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Prince Edward Island was the first province in Canada to adopt baccalaureate education as the exclusive entry to nursing practice. This decision placed us at the forefront in the initiative across Canada to locate nursing education at the university level.

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.

The program starts each January, and the application deadline is February 15 of the previous year. The length of the program is two years with no breaks in the spring and summer.

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Course Structure

January – April

  • NURS 1030 - Fundamentals of Nursing Practice
  • NURS 2450 - Health Assessment
  • NURS 2320 - Introductory Pharmacology
  • NURS 2120 - Pathophysiology for Nursing Students

Mid-April – August

  • NURS 2130 - Nursing of Young Families
  • NURS 2230 - Adult Nursing: Transitions in Health

Students in the accelerated BScN Program merge with the year three BScN student cohort in N3230 and remain with this group until NURS 4020X.

September - December

  • NURS 3230 - Partnerships with Clients and Families Living with Chronic Illness
  • NURS 3030 - Issues in Nursing and Health Care
  • NURS 3040 - Nursing Research Methods

Second Year Required:

January – April

  • NURS 3050 - Health Teaching
  • NURS 3060 - Nursing of the Childbearing Family
  • NURS 3130 - Developing Partnerships with Clients in the Community
  • NURS 4030 - Leadership for Health Professionals in a Primary Health Care Context

May - June

  • NURS 3100 - Integrated Clinical Experience I

July - August

  • NURS 4020 - Integrated Clinical Experience II

* Upon completion of NURS 4020, students in the accelerated program merge with year four students in NURS 4010 and remain with this group until completion of their program in December.

September - December

  • NURS 4010 - Nursing and Population Health
  • NURS 4040 - Conceptual Models and Nursing Theories
Admissions Criteria
What's Required for Nursing Admission?

To be eligible for the Accelerated BScN Program

  • applicants must have successfully completed Grade 12 or equivalent courses in English, Math, Chemistry, and Biology;
  • applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree with a minimum average of 75% (GPA 3.0 or B) in the last 20 courses of the degree;
  • students who have completed courses after being granted a degree must have a minimum 75% average based on the best 20 course of the last 22 courses taken;
  • applicants must have completed courses for credit in Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, Microbiology, Statistics, an introductory Nutrition course, two introductory Psychology courses, Developmental Psychology, and two English courses.

Note: Required courses in Pathophysiology and Pharmacology can be taken during the Accelerated Program.

Please refer to the UPEI Academic Calendar for complete admissions information.

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