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Nursing

You can begin this program at an
off-campus site through a satellite campus or regional partner.

Non Direct Program
This program is not available to students with only a high school diploma. University credit is required before admission.

Nursing is for compassionate people who want to make a difference in the world. The College of Nursing invites you to shape the future of health in Saskatchewan and beyond.

The College of Nursing educates and prepares students in all aspects of health and well-being across a person’s life span.


Program Options

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

  • Four-year BSN degree
  • Post-Degree BSN option (can be completed in less than two calendar years)

Four-year BSN degree

High School Requirements 
The following Grade 12 level subjects are required to complete the pre-professional courses for Nursing:
  • English
  • biology
  • chemistry
  • mathematics

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is a four-year non-direct entry degree program. The program includes a pre-professional year (Year 1) of prerequisite university-level courses, followed by three years (Year 2, 3 and 4) of concentrated nursing education and clinical practice opportunities.

Pre-professional Year (Year 1)

Students should apply to the University of Saskatchewan's College of Arts and Science to complete the 30 credit units of pre-professional courses required for Year 1 of the degree program. 

The pre-professional year can also be completed through a variety of institutions including the University of Regina and regional colleges throughout the province. Contact these institutions directly if you are interested in applying.

The application for Year 2 of the BSN opens in October. Pre-professional year courses must be completed by April 30 of the year you apply for entrance into the College of Nursing for Year 2.

Years 2, 3, 4

Students apply to the College of Nursing to enter Year 2 of the degree program while completing the pre-professional courses in Year 1. Admission to Year 2 is competitive; applicants are ranked according to average and the top candidates are selected. Students must attain a minimum weighted average of 60% in the 30 credit units of required pre-professional courses to apply.

Students who complete this program receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) with eligibility to apply for licensure with the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses’ Association (SRNA).

BSN Seats

Years 2, 3 and 4 of the BSN program can be completed in Saskatoon, Regina, Prince Albert, Yorkton or at sites in Northern Saskatchewan (Ile-a-la-Crosse and La Ronge).

  • Saskatoon: 125
  • Regina: 100
  • Prince Albert: 40
  • Yorkton: 15
  • Northern Saskatchewan: 15

Four-year BSN Admission Requirements

Visit the College of Nursing's website for up-to-date, official admissions information.

Selection Criteria:

Academic Record –100% weighting
  • Admission is competitive; applicants are ranked according to average and the top candidates are selected.
  • Average is calculated using marks from the 30 credit unit pre-professional year.
    If a student takes a higher level course for which the pre-professional course is its prerequisite, then the course with the higher mark will be used in the admission average calculation.

Admission Qualifications:

The following criteria must be met to be considered for admission to the College of Nursing for Year 2 of the BSN program:

  • Minimum weighted average of 60% on 30-credit units of the following pre-professional year courses:
    • English (3 credit units)
    • Indigenous Studies* (3 credit units)
    • Chemistry (3 credit units)
    • Biology (3 credit units)
    • Statistics* (3 credit units)
    • Nutrition* (3 credit units)
      Must have been completed no more than 10 years prior to the year in which the student is applying for admission.
    • Psychology (3 credit units)
    • Social Science Elective* (3 credit units)
    • Elective (3 credit units)
    • Elective (3 credit units)

* A deficiency is allowed in one of these four areas. A mark of 50% will used in place of the deficient course in the average calculation. Applicants must successfully complete the deficient prerequisite by December 31 of the year in which they are admitted to Year 2 of the BSN program and provide proof of completion of the course by January 15.

Other credentials to be submitted after admission:

  • Heart Saver CPR Level C with AED (due September 4)
  • Standard First Aid Certificate (due September 4)
  • Criminal Record Check (due July 11; must not be dated more than 6 months prior to submission)
  • Immunizations (due September 4)
  • Respiratory Protection Fit Testing (due date to be determined)
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information (due September 4)
  • Transferring Lifting Repositioning Program (register by July 11)

Categories of Applicants

Regular Applicants
  • Applicants are admitted on the basis of the required post-secondary course work.
  • Applications are accepted from residents of all Canadian provinces and international countries. Canadian or international residency status is not considered in the application process.
  • Applicants select the site in which they prefer to study at the time of application. Students who select to study in Northern Saskatchewan must be residents of that area, according to provincial geographical definition.
Aboriginal Equity Access Program
  • There is a separate category in which 16.6% of the total number of first year seats are reserved for persons of Aboriginal ancestry.
  • Applicants must provide proof of Aboriginal Ancestry.
Transfer Students
  • Like regular applicants, transfer applicants are admitted on the basis of post-secondary work and must meet the minimum competitive admission average.
  • Any transfer credit given for prior Nursing courses will be determined by the College of Nursing.

