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Undergraduate Program

Please note all BScN Program applications must ​satisfy this Mandatory Requirement - CASPer Assessment.

Graduate Programs

For admission inquiry about the Graduate Programs offered by School of Nursing, please choose a program:

Specialty Programs

To learn about the admission requirements and the admission process for nursing programs offered by School of Nursing, please review the respective program pages:

CASPer Assessment

All applicants to the Nursing Program at McMaster University will be required to complete a mandatory online 90-minute computer-based assessment called CASPer, as a component of the selection process.

CASPer, the Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics is a web-based situational judgement test designed to evaluate key personal and professional characteristics essential for students to be successful in nursing school and ultimately, as practicing nurses. Some of these characteristics include professionalism, empathy, compassion and cultural sensitivity. Since CASPer assesses non-cognitive and interpersonal characteristics, studying is not required.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to secure technical requirements including a reliable internet connection on their selected test date. No exceptions will be made for applicants who are unable to take CASPer online due to unreliable internet connection caused by technical or political factors. Applicants may want to explore details of the requirements and the structure of this assessment at takecasper.com

 

BScN Basic

Ontario Secondary School Applicants

To be considered for this category, applicants must not have attended any post-secondary educational program prior to application.

The selection method for Ontario secondary school applicants is by academic qualifications and assessment of personal and professional characteristics. Conditional offers of admission are made in late April. 

To be considered for this category applicants must:

  1. Six program-specific midterm/interim Grade 12 U or M course grades, or
  2. At least three final Grade 12 U or M course grades plus enrollment in three program-specific additional Grade 12 U or M courses; and
  3. CASPerTM assessment.

Offers based on interim grades will be conditional upon maintaining satisfactory performance on final grades.

Academic Requirements

The following are the minimum Grade 12 U and M requirements under the OSS curriculum:

  1. English U
  2. Biology U
  3. Chemistry U
  4. One of Advanced Functions U, Calculus and Vectors U or Mathematics of Data Management U
  5. Two additional Grade 12 U or M courses to total six courses

Admission is by selection. Typically a minimum average of 85% is required for consideration.

Equivalent to Ontario Secondary School Applicants

Applicants from other provinces and countries must achieve the equivalent to the qualifications listed above in their secondary school graduation year.

Applicants with a University Degree or with University Degree Credits

To be considered for this category applicants must:

  • Achieve a cumulative average of at least B- in all university degree credit courses taken.
  • A minimum of 12 units with final grades or equivalent are required. Possession of this cumulative average does not guarantee an offer of admission due to the limited number of available spots and the high number of applications.

Note: University degree credit courses completed prior to admission will be assessed for advanced credit by the Academic Advising Services following admission to the program. Applicants with significant university science courses should refer to admission requirements for the Accelerated (F) Stream

Applicants from a Pre-Health Sciences Program

Applicants who have successfully completed a pre-health sciences program at an Ontario College of Applied Arts and Technology (CAAT) will be considered for admission to Level I of the BScN program. Applicants who are currently registered in a pre-health sciences program may be given a conditional offer of admission based upon interim grades and their CASPerTM assessment. The offer of admission will be withdrawn if the applicant does not complete the full program or does not meet the required admission cumulative average.

To be considered for this category applicants must:

  • Complete at least two semesters, including at least one full (two semesters) or two half courses in each of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and English. Applications will not be considered from applicants who possess one credit only in the required subjects.
  • Achieve a cumulative average in the pre-health sciences program that meets the minimum average of 85%. Possession of this cumulative average does not guarantee an offer of admission due to the limited number of spots and the high number of applications.

Please note:

  1. For admission consideration, completion of the full Pre-Health Science Certificate must be done within one year of the anticipated start date to the undergraduate Basic Nursing 1 program.
  2. Applicants who have attended university cannot use the Pre-Health Science Program as their basis of admission.
  3. Transfer credit will not be granted for any pre-health sciences courses.

Ontario Secondary Schools

Application Process for Applicants Directly from Ontario Secondary Schools

Other Applicants: Pre-Health and University

  1. Apply online at the Ontario Universities' Application Centre using Form 105D no later than February 1st.
  2. Complete online CASPerTM at takecasper.com.
  3. Transcripts:
    • If you have not requested your transcripts through OUAC, please mail your transcripts to McMaster University, Admissions - GH 108, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON L8S 4L8 by February 1.

    Applicants who are in the final year of their degree when applying or are applying as a second degree do not have to submit their high school transcript.

    Applicants who have courses in progress must submit official transcripts by the deadline date of February 1.

McMaster Student, in either one of these categories, please follow these instructions:

  • Current McMaster students in their graduating year and applying to McMaster only, click here for the Returning Student On-Line Application. You are not required to submit transcripts
  • All other current McMaster students must download, complete and submit the Internal Application by February 1. You are not required to submit transcripts. 

