School of Nursing


This Collaborative Nursing Program is offered at Memorial University of Newfoundland School of Nursing, the Centre for Nursing Studies and Western Regional School of Nursing.








The mission of the Bachelor of Nursing (Collaborative) Program is to prepare nurses to meet the challenges of health care today and into the 21st century. The program reflects the collaborative efforts of the province's three Schools of Nursing, The Centre for Nursing Studies, Memorial University of Newfoundland School of Nursing and Western Regional School of Nursing.

The profession of nursing involves caring for and about people. Health, the goal of nursing practice, is achieved by working with persons in a manner that respects individuals' beliefs and values. The Bachelor of Nursing (Collaborative) Program assists students to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to help people achieve and maintain health.

The learning environment of the program is based on the belief that students and faculty are equal partners in the educational process. Students by being actively involved in the learning process develop an appreciation of, and responsibility for the discovery of knowledge. Faculty facilitate learning by serving as resource persons and role models and by challenging students to be self-directed and creative.

The learning opportunities provided acknowledge that nursing is a practice discipline whose service is provided in any and all settings where persons function. Practicing nurses within these settings provide valuable assistance in the student's development of competencies required for beginning nursing practice.


1) Applicants for admission or re-admission must complete an application for the Bachelor of Nursing (Collaborative) Program. In addition, students who have not registered for courses at Memorial University for either of the two immediately preceding semesters must also complete a general application for admission to the University. Applications must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar, Memorial University.

2) New applicants to the Bachelor of Nursing (Collaborative) Program will be accepted for the Fall semester only. DEADLINE: Applications, including all required documents, must be received by March 1.

3) To be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Nursing (Collaborative) Program applicants are required to meet the General Admissions Requirements of Memorial University. In addition, high school Advanced Math 3201 is preferred. High school science courses must include the following:

i) Biology 2201 and 3201 or their equivalents

ii) Chemistry 3202 or equivalent

4) Mature applicants, as defined by Memorial University of Newfoundland, may be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Nursing (Collaborative) Program if they have a high school diploma, or its equivalent, as certified by the Department of Education of Newfoundland. Applicants must also meet the science course requirements stated in clause 3 in order to be considered for admission. The work and life experiences of mature students who do not meet the normal admission requirements will be reviewed on an individual basis to determine the likelihood of success in the program.

5) Admission to the Bachelor of Nursing (Collaborative) Program is on the basis of competition for a limited number of places. Selection of candidates will be based on academic performance and on other criteria considered suitable for professional practice in nursing. Admission to the program is denied to any student if, in the judgement of the Joint Admission's Committee, s/he is deemed unsuitable for admission. Priority will be given to residents of the province.

6) An unsuccessful applicant has the right to appeal the decision of the Admissions Committee. The appeal should be made in writing clearly stating the grounds for the appeal within fourteen days of the notification of the decision and should be directed to the Chair, MUN School of Nursing, Undergraduate Studies Committee, BN (Collaborative) Program.

7) 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 send a letter of request at the time of application and provide documentation of aboriginal ancestry.

8) Applicants must satisfy the health and immunization requirements for admission to the Bachelor of Nursing (Collaborative) Program.

9) Proof of certification in Standard First Aid and Basic Cardiac Life Support, offered by the Canadian Red Cross Society or St. John Ambulance Association, is required to be submitted prior to entry into the program. Certification obtained from other organizations will be accepted if deemed equivalent by the Schools of Nursing.


1) The Memorial University School of Nursing constitutes the examining body for all School of Nursing examinations. The standing of every student will be assessed at the end of each academic semester by the Undergraduate Studies Committee, and a grade report will be issued by the Registrar of Memorial University of Newfoundland to the individual student.

2) Students are required to achieve a grade of at least 65% or a grade of PAS as appropriate in each of the required nursing courses.

3) A student may be required to withdraw from a nursing course with a clinical component or from the program at any time, on the recommendation of the Undergraduate Studies Committee, if the student is deemed unlikely to profit from continued attendance in the nursing course or program and/or is deemed unsafe in a clinical setting.

4) Students failing to achieve the requirements outlined in Clause 2 or who are required to withdraw from a nursing course under Clause 3 are permitted to repeat the given nursing course only once. A second failure or a second mandatory withdrawal from a given nursing course requires withdrawal from the Bachelor of Nursing (Collaborative) Program.

5) Failure in excess of three nursing courses during the program results in mandatory withdrawal from the Bachelor of Nursing (Collaborative) Program.

6) a) Students who voluntarily withdraw from the program must notify the Director, and may be required to apply in competition for re-admission after the lapse of two semesters.

b) A student who has not taken a nursing course in the Bachelor of Nursing (Collaborative) Programme within SIX consecutive semesters, and who has not kept the Associate Director informed about his/her plan to resume studies, will be withdrawn from the program.

c) Students who are required to withdraw from the program may appeal for readmission after a lapse of two semesters by writing to the Chair, Undergraduate Studies Committee. A student who has been required to withdraw from the program on more than one occasion may appeal for readmission after the lapse of six semesters by writing to the Chair, Undergraduate Studies Committee.

