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Kwantlen Polytechnic University Calendar  2014-15  Faculty of Health  Nursing: Bachelor of Science in Nursing Post-Baccalaureate

Nursing: Bachelor of Science in Nursing Post-Baccalaureate


Intended for students who already have a baccalaureate degree (four-year, undergraduate), this program allows students to transition to the field of Nursing.

Students who are beginning their degree should consider the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Undergraduate.

Registered Nurses planning to complete their degree should consider the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree Completion.

The program is recognized by the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC) .

The purpose of the program is to educate nurses to practice with a variety of clients in various settings guided by a health promotion perspective and a capacity for effective relational engagement.

Through relational engagement, the program will assist students to develop sensitivity to people's experiences with health and healing. Students will learn to work as partners with clients and with other health care providers. Students learn to be independent, accountable, reflective, self-directed, self-motivated and life-long learners with questioning minds and familiarity with inquiry approaches to learning. They make decisions for nursing practice based on multiple ways of knowing such as critical thinking, intuition, research and evaluation. Students learn to create and influence the future of nursing practice at political, social and professional levels by responding to and anticipating changing needs of society. 

Students complete seven (7) academic semesters to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. Graduates will be eligible to apply to write national examinations to obtain registration to practice as registered nurses in British Columbia.

The curriculum of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Post Baccalaureate degree program is based on the concepts of health promotion, relational engagement, praxis, critical inquiry and professional role. Two concepts - health promotion and relational engagement are considered over-riding concepts since they represent the essence of nursing. The other three concepts are considered core concepts since they are essential elements of nursing practice. In the curriculum, the five concepts are used in course titles as organizing threads and are also threaded through each course in the program. As well as reflecting the nature of nursing, these concepts relate to the process of nursing education. For example, client-centeredness and a focus on strengths, relational engagement, critical inquiry, praxis and professionalism are essential elements in learning to become a nurse, thus are key features of the learning environment.  

Delivery Methods

Program courses are offered in a hybrid or blended course format through residencies at KPU, practice within health care agencies and communities, combined with distributed or online learning formats, taking advantage of the well- developed higher order thinking skills of a baccalaureate graduate. Hybrid courses are those in which a significant portion of the learning activities have been moved online, and time traditionally spent in the classroom is reduced but not eliminated. The goal of hybrid courses is to join the best features of face-to-face teaching with the best features of online learning to promote active, independent learning, and reduce place-bound learning. Using computer-based technologies (including personal computers, ePortfolios, iPads and apps), instructors use the hybrid model to redesign some lecture or laboratory content into new online learning activities, such as case studies, tutorials, self-testing exercises, simulations, and online group collaborations.

Nursing Practice Experiences

Nursing practice experiences are essential in the nursing program. Students will be directly involved with clients in their homes and in institutional and community settings in each semester. Professional and faculty mentorship is implemented to provide orientation, social support, and networking partnerships with clinicians and researchers. Practice experiences occur in diverse geographical areas, and may be organized in students' own communities as appropriate and available. Students are responsible for their own transportation and other expenses incurred as part of these experiences.

Some agencies may require students to take an Oath of Confidentiality, have a criminal record search, have required immunizations, or have a successful interview with their personnel prior to their agreement to accept the student. Failure to have documentation acceptable to the agency at the time of placement may result in denial of the experience, which in turn may prevent completion of the program of studies.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the program are prepared to work as professional nurses in direct care provider, educator, clinician, manager, and/or entrepreneur roles. Graduates will also be prepared for entry to graduate studies in nursing and other disciplines.

Program Admission Requirements

Please be advised that applications to this program will only be accepted from Canadian citizens and permanent residents / landed immigrants of Canada.

In addition to KPU's General university admission requirements including the undergraduate-level English Proficiency Requirement, the following program admission requirements apply.

* Note: These requirements may be part of the 60 university credits

Once students have received a conditional offer of admission and before final admission to the program is granted, students must submit the following:

Note: Immunization records are not required until placement in a clinical or practice course, and prior to registration. This will be enforced by the appropriate department prior to the time of registration.

