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Why study Nursing at Dalhousie?

Whether caring directly for patients, conducting valuable research or engaged in public policy advocacy, nurses make a difference in the quality of people's lives. Dal's Nursing program will prepare you to apply current evidence and respond with professionalism to the health and illness needs of people in a variety of health-care settings: hospitals, homes, schools, businesses, clinics and communities. At Dal, you'll find flexible program options and hands-on learning opportunities alongside world-class faculty.

The modified curriculum will be completed over three calendar years (eight semesters) for direct entry students and over two calendar years (six semesters) for advanced standing students (students who have previous university experience), offering graduates the opportunity to enter practice one year earlier.

Please note: Owing to the limited enrolment and the large number of applicants, this program primarily serves permanent residents of Nova Scotia. However each year a limited number of direct entry (directly from high school) and advanced standing entry (for those with previous university experience) seats are also available for well qualified residents of other Canadian provinces and international students.

NEW for September 2018 admission, all applicants to Dalhousie's Bachelor of Science (Nursing) program are required to complete a 90-minute computer-based online assessment (CASPer Test) before their application will be reviewed for admission.

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Program details

Bachelor of Science (BScN)

Program options

Our direct entry is for students who are applying directly from high school (note: 2016 and 2017 seats will be limited to residents from Nova Scotia).

Our advanced standing entry is for students who have previous university experience.

Visit the Academic Calendar to view program options.

Application deadline and program dates

  • October 15 - Undergraduate application opens
  • March 15 - Deadline to apply to the Nursing program

Please see the Application Deadlines page for further details.

Tuition fees

Use our Fee Calculator to estimate the cost of a full year at Dalhousie.