BScN? BN? What's the difference?

  1. I'm am getting so confused! I thought a nursing degree was a nursing degree.
    Would someone kindly explain the difference between a bachelor of nursing and a bachelor of science in nursing?
    Thank you!
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  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   epg_pei
    The number of credit hours from science faculties determines whether your program is a BScN or BN. In the end it's all the same if you're going to be a nurse.
  4. by   trees
    Quote from epg_pei
    The number of credit hours from science faculties determines whether your program is a BScN or BN. In the end it's all the same if you're going to be a nurse.
    So it doesn't make a difference as far as employability or access to graduate nursing programs?
  5. by   suzanne4
    Not one bit..............
  6. by   timtuesday
    Once upon a time I asked this very question. I contacted the CNA, and the explanation I received was essentially as follows:

    "...One degree is called a BN and another is called a BscN..they are both the same thing." They all follow the same curriculum set by the CNA and provincial legislation.

    Many nursing programs fall under a university's science faculty, as a result the degree is a BSc(N). For Universities which have an independent faculty of nursing, the degree awarded is a BN. Makes sense to me!

    This is my understanding anyway.

    Tim

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