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F.A.Q.

  1. Frequently Asked Questions about Nursing as a Career
    1. Why should I consider Nursing as a career?
    2. What are the opportunities within Nursing?
    3. What are the job opportunities in nursing?
    4. What is the starting hourly wage for a new Registered Nurse?
    5. What is the hourly wage for a nurse with 5 years experience or top of the pay scale?
    6. Do I need to decide now if I want to be a nurse?
    7. What are the professional associations available to Registered Nurses?
    8. How is Nursing different/unique from other health professions? (i.e., psychology, medicine, pharmacy, social work, etc)
  2. Frequently Asked Questions about the New Nursing Program at the University of Saskatchewan
    1. How is the admission avg calculated?
    2. What is the deadline
    3. What are the benefits of the Four Year BSN Program at the University of Saskatchewan?
    4. How and when do I apply to get into the Nursing Program at the University of Saskatchewan?
    5. Where can I take the new Nursing program through the University of Saskatchewan?
    6. What's different about the new Nursing program at the University of Saskatchewan?
    7. How many spots are available?
    8. If a student is admitted but doesn't come do they have to reapply and pay the application fee again if they choose to come for the following year?
    9. If a student repeats a class, which mark will be used?
    10. If a student has more electives than required, which will be used?
    11. Which math(s) from the new curriculum will be required?
    12. What is the application fee?
  3. English Language Requirements
    1. What are the English Proficiency requirements?
  4. Frequently Asked Questions about the Pre-Professional (Pre-Health Science) Year at the University of Saskatchewan
    1. What are the benefits of a Nursing Program with a pre-professional year?
    2. Who can I get advice from, if I'm not sure which direction to take during or after my pre-professional year?
    3. What are my options if my grades are not high enough for admission to the Nursing Program?
    4. What if I want to stay in the College of Arts & Science after my pre professional year? Can I continue in to work toward a degree in the College of Arts & Science?
    5. What Indigenous Studies courses meet the requirements for the pre-professional year?
    6. What are some suggestions for the Social Science electives and the open electives?
    7. Does the admission process to the College of Nursing include an interview component?
    8. Can I take any of the new Nursing classes in 2011 if I have the pre-profesional year prerequisites?
    9. Can I take my pre-professional year at any of the regional campuses? (Prince Albert, Regina, Saskatoon)
  5. Other Frequently Asked Questions
    1. Are there fast tracking options through the BSN program available to students?
    2. What is the difference between the Four Year BSN Program and the Post-Degree BSN Program that is currently offered at the College of Nursing?
    3. Can I apply to the Post-Degree BSN Program without having completed a full degree?
    4. Will registration with the Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan be available to graduates of the Undergraduate program?
    5. What does the College of Nursing offer for Licensed Practical Nurses?
    6. How long will it take to have a Visa Screen form completed?
    7. Can I be admitted with a deficiency?
    8. Can I be admitted under special admission?
    9. Can a student with a disability be admitted to Nursing?
    10. Do you have equity seats for students of aboriginal ancestry?
    11. Can I apply to both the 4 year BSN and Post-Degree BSN?
    12. What was the admission average to the 4 year BSN program in 2012?
    13. I am an internationally educated registered nurse; do I need to take my Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) to become a registered nurse in Saskatchewan?

A. Frequently asked Questions about Nursing as a Career

1. Why should I consider Nursing as a career?

  • Nursing is the largest health care profession in the world. The nurse of the twenty-first century utilizes advanced technology to provide nursing care to individuals, families, groups and communities. A career in nursing is rewarding and challenging. Nurses practice within a diverse range of positions and settings anywhere within Canada and around the globe. No other health care profession offers the spectrum of opportunities available to the Registered Nurse.

2. What are the opportunities within Nursing?

  • The opportunities within Nursing are endless:
    • Clinical practice (acute care, community care, counseling, long term care, forensics, international)
    • Administrator (Management) with experience and advanced education
    • Counselor/ Therapist with experience and advanced education
    • Educator (with experience and advanced education)
    • Researcher (with experience and advanced education)
    • Nurse Practitioner (with experience and advanced education)
    • Private (Independent) Practice (with experience and advanced education)

3. What are the job opportunities in nursing?

  • There are more job opportunities in nursing than in any other health care profession.

4. What is the starting hourly wage for a new Registered Nurses?

  • Starting Wage
  • General Duty Nurse
  • $34.00/hr
  • $70,720. annually
  • $2,720 every two weeks.
  • Source: SK Union of Nurses (SUN), as of April 1, 2011

5. What is the hourly wage for a nurse with 5 years experience?

  • 5 years experience
  • $42.00/hr
  • $87,360 annually
  • $3,360 every two weeks

6. Do I need to decide now if I want to be a nurse?

  • When you apply for admission to the University of Saskatchewan, College of Arts and Science in the Pre-Professional year, you will have that first year of university to examine all the options in the health care professions and other general arts and science options before you decide. You may apply for admission to the University of Saskatchewan, College of Nursing while you are completing these courses. The application for admission to Nursing will be available October 15 to March 31.

