Nursing as a Career

  1. Why should I consider nursing as a career?
    Nursing is the largest health care profession in the world. The nurse of the twenty-first century utilizes advanced technology to provide nursing care to individuals, families, groups and communities. A career in nursing is rewarding and challenging. Nurses practice within a diverse range of positions and settings anywhere within Canada and around the globe. No other health care profession offers the spectrum of opportunities available to the Registered Nurse.

  2. What are the job opportunities within nursing? 
    The opportunities within nursing are endless. There are more job opportunities in nursing than in any other health care profession.
    • Clinical practice (hospitals: medical, surgical, pediatrics, obstetrics; community care: public health, schools, addictions, shelter agencies; long term care: secure environments, care homes, rehabilitation residences; forensics; international settings & health agencies;  non-profit sector;  air ambulance; occupational health; northern nursing; rural and remote nursing; etc.)
    • Military: Nursing officers
    • Administrator (Management) (requires experience and advanced education)
    • Counselor/ Therapist (requires experience and advanced education)
    • Educator (requires experience and advanced education)
    • Researcher (requires experience and advanced education)
    • Nurse Practitioner (requires experience and advanced education)
    • Private (independent) Practice (requires experience and advanced education) 

  3. What is the starting hourly wage for a Registered Nurse (RN) in Saskatchewan?
    Learn more about starting hourly wages for RNs here.

  4. What is the hourly wage for a nurse in Saskatchewan with 5 years of experience?
    Learn more about the hourly wage for nurses with 5 years of experience here.

  5. What are the professional associations available to Registered Nurses? 
  6. How is nursing different/unique from other health professions? (i.e., psychology, medicine, pharmacy, social work, etc.) 

    • Nursing has a clinical practice component; therefore, nurses are more likely to have direct interaction with patients in clinical settings. Some health professions do not have a clinical practice component.
    • Nurses are more likely to have responsibility for the 24 hour care of patients on a 24/7/365 daily basis compared to other health care professions.
    • Nurses have the role of medication management and administration. Nurse Practitioners (graduate level) also have prescribing authority.
    • Nurses are more likely to have a social sense or responsibility for the continuation of care from hospital to home, to community.
    • Nurses are more likely to care for patients across the lifespan, birth to death.

Post-Degree Option

  1. What is the Post-Degree BSN option? 
    The Post-Degree BSN option recognizes previous university achievements of qualified students and provides them with the opportunity to earn a BSN in a shortened period of time. It is available to students who have completed a baccalaureate degree, or have made significant progress toward a degree in another field. The option provides an opportunity for full-time intensive study with program completion in less than two calendar years. Students graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Saskatchewan and are eligible to apply for licensure with the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses' Association (SRNA). 

  2. What are the Post-Degree BSN admission requirements? 
    Learn more about Post-Degree BSN admission requirements here.

  3. What courses are considered acceptable for fulfilling the required university level prerequisites identified in the admission requirements? 
    Learn more about university level prerequisites here.

  4. What deficiencies are permitted? 
    Learn more about permitted program deficiencies here.

  5. What is the transcript document deadline?
    Learn more about transcript deadlines here.

  6. What are the English Language Requirements?
    Learn more about English Language Requirements here.

  7. What is the cost of the Post-Degree BSN option? 
    Learn more about the cost of the option here.

    Costs associated with clinical experience (that may occur outside of Saskatoon) are the responsibility of the student (e.g., accommodation and transportation).

  8. Where is the Post-Degree BSN option offered? 
    All courses will be delivered at the University of Saskatchewan Saskatoon Campus.

  9. When does the Post-Degree BSN option begin? 
    The option begins in May.

  10. How is the Post-Degree BSN option structured? 
    Course organization information can be found here. 

  11. Is part-time study allowed? 
    Part-time study is not available with this option. Students must be prepared for full -time intensive study. 

  12. How many students will be admitted to the option each year?
    50 students are accepted each year.

  13. How can I be admitted under special admission?
    Learn more about special admission here. 

  14. Will this option be offered through distance learning? 
    Currently, the Post-Degree BSN option is not available through distance learning.

  15. If a class is taken twice within the last 60 credit units, which grade will be used, the first or the second? 
    The grade from the most recent attempt will be used in the average calculation.

  16. Do you have equity seats for students of aboriginal ancestry? 
    Yes, 16.6% of the overall seats available in the program are reserved for Aboriginal students.

  17. What is the application fee? 
    The application fee is $90.00.


  1. I am an internationally educated registered nurse.  Do I need to take my Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) to become a Registered Nurse in Saskatchewan?
    If you are a Registered Nurse from outside of Canada, you should contact the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses' Association (SRNA) for more information on the requirements for registration and licensing.

  2. Will registration with the Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan be available to graduates of the Post-Degree BSN option?
    Registered Nurses (RNs) are prepared to practice in all psychiatric/mental health nursing areas and are eligible for registration across Canada and around the world. Registered Nurses specializing in psychiatric mental health nursing may become certified in psychiatric mental health nursing and use the designation CPMHN(c) - (with the (c) referring to Canada). If you are interested in becoming a Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN) and are eligible to register with the Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan (RPNAS), please refer to their website regarding eligible programs.

  3. How long will it take to have a Visa Screen form completed?
    Graduates from the College of Nursing interested in seeking employment in another province or country should expect a turn-around time of 4-6 weeks to complete the necessary documentation required to verify their education. Several individuals and units on campus are involved in verifying students' education.

  4. Can a student with a disability be admitted to the Post-Degree BSN option?
    Students should review the requisite skills and abilities documents created by the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association (SNRA) to determine whether or not they should apply to Nursing.