BN: Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Do you like a challenge? Do you like working with people? Is nursing for you?
  2. What is the Bachelor of Nursing (Collaborative) Program?
  3. Where is the program offered?
  4. What are the admission requirements?
  5. How are applicants selected?
  6. How do you apply?
  7. Which location is best for you?
  8. What student services are available?
  9. What residence accommodations are available?
  10. What are the costs per semester?
  11. Are there sources of financial assistance?
  12. Want to talk to students from across the country about nursing?

Do you like a challenge?  Do you like working with people? Is nursing for you?

As the largest group of health care professionals, nurses play a vital role in the health care system. Nurses practice in a variety of settings as direct care givers, teachers, counselors, advocates, coordinators of care, and members of a professional organization.

What is the Bachelor of Nursing (Collaborative) Program?

This is a four-year basic nursing education program leading to a baccalaureate degree in nursing. In September 1996 it replaced the existing basic nursing education programs in Newfoundland. High school graduates can enter the program directly out of high school. The mission of the program is to prepare nurses to meet the challenges of health care today and into the 21st century.

Where is the program offered?

The four-year BN (Collaborative) Program operates at three sites:

  • Memorial University of Newfoundland School of Nursing, St John's
  • Centre for Nursing Studies, St John's, operated by Eastern Health
  • Western Regional School of Nursing, Corner Brook, operated by Western Health

What are the admission requirements?

Applicants must meet the general admission requirements of Memorial University

In addition, you should take courses that enhance your reading comprehension, writing and computer skills. Advanced Math 3205 is recommended. Note: Applicants who do not have the specified science courses must take equivalency courses before applying to the program. University Biology 1001 and 1002, and Chemistry 1010, 1800 or 1810 may be used to fulfill the requirements.

How are applicants selected?

Admission is on the basis of competition for a limited number of places. Selection of candidates is based on academic performance and other criteria considered suitable for the professional practice of nursing.

In addition to the regular quota positions, up to three additional positions per year are available for students of aboriginal ancestry who meet the admission requirements.

Accepted applicants must satisfy the health and immunization requirements prior to beginning the program. Accepted applicants are also required to submit proof of certification in first aid and basic cardiac life support. These courses are offered by the Canadian Red Cross Society or St. John Ambulance Association. Certification obtained from other organizations will be accepted if deemed equivalent by the schools of nursing. Course acceptability should be verified before beginning the program.

How do you apply?

You can apply for admission to the BN (Collaborative) Program during or after Level III of high school.

Applicants must complete the BN (Collaborative) Program application form. In addition, students who have not registered for courses at Memorial University for either of the three immediately preceding semesters must also complete a general application for admission to the university.

The application form can be obtained from either of the following:

Office of the Registrar
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NL
A1C 5S7

Office of the Registrar
Sir Wilfred Grenfell College
Corner Brook, NL
A2H 6P9

These completed applications and supporting documents must be returned by March 1 to:

Office of the Registrar
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NL
A1C 5S7

Which location is best for you?

On the application form you will indicate your first, second, and third site preferences. There will be factors at each site which may influence your decision. These might include location, availability and cost of residence, and transportation costs.

What student services are available?

At each site students have access to computer and library facilities, recreational activities, health care and guidance counseling services.

What residence accommodations are available?

Student Housing and Food Services
9-309 Hatcher House
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NL
A1B 3P7
Phone: (709) 737-7590
Fax: (709) 737-3520
http://www.housing.mun.ca

What are the costs per semester?

Please refer to the current MUN calendar for course fees.

 Are there sources of financial assistance?

A list of awards and scholarships can be obtained from MUN's Calendar or by contacting:

ARNNL House

P.O. Box 6116,
St. John’s, NL
AIC 5X8
Phone: 753-6040, 1-800-563-3200 (toll free)
http://www.arnnl.ca

Canada Student Loans information can be obtained from:


Student Aid Division, Department of Education
Couglan College
P.O. Box 8700
St. John’s, NL
A1B 4J6
Phone: (709) 729-5849 or 4244, 1-888-657-0800
Fax: (709) 729-2298
http://www.edu.gov.nf.ca/studentaid

Want to talk to students from across the country about nursing?

Contact the Canadian Nursing Students’ Association www.cnsa.ca