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The nursing profession is one of the cornerstones of modern health care. Lethbridge College and the University of Lethbridge have teamed up to offer a collaborative program that offers excellent opportunities for education.

Be ready to receive a top-quality education in an environment known for producing highly qualified nurses. The student-centered nature of the program encourages learners to take responsibility for their own learning, guided by experienced faculty members. You’ll work closely with our instructors, combining theory and practice as you do. Course-related practice-based experiences in hospitals, community health-care agencies and home care agencies will let you apply your new-found knowledge in the real world. And you’ll benefit from learning through our exciting Simulated Patient Health Environment for Research and Education (SPHERE) lab.

This blended of theory and practice will help you develop skills in clinical reasoning, innovative clinical practice, leadership and the use of innovative technologies, while learning to care for people from newborns to senior citizens.

When you complete the degree program, you’ll be eligible to write the NCLEX-RN Exam, giving you the opportunity to be licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN).

Your natural caring and compassionate nature, combined with a commitment to high standards and detail, makes you an excellent candidate for the program. Contact us to find what happens next in your journey to a career in nursing!

Start your nursing career with a Bachelor of Nursing – apply today!

Career opportunities

Upon successful completion of the program, you’ll be eligible to write the NCLEX-RN exam to be licensed as a registered nurse. This will open career opportunities for you in a range of health care facilities, including:

  • Acute Care (Medical, Surgical, Mental Health, Pediatric, Maternity, etc.)
  • Continuing Care (Long Term Care, Supportive Living, etc.)
  • Critical Care (ICU, ER, OR)
  • Community Health Nursing (Public Health, Primary Health Care, Home Care, etc.)
  • Medical Offices
  • Rural and Remote Nursing
  • Nursing Education
  • Nursing Research
  • Government Agencies


Celebrating 50 years of nursing

For 50 years, our nursing graduates have been ready – ready to help those in need, ready to jump into action and ready to save lives.

To celebrate this milestone, a student award fund has been created to inspire and support the next generation of industry leaders.

Contribute online

Select the 50 Years of Nursing Education Award or contribute in person by visiting the Advancement office (CE2323). For further information, please contact

Application Deadlines:

All applicants applying to the four-year Bachelor of Nursing degree program must apply directly to the University of Lethbridge. Please refer to the University of Lethbridge for admissions information.

All newly-admitted students will register in and attend courses at Lethbridge College for the first two years of the program. Students will register in and attend courses at the University of Lethbridge for the final two years of the program.

Duration: 4 years
Credential: Bachelor of Nursing
Delivery Format

Fall Term


Online courses are instructor led. Communications, teaching and assessment components are delivered solely online, and do not have any on-campus elements. They are taught through a learning management system and may be either synchronous (in real-time on a set schedule) or asynchronous (learning that does not occur at the same time or same place). Students complete all their work online and are not required to come to campus.


Learning does not occur at the same time or same place. Instructor provides materials including online readings, recorded lectures or presentations, posted lecture notes, video content, assignments and exams for online completion. Students access the course materials within a flexible timeframe prescribed by the instructor.


Learning happens in real time. Student and instructors interact and engage with each other in a specific virtual space, through a specific online medium, at a specific time. This can include video conferencing, live chatting, and live-streaming lectures.


Winter Term


A blended course is intentionally designed to include continuum of both face to face/on-campus and online delivery. This includes both synchronous (in real-time on a set schedule) and asynchronous learning strategies (learning that does not occur at the same time or same place). Communication, instruction and assessment components of a blended course provide consistent information but go further by enhancing and supplementing each other. Students may complete some of their lessons online and may also be required to come to campus.

with students required on campus for lab and work-integrated learning experiences

New Students Returning Students
As a student in Bachelor of Nursing, you can expect the fall term will be online learning theory and labs in a virtual environment. Online lessons will be both synchronous (at a specific time with your classmates and instructor) and asynchronous learning (you can access materials within a flexible timeframe prescribed by your instructor). In the second semester, winter term 2021, students will be required on campus for lab and work-integrated learning experiences. As a continuing student in Bachelor of Nursing, you can expect to experience a blended program with face-to-face lab and work-integrated learning experiences and online learning of theory in a virtual environment. Face-to-face experiences will follow protocols for your health and safety. Online lessons will be both synchronous (at a specific time with your classmates and instructor) and asynchronous learning (you can access materials within a flexible timeframe prescribed by your instructor).


