Bachelor of Nursing
- Faculty of Nursing
- Mission Statement
- General Information
- University Regulations
- Curriculum for BN Students Four Year Degree Program
- Curriculum for BN for Students in the Accelerated Program
- Credit Hour Requirements for Nursing Programs
|General Office:||MacLaggan Hall, Room 106|
|Mailing Address:||Faculty of Nursing,
University of New Brunswick,
P.O. Box 4400, Fredericton, N.B.,
Canada, E3B 5A3
Dean: Lorna Butler, BScN, MN, PhD
Associate Dean - Graduate Studies & Research: Sue O'Donnell, BN, MN, PhD
Assistant Dean UNB/Humber College: Kelly Scott-Storey, BN (UNB), MN (UNB), PhD (UNB)
BN Program Director (Fredericton): Debra Amirault, BN, MN
Associate Dean (Moncton): Emily Read, BHKin, MSc, BScN, PhD
- Amirault, Debra, BN (UNB), MN (UNB), Sr Teaching Assoc - 1999
- Antworth, Andrea, BN (UNB), MN (Athabasca), Sr Instructor - 2003
- Aquino-Russell, Catherine, BScN (LU), MN (UofM), PhD (Curtin, Australia), Prof - Moncton - 2002
- Balcolm, Sarah, BA (Dal), BScN (Dal), MN (UNB), PhD (UNB), Asst Prof - 2018
- Batty, Mary-Lou, BN (UNB), BA (Dal), MN (UNB), PhD (UNB), Senior Teaching Assoc - 2010
- Bulman, Donna, BN (DAL), MAdEd (SFX), PhD (U of Nottingham), Assoc Prof - 2008
- Burke, Dawn, BN (UNB), MN (Dal), Sr Teaching Assoc - 2010
- Busolo, David, BSc (U of Eastern Africa), MPH (Loma Linda U), PhD (U of M), Asst Prof - 2017
- Butler, Lorna, BScN (Mt. St. Vincent), MN (Dal), PhD (U of T), Professor and Dean - 2018
- Day, Kelly, BN (UNB), MN (UNB), Sr Instructor - 2016
- Doiron-Maillet, Nancy, BN (UNB), MN (Dal), Sr Teaching Assoc - 1991
- Durepos, Pamela, BScN, MSc, PhD (McMaster), Asst Professor - 2020
- Fullarton, Becky, BN (UNB), MN (UNB), Sr Instructor - 2017
- Gaudet, Bev, BN (UNB), MN (Athabasca), Sr Teaching Assoc - 2003
- Gillis, Mary-Lee, BN(UNB), MN (Athabasca), Instructor - Moncton - 2021
- Gordon, Renée, BScN (Lakehead), MSc Global Health (McMaster), Sr Teaching Assoc - 2017
- Hamilton, Sharon, BScN (SHU), MSc (Yale), Sr Teaching Assoc - 2011
- Hickey, Jason, BSc (Dal), MScN (McGill), PhD (Manchester), Assoc Prof - 2017
- Hodgins, Marilyn, BSN (UWO), MN (U of A), PhD (Alta), Prof - 1998
- Irek, Shyanne, BN (UNB), MN (Western), Instructor - Moncton - 2019
- Irving, Nicole, BN (UNB), MN (UNB), Sr Instructor - 2013
- Keough, Alicia, BN (UNB), MN (Athabasca), Sr Instructor - 2017
- O’Donnell, Sue, BN (UNB), MN (UNB), PhD (UNB), Assoc Prof - 2014
- Read, Emily, BHKin (Acadia), MSc (UWO), BScN (UWO), PhD (UWO), Assoc Prof - 2016
- Rickards, Tracey, BN(UNB), MN(UNB), PhD(Dal), Assoc Prof - 2011
- Seymour, Fran, BN (UNB), MN (UNB), Sr Teaching Assoc - 2007
- Scott-Storey, Kelly, BN (UNB), MN (UNB), PhD (UNB), Assoc Professor - 2011
- Taylor, Petrea, BN (UNB), MN (UNB), PhD (UNB), Asst Professor - Moncton - 2020
- Tobin, Heidi, BN (UNB), MN (UNB) – Sr Teaching Assoc - 2017
- Ursel, Karen, BN (U of M), MHSA (Dal), Sr Teaching Assoc - Moncton - 2016
- VanSlyke, Stephen, BN (UNB), MN (UNB), Sr Teaching Assoc - 2003
- Webster, Jessica, BN (UNB), MN (UNB), Sr Teaching Assoc - 2007
- Williams, Claire, BN (UNB), MN (UNB), Instructor - Moncton - 2020
- Wilson, Haley, BSc (UNB), BN (UNB), Instructor, Moncton
- Wilson, Kathy, BN (UNB), MN (Dal), PhD (UNB), Assoc Prof - 1990
Educating and preparing nurses for an evolving healthcare system grounded in the principles of primary health care, social justice and caring supported by evidence and research.
