CNA believes that the knowledge, skills and attributes today’s health system demands of RNs can only be gained through broad-based bachelor’s nursing programs.
With the exception of Quebec, all Canadian provinces/territories require a bachelor’s in nursing (BN or BScN) to enter the profession. In most cases, more career opportunities will be open to nurses with degrees.
How long is the program?
Bachelor’s programs can be completed in two to four years. Accelerated, condensed and advanced entry programs are in place in some jurisdictions. A growing proportion of nursing students have already completed a degree in another discipline and can enter two-year bachelor nursing programs. Degree programs are offered in universities and in some university college institutes.
What will I learn?
Nursing students will study health promotion, psychology, ethics, human development, sociology, pharmacology, anatomy, pathology, microbiology, immunology and physiology. Nursing courses include theory and clinical practice. You will be supervised and supported in the clinical setting to ensure the safety of clients as well as yourself. In addition to learning social and physical sciences, university programs generally offer additional studies in leadership, health teaching, informatics, data analysis, global health, research and other disciplines.
What are the entrance requirements?
Entrance requirements differ from one school to another. Generally, the admission requirements are high school graduation with senior level English or French, mathematics, chemistry, physics and biology. Contact your provincial/territorial nurse’s association or individual schools for specific requirements.
Is there funding?
Contact the relevant school of nursing for funding, student loan or scholarship opportunities. For more information, consult the Canadian Nurses Foundation.
Are there graduate studies in nursing?
Canada has nursing master’s and doctoral programs available nationwide. Some schools may also offer graduate courses by distance. Contact individual schools for more information.