7. What are the professional associations available to Registered Nurse?

8. How is Nursing different/unique from other health professions? (i.e., psychology, medicine, pharmacy, social work, etc)

  • Nursing has a clinical practice component, therefore, nurses are more likely to have direct interaction with patients in clinical settings whether that is hospital, home, community, or institution. Some health professionals do not have a clinical practice component.
  • Nurses are more likely to have responsibility for the 24 hr care of patients on a 24/7/365 daily basis compared to other health care professions.
  • Nurses have the role of medication management and administration. The Nurse practitioner at the graduate level also has prescribing authority.
  • Nurses are more likely to have a social sense or responsibility for the continuation of care from hospital to home, to community.
  • Nurses are more likely to care for patients across the lifespan, birth to death.

B. Frequently asked Questions about the new Nursing Program at the University of Saskatchewan

1. How is the admission average calculated?

  • The 30 credit units of pre-reqs are used. The list of pre-reqs is located here.
  • We will only consider courses taken up to April 30 of the year in which admission is being sought. These courses do not have to be taken in the year prior to applying. Students must have 9 of the 10 required pre-professional courses complete by April 30.
  • Students will be considered for admission with one deficiency in either 3 credit units of a social science or stats or Nutrition or Native Studies. A grade of 50% will be used in place of this deficient course for purposes of calculating an admission average. Deficiencies must be cleared by December 31.
  • Admissions will have to wait until term 2 final marks have been submitted before being able to calculate an average. Those that have a 60% avg with the pre-reqs will be ranked and the top students will be admitted. Best case scenario is that students will find out if they have been admitted sometime in June.
  • If a student doesn't meet the 60% the first time applying they can take upper year courses that have a pre-requisite of the original pre-requisite to try to boost their average for the next year. For example, if a student took Chemistry 112 and got a 60% they could take Chemistry 250 to try and raise their average.

2. What is the deadline

  • The deadline to apply is March 31.
  • The document deadline is June 1.
    • This is the deadline date for English proficiency test results to be submitted as well.
    • Only post-secondary transcripts are required.

3. What are the benefits of the Four Year BSN Program of the University of Saskatchewan?

  • The University of Saskatchewan, College of Nursing Program is a provincial university-based undergraduate program delivered in its entirety at each of the three main campuses (Prince Albert, Regina, Saskatoon and northern Saskatchewan).
  • The College of Nursing is committed to a "Learn Where You Live" philosophy where portions of the program will be made available by distributed learning at some additional regional sites in Saskatchewan. Cutting edge technology is used to simulate real nursing practice situations to respond to the needs of Saskatchewan's population.This blend of state of the art technology and teaching will sharpen learning activities and prepare students to become registered nurses and leaders in the health care system.
  • The University of Saskatchewan has a rich history of delivering nursing education in the province. Since 1938, the College of Nursing has delivered the highest quality of undergraduate nursing education. In addition to the 4 year baccalaureate program (BSN), the College of Nursing offers: a Four Year BSN Program ; Continuing Nursing Education (CNE); a Master of Nursing Program (MN); a graduate level Nurse Practitioner (NP) Program; Post Graduate Degree Specialty Certificate Nurse Practitioner (NP) Program; and a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing program (PhD).
  • The Nursing Program at the University of Saskatchewan offers the opportunity to study along side expert PhD prepared nursing professors with active nursing practice and research programs.
  • Our Native Access Program to Nursing (NAPN) provides support for Aboriginal and minority students.
  • International Clinical Experiences in countries such as Australia, Finland and the Philippines are offered as opportunities for senior practicum placements for selected interested students.
  • Preparation to work on an Interprofessional team is emphasized in the College of Nursing undergraduate program. As a student in the College of Nursing Program you will benefit from interdisciplinary learning experiences with students in a variety of health sciences and other disciplines, such as Clinical Psychology, Dentistry, Kinesiology, Medicine, Nutrition, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Sociology, and Veterinary Medicine. These interprofessional opportunities are included in the pre professional year and in courses throughout the nursing program.
  • The Nursing Program at the University of Saskatchewan affords studentsthe opportunity to become active members of communities of learningthereby enhancing learning experiences by creating an environment that celebrates knowledge, innovation, leadership, creativity, excellence, and interprofessional dialogue.

