School of Nursing

Bachelor of Nursing (Post RN) Program




Academic Standards and Promotion

Supplementary Examinations

Bachelor of Nursing (Post-RN): For Registered Nurses


The Memorial University of Newfoundland School of Nursing s are based on three major beliefs: (a) that nursing is a dynamic and creative process, encompassing the interaction of the nurse, the client, and the environment; (b) that, as one of the health professions, nursing develops, tests, and uses theoretical and scientific knowledge; and (c) that caring for human beings and promoting change toward health are central to nursing. Preparation for nursing requires a broad knowledge base not only in nursing and health sciences but also in the humanities and the natural and social sciences.

Nursing knowledge is concerned with the patterns of human behaviour as it evolves through interaction with the environment and affects human health.

Nursing practice is based on theoretical and scientific knowledge and aims to promote health.


The Bachelor of Nursing programmes are designed to provide students with a liberal education which prepares them to be direct care-givers, teachers, counsellors and advocates for their clients. The students will be encouraged to perform these roles in a caring manner. The courses in the programmes will contribute to the knowledge, competencies and attitudes of graduates so that they may:

1) Provide for and facilitate comprehensive and effective client care;

2) Convey an awareness of and respect for the values, dignity, and rights of human beings;

3) Recognize the extent to which personal values and attitudes influence the interaction with and care of clients;

4) Apply current knowledge from nursing and other disciplines in any client care environment;

5) Apply scientific methods while maintaining the holistic perspective;

6) Take account of the influences of social, cultural, political and economic forces on the health and lifestyles of people;

7) Communicate and work effectively with other health professionals, agencies and governments in dealing with client care issues;

8) Become self-directed in the pursuit of excellence;

9) Be analytical, critical, and independent thinkers;

10) Use previous experience and education to enhance their knowledge base and competencies;

11) Affirm the values and standards of the nursing profession;

12) Recognize that learning is a continuous life-long process.


1) The School 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 Committee on Undergraduate Studies, and a grade report will be issued by the Registrar to the individual student.

2) Students in the Bachelor of Nursing Program 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) Within one month of the release by the university of the grade reports, a student may submit (to the Associate Director for on Undergraduate Studies of the School of Nursing) a request for reconsideration of the grade awarded in the clinical component of a course.

4) 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 Committee on Undergraduate Studies of the School of Nursing, 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.

5) Students failing to achieve the requirements outlined in Clause 2 or who are required to withdraw from a Nursing course under Clause 4 are permitted to repeat the given Nursing course only once. A second failure or mandatory withdrawal from a Nursing Course requires withdrawal from the School of Nursing.

6) Students who are required to withdraw from the program and who wish to re-enter the program may re-apply in competition after the lapse of two semesters. A student who has been required to withdraw on more than one occasion may reapply in competition for readmission after the lapse of six semesters.

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, Committee on Undergraduate Studies of the School of Nursing. 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 Comittee on Undergraduate Studies may waive the course requirements that apply only to the School of Nursing.



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 achieve 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 Office of the Registrar 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.


Admission Requirements

1) Applicants for admission or readmission to the School of Nursing must complete a School of Nursing application. Students who have not registered for courses at Memorial University of Newfoundland 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.

2) New applicants to the School of Nursing will be accepted three times a year. Deadline: Applications, including all required documents, must be received by:

- May 1 for Fall admission
- October 1 for Winter admission
- February 1 for Spring admission

3) For the purpose of admission to the School of Nursing:

a) A Registered Nurse is a Nurse who is currently registered in Newfoundland or eligible to register in Newfoundland, or is currently registered or eligible for registration in the province/ country in which (s)he resides.

b) It is required that students have a current, practising licence in the jurisdiction in which they plan to complete courses with a clinical component.

NOTE: Qualified applicants will be admitted to the program as resources permit.

4) Applicants must have completed 3 credit hours of English to be considered for admission.

5) Applicants must submit a tentative schedule of their program plan as part of the admissions process.

6) A student who has not taken a course in the Bachelor of Nursing (Post-RN) program within 6 semesters will be withdrawn from the program so that other applicants may be accommodated.

Program Regulations

One hundred eight credit hours are required for the completion of the degree. Forty-five unspecified transfer Nursing credit hours are normally awarded on the basis of successful completion of a diploma program in Nursing.

The required credit hours beyond the 3 normally required for admission are as follows:

Nursing Credit Hours (42)

2040, 2230, 2700, 2740, 3023, 4002, 4010, 4310, 4701, 4702, 5210, 5220, 5700 and 3 clinical focus credit hours. The clinical focus credit hours should be selected from one of the following:

  1. Clinical Focus: Nursing of the Older Adult N4714
  2. Clinical Focus: Nursing Care of Adults N4724
  3. Clinical Focus: Contemporary Mental Health NursingN4734
  4. Clinical Focus: Nursing Care during Pregnancy and Birth N4744

All clinical focus courses are not offered every year. Please consult the School of Nursing for further information on when they will be offered.

Other Credit Hours (18)

a) three credit hours of Statistics 2500 or equivalent, or Education 2900
b) three credit hours of Philosophy from the 2800-2810 series or Religious Studies 2610
c) twelve credit hours of electives. Of these, at least 6 should be at the 2000 level or above.

NOTES: 1) Students should consult the Calendar and contact the appropriate Department for prerequisite requirements.

2) The Comittee on Undergraduate Studies, School of Nursing, may recommend that transfer credit (to a maximum of 6 credit hours) be awarded for certain post basic nursing courses/programs (approved by a provincial nursing association) or for current Canadian Nurses Association certification.

Immunization and Licensing Requirements

Students must provide documentation of required immunization and a current practising license before registering for a nursing course with a clinical component. This documentation should be submitted to the School of Nursing in advance of the start of registration for the semester in which the course will be taken.

Updated on March 1, 2002 by MaryJane Puxley

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