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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.

Students in the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing 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 July 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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upei nursing graduate Henrietta
upei nursing graduate Henrietta
upei nursing graduate Henrietta in graduation gown
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upei nursing graduate Henrietta

Meet Henrietta, Bachelor of Science in Nursing program graduate (Class of 2023). Originally from Lagos, Nigeria, Henrietta graduated in May 2023 and served as her class valedictorian at UPEI Convocation.

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Course Structure

Note: Current UPEI students should refer to Student Planning in myUPEI and the UPEI Academic Calendar governing their entry year, and speak to an academic advisor about course requirements. The course structure presented for this program is a recommended, unofficial progression for prospective students.

The Accelerated BScN program is unique in that it recognizes previous course work toward completion of the degree. Previous course work will be recognized (60 semester hours of credit required for admission) as contributing to total credit degree requirements but will not be assigned as transfer credit if completed outside of UPEI. Students in the Accelerated BScN program will complete 81 semester hours of nursing specific courses to fulfill the degree requirements for the BScN.


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


  • NURS 2130 - Nursing of Young Families
  • NURS 2230 - Adult Nursing: Transitions in Health
  • NURS 3060 - Nursing of the Childbearing Families

Note: All students must complete IKE 1040 - Indigenous Teachings of Turtle Island.

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


  • NURS 3230 - Partnerships with Clients and Families Living with Chronic Illness
  • NURS 3030 - Issues in Nursing and Health Care
  • NURS 3040 - Nursing Research Methods
  • NURS 3340 - Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing

Second Year Required:


  • NURS 3130 - Developing Partnerships with Clients in the Community
  • NURS 4030 - Leadership for Health Professionals in a Primary Health Care Context
  • NURS 3030 - Issues in Nursing and Health Care OR
  • NURS 3040 - Nursing Research Methods


  • NURS 3100 - Integrated Clinical Experience I
  • NURS 4010 - Nursing and Population Health


  • NURS 4020 - Integrated Clinical Experience II
  • 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 Academic or equivalent courses in English, Math, Chemistry, and Biology;
  • successfully completed 60 semester hours of university-level credit;
  • of the 60 semester hours of credit noted above, 27 semester hours of credit must come from the list of courses below (at the credit weights noted), with a minimum average of 75% in these 9 courses (27 semester hours) with no individual course grade below 60%:
    • Human Anatomy (3 semester hours) – lab required
    • Human Physiology (3 semester hours) – lab required
    • Microbiology (3 semester hours) – lab required
    • Introductory Psychology (6 semester hours) 
    • Developmental Psychology (3 semester hours) 
    • Statistics (3 semester hours) 
    • Introductory Nutrition (3 semester hours) 
    • One (1) English course (3 semester hours)

(The above noted courses must be successfully completed at an undergraduate degree level at a recognized post-secondary institution. Courses must have been completed within the past 10 years and fulfill the criteria outlined for regular transfer credit equivalency review).

CASPer Test Requirement (worth 30% of overall admission score)

All applicants applying to the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at UPEI are required to complete Altus Suite for the 2023–2024 admissions cycle. 

Altus Suite is a standardized, multi-part online assessment that measures different competencies and attributes that we believe are important for successful students and graduates of our program. Altus Suite will complement the other tools that we use for applicant review and evaluation. In implementing Altus Suite, we are trying to further enhance fairness and objectivity in our selection process. 

Altus Suite consists of:

  • Casper: 100–120 minute online, open-response situational judgment test 

How to complete Altus Suite 

In order to take Altus Suite, you will be responsible for securing access to a laptop or desktop computer with webcam and audio capabilities and a reliable internet connection with an internet speed of at least 1.5 Mbps and upload speed of at least 2 Mbps. You will require the following for both account creation and completing Altus Suite: 

  • Government-issued photo ID (English/French) for account validation
  • Valid email address (the same one you will use to submit your application)
  • Desktop or laptop computer 
  • Working webcam 
  • Working microphone 
  • Reliable high-speed internet connection 

1. Please go to www.TakeAltus.com to sign up for Altus Suite for CSP-10202 Undergraduate Health Sciences, under your specific country, and register using a piece of government-issued photo ID.

2. Select a Casper test date. You will be provided with a limited number of testing dates and times, which have been pre-arranged/approved by your program(s) in accordance with their admissions timelines. Please note that these are the only testing dates available for your Casper test based on your program selection(s). There will be no additional tests scheduled. Please use an email address that you check regularly and that you have used for your application; there may be updates to the test schedule.

Important: To account for identity verification and payment processing timelines, ensure that you register for your test at least 3 days before your preferred test date and time. Last-minute bookings are not recommended.

3. Ensure you have selected a University of Prince Edward Island Bachelor of Science, Nursing program for distribution before the posted distribution deadline. Likely, there will be no additional tests scheduled, but the most up-to-date information can be found by browsing the Test Dates and Times on TakeAltus.com.

4. It is recommended that you complete Snapshot and/or Duet within 14 days of taking Casper at TakeAltus.com. The final deadline however, is the same as the distribution deadline for your program(s) as shown on the Dates and Fees page.

5. Please direct any inquiries on Altus Suite to support@altus.as. Alternatively, you may use the chat bubble in the bottom right corner of your screen on the TakeAltus.com website.

Testing Accommodations: If you require testing accommodations for Altus Suite, you will need to submit the Accommodations Request Form signed by you and your qualified professional 3 weeks in advance of your desired test date. More information regarding accommodations can be found on the Acuity Insights website.

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

Note: Applicants whose first language is not English must also satisfy the UPEI English Language Proficiency requirements.

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

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