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From community nursing to emergency care, learn through a blend of academic excellence and professional experience.

UNB’s Saint John campus is located next to the Saint John Regional Hospital (SJRH), the largest health care facility and teaching hospital in New Brunswick.

Our clinical care practicum at the SJRH will give you the valuable real-world experience with an opportunity to learn at the province’s main trauma and heart care centre.

From the intricate work in a surgical room to the practical guidance offered to new parents, UNB will help you bring your nursing degree to life.


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.

There are two delivery models to choose from with the same admission requirements: A four-year program and a condensed three-year model. You can choose which model you would like on your application.

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

UNB Saint John offers annual entry to the LPN Bridge Program. Students who successfully complete the bridging program will have the opportunity to join an existing BN class for the third and fourth year of the BN program.

Students who enter the BN program through the LPN BN Bridge must complete the BN program requirements within four years of their BN start date. Entrance to the LPN Bridge program is competitive and seats are limited.

Students can also enter the LPN Bridge program through the Step Up to Nursing (SUN) initiative.

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One degree, two choices

Now is a great time to consider a career in one of the two 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 career options. A choice of job opportunities awaits you as a graduate of our Health Sciences program.

Admission requirements

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


Radiological technologists are experts in the use of electromagnetic radiation, such as X-rays, for the diagnosis of injury and disease. Most Canadians will benefit from the work and care of a radiological technologist in their lifetime 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.

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Respiratory Therapists (RT) will be able to gain access to the Post Diploma Entry to Bachelor of Health Sciences. Eligible students require successful completion of High School MATH 112 with a minimum grade of 60% and provide proof of current registration with the New Brunswick Association of Respiratory Therapists (NBART) in good standing. The Admission Policy on English Language Proficiency as described above applies to the Post Diploma Entry to BHS.

Program duration

  • Equivalent to 2 years of full-time university study (60 credit hours).
  • Available on a full-time or part-time basis.
  • Must be completed within five years of registration of the first course.
  • Courses may be completed in the sequence best suited for you; however, attention must be paid to course pre-requisites.

Delivery mode

The program has been designed to provide you with flexibility in your options for degree completion.

  • Required courses will be offered annually online term-based.
  • Elective courses will be offered on alternate years online term-based and available through the College of Extended Learning (C.E.L).
  • Equivalent in-person courses are available.
  • You can apply for transfer of previously completed credits.

You are advised to consult with our Program Coordinator in the Department of Nursing and Health Sciences for academic advising regarding the program course offerings and availability of courses.

Admission requirements

  • Licensed as a respiratory therapist and in good standing with the New Brunswick Association of Respiratory Therapists (NBART).
  • Must adhere to UNB’s admission policy on English language proficiency.

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