Nursing Pathways and Accreditation

Programs

3-Year Direct Entry Pathway

This route of entry into CBU’s Nursing program is for applicants who are coming directly from high school, or for mature students who do not qualify for admission into the Advanced Standing Program.

Intake for this program is in September of each year.

Direct Entry Bachelor of Science Nursing – Early Admissions stream.

This stream is intended for applicants directly from high school and who are currently registered in their grade 12 year.  The Early Admission requirements include:

  • Applicants must have completed grade eleven academic English, mathematics, two of three sciences from biology, chemistry and/or physics, along with one other academic grade eleven courses with no mark below 85% per course.
  • Applicants must also be registered in and successfully complete these courses at the grade twelve academic level with no mark below 70% per course or admission offers will be rescinded.
  • Early acceptance is conditional upon completion of the CASper test. Test dates can be found on our website or at www.takealtus.com.
  • Early Acceptance offers will be issued in December and successful applicants will have 30 days to confirm their seat. Those who do not meet the Early Admission Criteria will be considered for a second round of offers in March.

Direct Entry – This stream is intended for applicants directly from high school or mature students who do not qualify for admission to the Advanced Standing program. Requirements include:

  • Successful completion of Grade 12 or equivalent with a minimum grade of 70 percent in each of five academic Grade 12 courses that must include: English, Math, and two sciences from Biology, Chemistry or Physics.
  • Offers will be issued in March.

 

2-Year Advanced Standing Pathway

This stream is intended for applicants with previous university study. Requirements include:

  • Successful completion of a minimum of thirty credits of university level courses is required with a minimum grade of 65% in all subjects.

Within the 30 credits, students must have the following:

  • 5 required pre-requisite courses (3 credits each of: Human Physiology, Human Anatomy, English, Microbiology, and Statistics) with a minimum grade of 65% in each course.
  • Additional 15 credits of university level courses with a minimum average of 65%.
  • CBU Courses
    • Human Anatomy (BIOL 2203)
    • Human Physiology (BIOL 3203 or Human Physiology for Nursing BIOL 2204)
    • Microbiology (MICR 2101)
    • 3 credits of English (ENGL 1XXX)
    • Statistics (MATH 1109)
    • 15 credits in Humanities, Social Sciences, Sciences
    • Students must have at least a 65% in each of the required courses, and a 65% average in their most recent 30 credits at the post secondary level.
  • Offers for the Spring intake will be made early Februarydocuments are required no later than January 15th. 
  • Offers for the Fall intake will be made in Marchdocuments are required by February 28th.

 

LPN to BScN Pathway

This stream is intended for applicants with a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) designation who possess  in-career experience. Requirements include:

  • currently licensed as an LPN in Nova Scotia, and completed (by the application deadline) a minimum of 1800 hours of work experience as an LPN within the last two years (confirmed by the employer).
  • minimum of 75% overall average for all practical nursing courses
  • completion of CASPer exam (www.takealtus.com)
  • Students applying for the LPN to BScN Pathway program must accompany their application with official transcripts, a letter(s) from employer(s) confirming work hours completed, letter of reference from employer(s) – (to be issues from the employer to nursing_admissions@cbu.ca) and a copy of their valid Nova Scotia LPN license.
  • Offers for the Spring intake will be made early Februarydocuments are required no later than January 15th. 
  • Offers for the Fall intake will be made in Marchdocuments are required by February 28th.

 

 

Applications 0pen October 11th.

Application DEADLINE is February 28 each year, for both May and September in-takes.

All applications and documentation must be received by this date. For more information please contact our Enrolment Services Professional at nursing_admissions@cbu.ca.

Accreditation

Cape Breton University’s Bachelor of Science, Nursing is accredited by the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing. 

Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing Accreditation involves the objective assessment of professional education programs against national standards of excellence, and Cape Breton University BScN nursing program has met these rigorous national standards a testimony to the public of the quality of  CBU’s BScN program.