Nursing is for compassionate people who want to make a difference in the world. You are invited to be a part of shaping the future of health in Saskatchewan and beyond.
- Four-year degree
- Full-time program with part-time options
- You cannot begin this program directly from high school
- You can complete this program at campuses and sites across Saskatchewan
In addition to the four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, USask also offers a Post-degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing option for students who already have a bachelor's degree or have completed 90 credit units of recognized post-secondary study towards a degree. The post-degree option recognizes previous university achievements and provides the opportunity for students to earn a full BSN degree in two years.
There are different admission requirements and application procedures for the post-degree program.
What you will learn
In USask's Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, you will learn all aspects of health and well-being across a person’s life span as you study nursing, health and the health-care system through the creation and integration of knowledge from research, education and practice. The nurse of the twenty-first century uses advanced technology to provide nursing care to individuals, families, groups and communities.
Why study here?
At USask, your path to becoming a registered nurse is supported every step of the way through innovative teaching methods, a strong community of support and many opportunities for personal and professional development.
Nursing requires clinical experience. Our program includes access to clinical practice opportunities in hospitals and community agencies with exceptional nurses committed to quality patient care. Clinical practice gives you experience, empowering you to make a difference in the future of health care.
You will have many opportunities to interact with students and faculty from a wide variety of disciplines, such as clinical psychology, dentistry, kinesiology, medicine, nutrition, pharmacy, rehabilitation science, sociology and veterinary medicine. Build relationships with individuals who will be working in other health science professions when you become a Registered Nurse.
To help Indigenous nursing students become successful nurses, the University of Saskatchewan Community of Aboriginal Nursing (UCAN) will help you learn about careers in the field of health and find support and advising while you complete your BSN. UCAN nursing advisors in Saskatoon, Regina and Prince Albert work with students at all sites to build community and provide advisement and support. Although UCAN primarily supports Indigenous students through their nursing education, support is extended to all nursing students when needed.
The College of Nursing has set aside 16.6% of seats for Indigenous applicants who meet the minimum entrance requirements.
Learn where you live
The College of Nursing is committed to a "learn where you live" philosophy.
Take your entire Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at campuses in Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon or through distributed learning (video and web conferencing, lecture capture) at sites in Île-à-la-Crosse, La Ronge, Lloydminster, and Yorkton.
Please note: The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is winding down operations at the College of Nursing Regina Campus. There will be no new student intake at this location.
Located within the beautiful and historic University of Saskatchewan campus, the College of Nursing offers a variety of both undergraduate and graduate nursing programs in Saskatoon. The state-of-the-art Health Science building provides an outstanding environment for interprofessional collaboration. Faculty, staff and students are directly connected to Royal University Hospital and have access to many on-campus amenities, such as the Physical Activity Complex, residence, and the Health Science library.
The College of Nursing Regina Campus will begin winding down operations once every current Bachelor of Science in Nursing student graduates. We are fully committed to seeing all current Regina Campus Bachelor of Science in Nursing students through completion of their undergraduate program. There will be no new student intake at this location.
Nestled in the heart of downtown Prince Albert, the College of Nursing offers a variety of programs from the University of Saskatchewan Prince Albert Campus, which serves as a hub for local and remote programming in northern Saskatchewan. Nursing students at the Prince Albert Campus enjoy smaller class sizes and more time with faculty.
The College of Nursing uses a distributed learning approach to deliver our undergraduate program in Île-à-la-Crosse, La Ronge, Lloydminster, and Yorkton, allowing you to learn where you live. The college believes the pursuit of post-secondary education should not be disadvantaged by geography and as such, we use innovative technology to deliver our program in these locations.
Nursing is the largest health care profession in the world. Nurses work with their minds, hands and hearts, while using advanced technology to provide health care services to individuals, families, groups and communities.
To become a Registered Nurse (RN), the following are required:
- a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree (the outcome of our program)
- clinical practice (included in our program)
- successful completion of the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN)
- registration with a provincial regulatory body (College of Registered Nurses of Saskatchewan (CRNS)) in Saskatchewan
Learn more about hourly wages for RNs in Saskatchewan.
Nurses practice within a diverse range of positions and settings anywhere within Canada and around the globe and can choose from a variety of rewarding careers, including:
- Government - development of health-care policy
- International health agencies - clinical and non-clinical opportunities with agencies, such as UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO)
- Military service - nursing officers
- Clinical practice
- Hospitals – medical, surgical, pediatrics, obstetrics, etc.