Learning Environment

General Requirements

  1. Successful completion of at least 40 course equivalents (121.0 credit hours) with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00 on all courses taken for credit toward the degree.
  2. Attain a minimum cumulative grade point average of at least 2.50 on all required Nursing and Health Sciences courses taken for credit toward the program in Years 3 and 4.
  3. Completion of the General Liberal Education Requirement (GLER).
  4. A minimum grade of C- is required in all Nursing courses, and in BIO-1160 Anatomy and Physiology I (3 credits) and BIO-1161 Anatomy and Physiology II (3 credits), in order to meet degree requirements. Any student who receives a grade of D+ or lower in these courses is required to repeat the course and achieve a higher grade before being allowed to proceed in the program.
  5. University of Lethbridge Residence Requirement: A minimum of 20 courses, including a minimum of 12 courses in Nursing and Health Sciences, must be completed at the University of Lethbridge.
  6. The time limit for program completion is seven years after completion of the first Nursing course used for credit toward the degree.

Special note: Whenever possible, nursing theory courses are aligned with concurrent clinical practice experiences.

Year 1 Term 1
Course Code Course Name Credits
BIO-1160 Anatomy and Physiology I (U of L KNES-1160) 3
ENG-1150 Composition (U of L WRIT-1000) 3
INS-1155 Introduction to Indigenous Studies (U of L INDG-1000) 3
NSG-1400 Becoming a Nurse (U of L NURS-1400) 3
NSG-1410 Personal Health and Wholeness (U of L NURS-1410) 3
NSG-1420 Intersectionality and Health (U of L NURS-1420) 3


Year 1 Term II
Course Code Course Name Credits
BIO-1155 Human Nutrition (U of L BCHM-2300) 3
BIO-1161 Anatomy and Physiology (U of L KNES-1161) 3
NSG-1500 Caring Communication (U of L NURS-1500) 3
NSG-1521 Assessing Health (U of L NURS-1521) 3
NSG-1522 Introduction to Praxis (U of L NURS-1522) 3
PSY-1160 Introduction to Psychology (U of L PSYC-100)  


Year 2 Term I
Course Code Course Name Credits
HUM-1155 Ethics (U of L PHIL 1000) 3
NSG-2300 Evidence and Praxis (U of L NURS-2300) 3
NSG-2321 Health of Persons (U of L NURS-2321) 6
NSG-2322 Praxis with Persons (U of L NURS-2322) 6


Year 2 Term II
Course Code Course Name Credits
GLER Social Science Elective 3
NSG-2421 Health of Families (U of L NURS-2421) 3
NSG-2422 Praxis with Families (U of L NURS-2422) 6
SOC-1160 Introduction to Sociology (U of L SOCI-1000) 3
Year 3 Term I

University of Lethbridge

Course Code Course Name Credits
NURS-3021 Community and Population Health 3
NURS-3022 Praxis in Health Promotion 6
NURS-3100  Leadership and Change 3
HLSC-3450 Applied Statistics for Clinical Practice 3
Year 3 Term II

University of Lethbridge

Course Code Course Name Credits
NURS-3121 Mental Health and Addictions 3
NURS-3122  Praxis in Mental Health 6
NURS-3200 Praxis and the Digital Age 3
HLSC-3560 History of Nursing 3
Year 4 Term I

University of Lethbridge

Course Code Course Name Credits
NURS-3321 Acute Health Disruptions 3
NURS-3322 Praxis in Acuity 6
NURS-3300 Nursing and Global Health 3
Elective One from HLSC cross list 3
Year 4 Term II

University of Lethbridge

Course Code Course Name Credits
NURS-4922 Senior Preceptorship 15


All applicants applying to the four-year Bachelor of Nursing degree program must apply directly to the University of Lethbridge. Please refer to the University of Lethbridge for admissions information.

