Bachelor of Nursing (Collaborative) Program

General Information

The bachelor of nursing (BN (Collaborative)) program is designed to provide students with a liberal education which prepares them to be direct care-givers, teachers, counsellors and advocates for their clients.

This four-year program is offered at Memorial's School of Nursing and the Centre for Nursing Studies in St. John's, and at Western  Regional School of Nursing in Corner Brook.

Admission is on the basis of competition for a limited number of places.  Selection of candidates will be based on academic performance and other criteria considered suitable for professional practice in nursing.  In addition to the regular quota positions, up to three additional positions per year are available in the BN (Collaborative) program for students of aboriginal ancestry who have met the admission requirements.  Applicants wishing to be considered under this clause must provide documentation of aboriginal ancestry.

Admission Requirements

New applicants to the BN (Collaborative) program will be accepted for the fall semester only. Applications including all required documents must be received by March 1.  An application package may be obtained from the Office of the Registrar.

Applicants are required to meet the general admission requirements of Memorial University  as outlined in the beginning of this Guide.  A minimum overall average of 70 per cent is required in the courses required for admission.  In addition, Level III high school advanced math  is preferred as it is a preparation for the required course in statistics.  As well, high school science courses must include Biology 2201 and 3201 or their equivalents, and Chemistry 3202 or equivalent. In calculating the average Nursing will include Biology 2201 and 3201 and Chemistry 3202 grades.

Applicants who do not have the specified high school science course(s) are required to complete equivalency course(s) before they will be considered for admission.  Biology 1001 and 1002 and Chemistry 1010 (1810 at Grenfell) may be used to fulfill the science courses requirement. 

Mature applicants, as defined by Memorial University of Newfoundland, may be considered for admission if they have a high school diploma, or its equivalent, as certified by the Department of Education.  Applicants must also have completed Biology 2201 and 3201 or equivalent and Chemistry 3202 or equivalent.

First-Year Program

All students admitted to the program must complete the Mathematics Placement Test (MPT) no later than the start of the fall semester in which they are admitted to the program. A score of 50 per cent on the MPT or successful completion of Math 102F, or successful completion of a remediation program approved by the school is a pre-requisite requirement for Nursing 2004 Pharmacology and Nutritional Therapies. Students will register for Nursing 2004 in the fall semester of their second year in the nursing program.

Students accepted to the BN (Collaborative)  program will normally take the following courses in first year:

Semester I Semester II
Nursing 1002 Nursing 1012
Nursing 1003 Nursing 1014
Nursing 1004 Nursing 1015
Biochemistry 1430 Nursing 1016  
  Nursing 1017  
English 1080 or equivalent Nursing 1520
  Psychology 1000

A student who plans to apply to the program after a year at Memorial must complete the required biology and/or chemistry courses if they have not completed the required high school courses.  In addition, they may complete any of the non-nursing courses which are a required part of the program.  These courses include six credit hours in English, Psychology 1000, three credit hours in either sociology or anthropology, three credit hours in political science, three credit hours in business, six credit hours in electives.  However, students should seek advise from the Academic Advising Centre prior to registering for required non-nursing courses.  Further information can be obtained from the sites’ home pages:


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