- Community – public health, schools, addictions, shelter agencies, etc.
- Long-term care – secure environments, care homes, rehabilitation residences, etc.
- Nurse educator
- Non-profit sector
- Air ambulance
- Occupational health
- Northern nursing
- Rural and remote communities
- International settings (Graduates interested in seeking employment in another province or country should expect a turn-around time of 4-6 weeks to complete the necessary documentation required to verify their education.)
More careers are available with experience and advanced education:
- Administrator (Management)
- Nurse Practitioner
- Private practice
Professional associations available to RNs:
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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 (2023-2024 Canadian dollar rates). Note that this program (and the estimate above) includes classes in the Spring term.
Student 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.
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is a four-year program that includes a pre-professional year (Year 1) of prerequisite university-level courses, followed by three years (Year 2, 3 and 4) of concentrated nursing education and clinical practice opportunities.
Year 1 - Pre-professional year
The pre-professional year of study at a post-secondary level provides a solid foundation in university education, preparation for upper-year nursing classes and transferable credits to other health science degrees.
You may complete your pre-professional year at USask, University of Regina, Northlands College, Lakeland College, Parkland College, or various regional colleges in Saskatchewan.
At USask, you should apply to the University of Saskatchewan's College of Arts and Science to complete the 30 credit units of pre-professional courses required for year 1 of the degree program. If, after you complete your pre-professional year, you decide you do not want to pursue nursing, you can remain in the College of Arts and Science and continue to work toward another program of study. If you’re interested in taking your pre-professional year at one of the other institutions, you should apply directly to that institution.
All students interested in pursuing nursing for years 2, 3 and 4 at one of the College of Nursing sites must apply for admission to the College of Nursing during the first year of study. Pre-professional courses must be completed by April 30 if you wish to start year 2 of nursing in September.
Required pre-professional year courses:
See detailed course requirements for the 30 credit units of pre-professional year courses that are required for admission to the second year of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. These course requirements are for the September 2023 intake.
Social science and open electives provide you with the choice to take courses that appeal to you. See detailed information on the 6 credit units of electives required for admission to the second year of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program in September 2023. If you have more electives than the required 6 credit units, the electives with the highest marks will be used in the calculation of your admission average.
To enroll in courses required in the pre-professional year, students must have successfully completed high school with credit in the following courses:
- English A30 and B30
- Biology 30
- Chemistry 30 and
- Foundations of Math 30; or Pre-Calculus 30 or Math B30 or Math C30 (recommended)
The pre-professional year courses can be obtained at a variety of institutions and locations throughout Saskatchewan.
University of Saskatchewan
The pre-professional year courses at the University of Saskatchewan are completed through the College of Arts and Science. They can be completed at both the Saskatoon and Prince Albert Campus.
Other Saskatchewan locations
Besides the University of Saskatchewan, the pre-professional year can also be completed through a variety of institutions, including select regional colleges throughout the province:
- University of Regina
- North West Regional College - Battlefords Campus
- Great Plains Regional College
- Cumberland College
- Parkland College
- Lakeland College
- Southeast Regional College
- St. Peter's College
- Athabasca University
- Northlands College*
- Briercrest College
- First Nations University of Canada
*Students applying to Northlands College must be Northerners. The definition of a Northerner is someone who has spent 10 years or half their lifetime residing in the Northlands College area.
Contact these institutions directly if you are interested in applying.
Students may also complete their pre-professional year course requirements in another province or country, as long as the courses transfer to the University of Saskatchewan to meet course requirements.
Years 2, 3 and 4
Once the pre-professional year is completed and students are accepted into the College of Nursing, during years two through four, students develop critical thinking skills to prepare them to meet the diverse competencies required when becoming a Registered Nurse (RN).
View a sample schedule of how courses are organized within years two through four in the College of Nursing.
Part-time study in the BSN program is an option; however, all courses must be completed within six years of entering the College of Nursing.
Students may complete Years 2, 3 and 4 at campuses in Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon or through distributed learning (video and web conferencing, lecture capture) at sites in Île-à-la-Crosse, La Ronge, Lloydminster, and Yorkton.
