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Bilingual Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Campus Saint-Jean, in collaboration with the Faculty of Nursing, offers a bilingual Bachelor in health sciences. This program is ideal for students who want to pursue a career in the health field as a registered nurse. A bilingual Bachelor of Science in Nursing opens doors to build your profession in national or international settings.

Students at Campus Saint-Jean also have access to the Consortium National de Formation en Santé (CNFS), a valuable network offering spaces in programs in different health disciplines in French across the country. Students are given the opportunity to participate in national conferences and specialized training, as well as given access to financial support for their studies.

With passionate professors, small class sizes, all in a bilingual environment, students studying a Bachelor of Nursing at Campus Saint-Jean will not have trouble feeling at home!

For more information on this program, please visit the Faculty of Nursing web page. 

Program Description

The BScN (Bilingual) program is a collaborative effort between the Faculty of Nursing and Faculté Saint-Jean, funded in part by Health Canada and in part by the Province of Alberta. This program offers students the opportunity to study nursing in Canada's two official languages. It is designed to:

  • Respond to a need expressed by students who wish to obtain a bilingual degree in nursing in Alberta.
  • Offer a program that prepares graduates to provide nursing services in both official languages.
  • Offer a program that better prepares graduates to respond to the needs of the French-speaking communities in Western and Northern Canada.
During the program, students take courses at Faculté Saint-Jean and at the Faculty of Nursing. The total number of nursing courses where the primary language of instruction is French varies from 27 to 47 credits. These courses may include clinical practice in bilingual or francophone settings. In addition, based on academic and clinical performance, and on availability of placements, students may choose to complete the senior practicum in a bilingual or francophone milieu outside of Edmonton.

Admission Requirements

This information is for students applying directly from high school. Transfer students, see the Calendar.

As this program is completely bilingual, students need to prove their linguistic proficiency in both French and English. At the University of Alberta, these language competencies are evaluated as follows:

English Language Proficiency
Because the U of A wants you to succeed, our admissions policy ensures that all students, regardless of citizenship, have the language skills they need to understand, participate and learn in our classes. The primary language of instruction in our classes, with the exception of those at the Faculte Saint-Jean, is English. For more information on the English Language Proficiency policy refer to the U of A Calendar. Information on writing ELP examinations is also available.
French Language Proficiency
French is the language of instruction for all programs at the Faculté Saint-Jean. Therefore, all applicants must possess an adequate knowledge of written and spoken French. For more information on the French Language Proficiency policy, refer to the U of A Calendar.
For Canadian High School students following the Alberta curriculum:
Required Courses
  • One of the following courses
    • English Language Arts 30-1
  • One of the following courses
    • Français 30-1
    • Français 30-2
    • French 30-9Y
    • French 31
    • French Language Arts 30-1
    • French Language Arts 30-2
  • One of the following courses
    • Biology 30
  • One of the following courses
    • Science 30
    • Chemistry 30
  • One of the following courses
    • Mathematics 31
    • Mathematics 30-2**
    • Mathematics 30-1
Admissions Average

Admission is competitive and subject to availability of space.

Canadian students, see Competitive Averages by faculty.
International students, see Competitive Averages and Conversions.

*Required courses may be in either official language

** Only one of Mathematics 30-1 or Mathematics 30-2 can be used for admission.

For students applying from outside Alberta, please use this tool.

Deadlines

A complete list of University of Alberta deadlines is available in the Undergraduate Application Procedures section of the University Calendar. The BScN-Bilingual Program has one intake per year (September).

Application deadline: April 1st
Application form and application fee due.

Document deadline for high school applicants: August 1
All program requirements completed and transcripts/documents due.

Document deadline for postsecondary applicants: June 15
All program requirements completed and transcripts/documents due.


CASPer Test

The Faculty of Nursing has implemented a situational judgement test requirement, effective Fall 2020 admission onward.

The Casper Test is the specific situational judgement test being used by the Faculty of Nursing. Casper is an online test which assesses for non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics that we believe are important for successful students and graduates of our program, and will complement the grade assessment that we use for application processing.

All applicants to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs at the University of Alberta are required to complete an online assessment (Casper) as part of the application package. Successful completion of Casper is mandatory in order to maintain admission eligibility. An applicant's Casper score is a selection factor that is considered in the admission decision process.

Frequently Asked Questions (CASPer)
How do I register for the CASPer test?
You can go to www.takeCASPer.com to sign up for the Canadian Undergraduate Health Sciences test (CSP10202) and reserve a test using your first and last name, your date of birth, and a piece of government-issued photo ID.
Can I write my test in French?

Applicants to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing - Bilingual Program may complete the CASPer test in either French or English.

What are the choices of exam dates?

Specific CASPer testing dates are listed on their website. Any questions about CASPer test taking must be directed to the testing agency. Please note that the earlier that CASPer scores are submitted, the earlier the University can make an admissions decision on the University of Alberta application.

Who manages the CASPer Test?

CASPer Testing is external to the University of Alberta application system. Applicants are required to first submit their application to the University of Alberta, then register for a CASPer test. CASPer test results are sent directly to the University of Alberta from the CASPer agency. Applicants with incomplete or missing CASPer scores will not be considered for admission. 

How long is my CASPer test valid for?

Please note that CASPertests are only valid for one year and must be completed each year you apply. You may only write the CASPer test once per year. Applicants who have already taken the test in previous years will therefore be expected to re-take it.

How is the CASPer test administered?

In order to take CASPer, you will be responsible for securing access to a computer with audio capabilities, a webcam, and a reliable internet connection on your selected test date. CASPer, can be taken practically anywhere that you can satisfy these requirements. No exceptions will be provided for applicants unable to take CASPer, online due to being located at sites where the internet is not dependable due to technical or political factors.

Who can answer my questions regarding the CASPer test?
Please direct any inquiries on the test to support@takecasper.com.

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"Campus Saint-Jean has become a second family to me as a biological sciences student as well as a nursing student. Having such a diverse community has given me a unique perspective of the academic world. I will never forget the experiences and opportunities the campus has provided me over the past six years. Thank you so much to Faculté Saint-Jean!" 

Daniela Villafuerte, BSc Nursing-Bilingue (2020)