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UNB Fredericton

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Accelerated program admission requirements

In addition to the academic requirements outlined below, applicants to UNB’s Nursing programs are required to complete CASPer testing.

Applicants to the BN Accelerated Program must have a minimum grade of 70% on each of the following grade 12 high school courses (or equivalent) with an overall average of 75% on the four:

  • Biology 120
  • Chemistry 122
  • English 122
  • Pre-calculus 110 or Foundations of Math 120 (Prior to September 2016, Function and Relations)

A minimum of 46 university-level credit hours with an admission average GPA of 3.0 (B or 70% average) or higher is required.

The admission average will be calculated on the most recent 46 credits for students who have completed more. Grades for all courses taken within an academic term will be included in this calculation, even if this results in exceeding the 46 credit hours requirement.

Prerequisite courses

There are five prerequisite university-level courses that must be successfully completed prior to starting the BN Accelerated Program:

Students must achieve a minimum grade of C or equivalent in each of the five prerequisite courses and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA (B or 70%) average on the five courses combined to be admitted to the BN Accelerated Program.

Deadline for prerequisite courses

Applicants are not required to have completed all five prerequisite courses before submitting an application, but must successfully completed them to finalize the admissions process.

The deadline for completing the five pre-requisite courses and submitting final transcript(s) is July 31 for September intake. 

English language proficiency

The language of instruction within our program is English. 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 Vue Test 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 Program (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 of Nursing reserves the right to require further proof of language proficiency before permission will be granted to register for academic courses.