Post-Degree BSN Option
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- What is the Post-Degree BSN Program?
The Post-Degree BSN Program recognizes previous university achievements of qualified students and provides them with the opportunity to receive a BSN in a shortened period of time. It is available to students who have completed a baccalaureate degree, or have made significant progress toward a degree in another field. The option provides an opportunity for full-time intensive study (six consecutive terms) with program completion in less than two calendar years. Students graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Saskatchewan and are eligible to apply for licensure with the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses' Association (SRNA).
- What are the Post-Degree BSN admission requirements?
Applicants must have a completed a baccalaureate degree of at least 90 credit units from a post-secondary institution recognized by the University of Saskatchewan, OR they must have made significant progress toward a degree (completed 90 credit units of recognized post-secondary study by April 30th for a May entry date into the nursing program. At least 36 credit units must be at the senior level. Senior level courses are defined as comparable to courses at the 200 level and beyond at the University of Saskatchewan).
Admission to the Post-Degree BSN Program is competitive. A minimum average of 70% is required. A competitive average will be calculated on post-secondary coursework completed before December 31st. Your average will be calculated as follows:
An average will be calculated on your most recent 60 credit units of coursework. All courses within each academic year must be included.
Applicants with averages less than 70% will not be considered. Although coursework completed between January and April will not be used in the competitive admission average, the coursework will count toward admission and pre-requisite requirements, and you will be required to maintain a 70% average.
Note that applicants should be in good health. Once accepted into the option, students are required to obtain Standard First Aid and CPR HeartSaver ‘C' AED or equivalent. Results of a criminal records check must also be provided.
What courses are considered acceptable for fulfilling the required university level pre-requisites identified in the admission requirements?
Please see the website for information on pre-requisites.
If you are attending a post-secondary institution outside of Saskatchewan, please visit the University of Saskatchewan Transfer Equivalents website for course equivalency information.
The College of Nursing does not pre-evaluate courses prior to receiving an application and application fee.
- What deficiencies are permitted?
Applicants may be admitted with a maximum of one pre-requisite deficiency in either of the following 3 credit unit courses (Statistics, Nutrition, Native Studies or Social Science).
The deficiency must be cleared by providing proof of course completion by January 15th to the College of Nursing.
- What is the transcript document deadline?
An unofficial transcript or proof of registration is required for courses taken from other institutions between January and April in the year of your expected entrance date. A final official transcript is required of all course work completed to the end of December of the year prior to your expected entrance date. All documents must be submitted by January 31st.
Documents should be sent to Admissions and Recruitment at the address below:
University of Saskatchewan
Recruitment & Admissions
105 Administration Place
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A2 Canada
Tel: (306) 966-5788
Fax: (306) 966-2155
Official transcripts are required by January 31st for each post-secondary institution you have attended.
All courses counted towards admission must be completed by April 30th in the year of the expected entrance date. A final official transcript must be sent directly to the Admissions Office when all courses are complete. These official transcripts must be received by the Admissions Office no later than May 15th.
- What are the acceptable proofs of English proficiency?
The language of instruction at the College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan is English. A high level understanding and functionality in English is essential for safe client care in health professions in Saskatchewan. Applicants whose first language is not English must present evidence of proficiency in English.
See the College of Nursing website for more details.
- What is the cost of the option?
The approximate cost per 3 credit unit course is $600.00. Tuition, books and materials for the full option will be approximately $20,000 to $24,000. Tuition and other costs are subject to change. The tuition fees are 2.6 times the Canadian rate for international students.
Costs associated with clinical experience (that may occur outside of Saskatoon) are the responsibility of the student (e.g., accommodation and transportation).
- Where is the Post-Degree BSN offered?
This option is available at the Saskatoon Campus only. All courses will be delivered at the University of Saskatchewan campus in Saskatoon.
- When does the Post-Degree BSN Program begin?
The program begins in May.
- How is the Post-Degree BSN Program structured? Are there any breaks?
The program is slightly less than two calendar years and consists of 93 credit units. Terms vary in length and there are short breaks scheduled between terms. The program begins in May and finishes in the spring.
A more detailed schedule can be found on the College of Nursing website.
- Is part-time study allowed?
Part-time study options are not available with this program. Students must be prepared for full time intensive study for the entire length of the option.
- How many students will be admitted?
50 students are accepted each year.
- Will this option be offered through distance learning?
Currently this option is not available through distance learning.
- If a class is taken twice within the last 60 credit units, which grade will be used, the first or the second?
The repeated course mark will be used in the average calculation.
- If I'm currently in the four year BSN Program, may I transfer into the Post-Degree BSN Program?
Transfers are not allowed.
- Are there any seats reserved for students of aboriginal descent?
Yes, 16% of the seats are reserved.
- 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.