BSc(N): Course of study

Important Note: This course of study applies to B.Sc.N. U1 admits up to and including Fall 2016 and to U0 admits up to and including Fall 2015. See “Revised Course of Study” otherwise. Courses in italics are no longer being offered. Contact Nursing Student Affairs Office if you are missing any of these courses. 

The courses are outlined in the order that a full-time student would usually take them. Please check the Health Sciences Calendar or Minerva for details about course prerequisites.

*First Year (U1)
Required Courses

Second Year (U2)
Required Courses

Third Year (U3)
Required Courses

Fall term

NUR 422 Research in Nursing
NUR1 220  Therapeutic Relationships
NUR1 223 Development over the lifespan
NUR1 222 McGill Model of Nursing (changed to Strengths based Nursing)
PHGY 209 Mammalian Physiology
PSYC 215 Social Psychology
IPEA 500 Roles in Interprofessional Teams


Fall term

NUR1 311 - Infection Prevention & Control
NUR1 323 - Illness Management 1
NUR1 331 - Nursing in Illness 1
NUR1 335 - Illness Mgmt Clin Skills Lab 1
PHAR 300 - Drug Action

Fall term

NUR1 420 - Primary Health Care
NUR1 424 - Legal & Ethical Issues:Nursing
NUR1 428 - Learning and Health Education
** NUR1 431 - Community Health Nsg Practicum

Winter term

NUR1 221 Families and Health Behaviour
NUR1 200 Biology for Illness and Therapy
NUR1 234 Nursing Elderly Families
NUR1 235 Health and Physical Assessment
NUR1 210 Mammalian Physiology 2
IPEA 501 Communication in Interprofessional Teams

Winter term

IPEA 502 - Patient-Centred Care in Action
NUR1 322 - Chron Illness&Palliative Care
NUR1 324 - Illness Management 2
NUR1 332 - Nursing in Illness 2
NUR1 336 - Illness Mgmt Clin Skills Lab 2
PATH 300 - Human Disease
PHAR 301 - Drugs and Disease

Winter term

NUR1 421 - Resources:Special Populations
** NUR1 432 - Community Health Nsg Project  
PSYC 204 - Intro to Psychological Stats
***Elective (see below)

Summer term

NUR1 233 Promoting Young Family Development

Summer term

NUR1 333 - Nursing in Illness 3

Summer term

NUR1 530 - Clinical Internship

* Please note that first-year required Nursing courses for the former BSc(N) program (in italics) are no longer being offered. 


** NUR1 431 and NUR1 432

Students must register for one of these courses in the Fall, and the alternate one in the Winter.


6 credits with a minimum of 3 credits at the 300 level or above.
These courses are generally taken in U3 however students who have been granted exemptions in other courses may register for electives at other times in their program of study as long as they have the necessary prerequisites and the course fits within the timetable.

French Language Courses

Effective the U1 year in the BScN program, students are eligible to sit the French language proficiency exam. This exam is a requirement for full licensure in Quebec. French is also the major spoken language in Quebec and your working knowledge of this language affects clinical placements.  If French is not your mother tongue, then we encourage you to enroll in French language courses. McGill offers a tailored course for professionals. 

U0 Required courses (34 credits)

For the mature, Canadian out-of-province and non-Canadian students, a U0 year of study is required. The first year (UO) of the 139-credit program consists of the following courses:

Fall term

Winter term

Summer term

PHYS 101 - Intro Physics - Mechanics
CHEM 110 - General Chemistry 1
MATH 139 - Calculus 1 with Precalculus
MATH 140 - Calculus 1
Note: Consult the Mathematics Department to determine which Calculus is taken based on previous Mathematics courses.


3 credit elective

BIOL 112 - Cell and Molecular Biology
CHEM 120 - General Chemistry 2
MATH 141 - Calculus 2
PHYS 102 - Intro Physics-Electromagnetism
CHEM 212 - Intro Organic Chemistry 1

Following successful completion of the U0 courses, students admitted to the eight-semester program enter First Year (U1).