Upper Year Admission
Applicants must apply to the SCBScN program through the Upper Year admission route if they have completed one or more of the following:
- Practical nursing program at a recognized Canadian post-secondary institution
- Psychiatric nursing program at a recognized Canadian post-secondary institution
- 9 credit hours or more of nursing courses at a recognized Canadian post-secondary institution
Two routes for admission will be available via the Upper Year admission category in 2023:
- 16 seats will be available with 8 in each Regina and Saskatoon sites for applicants who have successfully completed a Practical Nursing Program. Applicants will be evaluated for transfer credit and a program plan will be provided. Students admitted to this route can complete their program requirements by December 2025 if they maintain full-time consecutive registration from the fall 2023 term through to the fall 2025 term.
- Following the completion of the winter 2023 term, the SCBScN program will evaluate if there is additional space in the program for further admission through the Upper Year admission route. Depending on space available, offers may be made to additional Practical Nurses, Psychiatric Nurses, or those who completed 9 credit hours or more or nursing courses without the completion of a practical or psychiatric diploma.
There is one intake per year, with applications opening on October 1st.
|Deadlines||Application||High School &|
Post Secondary Transcripts
|Proof of Canadian Licensure/|
Program Reference Form
|Final Transcripts / Risk Management Documents|
|Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents||January 31||January 31||January 31||August 1; November 1
(risk management only)
|International students on Study Permit||December 31||January 31||January 31||August 1; November 1
(risk management only)
Who is considered an Upper Year Applicant:
- Applicants who have completed a practical or psychiatric nursing diploma.
- Applicants who will have completed 9 credit hours or more of nursing courses by the end of the winter term of the year they are seeking admission. These course must be completed through a recognized Canadian post-secondary institution.
For admission purposes, a recognized institution in Canada is one that is a member of either Colleges & Institutes Canada (www.collegesinstitutes.ca), or Universities Canada (www.univcan.ca). A recognized institution outside of Canada is one that offers University or College-level programming, and is authorized by the government in that country. The U of R follows the Pan-Canadian Quality Assurance Framework for the Assessment of International Academic Credentials (www.cicic.ca/docs/2012/Quality_Assurance_Framework_EN.pdf). Students admitted through the Upper Year admission category fill vacant seats in the upper years of the program. There is no set number of seats available. Admission is competitive based on AGPA and ‘fit’ between courses required for an applicant’s program of study after transfer credit evaluation and availability of spots in the courses required.
There is one intake per year, with applications opening on October 1st.
Applicants for Upper Year Admission must meet the following criteria:
- Successful completion of the required high school courses (listed below) or a post-secondary equivalent:
- English Language Arts A30, Francais Franskaskois A30 or Francais Immersion 30
- English Language Arts B30, Francais Franskaskois B30 or Francais Immersion 30
- One of Foundations of Math 30, Pre-Calculus 30, or Calculus 30
- Biology 30
- Chemistry 30
- A minimum of 65% Admissions Grade Point Average (AGPA) on the last 30 credit hours of approved post-secondary courses presented.
- Successful completion of a practical nursing program, psychiatric nursing program, or 9 credit hours or more of nursing courses at another accredited post-secondary institution
- Proof of current Canadian practicing licensure (if completed a practical or psychiatric nursing program)
- Completed Program Reference Form (required if not licensed)
- Applicants must meet the English Language Proficiency Requirements as outlined under Other Program Information.
Please note: Saskatchewan high school students can present math requirements under the new and/or former curriculums. The previous Saskatchewan mathematics courses of Math A30, Math B30 or Math C30 will be accepted.
Applicants from other Canadian provinces or other countries may present the equivalent course(s) at the secondary or post-secondary level. You can refer to https://www.uregina.ca/admissions/undergraduate/high-school-admission.html for equivalent out-of-province high school courses.
Applicants may present the equivalent course(s) at the secondary or post-secondary level. Secondary equivalents from other Canadian provinces can be found here: AdmissionsIf you are missing a high school prerequisite, you can:
- Pursue studies through the high school system. See Saskatchewan School Boards Association for details.
- Complete the high school course(s) at Saskatchewan Polytechnic.
- Take the approved post-secondary substitute at the University of Regina:
- Chemistry 30 = CHEM 100 at the University of Regina
- Biology 30 = BIOL 100 or BIOL 140 at the University of Regina
- ELA A30 and B30 = ENGL 100 at the University of Regina
- One of Foundations of Math 30, Pre-Calculus 30, or Calculus 30 = AMTH 092, MATH 101, MATH 102, MATH 103, MATH 110, or STAT 100 at the University of Regina
- Fill out the undergraduate application for admission Online
- If you have not previously used the online application, you will create a new login ID and password
- For application level, choose Undergraduate
- For application type choose Upper Years/ After Degree Nursing Program
- For Planned Program of Study choose: SCBScN - Upper Year
- OR fill out the paper application (paper application will be available October 1)
- Pay the $100 application fee (you may select 'Pay later' if you have paid this fee previously), please refer to “Application Fee” section for details.
Applicants must declare all post-secondary institutions attended for any length of time. Failure to disclose attendance at any post-secondary institution will lead to cancellation of your application, or withdrawal from the program.
