Nursing - Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Faculty of Nursing
Consistent with the philosophy of Dr. J.W. Grant MacEwan, MacEwan University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) program holds the values of respect, compassion, leadership, scholarship and accountability. The BScN program is designed to prepare graduates who are committed to excellence in professional practice and who contribute to the health and well-being of individuals, families, communities and society. Throughout the program students acquire knowledge, skills and attributes to ready themselves for safe, compassionate, evidence-informed, competent and ethical nursing practice.
MacEwan University’s BScN program is a rigorous, four-year program designed to introduce, expand and sequentially integrate knowledge, concepts and theories. Our approach to learning promotes the retention and application of in-depth knowledge and diverse skills. The program is delivered through contextual and experiential learning in classroom, laboratory and practice settings. Theoretical knowledge is attained from the disciplines of nursing, arts, sciences and humanities. Knowledge and competencies for nursing research, education and leadership roles are encompassed within the program. BScN graduates are eligible to write the NCLEX – RN.
The profession of registered nursing offers a highly challenging and deeply rewarding career for dedicated individuals. Registered nurses play a vital role within complex and changing health systems. MacEwan University’s BScN graduates attain knowledge, skills, and other professional attributes to practice in diverse settings including tertiary, community and continuing care.
Program of Study
|University-level English 1,2||3|
|HLSC 120||Human Anatomy 1||3|
|HLSC 126||Human Physiology I 1||3|
|HLST 152||Foundations in Health 1||3|
|NURS 170||The Discipline of Nursing 1||4|
|HLSC 124||Microbiology for Health Professionals 1||3|
|HLSC 128||Human Physiology II 1||3|
|HLST 154||Professional Communication 1||3|
|NURS 175||Nursing Practice Foundations 1||5|
|PSYC 104||Introductory Psychology I 1||3|
|PSYC 105||Introductory Psychology II 1||3|
|HLSC 220||Pharmacotherapeutics for Health Professionals 1||3|
|HLSC 222||Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan 1||3|
|NURS 252||Health Assessment Across the Lifespan 1||4|
|NURS 270||Nursing Care Across the Lifespan 1||4|
|NURS 272||Mental Health Nursing 1||3|
|NURS 275||Nursing Practice I Across the Lifespan 1||5|
|NURS 277||Nursing Practice II Across the Lifespan 1||5|
|NURS 279||Nursing Practice Mental Health Nursing 1||5|
|STAT 151||Introduction to Applied Statistics 1||3|
|HLST 354||Healthy Populations 1||3|
|NURS 344||Fundamentals of Nursing Research 1||3|
|NURS 370||Nursing Care of the Acutely Ill Across the Lifespan 1||4|
|NURS 372||Nursing Care of Families with Young Children 1||4|
|Open Elective 1||3|
|NURS 375||Nursing Practice: Nursing Care of Acutely Ill Across the Lifespan 1||5|
|NURS 377||Nursing Practice: Nursing in the Community 1||5|
|NURS 379||Nursing Practice: Nursing Care of Families throughout Childhood 1||5|
|NURS 472||Leadership in Nursing 1||3|
|NURS 474||Future Directions in Nursing 1||3|
|PHIL 386||Philosophy and Health Care 1||3|
|Senior Elective 1||3|
|Senior Nursing Elective 1||3|
|NURS 479||Nursing Practice: Professional Roles Influencing Care 1||5|
|NURS 489||Nursing Practice: Preceptorship 1||9|
The minimum passing grade for this course is a C-.
Excluding ENGL 111
The Minimum passing grade for a course at MacEwan University is a D unless otherwise noted next to the appropriate course in the program of study.
|Credit Earned in:||May Be Substituted for Credit in Program Course:|
|HLSC 122||HLSC 126 & HLSC 128|
|HLST 159||HLST 152|
|NURS 105||HLSC 120|
|NURS 108||HLSC 126 & HLSC 128|
|NURS 118 & NURS 228||HLSC 126 & HLSC 128|
|PEDS 100||HLSC 120|
|PEDS 101||HLSC 126|
|PEDS 102||HLSC 126 & HLSC 128|
|PEDS 103||HLSC 128|
|PHSL 162||HLSC 126 & HLSC 128|
Program Time Limit - Exemption
A student in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree has six years from the first day of the term of acceptance to complete all requirements to be eligible for a credential (C2075 Program Time Limits).
Students are strongly encouraged to seek advice from a faculty or university advisor about program planning for completing degree requirements at MacEwan University.
A three-credit university-level English course at the 100, 200, 300, or 400 level is required as a prerequisite for Year 2; completion of ENGL 102 is recommended. ENGL 111, Communications, cannot be used to meet the English course requirement for the BScN.
