About

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.


Quick facts
  • 4 year degree
  • Full-time program and part-time
  • You cannot begin this program directly from high school
  • You can complete this program off-campus

What you will learn

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.

Why study here?

At the University of Saskatchewan (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.

Clinical experience

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.

Interprofessional education

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, physical therapy, sociology and veterinary medicine. Build relationships with individuals who will be working in other health science professions when you become a Registered Nurse.

Indigenous students

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, find support and advising while you complete your B.S.N., participate in a mentorship program when you are ready to transition to the workforce and access continuing education as you further your career.

Learn where you live

The College of Nursing is committed to a "learn where you live" philosophy.

Take your program at campuses in Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon or through distributed learning (video and web conferencing, blackboard online, lecture capture) at sites in Île-à-la-Crosse, La Ronge and Yorkton.

Located within the beautiful and historic University of Saskatchewan campus, the College of Nursing offers a variety of both undergraduate and graduate 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. Undergraduate students can complete either a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree or a Post-Degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the Saskatoon campus.

Become a nursing student at the University of Saskatchewan College of Nursing in Regina

Serving southern Saskatchewan from the provincial capital, the College of Nursing in Regina offers students an award winning designed space with access to several big campus amenities, while retaining the benefits of a small campus environment. The facility hosts undergraduate and graduate programs with an active and vibrant research community. Undergraduate students can complete their entire Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree at the Regina campus. The campus is located in the Rosemont/Mount Royal neighborhood, just off Lewvan Drive, with the main entrance from Connaught Street. It is a mostly residential neighborhood of single family homes with some apartments.

Nestled in the heart of downtown Prince Albert, the College of Nursing offers both undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. Students at the Prince Albert campus enjoy smaller class sizes and more time with faculty. Undergraduate students can complete their entire Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree in Prince Albert.

The College of Nursing uses a distributed learning approach to deliver our undergraduate programs in Île-à-la-Crosse, La Ronge and Yorkton, allowing students to learn where they 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 undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program in these locations.

Careers

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 (B.S.N) degree (the outcome of our program)
  • clinical practice (included in our programs)
  • successful completion of the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN)
  • registration with a provincial regulatory body (SRNA in Saskatchewan) - BSN graduates will be eligible to apply for licensure with (SRNA)

Wages

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
    • Administration
    • Non-profit sector
    • Forensics
    • 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)
  • Counselor/ Therapist
  • Educator
  • Researcher
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Private Practice

Tuition estimates

Canadian students International students
Tuition $8,408 $22,954
Fees $1,067 $1,067
Books $1,400 $1,400
Total $10,975 $25,521

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 (2019-2020 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 and supplies varies widely depending on the courses you choose. It is recommended that you budget between $1,000-$2,000 per year.

Two-year post-degree option

As a result of COVID-19, the College of Nursing has had to modify the intake of students into the May 2020 Post-Degree BSN program and cancel the May 2021 intake of the Post-Degree BSN program. We encourage students to continue to take these prerequisite courses and apply for the May 2022 Post-Degree intake or alternatively, apply to the full Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

Do you already have university experience?

The Post-Degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) is an option which recognizes previous university achievements and provides the opportunity for students to earn a B.S.N. in a condensed 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 in another field or who have made significant progress toward a degree. This option provides the opportunity for full-time intensive study with program completion in less than two calendar years.

There are different admission requirements and application procedures for the post-degree option. 

Four-year degree

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) 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

You may complete your pre-professional year at USask, University of Regina or various regional colleges in Saskatchewan. If you’re interested in attending here, 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 (listed below). 

All students interested in pursuing nursing for years 2, 3 and 4 at one of our sites, must apply for admission to the College of Nursing during the first year of study. These pre-professional courses need to be completed by April 30th if you wish to start Year 2 of nursing in September.

