The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is open to students who have either:

1) completed their Health Sciences DEC (CEGEP)
2) are completing or completed a university degree
3) a high school diploma, if from outside of Quebec (four-year program).

The full course load consists of three terms over the course of three years. If you are a mature, out-of-province Canadian or international student, then you need to take the courses in the U0 year before starting the program.

For more information, please see the Discover McGill Presentation available here:

Discover McGill Presentation 2012-2013

BSc(N): Course of study

The courses are outlined in the order that a full-time student would usually take them. (Note that students entering directly from high school must complete a U0 year of study – see below; mature and transfer students missing the U0 equivalencies at admission will generally need to complete these in a U0 year unless they have been granted exemptions based on higher levels of study.) The BSc(N) Assistant Director can help you make decisions if you have questions. Please check the Health Sciences Calendar or Minerva for details about course prerequisites.

First Year (U1)
Required Courses

Second Year (U2)
Required Courses

Third Year (U3)
Required Courses

Fall term

NUR1 220 – Therapeutic Relationships
NUR1 222 – McGill Model of Nursing
NUR1 223 – Development Over the Lifespan
NUR1 422 – Research in Nursing
PHGY 209 – Mammalian Physiology 1
PSYC 215 – Social Psychology

Fall term

NUR1 311 – Infection Prevention & Control
NUR1 321 – Acute Stressors & Coping
NUR1 323 – Illness Management 1
NUR1 331 – Nursing in Illness 1
PHAR 300 – Drug Action

Fall term

NUR1 328 – Learning and Health Education
NUR1 420 – Primary Health Care
NUR1 424 – Legal & Ethical Issues:Nursing
NUR1 431 – Community Nursing 1

Winter term

NUR1 200 – Biology for Illness & Therapy
NUR1 221 – Families & Health Behaviour
NUR1 234 – Nursing Elderly Families
NUR1 235 – Health and Physical Assessment
PHGY 210 – Mammalian Physiology 2

Winter term

NUR1 322 – Chron Illness&Palliative Care
NUR1 324 – Illness Management 2
NUR1 332 – Nursing in Illness 2
PATH 300 – Human Disease
PHAR 301 – Drugs and Disease

Winter term

NUR1 421 – Resources:Special Populations
NUR1 432 – Community Nursing 2
PSYC 204 – Intro to Psychological Stats
**Elective (see below)

Summer term

NUR1 233 – Promoting Young Family Dvlpmnt

Summer term

NUR1 333 – Nursing in Illness 3

Summer term

NUR1 530 – Clinical Internship


6 credits with 3 credits at the 300 level or above.
These courses are generally taken in U3 however students who have been granted exemptions in other courses may register for electives at other times in their program of study as long as they have the necessary prerequisites and the course fits within the timetable.

U0 Required courses (34 credits)

For the mature, Canadian out-of-province and non-Canadian students, a U0 year of study is required.

The first year (UO) of the 139-credit program consists of the following courses:

Fall term

Winter term

Summer term

PHYS 101 – Intro Physics – Mechanics
CHEM 110 – General Chemistry 1
NUR1 223 – Development Over the Lifespan
3 credit elective
Note: Students who take NUR1 223 in U0 will take a 3 credit elective in U1; students who take a 3 credit elective in U0 will take NUR1 223 in U1. It is generally recommended that U0 students take NUR1 223 in U0 so that they meet other students.
MATH 139 – Calculus 1 with Precalculus
MATH 140 – Calculus 1
Note: Consult the Mathematics Department to determine which Calculus is taken based on previous Mathematics courses.
BIOL 112 – Cell and Molecular Biology
CHEM 120 – General Chemistry 2
MATH 141 – Calculus 2
PHYS 102 – Intro Physics-Electromagnetism
CHEM 212 – Intro Organic Chemistry 1

Following successful completion of the U0 courses, students admitted to the eight-semester program enter First Year (U1).


Quoted from the McGill website  Up to date as of August 28, 2012.