Undergraduate Programs and Their Admissions Requirements

Honors Program (Collaborative & AD)

Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) Honors Program is for a select group of highly achieving students drawn from the BScN-Collaborative Program and for students applying to the After Degree Program. Please refer to the BScN-Honors Program section in the University Calendar for more details.

The BScN-Honors Program provides the same clinical preparation as the BScN-Collaborative Program and After Degree Program, as well as opportunities to gain more in-depth knowledge in the area of research and be mentored by a Faculty of Nursing Researcher. The Honors Program has slightly different course sequencing than the BScN-Collaborative Program. Specifically, the seminar courses NURS 399 - Selected Topics in Nursing Research and NURS 499 - Scholarly Project in Nursing replace two elective courses in the Collaborative Program.

This program is one of only a few nursing honors programs available in Canada, and provides an exciting opportunity for students to obtain more advanced preparation in scholarly and research work to enrich their undergraduate program experience. The program helps to prepare students to provide evidence-based nursing practice in health care settings, as well as to facilitate the transition from undergraduate to graduate studies in nursing. Students are supported in conducting research, presenting their research in conferences and other public venues and working toward publications of their work. This enhances their competitiveness for graduate programs. Students who are interested in strengthening their capacity for evidence-based practice and in pursuing research and teaching as future career choices are well suited for this program.

The seminar courses NURS 399 and NURS 499 guide students in advanced exploration of topics related to nursing knowledge development and practice. Students work closely with a faculty supervisor to develop a research proposal in NURS 399. Students conduct the research in the summer between NURS 399 and NURS 499. The focus of NURS 499 is advancing knowledge in specific areas of nursing practice and research, writing a project report, and presenting project research results.

Note: The BScN-Honors Program is only offered in Edmonton. The application deadline is March 1, 2017.

Admission Requirements for Collaborative Students

  • Students may apply to the Honors Program at the end of Year 1 or up to the end of Year 2.
  • Collaborative Program students must complete all Year 1 courses in the BScN-Collaborative Program before starting the Honors Program.
  • Students need a minimum GPA of 3.3 on the last 24 credits in their program.
Admission Requirements for Applicants with a Prior Degree (After Degree Program Applicants)
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from a recognized academic institution.
  • Students must normally present a minimum AGPA of 3.5. Admission is competitive. 
  • Completion of the following prerequisite courses: English (*3), Human Anatomy (*3), Human Physiology (*3), Medical Microbiology (*3), Psychology (*3), and Statistics (*3).

Application Process

Nursing students should contact the Honors Program Coordinator to discuss their interest prior to completing an application form. Please contact the coordinator, Dr Anna Santos Salas by email at avs@ualberta.ca. Nursing students can apply to the BScN-Honors Program by completing Honors Program Application form which is available from the Honors Program Coordinator and submitting it directly to the Nursing Undergraduate Programs Office on the fourth floor of the Edmonton Clinic Health Academy. 

The application deadline is March 1 of each year. For assistance, please contact the Nursing Student Services Desk at (780) 492-5300.

Course Sequence for Collaborative Program Students

Note: Course names that end in "Practice" are clinical placements/experiences done off-campus in healthcare facilities.

Note: Also refer to the BScN-Honors Program section in the University Calendar, and to your Welcome Letter once admitted to the program.

The following course sequence is in effect for students beginning the BScN Collaborative Program in Fall Term 2016. 

Course Sequence for students transferring from the BScN Collaborative program

* - Indicates total "units of course weight" (credits). Total units of course weight for the program = 127 

Note: Students will follow the course sequence for the BScN Collaborative Program in Year 1 and Year 2.

Year 3: 

Fall Term

Sequence A

Sequence B

NURS 307 (*6) Acute Care Nursing Theory I

NURS 309 (*6) Mental Health Nursing Theory

NURS 308 (*6) Acute Care Nursing Practice I

NURS 310 (*6) Mental Health Nursing Practice

NURS 399A Selected Topics in Nursing Research

NURS 399A Selected Topics in Nursing Research

Winter Term

NURS 405 (*6) Community Nursing Theory

NURS 407 (*6) Acute Care Nursing Theory

NURS 406 (*6) Community Nursing Practice

NURS 408 (*6) Acute Care Nursing Practice

NURS 399B (*3) Selected Topics in Nursing Research

NURS 399B (*3) Selected Topics in Nursing Research

 Spring/Summer  Complete Honors Project Research (N499)


Year 4

Fall Term

Sequence A

Sequence B

NURS 407 (*6) Acute Care Nursing Theory II

NURS 405 (*6) Community Nursing Theory

NURS 408 (*6) Acute Care Nursing Practice II

NURS 406 (*6) Community Nursing Practice

NURS 409 (*3) Leadership and Issues in  Nursing

NURS 409 (*3) Leadership and Issues in Nursing

NURS 499 (*6) Scholarly Project in Nursing

NURS 499 (*6) Scholarly Project in Nursing

Winter Term

NURS 494 (*3) (4 weeks) Nursing in Context D1

NURS 495 (*9) (10 weeks) Nursing Practice VIII

Course Sequence for After Degree Students

Year 1:

Fall Term

NURS 113 (*3) Pathophysiology

NURS 301 (*3)* Nursing Research (Students must complete NURS 301 prior to Winter Term of Year 1)

NURS 303 (*6) Introduction to Nursing Theory

NURS 304 (*1) Introduction to Nursing Practice

  NURS 305 (*4) Introduction to Health Assessment
  NURS 399A Selected Topics in Nursing Research

Winter Term

NURS 215 (*3) Pharmacotherapeutics in Nursing

  NURS 307 (*6) Acute Care Nursing Theory I
  NURS 308 (*6) Acute Care Nursing Practice II 

NURS 399B (*3) Selected Topics in Nursing Research

 Spring/Summer NURS 309 (*6) Mental Health Nursing Theory 
  NURS 310 (*6) Mental Health Nursing Practice
  Complete Honors Project Research (NURS 499)


Year 2:

Fall Term

NURS 407 (*6) Acute Care Nursing Theory II

NURS 408 (*6) Acute Care Nursing Practice II 

NURS 409 (*3) Leadership and Issues in Nursing

INT D 410A Interprofessional Health Team Development

NURS 499 (*6) Scholarly Project in Nursing

Winter Term

INT D 410B (*3) Interprofessional Health Team Development

NURS 405 (*6) Community Nursing Practice 

  NURS 406 (*6) Community Nursing Practice
 Spring/Summer NURS 494 (*3) Nursing in Context DI
  NURS 494 (*9) Nursing Practice VII