- Questioning, developing, applying and sharing nursing knowledge
- Creating a climate for the advancement of excellence in nursing practice
- Implementing a curriculum grounded in the principles of primary health care, social justice, and caring
- Engaging diverse communities as full participants in inquiry, caring and decision-making related to health.
The Faculty of Nursing contributes to enhancing people’s health and the advancement of the profession and discipline of nursing.
The Faculty of Nursing was established in 1958 through the financial generosity of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the provincial government. It was the result of the recognized need for better education for professional nurses by this University and individuals and organizations in the health fields. This program has built a solid reputation across Canada and internationally over the years.
The Nurses' Association of New Brunswick established a Task Force which led in 1989 to the endorsement of the Baccalaureate degree in Nursing as the entry level to the profession by the year 2000. In December 1994, the responsibility for nursing education in NB was transferred to the universities and UNB admitted the first cohort of students in the fall of 1995. In fall of 2000, the Faculty of Nursing began a collaborative relationship to offer the baccalaureate program in nursing at the Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning.
The Faculty of Nursing offers two programs leading to a baccalaureate degree. The four year BN degree program covers four years of general and professional education. This program is offered at the Fredericton and Saint John campuses. The Accelerated program is completed in six terms (Fall, Winter and Summer) over the course of two years, beginning in September of each year. The BN Accelerated program is offered only at the Moncton site. On completion of either program, graduates are eligible to write the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). Those who are successful are eligible to apply for registration across Canada and in other countries by reciprocity.
Nursing students practice in a variety of clinical facilities and health agencies. Students may be expected to travel out of town for some clinical experiences. In some instances, accommodation will be required. Students may also be expected to complete clinical experiences during evenings, nights, and weekends to accommodate availability of clinical facilities and/or instructors. Students may need to participate in the preceptored clinical practicum during the winter break. Normally, summer session clinical courses are completed by the end of May/early June (four year BN program). However, depending on the availability of clinical facilities and/or instructors, these time frames may need to be extended. Students will be provided with notice of clinical scheduling as soon as it is feasible.
All BN and Accelerated program students must provide proof of required immunizations. Clinical agencies require that students be fully immunized in order to access facilities and may ask students at any time to provide proof of the following mandatory immunizations: Diptheria, Pertussis, Tetanus, Polio, Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Varicella; appropriate Diptheria, Tetanus and Pertussis boosters; and the series of Hepatitis B immunizations and titre status. Students also must have an initial 2-step Mantoux test for Tuberculosis. Further details are contained in the relevant Faculty policy.
Additionally, in order to participate in nursing clinical courses, students must have current CPR Certification Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers (Health Care Provider BLS-HCP). In order to access clinical agencies, students must submit a yearly Criminal Record check, including Vulnerable Sector check. In addition, some clinical agencies require students to have a Social Development Reference Check as described in the Family Services Act of New Brunswick, prior to the clinical practice experience.
Costs in addition to those listed in the financial information section, of this Calendar are: CPR Certification; Criminal Record check; Immunizations; books; photocopying; lab kits; equipment; uniforms; preparation for NCLEX examination and examination writing costs; professional nursing registration; professional meetings; travel costs to and from clinical practice areas; and room and board for off-campus and off-site placements/course requirements.
Any point not covered in the following regulations will be governed by the General University Regulations.
Transfer and mature students are particularly advised to consult the Admissions and University Regulations section of this Calendar. Transfer students and students applying for Nursing as a second undergraduate degree will take Nursing courses and in addition, those Arts and Science courses required by the Faculty if they have not already taken them. To be eligible for the four year degree program, transfer and mature students must have a minimum grade of 70% on each of the following Grade 12 academic high school courses (or the equivalent) with an overall average of 75% on the four: Biology, Chemistry, English and either Pre-calculus 110 or Foundations of Mathematics 120 (prior to September 2013, Functions and Relations). If a higher level Math course in the Pre-Calculus stream is presented, the math courses with the highest grade will be considered. In addition to these high school courses, transfer applicants must have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours of university course work with an average of 3.0 (B or 70%) or higher. For transfer applicants who have completed more than 30 credit hours, the admission average will be calculated on the most recent 30 credit hours of course work. The grades for all courses taken within an academic term will be included in this calculation, even if this results in exceeding the 30 credit hour requirement. Mature applicants must have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours (or 4 courses) of university studies with an average of 3.0 (B or 70%). Preference may be given to those mature applicants who began and successfully completed this requirement within the year prior to the term for which admission is sought. Questions concerning admissions should be directed to the BN Program Director at the Fredericton campus.
