Nursing (BScN) - 731

Four years or more
Put your head and your heart to work in a program that delivers the science of nursing in a caring, patient-centered program

BScN is now the minimum requirement for nursing registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario in order to practice as a registered nurse (RN).

View the Exceptions Calendar for start dates and semester break information.

Program Highlights

  • Prepare for a career as a Registered Nurse
  • Nursing curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from McMaster University
  • Develop nursing skills through a caring, client-centred scientifically-based learning model
  • Explore nursing through problem-based, small group, and self-directed learning models

Registration to Practice Nursing 
Upon receiving the BScN degree from McMaster University, graduates are eligible to write the NCLEX-RN exam which is administered by the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO).

Clinical placements

Clinical experience is provided in health care agencies throughout Ontario.

Students are responsible for their own travel and costs to clinical placements.

Clinical placements may occur at locations that are not accessible by public transit. Students should expect to either have access to a car or the ability to supply their own transportation when attending clinical placements in our catchment area that includes Hamilton, Brantford, Halton, Niagara, Norfolk and surrounding regions.

Minimum requirements for admission to the Nursing (BScN) Degree Program

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This is a limited enrolment program. Possession of the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Applicants to this program may be required to complete standardized testing in addition to published admission requirements. A fee may apply.

For competitive programs (the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of available places), selection will be based on the average of the highest senior level final grades in the required courses that are available at the time of ranking.

Applicants directly from Ontario Secondary School

Completion of the OSSD (or equivalent) including:

  • English U
  • One of Advanced Functions U, Calculus U and Vectors U or Mathematics of Data Management U
  • Biology U
  • Chemistry U
  • Two additional Grade 12 U or M courses to total 6

Note: A minimum of 75% is required in each of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and English. Applicants must have attended NO postsecondary education prior to application. Students who have taken these required courses more than once will be considered on an individual basis.

Applicants from an Ontario Community College Pre-Health Sciences program

Completion of a full Pre-Health Sciences program that consists of:

  • 2 Biology
  • 2 Chemistry
  • 2 Mathematics
  • 2 English equivalent to high school grade 12 U level
  • 2 other courses

Note: A minimum 75% average is required. Please note: 75% is required in each of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and English. No exemption credit will be granted in the program for Pre-Health Sciences courses . Students who have taken these required courses more than once will be considered on an individual basis.

Note: If graduates from a Pre-Health Sciences program have completed any university course work, the admission decision will be based solely on their university course work.

The following are acceptable Pre-Health Programs

Cambrian College
Conestoga College
Confederation College
Fanshawe College
George Brown College
Lambton College
Loyalist College
Mohawk College
Niagara College
Sir Sandford Fleming College

A cumulative GPA in an acceptable pre-health program that meets the minimum cut-off average for high school applicants (anticipated cut-off GPA is 85%).

Completion of at least two semesters in length and includes at least one full (two semesters) or two half courses in each of Biology, Chemistry, English and Mathematics. Applications will not be considered from applicants who possess credit only in the required subjects. Enrolment is limited and selection will be based on academic qualifications and the information provided in the CASPer online assessment.

No transfer credit will be granted.

Applicants with other Qualifications

Applicants not applying directly from secondary school or community college Pre-Health Sciences program require:

  • A cumulative average of at least B- (70%) in all University degree credit courses taken
  • A minimum of 12 units or equivalent is required
  • University degree credit courses completed prior to admission will be assessed for advanced credit following admission to the program

Note:This is a limited enrolment program. Possession of the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.

McMaster English Proficiency (opens new window) requirements.

View the McMaster Admission requirements (opens new window).

CASPer™ Test - Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics

All applicants to the Nursing (BScN) program, at Mohawk College are required to complete a mandatory online 90 minute computer-based test (CASPer™), to assist with our selection process. Successful completion of CASPer™ is mandatory in order to maintain admission eligibility. CASPer™ assesses for non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics we believe are important for successful students and graduates of our program and will complement our other applicant screening tools. In implementing CASPer™, we are trying to further enhance fairness and objectivity in our selection process. Please visit the CASPer™ (opens new window).

Final selection is made using a formula that combines academic strength with the score of the CASPer™ assessment.

Apply to (opens new window) and submit all university transcripts to the Registrar's Office at Mohawk College.

Pre-Clinical Requirements

All accepted applicants are required to complete certain requirements prior to clinical placement and are responsible for the associated costs. Details about pre-placement requirements will be emailed to you once you accept your offer of admission.

To be eligible for field/clinical placement, you must not have been convicted of any offence for which you have not been pardoned. If your Police Check is 'not clear', your acceptance and suitability for placement is at the discretion of the agency. Mohawk College cannot guarantee placement changes if refused by the agency.

Note: this is a Competitive Program

Apply by February 1st.

Read more about Competitive Programs.

Career Opportunities

The Nursing (BScN) Degree program can lead to exciting career opportunities

Industries of Employment:

  • Staff Nurses in Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Visiting Nursing Agencies and Public Health Departments
  • Care Managers for Community Care Access Centres
  • Entrepreneurs Owning and Managing a Health Care or Nursing Care Business
  • Researchers in Nursing Care, Nurse Education and Health Care
  • Educators of Individuals, Families, Communities and Nursing Students

Occupational Categories:

  • Registered Nurses

Course Overview & Descriptions

Program of studies (POS) for the Nursing (BScN) Degree program

All programs include blended learning which integrates both face-to-face learning and online learning in the delivery of a course. Find out more about blended learning.

Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes, often referred to as ‘Program Standards', set out the essential learning that a student must achieve before being deemed ready to graduate.

In many cases these program learning outcomes were developed by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) in consultation with employers and educators who are experts in the program field. To ensure the outcomes remain current and in line with industry needs, we invite our employers, graduates working in the field and current students to re-examine and update them during regular, ongoing program review focus groups.


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