Requirements

Students accepted for admission into the College of Nursing are required to fulfill the following requirements. Students are not required to complete these prior to receiving their admission to the College. Please submit copies of all required documents by the deadline specified to the site you have been accepted to.

In order to ensure that all requirements are sent in, students should review the Clinical Requirements.

Requirements

As a College of Nursing student, you will be providing direct care to vulnerable patients/clients of all ages across a wide variety of hospital and community agencies. Students are required to provide the results (dated not more than six months prior to submission) of a criminal record check, including vulnerable sector search. Students failing to provide the results of a criminal records check will not be allowed to participate in any clinical experience requiring client care. In the event of an extended search (i.e., student flagged for fingerprinting), students who are unable to provide the results of a criminal record check prior to commencement of the program will not be permitted to enroll in any course requiring client care. Students are required to report to the Associate Dean responsible for their site any criminal convictions and/or outstanding charges that occur after the date of the original criminal records check. Failure to report criminal convictions and/or outstanding charges that have occurred will be grounds for immediate dismissal from the program.

Throughout the nursing program, additional criminal record checks may be required by specific clinical agencies. Any costs associated with the criminal record check will be the responsibility of the student.

Students must present evidence of current (within the previous three years) Standard First Aid Certification upon admission to the program. Once evidence of certification in First Aid has been provided, students are not required to recertify while in the program.

It is College of Nursing policy that all students maintain current CPR - C certification and AED throughout the program and recertify at least every two years. It is the student's responsibility to provide proof of certification/recertification upon admission to the program and at least every two years while in the program. Please note we cannot accept online only CPR and/or First Aid training. Students failing to provide evidence of current CPR - C certification and AED will be excluded from clinical practice.

All nursing students are required to complete the recommended immunizations for health care workers as outlined in the Saskatchewan Immunization Manual, Chapter 7 Page 26 prior to any contact between students and patients/clients.

  • Immunization requirement letter
  • List of recommended immunizations and related guidelines for students.
  • Students are required to submit to the College of Nursing proof of immunizations prior to participation in clinical experience.  
  • Failure to maintain recommended immunizations may delay a student's progress in his/her studies.
  • Specific immunizations will be required for certain clinical placements and in specific circumstances, such as disease outbreaks. Students who refuse or are unable to comply with this requirement may be at risk of not being able to complete required components of their program.
  • Students who are applying for international clinical experiences will be required to meet the immunization requirements for the destination country.
  • Any applicable costs of immunization are the responsibility of the student.
All nursing students will be fitted with an N95 respiratory mask and educated on its use when required during the program. The use of an N95 respiratory mask is to protect students from infection when providing care or service to clients with acute respiratory infections and to comply with health region policies. Students who do not comply with this requirement may be at risk of not being able to complete required components of the program.

Students participating in a clinical placement must demonstrate a working knowledge of controlled products/hazardous materials, Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) symbols and the general safety precautions indicated by the WHMIS label or symbol prior to clinical placement. You are required to complete the necessary two hour online training through Workplace Safety and Environmental Protection, University of Saskatchewan. No other WHMIS certificate will be accepted. Your WHMIS course must have been within one year of when you submit it.

Upon completion, a certificate will be e-mailed to you. Please print the certificate and submit with your other required documents. To register for the online WHMIS class, go to the WSEP website and click on the Request Training tab. The program will ask for a supervisor name and telephone number. You can put your clinical coordinator's name and phone number.

The Transferring Lifting Repositioning (TLR) Course is designed to assist students with identifying and managing/eliminating risks associated with client handling and moving general objects. The course includes a thorough assessment process of self, environment/equipment and client/object. The course is developed to assist students with meeting the minimum requirements of Saskatchewan's occupational health and safety legislation related to safe patient handling and musculoskeletal injuries. Students failing to provide evidence of current TLR Course certification will be excluded from clinical practice. Certification is required every three years or more frequently as outlined by the health region or clinical agency.

Transferring, Lifting, Repositioning (TLR) courses are currently offered by Saskatchewan Polytechnic. Please visit SaskPolytech to register.

A College of Nursing standard uniform is required for all undergraduate nursing students while in clinical and assessment and skills labs. A College of Nursing uniform jacket must be worn when researching patients on the unit, unless you are wearing a College of Nursing uniform.

Note: It may take up to six weeks for the crest to be added to your uniforms and jacket, so please order as soon as possible to avoid delays.

Certain clinical supplies are required prior to the start of nursing classes. The University of Saskatchewan Bookstore now sells clinical supplies.

Note: Students must place orders by July 15th to guarantee their order before classes begin.

All nursing students need to complete a Work-Based Learning Consent and Agreement form for each Saskatchewan-based placement during the course of the program. This is required to ensure eligibility for workers' compensation benefits in the event an injury is sustained during a placement. If an injury is sustained during a placement, procedures and related consent and claim forms are available from the instructor. Please complete the following based on the campus you were accepted to (note: Northern students will receive their forms as needed):

Please complete the Worker's Initial Report of Injury only if you are injured during a clinical placement.

The College of Nursing uses the Health Sciences Placement Network (HSPNet) to manage all clinical  placements. Please read the information handout and instructions provided to access HSPnet and sign the consent form. Learn more.

BSN Due Dates

RequirementBSN Due Dates
Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Search August 15
Immunizations August 15
Standard First Aid August 15
CPR-C Certification and AED August 15
Fit Testing (Respiratory Protection) TBA
Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) August 15
Transfering Lifting Repositioning (TLR) Course Must have proof of registration in a TLR Course by August 15
Standard Uniforms August 15

PDBSN Due Dates

RequirementPDBSN Due Dates
Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Search April 1
Immunizations May 15
Standard First Aid May 15
CPR-C Certifcation and AED May 15
Fit Testing (Respiratory Protection) TBA
Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) May 15
Transfering Lifting Repositioning (TLR) Course Register by April 1
Standard Uniforms May 15

Approx. Costs

RequirementApproximate Cost
Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Search $35.00
Immunizations TBA
Standard First Aid $145.00*
CPR-C Certifcation and AED $145.00*
Fit Testing (Respiratory Protection) $25.00
Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) No Charge
Transfering Lifting Repositioning (TLR) Course $170.00
Standard Uniforms $100
Other Supplies and Resources $100 - $300

* Approximate Cost when First Aid and CPR are taken together.