Nursing - B.Sc.N. (McMaster)
About the Program
Since January 1, 2005, a baccalaureate in nursing is the minimum requirement for nursing registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario. Conestoga College, Mohawk College and McMaster University are working together to meet this requirement.
Through this consortium arrangement, Conestoga College offers nursing curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.Sc.N.) degree.
Students accepted to Conestoga's B.Sc.N program will take all four years of study at the Doon campus in Kitchener. Graduates of the program will receive a degree from McMaster University.
All prospective nursing students should be aware that the College of Nurses of Ontario has outlined the requisite skills and abilities necessary to practice nursing in the province of Ontario. We encourage applicants to consider these carefully as part of the preparation to pursue a nursing career:
The Nursing Act requires that program graduates applying for Nurse Registration in Ontario must not have been convicted of:
- a criminal offence; or
- an offence under the Narcotic Control Act (Canada) or the Food and Drugs Act (Canada).
In addition to the above, the Nursing Act also identifies a number of other abilities and requirements that must be met in order to practice nursing in the province of Ontario. Please see detailed information about these requirements at the following website:
Length: Four-year Degree program
Delivery Sequence: Doon (Kitchener) - September/2014 (Open) - Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
First-Year Capacity: 135
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, OR 19 years of age or older
- A minimum of six (6) Grade 12 courses with a minimum cumulative average of 75%, including four (4) required U level courses and two (2) additional U or M level courses
- The following Grade 12 U courses are required:
- English (ENG4U)
- One (1) Grade 12 Mathematics course from the following: Advanced Functions (MHF4U) OR Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U) OR Mathematics of Data Management (MDM4U)
- Grade 12 Biology (SBI4U) with a minimum average of 75%
- Grade 12 Chemistry (SCH4U) with a minimum average of 75%
- Two (2) other Grade 12 U or M courses
- Applicants who have attended university must submit all university transcripts. This includes all Canadian and international universities. Failure to do so will result in withdrawal of the offer of admission. The university transcripts WILL BE used as the basis of admission. Applicants must achieve a cumulative average of at least B (75%) in all university degree credit courses taken. A minimum of 12 units or equivalent are required. (These courses may be taken as a full-time or part-time student. University correspondence degree courses are acceptable.) University degree credit courses completed prior to admission will be assessed for advanced credit following admission to the program.
- Applicants who have successfully completed a one-year pre-health science program (no exemptions or equivalencies) at an Ontario College of Applied Arts and Technology (CAAT) will be considered for admission to Level I of the B.Sc.N. program at all sites. The program must include two terms (two credits) of biology, chemistry, mathematics, English and two other courses and achieve at least a 75% in each of the biology and chemistry courses and a cumulative average of 75% in the entire pre-health sciences program. PLEASE NOTE: Applicants who have attended university cannot use the Pre-Health Science program as their basis of admission.
- The one-year Pre-Health Science program is the ONLY College program that meets admission requirements for this degree program.
- Applicants to the B.Sc.N. program using a pre-health sciences program as the basis for admission should be aware that, beginning in the fall of 2013, the full pre-health sciences program (no exemptions or equivalencies) should be completed in the year immediately prior to the applicant's anticipated start date in the B.Sc.N. program.
Note: Transfer credit will not be granted for any pre-health sciences courses.
- Each student granted admission must be proficient in the use of the English language. Students will be expected to speak and write clearly and correctly in English.
- If your first language is not English, you must demonstrate English language proficiency by achieving a minimum test score on one of the following language proficiency tests or equivalent scores from another internationally recognized English language test: TOEFL iBT 86 overall with a minimum of 20 on each of the four components (Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening); IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.0 on each of the four components (Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening); CAEL 70 overall; or equivalent scores in other recognized standard tests of English.
- You may be exempted from this requirement if you meet one of the following requirements:
- Attended, in full-time academic studies, an accredited secondary school (high school) or post-secondary college in an English-speaking country for at least three years, OR
- Attended, in full-time academic studies, an accredited English medium secondary school (high school) for at least three years, OR
- Attended, in full-time academic studies, an accredited English medium university for at least one year, OR
- Resided in an English-speaking country for at least four years immediately prior to application to Conestoga.
- It is your responsibility to make all arrangements regarding the writing of the TOEFL test or other recognized tests and to have the official score report forwarded to the Office of the Registrar in a timely manner.
Note re: Admission Requirements
Please note: Because this is an oversubscribed program, the program is often full after the first round of admission decisions are made. This means that admission decisions are based on the marks available in early February. This may be a combination of final grades in required courses, mid-term grades in required courses, or marks from relevant grade 11 courses. If the program is full prior to the College receiving second semester mid-term grades, we will NOT re-calculate the academic strength based on the second semester grades. However, we will use available second semester grades to determine the position on the wait list of applicants who have received a wait list offer.
- Applicants applying directly from Ontario secondary schools must apply within two years of completion of the Grade 12 U or M course requirements with a 75% average and have not attended any post-secondary educational program during the two-year period.
- Transcripts from institutions previously attended must be submitted to the College. Failure to do so may result in rescinding an offer of acceptance.
- Academic strength is calculated by averaging all submitted Grade 12 marks (or equivalent) of the required subjects and two additional U or M courses. If more than two additional courses are submitted, the courses with the highest marks will be used.
- Practicum health and/or safety requirements must be completed in order for students to attend the practicum experience. This placement is mandatory for the completion of the program. Students who do not attend field/clinical placement will not be promoted to the next semester, which will ultimately result in non-completion of the program.
To qualify for field/clinical placement learning experiences, students must present the following at the start of the program in accordance with pre-admission information which will be provided by the College:
- a clear (no criminal offences) Police Check for Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS), completed annually
- completed immunization records, which are to be maintained throughout the program
- Standard First Aid and CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation)/AED (Automated External Defibrillator) HCP (Health Care Professional) certification; CPR is to be updated annually
- completed mask fit testing for infection control and for self-contained breathing apparatus as required.
- Criminal Screening: To be eligible for practicum, students must not have been convicted of any criminal offence for which they have not been pardoned. An unpardoned criminal record will result in the inability to participate in field placement/clinical and will jeopardize progress in the program.
Acceptance for placement is at the discretion of the agency; some agencies may request students provide a VSS completed within six months of placement start date.
Students with criminal records are advised to meet with the program chair for academic counselling to determine program suitability.
Offences under the Criminal Code and the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act of Canada:
Tuition & Fees
Tuition: Please refer to the previous academic year program fee chart for an approximation as fees for the next academic year are unavailable at this time.
*Fees are higher for international students on a Student Visa.
*Fees for recreation/athletics, graduation/alumni, insurance, as well as program-related costs such as books and supplies, are additional.
The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs-based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website
. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website.
For more information, please visit Financial Aid/Awards
For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca
For more information about the curriculum for the BScN program, please refer to the McMaster website
Program Advisory Committees
The College appoints Program Advisory Committee members for diploma, degree, certificate and apprenticeship programs. Committees are composed of employers, practitioners and recent program graduates. College representatives (students, faculty, and administrators) are resource persons. Each committee advises the Board on the development of new programs, the monitoring of existing programs and community acceptance of programs.
For a list of the current members, please visit our Program Advisory Committees
Domestic students should apply online at www.ontariocolleges.ca
or by phone at 1-888-892-2228.
60 Corporate Court
Canada N1G 5J3
International students should apply online using a Conestoga College International Application Form
. Please note: not all programs are open to international students. Interested students should check the listing of open programs on our international students web page
For program information, call the Information Centre at 519-748-5220 ext 3656.