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School of Nursing (2007/2008)
1.7 Program of Studies: Bachelor of Nursing (Collaborative)
1.7.1 Characteristics of the Degree Graduate

The Bachelor of Nursing (Collaborative) Program is designed to prepare graduates who will function as beginning practitioners 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 prepares the graduate to develop the competencies which include knowledge, values, attitudes and skills required to:

  1. Practise holistic nursing within a variety of settings, by collaborating with individuals, families, groups and communities, to assist them to achieve health and well-being through health promotion, illness and injury 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.

    1. 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.

    2. Create a personal framework for nursing practice.

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

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

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

  7. Use critical thinking to assist individuals, families, groups, and communities to achieve health and well-being.

  8. Participate in interprofessional practice among the different healthcare providers participating in the delivery of health care.

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

  10. Practise nursing in relation to legal, ethical and professional standards.

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

  12. Recognize the contributions of the nursing profession in global health affairs.

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

1.7.2 Program Requirements

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

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

  1. Nursing Credit Hours (94): 1002, 1003, 1004, 1012, 1014, 1015, 1016, 1017, 1520, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2014, 2502, 2514, 2520, 3001, 3012, 3014, 3104, 3113, 3501, 3512, 3514, 3523, 4103, 4501, 4512, 4515, 4516.

  2. Other Credit Hours (18): Six credit hours from English; Biochemistry 1430; Biology 3053; Psychology 1000; Statistics 2500 or equivalent, or Education 2900

  3. Elective Credit Hours (12): Three credit hours from each of the following: Business, Philosophy 2800 to 2810 series or Religious Studies 2610, Political Science, and Sociology/Anthropology

  4. Additional Elective Credit Hours (6): Any credit courses within the University.


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

  2. Students should note that an acceptable level of mathematical proficiency is required as a prerequisite for Nursing 2004. To ensure sufficient time to develop such proficiency, should remedial work be necessary, students are expected to complete the Mathematics Placement Test no later than the start of the Fall Semester in which they are admitted to the nursing program.