Nursing

Lakehead’s Nursing program creates a supportive learning environment to help you apply a broad range of concepts from the sciences and liberal arts when caring for people of all ages and backgrounds.

You will learn to become an active member of an interprofessional health care team that can meet the needs of society while maximizing healthcare outcomes through communication, health promotion, and health protection strategies.

Our faculty is on the cutting edge of Nursing knowledge and regularly incorporate their research into the classroom with topics related to women's health, the aging process, nursing ethics, nursing care of oncology patients and those with cardiovascular disease, and much more.

Should you plan to work as a Registered Nurse in northern, rural or remote settings,  know that our emphasis on Aboriginal health and wellness will provide you with insight and preparation for these important areas of nursing practice.

Applying to Lakehead University is easy and we are here to help you along the way.

Step 1 – Determine your general admission requirements:

To determine your general admission requirements, select one of the definitions below:

Ontario High School Students
 General Admission Requirements:
  • Completion of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD);
  • A minimum of 6 Grade 12U or M courses, or equivalent, including program specific prerequisite courses;
  • A minimum 70%* overall final average**

*Higher averages may be required for admission to programs in which the demand for places by qualified applicants exceeds the supply of available spaces.
**Admission averages are calculated using the top 6 Grade 12 U or M courses.  

Other Canadian High School Students
 General Admission Requirements: 
  • Completion of Grade 12 and the Secondary School Diploma (see the Program Specific Prerequisites section for your particular provinces requirements);
  • Program specific prerequisite courses;
  • A minimum 70%* overall final average

*Higher averages may be required for admission to programs in which the demand for places by qualified applicants exceeds the supply of available spaces.

International HS/ College or University
 General Admission Requirements:
  • Successful graduation from an academic secondary school program or equivalent (For most countries, the same academic preparation as is required for university entrance in that country is required for consideration. Refer to Admission Requirements by Country.) 
  • Program specific prerequisite courses;
  • Equivalent of a minimum 70% overall final average (Canadian)

    Note: Meeting the minimum admission requirements is not a guarantee of admission.

Canadian College
 General Admission Requirements:

College transfer applicants who are applying to a program that does not have a college transfer pathway are eligible for admission consideration if they have:

  • Completed a minimum of 1 year of full-time academic studies at an accredited community college since leaving high school;
  • Completed the appropriate program-specific prerequisite courses; and
  • Achieved a minimum overall average of 70%. 
Canadian University
 General Admission Requirements:
  • Attended a university and successful completion of university level course work since leaving high school/college;
  • Program specific prerequisite courses;
  • A minimum overall average of C or 60%.
Canadian Bible College
 General Admission Requirements:
  • A minimum overall average of C / 60% or equivalent;
  • College must be accredited by the Association of Biblical Higher Education (ABHE);
  • Successfully meets the minimum program specific preparatory course prerequisites at the Grade 12U or M level or equivalent;
  • If not eligible right out of high school, a minimum of two years of full time studies must be completed at the Bible College.

Step 2 – Determine your program-specific prerequisite requirements for your program(s) of choice:

To determine your program-specific prerequisite requirements, choose from the drop-down menus below:

