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Bachelor of Science in Arctic Nursing



The Arctic Nursing Program, developed collaboratively between Nunavut Arctic College and Dalhousie University, is a four year program that focuses on nursing in Nunavut. The degree is conferred by Dalhousie University. The program is designed to prepare graduates as entry-level practitioners to work in a variety of settings, to include: hospitals, long term care facilities and community based agencies. The curriculum emphasizes awareness and respect for Inuit culture and prepares nurses to be leaders in the health care system of Nunavut.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Arctic Nursing ) program will have the necessary knowledge, judgment and skills to write the Canadian Registered Nurse Examination, and are then eligible for registration in any province or territory.


The Bachelor of Science in Arctic Nursing Program starts in Fall 2013 at Nunatta Campus in Iqaluit.


Applicants wishing to apply to this program must:

  • Be 17 years of age or older;
  • Have an academic Grade 12, to include Math, Science and Inuktitut/English or have successfully completed the Pre-Nursing Program
  • Pass a criminal record check by the RCMP
  • Have current immunization prior to starting any clinical placement in a health facility, which includes: DPTP (diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, polio), MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), Hepatitis B and titre, Mantoux test annually.
  • Have been a resident of Nunavut for at least one year prior to application;

Applicants must submit the following:

  • Letter of interest indicating why applicant is interested in the nursing program
  • Three letters of reference from: an employer, teacher, health professional, or health committee member
  • High school/college transcript

Applicants will be admitted to the nursing program based upon eligibility requirements and the applicant’s assessment results. Personal suitability may be determined through an interview with the program faculty.

Admission is subject to space availability and admissions are reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Priority will be given to eligible beneficiaries of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement.


Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Arctic Nursing)


Funding for this program is provided from a number of sources. Students may be eligible for Financial Assistance for Nunavut Students (FANS) through the Department of Education or through regional Inuit organizations. Scholarships and bursaries are also available.


Contact the Registrar’s office for credit transfer options.


Graduates from the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Arctic Nursing) will have the necessary skills, knowledge, and judgment which are required to write the Canadian Registered Nurse Exam (CRNE). On passing the CRNE, graduates will then be eligible to apply for registration in any Provincial or Territorial Registered Nurses Association in Canada.

After passing the CRNE, many exciting nursing opportunities await you! Some possible careers include:

  • Community Health Nursing
  • Hospital Nursing: Adults Pediatrics Labour and Delivery
  • Operating Room Emergency Departments
  • Nursing Educator
  • Nursing Researcher
  • Health Informatics Specialist
  • Public Health Nursing
  • Occupational Health Nursing
  • Home Care Nursing

To learn more about being a nurse in Nunavut, visit the Nunavut Nurses web site at


Click here to download course outline for this program (PDF).

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