As a result of COVID-19, the College of Nursing is postponing the May 2022 intake of the Post-Degree BSN option. We encourage students to apply to the full Bachelor of Science in Nursing program in the upcoming year. If you have further questions please contact an academic advisor.

About

The Post-Degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) option recognizes previous university achievements of qualified students and gives them the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree in a shortened period of time. It is a two year program leading to a full Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

It is available to students who have completed a baccalaureate degree, or have made significant progress toward a degree in another field.

Location
This option is only offered as full-time, face-to-face instruction at our Saskatoon campus.

Quick facts
  • 2 year program leading to BSN degree
  • Full-time program
  • You cannot begin this program directly from high school

Four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing

If you do not have a degree or have not completed 90 credit units of recognized post-secondary study towards a degree you would apply for the Four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Curriculum

The Post-Degree B.S.N. option provides opportunity for full-time intensive study over six consecutive terms with program completion in less than two calendar years. 

Year One

Total Credit Units: 51

Spring and Summer Term 1 (May - June)
Credit Units: 9

  • NURS 200.3 Nursing Foundations Perspectives and Influences
  • NURS 202.3 Assessment and Components of Care I
  • NURS 204.3 Communication and Professional Relationships

Spring and Summer Term 2 (June - August)
Credit Units: 12

  • NURS 203.3 Assessment and Components of Care II
  • NURS 205.3 Research for Evidence-Informed Practice
  • PHAR 250.3 Pharmacology for Nursing
  • NURS 220.3 Concepts of Patient and Family Centered Care

Term 1 (Sept - Dec) 
Credit Units: 15

  • NURS 221.3 Patient and Family Centered Care in Clinical Practice
  • NURS 201.3 Perspectives on Health, Wellness, and Diversity in a Global Context
  • NURS 305.6 Core Competencies for the Management of Complex Patient Care
  • NURS 332.3 Exploring Complexity and Acuity

Term 2 (Jan - April) 
Credit Units: 15

  • NURS 306.3 Exploring Chronicity and Aging
  • NURS 307.3 Integrating Mental Health into Nursing
  • NURS 328.3 Therapeutic Interventions for Individuals and Groups
  • NURS 308.3 Integrating Mental Health Nursing within Practice
  • NURS 333.3 Complex Nursing Care Practice

Year Two

Total Credit Units: 42

Spring and Summer Term 1 (May - June) 
Credit Units: 9

  • NURS 330.3 Maternal Child and Adolescent Family Centered Nursing
  • NURS 304.3 Family Nursing
  • NURS 322.3 Leadership in Education and Care

Spring and Summer Term 2 (July - August)
Credit Units: 3

  • NURS 331.3 Maternal Child and Adolescent Family Centered Nursing Practice

Term 1 (Sept-Dec)
Total Credit Units: 15

Either:

  • NURS 430.3 Community Health Nursing: Building Partnerships
  • NURS 431.6 Community Nursing Practice
  • NURS 422.3 Issues in Leadership and Management: Transformative Practice in Health Care Organizations
  • NURS 440.3 Interprofessional Perspectives: Health Systems and Policy Development within a Global Context

OR:

  • NURS 450.9 Practice Integration
  • NURS 441.3 Transitioning to Professional Practice
  • Restricted NURS Elective.3*

Term 2 (Jan-Apr)
Total Credit Units: 15

  • NURS 430.3 Community Health Nursing: Building Partnerships
  • NURS 431.6 Community Nursing Practice
  • NURS 422.3 Issues in Leadership and Management: Transformative Practice in Health Care Organizations
  • NURS 440.3 Interprofessional Perspectives: Health Systems and Policy Development within a Global Context

OR:

  • NURS 450.9 Practice Integration
  • NURS 441.3 Transitioning to Professional Practice
  • Restricted NURS Elective.3*

The Course and Program Catalogue has the complete and official listing of required classes and their descriptions for this program.

Tuition estimates

Canadian students International students
Tuition $8,628 $25,884
Fees $1,067 $1,067
Books/Course materials $1,500 $1,500
Total $11,195 $28,451

Tuition will vary depending on the type and number of classes you take in a year. This estimate reflects a typical amount you could expect to pay in your Year 2 if you enroll in a full course load, the maximum number of courses allowed (2021-2022 Canadian dollar rates). Note that this program (and the estimate above) includes classes in the Spring term.
Fees are used to fund specific student benefits, including health, vision and dental coverage, a bus pass, recreational programs and fitness centre access.
The cost of books, course materials and supplies varies widely across the different years of the program. It is recommended that you budget between $1,500-$2,500 per year.

