Bachelor of science in nursing (four-year option)

This four-year option is open to students with a high-school diploma and those who have attended a post-secondary institution, including those who have completed undergraduate studies or who hold a bachelor's degree.

The four-year bachelor of science in nursing (collaborative) program is offered at:

  • Memorial University Faculty of Nursing (MUNFON) in St. John's
  • Centre for Nursing Studies (CNS) in St. John's
  • Western Regional School of Nursing (WRSON) in Corner Brook

Pending completion of logistics the program will also be offered via three MUNFON satellite sites:

  • Happy Valley-Goose Bay
  • Gander
  • Grand Falls-Windsor

Admission requirements

Admission is subject to meeting the general admission requirements and does not guarantee your acceptance into the program.

There are several admission pathways for interested applicants of the 4-Year nursing option. Priority for admission is given to residents of Newfoundland and Labrador, but out-of-province and international applicants are encouraged to apply. Before you apply, be sure to review the Nursing admissions webpages for high school applicantscurrent Memorial University studentsother post-secondary studentsLPN Bridging applicants, and international applicants as applicable to you.

Up to three seats per year are reserved specifically for applicants of Indigenous ancestry who have met the admission requirements but who are not in the top ranked candidates. Applicants wishing to be considered under this clause must check the appropriate space provided on the BN application form and provide documentation of Indigenous ancestry. A written or oral component may be part of the admissions process.

Selection of candidates for admission to the bachelor of science in nursing (Collaborative) program is based primarily on academic performance to date combined with performance on the CASPer test, and reference form. Relevant work and volunteer experience as well as personal achievements listed, and references are may also be considered.

Review the admission details below, and for further information, visit nursing admissions.

New Memorial students

You may apply for admission into the bachelor of science in nursing directly from high school by indicating bachelor of science in nursing (collaborative) on the undergraduate application for admission. Direct entry into the program from high school is competitive as there are a limited number of placements.

In addition to the general admission requirements, you must have completed:

  • Math 3200 or 3201 (or equivalent)
  • Biology 2201 and 3201 (or Grade 11 and 12 equivalents)
  • Chemistry 3202 (or Grade 12 equivalent)

For out-of-province applicants who do not have Grade 12 social science or modern/classical language, an additional Grade 12 science course, other than biology or chemistry must be completed.

It is strongly advised that international applicants take courses at Memorial for two semesters before applying to the bachelor of science in nursing (collaborative) program. Please review the admission criteria, outlined below, for current Memorial students.

Current Memorial and transfer students

If you're seeking admission into the bachelor of science in nursing through transfer from within Memorial University or other accredited post-secondary institutions, indicate bachelor of science in nursing (collaborative) on the undergraduate application for admission.

If you've attended a post-secondary institution and haven't completed the required high school courses noted above, you must complete the following courses (or equivalents):

  • Biology 1001 and 1002
  • Chemistry 1010, 1050, 1051, 1200, 1001, or 1810 (Grenfell Campus)
  • one university level mathematics course (excluding statistics courses)

Both biology courses must be taken at the same level (either high school or post-secondary), not a combination of high school and post-secondary.

You may choose to complete the following:

  • six credit hours in English critical reading and writing (CRW) courses
  • Biochemistry 1430
  • Biology 3053
  • Psychology 1000
  • Statistics 2500 (or Statistics 1510, 2550, Education 2900, or Psychology 2910, 2925)
  • three credit hours in either sociology, anthropology, or archaeology
  • three credit hours in philosophy or Religious Studies 2610
  • three credit hour elective course

Completion of non-nursing courses does not guarantee acceptance into the program. While these non-nursing courses are requirements of the bachelor of science in nursing (collaborative) program, they are not required to be completed before seeking admission to the program.

Additional documents required for admission

Your application to the bachelor of science in nursing will require you to submit the following:

  • personal statement
  • academic reference form
  • documentation of Indigenous ancestry (if applicable)

Applicants are required to complete CASPer, an on-line assessment, which helps assess applicants for non-academic attributes or people skills. Successful completion of CASPer is mandatory to maintain admission eligibility.

CASPer test dates for Memorial University (Undergraduate Nursing) students are available on the Nursing Admissions website.

Sample first year

Wondering what courses you would take in your first year? Check out a sample program of suggested courses for bachelor of science in nursing students attending:

Sample courses

NURS 1002 - Anatomy and Physiology I
NURS 3501 - Mental Health: Practice
NURS 4103 - Professional Development II

Program Information


  • Memorial University Faculty of Nursing
  • Centre for Nursing Studies
  • Western Regional School of Nursing

4 years


Fall semester

Application Deadline:

Jan. 20

Supplementary Application:


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