PN: Admission Requirements
Academic Admission Requirements
Applicants who have followed the High School Curriculum of Newfoundland and Labrador
Applicants shall have completed Graduation Requirements for high school as set by the Department of Education and obtained an overall average of not less than 65% in 3000 level courses.
Applicants in their final year of high school who will complete the graduation requirements for high school as set by the Department of Education and obtained an overall average of not less than 65% in 3000 level courses may be conditionally accepted prior to the writing of final exams. This conditional acceptance will be subject to verification that the applicant has obtained an overall average of not less than 65% in 3000 level courses, when final examination results are released.
Applicants who have followed the High School Curriculum of other Provinces of Canada
Applicants from other provinces of Canada are required to have successfully completed Grade XII in the University Preparatory Program (in the case of Quebec students, Secondary V Certificate) and obtained an overall average of not less than 65%.
Applicants who have followed the College of the North Atlantic Comprehensive Arts and Science College Transition Program (CAS)
Applicants who do not meet the requirements for admission under one of the two categories listed above but do hold a high school diploma may be eligible for admission under this category. Students applying under this category must successfully complete all qualification requirements for the award of the CAS certificate from the College of the North Atlantic.
Applicants who have followed the Adult Basic Education Program (ABE)
Applicants shall have completed the Level III Adult Basic Education Certificate (ABE) with the approved combination of thirty-six credits as set by the Department of Education.
Applicants for Mature Student Status
A mature student is an applicant 21 years of age or older who has not fulfilled the admission criteria outlined previously. These candidates are expected to provide an official transcript of the highest level of education completed.
Note: All applicants must follow the Application Process outlined in this guide and must supply all documentation described therein.
General Admission Requirements
English Language Requirement
Applicants must be competent in the English Language. A test of English language will be required for:
• applicants whose first language is not English;
• applicants who have completed high school in a language other than English;
Applicants who do not meet the criteria above but have postsecondary courses completed in English should contact the Chair of CNS Admissions for further instruction regarding testing.
The tests with the acceptable scores are:
- IELTS (International English Language Testing System – Academic version). Scores: overall score of 7.0 with scores of 7.0 speaking, 7.5 listening, 6.5 reading and 7.0 writing.
- CELBAN (Canadian English Language Benchmark Assessment for Nurses). Scores: 8 speaking, 10 listening, 8 reading and 7 writing.
The official results of test score must be submitted before a decision will be made on your application.
Test scores are valid for two years from the testing date.
All cost associated with the English language requirements are the responsibility of the applicant.
The Centre for Nursing Studies reserves the right to interview applicants in any of the admission categories.
An applicant may be recommended to write The Canadian Adult Achievement Test (CAAT) or other assessment type test.
Testing takes place April or May.