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Bachelor of Nursing  |  Bachelor of Health Sciences

From community nursing to emergency care, learn 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, you will engage in a wellness-focused clinical practice.

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

Year 3 incorporates acute care issues, community development and population health and practice with individuals and families. You will learn to identify, critique, synthesize, and integrate evidence into practice.

Year 4 includes leadership, theory and practice in health policy. During the final semester, you 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.

Admission requirements

For more information, contact Scott Thomas.

Advanced Standing Program

This program is currently administered at UNB Fredericton with students attending UNB Moncton.

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, contact nursingsj@unb.ca.

Bachelor of Health Sciences

One degree, three choices

Now is a great time to consider a career in one of the three medical fields of health sciences. There is great demand across the country for health care professionals and recruiters visit UNB Saint John throughout the year to help students explore their options. A choice of job opportunities awaits you as a graduate of our Health Sciences program.

The Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHS) is divided into three distinct streams:

Radiation therapy

Radiation therapists are essential members of a cancer patient’s medical team. About 60 per cent of cancer patients will receive radiation treatment either in the form of radical treatment to reduce or eradicate tumours or, in advanced cases, as palliative treatment to relieve a patient’s pain and improve quality of life. Radiation therapists provide highly specialized technological skills with compassionate patient care.

The Radiation Therapy program is offered in conjunction with the Saint John School of Radiation Therapy.

For more information about the profession, see the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT).

Radiography

Radiological technologists are experts in the use of electromagnetic radiation, such as X-rays, for the diagnosis of injury and disease. Just about every Canadian will benefit from the work and care of a radiological technologist at some point in their lives. From common injuries such as sprains and broken bones to the preventative care of an annual mammogram.

For more information about the profession, see the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT).

Respiratory therapy

Respiratory therapists help people breathe. From emergency care for premature babies with immature lungs, to ongoing treatment for people with chronic diseases such as cystic fibrosis, asthma and emphysema, respiratory therapists play an important role in lifelong health.

Respiratory therapists can be found throughout the health care system, such as hospitals, rehabilitation centres, public health clinics, home care services, research labs within universities and private sector corporations, equipment and pharmaceutical sales and air quality testing facilities.

A respiratory therapy degree can also open doors around the world. Health care providers in developing countries actively recruit Canadian graduates to help develop health care facilities and programs abroad.

Following completion of the BHS (Respiratory Therapy) students may pursue further training in the specialized treatment areas of perfusion technology, sleep medicine, neonatal or pediatric care and anaesthesia assistant.

Respiratory Therapy is offered in collaboration with the New Brunswick Community College Saint John Campus.

For more information about the profession, see the Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists.

Don't hesitate to contact us at nursingsj@unb.ca if you have any questions.