About the BScN (Arctic Nursing) Program
Arctic Nursing, developed collaboratively by Nunavut Arctic College and Dalhousie University, is a 4-year degree program that focuses on nursing in Nunavut. Arctic Nursing is designed to prepare graduates for a career as entry-level practitioners in a variety of health care settings including hospitals, long-term care facilities and community-based agencies.
The curriculum emphasizes primary health care, awareness and respect of the Inuit culture and prepares nurses to be leaders in the health care system in Nunavut and throughout Canada. Although the degree is conferred by Dalhousie University, the curriculum was designed to reflect the diversity and culture of Nunavut including the current Canadian standards of university nursing education.
Graduates of this program will gain the necessary knowledge, judgment and skills to write the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). On passing the NCLEX-RN, graduates will be eligible to apply for registration in any provincial or territorial Registered Nursing Association in Canada.
Length of Program
Four years; full time
Applicants wishing to apply to this program must:
- be 17 years of age or older
- hold a Grade 12 diploma with an overall average of 70 %, including Math, Science, and English, or have successfully completed the Pre-Nursing Program
- pass a Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Check with the RCMP
- show proof of immunization and TB test as per Dalhousie Faculty of Health Professions requirements
- have been a resident of Nunavut for at least one year prior to application
Applicants must submit the following:
- a letter of intent indicating why you are interested in the Nursing program
- three letters of reference from either a community leader, employer, or other authority, such as a teacher
- show proof of immunization and Tuberculosis (TB) test as per Dalhousie Faculty of Health Professions requirements
- submit a Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Check
- a letter of support from a health care professional
- High School and College transcripts
Applicants will be admitted based on program eligibility, assessment results, interviews and space availability.
Priority will be given to eligible beneficiaries of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement.
Applications must be submitted to the Registrar's Office by May 15.
Do you need financial assistance? Funding for the Arctic Nursing program is provided from a number of sources including Financial Assistance for Nunavut Students (FANS), the Department of Education, or through regional Inuit organizations. Scholarships and bursaries are also available. The deadline for FANS applications is July 15.
Record of Achievement
Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree, Dalhousie University
Credit Transfer Opportunities
Contact the Registrar’s Office for credit transfer options.
The Department of Health supports Nunavut Arctic College nursing graduates to successfully integrate into the health care workforce. Some possible careers include:
- Community Health Nursing
- Hospital Nursing: Adults, Pediatrics, Labour and Delivery
- Operating Room Nursing
- Emergency Departments Nursing
- Nurse Educator
- Health Informatics Specialist
- Occupational Health Nursing
- Home Care Nursing