Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada

Nursing Programs at StFX


4-year Bachelor of Science (Nursing)

Deadline: All applications must be received by February 11, 2020.   


  • Grade 12 courses (at the University or Academic level) completed or currently in progress: English 12, Math 12, Biology 12, Chemistry 12. Plus one additional Grade 12 university preparatory course.
  • Applicants must complete the CASPer test prior to the February 11 deadline. Click HERE for more details about CASPer. 

The program is closed for Admission for September 2020, applications will open Fall 2020 for September 2021.

Students are assessed on five program requirements for admission using completed Grade 12 pre-requisites with remaining pre-requisites from Grade 11.



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.

Deadline: All applications and supporting documents must be received by February 23, 2020.   


  • Two year Diploma from Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC). Graduated 2008 or later.
  • Minimum 75% overall average in both years of the diploma program.
  • Total of 1800 hours of work experience within the last two years (require a letter of verification from employer)
  • Current LPN License
  • Applicants must complete the CASPer test prior to the February 23 deadline. Click HERE for more details about CASPer. 



BSc in Nursing - Accelerated 2 year option 

The next application cycle to apply for admission to the Accelerated 2 year option will open October 15, 2019 for a January 2021 intake. This program is available to university transfer applicants only.

Deadline: All applications and supporting documents must be received by SEPTEMBER 1, 2020.  Any applications or documents received after this date will not be reviewed for admissions.


Applicants must have the following 30 credits completed at the university level prior to admission:

Core Courses:

  • 6cr Human Anatomy and Human Physiology (Min 3cr each of Anatomy and Physiology) - Must have a lab component (Virtual labs are accepted)
  • 3cr Microbiology
  • 3cr English
  • 3cr Statistics
  • 15 credits of open electives
  • Successful completion of CASPer, Click HERE for more details about CASPer. 
  • Minimum grade of 65% in each of the core courses listed above, and an overall average of 70% in the combined 30 university credits.

Please note: Core courses cannot be more than 10 years old. All 30 credits must be completed before the September 1, 2020 deadline. Admission to this program is competitive and possession of the minimum requirements does not ensure acceptance into the program.



Post RN BScN Program

More information on the the Post RN BScN program

Distance Nursing Application forms

Admission Requirements

Minimum requirements are:

  • A current RN registration
  • One-year clinical experience
  • High school certification. Applicants are considered if they have credit for five Grade 12 university preparatory subjects (English, Mathematics, Chemistry, another science and one other subject), with no mark below 50 and a minimum average of 60.

Meeting published minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

If you are not able to meet the above requirements, please contact the Program Office for assistance

Nursing Deadlines



September 16, 2019

Applications open for admission.

Please note decisions will not be released for the 4-year BSc in Nursing program and LPN to BScN program until March 2020. Info:

October 2019 to February 2020

Make plans to take the CASPer test.

February 11, 2020

Deadline to apply to 4-year BSc in Nursing program.

Deadline to complete CASPer for Admission consideration to 4-year BSc in Nursing program.

February 23, 2020

Deadline to apply to LPN to BScN program.

Deadline to complete CASPer for Admission consideration to LPN to BScN program.

March 2, 2020

Deadline for 4-year BSc in Nursing applicants from High School to submit their Grade 12 final first semester transcript for Scholarship eligibility.

Complete your Scholarship questionnaire and disclaimer on the Scholarship website by this date.



First week of March, 2020

Nursing offers to be released. Info:

March 16, 2020

Deadline to complete your Scholarship submission.  Info:

July 30, 2020

Last date to write CASPer for BScN Accelerated 2-year Nursing program for January 2021 start.

September 1, 2020

Application Deadline for BScN Accelerated 2-year Nursing program for January 2021 start.

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