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Undergraduate Calendar 2012|13

Post R.N

Post-RN Bachelor of Nursing Degree Program (120 credits)

Regulations effective September 1, 2011.

The Centre for Nursing and Health Studies 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.


Program Plans

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: Your Career and Athabasca University." 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

NOTE:Students are required to complete the degree regulations that are effect at the time they enrolled in their program. 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.


Enrolment Requirements

To enrol in the post-RN BN program, the following is required:

  1. Graduation from an approved Registered Nurse (RN) diploma program.
  2. Regulated (Practicing) Registered Nurse (RN) registration/licensure with a Canadian province or territory. Proof of registration must be submitted at time of application and maintained while completing the program.
Program Structure
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. Additional credit may also be awarded for university-level courses completed before admission to the post-RN BN program or on the basis of Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition.

The 45 credits required to complete a post-RN BN degree are distributed as follows:

Required nursing credits
Required non-nursing credits
Non-nursing option credits
Residency requirement. A minimum of 15 nursing credits must be obtained through Athabasca University.   15
Graduation with Distinction or Great Distinction. At least 24 credits must be obtained through Athabasca University in order to be considered. 24
Maximum Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) credits   9


Course Requirements

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.

Required Nursing Courses (27 credits)
NURS 322 Nursing Informatics (3)
NURS 324 Concepts and Theories in Nursing Practice (3)
NURS 328 Understanding Research (3)
NURS 432 Management and Leadership in Nursing Practice (4)
NURS 434 Community Health Promotion
NURS 436 Family Health Promotion (4)

Plus 6 credits selected from the following list:

HLST 320 Teaching and Learning for Health Professionals (3)
NURS 326 Health Assessment (3)
NURS 327 Home Health Nursing (3)
NURS 438 Trends and Issues in Nursing and Health Systems (3)
NURS 440 Independent Study (3)
NURS 442 Gerontological Nursing (3)
  Transfer credit for senior university-level nursing courses taken elsewhere (3 to 6)
Required Non-Nursing Courses (6 credits)
ENGL Any junior or senior university-level or equivalent English course. (3)
MATH 215 Introduction to Statistics

MATH 216 Computer-oriented Approach to Statistics
Non-Nursing Option Courses (12 credits)
May be selected from Humanities, Science or Social Sciences, and Applied Studies other than nursing (NURS); at least six credits must be at the 300/400 level) (12)


Computer Requirements

Access to a computer with basic word processing, and Internet access, is required. Refer to the glossary.


Specific Regulations

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.

  1. RN diplomas from approved institutions will be accepted regardless of the year of graduation (10-year rule does not apply).
  2. Athabasca University will not normally award additional transfer credit for nursing courses/certificates that are more than 10 years old at the time of the request. If evidence of current practice in the content area is submitted, this regulation may be waived.
  3. The pass mark for all nursing courses is C- (60 percent).
  4. To be awarded a BN degree, a minimum grade-point average of 2.0 is required in all Athabasca University courses used toward the degree.


Information effective Sept. 1, 2011 to Aug. 31, 2012.

Updated October 20, 2011