4. How and when do I apply to get into the Nursing Program at the University of Saskatchewan?

Step 1 Apply for Pre Professional First Year in Arts & Science

  • The pre-professional courses may be completed throughout the province from a variety of institutions: including the College of Arts & Sciences, University of Saskatchewan; the Faculty of Arts and/or Science, University of Regina; or through a number of regional colleges offering accredited courses (such as Northlands College).
U of S Arts and Science
Application Guide
Apply here
U of R Arts and Science
Application Guide
Apply here
U of S CCDE at Prince Albert
Application Guide
Apply here
Northlands Regional College
Application Guide
Apply here

Step 2 Apply for second year at the College of Nursing

  • All students interested in pursuing Nursing in second year at one of our sites must apply for admission to the College of Nursing during the first year of study. Applications for second year of the nursing program beginning in Fall 2012 will become available online in October 2011.

5. Where can I take the new Nursing program through the University of Saskatchewan?

  • The four main campus admission sites continue to be Prince Albert, Regina, Saskatoon and northern Saskatchewan through Northlands College in LaRonge and Ile-A-La-Crosse.

6. What's different about the new Nursing program at the University of Saskatchewan?

  • The new BSN program is a U of S only non-direct entry program. This means it is not offered in partnership with SIAST and requires a pre-professional year of university level courses prior to admission. Students are not admitted directly from high school.

7. How many spots are available?

  • 125 Saskatoon
  • 115 Regina
  • 40 Prince Albert
  • 15 Northlands College

The application will allow the student to choose their 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th choice of location.

8. If a student is admitted but doesn't come do they have to reapply and pay the application fee again if they choose to come for the following year?

  • Yes.

9. If a student repeats a class, which mark will be used?

  • The highest one.

10. If a student has more electives than required, which will be used?

  • The highest ones.

11. Which math(s) from the new curriculum will be required?

  • Foundations of Mathematics 30 or Pre-calculus 30

12. What is the application fee?

  • $90

C. English Requirements

1. What are the English Proficiency requirements?

  • All students whose first language is not English must write an English proficiency examination. The scores they must achieve are higher than for other colleges. They can be found here: http://www.usask.ca/nursing/students/language_req.php
  • Even if a student wrote an English proficiency examination for the College of Arts and Science and was admitted they may not meet the English proficiency requirements for the College of Nursing and would need to write the test again.
  • English proficiency cannot be waived by attending high school in Canada or having 18 transferrable credit units from an English speaking/testing institution. All applicants whose first language is not English must write an English Proficiency examination.

D. Frequently asked Questions about the Pre-Professional (Pre-Health Science) Year at the University of Saskatchewan

1. What are the benefits of doing a pre professional year prior to the Nursing Program?

  • Our program does not have Direct Entry into Nursing (requires Pre Professional first year, then 3 years of Nursing for a 4 yr nursing degree). The benefits of requiring a Pre professional year first include:
    • Socialization into the university environment;
    • Education alongside other students in the health science professional colleges;
    • Provides time during your pre professional year to consider all the options before deciding if the nursing degree program is right for you.

2. Who can I get advice from if I'm not sure which direction to take during/after my pre professional (pre health science) year?

  • Our academic advisors are available to answer any questions you may have.
  • Other sources include information sessions and career fairs about the different health science programs. In addition, you can review the materials on the website including our brochures and videos for the University of Saskatchewan, College of Nursing Program, as well as for those programs offered by the other health science colleges.

3. What are my options if my grades are not high enough for admission to the Nursing Program?

  • Students require a minimum of a 60% average in their 30 credit units (pre professional year credits) in order to be eligible to apply to the College of Nursing, however the minimum average for admission may be higher. If your average is not high enough, or if you are not admitted to the program you could take other courses to raise your average or repeat a course, then reapply the next year. For example, if a student took Chemistry 112 and got a 60% they could take Chemistry 250 to try and raise their average.

4. What if I want to stay in the College of Arts & Science after my pre professional year? Can I continue in to work toward a degree in the College of Arts & Science?

  • Yes, students in their pre-professional year remain students in the College of Arts & Sciences, and could continue to work towards any Arts and Science degree at the advice of academic advisors with the College of Arts and Science.
  • You may also have the option of considering other health science streams or other programs through the University of Saskatchewan.

5. What Indigenous/Native Studies courses meet the requirements for the pre-professional year?

  • Indigenous studies courses include Native Studies. The following courses meet the requirements for admission to the College of Nursing. Note that there are other courses that may be acceptable. Please check with your academic advisor.
    • Prince Albert
      • NS 107.3 1(3L-1S) - Introduction to Canadian Native Studies
    • Regina - University of Regina
      • INDG 100 - Introduction to Indian Studies I
    • Saskatoon - University of Saskatchewan
      • NS 107.3 - Introduction to Canadian Native Studies
    • As well, University of the Arctic offers:
      • BCS 321 - Peoples and Cultures
      • BCS 322 - Peoples and Cultures of the Circumpolar World II

7. Suggestions for the Social Science Electives and the Open Electives?

8. Does the admission process to the College of Nursing include an interview component?

  • At the present time there is not an interview component.

