Post RN, BScN

Admissions will start accepting new applications in October 2022 to be processed for the September 2023 intake. 
(This is subject to change)

The Part-time Post RN BScN program is based on the completion of a total of 63 credits. Registered nurses who are graduates of nursing diploma programs may complete the requirements by distance education on a part-time basis. The curriculum is designed to reflect and enhance the professional knowledge, competencies, and experience of Post RN students. 

Why Take This Program?

  • Earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in a program specially for post RN learners, and built around part-time study at home and workplace.
  • Combine career and education with minimal disruption to work and family schedules.
  • Participate in a Distance Education schedule that is sensitive to the experience, expectations, and learning needs of adult students.
  • Prepare yourself professionally for increasingly complex health care and nursing practice.

Admission Requirements

Minimum requirements are a current RN registration, one-year clinical experience, and high school certification. Applicants are considered if they have credit for five Grade XII university preparatory subjects (English, Mathematics, Chemistry, another science and one other subject), with no mark below 50 and a minimum average of 60.

Meeting published minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. If you are not able to meet the above requirements, please contact the Program Office for assistance.

The program has a limited annual entry. The application period deadline is June 30th each year for courses commencing in September. Applications to the program can be found here.

Degree Requirements

This 63-credit program consists of 42 credits of required nursing courses, 12 credits of required science courses, and 9 credits of nursing electives.

The Program accepts up to 30 transfer credits for courses completed at other university institutions.

The Program can be completed within three years but students have up to 10 years from their acceptance date to complete all requirements.


Required Courses: 

Nursing: 115, 135, 201, 205, 237, 245, 248, 300, 330, 415, 425, 494

DNUR 115 Health Teaching & Learning (3 credit)
DNUR 135 Contemporary Issues in Nursing (3 credit)
DNUR 201 Community Mental Health I (3 credit)
DNUR 205 Community Health Nursing (3 credit)
DNUR 237 Nursing Concepts in the Care of Women, Children, and Families (3 credit)
DNUR 245 Aging and the Older Adult (3 credit)
DNUR 248 Basic Concepts of Pathophysiology (3 credit)
DNUR 300 Research Methods (Sociology) (6 credit)
DNUR 330 Legal & Ethical Issues in Nursing (6 credit)
DNUR 425 Comprehensive Health Assessment -  (3 credit)
DNUR 415 Nursing of Adults II - online delivery only (3 credit)
DNUR 494 Leadership and Management in Nursing (3 credits)

Science: BIOL 105, 115, 251, 252

Biology 105 Introductory Cell & Molecular Biology (3 credit)
Biology 115 Microbes in Human Health - online delivery only (3 credit)
Biology 251 Anatomy & Physiology I (3 credit)
Biology 252 Anatomy & Physiology II (3 credit)

Elective Courses: Select any courses to total 9 credits

DNUR 202 Community Mental Health Nursing II - (3 credit)
DNUR 405 Nursing of Adults I -  (3 credit)
DNUR 473 Basic Concepts in Pathophysiology -  (3 credit)
DNUR 483 Hospice Palliative Care -  (3 credit)
DNUR 488 Challenges in Aging: Implications for Nursing - (3 credit)
DNUR 471 Forensic Nursing I –  (3 credit)
DNUR 472 Forensic Nursing II –  (3 credit)
DNUR 497 Computers in Nursing –  (3 credit)
N499 Open Nursing Elective (3 credit)* one-time only for transfer credit

Please refer to section 9.28 of the StFX Academic Calendar for course descriptions.