Office of the Registrar
School of Nursing (2016/2017)
4 Description of Programs

All courses of the School are designated by the abbreviation NURS.

4.1 Bachelor of Nursing (Collaborative) Program

The School of Nursing offers an undergraduate program leading to a Bachelor of Nursing. This Program is designed to prepare competent entry-level nurses who will function within a variety of health care settings. The graduate is prepared to assume the roles of direct care giver, educator, counsellor, advocate, facilitator, co-ordinator of care, researcher, leader, and member of the nursing profession. The Program is guided by a mission, philosophy and conceptual framework which direct the curriculum as students progress toward that competent entry-level nursing practice.

The School of Nursing depends on the cooperation and involvement of a large number of organizations and professional personnel in providing quality clinical placements and instruction to its students. These agencies often have a range of requirements, some of which include, a Certificate of Conduct, a Child Protection Record Check, immunizations, a First Aid Certificate, and a CPR certificate. Students unable to meet these agency requirements may be delayed in their program or prevented from completing their program of studies. All students are required to complete these requirements in a timely fashion and at their own expense. Many of these requirements must be updated annually.

In order to satisfy clinical practice requirements for the Bachelor of Nursing (Collaborative) Program, clinical agencies may be used 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Students may be required to attend during any of these times.

To meet the licensing requirements for practising nursing in Canada, students must graduate from an approved program offered by a School of Nursing and successfully write the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). During the program, students may be required to buy resources that are endorsed by the School to prepare for the exam and integrated into courses throughout the curriculum. In the final year of the Program, students must also complete a comprehensive examination set by the Bachelor of Nursing (Collaborative) Program. All costs associated with these resources and exams are the responsibility of the student.

The Bachelor of Nursing (Collaborative) Program (B.N.) has two full-time curriculum options. Both are guided by the same conceptual framework and leveled objectives. The Program also has an Licensed Practical Nursing Bridging (LPN) admission option directly into the second year of the Program’s 4-Year Option for prospective students who have completed a LPN program as outlined under Admission/Readmission Regulations for the School of Nursing.

This Bachelor of Nursing (Collaborative) Program is offered at Memorial University of Newfoundland School of Nursing, the Centre for Nursing Studies, and the Western Regional School of Nursing. Information regarding Memorial University School of Nursing is available at Information regarding the Centre for Nursing Studies is available at, and information regarding the Western Regional School of Nursing is available at

4.1.1 Bachelor of Nursing (Collaborative) 4-Year Option

The 4-Year Option is offered over nine semesters in four academic years. This option is comprised of 130 credit hours, and is open to applicants from both high school and university backgrounds. It should be noted that the Winter semester of the first, second and fourth years of the program extends beyond the normal University class end date in their respective semesters as outlined in the University Diary.

4.1.2 Bachelor of Nursing (Collaborative) Fast-Track Option

The Fast-Track Option is designed for students with well-developed university-level study skills. This full-time Option is for current degree holders or those with advanced admission standing and is comprised of 94 credit hours. This Option is taken over two years in six consecutive semesters. It should be noted that the last semester of the second year ends later than the scheduled date on which the Spring semester ends. This Option is offered at Memorial University of Newfoundland School of Nursing and Western Regional School of Nursing.