Please note: The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is winding down operations at the College of Nursing Regina Campus. There will be no new student intake for fall 2022 at this location.
Admission to Years 2-4 of the College of Nursing Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is competitive and based on completion of academic and non-academic requirements to be eligible for admission. Applicants are ranked according to admission score and the top candidates are selected. Enrolment in the program is limited to the number that can be accommodated in class and clinical practice.
Completion of pre-professional year (60% weighting)
Pre-professional courses need to be completed by April 30 if you wish to start year 2 of nursing in September.
Required minimum average
A minimum average of 60% in the pre-professional classes (September 2023 Intake) (September 2024 Intake) is required to be eligible for consideration for admission. However, the actual admission average may be higher depending on the number of competitive applicants who apply each year.
If your average is not high enough or if you are not admitted to the program, you can take other courses to raise your average or repeat a course, then reapply the following year. If you repeat a course, the highest mark will be used to calculate your average. Please consult with an academic advisor on how to improve your average.
Students may be considered for admission into the College of Nursing with a deficiency in ONE of the following pre-professional year courses:
- Nutrition, or
- Social Science, or
- Indigenous Studies, or
We recommend students complete all required pre-professional year courses by April 30; however, students will be considered for admission with a deficiency.
A deficiency in the application to the BSN is defined by the College of Nursing as a pre-professional year course not completed by April 30 of the admission year. When the admission average is calculated, 50% will be used as the grade for the deficient class. This deficiency must be completed by the end of December of the year you are admitted but we recommend all deficiencies are completed in the spring and summer terms before beginning the nursing program. Proof of completion must be received by January 31.
The situational judgement test (40% weighting)
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.
To take the test, applicants must create an account and reserve a test date. 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 (June 1) will be ineligible for admission.
English language proficiency *
The language of instruction at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) College of Nursing is English. A high level understanding and functionality in English is essential for safe client care in health professions in Saskatchewan.
For students to understand, communicate and be successful in programs at the university, an acceptable level of academic English is required. You may be asked to provide proof of English proficiency.
If you have been asked to provide proof of your English proficiency, you can do so in the following ways:
Completion of high school and post-secondary studies in English
At least 3 years of full-time study in an approved English-medium secondary program including Grades 10, 11 and 12,1
at least 24 CU of the prerequisite nursing courses must be from a recognized post-secondary institution where English* is the official language of instruction and examination.1
* The post-secondary institution must declare English to be the only language of instruction and examination throughout the institution, not just in select departments.
1 If secondary or post-secondary study occurred more than five years ago, additional proof of English proficiency may be required.
The following English Language Curriculums would be considered acceptable at the high school level:
- Canadian English-medium schools
- Overseas schools offering a Canadian education system curriculum in English
- US regionally-accredited English medium schools
- International Baccalaureate Programme
- India - IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) and CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) only
- GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) O (Ordinary) Level & GCE (General Certificate of Education) A (Advanced) Levels
- NZQA (New Zealand Qualifications Authority)
- Australian State Curriculums
- CAPE (Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations)
- SQA (Scottish Qualifications Authority)
- NQAI (National Qualifications Authority of Ireland)
- WBQ (Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification)
Students who have not followed one of these secondary level curriculums, will be required to provide another form of proof of English proficiency. This list will be updated annually as required.
Completion of an accepted standardized test
English proficiency test Minimum score required for College of Nursing TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language) 90 Reading 20 Listening 22 Speaking 26 Writing 20 IELTS (International English Language Testing System) 7 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 7 Writing 6 CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Assessment) 70 Reading 60 Listening 60 Speaking 70 Writing 60
Categories of applicants
- Applicants are admitted on the basis of the required post-secondary course work and the results of their CASPer exam.
- 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.
- Applicants select the site in which they prefer to study at the time of application. Students who select to study in Northern Saskatchewan must be residents of that area according to provincial geographical definition.
- There is a separate category in which 16.6% of the total number of second year seats are reserved for persons of Indigenous ancestry.
- Applicants must provide proof of Indigenous ancestry.
- Students applying into an equity seat will be evaluated according to the standard selection criteria academic record (60% weighting) and situational judgement test score (40% weighting) or academic record (100% weighting).
