Diploma Registered Practical Nurse to B.Sc.N. (McMaster)
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing
- College Code:
- Health & Life Sciences and Community Services
- Program Code:
- Accelerated Delivery:
- Academic Year:
- 2016 / 2017
About the ProgramThe program of study for Diploma Registered Practical Nurses to BScN prepares students for practice as registered nurses. It builds on the knowledge and skills acquired in the diploma practical nurse program. Students enter the program at Level II. Level II nursing courses are designed to assist in the transition of students to baccalaureate studies. Students are integrated with Conestoga BScN students of the McMaster-Mohawk-Conestoga BScN 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 BScN degree by McMaster University.
Program InformationLength: Four-year Academic Bachelor's degree program
Delivery Sequence: Doon (Kitchener) - September/2016 (Closed) - Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
First-Year Capacity: 80
- This is a highly competitive program. Apply by February 1 (for September).
- 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. (Higher averages are often required for admission due to competition for available spaces in the program.) 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 to B.Sc.N. 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 enrolment program. Possession of the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.
- All applicants are required to complete an online assessment (CASPer™) as part of the admission process. Further information will be sent to applicants after the application has been received by Conestoga.
- Final selection is made using a formula that combines academic strength with the score on the CASPer™ assessment.
- University degree credit courses completed prior to admission will be assessed for transfer credit by the Office of Co-ordinator of Studies following admission to the program.
- Mandatory practicum health and safety requirements must be completed by students prior to student field/clinical placements. Successful placement completion is required for students to progress to program completion. 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 provided by the College:
- A complete immunization record including MMR, Tdap, Varicella, and Hepatitis B. Seasonal flu vaccination is required during flu season (October - March).
- TB Testing: Evidence of current 2-step or previous 2-step + current 1-step if more than one year has passed since 2-step testing.
- Standard First Aid and CPR - HCP level
- An annual Police Check for Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS). Police Checks must be clear of any unpardoned criminal offences. An unclear criminal record may result in the inability to participate in field placement/clinical which will jeopardize progress in the program. Acceptance for placement is at the discretion of the agency; some agencies may request students to 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.
- 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
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Financial AssistanceThe 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 Services/Awards.
Graduate OpportunitiesUpon receiving the BScN degree from McMaster University after successful completion of this 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
Pathways & Credit TransferConestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions.
Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.
Program CoursesFor more information about the curriculum for the RPN to BScN program, please refer to the McMaster website.
Program Advisory CommitteesThe 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.
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