Bachelor of Science in Nursing
The Bachelor of Science of Nursing program at Algonquin College is offered in collaboration with the University of Ottawa, educating nurses at the undergraduate level.
Program Code: 0616X01FWO
Academic Year: 2014/2015
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This program offered in collaboration with the University of Ottawa, educates nurses at the undergraduate level through an approach that encourages self-direction, critical thinking and life-long learning in the field of nursing science. Students enrolling in the Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) program can study at either the University or College site, however some courses in the program are only available at the University.
Students focus on the promotion, maintenance and restoration of health and quality of life for individuals, families and communities, in order that as graduates they contribute to the development of nursing as an art and a science and address the challenges facing the healthcare system. Acting within the context of an interprofessional team, BScN graduates are in high demand and may work in hospitals, community health agencies, long-term care facilities and a variety of other settings across Canada and around the world.
This program is well-suited for students who:
- Enjoy the challenges of working with people of all ages, developmental stages and diverse backgrounds.
- Possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
- Like working with others as a member of a team or in a leadership role.
- Have strong problem-solving and analytical skills.
- Are dedicated patient advocates.
- Are able to handle physically demanding situations.
- Are mature, flexible and accepting.
Employment settings: hospitals, rehabilitation centres, long-term care, public health departments, community agencies, home care, schools, private industry, government, developing countries and disaster-relief areas.
The legislated Scope of Practice for nurses from the College of Nurses of Ontario is: "The practice of nursing is the promotion of health, and the assessment of, the provision of care for, and the treatment of health conditions by supportive, preventive, therapeutic, palliative and rehabilitative means in order to attain or maintain optimal function" (Nursing Act 1991, as cited in CNO 2011).
Graduates must be licensed by the College of Nurses of Ontario in order to practise in Ontario.
CoursesPrograms at Algonquin College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided an Algonquin email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.
Fees & Expenses
For information about fees, please see the University of Ottawa website at www.registrar.uottawa.ca.
Students should budget for additional costs to cover nursing uniforms, shoes, stethoscope and travel including parking at clinical agencies during their practicum experiences. Much of the program of study requires the use of online resources and a computer at home would be beneficial. Books and supplies can be purchased in the Woodroffe Campus store.
The NCLEX - RN Examination fee set by the College of Nurses of Ontario is approximately $550. The jurisprudence examination fee set by the College of Nurses of Ontario is approximately $40.
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with a minimum of six Grade 12 4U or 4M courses, including Biology 4U and Chemistry 4U (with a minimum result of 65% in each), English 4U and one of Functions 3M or Functions 3U or one 4U Mathematics course.
- Mature applicant status includes: Biology and Chemistry 4U or the equivalent (minimum 65% in each), plus Functions 3M or 3U or one 4U mathematics course. Mature status applies to applicants who have been out of full-time studies for a minimum of two years since high school. A Mature applicant must submit motivation letter explaining why they would want to take this program and why they believe they can successfully complete this degree.
1) Admission is not guaranteed. The minimum average required depends on the limited number of spots available in a given program.
2) For this program, interested students must apply through the University Application Centre. Applications are available online at: www.ouac.on.ca/applications.
3) Mature applicants: see full description of eligibility, required documents, application form and process on the University of Ottawa website at www.admission.uottawa.ca
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with a minimum of six Grade 12 4U or 4M courses, including Biology SB14U and Chemistry SCH4U (with a minimum grade of 65% in each), English 4U and Functions 3M or Functions 3U or one 4U Mathematics course.
- Mature applicant status includes: Biology and Chemistry 4U or the equivalent (minimum 65% in each), plus Functions 3M or 3U or one 4U mathematics course. Mature status applies to applicants who have been out of full-time studies for a minimum of two years since high school. A Mature applicant must submit a resume of their non-academic activities and a written statement outlining why he/she feels they have the potential to succeed.
- These are minimum requirements only and are subject to change. Admission is not guaranteed. Entrance averages increase based on the popularity of a program.
- For this program interested students must apply through the University Application Centre. Applications are available online at: www.ouac.on.ca/applications.
Application for admission to an Ontario University for Ontario Secondary School students - For applicants presently registered full-time in an Ontario high school, this application is available only at Ontario high schools.
Application for admission to an Ontario University - For applicants who wish to apply to an undergraduate program for full-time studies and who have never taken courses at University of Ottawa, this application is available online at www.ouac.on.ca form 105D and is used by all Canadian, permanent residents and all others who live in Canada.
Application for admission to an Ontario University - International applicants - For non-Canadian applicants outside Canada who are applying to an undergraduate program for full-time studies, this application is available online at Canadians outside the country use www.ouac.on.ca form 105D.
For further information regarding admissions, contact the InfoAdmission department at the University of Ottawa at 613-562-5315 or toll free at 1-877-868-8292 ext. 5315 or
This Full-time program is offered on the Woodroffe and Pembroke Campuses, as well as the University of Ottawa Campus.
Note 1: The program highly recommends all prospective students review the Fact Sheet "Requisite Skills and Abilities for Nursing Practice in Ontario" available at the College of Nurses of Ontario website at www.cno.org/Global/docs/ref/41078SkillAbilities4page4-Final.pdf. The document describes reasonable skill and ability requirements for entry level practice in Ontario and includes examples of "activities expected of a student once they become an RN and enter into typical entry level nursing practice".
Note 2: Upon admission to the program, students are required to submit documentation of an entry immunization record, police records check including vulnerable sector and Level C CPR. In subsequent years, clinical requirements including N95 mask fit testing, TB test, seasonal influenza vaccine and repeat police records check and CPR re-certification must be submitted to the office of risk management. Please refer to the University of Ottawa website at www.uottawa.ca/services/ehss/CPRM.html.
Note 3: Clinical placements receive large numbers of health science students and there may be times during your program of study that require you to attend evening and weekend clinical experiences. In some cases clinical placement may occur during the University study break. Clinical placements may be within the city or the region and students may be required to travel accordingly.
Note 4: Students who have been out of clinical practice for six months or more must successfully complete a remedial program before they can proceed to a practicum course.
Note 5: In order to meet the suitability to practice requirements of the College of Nurses of Ontario, an applicant has to provide a clear original Canadian Police Information Centre Criminal Records Check that has been completed in the last six months. If you don't meet this requirement then your application may be referred to the Registration Committee for further consideration, with no guarantee that it will be approved. For more information on the requirements to become a practicing RN/RPN, go to the College of Nurses of Ontario website at: www.cno.org/en/become-a-nurse/new-applicants/ontario1/requirements-for- becoming-a-nurse-in-ontario.
Every attempt is made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication. The College reserves the right to modify or cancel any course, program, fee, timetable, or campus location at any time