The University of Saskatchewan provides services and/or accommodations for students with disabilities. All students with disabilities are encouraged to register with Access and Equity Services (AES). Access to most services and programs provided by AES is restricted to students who have registered with the office. If you have a disability you must contact AES. Learn more about requisite skills and abilities necessary to pursue nursing as outlined by the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association.
International students are welcomed. Applicants who self-identify on the application form as being ESL (English as a Second Language) or EAL (English as an Additional Language) are required to provide proof of English proficiency to determine admission to the program.
If you are a Registered Nurse from outside of Canada, contact a College of Nursing academic advisor for more information on requirements prior to submitting an application.
PN and LPN applicants will be given recognition for prior learning. Applicants who are graduates of the revised Saskatchewan Polytechnic Practical Nursing (PN) Program (first graduates in 2008) and are currently a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or eligible for licensure in Saskatchewan will receive up to 27 transfer credit units towards the four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.
Students who have previously received a faculty action (required to discontinue, or RTD, required to withdraw, advised to discontinue, or academic probation) are required to submit a letter to the Admissions Office by the document deadline, June 1. The letter should explain the reason(s) for the faculty action and outline any strategies and supports implemented to promote future success in the Nursing program, if admitted to the College of Nursing. This letter will be reviewed by the Associate or Assistant Dean.
Note: Students are not considered for application if they are currently in their RTD period.
Like standard applicants, transfer applicants are admitted on the basis of post-secondary work and a test of situational judgement and must meet the same admission criteria.
Any transfer credit given for prior nursing courses will be determined by the College of Nursing.
Ready to apply?
Pre-professional year (Year 1)
If you are interested in taking year 1 at USask, you should apply to the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Arts and Science to complete the 30 credit units of pre-professional courses required for year 1 (see above) of the degree program. View admission requirements and deadlines for the College of Arts and Science. You may complete your pre-professional year at the University of Saskatchewan, University of Regina or various regional colleges in Saskatchewan. View the many locations listed above where you can complete year 1.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Years 2-4)
- Applications open: Sept. 23, 2022
- Application deadline: Extended to April 28, 2023
- Documents deadline: June 1, 2023
All students interested in pursuing nursing for years 2, 3 and 4 at one of our USask nursing sites in Saskatoon, Prince Albert, Lloydminster, Yorkton, Île-à-la-Crosse or La Ronge must apply for admission to the College of Nursing during the first year of study.
Submitting required documents
Submission address: Recruitment, Admissions and Transfer Credit
Document deadline - Once you’ve completed an online application, you will need to submit the following documents no later than June 1:
- Send official transcripts for all course work completed from each post-secondary institution (other than USask) you have attended.
- Submit an unofficial transcript or proof of registration for courses being taken between September and April of the year of your desired entrance date. A final transcript must be sent when all courses are complete.
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.
A number of seats in the program (16.6%) are reserved for persons of Indigenous ancestry. Applicants of Indigenous descent may compete within this category, rather than within the entire applicant pool. Applicants should identify themselves as Indigenous 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
The University of Saskatchewan provides services and/or accommodations for students with disabilities. All students with disabilities are encouraged to register with Access and Equity Services (AES). Access to most services and programs provided by AES is restricted to students who have registered with the office. If you have a disability you must contact AES. Learn more about requisite skills and abilities necessary to pursue nursing as outlined by the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses' Association. Learn more about the College of Nursing Access and Equity Services policy here.
Applicants who attended a nursing program in Canada and 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. The program reference form will be used to access the applicant's suitability for admission, based on the applicant's academic standing and previous performance in a nursing program.
Learn more about additional program requirements including health and safety, uniforms and supplies.
A non-refundable application fee of $90 CAD is required before your application will be processed.
The $90 application fee is required each time you apply for admission to the College of Nursing.
Established in 1938, the College of Nursing offers both undergraduate and graduate programming. The College of Nursing has campuses in Saskatoon, Regina and Prince Albert and uses distributed learning (e.g., video and web conferencing, lecture capture) to deliver its BSN program to students in La Ronge, Île-à-la-Crosse, Lloydminster, and Yorkton. All College of Nursing graduate programs are available distributively, meaning students can complete them from anywhere.
The College of Nursing has a long history of Indigenous student success and is recognized as having the highest number of Indigenous nursing students in the country.
College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan
Health Science Building – 1A10, Box 6
107 Wiggins Road
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5E5
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