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). CBU’s BScN 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.
Three points of entry into the Bachelor of Science Nursing Program
Beginning in September 2018, all applicants to CBU’s Bachelor of Science, Nursing program are required to complete a 90-minute computer-based online assessment (CASPer Test), in addition to meeting academic requirements. The CASPer test is an online test designed to assess key personal and professional characteristics that make for successful nursing students and graduates. Successful completion of CASPer is mandatory in order to maintain admission eligibility
1. Direct Entry Program (3 year/ 8 semesters)
For applicants direct from high school or mature students who do not qualify for admission to the Advanced Standing Program.
- Satisfactory completion of Grade 12 or equivalent with a minimum grade of 70 percent in five academic Grade 12 courses including English, Math and two sciences from biology, chemistry or physics.
- Successful completion of CASPer test
2. Advanced Standing Program (2 year/ 6 semesters)
For applicants with previous university study.
- Minimum grade of 65 percent in each of the required university subjects which include Anatomy, Physiology, English, Microbiology and Statistics plus an additional 15 credits in the Humanities and/or Sciences.
- Minimum overall average of 65% required in the combined 30 university credits.
- Successful completion of CASPer test
3. LPN to BScN Pathway
For LPN applicants with in-career experience.
- Graduated in 2008 or later from a two-year Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) Practical Nurse Program
- Obtained a minimum average of 75% in all PN courses in the Practical Nurse Diploma Program
- Completed a minimum of 1800 hours of work experience as a LPN within the last two years (confirmed by the employer)
- In possession of a current LPN License
- A letter of recommendation from an employer.
Applicants to the LPN to BScN pathway must include with their application:
- NSCC transcripts
- A professional letter of reference
- A letter of intent
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 but 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 for specific details and program requirements under Bachelor of Science, Nursing under School of Professional Studies.
Additional Requirements for Admitted Students to the Bachelor of Science, 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 and Pertussis
- Measles, Mumps and Rubella
- 2-step Mantoux Test (TB)
- Hepatitis B
- Highly Recommended:
- 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 re-certify 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, 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