Post-Degree BSN

Email our advising office at nursing.advising@usask.ca if you're interested in this option. We can help make sure you have the pre-requisite classes to complete the program in the shortest possible time.

The Post-Degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is an undergraduate degree option at the College of Nursing which recognizes previous university achievements and provides the opportunity for students to earn a BSN in a condensed period of time. It is available to students who have completed a baccalaureate degree in another field or who have made significant progress toward a degree.

This option provides the opportunity for full-time intensive study with program completion in less than two calendar years.

Students who complete this program receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing with eligibility to apply for licensure with the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses’ Association (SRNA).

Post-Degree BSN Admission Requirements

Visit the College of Nursing's website for up-to-date, official admissions information.

Selection Criteria:

Academic Record –100% weighting
  • Average is calculated on the most recent 60 credit units of course work completed towards a degree.
  • All courses within each academic year must be included.

Admission Qualifications:

The following criteria must be met to be considered for admission to the College of Nursing Post-Degree BSN program: 

  • A completed baccalaureate degree OR 90-credit units with at least 36 credit units at the senior level, with a minimum weighted average of at least 70% on the last 60 credit units of coursework completed towards a degree. 90 credit units of recognized post-secondary study towards a degree must be completed by April 30th of the year of expected entrance to the program.

Note: Nutrition, anatomy and physiology and microbiology prerequisites must have been completed no more than 10 years prior to when you apply for admission.

  • Prerequisite courses:
    • Statistics (3 credit units)
    • Nutrition* (3 credit units)
    • Anatomy & Physiology (6 credit units)
    • Humanities (3 credit units)
    • Social Sciences* (6 credit units)
    • Microbiology (3 credit units)
    • Indigenous Studies* (3 credit units)

* A deficiency is allowed in one of these three areas (only 3 credit units of Social Science). Applicants must successfully complete the deficient prerequisite by December 31 of the year in which they are admitted and provide proof of completion of the course by January 15.

Other credentials to be submitted after admission:

  • Heart Saver CPR Level C with AED (due May 15)
  • A Standard First Aid Certificate (due May 15)
  • Criminal Record Check (due April 1; must not be dated more than 6 months prior to submission)
  • Immunizations (due May 15)
  • Respiratory Protection Fit Testing (due date to be determined)
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information (due May 15)
  • Transferring Lifting Repositioning Program (register by April 1)

Categories of Applicants

Regular Applicants
  • Applicants are admitted on the basis of post-secondary course work.
  • Applications are accepted from residents of all Canadian provinces and international countries. Canadian or international residency status is not considered in the application process.
Aboriginal Equity Access Program
  • There is a separate category in which 16.6% of the total number of first year seats are reserved for persons of Aboriginal ancestry.
  • Applicants must provide proof of Aboriginal Ancestry.

Entry Statistics

Quota Total applicants Admission averages

Four-year BSN

295

125: Saskatoon
100: Regina
15: Yorkton
40: Prince Albert
15: La Ronge and Ile a la Crosse

608 ≥75%
Post-degree BSN 50 90 ≥75%

Nursing: Is it for you?

Learn where YOU live

We are committed to a "learn where you live" philosophy. The BSN program can be completed at campuses in Prince Albert, Regina, or Saskatoon, or through distributed learning (video and web conferencing, blackboard online, lecture capture and remote presence "robotics") at sites in Ile-a-la-Crosse, La Ronge and Yorkton. Take the opportunity to complete your nursing education in your community.

Interprofessional Education

Study within a post-secondary institution offering human, animal and plant sciences, where you will benefit from an interprofessional nursing education connecting you with some of Canada’s leading experts in teaching, scholarship and research. Interact with students and faculty from a wide variety of disciplines, such as clinical psychology, dentistry, kinesiology, medicine, nutrition, pharmacy, physical therapy, sociology and veterinary medicine. Build relationships with individuals who will be working in other health science professions when you become a Registered Nurse.

