Undergraduate Programs and Their Admissions Requirements

Honors Program (Collaborative & AD)

Program Description – Please note the new curriculum for Fall 2018

The Faculty of Nursing has implemented a new curriculum for the Honours Collaborative Program for Fall 2018 with a focus 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) Honours Program is for a select group of highly achieving students drawn from the BScN Collaborative Program. The BScN-Honours Program provides the same clinical preparation as the BScN-Collaborative 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 Honours 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.

This program is one of only a few nursing honours 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).
  • Effective Fall 2018 admission onward, the following prerequisite courses require a minimum grade of C+* and must be taken within 5 years of applying:
    Human Anatomy (★3), Human Physiology (★3), and Medical Microbiology (★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 Jude Spiers by email at jude.spiers@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.