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 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, Human Physiology, Microbiology; Developmental Psychology, Statistics, an introductory Nutrition course, two introductory Psychology courses, and two English courses. 

Note: 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  (Note: if any of the required documentation is not received by the deadline, this offer may be withdrawn).

Application process

  • Applicants submit the on-line UPEI application and pay the application fee on or before the February 15, 2019 application deadline
  • Arrange to have a final official high school transcript, as well as official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended, sent to the UPEI Registrar’s Office (address below). Transfer credits received at another institution will not negate the requirement for official transcripts where the course was taken. If enrolled in courses, updated transcripts are to be submitted once final grades for the semester are available.
  • If not enrolled in courses, please upload a current Curriculum Vitae or resume through the application portal
  • If you do not meet the UPEI English Language Proficiency, arrange to have a recognized ELP test result sent from a testing centre listed in the link above to the UPEI Registrar’s Office (address below).

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

Notes regarding evaluation of applications

  • Sixteen (16) students are accepted each year. There is only one entry term which is January.
  • Priority is given to applicants who have completed all of the prerequisite course requirements, or those that have completed some and enrolled in the remaining prerequisite courses.
  • An early offer is made to applicants whose average for admission has been calculated to be 83% or greater. If an applicant is currently enrolled in courses, one condition of acceptance will be maintaining the admissions average of 83% or more.
  • Once all applicants have been considered, further offers will be made to the highest ranked applicants who have not received an early offer and have completed all the prerequisite course requirements, or those that have completed some and enrolled in the remaining prerequisite courses.
  • Applicants who have not completed their degree must do so by the end of the winter semester. The degree must be conferred by June 30 with a final official transcript sent to the Registrar's Office by July 15.
  • If a condition of acceptance is the successful completion of high school courses, the deadline to complete the course(s) is also June 30, and the deadline to submit the transcript is July 15.
  • If a condition of acceptance is the successful completion of prerequisite courses, the deadline to complete the course(s) is the end of the winter semester, and the deadline to submit the transcript is before the start of the accelerated program in January.
  • If an applicant wishes to be considered for both the accelerated program and the four-year program, they must submit an application for each program. If accepted to both, applicants choose which program they would like to enrol in.

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