Required pre-professional year courses:

Course Subject USask U of R
3 credit units (cu) required in each of following  Choose one for each course subject: Choose one for each course subject:
English  ENG 111.3, 112.3, 113.3*, 114.3*, 110.6*, 120.3 ENGL 100.3 or 110.3
Indigenous Studies** INDG 107.3* INDG 100.3 or 101.3
Chemistry CHEM 112.3* CHEM 102.3, 103.3 or 104.3
Biology BIOL 120.3* BIOL 100.3
Statistics** STAT 242.3, 244.3*, 245.3, 246.3 or PLSC 214.3, COMM 104.3 or PSY 233.3*, SOC 225.3, GE 210.3 STAT 100.3, 151.3 or 160.3
Nutrition** NUTR 120.3* KIN 275.3 or 475.3
Psychology PSY 121.3*, 100.3, 110.6 PSYC 101.3
Social Science Elective** Any ANTH, ARCH, ECON, INDG, LING, POLS, PSY, SOC OR WGST 100-400 level course ANTH 100, ECON 100, PSCI 100 or 101, PSYC 102, SOC 100 or 200, WMST 100
Elective 1 Electives include all credited university level courses (see below for some exceptions)
Elective 2 Electives include all credited university level courses (see below for some exceptions)

* available at USask's Prince Albert campus
** a deficiency is allowed in one of these four areas. A grade of 50% will used in place of the deficient course in the average calculation. Applicants must successfully complete the deficient prerequisite by December 31 of the year in which they are admitted to Year 2 of the BSN program and provide proof of completion of the course by January 15.

Notes

  • USask courses that exceed the number of required subject credits may be used to fulfill open elective or social science credit units as applicable
  • pre-existing Nutrition credits must have been obtained within the past 10 years

Electives

  • credit exceptions: HSC 120.3, HLTH 100.3, KIN 223.3, Kinesiology Activity Courses (KINAC) and most courses offered through the Schools of Human Justice and Social Work at the U of R
  • if you have more electives than required, the electives with the highest marks will be used 
  • electives provide you with the choice to customize your program and you are encouraged to take courses that interest you. 
  • some suggested elective courses include: Kinesiology, Women’s and Gender Studies, Anatomy, Medical Terminology, and Interdisciplinary Studies
Course Subject Northlands College Parkland College
3 credit units (cu) required in each of following course subjects Choose one for each course subject:: Choose one for each course subject:
English  ENG 113.3 ENG 100.3, 113.3, 114.3 or 110.6
Indigenous Studies** INDG 107.3 INDG 100.3 or 107.3
Chemistry CHEM 112.3 CHEM 104.3
Biology BIOL 120.3 BIOL 120.3
Statistics** STAT 244.3 or MATH 215.3/216.3 (Athabasca University) STAT 160.3 (University of Regina)
Nutrition** NUTR 120.3 NUTR 120.3
Psychology PSYC 101.3 PSYC 101.3 or 121.3
Social Science Elective** SOC 111.3 or 112.3 SOC 111.3 or 112.3
Elective 1 Electives include all credited university level courses (see below for some exceptions)
Elective 2 Electives include all credited university level courses (see below for some exceptions)

** a deficiency is allowed in one of these four areas. A grade of 50% will used in place of the deficient course in the average calculation. Applicants must successfully complete the deficient prerequisite by December 31 of the year in which they are admitted to Year 2 of the BSN program and provide proof of completion of the course by January 15.

Notes

  • Pre-existing Nutrition credits must have been obtained within the past 10 years

Electives

  • credit exceptions: HSC 120.3, HLTH 100.3, KIN 223.3, Kinesiology Activity Courses (KINAC) and most courses offered through the Schools of Human Justice and Social Work at the U of R
  • if you have more electives than required, the electives with the highest marks will be used 
  • electives provide you with the choice to customize your program and you are encouraged to take courses that interest you. 
  • some suggested elective courses include: Kinesiology, Women’s and Gender Studies, Anatomy, Medical Terminology, and Interdisciplinary Studies

To be considered for admission 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)

Admission average will be dependent on the admitting institution where the pre-professional courses are being taken.

The pre-professional year courses can be obtained through a variety of sources and locations in the province. 

University of Saskatchewan

In addition to our primary sites (SaskatoonRegina, and Prince Albert), undergraduate nursing education is also available to students from several distributed sites across the province:

Other locations
The pre-professional year can also be completed through a variety of institutions besides the University of Saskatchewan including select regional colleges throughout the province:

Other institutions
Students may also complete their pre-professional year course requirements at First Nations University, other regional colleges throughout Saskatchewan and in another province or country, as long as the courses transfer to the University of Saskatchewan to meet course requirements.
View transfer credit.

