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Bachelor of Nursing Science - Accelerated Standing Track

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Is Nursing for You?

Learn more about the Essential Requirements for studying in a nursing program.

Overview & Courses

  • Our philosophy is that exemplary nursing practice is built upon the foundational blocks of the sciences and arts.
  • This professional degree program qualifies graduates to apply to the regulatory body of the province which they plan to work in order to secure registration to practice with the title “Registered Nurse”
  • Two years in length including two summer terms (fall-winter-summer, fall-winter-summer).
  • Hands-on program with practice nursing skills taught each year in the School of Nursing Simulation Lab and Glaxo Wellcome Clinical Education Centre.  
  • Complete clinical placements starting in the winter term of your first year.  You will have a placement in children’s health, maternity, mental health and with acute and chronic care adults. You will have clinical placements caring for patients of all ages and stages in life in areas such as hospitals, public health, clinics and community agencies (such as schools, flu clinics, Alzheimer agencies).

  • Support is provided for student success: a full-time academic advisor is available throughout your program along with numerous Queen’s services such as Student Wellness ServicesStudent Academic Success CenterBounce Back and Peer Support.
  • You will get to know the faculty due to the teacher student ratio in the program.
  • Students may tailor their program by choosing to take the Certificate in BusinessCertificate in LawArts and Science certificates, complete a Dual degree in Arts and Sciences, apply for research assistant positions or simulation lab assistant positions.
  • Queen’s nurses work all over the world in many settings, including hospitals, community organizations, and in research, education and government.  The program prepares you for graduate studies in the future.
  • Professional Relationships
  • Medical-Surgical Nursing
  • Pharmacology for Health Sciences
  • Great Works of Philosophy
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Nursing Practicum: Care of Chronic and/or Acutely Ill Adults/Elderly Adults I
  • Medical-Surgical Nursing II
  • Family-Centred Maternal Child Nursing Care
  • Nursing Practicum: Care of Chronic and/or Acutely Ill Adults/Elderly Adults II
  • Nursing Practicum: Maternal and Child, Family-Centred Care 

Brief descriptions of the courses offered can be found in the Academic Calendar. Course offerings and program requirements are subject to change each year.

  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing
  • Concepts of Acute and Critical Illness
  • Community Health Promotion Theory
  • Management and Leadership in Health Care
  • Introduction to Biochemistry
  • Nutrition and Health
  • Gerontological Nursing
  • Nursing Research
  • Practicum in Community Health Promotion
  • Microbiology for Nursing Students
  • Nursing Practicum: Medical-Surgical and Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing (Fall or Winter)
  • Current Issues in Nursing and Health Care
  • Integrated Practicum 

Brief descriptions of the courses offered can be found in the Academic Calendar. Course offerings and program requirements are subject to change each year.

For more information, please read the Academic Calendar

Frequently Asked Questions

We would be happy to meet with you, answer any questions you may have and give you a tour of the nursing facilities.  Please write Barb Bolton,, to arrange a visit to the School of Nursing.  We recommend you also contact Queen’s campus tours and work in a tour of the campus also while you are visiting.

Yes, you do!  You require first aid and CPR, HCP (health care provider level).  They must be in-person classes (not on-line) and they should be dated after May 1st of the year you are entering.  You will receive an email from us, once admitted, advising you how to submit these.

Yes,  you do!  You will receive information about this from the School of Nursing.  If you require a letter from the School of Nursing to give to the police station, please write and we will provide you with this letter. 

You will receive a letter from the School of Nursing once you are admitted directing you to a form which will explain what is required to be a nursing student at Queen’s

Our undergraduate programs are not on-line.  You will come to the Queen’s campus to take courses.

The program is full-time (two years).  If you have transfer credit for certain courses, you may not need to take them.  Courses will be assessed once admitted to the program.

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.

Curriculum Framework 


For Students applying from Queen's and other Universities. 

Please Note: Selecting 'Second Degree' will not turn up the nursing requirements on the Admissions page. Please select another option (ie. transfer) to find the AST nursing requirements. 

Tamara Nevills, AST Alumni

I was subsequently posted to the High Readiness Detachment in Ottawa, and this past December, I was fortunate enough to be on the first rotation of CAF personnel to deploy to Sierra Leone to assist with the Ebola outbreak relief effort.  On this operation, we worked alongside our British military counterparts, staffing an Ebola Treatment Unit and helping local and international health care workers who had contracted the terrible virus.  I must say it was an incredible opportunity!  Time management and team work were vital to success.  Wearing the multiple layers of PPE in that extreme temperature (30-50*C), changing gloves and aprons between tasks and doing everything with a buddy slows everything down tremendously.  Skills as simple as collecting daily blood work can keep you in the facility for upwards of an hour just to ensure the safety of everyone involved.  This life changing experience is exactly what I joined nursing and the CAF to do, and Queen’s prepared me for it!

Questions about our AST program? Contact our Undergraduate Office