Registered nurses continue to be in demand across the country. With solid career opportunities and generous compensation, nursing is a popular program choice. In just four years you can receive a University of Calgary Bachelor of Nursing degree at Medicine Hat College, and begin a rewarding career in a variety of settings.
Please Note: The Bachelor of Nursing degree is a competitive entry program. Meeting minimum published admission averages does not guarantee admission to the program. Applying as early as possible and maintaining high averages in the required high school courses will make you a more competitive applicant.
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Nurses play an important role in our health care system, and their services are in demand across the country. The Bachelor of Nursing program is offered at Medicine Hat College in partnership with the University of Calgary, meaning you can study the entire program at the MHC campus and graduate with a University of Calgary degree.
As a student in this program, you will have a variety of experiences such as learning in practice settings, home visits, faculty guided seminars and practice, low and high fidelity simulation, and student directed practice learning. The curriculum emphasizes the full scope of Registered Nurse practice, critical practice, evidence-based practice and interprofessional practice.
This collaborative program will prepare you to write the required licensure exam to work as a registered nurse. The program has been accredited by the nationally based Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (2007-2012) and has been approved by the provincially based Nursing Education Program Approval Board (2007-2012).
You apply to Medicine Hat College and are a Medicine Hat College student for the 1st and 2nd years. Upon successful completion of your first two years of the program, you apply to the U of C as a 3rd year student and are guaranteed acceptance if you have met all the requirements. You take the remainder of the program as a U of C student, but remain on the MHC campus. Nursing is a competitive program so the most academically qualified applicants are accepted first. We accept applications and will admit students until all seats are filled.
Employment opportunities for registered nurses are steady and are expected to increase when the aging nursing workforce retires. Baccalaureate prepared nurses can also pursue graduate studies so they can have more advanced roles in practice and in nursing research. If you are seeking a career with dependable job opportunities, nursing is an excellent choice.
Graduates of the program will find employment opportunities with:
You must apply to Medicine Hat College for admission to year one and must satisfy the admission criteria established by the University of Calgary. You will be a Medicine Hat College student during the first two years and then a U of C student for the remainder of the program. You will apply to the U of C in the third semester of the program and will be offered automatic acceptance, as long as you have maintained an adequate GPA. Further instructions will be given regarding application to the U of C at that time.
Overall average of 65% and no grade lower than 50% in
If you have previous post-secondary education you should meet with the MHC Nursing Advisor for information on how your coursework will be considered in the admissions process.
International Student Admission
You should be aware of the following “English Language Proficiency” requirements. For entry to the Bachelor of Nursing program, you must present a minimum score of 237 on the computer-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and a score of 50 on the Test of Spoken English; or a minimum score of 580 on the paper-based TOEFL examination and a score of 50 on the TSE.
1. You will receive a health questionnaire and immunizations checklist that you must complete. In some cases, you may also require a chest x-ray.
2. You must present a current Police Information Check. Having a positive police check may not necessarily preclude you from being in the program, but you need to discuss this with the Dean of Health Studies. Students are obligated to inform the Dean and Program Coordinator immediately of any change in the status of their criminal record.
3. Before beginning courses in Semester 3 (your second year), you must have one of the following CPR certificates, all of which are at a Health Care Provider level:
The education provided is based on the entry-to-practice competencies as specified by the Nursing Educational Approval Board in Alberta. Students must meet these competencies to successfully complete the nursing program.
Semesters 1 and 2
BIOL 275 Basic Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 277 Basic Human Anatomy and Physiology II
ENGL 252 Introductory Composition
Statistics (STAT 333 recommended)
Junior Arts Option (PSYC 205 or SOCI 201 recommended)
Junior Philosophy Option (PHIL 313 recommended)
Junior Open Option (CMMB 250 or Science option recommended)
Junior Open Option (IDST 100 recommended)
Junior Open Option
Junior Open Option
Note: Junior options may be any course that transfers to the University of Calgary. For more information or confirmation of appropriate courses, consult the Alberta Transfer Guide or contact your Academic Advisor.