Admission decisions are based on the applicant’s admission average or Grade Point Average (GPA) (60% weight) and the CASPer score (40% weight). All applicants to UNB’s Nursing programs are required to complete the CASPer test, an online Situational Judgement Assessment, as part of the application process. This includes applicants to the four-year Bachelor of Nursing on both campuses; the LPN to BN Pathway, and the Bachelor of Nursing Accelerated Program through UNB Fredericton, and the LPN to BN Bridge program through UNB Saint John. An applicant may write the CASPer test once per year. Applicants who have taken the test in previous years will be required to re-take it if reapplying for admission.
Nutsihpiluwewicik Admission Pathway
The Faculty of Nursing, Fredericton campus and Moncton site, and the Department of Nursing and Health Sciences, UNB Saint John follow the Nutsihpiluwewicik (Fredericton) and Indigenous Admissions Pathway (Saint John).
UNB recognizes and respectfully acknowledges that the land on which our campuses are located is the traditional unsurrendered and unceded traditional lands of the Wolastoqiyik and Mi’kmaq Peoples. This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship” which the Wolastoqiyik, Mi’kmaq, and Peskotomuhkati Peoples first signed with the British Crown in 1725. The treaties did not deal with the surrender of lands and resources but in fact recognized Wolastoqiyik, Mi’kmaq, and Peskotomuhkati title and established the rules for what was going to be an ongoing relationship between nations. UNB’s Faculty of Nursing and Department of Nursing and Health Sciences UNB Saint John welcomes applications from Indigenous students and is committed to the decolonization of admissions processes and the fulfillment of the Truth and Reconciliation Committee’s Calls to Action to bridge the educational attainment gap and student success rates, increase the number Indigenous nurses, and to do so in a way that recognizes the value of Indigenous knowledge.
The Mi’kmaq-Wolastoqey Centre, Nutsihpiluwewicik (Healing Clan), the Faculty of Nursing (UNBF) and the Department of Nursing and Health Sciences (UNBSJ) have identified an admissions pathway for applicants with Indigenous ancestry (First Nation, Inuit, and Métis). These applicants are invited to participate in an Indigenous student enrolment strategy - the Nutsihpiluwewicik (Indigenous) Admission Pathway - which aims to increase the number of Indigenous nurses in a culturally responsive way, a process that has been developed with the heart and spirit of Indigenous ways of knowing and being. Applicants who choose this pathway will undergo a wholistic review by an Indigenous Selection Committee. Indigenous applicants are required to meet the minimum application requirements for all UNB Nursing Programs and apply using the general application form. Applicants who choose the Nutsihpiluwewicik Admission Pathway will not have the CASPer score factored into their admission process.
For additional information about this Pathway please contact Nutsihpiluwewicik Director at email@example.com for UNB Fredericton and Moncton. Contact the Indigenous Advisor at UNBSJ (firstname.lastname@example.org). Indigenous applicants who do not meet minimum admission requirements are encouraged to apply to UNB’s Mi’kmaq-Wolastoqey Centre’s Wocopsqoltine weci Spiqiyahtuweq / Weli'kwejik Elaqsultiek program.
Admission Policy on English Language Proficiency
The language of instruction within our program is English and prospective students whose native language is not English will be required to demonstrate competence in the English language prior to admission. Prospective students may prove English language proficiency in one of the following ways:
- Minimum TOEFL (paper based) score of 600
- Minimum TOEFL (IBT) score of 100
- Minimum IELTS score of 7.0
- Duolingo with a minimum score of 120
- Pearson Vu Test (PTE) with a minimum score of 68
- Cambridge English Assessment C1 Advanced with a minimum score of 190
- CAEL CE or CAEL online with a score of 80
- UNB Fredericton English Language Programme (ELP) Assessment score of 85 with no sub score less than 85.
- Equivalent results of a UNB approved standardized proficiency test.
- Complete four or more consecutive years of full-time education in English in a country where English is the principal language.
In all cases, the Faculty reserves the right to require further proof of language proficiency before permission will be granted to register in academic courses.
