Frequently Asked Questions
*Due to time and resource limitations, the Registrar's Office cannot conduct formal reviews of academic qualifications, transfer credits, or pre-requisites until after an official application has been submitted.
Q1. Is admission to Nursing based only on academics?
No. 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). Your CASPer score will be used in combination with your academic performance for admission asssessment.
Q2. Can I take the Nursing program on a part-time basis?
No. The Nursing program is only available for study on a full-time basis.
Q3. How do I know if I am a Direct Entry applicant or an Advanced Standing applicant?
If you are applying to enter the Nursing program directly from High School, or if you have completed 12 credits hours or LESS of the Advanced Standing pre-requisite post-secondary courses, then you are a Direct Entry applicant.
If you are applying to enter the Nursing program and you have completed MORE than 12 credit hours of the Advanced Standing pre-requisite post-secondary courses, then you are an Advanced Standing applicant. Please note that though completing more than 12 credit hours of the pre-requisites means that you are an Advanced Standing applicant, you must complete/have completed the full 30 credit hours of pre-requisites post-secondary courses in order to be eligible for admission consideration.
Q4. When I apply can I choose to be assessed for Direct Entry or Advanced Standing entry, or both?
No. When you fill out an application you are applying to the Nursing program. You will be placed into either Direct Entry or Advanced Standing entry based on your academic history.
Q5. What are the admission requirements for Direct Entry?
Admission requirements can be found on the Direct Entry admissions requirement page.
Q6. What are the admission requirements for Advanced Standing?
Admission requirements can be found on the Advanced Standing admissions requirement page.
Q7. How competitive is admission to the Nursing program?
The Bachelor of Science (Nursing) program is one of Dalhousie’s most competitive programs for admission. There are a limited number of seats for each entry point, and each year a large number of applications are received for those seats. As a result of this, not all qualified applicants can be offered admission to the program.
Q8. Does the program allow Direct Entry admission for non-Nova Scotia residents?
Yes. Direct Entry seats are primarily reserved for permanent residents of Nova Scotia, however each year a limited number of seats are also available for well qualified residents of other Canadian provinces and international students
Q9. Does the program allow Advanced Standing admission for non-Nova Scotia residents?
Yes. Advanced Standing seats are primarily reserved for residents of Nova Scotia, however each year a limited number of seats are also available for well-qualified residents of other Canadian provinces and international students.
Q10. What is the definition of a Nova Scotia resident?
An applicant is considered to be a resident of Nova Scotia if...
- the principal residence of the applicant’s parent(s) or guardian is located in Nova Scotia; or
- if the applicant is independent of his/her parent(s) or guardian, he/she must have lived and worked on a full-time basis in Nova Scotia (not attending school on a full-time basis) for a minimum of one full year; or
- the applicant or his/her parent(s), guardian or spouse does not meet the preceding requirements as the direct result of a recent employment transfer either in or out of Nova Scotia.
Q11. How many seats will the program have for September 2019 admission?
For September 2019 admission the Nursing program will have 96 Direct Entry seats and 96 Advanced Standing seats at the Halifax site. A total of 25 seats will be available at the Yarmouth site.
Q12. Who makes the admissions decisions for the Nursing program?
Admissions decisions for the Nursing program are made by the Registrar’s Office.
Q13. Does the School of Nursing have an Affirmative Action Policy for admissions?
Yes. The School of Nursing has an Affirmative Action Policy for residents of Nova Scotia who belong to the African Nova Scotian and Aboriginal communities and who self identify as such in the application for admission.
Q14. I am a Direct Entry applicant. When will I know if I am accepted into the program?
Admission for Direct entry applicants is pooled and offers will be made to successful applicants in December, March and May. If you are offered admission to the program you will be informed of your acceptance by email. After the last round of offers in May, all remaining pooled applicants will be waitlisted in the event that seats become available over the summer months.
Q15. I am an Advanced Standing applicant. When will I know if I am accepted into the program?
Admission for Advanced Standing applicants is pooled and offers will be made to successful applicants in January, March and May. If you are offered admission to the program you will be informed of your acceptance by email. After the last round of offers in May, all remaining pooled applicants will be waitlisted in the event that seats become available over the summer months.
Q16. I have been placed on the waitlist. How will I be informed if a place becomes available for me?
If you are offered admission to the program from the waitlist you will be informed of your acceptance by email and/or phone. We are not able to provide applicants with information regarding their placement on the waitlist.
Q17. Is there an age limit for my Advanced Standing pre-requisite courses to be valid for admission?
Yes. 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.
For example, Advanced Standing entry students beginning studies in September 2018 will graduate from the Nursing program in October 2020. Therefore when applying for September 2018 admission, core pre-requisite courses completed earlier than September 2010 are not valid for admission eligibility. Similarly, elective pre-requisite courses completed earlier than September 2005 are not valid for admission eligibility. Any pre-requisite courses that exceed the age limit must be retaken in order to be eligible for Advanced Standing entry admission. These age limits are strictly adhered to with no exceptions.
If you are exploring Advanced Standing entry to Dalhousie's Nursing program for a future admission year and are unsure about the age validity of your pre-requisite courses, call 902.494.2450 to set up an appointment with an advisor.
Q18. If I am currently completing the Advanced Standing pre-requisite courses will I be included in the pool for all three rounds of offers?
This depends on the number of pre-requisite courses you are enrolled in at the start of your Winter term of studies. Applicants that have two or LESS of the pre-requisite courses left to complete at the start of the winter term can be included in the pool for the January and March rounds of offers (provided that all other requirements are met). Applicants that are completing MORE than two of the pre-requisite courses in the winter term will be included in the pool for the last round of offers in May ONLY (provided that all other requirements are met). Any applicants that become eligible for admission after the final round of offers in May will be placed on the waitlist. Offers are made from the waitlist if seats become available over the summer months.