Contact these institutions directly if you are interested in applying.

Years 2, 3, and 4

In years two through four, students develop critical thinking skills to prepare them to meet the diverse competencies required when becoming a Registered Nurse (RN).

 See below for B.S.N. admission requirements and application procedures. 

Students may complete Years 2,3 and 4 at campuses in Prince AlbertRegina and Saskatoon or through distributed learning (video and web conferencing, blackboard online, lecture capture and remote presence “robotics”) at sites in Yorkton, Ile-a-la-Crosse and La Ronge

The Course and Program Catalogue has the complete and official listing of required classes and their descriptions for the Four-year B.S.N. in Nursing.

Part-time study
Part-time study in the B.S.N. program is an option; however, all courses must be completed within six years of entering the College of Nursing.

Admissions

Admission to the College of Nursing four year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) undergraduate program is non-direct, competitive entry. Prospective students must complete academic and non-academic requirements to be eligible for admission.

Acceptance into the BSN program

Acceptance into the BSN program is competitive and based on:

  1. The calculated average of pre-professional classes (60% weighting)
  2. Situational Judgement test score (40% weighting)
  3. Completion of all other admission requirements

Admission requirements

Pre-professional year

The pre-professional year courses can be obtained from a variety of institutions in the province. While completing the pre-professional course requirements, students who are interested in pursuing USask nursing at our sites in Saskatoon, Regina, Prince Albert, Yorkton, Ile-a-la-Crosse and La Ronge must apply to the College of Nursing for admission to second year of the four year BSN program. Applications for admissions into second year are accepted starting in October. Students may apply for admission into the second year of the Nursing program while completing the pre-professional course requirements.

Required minimum average for pre-professional year classes

A minimum average of 60% in the pre-professional classes, is required for admission. Enrolment in the program is limited to the number that can be accommodated in class and clinical practice. Although the minimum required average in the pre-professional year is 60%, the actual admission average may be higher depending on the number of competitive applicants who apply each year.

Academic deficiency

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
  • Statistics

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 30th of the admission year. When the admission average is calculated, 50% will be used as the grade in the deficient class. 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 2021, 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 (June 1) will be ineligible for admission.

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

Other credentials to be submitted after admission:

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

Additional admissions information...

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.
  • 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.

Aboriginal Equity Access Program

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

Transfer Students

  • Like regular applicants, transfer applicants are admitted on the basis of post-secondary work and must meet the minimum competitive admission average.
  • Any transfer credit given for prior Nursing courses will be determined by the College of Nursing.

Years 2, 3 and 4 of the B.S.N. program can be completed in Saskatoon, Regina, Prince Albert, Yorkton or at sites in Northern Saskatchewan (Ile-a-la-Crosse and La Ronge).

Location Available seats
Saskatoon 125
Regina 90
Prince Albert 50
Yorkton 15
Northern Saskatchewan 15

Academic Record –100% weighting

  • admission is competitive; applicants are ranked according to average and the top candidates are selected.
  • average is calculated using marks from the 30 credit unit pre-professional year. 
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%

Ready to apply?

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.

Years 2, 3, 4
All students interested in pursuing nursing for years 2, 3 and 4 at one of our sites, must apply for admission to the College of Nursing during the first year of study. The application for admission to nursing is available starting early October.

Deadlines for Years 2, 3, 4: 
  • Application Deadline: March 31
  • Documents Deadline: June 1

Submission AddressRecruitment, Admissions and Transfer Credit
Deadline - Once you’ve completed an online application you will need to submit the following documents no later than June 1:

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 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.

2. 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.

3. Aboriginal Ancestry
A number of seats in the 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

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

College info

The four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) and two-year Post-Degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) option is offered by the University of Saskatchewan's 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 (video and web conferencing, blackboard online, lecture capture and remote presence robotics) to deliver its B.S.N. program to students in La Ronge, Ile-a-la-Crosse 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.


Related programs

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

Questions?

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