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Faculty of Nursing
UNB Fredericton

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Undergraduate nursing programs

Hands-on experience from the start

Start your education on the right foot with hands-on experience in your first year. Whether you’re interested in our four-year Bachelor of Nursing on our Fredericton site or our two-year Bachelor of Nursing Accelerated Program at our Moncton site, you’ll gain clinical experience in your first year.

Our students have the support they need to become leaders in the field with small class sizes, welcoming faculty and a 8:1 student-to-faculty ratio for most clinical courses. During your time at the University of New Brunswick, you’ll not only become a leader in your field, you’ll also make new friends and challenge yourself in ways you can’t imagine. Our graduates are in high demand, with varied and exciting careers throughout North America and globally. 

Preparing for your future

UNB’s nursing program is designed to equip you with five essential abilities:

  • Knowledge and its application
  • Communication
  • Critical thinking and analytical skills
  • Professional identity and ethics
  • Social justice and effective citizenship

Why nursing at UNB?

Our curriculum is unique in its focus on primary healthcare, social justice and caring as core values. We emphasize the caring practice of nursing because we know that the human side of the profession is just as important as the technical side.

Our graduates are leading the way as executive directors of hospitals, majors in the Canadian Armed Forces, Canada research chairs and ministerial government positions. They make a difference in their communities, working in harm reduction and providing healthcare around the world.


In this four-year Bachelor of Nursing program offered on our Fredericton campus, students have the opportunity to practice in a wide variety of settings locally and provincially — with opportunities to study nationally and internationally.

One unique community experience for our students is to work in the Fredericton Downtown Community Health Centre, where they learn from nurse practitioners, physicians, social workers, occupational therapists and other health professionals.

The Bachelor of Nursing Accelerated Program, offered at our Moncton site, is designed for students with previous university experience. Students with a minimum of 46 university-level credit hours are able to complete a nursing degree in six terms over two years.

The High School to Accelerated Bachelor of Nursing Program is a collaborative initiative between the Faculty of Nursing, the Faculty of Science, and Renaissance College. You can apply to this program in your graduating year of High School and earn your BN degree in 9 terms over 3 years.

Students who successfully complete all of the leadership courses in the pathway will also be granted the UNB Certificate in Leadership Studies. Year 1 includes completing courses in leadership studies, sciences, and electives via UNB Fredericton and online via the College of Extended Learning (CEL). Years 2 and 3 include completion of the BN Accelerated Program in Moncton.

Mental health nursing certificate      Apply by March 31

The future is yours

Nursing is a rewarding career filled with the potential for travel, growth and an opportunity to make a difference in people's lives. Our graduates are in high demand, with varied and exciting careers throughout North America.