All newly-admitted students will register in and attend courses at Lethbridge College for the first two years of the program. Students will register in and attend courses at the University of Lethbridge for the final two years of the program.

Academic requirements

High school and transfer student applicants must have satisfactory completion of the following Alberta high school courses or equivalents:

  • English Language Arts 30-1 (minimum grade of 60 per cent)
  • Biology 30
  • Chemistry 30
  • Math 30-1, Math 30-2, or Pure Math 30
  • a fifth course (not including Special Projects) at the Grade 12 level

Note: Admission is competitive, and the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Lethbridge reserves the right of selection of all students for admission and re-admission to the faculty on the basis of academic qualifications. Competitive marks will be based on the average of grades in the five (5) courses listed above. Transfer students may have a minimum 3.0 credit hour university-level course mark in the same discipline used in place of the high school mark, if it is more advantageous. The fifth course may be substituted for any minimum 3.0 credit hour university-level course.

Admission routes

Admission to the Bachelor of Nursing program may be gained by one of the following admission routes:

  1. Alberta or other Canadian high school credentials.
  2. Transfer from recognized colleges or universities.
  3. Special Case Admission.
  4. Credentials from other countries.

The Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Lethbridge will consider qualified, non-competitive applicants with previous experience related to nursing on a case-by-case basis. Applicants with previous experience related to nursing, who are seeking Special Case Admission, will be required to submit documents as per admission requirements at the University of Lethbridge, as well as:

  1. A letter of intent, describing the nature of previous experience as it relates to nursing and the reason for pursuing nursing.
  2. A letter of reference from an employer.
  3. A resume detailing relevant work, volunteer and life experience.

Note: All applicants may be invited to an interview.

Transfer students

A student may transfer up to 20 semester course equivalents (60.0 credit hours). Students may receive transfer credit for both nursing and non-nursing courses. Nursing, human anatomy/physiology and microbiology courses must have been completed at an accredited post-secondary institution not more than three (3) years prior to admission. Non-nursing courses are subject to the time limits of the relevant faculty courses for which transfer credit is being sought and must be discussed at the time of acceptance into the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Lethbridge.

International students

Applicants whose first language is other than English must provide acceptable evidence of English Language Proficiency according to the University of Lethbridge admissions information.

Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) Pre-Placement Requirements

This program has a required Work-Integrated Learning Pre-Placement Requirements (WIL) component. The college dictates the legal terms and conditions governing the WIL.

Students must meet and maintain certain requirements to participate in the WIL setting as determined by programs and practice agencies and/or legislated by government bodies. These may include health (e.g. immunizations, screening tests, etc.), privacy and security (e.g. police information check, IT access, etc.), and OH&S requirements (e.g. CPR certification, Fire Safety, WHMIS, Mask Fit-testing, etc.).

Workers' Compensation Board (WCB) coverage - WIL placement agencies and employers usually require WCB coverage on behalf of the student. Students enrolled in post-secondary institutions in Alberta are deemed to be employees of the Province of Alberta and, as such, provided WCB coverage. In certain instances for students outside of Alberta, WCB coverage may not be provided (e.g. non-Alberta residents taking a course solely through distance learning with a WIL placement outside of Alberta). These students are advised to contact the program prior to application.

Students with disabilities who may require accommodations must schedule an appointment with Accessibility Services at Lethbridge College (preferably upon acceptance to the program and no later than the Add/Drop deadline) to identify potential impacts of their disabilities in the WIL setting. As part of this process, it may be necessary to collaborate with WIL supervisors to determine appropriate accommodations that do not compromise the health and safety of clients, essential placement requirements, or mandatory licensing processes. Failure to consult with Accessibility Services in a timely fashion may compromise the student's WIL placement and opportunities for success in the WIL setting.

To participate in a WIL, a student may be required to complete a Police Information Check or other type of Security Clearance to the satisfaction of Lethbridge College and the WIL organization. Completion of a WIL does not guarantee employment with a WIL organization. Many disciplines are provincially or otherwise regulated (e.g. health professions under Alberta's Health Professions Act); such regulation is beyond Lethbridge College's control. Completion of a WIL and graduation from a certain program do not guarantee one's licensure or admission into a regulatory body. Prospective students are encouraged to consult with a representative of the relevant regulatory body if they have concerns.

