Diploma Registered Practical Nurse to B.Sc.N. (McMaster)
About the Program
The program of study for Diploma Registered Practical Nurses to B.Sc.N (Stream E) prepares students for practice as registered nurses. It builds on the knowledge and skills acquired in the diploma practical nurse program. Stream (E) students enter at Level II. Level II nursing courses are designed to assist in the transition of students to baccalaureate studies. Students are integrated with Conestoga Site Collaborative B.Sc.N. students (Stream D) of the McMaster Mohawk Conestoga B.Sc.N. program for most courses. The curriculum is planned for three academic years of full-time study. Upon successful completion of this program, the graduate will be awarded the B.Sc.N. degree by McMaster University.
Length: Three-year Degree program
Delivery Sequence: Doon (Kitchener) - September/2014 (Open) - Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
First-Year Capacity: 60
- Applicants must provide evidence of registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario; newly graduated applicants must have written the Practical Nurses Registration Examinations by May 31st of the year of application and all applicants must provide evidence of successful registration with the College of Nurses by August 15 of the same year.
- A diploma in practical nursing (two-year program) from an Ontario College of Applied Arts and Technology, or equivalent, with a minimum overall average of 75% or higher. Applicants who have satisfactorily completed a diploma practical nurse program but who have not achieved the required cumulative average may become academically eligible by completing at least twelve units (two full-courses or four half-courses) of university degree credit with a cumulative average of at least B (75%). This work can be in any subject area and will be used for transfer credit once the applicant is admitted to the Post-Diploma Practical Nurse BScN program. Note: Applicants who possess a certificate in practical nursing should seek upgrading to diploma practical nurse at a College of Applied Arts and Technology.
Note re: Admission Requirements
- Students are integrated with Conestoga Site Collaborative B.Sc.N. students (Stream A) of the McMaster Mohawk Conestoga B.Sc.N. program for most courses.
- This is a limited enrollment program. Possession of the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Selection is based on academic qualifications.
- University degree credit courses completed prior to admission will be assessed for transfer credit by the Office of Coordinator of Studies following admission to the program.
- 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:
- Students are responsible for all costs associated with becoming certified in CPR, Basic Rescuer C and in maintaining this certification during the program. In addition, students are responsible for costs associated with mask fit testing required for clinical practice.
- Travel within the program: Students are responsible for arranging their own travel to and from learning settings external to the College and for covering all costs incurred.
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
Upon receiving the B.Sc.N. degree from McMaster University after successful completion of the E Stream of the B.Sc.N. program, graduates are eligible to write the Canadian Registered Nurse Examination (CRNE) which is administered by the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO). The CNO requires all applicants for registration to provide a recent criminal record synopsis (CIPC check) as part of the RN registration process. If you have any questions related to the Regulated Health Professions Act, please contact the College of Nurses of Ontario directly at 1-800-387-5526.
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 RPN to 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
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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.