Feb 29, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Calendar 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Calendar


General information

The Faculty of Health Sciences, in collaboration with Durham College, offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Honours). The faculty’s mission is to envision, innovate and embrace opportunities to deliver caring dynamic nursing education, which facilitates the vision of leading and challenging the boundaries of nursing education, practice and research, in order to improve and promote the human health experience. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Honours) program holds accreditation with the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing.

This fully integrated partnership provides collaborative learning activities, in which students take an active role in their own learning. This learning strategy combined with traditional methods prepares students for life-long learning, through the development of research, teamwork, practice and leadership skills essential for nursing practice. The state-of-the-art nursing labs provide students with practical, hands-on experience, with the latest technology right at their fingertips. These experiences prepare students for practicum placements in a variety of acute care and community settings.

Nurses are dedicated to serving the health care needs of the public; therefore, obtaining the best possible outcome for the patient is paramount at all times. In order to meet this expectation on graduation, it is important that applicants considering Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Honours) program realize there is an expectation throughout the program that they demonstrate an ability to meet the competencies outlined in the Standards of Practice of the College of Nurses of Ontario. In addition, students should be aware of the College of Nurses of Ontario Requisite Skills and Abilities for nursing practice in Ontario (visit the College of Nurses of Ontario’s website for additional information).

Admission requirements

Admission is competitive. The specific average or standing required for admission varies from year to year. Students are selected by taking into consideration a wide range of criteria including school marks, distribution of subjects taken and performance in subjects relevant to the academic program. Possession of the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance. Preference will be given to applicants with the best qualifications.

Current Ontario secondary school students must complete the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with six 4U or 4M credits including English (ENG4U) with a minimum 60 per cent, Biology (SBI4U), Chemistry (SCH4U), and one of Advanced Functions (MHF4U), Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U), or Mathematics of Data Management (MDM4U). A minimum of 65 per cent in MHF4U, MCV4U or MDM4U is recommended. Admission preference will be given to students presenting Advanced Functions (MHF4U) or Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U). All other applicants should refer to admissions  for the requirements for their specific category of admission.


Students begin their hands-on experience in the first term of their first year within the state-of-the-art nursing labs. Starting in their second term, students will engage in learning within a practicum setting with practicing professionals. Over one hundred employers from the health sector provide practicum experience and supervision.

Professional qualifications

Graduates are eligible to write the NCLEX-RN Examination to become a registered nurse. Individuals must comply with the registration requirements of the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO).

Program details and degree requirements

To be eligible for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Honours) degree, students must successfully complete 120 credit hours. Degree and program requirements are subject to change without notice.

The following program map is only a guide and is to be used in combination with proper academic advising. Students wishing to make changes to their program of study should consult their academic advisor.

Students must achieve a minimum grade of C in all nursing courses (identified by the subject code NURS) to be eligible for the degree.

Although reasonable efforts will be made to adhere to the following program map, course requirements and term offerings may change. For the most up-to-date list of course offerings, please visit the faculty website at healthsciences.ontariotechu.ca.

Program progression requirements

A student must achieve a minimum grade of C in all professional nursing courses (NURS) in order to pass the course. Students who earn a grade lower than a C in any of the courses designated NURS will be put on program probation, regardless of their overall GPA.

A second grade of less than C in any repeated NURS designated course will result in an academic standing of Program Dismissal.

In addition, a second grade of less than C in any repeated or subsequent theory and practicum course (NURS 1700U NURS 2700U NURS 2701U , NURS 2600U , NURS 2605U NURS 2705U NURS 3700U NURS 3701U NURS 4700U , NURS 4701U ) will result in program dismissal.

Also, a total of three failures in any combination of required HLSC or NURS courses will result in an academic standing of Program Dismissal.

In addition, a student who has two withdrawls from a single NURS course and/or a total of three withdrawls from a combination of required HLSC or NURS courses will be program dismissed. This is effective for all students from policy approval.

Students who have failed a third attempt of any required program course will be dismissed from the program as per the university’s repeat policy.

Students who are dismissed from the program, but have maintained the academic standing to remain at the university, may apply for a change of program.

Program progression review

Students who have been dismissed from the program may, with sufficient grounds, request a Review of Academic Standing as outlined in the university’s academic regulations .

Program professional suitability

Safety of students and patients in placement settings is of paramount importance for the Nursing program and for the clinical setting. The following requirements are in place to ensure the provision of safe, competent and ethical nursing care while students are undertaking a placement in a clinical setting.

Requirements for safe practice

In order to be eligible to participate in placement, new and returnings students are required to meet specific requirements for safe practice within established timelines as stated stated in Nursing Program Handbook. These requirements include, but are not limited to, the successful completion of course-related mathematics and practicum assessments, health and safety requirements, and vulnerable sector criminal reference check. Students who do not successfully meet the requirements for safe practice, with the established timelines, will not be approved to participate in their practicum placement and will be required to withdraw from their respective NURS Theory and Practicum course until the next time the course is offered, the requirements are met, and a placement site is available.

Clinical review

A student on placement in a clinical setting, who has exhibited behaviour that is inconsistent with the norms and expectations of the profession, or that places the student, patients or others at risk, may be immediately suspended from the program and subject to a review and possible sanctions, in accordance with the university’s academic regulations