How to Apply & Receive Your Nursing Bachelor’s Degree


Although application requirements vary among institutions, most colleges and universities require completion of high school or completion of a nursing or BSN equivalency. Usually an application is involved and sometimes additional documentation such as transcripts or assessments are required as well. Make sure you start planning early, as most applications are due early on in the year of application.

Many applications allow applicants to select choices for degree programs. Degrees may be in different faculties and even on different campuses. If you are not accepted for your first choice, you will be considered for your second choice.

Always be sure that you meet the requirements for application. There are usually requirements for general admission as well as requirements for the program of interest. Most colleges and universities now offer applications that can be completed online. Most applications now also require payment of a modest fee. Make sure you are aware of deadlines so that you do not miss out.

Something to consider when applying for your bachelor’s degree is whether you’ll need other support. Application for financial support such as loans, bursaries, and scholarships as well as application for student housing are sometimes made at the same time as application for your program of choice.

It is always a good idea to check in on your progress and make sure that you are meeting all of the requirements of your program. Student advisors are available on campus and online and it is a good idea to consult them from time to time.

At the graduation ceremony, recipients of the bachelor’s degree typically don the traditional wardrobe of cap and gown. Graduates are called by name to receive a diploma that generally lists the name of the institution, signatures of officials of the institution, the type of degree conferred, the conferring authority, and the location at which the degree was conferred. Diplomas are usually printed on parchment or high quality paper. Usually the graduate will shake hands with the Chancellor of the institution after being called by name and after walking across the stage. Sometimes additional school-specific tokens, such as pins or pennants, will be presented to graduates. Academic regalia (wardrobe) denotes varying degrees. Traditionally, bachelor’s degree recipients wear a colour that corresponds to their degree. For example, Bachelor of Arts recipients wear blue gowns, Bachelor of Education recipients wear white gowns with blue cord, and Bachelor of Applied Science recipients wear scarlet gowns. Conventions of academic regalia can vary, depending.

The graduation cap is ornamented with a tassel. During the graduation ceremony, the tassel hanging from the graduate’s cap is usually moved from the right to left, as a symbol the transition from students to alumni.


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