College of Nursing
Academic Information & Policies
The following college-level policies are subject to University Council Regulations. In the absence of information, or in the case of discrepancies between university and college regulations, university regulations will prevail. Please note that students will graduate according to the regulations effective for the year in which they are approved to graduate. In all other cases, the most current rules will apply, unless otherwise stated.
The College of Nursing
The College of Nursing was established as a school in 1938 and became a college July 1, 1973. Graduates are prepared to provide high quality nursing care in all areas of nursing. Read more about the College of Nursing history here.
A variety of health care settings, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, home care, and various community agencies are used for clinical practice.
In summary, the College of Nursing offers the following programs:
1. Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)
2. Post-Degree B.S.N. (PDBSN) Option
For information on graduate-level programs, please visit the Graduate Studies section of this Catalogue.
Requirements for Completion of the B.S.N. Degree
Time Limit for Completion of Degree
All courses to be counted for the degree must be completed within six years of enrolment in the program. Extensions may be granted under certain circumstances for those individuals who are making steady progress towards successful completion of the program. Such cases are reviewed upon receiving a written request from the student.
Post-Degree B.S.N. (PDBSN) Option
All courses must be completed within three years of commencing the first nursing course. Extensions may be granted under certain circumstances for those individuals who are making steady progress towards successful completion of the program. Such cases are reviewed upon receiving a written request from the student.
Although advanced credit toward the nursing degree can be given for course work completed at a university other than the U of S, a minimum of 60% of the total course credits must be taken at the U of S (excluding the pre-professional year requirements). A minimum of 63 credit units in years 2, 3 and 4 must be completed at the U of S.
Students with prior university credit(s) are advised to contact the College of Nursing to ensure proper sequencing and granting of transfer credit(s). Students wishing to take a course from another post-secondary institution must obtain written permission from the College of Nursing.
- A grade will be assigned for credit only if the course was taken from the University of Saskatchewan. When two or more courses are used to meet the requirement of one course, a weighted average will be calculated.
- An equivalent course from U of S will be considered for credit into the undergraduate nursing program as a nursing course only if the grade achieved in that course was 60% or greater.
- All courses taken from other institutions and granted transfer credit will not have a grade assigned for use in calculating averages.
- An equivalent course from another institution will be considered for transfer credit into the undergraduate nursing program only if the grade achieved in that course was 60% or greater.
Promotion and Graduation Standards
- Students are required to maintain an annual weighted average of 60% in each of years 2, 3 and 4. The annual weighted average includes both nursing and non-nursing courses.
- Students who do not achieve an annual weighted average of 60% may be required to discontinue.
- Decisions regarding continuation in the program are:
- Annual weighted average 58% or below – student is required to discontinue
- Annual weighted average above 58% and below 60% - student is put on probation and required to repeat any courses with marks below 55% and any course with a mark between 55 – 59% are recommended to be repeated.
- Students with an annual weighted average below 65% will be sent a warning letter stating they are required to maintain an average of 60%. If the annual weighted average is over 75%, a congratulatory letter will be sent.
- Students may be required to discontinue their studies at any point in their nursing program for reasons other than academic, if it is considered in the best interest of the profession or if continuation in the program is deemed to be unsafe to themselves or others.
- To graduate, students must have passed all required courses in the program with a minimum cumulative weighted average of 60%.
- The top 20% of students will receive distinction or great distinction, as follows: of the top 20%, 5% of students will be awarded with great distinction and the remaining 15% will be awarded with distinction. These averages are calculated on the cumulative weighted averages of years 2, 3, and 4.
Failure to Meet the Requirements for Progress or Graduation
If a student has not met the above requirements, a course of action deemed appropriate will be determined by the Administrative Committee. The course of action required of the student may include one or more of the following:
(a) If a supplemental examination is granted, pass that examination.
(b) Repeat the failed course(s).
(c) Take those courses deemed advisable by the program to constitute a make-up year.
(d) Repeat some or all courses taken during the year.
(e) Be placed on Probation under the conditions determined by the Administrative Committee.
(f) Discontinue studies in the program for one academic term or year.
(g) Discontinue studies in the program.
A full explanation of the grading system and the literal descriptors associated with percentage grades will be provided to students in each course.
A student will be assigned the grade earned unless otherwise specified.
