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Degree | 8 semesters | Barrydowne | Limited Enrolment

Want a career where you'll be in demand, earn a good salary, make a difference in your community, and have access to national and international job opportunities? Earn your Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree through Cambrian, and you'll have the skills, knowledge, and practical experience to take on nursing roles in hospitals, long-term care settings, community care centres, and other health organizations.

The Laurentian University Four-Year Collaborative Nursing Program, in collaboration with Laurentian University, Northern College, St. Lawrence College, Sault College and Cambrian College, combines courses in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences with preparation in the theory and practice of nursing. Clinical experiences in hospitals and community health care agencies during the program enable you to put into practice the knowledge and skills learned in classes. You will have the opportunity to work with physicians, dieticians, physiotherapists, and members of other health care disciplines.

Program Highlights

  • 4 years – 8 semesters

  • Placements in a variety of healthcare settings

  • Hands-on training in Cambrian's high-tech nursing lab

  • Mentorship opportunities in the College's onsite Medical Clinic

  • Participate in community health promotion projects such as health fairs

  • Cambrian grads consistently have an above-average pass rate for the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) registration exam


Throughout the program, you will have a rotation of clinical placements in hospitals, long-term care facilities, and community agencies. You must be prepared to cover any costs incurred with clinical placements in-town and out-of-town. Agency placements may occur on all shifts, especially during preceptorship rotations in semesters 7 and 8.

4D Learning Opportunities

Trip to Costa Rica – In 2015, students traveled to Costa Rica to help provide health education and check-ups to families and individuals.

Teddy Bear Picnic – Each year, Nursing students conduct a "health check" on teddy bears auctioned off at this fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society.

Nursing Student Council – Become a member of this student-led organization to help raise awareness of health issues on campus.

Registration to Practice - Registered Nurse Designation

Upon successful completion of all courses as outlined in the program of study, you are eligible to write the examination for registered nurse credentialing as set out by the College of Nurses of Ontario in semester 8. The cost of the exam will be your responsibility.

Limited Enrolment – 80 seats available

Please note that possession of the requirements does not guarantee admission. If the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of places available in the program, the College reserves the right to select from among those applicants. All students applying by February 1 will be given equal consideration. Preference will be given to Ontario residents. Please see the Limited Enrolment F.A.Q.'s on our website under "How to Apply" for further details.

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Health Sciences, Nursing and Emergency Services

Admission Requirements

For graduates of the new curriculum (OSS): Ontario Secondary School Diploma (30 credits) or equivalent or mature student status, including:

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

Required: A minimum overall average of 75% in all prerequisite courses.

Note: Cambrian College's Pre-Health Sciences (HLPG) program is the designated preferred preparatory program for admission to Cambrian College's limited enrolment Health Sciences programs. Limited enrolment programs are identified within the detailed program descriptions. The minimum GPA and grades required for successful admission will be determined by the quality and quantity of the applicant pool.

Additional Requirements

  • Standard First Aid Certificate, Basic Cardiac Life Support Certificate (Canadian Heart and Stroke Guidelines), WHMIS certificate, AODA certificate, Respiratory Mask Fit testing (N-95 -3M model mask size), and Criminal Record Check.
  • The student is also responsible to submit the entry immunization form (completed) by the date suggested on
  • This form includes the following immunization requirements:
    • Two-step TB test
    • Immunizations: tuberculosis screening, varicella, Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Varicella, Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis, and Hepatitis B.
    • Current Influenza Immunization (when available for season)

Additional Information

The student is responsible for the cost of appropriate uniforms and equipment (e.g. stethoscope, lab kit, watch, etc.) required for the clinical area. Upon successful completion of all courses as outlined in the program of study, the student is eligible to write the examination for registered nurse credentialing as set out by the College of Nurses of Ontario in the 8th semester.

The student is also responsible for the following costs:

  • Registered nurses examination  
  • Initial certificate of competence.  Students will be informed of the cost for this examination, and it is their responsibility to pay this fee by the designated date.

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Program Delivery

Semester 1 - Fall 2016
Semester 2 - Winter 2017
Semester 3 - Fall 2017
Semester 4 - Winter 2018
Semester 5 - Fall 2019
Semester 6 - Winter 2019
Semester 7 - Fall 2019
Semester 8 - Winter 2020

Program of Study

Semester 1Credits
BIO 2107Human Anatomy and Physiology I 16
BSN 1004Self and Family Health 4
BSN 1056Introduction to Professional Growth 3
BSN 1206Self Others I: Personal Discovery 3
PSY 1115Introductory Psychology 16
 Term Credits: 22
Semester 2
BSN 1007Family Exper/Chronic Health Challen 3
BSN 1194Introduction to Nursing Practice 4
BSN 1207Self/Others II:Interpers Relat/Awar 3
 Term Credits: 10
Semester 3
BIO 2036Microbiology Health Sciences 3
BSN 2006Healing I:Episodic Health Challenge 3
BSN 2184Nursing Practice II 4
CHM 2222Clinical Chemistry I 16
One of the following Elective course:  3
Developmental Psychology 3
  or BSN 2300  or Elective III 
Elective III 3
 Term Credits: 19
Semester 4
BSN 2057Professional Growth II:Nursing Prof 3
BSN 2107Pathophysiology: A Nursing Persp. 3
BSN 2144Nursing Practice III 7
 Term Credits: 13
Semester 5
BSN 3005Primary Health Care Health Promo. 16
BSN 3056Prof Growth III:Teac/Learn Pro Nurs 3
BSN 3084Nursing Practice IV 4
BSN 3206Self Others III:Helping Relations 3
BSN 3406Nursing Inquiry 3
 Term Credits: 19
Semester 6
BSN 3066Professional Growth IV: Empowerment 3
BSN 3094Nursing Practice V 4
BSN 3416Nursing Research 3
One of the following Elective courses:  3
Psychopathology for Health Profess. 3
Elective IV 3
 Term Credits: 13
Semester 7
BSN 4057Professional Growth VI 3
BSN 4084Nursing Practice VI 4
BSN 4206Self Others IV: Group Process 3
BSN 4416Nursing Research II 3
One of the following Elective courses:  3
Family Issues 3
Elective V 3
 Term Credits: 16
Semester 8
BSN 4056Prof Growth V:Nurses Influe Changes 3
BSN 4094Nursing Practice VII 9
 Term Credits: 12
 Total Credits: 124

 Full Year Course

Tuition Fee (Canadian Students)

The tuition fee for the 2015-2016 academic year is $6,961.50. Next year's tuition fees will be available by May 1, 2016.

Books & Supplies

The estimated cost of books and supplies for 2015-2016 is approximately $3,000 for first year. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Employment Opportunities

A Bachelor of Science in Nursing enables graduates to work with individuals (children, adults, the elderly), families, and communities in: 

  • Hospitals
  • Health care agencies
  • Outposts
  • Industries
  • Schools
  • Clients' homes

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

Please note: Cambrian College strives to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website. Please note that the academic curriculum is continually reviewed and revised to ensure that Cambrian's programs and courses remain relevant. The College reserves the right to cancel or make changes to any course or program, fee, procedure, or campus location at any time.

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