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Overview

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We’ve partnered with the University of Lethbridge to bring you a collaborative four-year bachelor degree in nursing.

Often referred to as Nursing Education in Southwestern Alberta (NESA), the bachelor program splits your time between the college and the university, preparing you for a career as a registered nurse.

For your first two years, you’ll learn at Lethbridge College in small classes taught by experienced instructors. You’ll combine theory and practical learning to develop skills in clinical reasoning, innovative clinical practices and leadership. And you’ll be exposed to real-life situations through hands-on experience in our Simulated Patient Health Environment for Research (SPHERE) lab.

Course-related practicums in hospitals, community health care agencies and home care agencies will put you in the field working with diverse populations across all age groups. You’ll even participate in a 350-hour senior consolidation experience where you’ll work one-on-one with a registered nurse preceptor. When your education is complete, you’ll be more than ready to write the NCLEX-RN exam to obtain your registered nurse licence in Canada.

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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:

  • community and home care agencies
  • acute and long-term care facilities
  • primary care clinics
  • educational institutions
  • government agencies
Duration: 4 years
Credential: Bachelor of Nursing
Delivery Format
Blended (classroom + online)
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. Minimum Grade Requirement
    • A minimum grade of C is required in Nursing 1163/Nursing 1220 and Nursing 1173/Nursing 1320. A student who receives a grade of C - or less must repeat the course prior to proceeding in the program.
    • A minimum grade of C - is required in all Nursing courses and BIO 1160, BIO 1161, and BIO 1162 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. Not more than three Independent Study courses may be taken for credit toward the degree. Residence Requirement: 20 courses including a minimum of 12 in Nursing and Health Sciences.
  6. All requirements must be completed within seven years 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 3
NSG-1163 Introduction to Nursing Practice 6
NSG-1168 Intro to Nursing and Concepts of Health 3
ENG-1150 Composition (U of L HUM1xxx) (OL) 3
PSY-1160 Introduction to Psychology (U of L 1000) (OL) 3

(OL) indicates courses that are also available through online learning.

Year 1 Term II
Course Code Course Name Credits
BIO-1161 Anatomy and Physiology II 3
BIO-1162 Microbiology (OL) 3
NSG-1155 Concepts of Health: Individuals/Families 3
NSG-1173 Health and Physical Assessment 6
SOC-1160 Introduction to Sociology (U of L 1000) (OL) 3

(OL) indicates courses that are also available through online learning.

Year 2 Term I
Course Code Course Name Credits
NSG-2268
OR
NSG-2254
Disruptions in Health I
 
Maternity and Pediatric Nursing
 
3
 
NSG-2263
OR
NSG-2293
Medical-Surgical Nursing Practice
 
Maternity and Pediatric Nursing Practice
6
NSG-2290 Pharmacology and Applied Therapeutics 3
HUM-1155 Ethics (U of L Philosophy 1000) (OL) 3
PSY-1170 Human Development across the Lifespan (OL) 3

(OL) indicates courses that are also available through online learning.

Year 2 Term II
Course Code Course Name Credits
NSG-2268
OR
NSG-2254
Disruptions in Health I
 
Maternity and Pediatric Nursing
 
3
 
NSG-2263
OR
NSG-2293
Medical-Surgical Nursing Practice
 
Maternity and Pediatric Nursing Practice
6
NSG-2279 Nursing Issues and Health Care in Canada 3
GLER Social Science Elective 3
GLER Humanities or Fine Arts Elective 3
Year 3 Term I
Course Code Course Name Credits
One of:

NURS-3020

NURS-3125

NURS-3230
 

Community Health Nursing

Mental Health Nursing

Disruptions in Health II
 

3
One of:

NURS-4510

NURS-4520

NURS-4530
 

Mental Health Nursing Practice

Community Health Nursing Practice

Rural Nursing Practice
 

6
HLSC-3450/

PSYC-3450
Applied Statistics for Clinical Practice 3
NURS-3360 Nursing Research 3
Year 3 Term II
Course Code Course Name Credits
One of:

NURS-3020

NURS-3125

NURS-3230
 

Community Health Nursing

Mental Health Nursing

Disruptions in Health II
 

3
One of:

NURS-4510

NURS-4520

NURS-4530
 

Mental Health Nursing Practice

Community Health Nursing Practice

Rural Nursing Practice
 

6
NURS-3135 Leadership in Nursing 3
  Fine Arts and Humanities Elective 3
Year 4 Term I
Course Code Course Name Credits
One of:

NURS-3020

NURS-3125

NURS-3230
 

Community Health Nursing

Mental Health Nursing

Disruptions in Health II
 

3
One of:

NURS-4510

NURS-4520

NURS-4530
 

Mental Health Nursing Practice

Community Health Nursing Practice

Rural Nursing Practice
 

6
NURS-4135 Global Health Issues and Trends 3
  Health Sciences/Public Health Elective 3
Year 4 Term II
Course Code Course Name Credits
NURS-4750 Senior Preceptorship 15

Admissions

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.

Practice-based experience (PBE) requirements

This program has a required practice-based experience (PBE) component coordinated by the Placement Office. The college dictates the legal terms and conditions governing the PBE.

Students must meet and maintain certain requirements to participate in the PBE setting as determined by programs, 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 OHS requirements (e.g. CPR certification, fire safety, WHMIS, mask fit-testing, etc.).

As a post-secondary health-care program in Alberta, provincial immunization standards apply to students in this program. As per the provincial “Standard for Immunization of Post-Secondary Health Care Students and Students in Other High-Risk Occupational Programs,” all post-secondary institutions have the responsibility of assessing the immunization status of each health care student at the time of initial enrolment and to ensure all health care students are fully immunized before leaving post-secondary programs. There is an administrative fee for this assessment and vaccinations required to become fully immunized.

Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) coverage: PBE 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 PBE placement outside of Alberta). These students are advised to contact the program prior to application.

PBE sites will include Lethbridge and may include surrounding rural communities. PBEs 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.

Find out more about pre-placement requirements for your program.

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 $4,478.00 $1,170.00 $2,202.00
Year 2 $4,710.00 $1,080.00 $1,491.00

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  • 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.
  • International students are charged three times the tuition fee of their particular program and the same (other) fees as domestic students.
  • 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.

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
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

When textbooks and lectures can’t teach you everything, the Simulated Patient Health Environment for Research and Education (SPHERE) fills in the gaps. What can you expect in SPHERE? Well, the simple answer is: anything you might encounter on the job.

All the theory in the world can’t prepare you for the reality of dealing with an acute stroke and subsequent end-of-life incident. But SPHERE can. For example, the creation of this new scenario involved working closely with Alberta Health Services Stroke Committee and Cornerstone Funeral Homes Ltd. Best evidence-based practices and inter-professional perspectives were used to shape a realistic scenario.

Imagine encountering a real-patient actor who has been stabbed in the chest and has a history of untreated bipolar disorder and substance use disorder. As you care for this individual, she begins going through alcohol withdrawal, becoming increasingly aggressive to the point where she’s fighting back and resisting treatment. How do you respond? Find out during a high-fidelity scenario.

Simulated Patient Health Environment for Research and Education

The Simulated Patient Health Environment for Research and Education (SPHERE) is an evolving learning facility primarily for students in the Centre for Health and Wellness. Using high-tech manikins and human simulation, SPHERE provides a comprehensive range of health-related scenarios to enhance your education and better prepare you for your job. SPHERE features:

  • six SPHERE/nursing labs
  • two high-fidelity patient rooms with control and debrief rooms
  • one massage lab
  • one EMT/TRG lab

SPHERE is heavily focused on creating collaborative opportunities within the Centre for Health and Wellness as well as for other campus departments and industry stakeholders. It’s an aspect that makes SPHERE unique from other institutions where the norm is to have the simulation centre support only the Health programs. And it means more realistic experiences for you.

High-fidelity patient rooms

It’s like walking into a hospital room – without leaving campus. Two high-fidelity patient rooms provide the highest level of simulation before a real-life environment. It’s controlled chaos without the real-life consequences.

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

  • you are allowed to take physicians’ orders as though you were a practising licenced nurse, which is not permitted for students during a clinical experience
  • you can “pause” the scenario as needed to gather your thoughts, collaborate with your peers on the treatment plan or find information required to move forward with the scenario

Typically, scenarios are conducted in groups of six or eight. Half the group cares for the patient while the other half observes through a real-time video feed in the debrief room.

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

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