- A student whose assessment grade point average (the May/April period; for definition, see Standing and Promotion Requirements in Section B of this Calendar) falls:
a. below 2.0 but above 1.6 will be placed on academic probation; if in any subsequent period the grade point average falls below 2.0 the student will be required to withdraw from the program.
b. below 1.7 will, subject to review by the Nursing Faculty, be required to withdraw from the program.
- A student who twice fails to achieve at least a "C" or "CR" grade in any Nursing course will be required to withdraw from the Nursing program.
- A student must receive at least a "C" or clinical "CR"
a. in each Nursing course before proceeding to ensuing Nursing courses and
b. in all additional required non-nursing courses before proceeding to the next year of Nursing courses.
c. in nursing electives
- A "D" grade is accepted only in non-nursing open electives (a nursing elective taken as an open elective requires a "C" grade for credit).
- Normally, students must complete all courses in a given year before proceeding to the next year of the program.
- A student repeating a Nursing course may, at the discretion of the Nursing Faculty, also be required to repeat and pass the Nursing course that immediately preceded it.
a. Four year BN degree students must complete the program within 6 years of enrolment in the Faculty of Nursing.
b. Advanced Standing Degree Program students must complete the program within 4 years of enrollment in the first term of the program.
- Students who have been out of regularly sequenced nursing courses for less than one year, for any reason, are required to notify the campus BN Director by email of their intentions for future studies by April 30. This will facilitate planning for the upcoming academic year. Failure to notify the BN Director of the intention to return to the program by this deadline may result in lack of availability of a clinical placement in a required clinical course(s).
- Students enrolled in the four year BN degree program must complete 94 credit hours in Nursing, 26 required credit hours in other faculties, and 9 credit hours of open electives. Students enrolled in the Advanced Standing Degree Program must complete 83 credit hours in Nursing and 3 credit hours in Biology.
- All students in the four year and BN program are required to complete one online Student Assessment of Abilities Year (SAAY) survey at the end of each year in the program. The students of the BN-Advanced Standing Program are required to complete the online Student Assessment of Abilities Year (SAAY) survey at the completion of terms two, four and six. These surveys are administered electronically and are linked to a particular course at the end of each year in the program. All students must complete the SAAY survey in order to receive credit for the related course.
Term 1: NURS 1012 (3 ch), NURS 1225 (3 ch), NURS 1306 (4 ch), NURS 1324 (3 ch), BIOL 1711 (4 ch), Writing Elective (English or Writing designated Course) (3 ch).
Term 2: NURS 1305 (4 ch), NURS 1235 (3 ch), NURS 1236 (3 ch), BIOL 1782 (4 ch ), Restricted Psychology elective (3 ch).
Term 1: NURS 2177 (3 ch), NURS 2135 (3 ch), NURS 2145 (3 ch), NURS 2155 (4 ch), BIOL 2501 (3 ch).
Term 2: NURS 2132 (3 ch), NURS 2187 (3 ch), BIOL 2513 (3 ch), STAT 2263 (3 ch), Open elective (3 ch).
Summer Session: NURS 2063 (3 ch).
Term 1: NURS 3065 (4 ch), NURS 3068 (5 ch), NURS 3092 (3 ch), BIOL 2251 (3 ch).
Term 2: NURS 3072 (3 ch), NURS 3074 (5 ch), NURS 3082 (3 ch), Open elective (3 ch).
The Accelerated degree Program in Nursing is intended for applicants with at least 46 credit hours of university courses who wish to earn a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing.
To be eligible for the Acclerated BN program, applicants must have a minimum grade of 70% on each of the following Grade 12 academic high school courses (or the equivalent) with an overall average of 75% on the four: Biology 120, Chemistry 122, English 122 and Pre-Calculus 110 or Foundations of Mathematics 120 (prior to September 2016, Functions and Relations). If a higher level Math course in the Pre-Calculus stream is presented, the math course with the highest grade will be considered. In addition to these high school courses an applicant must have completed a minimum of 46 credit hours of university courses with an admission average of 3.0 ("B" or 70% average) or higher. For applicants who have completed more than 46 credit hours, the admission average will be calculated on the most recent 46 credit hours of course work. The grades for all courses taken within an academic term will be included in this calculation, even if this results in exceeding the 46 credit hour requirement. Students must receive a minimum "C" grade or the equivalent in each prerequisite course and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA (“B” average or 70%) in their prerequisite courses in order to be admitted into the Accelerated BN Program.
