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Nunavut Arctic College



Students learn in the hospital and in the classroom.

BScN Program

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Arctic Nursing) is offered in partnership with Dalhousie University. The program is designed to educate Inuit and other Nunavummiut as nurses to respond to the health care needs of the people of Nunavut. The first three years of the program are currently offered at the Nunatta Campus of Nunavut Arctic College in Iqaluit.

The curriculum emphasizes awareness and respect for the Inuit culture and will prepare nurses to be leaders in the health care system of Nunavut. The BScN (Arctic Nursing) will be granted by Dalhousie University and will provide nurses with the necessary skills to provide primary health care in a community health centre. The program is 4 years in length and upon completion the student will have fulfilled the requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Students will have the opportunity to gain clinical expertise in a variety of health care settings that will provide them with the unique skills required for providing health care in Nunavut. For more information contact the registrar, Nunatta Campus, NAC (Toll-free 1-866-979-7222).

BScN Degree Admission Requirements:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Submit a letter of interest;
  • Provide letters of reference from an employer or other authority; and
  • A letter of support from the Regional Health Board, Community Health Committee, or a community health care professional
  • Have an academic grade 12 diploma or have successfully completed the Foundation Year Program.
  • Strong science, math and English skills.
  • Have current immunization prior to starting any clinical placement in a health facility. Required immunizations include:
    • DRTR ( Diptheria,Pertussis, Tetanus, Polio )
    • MMR ( Measles, Mumps, Rubella )
    • Hepatitis B and titre
    • Mantoux test annually ( including one 2 - step Mantoux test )
  • Pass a criminal records check by the RCMP