Direct 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). 

Direct entry is for students coming directly from high school or who do not have the required prerequisites for the advanced standing entry.

The BScN program is very competitive and all direct entry applicants must have completed or be in the process of completing the required grade 12 courses, and have a strong admission average to be considered for the program.

Required grade 12 courses:

  • English*
  • Academic Math*
  • Biology*
  • Chemistry*
  • One additional university preparatory course

*minimum 70% required in subject area for admission consideration. Meeting the minimum entrance average does not guarantee admission. As a result of the competitive admission process, applicants typically require a higher entrance average than the minimum listed in the admission requirements. For example the competitive average for admission in 2016/2017 was 90-95%.

Direct entry is made up of 8 semesters over a 3-year period.

Semester 1 runs September to December and Semester 2 runs January to April.  Upon completion of Semester 1 and 2, students will enter Semester 3 (May to July in Halifax, Sept to Nov in Yarmouth) of the Bachelor of Science (Nursing) Program.

Students will complete 3 semesters per year; 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: Halifax Direct Entry students will graduate in May, with eligibility to practice as a graduate nurse and apply to write the NCLEX-RN Licensure Examination in April; Yarmouth students will graduate in October, with eligibility to practice as a graduate nurse and to apply to write the NCLEX-RN Licensure Examination in August.

Please reference the Academic Calendar for details.