Advanced standing entry

In addition to meeting the academic requirements outlined below, all applicants to Dalhousie's Bachelor of Science (Nursing) program are required to complete a 90-minute computer-based online assessment (CASPer Test).

Advanced standing students have all of the required non-nursing courses (equivalent to semesters 1 and 2) completed with at least 30 credit hours, and will enter the program at Semester 3 in September.

It consists of 6 semesters over a 2-year period. Semesters 3 to 8 are exclusively nursing courses. Fall Semester is September to November; Winter Semester is January to March; Summer Semester is May to July. Students will have a one month break between each semester.

Graduation: October, with eligibility to practice as a graduate nurse and apply to write the NCLEX-RN Licensure Examination in August.

Please reference the Academic Calendar for details.

This two-calendar-year (six-semester) continuous period of study is designed for students who have previously studied at university and have completed the following pre-requisite courses:

i. A minimum grade of B- in each of Anatomy, Physiology (6 CR or 3 CR + Biological Science 3 CR), Statistics, Microbiology and English is required. A minimum grade of C in each of the open electives and science elective is required.

ii. Subject requirements:

  • Anatomy (ANAT) 1010 or equivalent - 3 credit hours
  • Physiology (PHYL) 1010 (or PHYL 1010 + Biological Science) - 6 credit hours 
  • Statistics (STAT) 1060 or equivalent - 3 credit hours 
  • Microbiology (MICI) 1100 or equivalent - 3 credit hours 
  • English (ENGL) 1100 or equivalent writing course - 3 credit hours 
  • Science elective - 3 credit hours 
  • Open electives* - 9 credit hours

In order to be eligible for Advanced Standing entry admission, the 5 core pre-requisite courses (Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, English, and Statistics) cannot be more than 10 years old from the forecasted date of graduation from Dalhousie's Nursing program. Elective pre-requisite courses cannot be more than 15 years old. Please see our Frequently Asked Questions page for more detail.

*Please note that Nursing courses cannot be used to fulfill the open electives pre-requisite requirement.

iii. A student with a .03 credit hour combined Anatomy and Physiology course will also be required to have .06 additional credit hours of Biological Sciences

iv. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 based on overall post-secondary career or most recent year of studies (30 credit hours)

v. Meeting the minimum entrance GPA does not guarantee admission. As a result of the competitive admission process, applicants typically require a higher entrance GPA than the minimums listed in the admission requirements.

Students must seriously consider whether financial, work and family responsibilities will allow them to study full time, year round. Enrolment is limited—not all applicants with the minimum GPA will receive a place in this option.