Admission

Applicants are advised to refer to Admission for general admission requirements and policies.

In addition to the English Language Proficiency requirement for general admission to the University of Lethbridge (see Admission, English Language Requirements), all applicants to the Faculty of Health Sciences must also meet a SELP requirement (see Spoken English Language Proficiency Requirement (SELP)).

For Additional Admission Requirements by Program, see Admission, Additional Admission Requirements by Program.

For Application Deadlines, see Admission, Application Deadlines.

a.Bachelor of Nursing

The Bachelor of Nursing (B.N.) program is offered collaboratively by the University of Lethbridge and Lethbridge College. Applicants must apply for admission directly to the University of Lethbridge. Newly admitted students will register in and attend courses at Lethbridge College for the first two years of the program. For the final two years, students will register in and attend courses at the University of Lethbridge.

Enrolment in the B.N. program is limited and fulfilment of the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission. The Faculty of Health Sciences reserves the right of selection of all applicants for admission based on academic qualifications.

1.Competitive Admission

For competitive admission purposes, applicants will be ranked on the basis of the grade average of the five required courses (see Admission, Additional Admission Requirements by Program).

2.Health Care Experience

A limited number of exceptionally qualified applicants with previous health care related experience who do not meet current competitive admission requirements will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Applicants who are seeking admission based on this experience should submit the following documents by the Decision Document Deadline (see Admission, Application Deadlines):

a.A Letter of Intent, describing the nature of previous experience as it relates to nursing and the reason for pursuing Nursing

b.A Letter of Reference from an employer

c.A resume detailing relevant work, volunteer, and life experience

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

3.Returning After an Absence to the B.N. program

Applicants seeking readmission to the B.N. program will be considered based on academic qualifications, a letter of intent, and available space in the program. The Letter of Intent must be submitted at the time of application (see www.ulethbridge.ca/healthsciences/intent).

4.Applicants transferring from another B.N. program

Transfer applicants from B.N. programs at other post-secondary institutions must submit a Letter of Intent at the time of application (see www.ulethbridge.ca/healthsciences/intent).

5.Degree Holders

Applicants who have an earned degree from a recognized university and who wish to enter the B.N. program may have their course load reduced to the extent that the first degree includes courses that are required in the B.N. program. Due to the sequencing of Nursing courses, such course reduction may not reduce the length of the program.

6.Time Limit for Retention of Courses

Nursing courses must have been completed at an accredited post-secondary institution not more than seven years prior to the expected date of completion of the B.N. program, and Human Anatomy/Physiology and Microbiology courses must have been completed at an accredited post-secondary institution not more than 10 years prior to the expected date of completion of the B.N. program. See Academic Regulations, Residence Requirements and Time Limits.

7.Required Documentation

Newly admitted students must provide the following documents by the first day of classes:

a.A specific schedule of immunization (forms provided by Lethbridge College). Immunizations must be renewed as required in each year of the program.

b.Evidence of a current CPR-HCP (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation at the Health Care Provider Level) certificate. Students must have current CPR-HCP certification before entering a clinical setting.

c.Current criminal record check (or equivalent). Renewal of a criminal record check may be required at the discretion of faculty or staff of partnering agencies. See Internship and Practicum Placements.

Note: Students will not be allowed to enter practice settings if they do not provide these documents.

b.Bachelor of Nursing After an Approved Degree

The Bachelor of Nursing After an Approved Degree (B.N. After Degree) is a 24-month continuous program offered in collaboration by the University of Lethbridge and Lethbridge College. Applicants must apply for admission directly to the University of Lethbridge. Newly admitted students will register in and attend courses at Lethbridge College for the first year of the program. For the final year of the program, students will register in and attend courses at the University of Lethbridge.

Enrolment in the B.N. After Degree program is limited and fulfilment of the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission. The Faculty of Health Sciences reserves the right of selection of all applicants for admission based on academic qualifications. Preference may be given to University of Lethbridge degree holders.

1.Applicants to the B.N. After Degree program must present an approved undergraduate degree (see Admission, Previous Degree) no later than the final document deadline (see Admission, Application Deadlines).

Applications are accepted from both domestic and international applicants.

Applicants who present a Nursing degree but are not yet licensed in a Canadian jurisdiction will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis and are not eligible for admission without the approval of the Faculty of Health Sciences. The decision of the Faculty of Health Sciences will be final in these matters.

Applicants who have an approved degree from a recognized university may choose to complete either the B.N. After Degree program or the 40-course Bachelor of Nursing program (see Bachelor of Nursing).

2.Reporting Mid-Point Grades

Applicants who are currently completing the above courses required for admission are strongly encouraged to report their mid-point grades using the Request for Mid-Point Grades form before the Admission Decision Documents deadline (see www.ulethbridge.ca/healthsciences/forms). Reporting mid-point grades for other courses is optional.

3.Competitive Admission

Admission will be granted on a competitive basis using a grade point average (GPA) calculated using Human Anatomy and Physiology (6.0 credit hours), Statistics (3.0 credit hours) and the terms containing the most recent additional 17 graded university-level term courses (51.0 credit hours).

4.Indigenous Admission

Applicants who have declared their Indigenous ancestry at the time of application will have special consideration designed to help address the traditional underrepresentation of Indigenous people in health professions. For more information, contact an Academic Advisor.

5.Health Care Experience

A limited number of exceptionally qualified applicants with previous health care related experience who do not meet current competitive admission requirements will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Applicants who are seeking admission based on this experience should submit the following documents by the Decision Document Deadline (see Admission, Application Deadlines):

a.A Letter of Intent, describing the nature of previous experience as it relates to nursing and/or human health/healthcare, and the reason for pursuing Nursing

b.A Letter of Reference from an employer

c.A resume detailing relevant work, volunteer, and life experience

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

6.Returning After an Absence to the B.N. After Degree program

Applicants seeking readmission to the B.N. After Degree program will be considered based on academic qualifications, a Letter of Intent, and available space in the program. The Letter of Intent must be submitted at the time of application (see www.ulethbridge.ca/healthsciences/intent).

7.Required Documentation

Newly admitted students must provide the following documents by the first day of classes:

a.A specific schedule of immunization (forms provided by Lethbridge College). Immunizations must be renewed as required in each year of the program.

b.Evidence of a current CPR-HCP (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation at the Health Care Provider Level) certificate. Students must have current CPR-HCP certification before entering a clinical setting.

c.Current criminal record check (or equivalent). Renewal of a criminal record check may be required at the discretion of faculty or staff of partnering agencies. See Internship and Practicum Placements.

Note: Students will not be allowed to enter practice settings if they do not provide these documents.

c.Bachelor of Health Sciences

In addition to the general admission requirements outlined in Admission, applicants to the Bachelor of Health Sciences (B.H.Sc.) program must meet additional admission requirements (see Admission, Additional Admission Requirements by Program).

1.Addictions Counselling

Enrolment in the Bachelor of Health Sciences (B.H.Sc.) program with a major in Addictions Counselling is limited and fulfilment of the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission. The Faculty of Health Sciences reserves the right of selection of all applicants for admission and readmission based on admission average and suitability for the program as indicated in the Admission Statement.

All applicants to the B.H.Sc. program with a major in Addictions Counselling must submit an Admission Statement by June 15. This statement provides the Faculty of Health Sciences with the experience, inspirations and goals of applicants to the Addictions Counselling major. The Admission Statement can be submitted at www.ulethbridge.ca/healthsciences/statement.

d.Post-Diploma Bachelor of Health Sciences

1.Aboriginal Health

The Aboriginal Health major in the Post-Diploma B.H.Sc. program is available to applicants who have completed an approved two-year diploma from an accredited post-secondary institution in the fields of child and youth care, correction studies, criminal justice, health, social work, or indigenous studies with a minimum diploma GPA of 3.00 on the University of Lethbridge 4.00 scale. The Faculty of Health Sciences will consider diplomas in other areas of study on a case-by-case basis.

Subject to permission of the Faculty of Health Sciences, applicants with extensive practical experience in the field will be considered for admission with a diploma GPA below 3.00, but not less than 2.00 on the University of Lethbridge 4.00 scale.

2.Addictions Counselling

The Addictions Counselling major in the Post-Diploma B.H.Sc. program is available to applicants who have completed an approved college diploma with a minimum diploma GPA of 3.00 (on the University of Lethbridge 4.00 scale).

See www.ulethbridge.ca/ross/post-diploma for current information on diplomas approved for admission to the Post-Diploma B.H.Sc. program. The Faculty of Health Sciences will consider other diplomas in Addictions Counselling on a case-by-case basis.

Subject to permission of the Faculty of Health Sciences, applicants with extensive practical experience in the field will be considered for admission with a diploma GPA below 3.00, but not less than 2.00 (on the University of Lethbridge 4.00 scale).

3.Public Health

The Public Health major in the Post-Diploma B.H.Sc. program is available to applicants who have completed an approved college diploma with a minimum diploma GPA of 3.00 (on the University of Lethbridge 4.00 scale).

See www.ulethbridge.ca/ross/post-diploma for current information on diplomas approved for admission to the Post-Diploma B.H.Sc. program. The Faculty of Health Sciences will consider other diplomas on a case-by-case basis.

Subject to permission of the Faculty of Health Sciences, applicants with extensive practical experience in the field will be considered for admission with a diploma GPA below 3.00, but not less than 2.00 (on the University of Lethbridge 4.00 scale).

e.Bachelor of Therapeutic Recreation

Enrolment in the Bachelor of Therapeutic Recreation (B.T.R.) program is limited and fulfilment of the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission. The Faculty of Health Sciences reserves the right of selection of all applicants for admission and readmission based on admission GPA. Applicants must meet the following requirements for admission to this program:

1.Approved Diploma

Admission to the B.T.R. program is available to applicants who have completed an approved college diploma with a minimum diploma GPA of 2.00 (on the University of Lethbridge 4.00 scale).

See www.ulethbridge.ca/ross/post-diploma for current information on diplomas approved for admission to the B.T.R. program. The Faculty of Health Sciences will consider other diplomas in Therapeutic Recreation or Recreation Therapy on a case-by-case basis.

OR

Approved Undergraduate Degree

Admission to the B.T.R. program is available to applicants who have completed an approved baccalaureate degree with a minimum admission GPA of 2.00 (on the University of Lethbridge 4.00 scale) from a recognized degree-granting institution. See Admission, Previous Degree.

Note: Preference may be given to applicants with diplomas in Therapeutic Recreation or Recreation Therapy.

2.Competitive Admission

Admission will be granted on a competitive basis using a grade point average (GPA) calculated using the terms containing the most recent 20 graded university-level term courses (60.0) credit hours. Applicants presenting fewer than 20 graded university-level term courses will be considered using an overall diploma or degree GPA.

f.Bachelor of Health Sciences After an Approved Degree

The Faculty of Health Sciences does not offer a formal Bachelor of Health Sciences second-degree program, due to the high number of unique courses that are required in each major in the B.H.Sc. program. Degree holders will be eligible to have course requirements waived in recognition of equivalent courses completed in the previous degree, in accordance with the Residence Requirement for the program (see Academic Regulations, Residence Requirements and Time Limits).

An individualized program of study will be planned and approved by an academic advisor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the time of admission.

g.Bachelor of Health Sciences/Bachelor of Management

See Bachelor of Health Sciences/Bachelor of Management.

h.Spoken English Language Proficiency Requirement (SELP)

In addition to the English Language Proficiency requirement for general admission to the University of Lethbridge (see Admission, English Language Requirements), applicants to the Faculty of Health Sciences must also meet a SELP requirement. This additional SELP requirement is essential because students must be able to communicate clearly and effectively with colleagues, instructors, professionals and the public in a variety of settings. The SELP requirement must be met prior to admission and may be shown in one of the following ways:

1.At least six consecutive years of full-time study in a country where the primary language is English from a recognized institution where the language of instruction is English. These studies must include satisfactory completion of English Language Arts 30-1 or its equivalent, or satisfactory completion of a university-level course in English (minimum 3.0 credit hours).

2.A score of at least 26 on the iBT TOEFL Speaking section.

3.A score of at least 7.5 on the Academic IELTS band for Speaking.

4.A score of at least 70 on the CAEL sub-test for Speaking.

5.A score of at least 3 on the MELAB Speaking section.

6.Current registration with the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA) or College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA).

Note: Test-based assessments must have successfully met requirements within the two years prior to the term of admission.

i.Readmission after Required Withdrawal

A student dismissed from the Faculty of Health Sciences or the University of Lethbridge for academic reasons may apply for readmission by the appropriate deadline after a lapse of one full year. In addition to an Application for Admission, applicants must submit a letter to the Faculty of Health Sciences identifying the causes of previous unsatisfactory work and how they have been addressed and remedied. Readmission is not guaranteed. Students dismissed for a second time will not be readmitted to the program. Students are advised to contact an academic advisor as early as possible to discuss the possibility of readmission.

Tabula Rasa will be granted to all first-degree University of Lethbridge students upon readmission after required withdrawal for unsatisfactory academic performance. For details regarding the granting of Tabula Rasa, see Admission, Readmission after Required Withdrawal.