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Honours Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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Key Details

Program Start Dates

September 2024

Please visit Ontario College Application Service to learn more about start dates

Program Delivery

Campus / Full-time



Program Duration

8 Semesters

Program Contacts

Shannon Dowdall-Smith

Program Coordinator / Professor

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705-566-8101 ext.6291
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Program Overview

Earn your BScN degree from Cambrian and become a health care leader

Make a difference in your community with a rewarding, well-paid career that is always in demand. Our immersive nursing degree program prepares you to be an innovative and compassionate professional who is a frontrunner in addressing evolving health care needs. Cambrian’s high-tech nursing simulation lab equips you to excel in the rapidly changing, diverse, and complex health care environment.

More than 1,000 hours of clinical experience in long-term care, hospital, and community health care agencies provide ample opportunities to practice the knowledge and skills learned in class. You’ll work with physicians, dietitians, physiotherapists, and other allied health providers to become a critical thinker who understands the value of teamwork and collaboration. As a graduate with a BScN degree, you can apply to become a Registered Nurse and further your education by pursuing Master’s and Doctoral studies.

Program Highlights

Program highlights

  • Limited enrolment
  • Experience-based learning approach where you’ll apply concepts to real patients and situations through case studies, training in high-tech nursing simulation lab, and clinical placements
  • Opportunity to work with members of other health care disciplines through on- and off-site experiences
  • Focus on diversity and inclusion to provide culturally sensitive care to Indigenous communities and special populations
  • Preliminary approval from College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO)
  • Free tuition and funding supplies for eligible Ontario residents with Learn and Stay Grant

"Graduating from the Registered Nursing Program in 1995, Cambrian College equipped me with the skills, knowledge and confidence to work successfully as a Registered Nurse. Directly out of school, I started my home care company and later my Occupational Testing clinic called Total Nursing Care Inc. Over the last 28 years we have hired hundreds of Cambrian graduates and have built a reputation for excellence in the delivery of healthcare services. Thank you Cambrian College, I couldn’t have done this without YOU."

Kathy Wells-McNeil

Registered Nurse, Total Nursing Care Inc.


Admission requirements

To be eligible to enter the Honours Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, graduates of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD; 30 credits), or equivalent or mature student status, must complete at least six grade 12 U/M courses with a minimum overall average of 75% and must qualify to obtain their OSSD. Ontario High School applicants require the following Grade 12 credits:

  • Any grade 12 English (U) or (M)
  • Any grade 12 mathematics (U) or (M)
  • Any grade 12 biology (U)
  • Any grade 12 chemistry (U)
  • Any 2 additional grade 12 courses (U) or (M)

International Student Admissions

Are you an international student? Learn more about additional requirements.

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Additional admission requirements

  • Standard First Aid
  • CPR Level HCP (Health Care Providers) – Canadian Heart and Stroke Guidelines
  • WHMIS certificate
  • Ministry of Labour 4-Step Worker Health & Safety Awareness Training (Bill 18)
  • AODA certificate
  • Respiratory Mask Fit Testing (N95-3M models)
  • Criminal Record Check, including Vulnerable Sector Check (contact your program coordinator if you have a positive CPIC)
  • Immunization requirements:
    • Varicella
    • Measles, Mumps, Rubella
    • Tuberculosis Screening
    • Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussus
    • Hepatitis B
    • Influenza
    • COVID-19

Program Delivery

Program delivery


Fall term start

SEMESTER 1:  Fall 2024
SEMESTER 2:  Winter 2025
SEMESTER 3:  Fall 2025
SEMESTER 4:  Winter 2026
SEMESTER 5:  Fall 2026
SEMESTER 6:  Winter 2027
SEMESTER 7:  Fall 2027
SEMESTER 8:   Winter 2028