Some nursing courses have an essential component that must be passed in order to pass the course. A student that has failed an essential component of a course, as defined in a course syllabus, will not be eligible to write the final exam and will not receive credit for the course. In the event that the essential component is failed, but the computed final grade results in a passing mark, an N (No credit) grade will be added to the computed percentile grade. A course with an N Grade assigned must be successfully repeated for the student to progress in the B.S.N. program.
A student that has not completed an essential component of a course, as defined in a course syllabus, will not be eligible to write the final exam and will not receive credit for the course. In the event that the essential component is not completed, but the computed final grade results in a passing mark, a final grade of 49% will be submitted along with a grade comment of INF (Incomplete Failure).
If a student has completed a course that is required, but is given an N or an INF grade, it will count towards the weighted average until it is successfully completed.
Some clinical courses have an essential component, as specified in the course syllabus, that must be successfully completed to continue in the clinical experience. When such an essential component is failed, the student will be required to withdraw from the clinical course. In the event that the withdraw deadline date has passed, the student will be given the grade earned.
In courses that have multiple clinical components, a student must pass each clinical component in order to pass the course.
A minimal pass grade of 50-59%, as per the University of Saskatchewan Literal Descriptors, in clinical is only allowed once throughout the program. If a student obtains a minimal pass a second time, the student will receive an N (No credit) grade and will be required to repeat the course and receive a minimum satisfactory grade of 60-69%, per the Literal Descriptors, in that clinical course and in all subsequent clinical courses.
Students may withdraw from a course, but should note that a first-term course must be dropped by November 15 (or February 15 for a course extending over both terms), and March 15 for a second-term course.
Before withdrawing from a course, students are encouraged to discuss this action with their advisor.
- Regular and punctual attendance is expected of all students for all orientations, classes, seminars, labs and clinical experiences. A student who is consistently late and/or absent from classes, seminars and/or labs may be unable to meet the course requirements, and may not be able to receive credit for the course.
- If a student misses more than 10% of clinical/lab experiences in a course, he/she may be unable to meet the course requirements, and, thus, may not receive credit for the course.
- If a student is unable to attend or will be late for a lab or clinical experience, he/she must notify the instructor prior to the start of the learning experience.
- Attendance at classes, labs and/or seminars for the particular course may be designated as mandatory. Students must attend these learning experiences in order to receive a pass in the course.
- If an instructor deems a student unsafe or unprepared for a learning experience, the student may be excluded from the experience; thus, the student may not be able to meet the course requirements.
Guidelines for Student Responsibility
The College of Nursing adheres to the procedures and policies as set out by the University of Saskatchewan. If a student feels aggrieved by a decision of the College/Program Committee, recourse is available. Student Appeals in Academic Matters, Student Appeals in Non-Academic Matters and Student Academic Misconduct are available from the Office of the University Secretary. In addition, it is expected that nursing students will practice nursing within the bounds of the philosophy of the program and the CNA Code of Ethics for Nursing, 2008. The application of the code stipulates that student-teacher and student-client encounters should be conducted in accordance with ethical nursing practices.
Nursing students will provide safe care by refraining from putting clients in jeopardy through knowingly committing acts of commission or omission. Failure to meet the expected standard of care will be dealt with by the College.
Please note that appeals of evaluation, grading, and academic standing are governed by university-wide council regulations.
Deferred and Supplemental Examinations
University level policies related to deferred and supplemental examinations are outlined in the University Council Regulations on Examinations.
*Supplemental and deferred examinations in the Post-Degree B.S.N. Option may have a shorter time frame. Please contact the College of Nursing.
Supplemental Final Examinations
- To be eligible to apply for a supplemental final examination, a student must have obtained a final mark of 40-49% in the course and have failed the exam. In addition, the student must have a weighted overall average and weighted nursing average of at least 60% for the academic term.*
- Supplemental examinations must be applied for within three (3) weeks of the end of the examination period.*
- No supplemental will be granted for courses that do not have a final examination.
- University level policies related to supplemental examinations are outlined in the University Council Regulations on Examinations
- Supplemental examinations will not be granted for clinical experience
College of Nursing courses are listed under subject codes NURS, PHAR, MCIM, and PHSI in the Course Descriptions.