Program Specific Requirements

Please Select Your Applicant Type

  • Collaborative Nursing (4 Years)
    Degree:
    Nursing
    Alberta/NWT/Nunavut:
    English Language Arts 30-1, Biology 30, Chemistry 30, 1 from: Math 30-1, Math 30-2, or Math 31
    Program Specific Requirements for Ontario High School Students:
    English (ENG4U), Biology (SBI4U), Chemistry (SCH4U), 1 from: Advanced Functions (MHF4U), Calculus & Vectors (MCV4U), or Data Management (MDM4U)
    Program Specific Requirements for Alberta/NWT/Nunavut High School Students:
    English Language Arts 30-1, Biology 30, Chemistry 30, 1 from: Math 30-1, Math 30-2, or Math 31
    Program Specific Requirements for British Columbia/Yukon High School Students:
    English Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12, Biology 12, Chemistry 12, 1 from: Calculus 12, Foundation of Mathematics 12, Pre-Calculus 12, or Statistics 12
    Program Specific Requirements for International Students:
    English, Biology, Chemistry, Math
    Program Specific Requirements for Manitoba High School Students:
    English Language Arts (Comprehensive Focus, Literary Focus, or Transactional Focus) 40S, Biology 40S, Chemistry 40S, 1 from: Applied Math 40S, Advanced Mathematics 45S & Introduction To Calculus 45S, or Pre-Calculus 40S
    Program Specific Requirements for Mature/Transfer Students:
    English (ENG4U), Biology (SBI4U), Chemistry (SCH4U), 1 from: Advanced Functions (MHF4U), Calculus & Vectors (MCV4U), or Data Management (MDM4U). Other secondary or post-secondary courses that are equivalent to these requirements are accepted.
    Program Specific Requirements for New Brunswick High School Students:
    English Language Arts 121 or 122, Biology 121 or 122, Chemistry 121 or 122, 1 from: Calculus 120, Foundations of Math 120, or 122 Pre-Calculus A120 or B120
    Program Specific Requirements for Newfoundland/Labrador High School Students:
    English 3201, Biology 3201, Chemistry 3202, 1 from: Academic Math 3201, Advanced Math 3200, or Calculus 3208
    Program Specific Requirements for Nova Scotia High School Students:
    English 12, English 12 African Heritage, Biology 12, Chemistry 12, 1 from: Calculus 12, Mathematics 12, or Pre-Calculus 12
    Other Admission Requirements & Important Information:
    A minimum grade of 60% is required in each prerequisite course. Nursing admits will need to satisfy clinical documentation requirements. Refer to the School of Nursing's website for more information: https://www.lakeheadu.ca/academics/departments/nursing/current-students/clinical-documentation
    Program Specific Requirements for PEI High School Students:
    English 621A, Biology 621A, Chemistry 621A, 1 from: Calculus 611B, Foundations of Math 621A, or Pre-Calculus 621B
    Program Specific Requirements for Quebec (CEGEP) Students:
    2 English (603 or 604), Biology I (NYA), Chemistry (2 from: NYA, NYB, or NYC level), 2 from: Calculus I (201-NYA or 201-103), Calculus II (201-NYB or 201-203, or Linear Algebra I (201-NYC, 201-105, or 201-106)
    Program Specific Requirements for Quebec (Private) Students:
    English (ENG4U), Biology (SBI4U), Chemistry (SCH4U), 1 from: Advanced Functions (MHF4U), Calculus & Vectors (MCV4U), or Data Management (MDM4U). Equivalent courses to the Ontario prerequisite requirements will be considered.
    Program Specific Requirements for Saskatchewan High School Students:
    English Language Arts 30 A or English Language Arts 30 B, 1 from: Calculus 30 or Pre-Calculus 30
  • Compressed Nursing (3 Years)
    Degree:
    Nursing
    Alberta/NWT/Nunavut:
    English Language Arts 30-1, Biology 30, Chemistry 30, 1 from: Math 30-1, Math 30-2, or Math 31
    Program Specific Requirements for Ontario High School Students:
    English (ENG4U), Biology (SBI4U), Chemistry (SCH4U), 1 from: Advanced Functions (MHF4U), Calculus & Vectors (MCV4U), or Data Management (MDM4U)
    Program Specific Requirements for Alberta/NWT/Nunavut High School Students:
    English Language Arts 30-1, Biology 30, Chemistry 30, 1 from: Math 30-1, Math 30-2, or Math 31
    Program Specific Requirements for British Columbia/Yukon High School Students:
    English Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12, Biology 12, Chemistry 12, 1 from: Calculus 12, Foundation of Mathematics 12, Pre-Calculus 12, or Statistics 12
    Program Specific Requirements for International Students:
    English, Biology, Chemistry, Math
    Program Specific Requirements for Manitoba High School Students:
    English Language Arts (Comprehensive Focus, Literary Focus, or Transactional Focus) 40S, Biology 40S, Chemistry 40S, 1 from: Applied Math 40S, Advanced Mathematics 45S & Introduction To Calculus 45S, or Pre-Calculus 40S
    Program Specific Requirements for Mature/Transfer Students:
    English (ENG4U), Biology (SBI4U), Chemistry (SCH4U), 1 from: Advanced Functions (MHF4U), Calculus & Vectors (MCV4U), or Data Management (MDM4U). Other secondary or post-secondary courses that are equivalent to these requirements are accepted.
    Program Specific Requirements for New Brunswick High School Students:
    English Language Arts 121 or 122, Biology 121 or 122, Chemistry 121 or 122, 1 from: Calculus 120, Foundations of Math 120, or 122 Pre-Calculus A120 or B120
    Program Specific Requirements for Newfoundland/Labrador High School Students:
    English 3201, Biology 3201, Chemistry 3202, 1 from: Academic Math 3201, Advanced Math 3200, or Calculus 3208
    Program Specific Requirements for Nova Scotia High School Students:
    English 12, English 12 African Heritage, Biology 12, Chemistry 12, 1 from: Calculus 12, Mathematics 12, or Pre-Calculus 12
    Other Admission Requirements & Important Information:
    A minimum grade of 60% is required in each prerequisite course. A minimum final average of 80% is required. Nursing admits will need to satisfy clinical documentation requirements. Refer to the School of Nursing's website for more information: https://www.lakeheadu.ca/academics/departments/nursing/current-students/clinical-documentation
    Program Specific Requirements for PEI High School Students:
    English 621A, Biology 621A, Chemistry 621A, 1 from: Calculus 611B, Foundations of Math 621A, or Pre-Calculus 621B
    Program Specific Requirements for Quebec (CEGEP) Students:
    2 English (603 or 604), Biology I (NYA), Chemistry (2 from: NYA, NYB, or NYC level), 2 from: Calculus I (201-NYA or 201-103), Calculus II (201-NYB or 201-203, or Linear Algebra I (201-NYC, 201-105, or 201-106)
    Program Specific Requirements for Quebec (Private) Students:
    English (ENG4U), Biology (SBI4U), Chemistry (SCH4U), 1 from: Advanced Functions (MHF4U), Calculus & Vectors (MCV4U), or Data Management (MDM4U). Equivalent courses to the Ontario prerequisite requirements will be considered.
    Program Specific Requirements for Saskatchewan High School Students:
    English Language Arts 30 A or English Language Arts 30 B, 1 from: Calculus 30 or Pre-Calculus 30


