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Want a career where you will make a difference in your community, be in demand, earn a good salary and have access to national and international job opportunities? Earn your Honours Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree through Cambrian College.  Cambrian is committed to preparing innovative, compassionate, and competent professional nurses who are frontrunners in addressing the evolving health care needs, and professionally equipped to respond to the rapidly changing, diverse, and complex healthcare environment.

Program Highlights

  • 4 years – 8 semesters

  • Clinical experiences in long-term care, hospital, and community health care agencies enable you to put into practice the knowledge and skills learned in classes

  • Opportunity to work with members of other health care disciplines through on and off-site experiences

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

  • Participate in various health promotion projects

  • Nurses with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree can pursue Masters and Doctoral studies to prepare for work as educators, clinical experts, and researchers


Throughout the program, you will have clinical placement experiences in the hospital setting, the long-term care setting, and the community setting. Costs incurred with clinical placements in-town and out-of-town are the responsibility of the student. Agency placements may occur on all shifts, especially during preceptorship rotations in semesters 7 and 8.

Registration to Practice - Registered Nurse Designation

The new Cambrian Nursing Program (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) is preliminarily approved by the College of Nurses of Ontario ( Graduates are eligible to apply for registration as a Registered Nurse in Ontario after successful completion of the NCLEX-RN examination for registered nurse credentialing as set out by the College of Nurses of Ontario.

Limited Enrolment

Please note that possession of the prerequisite course 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. 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

To be eligible to enter the Honours Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, graduates of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSS; 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)

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)

  • 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 immunization
    • Hepatitis B
    • Influenza Vaccination
    • COVID-19 vaccination

Program Delivery


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Fall 2022
  2. SEMESTER 2 Winter 2023
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall  2023
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2024
  5. SEMESTER 5 Fall 2024
  6. SEMESTER 6 Winter 2025
  7. SEMESTER 7 Fall 2025
  8. SEMESTER 8 Winter 2026

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

Program of Study for 2022-23 Academic Year

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
NUR 1101 Nursing Foundations 3
NUR 1102 Nursing Foundations Lab 3
BIO 1108 Microbiology and Immunology 3
BIO 1109 Anatomy and Physiology I 3
ENG 1107 Introduction to Scholarly Writing 3
One Degree Breadth Elective Course. 1 3
Semester 2
NUR 1200 Health Assessment 3
NUR 1201 Relational Practice 3
NUR 1202 Health Assessment Lab 3
NUR 1206 Health Assessment Clinical 3
BIO 1110 Anatomy and Physiology II 3
MTH 1207 Numeracy and Statistics 3
One Degree Breadth Elective Course. 1 3
Semester 3
CHM 2311 Clinical Biochemistry 3
NUR 2300 Chronic Illness 3
NUR 2301 Pharmacology and Therapeutics 3
NUR 2302 Chronic Illness Lab 3
NUR 2306 Chronic Illness Clinical 3
PTH 2303 Pathophysiology I 3
Semester 4
NUR 2400 Acute Illness 3
NUR 2402 Acute Illness Lab 3
NUR 2405 Critical Thinking and Inquiry 3
NUR 2406 Acute Illness Clinical I 3
PTH 2403 Pathophysiology II 3
One Degree Breadth Elective Course. 1 3
Semester 5
NUR 3501 Maternal, Child and Pediatrics 3
NUR 3505 Family-Centred Nursing 3
NUR 3506 Acute Illness Clinical II 3
NUR 3507 Mental Health Concepts I 3
NUR 3508 Ethics Professional Practice 3
NUR 3509 Nursing Research 3
Semester 6
NUR 3604 Public Health and Community 3
NUR 3605 Nursing and Informatics 3
NUR 3606 Public Health Clinical 3
NUR 3607 Mental Health Clinical 3
NUR 3608 Mental Health Concepts II 3
One Degree Breadth Elective Course. 1 3
Semester 7
NUR 4701 Nursing Leadership 3
NUR 4706 Acute Illness Clinical III 6
NUR 4708 Inter-Professionalism 3
NUR 4709 Health Policy Global Health 3
One Degree Breadth Elective Course. 1 3
Semester 8
NUR 4801 Integrated Nursing Theory 3
NUR 4806 Integrated Nursing Practicum 12
 Total Credits144


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

  • Hospital

  • Community Settings

  • Long-Term Care Settings

  • Outposts Agencies

  • Occupational / Industry Settings

  • Schools

  • Homecare Setting

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.