Graduate Studies

Take your nursing education to the next level with College of Nursing Graduate Studies in one of the following programs:

  • Master of Nursing
  • Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Graduate Nurse Practitioner Certificate
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing

Clinical Experience

Nursing requires clinical experience. Our program includes access to clinical practice opportunities in hospitals and community agencies with exceptional nurses committed to quality patient care. Clinical practice gives you experience, empowering you to make a difference in the future of health care.

Study Abroad

The College of Nursing has a Global Health initiative and gives students the opportunity for international clinical experience. Our curriculum focuses on helping students link their understanding of local health issues to the global context.

Student Support

Student Awards

There are many scholarships and bursaries available for our nursing students. Undergraduate and graduate students are recognized with more than 100 scholarships and awards at our annual awards ceremony.

Nursing Learning Community

The College of Nursing Learning Community is a way for you, in your pre-professional year, to connect with your future college, classmates, professors and colleagues. Offering both online networking and face-to-face events, the Learning Community is an opportunity to connect to nursing now before you're in the BSN program. Through the Learning Community, you will hear from nursing professionals and senior nursing students, and expand your understanding of the professional culture of nursing and cultivate the academic skills you need as a nursing student.

University of Saskatchewan Community of Aboriginal Nursing

The University of Saskatchewan Community of Aboriginal Nursing (UCAN) recruits and supports Aboriginal students interested in or enrolled in the University of Saskatchewan undergraduate and graduate nursing programs.

Aboriginal nursing advisors in Saskatoon, Regina and Prince Albert work with students to build community through gatherings and peer networks, provide academic and personal advisement and facilitate tutoring, mentorship and referrals to culturally appropriate supports as requested. UCAN advisors are also available to provide information and referrals for child care, housing, funding and other concerns.

Sample Classes

  • NURS 220: Concepts of Patient and Family Centered Care
    Students will further explore clinical competencies necessary for developing and planning care of patients with acute and chronic needs. Opportunities will be provided to demonstrate critical thinking in the performance of nursing interventions in simulated clinical situations.

  • NURS 330: Maternal Child and Adolescent Family Centered Nursing
    Using evidenced-based theories, and practice, explores health concepts and health challenges of the infant, child, adolescent and child bearing family within the context of family centred care across a continuum of nursing care experiences. Incorporates the concepts of health promotion, wellness, self-determination, individualized, and safe care within an interprofessional and legally prudent environment.

  • NURS 452: Transition to Professional Practice
    Students will use the experiences they have had in NURS 450 and NURS 431 to examine clinical issues, organizational challenges, and policy limitations. Opportunities will be provided to interact with each other, nurse leaders, and policy makers. Leadership, safety, interprofessional and evidence based practice will be emphasized.

Career Opportunities

Nursing is a leading health-care profession, with a wide variety of career opportunities. Nurses work with their minds, hands and hearts, while using advanced technology to provide health-care services to individuals, families, groups and communities. Become a nurse. Make a difference in the world.

To become a Registered Nurse, the following are required:

  • a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree (the outcome of our program)
  • clinical practice (included in our program)
  • successful completion of the National Council Licensure for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN)
  • registration with a provincial regulatory body (SRNA in Saskatchewan)

A Variety of Rewarding Careers

  • Clinical Practice
    • Hospitals – medical, surgical, pediatrics, obstetrics, etc.
    • Community – public health, schools, addiction, shelter agencies, etc.
    • Long-term care – secure environments, care homes, rehabilitation residences, etc.
    • Nurse educator
    • Administration
    • Non-profit sector
    • Forensics
    • Air ambulance
    • Occupational health
    • Northern nursing
    • Rural and remote communities
    • International settings
  • Military Service
    • Nursing officers
  • Government
    • Development of health care policy
  • International Health Agencies
    • Clinical and non-clinical opportunities with agencies, such as UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO)

Take it to the next level

With graduate-level nursing education, nurses may work in administration as a nursing manager, educator of patients or students, advanced practice clinician, therapist, researcher or nurse practitioner.

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