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Bachelor of Nursing – After Degree

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Have you realized your true calling is nursing? Do you hold a degree in another field of study? If so, become tomorrow’s nursing leader today in the Bachelor of Nursing – After Degree program.

 

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Overview

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Developed in collaboration with the University of Lethbridge, the Bachelor of Nursing – After Degree program recognizes and builds on your previous education – regardless of the discipline or field of study.

In just 24 months, you’ll be ready to write the NCLEX-RN exam and begin your career as a registered nurse.

Your first two semesters will be completed at Lethbridge College, where you’ll be immersed in real-world experience and theory. You’ll gain hands-on experience in our Simulated Patient Health Environment for Research and Education (SPHERE) lab and in clinical practicums, all while learning the rationale behind what you do.

You’ll spend your last four semesters at the university, finishing off your six consecutive semesters of studies and preparing to write the NCLEX-RN. In no time at all, you’ll be providing quality, evidence-based nursing care to patients who rely on your compassion, knowledge and skills.

Become tomorrow’s nursing leader today in the accelerated Bachelor of Nursing – After Degree program. Apply today!

Career opportunities

When you complete the program, you’ll be eligible to write the NCLEX-RN exam to become a licensed registered nurse. This will open employment opportunities for you in:

  • community and home care agencies
  • acute and long-term care facilities
  • primary care clinics
  • educational institutions
  • government agencies
  • hospitals
Starts In: September
Status: Now accepting applications.
Next Intake: Fall (September) 2018
Application Deadlines:

  • Domestic for Fall 2018: September 4, 2018
  • International for Fall 2018: June 1, 2018

For a full list of dates and deadlines, click here.

Duration: 24 months
Credential: Bachelor of Nursing
Delivery Format
Classroom
Learning Environment

Terms III - VI are delivered at the University of Lethbridge.

Term I
Course Code Course Name Credits
NSG-1181 Nursing Concepts: Individuals & Families 6.00
NSG-1182 Intro to Nursing: Assessment & Practice 6.00
NSG-3360 Nursing Research (U of L) 3.00

 

Term II
Course Code Course Name Credtis
NSG-2268 Disruptions in Health I 3.00
NSG-2269 Rural Nursing Practice 6.00
NSG-2290 Pharmacology and Applied Therapeutics 3.00
Term III
Course Code Course Name Credits
Nursing 2125 Maternity and Pediatric Nursing 3.00
Nursing 2255 Maternity and Pediatric Nursing Practice 5.00
Nursing 3125 Mental Health Nursing 3.00
Nursing 4511 Mental Health Nursing Practice 5.00

 

Term IV
Course Code Course Name Credits
Nursing 3135 Leadership in Nursing 3.00
Nursing 3020 Community Health Nursing 3.00
Nursing 4520 Community Health Nursing Practice 6.00

 

Term V
Course Code Course Name Credits
Nursing 3230 Disruptions in Health II 3.00
Nursing 4135 Global Health Issues and Trends 3.00
Nursing 4531 Medical-Surgical Nursing Practice 6.00

 

Term VI
Course Code Course Name Credits
Nursing 4750 Senior Preceptorship 15.00

 

Admissions

All applicants applying to the Bachelor of Nursing – After Degree program must apply directly to the University of Lethbridge. Please refer to the University of Lethbridge for admissions information.

Applicants must have a completed baccalaureate degree from an institution recognized by the University of Lethbridge.

The following courses are required for admission: Human Anatomy (with laboratory component) and Physiology, six credit hours; Microbiology, three credit hours; Statistics, three credit hours; fine arts and humanities courses, six credit hours; and social science courses, six credit hours.

Note: Human Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology, and Statistics must be completed within 10 years preceding the year of admission.

Applicants whose first language is other than English must provide acceptable evidence of English Language Proficiency according to the University of Lethbridge admissions information. All other requirements remain congruent with those of the Bachelor of Nursing program.

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:

¹The number of complete courses is based on a standard 3.0 credit-hour course.

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 – After Degree 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 – After Degree program are published in the 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 in the case of Year I, Terms I and II, 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 $3,672.00 $932.00 $2,950.00

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  • After degree nursing students take one 3 credit class at the University of Lethbridge this ~$600 has been added to the supplies cost and will be displayed on the Student Aid Alberta loan application but students must pay the university themselves the college cannot charge this or remit it to the university on behalf of the student.
  • 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 fast track to your nursing career

Our small class sizes mean you can spend one-on-one time with your instructors in both theory and practice environments.

Regardless of what degree you currently hold, we’ll give you credit for it. Our Bachelor of Nursing – After Degree program recognizes the work you’ve previously put in and focuses solely on what you’ll need to know as a nurse. And our small class sizes mean you can spend one-on-one time with your instructors in both theory and practice environments.

Delivered over six consecutive semesters, the program is designed to provide an accelerated course of studies. You’ll attend from September to August for two years, with appropriate breaks between and occasionally within semesters. In no time at all, you’ll be working in your dream career.

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.

Excellence in nursing education

The After Degree 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.

From here to there: alumni updates

Barry Jewett

“I started nursing in renal dialysis, did some ICU/CCU, some general nursing, but the most challenging and rewarding was the 31 years spent in emergency. I did a lot of preceptoring of nursing students, paramedics and EMTs and worked as an army medic before being deployed to Afghanistan. Now I have been retired for the past four years. I have never regretted the time at Lethbridge or the Nursing program.”

– From Spring 2017 Wider Horizons

Karen Duncan

After graduation, Karen “was coerced into doing clinical teaching” for a semester in 1986. She continued to teach clinical classes until 2007 and says she still misses “her babies” – both the newborns and her students.

– From Spring 2017 Wider Horizons

Judith Sparkes

“I am proud to be a registered nurse who still loves her job! I have a part-time job in a remote clinic on northern Vancouver Island. Most of my career was spent in the emergency room of Nanaimo hospital and remote nursing seemed to be a natural progression of that role. I have three children, all grown up of course, so I have lots of spare time to enjoy my large garden and travel the world by bicycle with my soulmate of the past 12 years.”

– From Spring 2017 Wider Horizons

Success stories from Wider Horizons

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