Official High School Transcripts
Official Post Secondary Transcripts
Course Outlines (Syllabus)
Applicants who graduated high school in Saskatchewan must request their transcript to be sent electronically directly via the Ministry of Education to the University of Regina. Graduates of an out of province high school must request the Ministry of Education in that province/territory to mail their transcript directly to the University of Regina. See the University of Regina for details.
High school transcripts must be received to the University of Regina by January 31.
All post-secondary education must be declared on your application with official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions accompanying your application. See University of Regina for details.
All post secondary transcripts must be mailed directly from the institution attended to the University of Regina by January 31.
All applicants who have completed post-secondary course work must be considered in good standing (ie. not on faculty or university level probation) at the University of Regina or former academic institution as of the start date of the program to retain their seat.
Students must submit official transcripts from ALL post-secondary institutions attended for any length of time. Failure to disclose attendance at any post-secondary institution may lead to cancellation of your application.
The SCBScN program has established set transfer credit for the following programs:
- Saskatchewan Polytechnic Practical Nursing (PN) Diploma Graduates – 2008-2020
- Saskatchewan Polytechnic Practical Nursing (PN) Diploma Graduates – 2021+
- Saskatchewan Polytechnic Psychiatric Nursing (RPN) Diploma Graduates – 2010+
- NorQuest Practical Nursing (PN) Diploma Graduates – 2003+
For graduates from other practical nursing, psychiatric nursing, or other nursing program from another institution, the SCBScN program requires students to submit course outlines from their entire nursing program in order to determine a student’s ‘fit’ in the SCBScN program.
Course outlines (syllabus) must be submitted for all nursing courses that have been completed. Course outlines must be dated the year and term courses were completed. This will enable the program to determine where you ‘fit’ in the SCBScN program and whether space is available. Failure to submit course outlines may result in a delay in consideration of an application.Course Descriptions will not be accepted.
Course outlines (syllabus) must be submitted to:
SCBScN Program – Enrollment Services
Administration Humanities Building, Room 108
University of Regina
3737 Wascana Parkway
Regina, SK S4S 0A2
Applicants who have completed a practical nursing or psychiatric nursing program must submit their Proof of current Canadian practicing licensure that is valid for the year of entrance.
The proof of current Canadian practicing licensure must be submitted to the Admission Office:
The SALPN Tax Receipt issued by the Saskatchewan Association of Licensed Practical Nurses (SALPN) or a screen shot from the SALPN website will also be accepted.
Program Reference Form (If not licensed)
Applicants who have not completed a practical nursing or psychiatric nursing program or are not currently licensed must submit a program reference form from the nursing program they attended.
The program reference form must be submitted (by mail or email) directly from any previous nursing program attended. The top portion of the form must be completed by the applicant and the bottom portion must be completed by the Program Head, Department Head, Associate Dean, Program Coordinator or Dean from the previous nursing program(s) attended. The Program Reference Form can be found here: https://www.sasknursingdegree.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Program-Reference-Form.pdf.The form must be submitted in a sealed envelope to:
If you are a First Nation, Métis, or Inuit applicant, you may qualify for an equity seat if you provide one of the following forms of verification:
- Certificate of Indian Status
- Métis Membership Card
- Letter of confirmation of Indigenous ancestry from either your Band's Indian Registry Administrator or Métis Local
If you are domestic applicant (Canadian/Permanent Resident of Canada), please contact your educational institution(s) to mail or email your official transcript of marks:
If you are international applicant who will be on Study Permit, please contact your educational institution(s) to mail or email your official transcript of marks:
High School Courses
Applicants who are currently upgrading a required high school subject must notify University of Regina of which subject(s) they are currently upgrading. In addition to their official high school transcript received by January 31, a subsequent high school transcript indicating the final grade(s) of subject(s) upgraded must be received by August 1.
Post Secondary Courses
Applicants who are enrolled in post-secondary courses at the time of application, must submit a subsequent, final transcript by August 1 (in addition to the transcript received January 31).
Applicants with outstanding grades at another post-secondary institution as of August 1 will be required to have an additional transcript submitted to the University of Regina by September 1.
There is a non-refundable application fee of $100 which must be submitted with your application form. If you are applying online, payments can only be made using a credit card.
If you are a current or former University of Regina student, you are not required to pay this application fee; however, you must provide your University of Regina student identification number for verification and check off the box on the application form indicating that you are a current/former University of Regina student.
Students admitted through the Upper Year admission category fill vacant seats in the upper years of the program. There is no set number of seats available. Admission is based on the ‘fit’ between courses required for an applicant’s program of study after transfer credit evaluation is complete and availability of spots in the courses required is identified.
In addition to ‘fit,’ admission to the SCBScN program through the Upper Year application route is based on competitive entry. Where two or more applicants ‘fit’ into the same vacancy, applicants with the highest undergraduate grade point average (UGPA) will be selected.
When applicants who are currently completing their LPN or RPN program apply, preference will be given to applicants who have successfully completed their LPN or RPN program and have been working for one year or more.
Each year, the Upper Year admission route receives more applications than available spaces. Admission is dependent on available space in the SCBScN program and therefore is not guaranteed. All applications are considered; Canadian citizens and permanent residents are given preference.
Notification of admission can take considerable time. Due to transfer credit evaluation, applicants could be notified of their admission status in late August.
If you are domestic applicant (Canadian/Permanent Resident of Canada), please contact:
If you are international applicant who will be on study permit, please contact: