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Undergraduate Programs

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4 year Bachelor of Nursing Science
4 year Bachelor of Nursing Science

The Bachelor of Nursing Science track of study is for secondary school graduates and students with some university education and is four years in length.  Normally, this track of study should be taken full time.

Bachelor of Nursing Science
2 year BNSc - Accelerated Standing Track
2 year BNSc - Accelerated Standing Track

Get a head start on your career with the BNSc - Accelerated Standing Track.  This program is two years in length including two summer terms, and is for students with 10 full university course credits.  Specific courses are required for admission.  Normally this track of study should be taken full-time.    

Accelerated Standing Track

The faculty at Queen’s School of Nursing value all aspects of nursing – Practice, Education, Research and Administration. We believe the patient should be the main focus affecting all decisions made by nurses.

Graduates of the BNSc program will:

  1. Provide competent and culturally sensitive nursing care in response to changing needs of society and according to prevailing legal and ethical standards.
  2. Use critical thinking, problem-solving, and scientific inquiry in the practice of nursing, and in monitoring and ensuring quality of health care practices.
  3. Communicate effectively in relationships with clients* and health care professionals.
  4. Use nursing knowledge and skills in partnership with clients* and health care professionals to maintain and promote health and well-being and provide care and support during illness.
  5. Use population-based and intersectoral approaches to assess, protect, and promote the health of communities.
  6. Demonstrate how specific environments and socio-political conditions affect health behaviour, professional practice, and public policy.
  7. Apply leadership and managerial abilities and political skills to attain quality care for clients and quality of work-life for ourselves and our co-workers.
  8. Engage in self-directed learning, reflective, and evidence-based practice.

* Clients are defined as individuals, families, communities and populations. 

There are 5 major concepts that learners need to understand in order to meet these expectations upon graduation. They are: 

  1. Health
  2. Populations with Complex Conditions
  3. Health Care Quality
  4. Transitions
  5. Practice Environments

The Philosophy of Queen’s University School of Nursing is consistent with the mission and vision of Queen’s University and reflects the nursing faculty belief that exemplary nursing practice is built upon the foundational blocks of the sciences and arts.  The purpose of the nursing program is to educate individuals to competently address the health needs of individuals, families, and communities in a variety of environments.  Central to the program are the five core concepts of health, populations with complex conditions, health care quality, transitions and practice environments.

Nursing is a dynamic profession requiring critical and reflective thinking based on current scientific rationale, as well as humanistic perspectives.  Partnering with individuals, families, and communities, nurses assist their clients through various life transitions, using sound decision-making and therapeutic communication in their interactions.  Competent care requires not only an understanding of bio-psychosocial processes, but also the socio-environmental and cultural contexts that affect clients, families and communities. 

We believe these approaches to academic excellence prepare practitioners to make caring connections and allow learners to transition – integrating sciences, humanities, and evidence-informed health care – into their professional roles as nurses and life-long learners.  We believe students should have the opportunity to learn inter-professionally with, from, and about each other. Students learn best from nursing faculty and nursing role models who foster caring and inquiry into human transitions from the theoretical, practice, and research perspectives.

Resources for Undergraduate Nursing Students

Since its creation in 1996, Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre (4D) has acted as a home away from home for Indigenous students; offering support services, feasts, social, and cultural activities. 4D has also acted as a support service to the Queen’s campus for many Indigenous related activities, initiatives, and knowledge. As the primary recognizably Indigenous space on-campus, many campus partners, staff, and faculty rely on 4D to provide them services such as research assistance, teaching support, classroom presentations, outreach to community, and committee work and participation.

The Nursing Science Society (NSS) represents all undergraduate Queen’s Nursing students to the School of Nursing, the University, and the Kingston community. The NSS strives to help provide Queen’s nursing students with unique opportunities that foster their professional development, strengthen their health and well-being, ignite their ability to give back to worthy causes, and encourage their growth as Undergraduate students. There are many opportunities to get involved with the NSS through first year internship, class council, NSS executive assembly, orientation committee, and the numerous initiatives put on throughout academic year.

Awards & Bursaries

There are many awards & bursaries available to undergraduate nursing students at Queen's

Questions about our Programs? Reach out to the Undergraduate Office

Casn LogoThe Undergraduate Program (BNSc) has been granted a 7-year accreditation from the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN) as of June 2020.