Apr 21, 2018  
University of Alberta Calendar 2016-2017 
University of Alberta Calendar 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

BScN—Bilingual Program/Baccalauréat ès sciences infirmières (bilingue)

The BScN-Bilingual Program is a collaborative effort between the Faculty of Nursing and Faculté Saint-Jean. This program offers students the opportunity to study nursing in Canada's two official languages. It is designed to:

  1. Respond to a need expressed by students who wish to obtain a bilingual degree in nursing in Alberta.
  2. Offer a program that prepares graduates to provide nursing services in both official languages.
  3. Offer a program that better prepares graduates to respond to the needs of the French-speaking communities in Western and Northern Canada.

During their program, students take courses at Faculté Saint-Jean and at the Faculty of Nursing. The total number of nursing courses where the primary language of instruction is French varies from 27 to 47 credits. These courses may include clinical practice in bilingual or francophone settings. In addition, based on academic and clinical performance, and on availability of placements, students may elect to complete the senior practicum in a bilingual or francophone milieu outside of Edmonton.

  1. The curriculum is designed to be taken over four years. Application for an extension to the program must be submitted to the Student Advisor. With approval, students have up to six years from the time of admission to complete requirements for this program.
  2. Students are responsible for the completeness and accuracy of their registration. Particular care should be exercised regarding prerequisite courses. Students are responsible for adjustments in registration made necessary by reexamination results.
  3. Placements can be made anywhere in the greater Edmonton area (Devon, Fort Saskatchewan, Leduc, Morinville, St Albert, Sherwood Park, Spruce Grove and Stony Plain) or as far away as 150 kilometers. For clinical courses delivered in English, required practice placements may be as far as 150 kilometers from Edmonton. For clinical courses delivered in French, required practice placements may be as far as 600 kilometers from Edmonton. Students are responsible for their transportation to practice placements and for the costs of travel and accommodations.
  4. Students must purchase a stethoscope, a penlight, a lab coat and a uniform by the beginning of second year.
  5. Clinical practice may include shift and weekend rotations.

Students seeking entry to this program should consult the admissions section for the Faculty of Nursing [BSc in Nursing–Bilingual Program/Baccalauréat ès sciences infirmières (bilingue) ]. For a detailed program description in French, see Baccalauréat ès sciences infirmières (bilingue) .

Course Sequence

Year 1

Year 2 (see Notes 3 and 4)

Year 3 (see Notes 4, 6 and 7)

Year 4 (see Notes 4, 7 and 9)


  1. Depending on the results of language placement testing, Faculté Saint-Jean will determine which one of the following three options is required for the student:
    1. FRANC 226 , FRANC 227 , and FRANC 232  
    2. ANGL 126 , FRANC 227 , and ★3 in ANGL at the 100-level or higher
    3. ANGL 126 , FRANC 227 , and ★3 in electives
  2. Electives are to be selected from disciplines of the student's choice, including courses from the biological, physical, behavioural or social sciences, and the humanities. The language of instruction of all electives must be French and electives are normally taken at Faculté Saint-Jean.
  3. To proceed to Year 2 students must have passed all Year 1 courses.
  4. "SC INF" denotes nursing courses where French is the primary language of instruction.
  5. Due to course scheduling conflicts, INT D 410  will be replaced with NURS 498  "Inter-Professional Team Concepts" Parts 1-3 scheduled during Years 2, 3, and 4. Current students should check the Faculty of Nursing website at www.nursing.ualberta.ca for details.
  6. To proceed to Year 3 students must have passed all Year 2 courses.
  7. Courses may be configured differently depending on clinical placement availability.
  8. The Faculty of Nursing will offer this course in French whenever possible. When offered, students in the Bilingual Nursing Program must take this course in French.
  9. To proceed to Year 4, students must have passed all Year 2 and 3 courses.
  10. This elective may be taken earlier in the program. 

  11. To proceed with NURS 494  or SC INF 494  students must have passed all courses of this program except the corequisite SC INF 495 .
  12. Based on academic and clinical performance, and on availability of placements, students may elect to complete the senior practicum in a bilingual or francophone milieu outside of Edmonton.