Last updated: February 14, 2024 @ 01:23PM

Concurrent Bachelor of Nursing/Master of Nursing

Peter Tiidus
Faculty of Applied Health Sciences

Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies
Deborah O’Leary
Faculty of Applied Health Sciences

Associate Dean, Teaching and Undergraduate Studies
Kirsty Spence
Faculty of Applied Health Sciences

Karyn Taplay

Lynn McCleary, Dawn Prentice

Associate Professors
Manal Alzghoul, Joanne Crawford, Jane Moore, Sheila O'Keefe-McCarthy, Zaida Rahaman, Jenn Salfi, Karyn Taplay

Assistant Professors
Kathryn Halverson, Farhana Madhani, Elizabeth Orr, Connie Schumacher, Vanessa Silva e Silva

Nursing Clinical Co-ordinator
Sandra Micsinszki, Norica Stein

Nursing Simulation Lab
Shelley Wills, Kerry Shoalts, Tanya Bell, Kate Hannigan, Rebecca Larocca, Tori McDowall, Katie Roebuck

Adjunct Professors
Joyce Engel, Lynn Rempel

Graduate Program Director
Dawn Prentice

Program Coordinator
Kimberly Anderson

Program Description

This full-time, May-start program runs over five continuous terms and includes 20 mandatory courses. The integration of relational, research, and practice skills and knowledge equips graduates of this program to lead in the translation and integration of research into front line practice to positively influence health and healing and thoughtfully impact processes and policies that affect care.

The objectives of the program are: a) to foster students' ability to do high quality, scientifically rigorous research in their discipline; b) to expand their understanding of concepts, theories and practices in their discipline such that they can successfully advance to doctoral studies; c) to provide the knowledge base and skills to analyze and evaluate programs, policies, environmental issues, and organizational structures related to applied health sciences; d) to enhance students' abilities to apply and disseminate new knowledge and practices to colleagues, practitioners, policy makers/analysts, and other professionals in applied health sciences.

Terms are clustered into three undergraduate and two graduate terms which include lectures, seminars, technology assisted instruction and learning, skills labs, simulation, and clinical practica. Students are normally expected to successfully complete the program within four years of first registration in a course.

In terms 1 to 4, students will have the advantage of both blocked (continuous) clinical experiences as well as non-blocked experiences that occur concurrently with classroom learning. Non-blocked clinical may occur over weekdays, weekends, or evenings; blocked clinical will occur over various shifts at the end of each term. In term 5, students will be in practice areas continuously for the duration of the term. Transportation to clinical placement is a student responsibility.

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be prepared to achieve the entry to practice competencies for registered nurses, as identified by the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO),and will be able to write the National Council Licensure Examination RN (NCLEX-RN) and jurisprudence exams, which are required for licensure as a registered nurse.

The BN/MN program adheres to ethics and other practice standards established by the College of Nurses of Ontario. Students whose behaviour is unprofessional, or whose performance jeopardizes the safety of patients or others may be asked to leave the lab or clinical areas immediately and may receive a failing grade in that course. Students who do not achieve a B grade in any course must repeat the course the following year and may be required to take a one year leave of absence. Students who do not achieve a B grade in a second course will be withdrawn from the program.

Program Notes
  1. Admission to part-time study is not available.
  2. Admission to the BN/MN program is not available to students who have already completed a bachelor's degree in Nursing at Brock or elsewhere.
  3. Qualified Indigenous applicants will be given priority in admission.
  4. An admission interview may be required.
  5. Students are advised to consult the Undergraduate calendar for Academic Regulations and University Policies for all 4(alpha)00 level courses.
  6. Students are advised to consult the Graduate calendar for Academic Regulations and University Policies for all 5(alpha)00 level courses.
  7. Students must achieve a minimum of a B grade in all courses and complete all assessments in a course.
  8. A degree cannot be awarded unless all courses in the program are successfully completed.
  9. COVID-19: Please note that placement providers now require students, faculty members and clinical instructors coming on the placement provider's premise be either vaccinated or have an approved exemption. Students, faculty and clinical instructors are required to follow the requirements of placement providers while on the placement provider's premise. If you have any questions, please contact Please note that should your placement provider specifically require your COVID-19 vaccination status, further coordination and information may be requested from you.
  10. Due to the sequential nature of the program, a leave of absence must be one year (3 terms).
  11. A student who has not successfully completed a clinical course for one year or longer will be required to pass a practical exam prior to registering for the next clinical course. The exam will be video recorded. The student may be charged a clinical skills exam fee. If the student fails the exam, the student must repeat a previous clincial course at the discretion of the Graduate Program Director.

Admission Requirements

Successful completion of a non-nursing Honours Bachelor degree from an accredited university, or equivalent, with a minimum average of 75% in the last two years of study.

Applicants must also have completed the following bachelor's level credit courses with a B grade or higher:
·   Introductory psychology (full course equivalent)
·   Developmental psychology (half course equivalent)
·   Human Anatomy (half course equivalent)
·   Human Physiology (half course equivalent)
·   Microbiology (half course equivalent)
·   Statistics course (half course equivalent)
·   Research methods course (half course equivalent).

For students who are required to provide proof of English Language Proficiency, a IELTS score of 7.0 (with no section under 6.5) or equivalent score on other tests of ELP accepted by Brock University is required. For a full listing of accepted tests see:

Admission to part-time study is not available.

Degree Requirements

Basic degree requirements include the successful completion of 20 required courses (18.5 credits) over five continuous terms. Terms are clustered into three undergraduate terms with 13 required courses (11 total credits) and two graduate terms with seven required courses (7.5 total credits).

Term 1
·   NURS 4L01, 4P02, 4P07, 4P15 and 4P20

Term 2
·   NURS 4L03, 4P08, 4P16, and 4P21
Term 3
·   NURS 4L04, 4P09, 4P17 and 4P22

Term 4
·   NURS 5L05, 5P18 and 5P23
·   AHSC 5P10

Term 5
·   NURS 5L07, 5D19 and 5P24

Students must successfully complete all courses in one term to progress to courses in the next term. Students must achieve a minimum of a B grade in all courses and complete all assessments in a course. In courses that include lab and clinical components, students must achieve a PASS to receive a grade in the course.

Students are responsible for ensuring that they are aware of all requirements for clinical practica prior to clinical experiences to avoid start delays or possible de-registration in courses that include lab and clinical components.

These requirements include:
·   CPR (level C or BCLS) certification is valid throughout the program. Note that re-certification is required annually.
·   N-95 mask fit testing. Note that mask fit testing is valid for two years and must be renewed as necessary.
·   Proof of immunization for measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chicken pox), hepatitis B, tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis, tuberculosis, COVID-19. Annual TB skin testing is also required. If TB skin testing occurs, students will require chest x rays every two years.
·   CPR certification, N-95 mask fit testing certification records, and immunization records are to be submitted to Synergy Employment Inc. by February 15, prior to the commencement of Term 1. Returning students (year 2) must submit their records by April 1.
·   Some courses may require a recent police record check and vulnerable sector screening, at the students expense. This can take several weeks, so students are advised to begin this process early. Students will be advised if this is a requirement for the specific course.

Course Descriptions

Note that not all courses are offered in every session. Refer to the applicable term timetable for details.

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Prerequisites and Restrictions

Students must CHECK TO ensure that prerequisites are met. Students may be deregistered, AT the request of the instructor, FROM ANY course FOR which prerequisites AND/OR restrictions have NOT been met.

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