Nursing

UNB Saint John nursing students benefit from both classroom education and real-world training in local hospitals and health care centres.Explore the nursing profession, from community nursing to emergency care, through a blend of academic excellence and professional experience.

Our campus is located next to New Brunswick’s largest health care facility, the Saint John Regional Hospital (SJRH). As the province’s main trauma and heart care centre, it is also the largest teaching hospital in NB. Your clinical care practicum at the SJRH will give you the valuable real-world experience you're looking for.

From the intricate work in a surgical room to the practical guidance offered to new parents, we'll help you bring your nursing degree to life.

Bachelor of Nursing

What to expect

Year 1 introduces the profession of nursing and emphasizes health promotion and disease prevention. In the Winter term, students engage in a wellness focused clinical practice.

Year 2 consists of supportive care in areas of chronic and mental health challenges. Students also focus on health promotion and preventative care during the childrearing years.

Year 3 incorporates acute care issues and practice with individuals and families. Students learn to identify, critique, synthesize, and integrate evidence into practice.

Year 4 includes leadership, theory and practice in health policy, community development and population health. During the final semester the students will have a concentrated clinical experience that is coordinated jointly through UNB Department of Nursing and Health Sciences and our clinical partners. Clinical placements are dependent upon availability.

For more information, please contact Scott Thomas.

Bachelor of nursing program for Registered Nurses

UNB Saint John also offers nursing education to Registered Nurses. Required nursing courses expand upon RN education and experience with specific emphasis on evidence informed practice and development of leadership capacity. Learning opportunities will focus on individuals, families, and communities in multiple settings.

For more information, please contact BNRN Program Advisor, Roberta Clark.

LPN bridge pilot project

Please note: the UNB Saint John LPN Bridge Pilot has been extended to include a third cohort of students who will start the bridging process September 2015.  Applications may be made through the normal UNB application process.

The Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) bridging program allows LPN graduates from the New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) / Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB) system to transition into year three of the Bachelor of Nursing program at UNB Saint John.  

Applicants must complete the following courses at UNB with no grade below C, and a minimum grade point average of 3.0:

  • NURS 2011 - Concepts for Professional Nursing Practice (3ch)
  • NURS 2052 - Clinical Decision Making (3ch)
  • HUM 1021 - Effective Writing I (3ch)
  • STATS 2263 - Statistics for Health Sciences (3ch)
  • BIOL 2831 - Pathophysiology I (3ch)
  • PSYC 1003 - Introductory Psychology I (3ch)

Please review the programs list of frequently asked questions.

Advanced Standing Program

(This program is currently available only at UNB Fredericton.)

The Advanced Standing Program is intended for applicants with prior university education who wish to become professional nurses. To be eligible, the applicant must have completed 60 credit hours of university courses with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Preference will be given to those with course work in the field of human sciences and/or human behaviour.

For more information on the Nursing program at the Saint John Campus, please contact the department