Elective and Philosophy Requirements
The Open Elective, Senior Elective, Senior NURS Elective and PHIL 386 are required as prerequisites for program completion. The Open Elective (100 to 400 level) and Senior Elective (200 to 400 level) are university-level theory courses excluding subject code NURS that extend knowledge within an area of interest. The Open Elective may also be chosen to satisfy a prerequisite requirement for a senior elective. The Senior Nursing Elective is a 300 or 400 university-level NURS course that extends nursing knowledge in an area of interest. Students are encouraged to complete these courses in advance of the final program term, thus avoiding a potential delay in fulfilling graduation requirements.
Progression of Studies
Course registration is required for attendance in all program courses. Students who have had a break in the continuity of their program may have additional course requirements to establish course currency.
Program regulations also require all transfer credit(s) meet currency requirements. To be considered for credit all NURS and HLST equivalent courses must have been completed within the five years immediately preceding a student’s program start date. All other courses being considered for transfer credit must be completed within the 10 years immediately preceding a student’s program start date. The decision to award transfer credit rests with the program and cannot be appealed.
Students are responsible for ensuring they meet the prerequisite and/or co-requisite requirements as noted on program courses. In accordance with policy C2070 Academic Standing, a student who fails to complete a prerequisite course designated as being required for progression in the program (or for program completion) may be Required to Withdraw from the program.
Professional Code of Conduct
Students must adhere to the Canadian Nurses Association Code of Ethics, the professional code of conduct and the confidentiality agreements signed with MacEwan University and clinical placement/other agencies.
Regulations Governing Clinical Courses
Students must achieve satisfactory performance in all clinical courses in accordance with the course/clinical criteria and outcomes. Clinical course hours may include days, evenings, nights and weekends. Students are to arrange their own transportation for required program activities and any costs incurred for meals, travel and accommodation are the student’s responsibility. Students will require daily access to a vehicle for any practice experience not accessible through public transportation. Required nursing practice placements will generally be within a 150 kilometer radius of the program site.
Students cannot be in attendance at clinical agencies as a MacEwan University nursing student except at times and locations authorized by the clinical course instructor for the course in which the student is currently enrolled. Students must comply with policy C2060 Work Integrated Learning regarding clinical and/or nursing practice placements.
Students must have completed all prerequisite courses as well as all program and agency pre-clinical requirements prior to the start of any clinical course. In accordance with policy C2060 Work Integrated Learning, the University reserves the right, at any point during the clinical placement, to remove a student from the clinical placement for serious performance issues (i.e., engaging in behaviour that places the client and/or others at risk or that is contrary to the professional or safety requirements of the placement). In such cases the Chair, through consultation with the Dean, will assign a grade of F in the course. Although the decision may be appealed according to policy E3103 Student Appeals, the student will not be permitted to remain in the clinical placement during the appeal.
Police Information Check
A current, clear Police Information Check (PIC) that includes a Vulnerable Sector Search is required for program admission. This check must be completed no earlier than 90 days prior to the program start date and submitted no later than the published document deadline. Having a pardon in progress does not meet the admission requirement for a clear PIC.
Students are responsible for obtaining a PIC at intervals specified by clinical agencies and for making these available, upon request, to their clinical agency representative. Students may also be required to obtain child welfare checks for some clinical placements. Students must be able to satisfy agency requirements prior to the start of clinical placements. Students whose PIC status changes following program admission must self-report this change in status; this may compromise their ability to complete the program requirements as they may be denied required clinical placements and, therefore, be unable to meet graduation requirements.
Students admitted to this program are presumed to be capable of fulfilling the academic requirements of their program with, if applicable, provision of reasonable accommodation. The reasonable accommodation of students with disabilities shall not require the University to lower its standards, academic or otherwise, nor shall it relieve a student of the responsibility to develop and demonstrate the essential skills and competencies expected of all students pursuing this program (policy E3400, Students with Disabilities).
Students require the requisite skills and abilities necessary for entry to practice as Registered Nurses (RNs) in Alberta. The College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA) has outlined these skills and abilities in this document. All students must meet the physical and mental health attributes that will support success in a registered nursing education program. Students must participate in clinical practice courses requiring performance of physically and mentally challenging activities that may include cognitive, behavioural, communication, interpersonal, physical, sensory perceptual, and environmental requirements.
Program students may be required to care for patients/clients who have infectious diseases such as Hepatitis B or other blood-borne pathogens. Students must be able to meet agency requirements for immunizations prior to the start of all clinical or practice placement courses. Current immunization against specified communicable diseases is required as a prerequisite for practice placements and thus for continued enrolment in the program.
Program students must be fitted for an N95 mask as a prerequisite for clinical experiences, and refitted in accordance with health agency requirements. It is the responsibility of the student to meet the required timelines for mask fitting.
Basic Life Support Certification
A BLS provider (CPR) card from the Heart and Stroke Foundation is required prior to the start of the clinical placement in the first year of the program. The BLS provider portion (CPR component) must be updated every 12 months throughout the program prior to starting any clinical placement. No grace period is provided.
Program students may be required to complete additional agency-specific certifications as a prerequisite for clinical experiences.