7) Students appealing matters such as admission, readmission, examinations and promotion must make their appeal in writing, clearly stating the basis of the appeal, to the Chair, Undergraduate Studies Committee. Appeals cannot be made on the basis of grades awarded in individual courses, as the student will normally have had the opportunity of contesting a grade after notification.

8) In special cases the Undergraduate Studies Committee may waive the course requirements that apply only to the Bachelor of Nursing (Collaborative) Program.



Any student receiving a grade of 60% in a Nursing course is eligible to write a supplementary examination in that course. Only three supplementary examinations in Nursing courses can be written during the program.


1) Supplementary examinations are allowed only in Nursing courses that have a written final examination.

2) Supplementary examinations will have the same weight as final examinations for the course in determining whether the student achieves a passing grade for the course.

3) Any student writing a supplementary examination can only obtain a maximum grade of 65% in the course.

4) Supplementary examinations will be written no later than the first week of the semester immediately following the one in which the course was failed. Normally they should coincide with the writing of deferred examinations in courses where deferred examinations are granted for the semester in question. Grades for supplementary examinations must be received by the Registrar's Office within one week following the completion of the examination.

5) A student may write a supplementary examination for any one course only once.

6) If it is mathematically impossible to achieve a passing grade in a course, then the student will not be granted a supplementary examination.



The Bachelor of Nursing (Collaborative) Program is designed to prepare graduates who will function as beginning practitioners within acute, long term and community health care settings. The graduate is prepared to assume the roles of direct care giver, teacher, counsellor, advocate, coordinator of care and member of the nursing profession. The curriculum design empowers the graduate by providing learning experiences necessary to develop the knowledge, competencies and attitudes required to:

1) Practise nursing within a variety of settings, by collaborating with individuals, families, groups and communities, to assist them to achieve optimal functioning through promotion, prevention, maintenance, restoration and palliation.

2) Practise the caring ethic as an integral dimension of nursing.

3) Create a caring environment through effective communication with individuals, families, groups and communities.

4)a) Develop an approach to the care of individuals, families, groups and communities which reflects a synthesis of concepts and theories of sciences, humanities and nursing.

b) Create a personal framework for nursing practice.

5) Provide competent nursing care to meet the health related needs of individuals, families, groups and communities.

6) Use management and leadership skills to co-ordinate and enhance health care within society.

7) Foster the extension of nursing knowledge through use of and participation in nursing research.

8) Use critical thinking to assist individuals, families, groups, and communities to achieve optimal functioning.

9) Promote collegial relationships among the different sectors of society participating in the delivery of health care.

10) Appraise how nursing roles emerge as the needs of society evolve.

11) Evaluate nursing practice in relation to legal, ethical and professional standards.

12) Accept responsibility for lifelong personal and professional growth using formal and informal strategies for the continuous discovery of knowledge.

13) Recognize the contributions of the nursing profession in global health affairs.

14) Accept responsibility for the promotion of change in health care in response to social, cultural, political and economic factors.


(See Table - Suggested Sequencing of Courses, Bachelor of Nursing (Collaborative) Program)

One hundred twenty nine credit hours are required for the completion of the degree. The required credit hours are as follows:

Nursing Credit Hours (93)

1001, 1002, 1003, 1011, 1012, 1014, 1511, 1520, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2011, 2013, 2501, 2511, 2520, 3001, 3111, 3113, 3501, 3511, 3520, 3521, 3522, 4101, 4103, 4104, 4110, 4501, 4512, 4513.

Other Credit Hours (18)

a) Six credit hours from English
b) Biochemistry 1430
c) Biology 3053
d) Psychology 1000
e) Statistics 2500 or equivalent, or Education 2900

Elective Credit Hours (12)

Three credit hours from each of the following

a) Business
b) Philosophy 2800 to 2810 series or Religious Studies 2610
c) Political Science
d) Sociology/Anthropology

Additional Elective Credit Hours (6)

- Any credit courses within the university.

NOTE: Nursing courses which are designed for the BN (Post-RN) program may be used as electives in the Bachelor of Nursing (Collaborative) Program with permission of the Undergraduate Studies Committee and the course professor.


To meet the licensing requirements for practising nursing in Canada, students must write the Canadian Nurses Registration Exam (CNRE).

To be eligible to write the registered nurse licensure examination, candidates must graduate from an approved School of Nursing and be recommended by the School of Nursing.

In order to be recommended for the registered nurse licensure examination, a student must complete a comprehensive examination set by the Bachelor of Nursing (Collaborative) Program. The comprehensive examination may be in the form of a commercial examination, eg. Mosby Assess Test or NLN exam. The cost of commercial examinations shall be the responsibility of the student.

Last modified on May 21, 2002 by MaryJane Puxley

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