WIL sites will include Lethbridge and may include surrounding rural communities. WIL’s may include day, evening, and/or weekend schedules. Students will be expected to travel to assigned sites and will be responsible for arranging travel and any associated costs.

Academic standards

During orientation to the program, students receive a handbook outlining all the program policies. It is very important for learners to review and understand these requirements.

A student who falls within the ranges below will be in good standing, on academic probation, or required to withdraw, respectively:

Number of Completed Courses
(includes transfer courses)¹
Good Standing Academic Probation Required Withdrawl
0-5 1.70 or higher 0.00-1.69 -
6-10 1.70 or higher 1.50-1.69 Below 1.50
11-20 1.85 or higher 1.70-1.84 Below 1.70
21-30 2.00 or higher 1.85-1.99 Below 1.85
31-40 2.00 or higher - Below 2.00
¹The number of complete courses is based on a standard 3.0 credit-hour course.

Academic disqualification

A student is required to withdraw from the Bachelor of Nursing program if any of the following occurs:

  • the cumulative GPA falls below the required levels for two or more consecutive terms at the end of the spring term
  • the student fails any internship or nursing practicum course
  • the student fails to meet the Standards of Professional Conduct (see below)

A student dismissed for academic reasons may apply for readmission by the appropriate deadline after a lapse of one full year. Readmission is not guaranteed. Students dismissed for a second time will not be re-admitted to the program. Students are advised to contact an academic advisor as early as possible to discuss the possibility of readmission.

Standards of professional conduct

The standards of professional conduct for students in the Bachelor of Nursing program are published in the NESA Student Handbook. Students are subject to the general rules and regulations of the agencies with which they are affiliated during practice experiences. Students may be required to withdraw for violations of professional conduct. Faculty members who are supervising clinical practice experiences may require a student to leave a clinical setting at any time if, in the opinion of the faculty member, the student’s practice threatens patient/client safety or is disruptive to patient/client care. The dean, or the chair, will review the case in a timely fashion to determine whether, and under what conditions, the student may return to the clinical setting.

Academic Year Tuition Fees Books & Supplies
Year 1 $4,980.00 $1,087.00 $2,400.00
Year 2 $5,280.00 $1,087.00 $1,650.00

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  • Year 3 and 4 fees are determined by the University of Lethbridge. Please contact the U of L at 403-329-2649 for more information.
  • Costs for supplies may vary considerably depending on what students already have or where they purchased their supplies; cost provided is on the moderately high end.
  • Students will be charged a medical/dental benefit fee unless they opt out by demonstrating alternative coverage prior to the end of the first week of class.
  • Tuition for international students is $15,780 for Year 1 and $16,608 for Year 2. The cost of additional fees, books and supplies is the same for all students.

The best of both worlds

In the Nursing Education of Southwestern Alberta (NESA) program, you’ll get to experience both college and university life as you spend your first two years here at Lethbridge College and your last two years over at the University of Lethbridge. And while you’re getting life experience that is the best of both worlds, you’ll ultimately benefit from the high level of collaboration focused on excellence and student success.

That’s not all. The NESA program is accredited by the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN). This national accreditation signifies excellence in our nursing education programming. But what does this accreditation mean to you? Well, it means you’ll be well-positioned for:

  • nursing employment, particularly in the international market: When you begin the job search, your potential employers will know you have what it takes to meet the increasing demands of the health care industry.
  • higher education experiences: Graduate programs often require applicants to demonstrate adequate academic background for admission and may prioritize students from an accredited institution over others.

Hands-on, immersive learning

SPHERE: A learning environment like no other

Experience realistic health training made possible by on-campus and industry collaboration.


SPHERE: A learning environment like no other

The Simulated Patient Health Environment for Research and Education (SPHERE) helps to close the gap between theory and practice. What can you expect from your experience in SPHERE during your program?

Well, the simple answer is: anything you might encounter on the job.

