Information for Students
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Fact Sheet for Licensed Practical Nurses Entering the BSN Program
Students who are graduates of the revised SIAST Practical Nursing (PN) Program (first graduates in 2008) and are currently licensed (or eligible for licensure) in Saskatchewan will receive credit for the following courses in the BSN program.
In the past those having completed the Practical Nursing (PN) Program and successfully completed SOCI 160, SOCI 260, and SOCI 261 have received 9 credit units of Sociology Junior. That translates to the following credits in the BSN Program:
- Social Science elective – for SOCI 160
- Open elective - for SOCI 260
- Open elective - for SOCI 261
|NURS 202.3||Assessment and Components of Care I|
|NURS 204.3||Communication and Professional Relationships*|
|NURS 220.3||Concepts of Patient and Family Centered Care (if have completed drug dosage module and exam [PHAR 264])|
|NURS 221.3||Patient and Family Centered Care in Practice|
|PHSI 208.6||Human Body Systems (transfer credit based on having completed APHY 162 and APHY 262)|
*The PN Program does include a significant amount of the content for NURS 204.3 Communication and Professional Relationships. Thus, they should receive credit for the course. The part that is missing is exposure to the philosophy and emphasis in the BSN Program on communication and the depth of content covered.
While the PN Program does cover health promotion, primary health care, and population health, it is not in the depth expected in the BSN program. This content is only part of the NURS 201.3 Perspectives on Health, Wellness, and Diversity in a Global Context course and a significant amount of the content, including depth expected, is not covered.
This represents a total of 27 credit units over the four year program or 18 over year two of the program. The 18 credit units represent a credit total in year two of 380 hours of theory and practice in the BSN program.
Plan of Course Progression for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) Entering the BSN Program
LPN students will need to complete the pre-professional year courses that they do not have transfer credit for.
Year one for LPNs
- Year Two of the BSN program
|NURS 200.3||Nursing Foundations: Perspectives and Influences|
|PHAR 250.3||Pharmacology for Nursing|
|NURS 201.3||Perspectives on Health, Wellness, and Diversity in a Global Context|
|NURS 203.3||Assessment and Components of Care II|
|NURS 205.3||Research for Evidence Informed Practice|
|MCIM 224.3||Microbiology for Nurses|
Year Two for LPNs
- Year three of the BSN program.
Year Three for LPNs
- Year four of the BSN program.