Bachelor of Science, Nursing

Program Snapshot

Bring Global Nursing Skills Anywhere You Go

Nurses are at the forefront of our health care system. The Bachelor of Science, Nursing (BScN) is an incredible opportunity. It’s a program that prepares students to practice as registered nurses in a variety of health care settings. At Cape Breton University, you arrive inspired and leave prepared with the skills you need to thrive in a global market, with lifelong nursing skills guiding you along the way.

The nursing curriculum is an intentional blending of courses from many disciplines, integrating theory and practice to facilitate self-growth, critical inquiry and a commitment to lifelong learning. Teachers and students engage in a continuous development of skills. From perfecting modern methods, to learning new technologies, our faculty and students work alongside each other in a continual state of growth and improvement.

CBU’s BScN strives for excellence in preparing our future registered nurses to be knowledgeable, compassionate and ethical professionals.

What skills will I gain from this program?

  • Knowledge of nursing theories, research and evaluation.
  • Acquire practice-based learning.
  • Learn to promote, maintain and restore health.
  • Skills to prevent illness or injury.
  • Qualify to write the NCLEX-RN exam.

Why study at CBU?

The nursing program at CBU uses a concept-based curriculum, so it’s easy to find the resources you need to gain the skills you need. Our concept-based learning is an approach to education that is more student centred and student directed. This means you’re fully immersed in real-world studies through engaging, hands-on learning.

CBU students have access to a wide variety of nursing practice placements (hospitals, community, long-term care) within the Nova Scotia Health Authority Eastern Zone that provide the hands-on experience nursing students need to bridge theory to practice.

You also have an opportunity to take part in a two-week International Experience course designed to help you learn about health and nursing in another culture and to provide helpful, needed services. Our students have travelled to Quito, Bali, and Argentina, and any student can study for a Specialty Nursing Certificate in oncology, acute and critical care, mental health, public health or Indigenous health nursing. Additionally, students can enhance their research knowledge and skills by completing an advanced major in a topic of interest.

Sample Courses

  • NRSG2503 Pharmacotherapeutics, Alternative, and Complementary Therapies
  • NRSG3501 Nursing Research
  • NRSG4501 Nursing Theory and Practice Synthesis

Possible Career Paths

  • Psychiatric Nurse
  • Critical Care Nurse
  • Public Health Nurse
  • Flight Nurse
  • Forensic Nurse

Experiential Learning Opportunities

  • Clinical placement.
  • Two-week international experience designed to learn about health and nursing in another culture and to provide service.
  • Those not taking part in the international learning experience have an opportunity to partake in a service-learning experience at home.

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