9. What courses can I take that can be used in year 2 of  Nursing if I have the pre-professional year done but I am not yet in Nursing?

  • Students may take Anatomy & Physiology.6. Choose from one of the courses or combination of courses:
    • U of S
      • PHSI 208.6**
      • HSC 208
      • PHPY 302.3 and PHPY 303.3
      • ACB 221.3 and KIN 225.3 and KIN 226.3 or
      • BIOL 317.3 and BIOL 318.3
      • BMSC 224 + PHPY 302 + ACB 221
      • BMSC 224 + PHPY 303 + ACB 221
      • BMSC 224 + PHPY 303 + ACB 310
      • BMSC 224 + PHPY 302 + ACB 310
    • Athabasca University
      • BIO 235.6
    • U of Regina
      • KHS 168 plus KHS 267 (between 2001-2010) plus KHS 269 or
      • KIN 267 plus KIN 268 (Effective 2010)
  • Students may take Microbiology
    MICM 224 or BMSC 210 ( U of S)
  • Students may take a Nursing elective. Check with the advisors for options

10. Can I take my pre professional science year at any of the regional campuses? (Prince Albert, Regina, Saskatoon)

E. Other Frequently asked Questions

1. Are there fast tracking options through the BSN program available to students?

  • No, as there will be extended clinical practicum courses at the end of second and third year.

2. What is the difference between the Four Year BSN Program and the Post-Degree BSN Program (formerly the Second Degree Entry Option, SDEO) that is currently offered at the College of Nursing?

  • The Post-Degree BSN Program (formally the Second Degree Entry Option, SDEO) is a BSN in Nursing program for students who already have a completed degree in another area.
  • In the Post-Degree BSN Program, credit is granted on an individual basis for equivalent courses.
  • The Post-Degree BSN Program (formally know as the Second Degree Entry Option) using the NEPS curriculum will continue at the College of Nursing, U of S with admission intakes in May 2011, 2012, and 2013. Additional information about the Post-Degree BSN Program
  • In 2014, the Post-Degree BSN Program will continue with the new College of Nursing curriculum.

3. Can I apply to the Post-Degree BSN Program program without having completed a full degree?

4. Will registration with the Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan be available to graduates of the Undergraduate program?

  • No. Students graduating from the College of Nursing undergraduate program are eligible to write the Canadian Registered Nurse Examination (CRNE). Registered Nurses (RNs) are prepared to practice in all psychiatric/mental health nursing areas and are eligible for registration across Canada and around the world. Registered Nurses specializing in psychiatric mental health nursing may become certified in psychiatric mental health nursing and use the designation CPMHN(c) - (with the (c) referring to Canada). If you are interested in becoming a Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN) eligible to register with the Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan (RPNAS), please refer to their website regarding eligible programs.

5. What does the College of Nursing offer for Licensed Practical Nurses?

  • LPNs will be given "recognition for their prior learning" and a study plan will be developed so that credit will be granted for common bases of learning.Students are required to have 30 credit units of Arts & Science requirements. Information can be found on the LPN Fact Sheet. Our academic advisors are available to answer any questions you may have.

6. How long will it take to have a Visa Screen form completed?

  • Graduates from the College of Nursing interested in seeking employment in another province or another country should expect a turn-around time of 4-6 weeks to complete the necessary documentation required to verify their education. Several individuals and units on campus are involved in verifying students' education.

7.Can I be admitted with a deficiency?

  • Yes. Can be admitted with a deficiency in 3 cu in social sciences, Stats, Native Studies or Nutrition.
  • A 50% will be put in this class for the admission average
  • Deficiency must be cleared by December 31.

8.Can I be admitted under special admission?

  • A student will not be admitted to Nursing through special admission. However, a student can be admitted to a post-secondary institution by special admission (home-schooled, GED, transition program, etc) and as long as the student completes the pre-professional course requirements, they will be considered for admission to Nursing when they apply.

9.Can a student with a disability be admitted to Nursing?

10.Do you have equity seats for students of aboriginal ancestry?

  • Yes. 16.6% of the overall number of seats are for the Aboriginal students.

11.Can I apply to both the 4 year BSN and Post-Degree BSN?

  • Yes as long as you meet the requirements for both. Note that they have different application deadline dates and document deadline dates.

12. What was the admission average to the 4 year BSN program in 2012?

  • Approximately 75%

13. I am an internationally educated registered nurse; do I need to take my Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) to become a registered nurse in Saskatchewan?

  • If you are a registered nurse from outside of Canada you should contact the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses' Association (SRNA) at www.srna.org for more information on the requirements for registration and licensing.