Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program is intended for applicants with a university degree who wish to become professional nurses. Students apply through the Registrar’s Office and must submit the UPEI Undergraduate Application Form. Students in the Accelerated Program are required to take the same courses and have the same number of clinical hours as students in the four-year BScN program. They are governed by the academic regulations for Nursing as outlined in the Calendar.

Admission requirements

To be eligible for the Accelerated BScN Program, applicants must have:

  • successfully completed Grade 12 or equivalent courses in English, Math, Chemistry, and Biology;
  • completed an undergraduate degree with a minimum average of 75% (GPA 3.0 or B) in the last 20 courses of the degree and normally registered as a full-time student;
  • students who have completed courses after being granted a degree must have a minimum 75% average based on the best 20 courses of the last 22 courses taken
  • completed courses for credit in Human Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology; Developmental Psychology, Statistics, an introductory Nutrition course, two introductory Psychology courses, and two English courses. Students missing any of these courses are provided the opportunity to complete the courses before the start of the program in January.

Note: Required courses in Pathophysiology and Pharmacology can be taken during the Accelerated Program. Applicants whose first language is not English must also satisfy the UPEI English Language Proficiency requirements.

CPR, First Aid, Criminal Record and Immunization

The Faculty of Nursing requires certification of your CPR (HCP level), First Aid, immunization record, and a certified criminal record and vulnerable sector check from your local law enforcement agency from all students accepted to the Nursing program.  Accepted applicants forward this documentation directly to the Faculty of Nursing no later than August 15.  (Note: if any of the required documentation is not received by the deadline, this offer may be withdrawn).

Enrolment is limited to 16 students per year. Applicants receive conditional acceptance into the Accelerated Program based on completion of the required prerequisites.

Application process

Application Deadline is 15 February (must be postmarked by this date). Your complete application package should be sent directly to the Registrar’s Office.

Follow UPEI's undergraduate application process for professional programs, and submit other requirements including: 

  • UPEI Application Fee
  • A current Curriculum Vitae (resume) if you are a mature student (21 years of age or older)
  • Final Official High School transcripts, and official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. Transfer credits received at another institution will not negate the requirement for original transcripts. If enrolled in courses, transcripts are to be submitted when final results of your current first semester can be reported.

Submit complete application package (transcripts can follow) to:

The Registrar’s Office
550 University Avenue
Charlottetown, PE  C1A 4P3


  • The Registrar's Office, in consultation with the Faculty of Nursing, will make an early offer to applicants whose average for admission has been determined to be 83% or greater. For those completing a degree or still completing prerequisite courses, this will be a conditional offer. The average will be calculated up to the start of their final year of study and final transcripts would have to indicate that this average has been maintained.
  • Applicants currently completing a first degree are expected to have their first degree conferred no later than June 30, and must submit a final transcript no later than July 15. Applicants completing one or more of the minimum high school requirements are required to submit a final official transcript which indicates successful completion of the requirement(s) no later than July 15.
  • If an applicant wishes to be considered for both the Accelerated program and the 4 year program, they must submit an application for each program.
  • If accepted to both, applicants can choose which program they would like to enrol in. 

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