Program Prerequisites Are:
- BIOL 1711 or equivalent: Human Anatomy I (4 ch) (BIOL 1719 online course option through UNB College of Extended Learning)
- BIOL 2251 or equivalent: Microbiology (3 ch) (BIOL 2259 online course option through UNB College of Extended Learning)
- STAT 2263 or equivalent: Statistics for Non-Science Majors (3 ch) (STAT 2263 online course option through UNB College of Extended Learning)
- BIOL 2501 or equivalent: Pathophysiology I (3 ch) (BIOL 2509 online course option through UNB College of Extended Learning)
- BIOL 2792 or equivalent: Human Physiology I (3 ch) (BIOL 1789 online course option through UNB College of Extended Learning)
For additional information concerning the prerequisites for the BN Accelerated Program, contact the Associate Dean, Faculty of Nursing Moncton.
September 2022 Start
Term 1: NURS 1121 (3 ch), NURS 1135 (3 ch), NURS 1136 (4 ch), NURS 1142 (4 ch).
Term 2: NURS 2133 (4 ch), NURS 3065 (4 ch), NURS 3068 (5 ch), NURS 1131 (3 ch).
Term 3: NURS 2171 (3 ch), NURS 2145 (3 ch), NURS 2172 (3 ch), NURS 2175 (3 ch), BIOL 2513 (3 ch).
September 2023 Start
Term 1: NURS 1121 (3 ch), NURS 1135 (3 ch), NURS 1136 (4 ch), NURS 1142 (3 ch).
Term 2: NURS 2133 (4 ch), NURS 3065 (4 ch), NURS 3068 (5 ch), NURS 1131 (3 ch).
Term 3: NURS 2171 (3 ch), NURS 2145 (3 ch), NURS 2172 (3 ch), NURS 2175 (3 ch), BIOL 2513 (3 ch).
Four Year BN Degree Program Minimum 129 ch
Accelerated Degree Program Minimum 87 ch
High School to Accelerated Bachelor of Nursing Pathway for High School Students
The High School to Accelerated Bachelor of Nursing Pathway provides high school students with a pathway into the UNB Bachelor of Nursing Accelerated Program in Moncton. Students admitted to the High School to Acclerated Bachelor of Nursing Pathway will take 46 university credits over 3 semesters (Fall, Winter, Summer) at the Fredericton campus and online through the College of Extended Learning. The pathway includes five courses in leadership studies through Renaissance College (15 credit hours), the five prerequisite courses required to enter the Accelerated Bachelor of Nursing program (16 credit hours), plus 15 credit hours of university electives of the student's choice. Students admitted to the High School to Accelerated Bachelor of Nursing Pathway Program will be granted a spot in the UNB Bachelor of Nursing Accelerated Program in Moncton conditional upon meeting the admission standards for the program. Students who successfully complete all of the leadership courses in the pathway will be granted the UNB Certificate in Leadership Studies.
Nursing electives may not be available in each academic year.
NURS 4234 Independent Study (3 ch)
LPN to BN Pathway
The pathway involves a set of six courses that allows Licenced Practical Nurses (LPN) to transition into the third year of the current four year Bachelor of Nursing (BN program). The LPN to BN pathway provides a way for LPNs who successfully complete their licensure, and meet admission requirements to advance their nursing education resulting in a Baccalaureate of Nursing degree. Students can complete the Pathway Program in a single term (winter) or over two terms (3 courses each term, fall and winter). The option for in class study for three of the courses in the Pathway Program is available. Once students complete the Pathway Program, they can apply to transfer into the Fall term of third year of the BN program and will complete third and fourth year of the undergraduate four-year nursing program.
2 Term Option
1 Term Option
Upon completion of the pathway, students apply to transfer to year 3 of the 4-year BN program.
Mental Health Nursing Certificate
The aim of this mental health certificate option is to provide an opportunity for undergraduate students to better meet the challenges influencing mental health and substance use in New Brunswick. Graduates will be positioned to play leadership roles in filling the gaps in access and interventions for mental health care in the province. Students who complete the mental health certificate option will be better prepared for the provision of mental health care and the promotion of well-being in a variety of settings including primary care, community, acute care, long term care, and correctional services. All students enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing programs in good academic standing are eligible to apply.
To complete the option students are required to complete NURS 3145 Advanced Therapeutic Communications and NURS 4145 Mental Health Nursing in Complex Situations. Clinical experiences in NURS 3068 Clinical Practicum: Community and Population Health and NURS 4153 Preceptorship, will have a mental health focus.