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BScN Program for Registered Nurses via Distance Education


*Admissions to the English Post RN program have been suspended


Distance Education

In January 1987, the BScN program for registered nurses became available on a part-time basis through Distance Education at five sites. As the demand increased, the number of sites expanded from Barrie, Orillia, North Bay, Timmins and Sault Ste. Marie to include students in Oshawa, Owen Sound, St. Catharines, Toronto, Muskoka/Parry Sound, Kitchener/Guelph, Simcoe, Kirkland Lake/Englehart/Haileybury, Attawapiskat and Sudbury. The program is now available for registered nurses across Ontario and Quebec.


The Curriculum for Registered Nurses

The curriculum combines courses from the Humanities, Sciences, Social Sciences and Nursing. Nursing is studied in increasing intensity throughout the program. In the courses NURS 2276EL, NURS 2286EL and NURS 2296EL, the emphasis is on health and normality. Students further develop the nursing process, interpersonal and physical examination skills that are required to assess individuals and families. NURS 3316EL introduces students to Epidemiology and Biostatistics. NURS 3317EL explores major contemporary issues affecting nursing and health care. The four 4000 level nursing courses provide opportunities for the student to pursue individual clinical interests, to test nursing theory, to apply aspects of the research process, and to function in a leadership role in a chosen clinical field.


Admission Requirements

Registered nurses are required to submit their current Certificate of Registration from the College of Nurses of Ontario or from the Ordre des infirmieres et infirmiers du Quebec (OIIQ) to be eligible for registration. Registered nurses are required to submit the official transcript from their diploma program to the Admissions Office.

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Program of Study

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Required Nursing Courses (39 credits)

NURS-2276E - Nursing Healthy Individuals and Families 

NURS-2286E - Nursing Health Assessment

NURS-2296E - Community Health Nursing

NURS-3316E - Epidemiology and Biostatistics   

NURS-3317E - Issues and Directions in Nursing and Health Care    

NURS-4005E - The Evolution of Nursing Knowledge    

NURS-4015E - Nursing Research       

NURS-4025E - Contemporary Nursing Leadership and Management I    

NURS-4035E - Contemporary Nursing Leasdership and Management II     


Required Science Courses (12 credits)

BIOL-2110E - Medical Microbiology

CHMI-2220E - Clinical Chemistry    

Students who do not have grade 12 Chemistry or its equivalent, or who completed the course over five years ago, must take CHMI-1031E - Elementary Chemistry or CHMI-1041E - Chemical Concepts prior to taking CHMI-2220E - Clinical Chemistry


Electives (12 credits) 

For elective choices, please visit the Laurentian Online homepage.