Program of Study

Program of study for 2024-25 Academic Year

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
NUR 1101Nursing Foundations3
NUR 1102Nursing Foundations Lab3
BIO 1108Microbiology and Immunology3
BIO 1109Anatomy and Physiology I3
ENG 1107Introduction to Scholarly Writing3
One Degree Breadth Elective Course. 13
Semester 2
NUR 1200Health Assessment3
NUR 1201Relational Practice3
NUR 1202Health Assessment Lab3
NUR 1206Health Assessment Clinical3
BIO 1110Anatomy and Physiology II3
MTH 1207Numeracy and Statistics3
One Degree Breadth Elective Course. 13
Semester 3
CHM 2311Clinical Biochemistry3
NUR 2300Chronic Illness3
NUR 2301Pharmacology and Therapeutics3
NUR 2302Chronic Illness Lab3
NUR 2306Chronic Illness Clinical3
PTH 2303Pathophysiology I3
Semester 4
NUR 2400Acute Illness3
NUR 2402Acute Illness Lab3
NUR 2405Critical Thinking and Inquiry3
NUR 2406Acute Illness Clinical I3
PTH 2403Pathophysiology II3
One Degree Breadth Elective Course. 13
Semester 5
NUR 3501Maternal, Child and Pediatrics3
NUR 3505Family-Centred Nursing3
NUR 3506Acute Illness Clinical II3
NUR 3507Mental Health Concepts I3
NUR 3508Ethics Professional Practice3
NUR 3509Nursing Research3
Semester 6
NUR 3604Public Health and Community3
NUR 3605Nursing and Informatics3
NUR 3606Public Health Clinical3
NUR 3607Mental Health Clinical3
NUR 3608Mental Health Concepts II3
One Degree Breadth Elective Course. 13
Semester 7
NUR 4701Nursing Leadership3
NUR 4706Acute Illness Clinical III6
NUR 4708Inter-Professionalism3
NUR 4709Health Policy Global Health3
One Degree Breadth Elective Course. 13
Semester 8
NUR 4801Integrated Nursing Theory3
NUR 4806Integrated Nursing Practicum12
Total Credits144

Students must take a total of five (5) degree breadth electives from at least two (2) different categories as part of the Honours Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.  Two (2) breadth electives must be an advanced/upper-level course (represented by course codes beginning in 39xx).  These upper-level are only available in Year 3 or 4 of the program.  For more information regarding degree breadth electives, click here.


Tuition Cost

Canadian Students

$7,622.58Estimated first year costView fee breakdown

International Students

$26,497.44Estimated first year costView fee breakdown

Important Notice

Fees presented are estimates based on projections for future academic year(s) of study. Actual fees charged may differ from what is published here. A full detailed listing of all fees is available in myCambrian and updated annually no later than May 1 for the following academic year. Students in Academic Upgrading are responsible for any fees listed on their invoice each term.

Tuition and ancillary fees

Please see our fees page for the breakdown of tuition and mandatory ancillary fees by program and semester for both domestic and international students.

Books and supplies

Books and supplies may be required at the course level over and above what is estimated above. Please consult your professor/instructor for further information.

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Work-integrated learning (WIL)

Take your education beyond the classroom!

Cambrian programs blend academic learning, hands-on training, and community involvement opportunities to help you achieve your ultimate goal – your dream career. You’ll have the opportunity to apply your knowledge to real-world scenarios within and outside of the classroom through work-integrated learning. Whether it be a capstone project, co-op, practicum, preceptorship component, or placement, you’ll benefit from a practical, job-related experience before you graduate.

Field of Study

School of Nursing

Do you have the compassionate nature and critical thinking skills needed to excel in the field of nursing? Cambrian offers a wide range of programs that provide you with the bedrock to succeed as a nursing professional, from basic training as a personal support worker to mastering the talents of an exceptionally qualified registered nurse with a BScN degree.

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Specific program pathway

Students graduating from a Practical Nursing (PN) diploma could receive advanced standing in the Honours Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.  To be eligible, students must meet the admission requirements and complete the Practical Nursing to Registered Nursing Bridge program (PNRN) by applying to PNUR at OCAS.

Applicants accepted for advanced standing under this pathway will receive direct entry into Year 3 and must complete the following requirements.

Career Outcomes

Employment opportunities

A Bachelor of Science in Nursing allows graduates to work with individuals (infant, children, adults, elderly. etc.), families, and communities in a variety of settings:

  • Hospital
  • Community
  • Long-Term Care
  • Outposts Agencies
  • Occupational / Industry Settings
  • Schools
  • Homes

Nurses with a BScN degree can pursue Masters and Doctoral studies to prepare for work as educators, clinical experts, and researchers.

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Minimum technology requirements

Success in this program requires that you come equipped with some program-specific technology requirements.

Bring your own device (BYOD)

Cambrian College has implemented a BYOD principle to both enrich the student learning experience in and out of the classroom and to ensure flexibility!

Ready to take the first step?

Start gaining the highest level of skills at Cambrian now – and you’ll be ready to take advantage of the many career opportunities waiting for you just around the corner. The future is yours!

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