English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements

The language of instruction at the University of Regina is English. All applicants to the University of Regina must therefore demonstrate an appropriate level of proficiency in the English language. Any one of the following will be accepted as satisfactory evidence:

  • Completion of grades 11 and 12 English, in sequence, as part of two full academic years, in a high school using a provincially- or state-accredited Canadian or U.S. curriculum.
  • If you are eligible to be considered for Adult 12 admission status, you must have completed the last three years of your formal education at an English-language school or present other evidence of proficiency in English.
  • Your successful completion of the English as a Second Language (ESL 050) program or a minimum average score of 55 on the ESL placement exam both offered through the Centre for Continuing Education at the University of Regina. For further information, please contact the English as a Second Language Office at 306-585-4585 or e-mail esl@uregina.ca.
  • Your successful completion of at least 24 credit hours (University of Regina degree level equivalent) in an approved English-language post-secondary institution, including at least six (6) credit hours in humanities or social science subjects and with a grade point average of 60% or equivalent.
  • GCSE/IGCSE/GCE Ordinary Level English, English Language, or English as a Second Language with minimum grade of ‘B’ or GCE A/AS/AICE Level English or English Language with minimum grade of ‘C’.

If you do not meet one of the above requirements, you must present one of the following English proficiency tests with the following exam standard:

  • CanTEST: A minimum score of 4.5 in each of Listening, Reading and Writing and a 5.0 or higher in Speaking
  • CAEL: A minimum score of 70 with a minimum sub-score of 70 in Speaking and minimum sub-scores of 60 in all other components
  • IELTS: An overall band score of 7.0 with no band less than 5.0 and a 7.0 or higher in Speaking
  • MELAB: A minimum score of 85 with a minimum sub-score of 3+ in Speaking
  • TOEFL: Internet-based (iBt): A minimum overall score of 90 with minimum sub-scores of 20 in Reading and Writing, 26 in Speaking and 22 in Listening
  • TOEFL: Paper-based: A minimum overall score of 580 with a minimum

Equity seats

  • Aboriginal
    The SCBScN program has 53 designated equity seats that are representative of the Aboriginal population in Saskatchewan. These seats are distributed in Regina and Saskatoon. Like all other applicants to the SCBScN program, Aboriginal students must fully meet the admission criteria. Aboriginal students can also access the Aboriginal Nursing Student Achievement Program (ANSAP) offered in partnership between Saskatchewan Polytechnic and the University of Regina.
  • International applicants
    International applicants on a study permit can apply to this program. The University of Regina has extensive services in place for international students. There are 4 seats in Regina and 3 seats in Saskatoon. Like all other applicants, International applicants must meet admission requirements. International students must be in Regina or Saskatoon by August 15. Upon acceptance into the SCBScN program, international students should start the process to obtain a criminal record check in their home country. A completed criminal record check must be submitted prior to the start of classes in September

Unfilled designated seats will become available to other applicants.

Transfer credit

After you have been admitted to the SCBScN program in the post-secondary category, courses for which you have received previous credit will be evaluated to determine if they are eligible for transfer credit. Official transcripts must have been submitted in order for transfer credit to be assessed.

For guidelines on course equivalencies at other post-secondary institutions, visit www.uregina.ca/student/registrar/transfer-credit/transfer-credit-course-equivalents.html and select the institution from the drop-down box under University of Regina Transfer Credit equivalents.

Physical demands of the program

Nursing is a physically demanding profession. If you are accepted into the Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, you will be required to participate in all aspects of the program. You will engage in clinical practice that involves physically strenuous activity such as repetitive lifting and bending, walking and standing over extended periods, and fine motor coordination. For more information on the skills and abilities of a registered nurse, please refer to the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses’ Association Becoming a Registered Nurse in Saskatchewan: Requisite Skills and Abilities (222 KB – PDF).