Nursing Education Programs in New Brunswick

How Do I Become a Registered Nurse?

A baccalaureate degree in nursing (BN or BScN) is required for entry to nursing and initial registration as a Registered Nurse in New Brunswick.

Baccalaureate in Nursing Education Programs

Both the University of New Brunswick and the Université de Moncton, offer baccalaureate degrees in nursing at seven delivery sites throughout the province.

Université de Moncton

École des sciences infirmières: For information and requirements for admission to the Moncton campus, the Edmundston campus, or the Shippagan campus, Bathurst site, please visit the Université de Moncton website at

University of New Brunswick

For information and requirements for admission to the Fredericton Campus, Saint John Campus, or Moncton site, please visit the University of New Brunswick website at

The UNB Moncton site offers the Advanced Standing Degree Program. The two year program recognizes students who hold degrees in programs other than nursing or who have accumulated 60 university credits. The program is designed to build upon the student’s previous university courses and required prerequisites. For more information about the Advanced Standing Degree Program, please visit UNB Moncton’s website.

Master's of Nursing Program

The MN program is designed to ensure that students acquire a thorough, integrated knowledge of nursing research, theory, and practice. The goal of the MN program is to prepare nurses for advanced practice and leadership in clinical, educational, administrative, and research roles.

The University of New Brunswick and the Université de Moncton also offer an advanced nurse practitioner stream within their master’s program that is designed to provide opportunities including increasing competencies in health promotion and disease prevention, developmental health challenges, assessment and management of acute and chronic illnesses, nursing therapies and community development.

For more information on the master’s of nursing program, please contact the University of your choice directly.

Critical Care Nursing Program

In collaboration with the University of New Brunswick (UNB) and the Université de Moncton (U de M), and the Regional Health Authorities, the Department of Health is proud to contribute to the professional development of New Brunswick Nurses.

The initiative is a standardized Critical Care Certificate Program, Emergency Care and Critical Care Streams, delivered by distance education. Courses may be offered to as many as eight sites depending on participants’ location and will be offered in both official languages.

The Certificate Program is 12 weeks in duration. There are 6 courses which include theory and clinical followed by a 135 hour preceptorship.


College of Extended Learning
University of New Brunswick
6 Duffie Drive
Fredericton, NB E3B 5A3
Tel: (506) 453-4646
Fax: (506) 453-3572


Éducation permanente
Université de Moncton
Salle 340, Pavillon Léopold-Taillon
Moncton, NB E1A 3E9
1 800 567-3236
Tel: (506) 858-4121
Fax: (506) 858-4489

Canadian Nurses Association Certification

Specialty certification is a voluntary program that allows nurses to build on the solid foundation of the Canadian RN registration and the clinical experience gained in a specialty. Certification helps nurses stay current by testing their specialized knowledge and skills.

The CNA Certification Program offers certification in 22 nursing practice specialties. As of January 2020, 18 certification exams are offered.

For more information: CNA Certification Program