Programs & Courses


About This Program

For official information, consult the MHC calendar. Find out about tuition and fees. Download a program planning guide (2015-2016), (2016-2017). Contact your academic advisor for previous program planning guides.

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:

  • Regional Health Authorities
  • Clinics (medical, dental and community)
  • Nursing Homes
  • Home Care Agencies
  • Large Corporations and Insurance Companies
  • Government Services (e.g. penitentiaries)

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. 

High School

Overall average of 65% and no grade lower than 50% in

  • ELA 30-1
  • Math 30-1 or Math 30-2 
  • Biology 30
  • Chemistry 30
  • 30-level 5 credit subject

Mature Student

Overall average of 65% and no grade lower than 50% in

  • ELA 30-1
  • Math 30-1 or Math 30-2
  • Biology 30
  • Chemistry 30

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.

Pre-Program Requirements

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:

  • Heart & Stroke Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers
  • Canadian Red Cross Level HCP
  • St. John Ambulance CPR for Health Care Providers

The education provided is based on the entry-topractice competencies as pecified by the Nursing Educational Approval Board in Alberta.  You must meet these competencies to successfully complete the nursing program.

Academic Year (Semesters 1 and 2)
BIOL 275 Basic Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 277 Basic Human Anatomy and Physiology II
CMMB 250 Microbiology of Health Care Professionals
ENGL 252 Introductory Composition
IDST100 Introductory Communications for Helping Professions
STAT 333 Statistics for the Life Sciences
Junior Arts Option (PSYC 205 Principles of Psychology or SOCI 201 Introductory Sociology recommended)
Junior Philosophy Option (PHIL 313 Bioethics recommended)
Junior Open Option
Junior Open Option

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.

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. 

Continuation Requirements

Students must demonstrate successful completion and satisfactory standing of all courses in semesters 1 and 2 before afvancing to subsequequnt semesters.

Satisfactory Standing

To maintain satisfactory standing you must meet all of the following conditions:

  • Obtain a CREDIT (CR) in the clinical courses. In these courses, you are not assigned a letter grade, but are evaluated against standards explained to you by your instructors. If you meet those standards you will obtain CR and if you do not, you will receive NO CREDIT (NC) for that course. A NC must be cleared (i.e. you must successfully repeat the course) for you to advance to the next clinical course.  You will usually be permitted to repeat any required course only once while in the nursing program.
  • Obtain a minimum of a C in all non-clinical nursing courses (including courses for Transfer Credit). Grades that are less than the minimum must be successfully repeated.
  • Complete all courses in one term before continuing to the next term.
  • Maintain a GPA of 2.0 as a MHC student in each semester and an annual GPA of 2.5 as a U of C student.
  • All non-nursing (semester 1 and 2) courses require a minimum grade of C-.
  • Students who miss one or more lab/practice days may be at risk of not successfully completing the course.  Students may be asked to withdraw from the course requirements at a later date or they may be granted a deferral of term work pending availability of resources.

If you do not meet the above requirements, you will be given an academic warning within the nursing program. If you do not meet the requirements a second time, you will be dismissed from the nursing program at the end of the semester in which you received the warning. (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.) If you are dismissed from the nursing program, you are not necessarily dismissed from the college and could possibly continue in other college programs. If you are dismissed from the nursing program, you can re-apply, but must wait 12 months from the end of the semester you received your second academic probation before you can re-enter the program.  You must complete the nursing program in your second admission within seven years of taking your first course ever with a BNUR  prefix. You can only re-apply to the program once.

While the college will endeavour to inform you of your academic status in a timely manner, you are responsible for monitoring your own academic program and informing the program coordinator if you have been unsuccessful in a course.

Clinical Experiences

Your clinical experiences may be at sites outside of Medicine Hat and may be scheduled at various hours, including evenings, nights, and weekends. You are expected to make accommodation for commitments outside the program to fit this scheduling. Participation in all activities related to clinical is mandatory. Failure to fully participate in clinical experiences may jeopardize your standing in the program. Evaluations by instructors are largely based on your day-to-day performance. Should your performance compromise patient safety and/or fall below acceptable professional standards of the program, you will be asked to leave the clinical site and will receive NO CREDIT (NC) for that course immediately.

Other Relevant Information

  • Information related to your academic conduct and clinical performance at MHC may be shared with faculty members at the U of C.
  • You may be required to produce a medical clearance to continue after an injury, illness, or surgery.
  • When budgeting for your studies, remember that you will need to buy uniforms, appropriate shoes, lab supplies in both nursing and non-nursing courses, a watch with a sweep hand, a stethoscope, pay for CPR re-certifications, and pay travel and accommodation costs,  during your clinical courses and your preceptorship. You may also need another recent criminal check for some experiences. Access to a personal vehicle is required for experiences in the community. 


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.

Faculty Regulations
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.

Student Appeals
For sutdent 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 schedul for all fours years of the program.  See the U of Calgary calendar for deadline information specific to U of C. (e.g. convocation).

International Exchange Opportunities

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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