Our BScN program is tightly organized to ensure you graduate with the necessary background in Nursing courses as well as non-nursing social science and sciences courses. In first year you will be required to complete courses in:

Relational Nursing Theory and Practice
Physiology and Anatomy
Nursing Inquiry
Introduction to Psychology
Mathematics for the Health Sciences

If you are enrolled in the three-year compressed program you will also complete spring/summer course work.  

You will have the opportunity to do a clinical placement in the winter term of your first year, experiencing many responsibilities of a Registered Nurse very early on. Our focus on experiential learning and professional socialization makes our program unique compared to other similar programs across Canada.

Clinical Practice

Our emphasis on clinical practice, starting in first year, sets Lakehead University Nursing apart from other programs.  Many other Nursing programs do not provide these opportunities until second or third year. You will graduate with a more developed understanding of the professional nursing role, and of interpersonal and interprofessional care in diverse settings, giving you a professional advantage.

In your fourth year you may qualify to  complete placement(s) abroad. We have had students complete senior clinical courses in places such as Thailand, England, Finland, Africa, Sweden and New Zealand. This opportunity enhances your university experience and exposes you to health care practices around the world

Personal Campus Environment

Our small class sizes facilitate a close and interactive student experience from first year, providing undergraduate students with opportunities to easily acquaint themselves with professors in the Nursing program and become involved with professors’ research projects.


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