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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 simulation lab

  • Participate in various community health promotion projects


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 China - In 2014, a group of students travelled to Shenyang, China. Students worked in government and public hospitals and provided care of various health ailments to women and children in rural Shenyang. The students were active members of a multidisciplinary team, serving both as learners and as teachers by gaining invaluable experience working in clinics with limited access to resources.

Trip to Costa Rica – In 2015, students traveled to Costa Rica to participate in an inter-professional  educational experience with the goal of positively impacting the quality of life of families in underserviced communities.

Teddy Bear Picnic – Annually, BSN students participate in this fun, interactive, and dynamic fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society. The role of the student is to perform a  "health assessment check" prior to the teddy bears being auctioned off.  

Nursing Student Council – aims to cultivate student nurse leaders by providing opportunities to plan and facilitate events for students, participate in leadership retreats, and interact with the Cambrian College community to 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 NCLEX-RN examination for registered nurse credentialing as set out by the College of Nurses of Ontario. The cost of the exam is the responsibility of the student.

Limited Enrolment

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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How to Apply

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:

The successful completion of 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)
  • Any grade 12 mathematics (U)
  • Any grade 12 biology (U)
  • Any grade 12 chemistry (U)
  • Any 2 additional grade 12 courses (U) or (M)

Applications from mature applicants will be assessed using Laurentian University’s mature student status guidelines:

Note: Cambrian College's Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees (PHPG) 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

  • 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. Only the following model numbers will be accepted: 1860; 1860S; 8210; 8110S; 1870 + (or 1870/9210)

  • Criminal Record Check, including Vulnerable Sector Check (contact your program coordinator if you have a positive CPIC)

  • Immunization requirements:

    • Varicella – provide proof of either:
      • Documentation of receipt of 2 doses of varicella vaccine
      • A lab report confirming immunity
        Please note: Persons with a self-provided history of chickenpox or zoster are no longer assumed to be immune.
    • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) – provide proof of either:
      • Documentation of receipt of 2 doses of live vaccine after 1st birthday
      • Laboratory evidence confirming immunity
    • Tuberculosis Screening – a two-step Mantoux skin test is required if no documented history of a previous TB test. If you have documented results of a negative one-step test within the last 12 months, then a single-step may be given. A singlestep test is required annually.
      • Please Note: If the Mantoux Skin Test results are equal to or greater than 10mm, a chest X-ray is required to determine if the student has an active TB infection. Students who test positive should not receive the Mantoux test and do not need a chest X-ray unless they are demonstrating signs and symptoms of active tuberculosis.
    • Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussus immunization – provide proof that you have received this immunization within the past 10 years. Plus documentation of 1 adult dose of tetanus diphtheria acellular pertussis (Tdap) on or after 18th birthday. The adult dose is in addition to the routine adolescent booster dose.
    • Hepatitis B – laboratory evidence of immunity is acceptable if dates of immunization are unavailable.
  • The College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) outlines the requisite skills and abilities for nurses to practice in Ontario. More information is available at

Program Delivery


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Fall 2019
  2. SEMESTER 2 Winter 2020
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall  2020
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2021
  5. SEMESTER 5 Fall 2021
  6. SEMESTER 6 Winter 2022
  7. SEMESTER 7 Fall 2022
  8. SEMESTER 8 Winter 2023

For specific term start/end dates and other key dates/deadlines, please see the Academic Schedule posted on our website.

Program of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
BIO 2107 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 1 6
BSN 1004 Nrsg Praxis & Prof Care I 4
BSN 1056 Professional Growth I 3
BSN 1206 Relational Pratice I 3
PSY 1115 Introductory Psychology 1 6
Semester 2
BSN 1007 Health and Healing I 3
BSN 1194 Nrsg Praxis & Prof Care II 4
BSN 1207 Relational Practice II 3
Semester 3
BIO 2036 Microbiology Health Sciences 3
BSN 2006 Health and Healing II 3
BSN 2184 Nrsg Praxis & Prof Care III 4
CHM 2222 Clinical Chemistry 1 6
One of the following Elective course: 3
Developmental Psychology  
Elective III  
Human Sexuality  
Infectious Diseases & Immunity  
Semester 4
BSN 2057 Professional Growth II 3
BSN 2107 Health and Healing III 3
BSN 2144 Nrsg Praxis & Prof Care IV 7
Semester 5
BSN 3005 Health and Healing IV 1 6
BSN 3056 Professional Growth III 3
BSN 3084 Nrsg Praxis & Prof Care V 4
BSN 3206 Relational Practice III 3
BSN 3406 Nursing Inquiry and Praxis I 3
Semester 6
BSN 3066 Professional Growth IV 3
BSN 3094 Nrsg Praxis & Prof Care VI 4
BSN 3416 Nursing Inquiry and Praxis II 3
One of the following Elective courses: 3
Psychopathology for Health Pro  
Elective IV  
Human Sexuality  
Semester 7
BSN 4156 Professional Growth V 3
BSN 4084 Nrsg Praxis & Prof Care VII 4
BSN 4206 Relational Practice IV 3
BSN 4416 Nursing Inquiry and Praxis III 3
One of the following Elective courses: 3
Family Issues  
Elective V  
Semester 8
BSN 4157 Professional Growth VI 3
BSN 4094 Nrsg Praxis & Prof Care VIII 9
 Total Credits124


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 & Supplies

The cost of books and supplies for Year 1 is approximately $3,000. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Note: The student is responsible for the cost of appropriate uniforms and equipment (e.g. stethoscope, lab kit, watch, etc.) required for the clinical area.

Graduate Options

Upon successful completion of all courses as outlined in the program of study, the student is eligible to write the NCLEX-RN examination for registered nurse credentialing as set out by the College of Nurses of Ontario.

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.

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 BScN 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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