Admissions

The purpose of the Post-Degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing (PDBSN) option is to recognize previous university achievements of qualified students and give them the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree in a shortened period of time.

Acceptance into the PDBSN program

Acceptance into the PDBSN program is competitive and based on:

  1. The calculated average of your most recent 60 credit units of coursework towards a degree. All courses towards a degree within each academic year must be included. (60% weighting)
  2. Situational judgment test score (40% weighting)
  3. Completion of all other admission requirements

Admission requirements

Post-secondary students applying for admission to the PDBSN option must have one of the following:

  • a baccalaureate degree of at least 90 credit units (cu) from a post-secondary institution recognized by the University of Saskatchewan, or
  • must have made significant progress toward a bachelor's degree (completed 90 credit units of recognized post-secondary study towards a degree) by April 30th of the year of their expected entrance date. At least 36 credit units must be at the senior level (senior level courses are defined as comparable to courses at the 200 level and beyond at the University of Saskatchewan).
  • Applicants to the PDBSN will be provided with a Program Monitor form that they must complete to confirm courses completed to meet their degree(s) program requirements.

Prerequisite courses

The following courses are prerequisites for entry into the Post-Degree BSN option. All courses being used towards admission must be completed by April 30 prior to May 1 admission.

  • Anatomy and Physiology (6 credit units)
  • Humanities (3 credit units)
  • Microbiology (3 credit units)
  • Indigenous Studies (3 credit units)*
  • Nutrition* (3 credit units)
  • Social Science* (6 credit units)
  • Statistics (3 credit units)

View more examples of prerequisite equivalents

Learn more about transfer credit course-for-course equivalents from other universities. If you still have questions, contact an advisor.

Required minimum average

A minimum average of 70% is required for admission. A competitive average will be calculated on post-secondary coursework completed before December 31 of the year prior to the desired entrance date. Averages are calculated as follows:

  • An initial admissions average will be calculated on your most recent 60 credit units of coursework towards a degree.All courses towards a degree within each academic year must be included.
  • Coursework completed between January and April prior to May 1st admission will not be used in the initial admission average. However, the coursework can count towards the final admission average (if used to meet degree(s) program requirements) and pre-requisite requirements.
  • Applicants will be required to maintain a final admission average of 70%.

Deficiency

Students may be considered for admission into the College of Nursing with ONE deficiency in the following prerequisite courses:

  • Nutrition or
  • Social Science or
  • Indigenous Studies

This deficiency must be completed by the end of December of the year you are admitted. Proof of completion must be received by January 31.

The situational judgement test

Beginning in 2022, the College of Nursing requires applicants to complete an online situational judgement test. This test, called CASPer (Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics) assesses non-academic attributes and inter-personal skills essential for success in nursing.

The situational judgement test involves a series of video-or text-based scenarios and asks test-takers what they would do and why they would do it. The test assesses for communication, collaboration, equity, professionalism, problem solving, empathy, motivation, and ethics. There are no wrong answers.

Please direct inquiries about the test to support@takecasper.com

To take the test, applicants must create an account and reserve a test date at:  https://takecasper.com/about-casper/. Government issued photo identification is required.

This test must be completed by applicants in the year for which they are applying. Applicants who do not complete the test by the document deadline (January 31) will be ineligible for admission.

Criteria for special case admission

A student may be admitted as a special case admission into the Post-Degree BSN option. Special case admission is available to applicants who do not qualify for regular admission because their average is less than 70%. Learn more

View a complete list of required documentation for admission here.

English language proficiency

A high level understanding and functionality in English is essential for safe client care in health professions in Saskatchewan. Applicants whose primary language is not English must present evidence of proficiency in English, regardless of country's official language.

Primary language shall be defined as the language you learned at home in childhood or the language which you identify as knowing best and being most comfortable with and is the language primarily used for reading, writing, listening and speaking.

If you are not a citizen of one of the countries listed below, you must write and successfully pass an English proficiency examination, regardless of what your primary language is:

  • Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Canada, England, Fiji, Ghana, Guyana, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, New Zealand, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Papua New Guinea, Scotland, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, Sierra Leone, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, United States, US Virgin Islands, Wales, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Prior attendance at a Canadian high school or having 18 transferrable credit units from an English speaking/testing institution are not adequate evidence of English language proficiency.

