
- Admission to the program is competitive as enrollment in the program is limited.
- Applicants will be accepted on the basis of academic standing in high school or previous post-secondary education completed.
- Applicants must meet all academic and application requirements to the Program.
- Applicants must also meet the general admission/readmission requirements of Cape Breton University.
- Applicants may be contacted at the discretion of the Nursing Department.
Requisite Skills and Abilities for Nursing Practice
The College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia (CRNNS) has identified the Requisite Skills and Abilities for nursing practice in Nova Scotia. The Becoming a Registered Nurse in Nova Scotia: Requisite Skills and Abilities document provides information to prospective students, and others, about the requirements and performance expectations of nurses in Nova Scotia. This information can assist you in determining whether nursing is an appropriate career choice. If you are thinking about nursing as a career we recommend that you click on the link below to ensure that you meet the requisite skills and abilities for nursing practice in Nova Scotia. If you have further questions please contact the Nursing Department.
Entry to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program
There are two points of entry into the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program:
1) Applicants for the 3-year Direct Entry Program
As the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program is a direct entry program, high school students can apply for admission. The general admission requirements are:
- Satisfactory completion of Grade 12 or equivalent with a minimum grade of 70 in five academic Grade 12 courses including:
- Two sciences from biology, chemistry or physics.
2) Applicants for the 2- year Advanced Standing Program.
Students with previous university experience can apply for admission to the BScN program. The admission requirements are:
- A minimum grade of 65 in each of the required subjects which include Anatomy, Physiology, English, Microbiology and Statistics. An additional 15 credits of courses in the Humanities and Sciences are required.
- A minimum overall average of 65 in the combined 30 university course credits or university career.
English Language Proficiency
It is essential that all students entering the BScN program be proficient in the English language. All students need to have adequate knowledge in the areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking in order to be successful in the BScN program. In addition, all students must have the ability to read cursive writing. Applicants are not required to submit proof of their proficiency in English if their first language is English.
Applicants, whose first language is not English, must provide documentation that demonstrates CBU’s English language proficiency has been met. Please refer to CBU’s academic calendar
Additional Requirements for Admitted Students to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program
When students enter a field of study in healthcare, it is important for various immunizations and screening procedures to be completed. Immunizations protect patients and the student. The immunizations and/or testing required of students are a condition of a student’s acceptance into the program. Students must start the immunization process as soon as they are accepted into the BScN program and must complete this process prior to entering the program in September.
Proof of immunity must be written and signed by either a nurse or a physician. Immunizations required (and subject to change) include:
- Diphtheria-tetanus & Pertussis
- Measles (Rubeola)
- 2-step Mantoux Test (TB)
- Hepatitis B
- Influenza Vaccine
Criminal Reference Check/ Vulnerable Sector Search Check
All students admitted to the BScN program are required to submit a current (within 6 months of the September admission date) Criminal Record Check, including a Vulnerability Sector Search Check.
All students admitted to the BScN program must maintain up-to-date certification in Health Care Provider CPR (Level HCP). This certification can be obtained from St. John Ambulance, Red Cross, or Cape Breton University Student Services’.
Students must recertify every year until graduation. Proof of certification/recertification is required and is to be submitted to the department of nursing.
Students must be certified for Standard First Aid on admission into the program. This certification can be obtained from St. John Ambulance, Red Cross or Cape Breton University Student Services’. Proof of certification is required and is to be submitted to the department of nursing.
Additional Costs of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program
The following are additional costs associated with this program. These include but may not be limited to:
- CPR certification and recertification
- Purchase of uniforms, shoes and equipment
- Criminal Reference Record/Vulnerability Sector Search
- Non-Violent Crisis Prevention Intervention
- CBU Nursing Students’ Society
- National Registration Preparatory Examinations
Finalized Feb 5th, 2016