Pre-Professional Year

Apply for admission to complete the pre-professional year courses at a post-secondary institution.

In Saskatchewan, the pre-professional year may be completed at a variety of institutions including the University of Saskatchewan, University of Regina and select regional colleges throughout the province:

Students applying to Northlands College must be Northerners. The definition of a Northerner is someone who has spent 10 years or half their lifetime residing in the Northlands College area.

Students may also take their pre-professional year in other provinces and countries, as long as the courses transfer to USask and meet course requirements.

If you are attending a post-secondary institution outside of Saskatchewan, see University of Saskatchewan Transfer Equivalents for course equivalency information.

College of Nursing (Years 2, 3, 4)

While completing the pre-professional course requirements, students apply for admission to the College of Nursing by completing and submitting the online application form. Students may complete years two through four at one of our USask nursing sites in Saskatoon, Regina, Prince Albert, Yorkton, Ile-a-la-Crosse and La Ronge. The application fee is $90.00.

Application and Required Document Deadlines

  • Applications Open: Early Fall
  • Application Deadline: March 31
  • Documents Deadline: June 1

Required Documentation for Admission

Post-Secondary Transcripts

Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions (regardless of whether or not they pertain to nursing), must be mailed directly from the institution to the address below. Please note the applicant cannot submit the transcript(s).

Send official transcripts by June 1 for all course work completed from each post-secondary institution (other than USask) you have attended.

Submit an unofficial transcript or proof of registration for courses being taken between September and April of the year of your desired entrance date. A final transcript must be send when all courses are complete.

The Situational Judgement Test

Beginning in 2021, the College of Nursing requires applicants to complete an online situational judgement test.  This test, called CASPer (Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics) assesses non-academic attributes and inter-personal skills essential for success in nursing.

The situational judgement test involves a series of video or text-based scenarios and asks test-takers what they would do and why they would do it.  The test assesses for communication, collaboration, equity, professionalism, problem solving, empathy, motivation, and ethics. There are no wrong answers.

Please note: Altus Assessments has released Casper Snapshot, an extension of the Casper Test, to help aid in the admissions process. Our program will NOT be requiring our applicants to complete Snapshot for this admissions cycle.

Please direct inquiries about the test to

To take the test, applicants must create an account and reserve a test date at:  Government issued photo identification is required.

This test must be completed by applicants in the year for which they are applying.  Applicants who do not complete the test by the document deadline (June 1) will be ineligible for admission.  

Test dates are set on specific dates, at specific times, to ensure test security by CASPer. The test needs to be booked at least three days in advance. Only one test can be taken per admission cycle and no exceptions will be provided for applicants who are unable to take CASPer during one of the available test dates.

Applicants must have a piece of government-issued photo ID. You will be provided with a limited number of testing dates and times. Please direct any inquiries about the test to

English Language Proficiency

All students whose first language is not English must present evidence of English proficiency. Learn more about acceptable examinations and minimum requirements that must be attained here. Documentation must be submitted to the address below by June 1.

Indigenous Ancestry

A number of seats in the program (16.6%) are reserved for persons of Indigenous ancestry. Applicants of Indigenous descent may compete within this category, rather than within the entire applicant pool. Applicants should identify themselves as Indigenous on the application for admission. The following pieces of identification are considered acceptable documentation:

  • photocopy of a Métis Nation Card
  • letter from a First Nation Band or Métis Nation
  • photocopy of an Indian Status Card

Learn more about acceptable documentation and Indigenous Ancestry here.  Applicants applying for equity seats in this program must submit documentation to the address below by June 1.

Persons with Disabilities

The University of Saskatchewan provides services and/or accommodations for students with disabilities. All students with disabilities are encouraged to register with Access and Equity Services (AES). Access to most services and programs provided by AES is restricted to students who have registered with the office. If you have a disability you must contact AES. Learn more about requisite skills and abilities necessary to pursue nursing as outlined by the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association.

Program Reference Form

Applicants who attended a nursing program in Canada and have completed a minimum of six credit units or equivalent of nursing classes in Canada are required to submit the completed Program Reference Form to the address below by June 1.

International Students

International students are welcomed. Applicants who self-identify on the application form as being ESL (English as a Second Language) or EAL (English as an Additional Language) are required to undergo English language testing to determine admission to the program. Learn more about English Language Requirements here.

Required To Discontinue Students

Students who have previously received a faculty action (required to discontinue (RTD), required to withdraw, advised to discontinue, or academic probation) are required to submit a letter to the Admissions office by the document deadline, June 1. The letter should explain the reason(s) for the faculty action and outline any strategies and supports implemented to promote future success in the Nursing program, if admitted to the College of Nursing. This letter will be reviewed by the Associate or Assistant Dean.  

Note: Students are not considered for application if they are currently in their RTD period.

Additional Program Requirements

Learn more about additional program requirements including health and safety, uniforms and supplies here.

Required Documentation Submission Address

Admissions and Recruitment 
University of Saskatchewan
Recruitment & Admissions
105 Administration Place
Saskatoon SK S7N 5A2 Canada
Tel: (306) 966-5788
Fax: 306-966-2115
International E-mail: