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Starting this September, Acadia University will offer courses towards a Bachelor of Science in Nursing on the Acadia campus in partnership with Cape Breton University (CBU) and supported by the Government of Nova Scotia. This initiative will help address challenges faced by rural communities across the province.

This new program will initially operate as a satellite location of CBU — providing education on our Wolfville campus while being powered by the expertise and accreditation of their leading program. Our ultimate goal is to achieve Nova Scotia College of Registered Nurses approval and transition to offer a standalone Acadia University Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Approximately 50 percent of the nursing seats will be designated for Mi’kmaq, Indigenous, and African Nova Scotian students.

Applications are now open to this program. Please visit Cape Breton University Nursing or read our news announcement for more information about the program.


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Frequently asked questions

What are the Admissions Requirements?

Please refer to Cape Breton University (CBU)’s Admissions for Nursing Program The Acadia campus satellite location will only offer the Direct Entry stream for September 2023 intake.

How can I apply?

September 2023 admission applications will open on May 29, 2023 through Acadia’s Undergraduate Application Portal.

What is "direct entry"?

This stream is intended for applicants directly from high school or mature students who do not qualify for admission to the Advanced Standing program.

I was offered a seat in the Direct Entry Stream of CBU’s Nursing program on the Cape Breton campus for September 2023– can I transfer my admission to Acadia?

Yes. You must fill out the Acadia University application form and indicate that you were admitted to the CBU program in the additional comment section available.

I withdrew from my previous Nursing program. Can I reapply to finish the program at Acadia?

No, the Direct Entry Stream is only available at the Acadia campus for September intake.

Will Acadia be accepting transfer students from other nursing programs?

The Direct Entry Stream is only available at the Acadia campus for September intake.

Will the LPN to RN bridging program be offered at Acadia?

It is not available at this time.

I’m an International student, can I apply?

CBU’s BScN program has limited seating; therefore, this program is open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only. International applicants must have Permanent Resident of Canada status to apply. Preference is given to Nova Scotia residents. Applications are received and then ranked by academics and the score received on the CASPer test.

What are the local practicum placements available to me? Will students be able to complete placements in other regions? Is there flexibility?

This component of the program is to be determined in partnership with CBU.

I haven’t completed a CASper® test, can I still apply?

The CASper® test is required for all applicants for all entry options for the Bachelor of Science, Nursing program. Please refer to for additional information, review sample scenarios, and to sign up for the test. Test dates may be subject to change. Refer to the official Altus® website for details.

Are there scholarships available to me?

When you apply to Acadia, you'll be automatically considered for grade-based entrance scholarships.

Is there housing available?

Acadia guarantees first-year students a room in residence. If you are planning to live in residence, and have been offered admission to Acadia, you’ll need to apply for residence.

Is the program available online?

No, the program is delivered in-person on the Acadia campus.