Second Year (Semester 3): Issues and Experiences of Population Health Challenges
BNUR 285 The Discipline and Profession of Nursing l: Foundational Professional Concepts
BNUR 287 The Science of Health l: Communities and Populations
BNUR 288 Supporting Health l: Communities and Populations
BNUR 289 Integrating Nursing Roles and Practices l: Learning, Praxis and Scholarship in the Practicum Setting
Semester 4: Issues and Experiences of Family Health Transitions and Challenges
BNUR 385 The Discipline and Profession of Nursing ll: Inter-Professional Practice and Professional Accountability
BNUR 387 The Science of Health ll: Families in Transition
BNUR 388 Supporting Health ll: Families in Transition
BNUR 389 Integrating Nursing Roles and Practices ll: Learning, Praxis and Scholarship in the Practicum Setting
Semester 5: Issues and Experiences of Life Threatening Health Challenges
BNUR 485 The Discipline and Profession of Nursing lll: Furthering Inquiry and Scholarship in Nursing
BNUR 487 The Science of Health lll: People Experiencing Life Threatening Health Challenges
BNUR 488 Supporting Health lll: People with Life-Threatening Health Challenges
BNUR 489 Integrating Nursing Roles and Practices lll: Learning, Praxis and Scholarship in the Practicum Setting
Semester 6: Issues and Experiences of Chronic Health Challenges
BNUR 495 The Discipline and Profession of Nursing lV: Understanding the Challenges of Leadership and Systems of Care
BNUR 497 The Science of Health lV: People Experiencing Chronic Health Challenges
BNUR 498 Supporting Health IV: People With Chronic Health Challenges
BNUR 499 Integrating Nursing Roles and Practices lV: Learning, Praxis and Scholarship in the Practicum Setting
Semester 7: Focused Exploration of Complex Health Challenges
BNUR 585 The Discipline and Profession of Nursing V: Preparing for Professional Role Transition
BNUR 589 Integrating Nursing Roles and Practices V: Learning, Praxis and Scholarship in the Practicum Setting
Senior Nursing Option l
BNUR 503.46 Older Adult Nursing
BNUR 503.47 Perinatal Nursing Care: Emerging Trends and Issues
BNUR 503.41 Rural Health
Senior Nursing Option ll
BNUR 503.43 Quality Care Practices Systems and Patient Safety
BNUR 503.50 Promoting Health in Vulnerable Populations
BNUR 517 Philosophy and Practice in Palliative Care
Semester 8: Transition to Practice - Senior Clinical Practicum
BNUR 599 Integrating Nursing Roles and Practices Vl: Transition to Nursing Practice
You cannot register for any third or fourth year University of Calgary courses until the University of Calgary accepts you.
Students must demonstrate successful completion and satisfactory standing of all courses in semesters 1 and 2 before afvancing to subsequequnt semesters.
To maintain satisfactory standing students must meet all of the
Students that do not meet the above requirements, will be given
an academic warning within the nursing program. If they do not
meet the requirements a second time, they will be dismissed from
the nursing program and not be able to reapply to the Nursing
Program. (Please note that an “academic warning” within the nursing
program is different than being put on “academic probation” by
the College or by the University. Consult the Medicine Hat College
calendar and the University of Calgary calendar for circumstances
indicating academic probation.) Students dismissed from the nursing
program, are not necessarily dismissed from the college and
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could possibly continue in other college programs. Students dismissed
from the nursing program once, can return to the nursing
program but must wait until the next offering of the term from which
the student was dismissed. Students must complete the nursing
program in their second admission within seven years. Students
can re-apply to the program only once.
While the college will endeavour to inform students of their academic
status in a timely manner, they are responsible for monitoring
their own academic program and informing the program
coordinator if they have been unsuccessful in a course.
Duration of Program
Except with special permission of the Associate Dean (Undergraduate Programs) at the University of Calgary, the BN degree must be completed within seven calendar years from the date of initial registration in the program.
In your 1st and 2nd year, you will follow the program regulations found in the MHC calendar. In your 3rd and 4th year, you will follow the faculty regulations found in the U of C calendar.
For student appeals in the 1st and 2nd year, follow the process outline in the MHC calendar and for appeals in the 3rd and 4th year, follow the process outline in the U of C calendar.
Dates and Deadlines
You will follow the MHC academic schedule for all four years of the program. See the University of Calgary calendar for deadline information specific to U of C. (e.g. convocation).
You can explore short-term education abroad opportunities in countries such as Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Ecuador. Visit the International Mobility Program section to find out more.
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