Note: This program is recognized by the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC) which is the regulatory body for registered nurses in this province. In order to practice nursing upon graduation, students must meet the CRNBC English Requirements and Requisite Skills and Abilities for practicing nurses. To learn more visit www.crnbc.ca.

Program Requirements

The program consists of 93 credits all at the upper (third- and fourth-year) level.

In accordance with the  Indicators of Nursing Education Standards  established by College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC), the maximum allowable time students enrolled in KPU's Bachelor of Science in Nursing program have to complete all program requirements for graduation is seven years.

Note: NRSG courses number 5000 or higher are assessed Tuition Category 2.a.4 tuition and fees for domestic students.

Semester One

Theoretical Focus: Individual Health and Health Promotion
Practice Focus: Nurses' Roles & Responsibilities in Medical and Surgical Nursing

All of:
  NRSG 5100 Program Orientation: Introduction to Nursing 2 credits
  NRSG 5110 Practice and Praxis 1: Episodic Health Challenges 4 credits
  NRSG 5120 Relational Engagement 1 2 credits
  NRSG 5130 Health Promotion 1: Episodic Health Challenges 4 credits
  NRSG 5131 Health Promotion 2: Pharmacology 1 1 credit
  NRSG 5140 Critical Inquiry 1: Quantitative Research 1.5 credits
  NRSG 5141 Critical Inquiry 2: Qualitative Research 1.5 credits

Semester Two

Theoretical Focus: Individual Health and Chronic Health Challenges
Practice Focus: Nurses' Roles & Responsibilities in Mental Health and Geriatric Nursing

All of:
  GNQU 1301 Fundamentals of Mental Health Nursing  3 credits
  NRSG 5210 Practice and Praxis 2: Older Adults 4 credits
  NRSG 5220 Relational Engagement 2 2 credits
  NRSG 5230 Health Promotion 4: Pharmacology 2 1 credit
  NRSG 5240 Critical Inquiry 3: Data Analysis 2 credits
  NRSG 5250 Professional Role 1 2 credits

Semester Three

Practice Focus: Nurses Roles & Responsibilities: Consolidation of practice in medical surgical and mental health nursing

  NRSG 5310 Practice and Praxis 3: Capstone 1 18 credits
KPU Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing graduates with advanced placement must also complete:
  NRSG 5300 Program Orientation: Access for BPN graduates 2 credits

Semester Four

Theoretical Focus: Family Health
Practice Focus: Nurses' Roles & Responsibilities with Generative families and in Pediatric Nursing

All of:
  GNQU 1309 Fundamentals of Maternal-Child Nursing 3 credits
  GNQU 1321 Fundamentals of Pediatric Nursing 3 credits
  NRSG 5410 Practice and Praxis 4: The experience of nursing of families 5 credits
  NRSG 5420 Relational Engagement 3: Family Context 1 credit
  NRSG 5450 Professional Role 2: Teaching and Learning 1 credit

Semester Five

Theoretical Focus: Community Health and Community Capacity Building
Practice Focus: Nurses Roles &Responsibilities in Community Health and Community Capacity Building

All of:
  NRSG 5510 Practice and Praxis 5: Community Context 5 credits
  NRSG 5520 Relational Engagement 4: Community 2 credits
  NRSG 5530 Health Promotion 7: Community Context 2 credits
  NRSG 5540 Critical Inquiry 4: Nursing Theories 2 credits
  NRSG 5541 Critical Inquiry 5: Health Care and Bioethics 2 credits

Semester Six

Theoretical Focus: Global Health and Leadership
Practice Focus: Nurses' Roles and Responsibilities in Primary Health Care (International/Aboriginal)

All of:
  NRSG 5610 Practice and Praxis 6: Global Context: Capstone 2 5 credits
  NRSG 5620 Relational Engagement 5: Global Context 2 credits
  NRSG 5650 Professional Role 3: Health Care Leadership 2 credits

Semester Seven

Practice Focus: Nurses' Roles & Responsibilities in Full-time Nursing Practice

All of:
  NRSG 5710 Practice and Praxis 7: Practice Consolidation: Capstone 3 10 credits

Other Information

Students are required to purchase an iPad and selected apps, and need access to a personal computer and reliable Internet connection.

Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of this program, students are eligible to receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).


Last Updated: Jun 4, 2014

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