The experiences students have during their programs range from communication-focused interactions with simulated patients to acute medical or surgical patients requiring more complex care. All the experiences in SPHERE are specific to your health profession and are aligned with what you are learning in the classroom.

SPHERE is an evolving learning environment primarily for students in the Centre for Health and Wellness that uses using high-tech manikins and role-playing. SPHERE provides a comprehensive range of health-related experiences to enhance your education and better prepare you for your future role.

SPHERE focuses on creating collaborative opportunities within the Centre for Health and Wellness, other campus programs and departments, as well as industry stakeholders. SPHERE strives to ensure all elements of realism are present in the experiences so students get to experience the most realistic experience.

Created in collaboration with programs to meet their specific needs, scenarios either use high-tech manikins or people to role-play the patient and family members. This level of simulation encourages students to treat/interact with a patient just as they would during a clinical experience.

For more information about SPHERE or experiences you’d have within your program please contact

Experience the realism of the job
Experience the realism of the job

If you're going to experience it on the job, why not experience it during your education?


Experience the realism of the job

Crashed cars, stab wounds, victims on the ground, blood and chaos – you’ll experience it all on the job, so why not experience it during your education?

Adding a level of realism to our students’ learning that simply cannot be accomplished in the classroom, we stage a mock disaster every spring. Students have to respond to an unknown situation in real-time, just as they would on the job as first responders, emergency personnel, nurses and members of the media.

Whether they’re facing a car crash, a stabbing or any of the other scenarios our instructors come up with, students have to think on their feet and respond to the situation as they’ve been trained, working cooperatively with others in related professions. It’s an experience that puts everything learned in the classroom to the ultimate test. And it’s an experience students won’t soon forget.

Build your confidence
Build your confidence

Right from your first semester, you'll be putting theory into practice.


Build your confidence

Confidence in your ability to perform the job is of vital importance in the nursing profession, where you’re responsible for another’s health. That’s why our program is designed to build your confidence and make the transition from nursing student to registered nurse absolutely seamless.

In our program, clinical experiences occur simultaneously with theory for every year of the program. This way you’ll be able to apply what you learn in the classroom directly to a practice scenario. You’ll engage in group practice experiences with an instructor in a variety of health care settings, including:

  • acute care (maternal/child and pediatrics, medical-surgical units, psychiatry)
  • continuing care
  • community settings (schools, community agencies)

Our geographic location

Our geographic location in southern Alberta adds to the broad range of health care settings you’ll experience. From rural hospitals to home care to public health environments, you’ll get training for it all, ensuring you leave here ready for wherever your career takes you.

Your final semester

During the final semester of your nursing program, you’ll engage in a one-to-one nursing preceptor experience with a registered nurse. You’ll put everything you’ve learned to the test as you learn on the job. This final experience prepares you for entry into the nursing profession and facilitates your transition from student to RN.

From here to there: alumni updates

Lethbridge College isn’t just a place to go to school – we’re a community that is here to support you from your initial interest in our program through to the moment you cross the stage at Convocation and beyond. Just take a look at where an LC education has taken some of our grads.

Ryan Pace

“Nursing is a privilege. You can never be complacent, stop learning or turn your back on a patient in need. You will see thousands of patients throughout your career. While you may remember only a few, the majority of those patients will remember you for the rest of their lives – so your encounters with them are crucial. It’s a rewarding career.”

– From Fall 2016 Wider Horizons

Students in the NESA program complete the first two years of study at Lethbridge College and finish the program at the University of Lethbridge. Check out these alumni updates featured on the university’s website.

Chloe Crosschild

“It was clear from the beginning that good health care isn’t about treating a particular diagnosis, it’s about treating a whole person – their background, their beliefs, everything. We as students are treated as individuals with unique sets of needs, and we learned that it’s important to look at patients in the same light.”

– From UNews

Kim Veldman

Kim Veldman is a graduate student at uLethbridge working toward a new goal: inspiring the next generation of nurses. “The ability to help other students become great nurses is a dream of mine, and I would like to become a clinical instructor of nursing students.”

– From uLethbridge

Success stories from Wider Horizons

Virtual tour

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