Undergraduate Programs and Their Admissions Requirements

Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN) to BScN

Program Description

The Faculty of Nursing offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) program for Registered Psychiatric Nurses who have graduated from an approved Psychiatric Nursing diploma program to obtain a BScN. 

As of Fall 2011, the Faculty of Nursing allows Registered Psychiatric Nurses to complete this program at our Camrose site. Students admitted to the program in Camrose will attend classes in the Husfloen Building at 4316 38 Street in the city of Camrose.


Course Sequence
Below is the course sequence for those undertaking full-time studies. Please also refer to the Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN) to BScN Program section of the University Calendar, and to your Welcome Letter once admitted to the program. Course sequencing is subject to change and can be configured differently depending on clinical placement availability. 

  • 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.  
  • The most current course descriptions are available on Bear Tracks. If you do not have a UofA Campus Computing ID, you can login to Bear Tracks as a Guest. Each course description also includes the different course components (lecture, lab, tutorial/seminar, clinical). For more information about these different components, please visit the Teaching Methods section of our website.
  • Students will be granted 3 years from the time of admission to complete the requirements for the degree, and may take the program full-time or part-time. Full-time students can complete their program in 2 calendar years. 
  • Students are encouraged to take the majority of their courses at the University of Alberta to ensure eligibility for graduating with distinction. "With distinction" is awarded to a graduating student satisfying the criteria outlined in the Academic Standing and graduation section of the University Calendar

Total units of course weight ("credits") for the program = 70

Year 1

Fall NURS 301 (3) Nursing Research

NURS 341 (3)1 Using and Interpreting Statistics for Health Research
  NURS 305 (4) Introduction to Health Assessment 

POL S (3) Political Science 
Winter NURS 215 (3)  Pharmacotherapeautics in Nursing 
  NURS 307 (6)  Acute Care Nursing Theory I 
  NURS 308 (6)  Acute Care Nursing Practice I 

Year 2

Fall NURS 407 (6) Acute Care Nursing Theory II
  NURS 408 (6) Acute Care Nursing Practice II

NURS 409 (3) Leadership and Issues in Nursing
Winter NURS 405 (6) Community Nursing Theory
  NURS 406 (6) Community Nursing Practice

PHIL (3) Philosophy 
Spring/Summer NURS 494 (3) Nursing in Context D1

NURS 495 (9) Nursing Practice VIII

1An equivalent 3-credit Statistics course may be accepted in lieu of NURS 341.