Admission Requirements for Nursing Programs


Each Nursing program at StFX has specific admission deadlines. Applications must be received between when the application opens and before the deadline to apply for the specific  program.  

Students who wish to be considered for Nursing must select Nursing as their first-choice program on the application. Second choice Nursing applications will not be considered. Please review the information below for the option you are considering: 


Application Opens 

Application Deadline 

Start Date 

4-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing 

September 18, 2023 

November 2, 2023 (for early offers)

March 5, 2024

September 2024 

LPN to BScN (distance only) 

September 18, 2023 

February  1, 2024 

May 2024 

Accelerated Nursing  (January 2025 Intake)

September 18, 2023 

September 30, 2024 (international)

December 11, 2024 (domestic)

January 2025 

Applicants who wish to be considered for a StFX Nursing program must meet both the academic requirements outlined in the dropdown menus below and complete the CASPer test by the applicable deadline. StFX uses a combination of both your academic performance and CASPer score in consideration for admission. 

Please see the CASPer page for test dates and information on how to register. 

Admissions to our Nursing program options is competitive. Meeting the minimum average does not guarantee admission. 

4-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Application deadline:  March 5, 2024

Admissions to our Nursing programs is competitive. Meeting the minimum average does not guarantee admission. 


  1. Grade 12 courses (at the University or Academic level) completed or currently in progress, with a minimum mark of 65%: 
    1. English 12 
    2. Math 12 
    3. Biology 12 
    4. Chemistry 12 
    5. Plus one additional Grade 12 university preparatory course. 
  2. Completion of CASPer by March 5, 2024. 
  3. Submit all transcripts for admission consideration by March 5, 2024 (first semester final grades for high school students and final marks for first term for university students). 

Students are assessed on five program requirements for admission using completed Grade 12 pre-requisites with remaining pre-requisites from Grade 11 if final Grade 12 grades are not available. Transfer students, please submit both post-secondary transcripts as well as secondary. 

StFX will release early offers of Admission to Nursing in the Fall of 2023 for September 2024 entry. Students who wish to be eligible for an early offer must complete CASPer on the November 2, 2023, booking date. Students will be notified by email of acceptance. Please note applicants will be reviewed for admission each round of offers that are released. The final round of offers will be released in March. All applicants will receive notification of the decision on their application at that time. 

Students applying to the Nursing program should select a second-choice program with their first-choice application to Nursing. Students who receive an offer to their second-choice program can accept an offer to residence before Nursing offers have been released and will receive equal consideration to their first choice of Nursing.  

For questions regarding specific program details, please email @email

LPN-BScN (Distance with In-person Clinicals/Labs)

Application deadline: February 1, 2024 

This program is mainly done by distance, but there are mandatory on site requirements.  Admissions to our Nursing programs is competitive. Meeting the minimum average does not guarantee admission.

Cape Breton University and St. Francis Xavier University have partnered on a pathway for qualified LPNs to apply to BScN. Frequently asked questions about the program can be found here.  


  1. Currently licensed as an LPN in Nova Scotia (must supply proof by February 1, 2024). Add to Supplemental Application.
  2. Students must have completed the LPN Diploma Program within Canada and must have achieved a minimum 75% overall average for all practical nursing courses. See additional notes:
    1. Vocational studies are not equivalent to an LPN diploma.
    2. Grades must be achieved to calculate an average.
    3. Transcripts with pass/fail grading systems will not be assessed for admission.
  3. Total of 1800 hours of work experience within the last two years (requires a letter of verification from employer submitted by the employer directly to @email by February 1, 2024). Add employer information to the Supplemental Application to allow the employer to complete this online. Some employers may ask you to provide approval for release of information in advance.  Applicants cannot submit this information on their own behalf; the hours verification must come from the employer.
  4. Completion of CASPer by February 1, 2024. 
  5. Students who have completed post-secondary studies in addition to the LPN Diploma, please submit all post-secondary academic history (official transcripts) by February 1, 2024. 

For questions regarding specific program details, please email Distance Nursing.

BScN – accelerated 2-year option

Application deadline: September 30, 2024, for international and December 11, 2024, for domestic students. All transcripts must be received by January 1, 2025.

Admissions to our Nursing programs is competitive. Meeting the minimum average does not guarantee admission.


  1. Submit all transcripts for all completed and in-progress courses as soon as possible as you cannot receive admission without your transcript(s) being received and assessed. Note: If you have taken courses and obtained credits at more than one post-secondary institution, we need transcripts from each institution.  
  2. Applicants must have all required courses completed at the university level by January 1 of the starting year and within 10 years of the program start date. 
  3. The required core and open courses must have a minimum grade of 65% each, with an overall average of 70% or higher. 
  4. Complete the supplemental application form. 
  5. Core course requirements completed at the university level by January 1 of the starting year. 
    1. Six credits in Human Anatomy and *Human Physiology, minimum three credits in each.
      Lab component in both is required (virtual labs are accepted). 
      1. *Equivalency for BIOL 252 (Human Anatomy and Physiology II) is both PHYL 1001 AND 1002 (both are required) from Dalhousie University. 
    2. Three credits in Microbiology 
    3. Three credits in English or approved writing course
    4. Three credits in Statistics 
    5. Note 1: Courses taken outside of StFX University may need to be assessed for equivalency.  
    6. Note 2: StFX does not conduct formal reviews of academic qualifications, transfer credits, and/or pre-requisites until after an official application, with application payment, has been submitted. 
  6. Fifteen credits in open electives completed at the university level by January 1 of the starting year. 
  7. Completion of CASPer exam on one of the specified dates for this admission cycle: see valid CASPer dates here.

Please submit course descriptions for your core requirement courses upon application to support the admissibility of each course. 

For questions regarding specific program details, please email @email

Criteria for Academic Writing Course Requirement for Bachelor of Science in Nursing 2-Year Accelerated Option Program

  • The course must be from the Faculty of Arts [Humanities or Social Sciences].
  • The language of instruction must be English.
  • At least 40% of the final course grade (excluding exams, smaller assignments, one-minute reflection pieces) must be based on students’ formal written work.
  • Explicit instruction in academic writing and feedback on assignments that students can apply to subsequent drafts or subsequent assignments (recursive writing).
  • There must be at least two written assignments per term each with 10 or more double-spaced pages of formal writing.
  • Language acquisition courses cannot be used to satisfy this requirement.

St. Francis Xavier University Courses that Meet the Writing Course Criteria (List to be updated as more courses are identified):

ENGL 111
ANTH 111
ART 141, 142
HIST 101, 213

Internationally Educated Nurses Transition to Practice Courses

This program is administered through StFX's Centre for Online Learning & Professional Studies. Learn more about the IEN program here.