Registered Nurse (RN)

Registered Nurses provide direct nursing care to patients, deliver health education programs and provide consultative services regarding issues relevant to the practice of nursing. They are employed in a variety of settings including hospitals, nursing homes, extended care facilities, rehabilitation centres, doctors’ offices, clinics, community agencies, companies, private homes and public and private organizations or they may be self-employed.

Essential Skills

(the number in brackets indicates the level of ES)


Program Locations in Alberta

  • Athabasca University- Athabasca and all over AB – online
  • University of Lethbridge – Lethbridge, AB
  • Grant MacEwan University – Edmonton,  AB
  • Mount Royal University – Calgary, AB
  • University of Alberta – Edmonton, Red Deer, Fort McMurray and Grande Prairie, AB
  • University of Calgary,- Calgary,  Medicine Hat, AB

Program Contact

Program Description

Program Length & Cost

(as indicated on Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS) website)

  • Bachelor of Nursing- Post-LPN Bachelor of Nursing (Athabasca University) – a 4-year bachelor degree after a nursing diploma and registration – $6,670.00 Year One/ online distance delivery
  • Bachelor of Nursing  (University of Lethbridge)  – a 4 year bachelor degree program – info about tuition on request –
  • Bachelor of Science and Nursing (Grant MacEwan University) – a 4 year bachelor degree program – $5,940.00 +$3,628.00 Books & Supplies +$1,146.00 Mandatory Fee (Year One)
  • Bachelor of Nursing (Mount Royal University) – a 4 year bachelor degree program – $4,942.00 + $1,500.00 Books & Supplies + $1,528.00 Mandatory Fee (Year One)
  • Bachelor of Science and NursingCollaborative or Bilingual (University of Alberta) – a 4 year bachelor degree program  – $7,094.40 + $3,200.00Books & Supplies + $1,528.00 Mandatory Fee (Year One)
  • Bachelor of Nursing ( University of Calgary) – a 4 year bachelor degree program  –  not indicated  – |

Occupation Outlook

  • Above average is the expected occupational growth in Alberta for 2013-2017. Job openings are a result of employment turnover and newly created positions. Registered nurses are employed by regional health authorities, clinics (ambulatory, medical, dental and community), primary care settings, nursing homes, home care agencies, large corporations and insurance companies, government services (for example, penitentiaries, outpost nursing, the foreign service, the Canadian Armed Forces),educational institutions. Some nurses are self-employed. Advancement to supervisory or administrative positions may require a master’s degree in nursing. Registered nurses are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 3012: Registered Nurses and Registered Psychiatric Nurses In Alberta, 96% of people employed in this classification work in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry. The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry), location in Alberta, employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions), occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before), size of the occupation. Over 34,500 Albertans are employed in the Registered Nurses occupational group which is expected to have an annual above average growth of 3.3% from 2013 to 2017 in Alberta. It is forecasted that about 1,139 new positions will be created each year in addition to job openings created by employment turnover. Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.


  • Average Salary: $ 65,492.00 | Average Wage: $43.23

Resources – ALIS profile, NOC, IAF


Career Info

NOC link: 3012
Offered Online? Athabasca University – distance delivery program
Last Updated: Jan 11, 2017

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