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Regulations effective September 1, 2019.
The Faculty of Health Disciplines offers the post-RN BN degree program. This program is designed to provide the Registered Nurse with the opportunity to acquire a broad liberal university education with particular emphasis on advanced theoretical and practical knowledge related to nursing informatics, nursing research, primary health care, leadership, management, and family and community health promotion. All AU nursing courses are mapped to the most current entry to practice competencies, as determined by the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA).
Our online program plans can assist you in selecting the courses needed to fulfill your program requirements.
Counselling Services offers an assessment website, Mapping Your Future. Athabasca University has also developed program learning outcomes that describe the career options that may be available to you upon graduating.
For additional program information, please email email@example.com.
To enrol in the post-RN BN program, the following is required:
Those students presenting non-Canadian/non-United States Nursing diplomas who have completed a Canadian RN bridging program are eligible for admission.
Those students presenting non-Canadian/non-United States degrees for admission and/or possible transfer credit, must obtain:
Official transcripts for any completed Canadian or United States courses or programs in Nursing, taken to obtain licensure in Canada, must be submitted.
* Students who leave the post-RN BN program for another program at AU will be required to provide a specialized or course-by-course assessment.
For more information, see the Evaluations and Transfer Credit section of the Calendar that explains the foreign transcript evaluation process for international students.
Students are required to complete the degree regulations that are effect
at the time they enrolled in their program. Students are responsible for ensuring that prerequisites (including specified program GPA requirements) and co-requisite course requirements are met throughout their program. Please review the Syllabus for each course for details. Students who are inactive
(have not registered for a course within 12 months from their last
contract date) must re-enrol and will follow the regulations in effect
at the time of re-enrolment. Students are strongly encouraged to register in their English course early in their program.
Total credits required to complete the Post-RN BN degree*
* Transfer credit may be awarded for non-nursing university transfer credit taken as part of an RN diploma program. Non-nursing transfer credit will not be awarded, however, for anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, microbiology, or health assessment courses included in the RN diploma program. Credit will not be awarded for non-nursing required, support and option courses that are more than 10 years old at the time of the request.
Additional credit may also be awarded for university-level courses completed before admission to the post-RN BN program on the basis of Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition.
The 45 credits required to complete a post-RN BN degree are distributed as follows:
Residency requirement. A minimum of 15 nursing credits* must be obtained through Athabasca University.
*Note: HLST 320 is a non-nursing course and does not qualify for the residency requirement and is subject to the 10-year stale-dating rule.
Students may register in post-RN BN courses as unclassified students. Before registering in a course, students should determine whether or not they may be eligible for transfer credit for the course. Students should also ensure that they have completed all prerequisite and corequisite course requirements in accordance with the prerequisite declaration form.
NOTE: 300-level nursing courses should be completed before 400-level nursing courses.
Plus 6 credits selected from the following list:
Access to a computer with basic word processing, and Internet access, is required. Refer to the glossary.
Given the unique and professional nature of the post-RN BN program, some of the general policies governing academic studies at Athabasca University are superseded by the regulations below.
Information effective Sept. 1, 2019 to Aug. 31, 2020.
Updated by Student & Academic Services