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Nursing - Honours Bachelor of ScienceNEW

Four years

Nurses compose the largest professional group in the Canadian healthcare system. Nurses help to sustain our collective physical, emotional and social well-being by providing and coordinating patience care and educating patients and the public. Discover the rewards of pursuing this challenging and meaningful career.

Students in the Honours Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) program will benefit from the opportunity to learn in Loyalist College’s state of-the-art Interprofessional Simulation Centre and will be instructed by expert, caring faculty members, instructors, simulation specialists and clinicians, without having to travel outside of the Bay of Quinte region to attain a degree. Upon graduation, students will have earned a BScN credential which meets all the requirements of the College of Nurses of Ontario and qualifies them to write the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) exam and allows them to register as a Registered Nurse (RN) in Canada and the United States.

NOTE: This program is available to domestic students only.

Frequently Asked Questions


Loyalist College has been granted a consent by the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities to offer this applied degree for a seven-year term starting December 16, 2021. The College shall ensure that all students admitted to the above-named program during the period of consent will have the opportunity to complete the program within a reasonable time frame.

  • Credential
    • Honours Bachelor of Science in Nursing

  • Start Date

    May 2022 (Bridge semester for RPNs); September 2022

  • Location
    • Belleville Campus

Find your career

The Bay of Quinte region has a chronic shortage of registered nurses.  The demand for nurses is anticipated to grow and accelerate over the next few decades. This pattern is projected throughout Ontario and across Canada as the demand for registered nurses increases in proportion to the country’s aging and growing population. Graduates of the Honours Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program will find their skills are in-demand throughout the healthcare sector.

Nurses provide care for patients in all conditions, at all stages of life – from prenatal health to palliative care – in diverse settings:

  • In hospitals, specializing in surgical and postsurgical care; emergency; intensive care; care of the childbearing family and children; geriatrics; cardiovascular care; oncology (cancer); and mental health.
  • In rehabilitation centres, hospices, primary care offices, nursing homes, and community agencies providing home care.
  • As educators in public health units, schools, Telehealth, workplace wellness programs, family planning and baby wellness clinics.
  • In research and progressive leadership positions in health and government.

Is it for you?

A career in Nursing is both challenging and rewarding. People of all ages can thrive in this program. They must be:

  • Passionate about helping others
  • Inquisitive and eager to learn
  • Driven to make a difference in the health of individuals, families and communities
  • Proficient at math and science
  • Mature and reliable
  • Great communicators
  • Willing to work as part of a team
  • Willing to reflect and seek feedback
  • Prepared to work evenings and weekends

Experiential learning

Loyalist College provides an intensive, hands-on learning approach characterized by small class sizes; dedicated faculty; close ties to employers; strong work-integrated learning; Indigenous perspectives embedded in the curriculum and innovative teaching practices including simulation and hybrid delivery.

Loyalist is an international leader in the integration of human simulation technology. Thanks to our state-of-the-art Interprofessional Simulation Lab, students will have the have the opportunity to:

  • Conduct real-life practice scenarios with high-fidelity human clinical simulators.
  • Develop competence and confidence in a safe, realistic learning environment.
  • Collaborate with their peers, completing stages of group development, clarifying roles, setting shared goals, and resolving conflict in realistic and interactive simulations.

Learning is facilitated through a combination of clinical and classroom education. Upon graduation, students will have completed approximately 1,277 hours of supervised work placement. Clinical practice begins in the second semester of study, providing supervised, real-world experience to consolidate knowledge and experience. Students will also have the opportunity to:

  • Complete multiple practice experiences in clinical and community settings; these include acute care, long-term care, rehabilitation, maternal-child care, mental health settings and community facilities
  • Engage with guest speakers and Indigenous educators to discuss and engage in Indigenous health and culturally inclusive collaborative initiatives with First Nations communities, as well as interprofessional education in global health settings.
  • Access community-based care opportunities to work directly with migrant workers in the region’s rural farming communities.
  • Research practice issues and problems, prepare conceptual arguments, draw conclusions and prepare papers and presentations.
  • Review both quantitative and qualitative data and have access to research reports, library materials and databases at the forefront of the field of practice.

Outstanding faculty make the difference

  • Faculty members are experienced registered nurses with varied backgrounds in mental health, maternal child care, palliative care, acute care, emergency and trauma care, chronic illness and rehabilitation, long-term care and community nursing.
  • Many faculty members continue to work in their fields, with up-to-the-minute knowledge of clinical practices and several faculty members hold speciality certifications from the Canadian Nurses Association.
  • Learn with a human simulation specialist who has won an international award for her work in simulation training.

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