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2024-2025 Academic Calendar Mount Royal University

Bridge to Canadian Nursing, BCN


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General Information

The Bridge to Canadian Nursing (BCN) program is an individualized course of study. This “bridging” program is designed to prepare Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs), previously Registered Nurses (RNs) outside Canada, for the roles and expectations of RNs in the province of Alberta.

Successful completion of bridging courses helps to prepare IENs to write the national Nursing Exam and transition to registered nurse employment in Canada. The BCN program of study addresses concepts such as professional communication skills for nurses, professional nursing in Canada, health alterations and therapeutics, health assessment, professional nursing skills, clinical reasoning skills, nursing theory, and nursing clinical practice in a medical/surgical environment to prepare nurses who have been educated outside Canada for safe, competent nursing practice in Canadian health care settings. Coursework is also offered to help IENs address knowledge and practice differences in three specific areas of nursing practice: professional nursing in mental health, child health and family newborn health.

Candidates may take one or more courses depending on their learning needs. 

Academic Performance Requirements

In matters of progression and continuance, there are instances when institutional processes do not fully address concerns related to student continuance in a program.

  1. Violations of a professional code of ethics and/or standards of practice (i.e. CRNA and CNA nursing professional practice documentation). A committee established by the program will assess violations of relevant codes and standards and whether the student will be required to withdraw from the program based on the seriousness of the violation.
  2. Students who are unsuccessful after two registrations in the same core course (as defined by the program) will be required to withdraw from the program. This includes, but is not limited to, the following examples of unsuccessful registration:
    • Students who do not achieve the minimum required grade (as defined by the program) in one or both registrations;
    • Students who earn a grade of “F” in one or both registrations; and
    • Students who withdraw from the course with a “W” in one or both registrations.
  3. Students who are denied a practicum placement by an external stakeholder because of an assessed detrimental impact on the client, client group, or community being served. Students who are unable to meet clinical or field course requirements on this basis will be required to withdraw from the program.

In order to be considered a student of record in the Bridge to Canadian Nursing program at Mount Royal, the student must achieve a minimum “C” grade (or minimum prerequisite grade) or “EP” (Experiential Pass) in all BCN courses. Grades below a ‘C’ in a BCN theory course or an unsatisfactory (“EF”: Experiential Fail) in a BCN clinical practice course must be cleared by repeating the course before students may progress to any further nursing courses that require the failed course as a prerequisite. Students with two failures in the same BCN course will be withdrawn from the program and will not be eligible for re-admission unless approval is received from the Chair of the School of Nursing and Midwifery.

Students are permitted one re-registration in the same BCN course. That is, students are not allowed more than two (2) grades below the minimum pass or two (2) withdrawals in the same nursing program course, nor are they permitted one withdrawal and one grade below the minimum pass within the same nursing program course. Students who are unsuccessful after two registrations in the same BCN course will be required to withdraw from the program and will not be eligible for re-admission to the program. An appeal process is available, see the Student Handbook.

Program Duration

Program requirements for the Bridge to Canadian Nursing program must be completed in two academic years.

Students With Disabilities

When warranted, and without compromising academic and professional nursing practise standards, Mount Royal will provide reasonable accommodation for students with documented disabilities.

Nursing Practice Experience Policies

Students must demonstrate satisfactory clinical performance as outlined in the course syllabus. Students’ nursing practice experience may be scheduled at varied hours, including days, evenings, nights and weekends. Students may be required to complete practice experiences at sites distant from their place of residence. An out-of-town practice experience may be scheduled. All travel and accommodation costs associated with practice experiences are the responsibility of the student.

Participation in the classroom, clinical practice, tutorial and laboratory sessions is mandatory. A student who is unable to attend these experiences due to exceptional circumstances, and therefore, is unable to meet course objectives may apply for deferral of course work. Students are cautioned that even if a deferral is granted, required practice and/or tutorial experiences may not be immediately available and student progress through the program may be delayed as a result.

A student may be prohibited from attending or completing a clinical practice experience if there is evidence to suggest that the student’s physical and/or psychological health may be detrimental to patients or patient care. Approval of the Chair of the School of Nursing and Midwifery is required for entry into the clinical course.

Interruption of Program

Students who interrupt their program of studies by not taking courses for one or more semesters are advised to refer to the relevant institutional policies.

Program Completion Requirements

To be eligible for the Bridge to Canadian Nursing program, students must complete the program and achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 with no grade less than “C” in each of their courses.

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (C.P.R.) Certification

Students must provide proof of current C.P.R. Certification at the Basic Life Support for Healthcare Provider Level C on an annual basis. Evidence of certification is to be shown to the clinical instructor prior to the beginning of all clinical experiences. All associated costs are the responsibility of the student.

Mask Fit Testing

As a prerequisite for acute care clinical practice, all students must be fitted for N95 masks in accordance with Alberta Health Services policy. Mask fit-testing is valid for two years unless there has been weight gain or loss greater than 4.5 kilograms, or following nasal fracture or facial scarring, in which case, refitting is required sooner. Evidence of mask fit testing is to be provided to the BCN Academic Advisor and students must have their mask size with them for practice experiences. All costs associated with this service are the responsibility of the student.

Police Information Check

Provincial legislation requires that new employees and volunteers in publicly funded agencies including hospitals, seniors’ lodges, group homes and nursing homes are subject to a police information check and vulnerable sector check. In some cases, agencies may require students to provide proof of a police information check prior to commencing a clinical course. Thus, students may be required to obtain more than one police information check during their program of studies. All costs related to the police information check are the responsibility of the student.

If a student is denied a clinical placement, due to concerns on the police check, then the student will be unable to meet course requirements and will be required to withdraw from the program. Refer to the statement regarding Police Information and Other Background Checks in the University Calendar.

Immunization

Proof of up-to-date immunization (including rubella) status is required for all professional practice courses and is the responsibility of the student. All associated costs are the responsibility of the student. Failure to maintain a current immunization status will result in immediate withdrawal from the clinical practice area.

General Admission Requirements

Prospective students apply for the Bridge to Canadian Nursing program using the standard Mount Royal Application for Admission form. For some applicants, the College of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CRNA) determines which courses are required. Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) who are registered nurses in Canada, can also self-select to take any Bridge to Canadian Nursing (BCN) courses. 

To be eligible for admission to the program, applicants must meet the English Language Proficiency (Institutional) requirement for Mount Royal University, and one of the following:

  • Provide proof of registration as a registered nurse in Alberta.
  • Provide a letter from the College of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CRNA) identifying bridging requirements.
  • Provide evidence of a recognized credential that meets the College of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CRNA) requirements for participating in the program.

Applicants will be required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirement by the following dates if they are given a (conditional) offer of admission.

  • Fall semester - August 1
  • Winter semester - December 1

Transfer Credit Assessment

This program will not offer transfer credit for coursework completed at other institutions.

Curriculum


The Bridge to Canadian Nursing (BCN) program is an individualized program of study which provides the following listed courses. Please note that attendance at Student Advising sessions (individualized or group) is strongly recommended to facilitate a smooth progression through the program.

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