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Post-RPN Stream

Post-Diploma RPN to BScN (E) Stream (3 Years)

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

The Post-Diploma RPN to BScN (E) Stream is designed for college-trained Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs) who wish to obtain their baccalaureate nursing degree (Bachelor of Science in Nursing, or BScN). The (E) Stream builds on the knowledge and skills acquired in the practical nurse diploma program. The curriculum is planned for three academic years of full-time study at either Mohawk College or Conestoga College.

Upon graduation, students wishing to engage in the professional practice of nursing and use the title Registered Nurse are subject to qualifying examinations and other requirements by the licensing body, the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO). 

*Note: All students must review the CNO's Requisite Skills and Abilities and assess their ability to meet the criteria set forth in this document. 

Related Pages

​Level 2

Fall Term
​Winter Term
​HTHSCI ​ICC6- ​I​ntegrated Biological Bases of Nursing Practice I HTHSCI ​2C06 - I​ntegrated Biological Bases of Nursing Practice II
​HTHSCI 2RR3 - Introduction to ​the Social Determinants of Health NURSING 2​AA3 -​Professional RN Practice II
NURSING ​2A04 - ​​Introduction to Professional RN Practice I HTHSCI 3C04 - Research Appraisal & Utilization in Evidenced Informed Decision Making
NURSING 3QQ3 - Professional Community Nursing Practice
HTHSCI 2S03 - Intro to Statistics for Nursing
NURSING 3QQ3 - Professional Community Nursing Practice
HTHSCI 2S03 - Intro to Statistics for Nursing
WHMIS 1A00 - ​Introduction to Health and Safety

Level 3

Fall Term
​Winter Term
NURSING ​​3SS3 - ​​Nursing Concepts in Health & Illness III NURSING 3TT3 - Nursing Concepts in Health & Illness IV

NURSING 3Y04 - ​Professional Nursing Practice V


NURSING 3QQ3 - Professional Community Nursing Practice​

​​NURSING 3Y04​Professional Nursing Practice V


​NURSING 3QQ3 - Professional Community Nursing Practice​

Elective ​(3 units) Elective ​(3 units)
Elective ​(3 units) Elective ​(3 units)
Fall Term and Winter Term
 ​HTHSCI ​3PA2 AB - ​​Integrated Pathophysiology for Nursing
Fall Term or Winter Term
 Elective (3 units)​


​Level 4

Fall Term
​Winter Term
HTHSCI 4NR3 - Nursing Research NURSING 4Q03 - Advanced Nursing Concepts II 
NURSING 4P04 - Advanced Nursing Concepts I  NURSING 4K10 - Professional Practice & the New Graduate 
NURSING 4J07 - Professional Nursing Practice VI   
Elective ​(3 units)  


Post-RPN (E) Stream elective requirements:

Students completing the Post-RPN (E) Stream are required to complete 21 units of electives of which:

  • Minimum 9 units at Level 2 or above
  • Maximum 9 units from NURSING or HTHSCI courses

Elective course work must be completed prior to the start of the final term in Level 4.

Elective options:

McMaster offers a variety of courses across all Faculties that students can complete to satisfy their elective requirements. Students in the Nursing program can also take non-mandatory NURSING or HTHSCI courses offered by the School of Nursing toward their elective requirements (to a maximum of 6 units), including independent study/research project courses HTHSCI 4AR3 and 4BR3

Mohawk and Conestoga site students have the option to take COLLAB courses at their respective site.

Letter of Permission:

All students may request to complete electives at another institution on Letter of Permission (LOP)​

Details on applying for LOP

Next Undergraduate Application Deadline

January 11

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