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Bachelor of Science, Nursing - collaboration with University of Alberta

Bachelor of Science, Nursing - students in rural practicum setting
Bachelor's Degree

4 years at RDP collaborative with University of Alberta

-Main Campus
The Program

The focus is on concept based and intentional clinical learning. Intentional clinical learning is a purposeful approach to providing students with the foundational knowledge and skills to provide safe quality patient care in today’s complex health settings.

The program begins with admission to Red Deer Polytechnic in year one as a student in the University of Alberta Collaborative Baccalaureate Nursing Program with Red Deer Polytechnic. For the first three years you are registered as a Red Deer Polytechnic student. During year three you apply for official admission to the University of Alberta for your fourth year. If you meet the criteria (see below), you continue at Red Deer Polytechnic to complete your fourth year.

After completing year four, you will convocate from the U of A with a BScN. As a graduate, you will be eligible to write the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). This is required for license to practice in Alberta as a registered nurse (RN).

Program Content

The goal of the collaborative program is to provide a comprehensive curricular approach to student learning that is learner centered and based on the development of discipline, profession, and practice components with mutual responsibility for teaching and learning by faculty and students. Year one of the program is a foundational year, years two to four build on this foundation. In addition, a 3 credit English course and one elective are part of the program.

Course Sequence

1. To proceed to Year 4, students must have successfully completed all courses listed in Years 1, 2, and 3 and the two open electives.

2. Students who receive a grade of F or WD in any NURS course will be considered out of sequence. As a result, program length will be extended.

3. Courses may be configured differently depending on clinical placement availability.

4. Students who withdraw or fail a fourth year nursing course (NURS 422, NURS 425, NURS 485) are required to follow applicable University of Alberta policies. Fourth year students who have been out of clinical for a year or more are required to follow the applicable University of Alberta Academic Calendar.

Year 1

  • NURS 215 Anatomy
  • NURS 230 Physiology & Pathophysiology I
  • NURS 236 Medical Microbiology
  • NURS 206 Foundations for Success in Nursing
  • ENGL (3 cr)
  • NURS 231 Physiology & Pathophysiology II
  • NURS 207 Foundations of Nursing I
  • NURS 208 Health Assessment & Nursing Process
  • NURS 209 Innovation, Systems Thinking & Leadership in Healthcare
  • INDX 205 Indigenous Peoples in Canada

Year 2

  • NURS 217 Foundations of Nursing II
  • NURS 250 Introductory Acute Care Nursing Practice I
  • NURS 251 Pharmacology I
  • NURS 304 Statistics and Knowledge Management
  • NURS 301 Evidence Informed Nursing Practice
  • NURS 252 Pharmacology II
  • NURS 237 Foundations of Nursing III
  • NURS 253 Introductory Acute Care Nursing Practice II

Year 3

  • NURS 360 Community Nursing Through the Lifespan
  • NURS 361 Advanced Acute Care Nursing Practice I
  • NURS 362 Health Policy, Healthcare Organizations, Change Management
  • NURS 363 Mental Health and Wellness in Nursing
  • NURS 364 Advanced Acute Care Nursing Practice II
  • NURS 365 Leadership in Nursing & Inter-professional Practice

*NOTE: two open electives must be successfully completed by the end of the Winter term of year 3

Year 4

  • NURS 422 Contemporary Issues in Healthcare Ethics & Law
  • NURS 425 Nursing Leadership in a Focus Area
  • NURS 485 Nursing Practice in a Focused Area
  • INTD 420  Equity, Diversity, Inclusivity in Global Health
Transfer Features

University of Alberta (at off-campus RDP site)

You will apply to the University of Alberta for admission to Year 4 of the University of Alberta Collaborative Baccalaureate Nursing Program with RDP as directed by the Nursing Department Staff. The University of Alberta will accept the completed first three years of the program as a block transfer. To be eligible to continue to fourth year, you must have completed all required 3rd year courses and have a minimum G.P.A. of 2.00.

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