Nursing - After Degree

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Program description

The BN After Degree is a 24-month continuous program starting in September of each year and is a collaborative program offered by the University of Lethbridge and Lethbridge College. New applicants apply directly to the University of Lethbridge. Newly admitted students will register in and attend courses at Lethbridge College for the first two semesters of the program. For the remaining semesters of the program, students will register in and attend courses at the University of Lethbridge.

The Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Lethbridge strives to prepare excellent Nursing graduates by fostering the development of innovative clinical decision making, diagnostic reasoning, interpersonal skills, leadership behaviours, and technical knowledge and skills. Students who have an approved degree from a recognized university may choose to complete either the Bachelor of Nursing After Degree program, or the 40-course Bachelor of Nursing program.

Successful completion of the program earns the student a Bachelor of Nursing (BN) degree.  The program provides the essential background to write the Canadian licensure exam to become a Registered Nurse (RN).


Casper is a multi-part online assessment that measures different competencies and attributes that are important for successful students and graduates of our program. The Casper assessment further enhances fairness and objectivity in our admission process.

To be considered for admission to the BNAD program, beginning with Fall 2024 applications, all applicants are required to complete Casper and release their results directly to ULethbridge through the test's online portal. To register for and complete the assessment, visit to create an account and register to complete the assessment.

Applicants who have declared their Indigenous ancestry at the time of application may request a Casper assessment fee waiver by contacting the Indigenous Learning Facilitator for Health Sciences, Sianna Cherweniuk,

Possible careers

  • Registered nurse
  • Mental Health Nurse
  • Clinical nurse
  • Communicable disease nurse
  • Community health nurse
  • Diabetes educator/registered nurse
  • Immunization Clinic
  • Public health nurse
  • Public programs & services coordinator
  • Wellness coordinator/manager
  • Travel RN
  • Medical Adjudicator/RN
  • Occupational Health Nurse
  • Acute Care/ Emergency RN
  • Clinical Care Nurse
  • Neonatal Care RN
  • Educator/Researcher RN
  • Telemedicine/RN

Sample classes

  • Nursing 2290/Nursing 2260 - Applied Therapeutics
  • Nursing 4530 - Nursing Practice - Medical Surgical Nursing

Additional information

The BN After Degree program only has a Fall (September intake). The deadline to apply for admission is March 1.

For courses currently in progress, mid-point grades must be submitted by the interim document deadline of April 1.

Admission Decision Documents must be received by April 1 and Final Documents by June 15. ​ 

Application and Document Deadlines Chart

See all uLethbridge application deadlines here.


Admission requirements

Applicants to the BN After Degree program must present the following:

  • An approved undergraduate degree (a minimum of 30 or more courses [90.0 credit hours] from a recognized degree-granting institution).
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology, 6.0 credit hours (two term courses)
  • Statistics, 3.0 credit hours (one term course)
  • Fine Arts or Humanities courses, 3.0 credit hours (one term course)
  • Social science courses, 6.0 credit hours (two term courses)
  • Proof of Spoken English Language Proficiency and English Language Proficiency
  • New for Fall 2024: Completion and submission of valid Casper test results

Keep in mind that Human Anatomy and Physiology and Statistics must be completed within 10 years preceding the term of admission. (Waivers will not be permitted if the ten year limit has passed or if courses taken are less than the required credit weight; these courses will need to be retaken. Please consider the Nursing Preparation Program as a way to complete these requirements.)

Admission to this program is competitive, with an admission average being calculated using your CASPer test score and the grades received in Anatomy/Physiology, Statistics and the terms containing the most recent 17 university level subjects. 

For courses currently in progress, mid-point grades must be submitted by the interim document deadline of April 1.

Consideration of Health Care Experience

The Faculty of Health Sciences will consider a limited number of exceptionally qualified applicants with previous health care related experience (who also meet the regular BNAD admission requirements) on a case-by-case basis. Applicants who are seeking admission based on this experience should submit the online application as normal and must also submit the following documents by April 1:

  • A letter of intent, describing the nature of previous work experience as it relates to nursing and the reason for pursuing nursing;
  • A letter of reference from an employer; and
  • A resume detailing relevant work, volunteer and life experience.

Note: Number of years, currency, and relevance of  work experience will be considered.

The documentation should emailed to

For current information on admission and program requirements, visit the Registrar's Office website.

Tuition & fees

Due to the collaborative nature of the BN After Degree program, students must pay tuition and fees at Lethbridge College for the first two semesters of the program (plus one course in the Fall term at the U of L). Tuition and fees for the remainder of the program are paid to the University of Lethbridge. Refer to the links below to see the Tuition Fee guidelines for each institution: Lethbridge College & University of Lethbridge Fee Schedules

Actual costs will be reflected at time of registration. Please refer to Lethbridge College website for the estimated tuition costs for the first two semesters. See the course sequencing plan in the Program Planning Guide for course sequencing information. 

Other Costs

• Blue nursing scrubs
• Stethoscope
• Blood pressure cuff
• Pen lights

All items are available at the Lethbridge College Bookstore, as well as other vendors within the community.