Undergraduate Programs and Their Admissions Requirements

Collaborative Program

Program Description - Please note the new curriculum for Fall 2018

The Faculty of Nursing has implemented a new curriculum for the BScN (4 year) Collaborative Program for Fall 2018. The focus is on concept based and intentional clinical learning. Intentional clinical learning is a purposeful approach to providing students with the foundational knowledge and skills to provide safe quality patient care in today’s complex health settings. Please see the course sequencing information below.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN)-Collaborative Program is primarily for high school graduates or those who have some postsecondary education, and is designed as a 4 year full-time program. The program is called "Collaborative" because in addition to being offered at the University of Alberta campus in Edmonton, all four years can be taken at Red Deer College, Keyano College (Fort McMurray), or Grande Prairie Regional College.  If students wish to enroll in a location other than the University of Alberta, they should apply directly to that specific institution.  After the third year of the program, students from those three locations apply to the University of Alberta and are considered UofA students for their fourth year, but still remain at the campus of the original institution.

Note:  Individuals who have previously completed a recognized university degree in any field are not eligible for the BScN-Collaborative Program and should refer to the BScN-After Degree Program.

Admissions

Note: In addition to the admission requirements, there are a number of Health and Safety Requirements required for clinical practice that must be met upon admission to the Faculty of Nursing. 

Aboriginal Applicants: The BScN-Collaborative Program has 6 designated seats per year for Aboriginal students. Aboriginal students can also enter this program through the University of Alberta's Transition Year Program (TYP).  

Deadlines

A complete list of University of Alberta deadlines is available in the University Calendar

Application deadline: March 1
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.

Health and safety requirements deadline: 
Refer to the Health and Safety Requirements page.

Course Sequence

Below is the course sequence for those undertaking full-time studies. Please also refer to the University Calendar

  • The number in brackets beside the course name indicates the units of course weight ("credits") for that particular course. 
  • Course names that end in "Practice" are clinical placements/experiences done in off-campus healthcare facilities.  
  • Complete course descriptions are available on Bear Tracks. If you do not have a U of A Campus Computing ID, you can login to Bear Tracks as a Guest.
  • Students planning to pursue a professional program such as Medicine should speak with our Student Advisor before registering for courses. 

The following course sequence is in effect as of the 2018 - 2019 academic year.  Students who entered the program prior to Fall 2017 should refer to the University Calendar from their year of admission.

 

University of Alberta
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) Collaborative Program
As of September 2018 at the University of Alberta

Fall - Year 1
NURS 106 (*6) Foundations of Anatomy and Physiology for Nursing 
MMI 133 (*3) Medical Microbiology for Health Care Professionals
NURS 120 (*4) Foundations for Success in Nursing 
English or WRS (*3) - See Note 1 
Winter - Year 1 
NURS 116 (*3) Pathophysiology and Pharmacology I
NURS 124 (*3) Foundations of Nursing I
NURS 125 (*4) Nursing Practice - Health Assessment & Nursing Process 
NURS 200 (*3) Innovation, Systems Thinking & Leadership in Healthcare 
Spring/Summer - Year 1 
NURS 122 (*3) Community Engagement in a Healthcare Context
NURS 222 (*3) Indigenous Health in Canada  
Fall - Year 2 
NURS 220 (*3) Foundations of Nursing II
NURS 221 (*6) Introductory Acute Care Nursing Practice I
NURS 216A (*3) Pathophysiology and Pharmacology II (part A) 
NURS 211 (*3) Statistics and Knowledge Management (See Note 2) 
Winter - Year 2 
NURS 311 (*3) Evidence Informed Nursing Practice 
NURS 216B (*3) Pathophysiology and Pharmacology II (part B) 
NURS 224 (*3) Foundations of Nursing III
NURS 225 (*6) Introductory Acute Care Nursing Practice II
Spring/Summer 

Elective
(*3) - See Note 3 
Fall - Year 3 
NURS 323 (*9) Community Nursing through the Lifespan 
OR NURS 327 (*9) Mental Health & Wellness in Nursing
NURS 321 (*3) Advanced Acute Care Nursing Practice I
NURS 300 (*3) Health Policy, Health Care Organizations, Change Management
Winter - Year 3 
NURS 327 (*9) Mental Health & Wellness in Nursing 
OR NURS 323 (*9) Community Nursing through the Lifespan 
NURS 325 (*3) Advanced Acute Care Nursing Practice II
NURS 400 (*3) Leadership in Nursing & Interprofessional Practice 
 
Fall - Year 4 
NURS 485
(*12) Nursing Practice in a Focused Area 

Note: NURS 485 may be offered in Winter Term of Year 4. In this case,
students would take NURS 422 and NURS 425 in Fall Term 
Winter - Year 4 
NURS 422 (*3) Contemporary Issues in Healthcare Ethics & Law
NURS 425 (*9) Nursing Leadership in a Focus Area 
 
  1. Any junior- or senior-level English or Writing Studies course. Students should consult Department of English guidelines regarding prerequisites for senior-level courses. May be taken in Fall Term or Winter Term of Year 1.
  2. An equivalent STAT (★3) course may be accepted in lieu of NURS 211.
  3. Open Elective to be selected from a discipline of the student's choice. It must be completed by the end of Year 3 in order to progress to Year 4