Frequently Asked Questions for Bachelor of Science in Nursing

How do students register for their courses?

Students who have been admitted to the collaborative BScN program make their course selections and modifications through Rabaska, which is available through the University of Ottawa’s InfoWeb via uoZone

What documents do students need to submit to the College prior to their admission into the program?

Prior to starting the program, all BScN students must submit several documents – SEE THE CLINICAL PLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS for more information.

  • Health Assessment and Immunization Form
  • Proof of a clear Police Records Check for Service in the Vulnerable Sector (PRCSVS)
  • Proof of a current Standard First Aid and CPR Level “C” certificate

Visit our Admissions Page for links to these forms and for more information.

Where do students find the BScN Course Sequence?

Students can find this by visiting the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Health Sciences website and clicking on the Pembroke Campus link under the Bachelor of Science In Nursing category.

Where do students find information on paying tuition?

Students can find this on the University of Ottawa’s Tuition Fees webpage.

Do I pay student fees to both Ottawa U & Algonquin College, Pembroke Campus? 

No, you only pay one set of student fees to the Pembroke Campus of Algonquin College. The fee breakdown is the following:

Full Time — Year 1 & 2 (Levels 01 to 04)

Fall Term (1st Semester)                      Winter Term (2nd Semester) 
Student Activity Fee: $290.00           Student Activity Fee: $290.00
Health Service Fee: $20.00               Health Service Fee: $20.00 
Health Plan Fee:** $123.96                Total: $310.00
Total: $433.96

Full Time — Year 3 & 4 (Levels 05 to 08)

Fall Term (1st Semester)                      Winter Term (2nd Semester)
Student Activity Fee: $145.00            Student Activity Fee: $145.00 
Health Service Fee: $20.00               Health Service Fee: $20.00
Health Plan Fee:** $123.96                Total: $165.00
Total: $288.96

** Health Plan Fee ($123.96) – Important Information
If a student has coverage (either personally or via a spouse / parent / work, etc.) they can apply to be reimbursed for this amount after they have paid their fees.

Once a student has paid their Student Activity Fees, they can use the link below to opt-out of the plan. The deadline to opt-out is: October 6, 2016. Website to opt-out: wespeakstudent.com

For information on plan, please visit the Students’ Association website >>

** Fees are subject to charge. 

How do I know when to pay, or when exams are and other important dates?

Go to the University of Ottawa website to see the Important Dates and Deadlines.

What types of materials do I need to purchase outside of my textbooks in preparation for the fall semester?

All BScN students in their 2nd through 4th year are required to purchase a nursing lab kit. This can be purchased at our Bookstore at the following cost:

  • Year 2, Level 3 & 4 (combined kit): $81.55
  • Year 3, Level 5: $188.55
  • Year 4, Level 7: $196.55

Do I need to purchase scrubs for first year?

No – scrubs will not be needed until 2nd year.

Will I have an Academic Advisor?

Yes. At the Pembroke Campus, your Academic Advisor will be Frank Christinck, BScN Year-1 Coordinator, christf@algonquincollege.com or 613-735-4700 x2883. You also have an Academic Advisor at the University of Ottawa, Aline Winters, healthsc@uottawa.ca

Does the Pembroke Campus have a Residence?

The Pembroke Campus does not currently have a student residence; however, students are able to secure housing in the local area surrounding the campus.  There are also three privately owned and operated student residences in our community.  These complexes and other housing opportunities can be found on our Pembroke Housing List.

How does the whole collaboration thing work?

The University of Ottawa and Algonquin College have partnered to meet the demand for RNs in the province by enabling more students to train in more areas.  Students who attend the Pembroke Campus receive the same training that a student would receive at the University’s main campus, and when they graduate they receive a degree from the University.  Algonquin College is simply the deliverer of the program.

Do students complete all four years in Pembroke?

Yes.  Students who begin the BScN program complete all four years at the Pembroke Campus.  However, some specialized clinical placements do occur outside of Renfrew County.

Once I have completed the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program do I have to complete the Nursing Registration Exam? 

Yes. The Nursing Registration Exam is overseen by The College of Nurses of Ontario (the College) is the regulatory body for nursing in Ontario. Its mission is to regulate nursing in the public interest. The College sets the requirements for becoming a nurse in Ontario and the standards of practice that must be met to maintain that designation. Only a person with a valid Certificate of Registration from the College can practise as a nurse in Ontario and use the protected titles nurse Registered Nurse (RN). Graduates of the Practical Nursing program at the Pembroke Campus had a 77% pass rate of the Nursing Registration Exam in 2015 and have maintained a similar high standard for many years. Source: see page 11 of the 2015 Provincial Exam Results >>

What happens if I do not successfully pass my Nursing Registration Exam?

As of January 9, 2017, students writing the NCLEX-RN exam will no longer have a limit as to how many times it can be written, so if you are unsuccessful on your first attempt you are able to rewrite the exam again.