Bachelor of Nursing: Post RN

Number of credits required from Athabasca University: 15 credits (must be in required nursing courses)

Maximum credit awarded in this program for prior learning through Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR ) processes: 9 credits.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the post RN BN program, graduates will achieve or exceed the following program learning outcomes:

  1. Engage in baccalaureate registered nursing practice compliant with the Canadian Nursing College and/or Association of Registered Nurses with which they hold active licensure, while demonstrating registered nursing practice consistent with the present:
    • CNA Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses
    • Applicable Health Professions Act (HPA)
    • Applicable common law, provincial and federal legislation that directs practice.
  2. Integrate concepts of population health, primary health care and health promotion while working with individuals, families and communities with complex alterations in health.
  3. Synthesize theory, evidence based practice and research while working with individuals, families and communities with complex alterations in health.
  4. Model leadership behaviors such as reflection, advocacy and integrity to influence self and others toward goal achievement.
  5. Function effectively as a baccalaureate registered nurse utilizing critical inquiry processes to act in situations of uncertainty and ambiguity.
  6. Work collaboratively with other disciplines and across health care sectors.
  7. Incorporate personal integrity, responsibility and accountability in employment, community activities and further study.
  8. Demonstrate commitment to scholarship and lifelong learning that includes self-reflection, self-direction and technological innovation.


  • Canadian Nurses Association. (2008). Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses. Ottawa, ON: Author.
  • College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta. (2003). Nursing Practice Standards. Edmonton, AB: Author.
  • Council of Ministers of Education, Canada. (2007). Ministerial Statement on Quality Assurance of Degree Education in Canada: Canadian Degree Qualifications Framework. Retrieved from

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