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UT: Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Northwestern Polytechnic

Northwestern Polytechnic
Northwestern Polytechnic offers students the option of pursuing a career in Nursing with the University of Alberta Collaborative Baccalaureate Nursing Program, a four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) Degree program. This program will prepare the student to be licensed as a Registered Nurse. All the courses in the Bachelor of Science, Nursing program can be completed at Northwestern Polytechnic but students will be required to attend at least one clinical placement outside of Grande Prairie. Practica may involve evening and night hours and weekends. Students are responsible for obtaining transportation to practica placements and for the costs of necessary travel and accommodations. Required practica placements may be a distance of 150 kilometres or more from Grande Prairie. Special qualities are required for the nursing profession. A potential student must be a caring individual who considers the dignity, individuality and worth of the patient, client, and family. Knowledge and skills will be developed through a variety of structured and student-directed instructional delivery methods. Students will gain practical experiences in nursing laboratories and in local and regional health care facilities. Students in the degree program should refer to the University of Alberta calendar for full program articulation, degree guidelines and graduation requirements.

Office of the Registrar
10726 - 106 Avenue
Grande Prairie, Alberta, T8V 4C4, Canada

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  • Program Type University Transfer
  • Credential Type Non-Credential
  • Length 3 Years
  • Part Time Only
  • Cooperative Education
  • Continuing Education
  • Distance Learning
Admission Requirements

All applicants under 21 years of age must present a High School Diploma or equivalent and an overall average of 65 percent with no mark lower than 60 percent in any of the following:

  • English 30-1
  • Biology 30
  • Chemistry 30 or Science 30
  • Mathematics 30-1 or 30-2
  • One of:
    • Aboriginal Studies 30
    • Chemistry 30
    • Science 30
    • Mathematics 31
    • Physics 30
    • Computer Science – Advanced Level CTS (5 credit)
    • Social Studies 30-1
    • Physical Education 30
    • 30-level Language
    • Fine Arts course

Best Qualified

Applicants must be aware of three important deadlines (in subsequent order):

  • October 1st – Applications Open
  • March 1st – Application Deadline
  • March 15th – Document Deadline

*Applications received after March 1st may not be considered for admission. This is very high demand program and preference will be given to applicants who are best qualified.

Only completed applications will be considered; therefore, all official transcripts must be received by the document deadline of March 15th. Applicants with a completed post-secondary university degree will be assessed on an individual basis.

Admission of Indigenous Students

Four seats in the first year of the nursing program will be reserved for qualified applicants of Indigenous ancestry. The top four applications, based on the outcome of the approved scoring system chart, will be selected for offer of admission and will be assigned these reserve seats.  If the designated applicants do not fill these reserved seats by March 30th of each year, the seats will be offered to the general applicant pool.

If applicants are applying as an Indigenous student, they may be required to present proof of Indigenous ancestry


If applicants have previously enrolled in a nursing program and stopped for any reason, their application to enter a Nursing program at Northwestern Polytechnic will be considered on an individual basis and contingent upon space being available in the program.

Students who started in the nursing program in the 2018/2019 academic year at Northwestern Polytechnic will not receive advanced credit for any of the courses previously taken, with the exception of NS1500MI1330, English, and an elective, provided the minimum passing grade is achieved.

Transfer from Other Nursing Programs

If students are currently enrolled in a nursing program at another institution and are applying to transfer into year two or three at Northwestern Polytechnic, they must have a GPA of at least 3.0, no previous failures in clinical courses, and meet the minimum pass requirements for each course.  Official transcripts of all post-secondary study and a letter of support from the Chair or Dean of their current program are required before their application will be considered.   The letter of support must clearly indicate that they are a student in good standing.

Admission is subject to the availability of seats. Applicants for years 2 and 3 of the nursing program will be considered for admission based on the following priorities:

  • former Northwestern Polytechnic nursing students who have withdrawn in good standing and who apply within 12 months of their withdrawal
  • students currently enrolled in the University of Alberta Collaborative Baccalaureate Nursing Program at one of the partner sites
  • students currently enrolled in other nursing programs and who are in good standing. 
  • students not currently enrolled in a nursing program who have withdrawn from a previous nursing program are required to complete the readmission process. Admission is subject to the decision of the Department of Nursing Education and Health Studies.

If more than one qualified applicant fits one of the previous categories and are equally qualified for admission, priority will be established by date of application.

Health and Safety Requirements

All students admitted to the Nursing program must be capable of completing responsibilities and activities as required in clinical practice.  In order to successfully pass clinical practice courses, students must consistently demonstrate the essential skills and abilities to safely provide nursing care to their assigned patient/client.  The guidelines for Registered Nurses are applicable to students in the Collaborative BScN Program.  The College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA) set these guidelines. If a student believes they may require assistance to be successful in the program, they are encouraged to contact an Academic Advisor in the Registrar's Office as soon as possible after admission for any accommodations that may need to be arranged.

Students must have the following items completed and submitted by August 1, after being admitted to the program:

  • Police Information Check with Vulnerable Sector Clearance
  • Immunization - some immunizations, including Hepatitis B, may need to be initiated prior to the first day of the program.
  • Standard First Aid
  • CPR-BLS - must be current for the year as of the date set out by the department.  No exceptions.
  • COVID-19 Vaccination

There are also other forms that will be required by August 1 and those will be provided to students upon successful admission.

Students are required to purchase a stethoscope and a penlight, and scissors in the practice setting. Standardized uniforms are required - information will be provided upon admission.  

Mature Student Admission

Students 21 years of age or over will be considered for mature student admission based on minimum overall average of 65 percent with no mark below 60 percent in each of the following:

  • English 30-1
  • Biology 30
  • Chemistry 30 or Science 30
  • One of Mathematics 31 or Mathematics 30-1 or 30-2

Student Aid

This program is eligible for full-time post-secondary assistance by Alberta Student Aid for the funding year 2022/08/01 to 2023/07/31*.

  • Tuition $6,312.00 Year One
  • Books/Supplies/Instruments $2,500.00 Year One
  • Mandatory Fees $1,427.00 Year One

* Tuition, books, supplies, instruments, and other/mandatory fees are provided to Alberta Student Aid and may be used when processing full-time post-secondary funding applications. The educational costs provided are based on a 100% full-course load and may not reflect current or all educational costs charged by the school. Contact the school to obtain accurate educational cost information.

Transfer(s) Eligibility

Search Transfer Alberta for course and program transfer information including transfer agreements between post-secondary schools in Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon.

Transfer(s) available outside of Transfer Alberta: Not available

Updated July 31, 2022. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.

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