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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.

There are three points of entry into the Bachelor of Science Nursing Program:

1.  Applicants for the 3-year (8 terms/semesters) Direct Entry Program

As the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program is a direct entry program, high school students may 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:

  • English
  • Math
  • Two sciences from biology, chemistry, or physics.

2.  Applicants for the 2- year (6 terms/semesters) Advanced Standing Program

Students with previous university experience may 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.

3.  Applicants for the 2- year (6 terms/semesters) LPN – BScN program

Students who graduated in 2008 or later from a two-year Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) Practical Nurse Program may apply for admission to the LPN- BScN program. The admission requirements are:

  • 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 Nursing 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 employer(s))
  • Current LPN License
  • A letter of recommendation from an employer

In addition applicants must also include:

  • NSCC transcripts 
  • A professional letter of reference
  • A letter of intent
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