    Other Degree Nursing Programs

    Applicants who are enrolled in a Nursing degree program at another university or in another college/university consortium may apply to transfer to the Mohawk and/or Conestoga sites to earn a McMaster BScN degree. Applicants will not be considered for studies above Level II. All potential applicants should contact the appropriate site to determine if there is space for transfer applicants. For the Mohawk College site, contact the Associate Dean, BScN Program; for the Conestoga College site, contact the Chair, Nursing Programs.

    Curriculum

    Review program information and requirements for BScN Basic.

    Timetable

    Level 1 Basic Stream (A) Timetable

    (click to resize to view​ the timetable) 

    Registration to Practice Nursing

    After successful completion of the program and receiving the BScN degree, graduates are required to meet the Entry Level Competencies for nursing practice in Ontario. For a student to obtain these competencies during their educational program, certain basic skills and abilities are required. It is important that you are aware of these prior to applying for admission to the nursing program at McMaster University. View ​these requirements here: Requisite Skills and Abilities for Nursing Practice in Ontario.

    To be considered, applicants must:

    • Achieve a Cumulative Average of at least B- in all university degree credit courses taken.
    • Complete a minimum of 54 units (2 full years) of university credit which include a grade of at least C- on each of the following required courses:   
      • 6 units of Introductory Psychology
      • 6 units of Human Physiology OR 6 units of Human Anatomy & Physiology 

        Human Physiology courses must cover all of the following systems: Neuro, Endocrine, Cardiac, Respiratory, Digestive, Reproductive, Urinary, Musculoskeletal and Acid/Base balance

      • 3 units of Biochemistry  and 3 units of Nutrition

      • 3 units of Statistics

    Note: We are not able to assess courses prior to application. Please review the equivalency lists provided above. ​

    *6 units is equivalent to one full credit or two half credit courses

    *3 units is equivalent to one half credit course

    Questions?

    Students must have completed or be currently registered in the required courses at the time of application. If you are currently registered in courses, transcripts must be submitted by February 1st.

    Normally, the required Human Anatomy & Physiology and Biochemistry courses must be completed within the last 4 years. If you have taken these courses more than 4 years ago, we encourage you to contact Vicki Benedetti at (905) 525-9140, ext 22232. Otherwise, your application will not be considered.

    Exceptions

    The Accelerated BScN Stream is not open to students currently registered in the Basic Stream (A) of the BScN program at McMaster University or any other nursing or practical nursing program or who are internationally educated nurses. Applicants with two undergraduate degrees will not be considered for the Accelerated Stream. Please see the policy under the General Academic Regulation section of the Undergraduate Calendar.

     

    Late applications will not be considered

    1. Apply online at the Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC) using Form 105D no later than February 1.
    2. Complete online CASPerTM at takecasper.com.
    3. Download, complete, fax or email the Pre-requisite form.
      • Fax: 905.570.0667
      • Emailbscnprog@mcmaster.ca
      • Mail: School of Nursing, HSC – room 2J34L, McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON L8S 4K1.
    4. Transcripts:
      • If you have not requested your transcripts through OUAC, please mail them to McMaster University, Admissions - GH 108, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON L8S 4L8 by February 1st.

    Applicants who are in the final year of their degree when applying or are applying as a second degree do not have to submit their high school transcript.

    Applicants who have courses in progress must submit official transcripts by the deadline date of February 1.

    If you are a McMaster Student in either one of these categories, please follow these instructions:

    • All other current McMaster undergraduate students must download, complete and submit the Internal Application  by February 1. You are not required to submit transcripts. 

    Admission decisions are issued from April to June typically. All applicants will be notified via email no later than June 30.

     

    Curriculum

    Students admitted to this stream will enter Level III of the BScN Program. Students are expected to meet the residency requirement of the university.​

    Review program information and requirements for BScN Basic-Accelerated.

    REGISTRATION TO PRACTICE NURSING

    After successful completion of the program and receiving the BScN degree, graduates are required to meet the Entry Level Competencies for nursing practice in Ontario. For a student to obtain these competencies during their educational program, certain basic skills and abilities are required. It is important that you are aware of these prior to applying for admission to the nursing program at McMaster University. View ​these requirements here: Requisite Skills and Abilities for Nursing Practice in Ontario.

     

    Post-RPN to BScN Stream

    Important

    Please note that the Post-Diploma Practical Nurse (E) Stream is only offered by our collaborative partners, Mohawk College or Conestoga College.

    The admission requirements and application process ​for Stream (E) at either college site can be found below:

    Curriculum

    Review required courses for ​Post-RPN to BScN.

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