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NHS uses a variety of communication vehicles. Major announcements and communications will occur via TEAMS posts at the BN PROGRAM channel. Students have access to the general channel (all students, all years) and a private channel for their specific year. Email announcements are often common. Students are advised to set their notifications for TEAMS appropriately and to check their communication areas at least once a day.

There are no childcare facilities on campus in Saint John. See the Government of New Brunswick Facility Search for a list of licensed Early Learning and Childcare facilities in our area.

You can order a parking pass online.

Explore our residences to see what fits your needs best and apply online.

The International Student Advisor’s Office can be contacted for support.

Yes, we have Counselling Services located on campus via Student Services.

Contact Financial Aid for assistance.


Clinical takes place in the health care setting for example, a long term care facility, a unit at the hospital, or with a community organization. You will be divided into groups and go to clinical with a clinical instructor.

Clinical for year 1 BN students starts in winter term of year 1 and in the Fall term for LPN Bridge students entering year 3. For clinical you will need to bring scrubs (red top, black pants), closed toe comfortable shoes, a stethoscope, a blood pressure cuff, a nametag, and a watch. We will give you more information during one of your nursing courses in the fall term.

Immunizations is a major part of your first year critical documents. Your critical documents guide will be available to you in the Year 1 channel files of the UNBSJ BN Program in Teams. Students are added to the BN Program team once the department is notified by the registrar that the student has confirmed their admission.

Criminal Record Check (CRC) is a major part of first year critical documents. The letter required plus the instructions to complete will be part of the critical document package available to you in the Year 1 channel files of the UNBSJ BN Program in Teams. Students are added to the BN Program team once the department is notified by the registrar that the student has confirmed their admission. Students must obtain a CRC for both criminal record and vulnerable sector. These can be obtained with letter provided from any local law enforcement agency. Any costs for this process are covered by the student.

The critical documents deadline is the third Monday in July. First-year students who have acceptance dates near or beyond this deadline will be given a new date allowing them time for completion.

You will require scrubs prior to your first clinical experience (BN Year 1 = Winter Term, LPN Bridge BN Year 3 – Fall term). Scrubs do not have to be UNB branded. A red top and black bottoms are required. They can be purchased from any online source (Amazon, etc.) or via local stores such as the uniform shop at the Regional Hospital or at Walmart.

It is really important that you communicate with your clinical instructor as soon as possible. Your instructor will work with you and the BN Director to develop a plan.


Class size will vary depending on the course. Nursing (NURS) courses will have approximately 60 to 80 students. Other non-nursing courses (Biol, Stats, Psyc) may have larger sizes – especially in year 1.

The first year for a new student in the 4 Year BN program will consist of 5 lecture courses (3 hours of lecture time per week, per course) plus lab time. The winter term will have 4 lecture courses plus a clinical experience course focusing on placements in long term care facilities. Students should expect the total of academic time (lectures, labs, reading, studying and all prep) to be a 40-60 hour per week commitment. Students are advised to keep part time work to a minimum (13 hours or less) and used only if marks are safe and consistent.

Transfers assessments occur automatically. Potential courses are communicated to the Program Coordinator who assesses and notifies the registrar and student. If you are waiting for an assessment, you can still register for the course in question while the assessment is occurring. If the transfer is positive – the course may then easily be removed from registration by the student.

D2L stands for Desire to Learn and is the learning platform used across UNB. Much of your specific course related information is located within each specific course found on this platform.

You can always assist yourself by researching basic organizational skills for university students. Good planning and organization goes a long way in helping you manage your workload. Each course will also begin by talking about how to have success in that course. It is important that you follow up with your professor/instructor early if you are experiencing academic challenges.

Our Writing Help Centre offers individual sessions, drop-ins, and workshops.

Most every courses will require a textbook and possibly other materials. You do not need to purchase these in advance of the term. In fact, it is most likely that you will find out during your first class what will be required for each course. All books can be purchased at the Campus Store.

NCLEX stands for National Council Licensure Examination. It is the name of the licensing examination required for you to practice as a Registered Nurse in Canada. You will write this exam upon graduation, once you’ve completed all program requirements. We will discuss the NCLEX during one of your nursing courses in the fall and will continue to refer to it throughout your entire program.

The Department of Nursing and Health Sciences continues to take direction from UNB Administration who follows the recommendations of the office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health in NB. We also actively work with Horizon Health and other program partners to stay up to date on policies that impact our clinical delivery.

A good student utilizes all the support they can. Academic advising can be accessed via the Program Coordinator. Faculty members are a fantastic resource, each instructor will list their available office hours in their course syllabus, and they can always be contacted for questions. A robust community of supports is available to all students on campus can be found on-line through Student Services.

For questions of all kinds related to your UNB Saint John Nursing program experience, contact the Program Coordinator.


The UNB Saint John Nursing Society will be posting activities and events throughout the year. They can be reached at

There are many opportunities to get involved at UNB. See the Student Representative Council (SRC) for information on clubs and societies as well as volunteer opportunities in our community.

Yes. The nursing program is a large time commitment. Your personal availability for part-time work or non-academic activities will vary from term to term. It is important to balance academics, socialization and employment during your time at UNB. Remember, an academically successful student should expect to have a 40-60 hour commitment to school first.

Many students are able to add commitments to part-time employment, recreational activities/past-times; however, academics should always be the number one priority for scheduling considerations.

While BN schedules are not easy to work for abroad expereinces – there certainly are opportunites students can access – especially in the summer of years 1 and 3. Contact Student Services for more information.