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RN Bridging/Re-Entry Program Cost

The following describes the cost for each of the courses, the required textbooks for each course and how to purchase them. Note that some courses do not require textbooks; all materials are included in the tuition.

There are financial supports available for Internationally Educated Nurses, please see the “Resources” section of this website for more information.

Tuition: RN Bridging/Re-Entry Program

Course Tuition as of April 1, 2020

*Professional Nursing in Canada $250
*Professional Communication $300
*Pharmacology for Nurses $250
*Medication Administration $300
*Health Assessment $550
*Changes in Health and Therapeutic Interventions I $250
*Changes in Health and Therapeutic Interventions II $300
Nursing Specialty Theory Course for each focus area (Maternal- Infant Health, Psychiatric Mental Health, Child Health) $200
Nursing Specialty Clinical Course (80 hours) (Maternal-Infant Health, Psychiatric Mental Health, Child Health) $350
*Clinical Nursing Skills $550
*Clinical Course (Instructor-led and Preceptored clinicals) $800
Clinical Course (Preceptored clinical only) $500

Entire Bridging/Re-Entry Program* $3,750.00

If you are required to complete the entire RN Bridging/Re-Entry Program you must complete all courses above that have asterisk * next to the title. You are also required to complete one Nursing Specialty Theory course of your choice, in addition to the nine core courses of the program. For some students the regulatory body will require a specific Nursing Specialty Theory course, or several of these courses (e.g., all three).

Textbooks: RN Bridging/Re-Entry Program

The following textbooks are required for the program. Each textbook costs between $100-125.00 CAD. You may purchase the textbooks secondhand if you wish, or you may share with a classmate. It is your responsibility to obtain your textbooks.

Core Courses:

Professional Communication:

  • Arnold. E., & Underman-Boggs, K. (2019).  Interpersonal Relationships: Professional Communication Skills for Nurses (8th ed.) St. Louis, Missouri: Saunders Elsevier.


  • Lilley, L., Harrington, S. & Synder, J. (2017). Pharmacology for Canadian Health Care Practice, (3rd Cdn ed.) Toronto, Ontario: Elsevier Canada

Health Assessement:

  • Jarvis. C., (2019). Physical Examination and Health Assessment, (3rd Cdn. Ed.), St. Louis, Missouri: Saunders Elsevier.


Specialty Courses

Child Health Nursing:

  • Hockenberry, M., & Wilson, D. (2017). Wong’s Essentials of Pediatric Nursing, (10th ed). St.Louis, MO: Elsevier.

Maternal Infant Health Nursing:

  • Evans, R., Evans, E., Brown, Y., & Orshan, S. (2015). Canadian Maternity, Newborn, & Women’s Health Nursing (2nd ed.) Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, Williams & Williams

Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing:

  • Austin, W. & Boyd, M. A. (2018). Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing for Canadian Practice, (4th ed.). Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer

Purchasing Textbooks

These textbooks may be purchased new or in used condition. The following describes some ways you can obtain your books.

Other Costs

Transportation: Students are responsible for their own transportation costs to and from classroom and clinical experiences.

Parking: For classroom sessions held at the Bethune Building, VG Site, QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax, NS, please note that we do not pay for parking. If students bring their own cars they are responsible for parking. Parking in the adjacent lot is $14.50 CAD per full day. Metered parking and some full day parking are available on some of the surrounding streets, however these spots may be difficult to find.

Immunizations/Health screening: All students who will be attending clinical courses must meet our standards for immunizations and health screening. For those in Canada who do not have medical coverage, they may be required to pay for these immunizations/health screening.

Clinical Courses: Clinical courses are unpaid, students are responsible to wear appropriate nursing uniforms and foot wear. The instructor-led clinical is full time working hours, therefore students will not be able to work extended hours at external jobs during this time period. It is their responsibility to ensure that they have this time off from their employer.

Meals: Students are responsible for all meals. For classroom sessions held at the Bethune Building, VG Site, QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax, NS, there is a microwave and fridge available in the Resource Room for student lunches. There is also a nearby cafeteria where food can be purchased.