The following examination scores serve as evidence of English language proficiency. Prospective students should note the minimum requirements that must be attained for admission to nursing programs at USask.

Minimum Requirements 

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet Based Test (TOEFL - IBT)*
    • Overall Score - 90
    • Reading - 20
    • Writing - 20
    • Speaking - 26
    • Listening - 22
      *Note: Paper based test is not accepted.
  • International English Language (IELTS)
    • Academic Module - 7.0
    • Speaking Component - 7.0
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL)
    • Overall Band Score - 70
    • Reading - 60
    • Listening - 60
    • Writing - 60
    • Speaking - 70
  • Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees (CanTEST)
    • Speaking - 5.0
    • Listening - 4.5
    • Reading - 4.5
    • Writing - 4.5

Other credentials to be submitted after admission

  • CPR Level C with AED (due May 15)
  • A Standard First Aid Certificate (due May 15)
  • Criminal Record Check with vulnerable sector search (due April 1; must not be dated more than 6 months prior to submission)
  • Immunizations (due May 15)
  • Respiratory Protection Fit Testing (due date to be determined)
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (due May 15)
  • Transferring Lifting Repositioning Program (register by April 1)

Regular Applicants

  • Applicants are admitted on the basis of post-secondary course work.
  • Applications are accepted from residents of all Canadian provinces and territories and international countries. Canadian or international residency status is not considered in the application process.

Aboriginal Equity Access Program

  • There is a separate category in which 16.6% of the total number of first year seats are reserved for persons of Aboriginal ancestry.
  • Applicants must provide proof of Aboriginal Ancestry.

Academic Record –100% weighting

  • Average is calculated on the most recent 60 credit units of course work completed towards a degree.
  • All courses within each academic year must be included.
Quota Total applicants Admission averages

Four-year BSN

295

125: Saskatoon
100: Regina
15: Yorkton
40: Prince Albert
15: La Ronge and Ile a la Crosse

605 ≥75%
Post-degree BSN 50 152 ≥75%
Students should review the requisite skills and abilities documents created by the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association (SNRA) to determine whether or not they should apply to Nursing.

Ready to apply?

Deadlines

  • Application Deadline: January 15
  • Documents Deadline: January 31

The College of Nursing accepts online applications for the Post-Degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing option starting in early October until January 15. 

Submission AddressRecruitment, Admissions and Transfer Credit
Deadline - All of the following required documentation must be received no later than January 31:

1. Post-secondary transcripts
Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions (regardless of whether or not they pertain to nursing), must be mailed directly from the institution to Recruitment, Admissions and Transfer Credit. Please note the applicant cannot submit the transcript(s).

  • Send official transcripts by January 31 for all course work completed up to December of the year prior to your expected admission and from each post-secondary institution (other than uSask) you have attended.
  • Submit an unofficial transcript or proof of registration for courses being taken between January and April of the year of your desired entrance date. A final transcript must be sent when all courses are complete.

2. Program Monitor
Applicants will be provided with a Program Monitor form that they must complete to confirm courses completed to meet their degree(s) program requirements.

3. Proof of English language proficiency (if required)
If you are required to provide proof of English proficiency it is your responsibility to have completed a relevant test with the appropriate score before the application deadline. View specific requirements above.

4. Aboriginal Ancestry
A number of seats in the B.S.N. program (16.6%) are reserved for persons of Aboriginal ancestry. Applicants of Aboriginal descent may compete within this category, rather than within the entire applicant pool. Applicants should identify themselves as Aboriginal on the application for admission.

The following pieces of identification are considered acceptable documentation:

  • photocopy of a Métis Nation Card
  • letter from a First Nation Band or Métis Nation
  • photocopy of an Indian Status Card

5. Persons with Disabilities
Applicants with disabilities must consult with the College of Nursing prior to application. To qualify, applicants must self-identify on the application for admission and submit documentation to verify their status. Learn more about requisite skills and abilities necessary to pursue nursing as outlined by the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses’ Association.

6. Program Reference Form
Applicants who attended a nursing program in Canada or who have completed a minimum of six credit units or equivalent of nursing classes in Canada are required to submit the completed Program Reference Form.

7. Additional required credentials
Learn more about additional program requirements including Health and Safety, uniforms and supplies.

Apply

A non-refundable application fee of $90 CDN is required before your application will be processed.


Related programs

If you are looking for graduate level programs (Master's and PhDs,) please consult our graduate students' website.

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