Diploma RPN to BScN Degree - 755

Three years
Upgrade your current Registered Practical Nursing Diploma to earn a BScN Degree.

NEW for Fall 2022 admission

Students interested in the McMaster Nursing (BScN) program at Mohawk College will submit their application through OUAC (Ontario University Application Centre). Applicants can select McMaster RPN to BScN (Mohawk site) from the program listings.

If you have admissions-related questions for Fall 2022 please contact bscnadm [at] mcmaster.ca.


Program Highlights

  • Direct entry into the BScN Degree Program.
  • Students receive 30 units of advanced credit and enter at Level II. The two Level II core nursing courses are designed to assist students in transitioning to the baccalaureate program.
  • Curriculum is planned for three years of full-time study. Students are allowed six years after the first ‘nursing’ course to complete the program requirements.
  • This is a collaborative program of McMaster University offered at the Mohawk College and Conestoga College sites. Students choose to attend one of the two sites and graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) degree from McMaster University.
  • Curriculum is unique in that it emphasizes person-centered learning within a problem-based approach, uses tutorial classes and facilitates self-directed learning.

What you'll learn

  • This program builds on the knowledge and skills acquired in the diploma Practical Nursing diploma program.
  • Curriculum is designed so that the study of nursing, the humanities, and the physiological, psychological and social sciences are interrelated and threaded throughout the program.
  • University-level anatomy and physiology and pathophysiology
  • Community and population health principles and practices.
  • Evidence-informed decision making and clinical judgment at the registered nurse level.
  • Research methodology and critical appraisal skills allowing you to understand and apply research literature to everyday nursing practice.

Program Length

3 academic years (periods of 8 months)

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Program delivery

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Tuition and Fees

2020 - 2021 Domestic Tuition and Fees

  Year 1
Total Ancillary Fees $1,629.74
Co-op Fees N/A
Mandatory Program Fees $105.00
Domestic Tuition $5,998.80
Total Domestic Charges Per Semester $7,733.54
Total 1st Year Fees $7,733.54 

Above fees based on full-time September program start date. Contact Student Services to confirm fees for other start dates or semesters.

Additional Information

NEW for Fall 2022 admission

Students interested in the McMaster Nursing (BScN) program at Mohawk College will submit their application through OUAC (Ontario University Application Centre). Applicants can select McMaster RPN to BScN (Mohawk site) from the program listings.

If you have admissions-related questions for Fall 2022 please contact bscnadm [at] mcmaster.ca.



Equal Consideration Fall: February 1

Equal Consideration Winter: June 1

Academic Requirements

  • Submit proof of a Diploma in Practical Nursing (two-year program) from an Ontario Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology or equivalent and official transcripts showing “Diploma Awarded” with a minimum overall average of 75% or higher*.
  • In addition to the above admission requirements, students are also required to present the following courses:
    • Grade 12 ENG4U or equivalent 
    • One of the following Grade 12 Mathematics courses or equivalent: 
      • Advanced Functions (MHF4U) 
      • Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U) 
      • Mathematics of Data Management (MDM4U)
  • For submission of the Grade 12 University English and Grade 12 University Mathematics course students can present the courses in the second semester of a pre-approved Pre-Health program.
  • English and Mathematics courses from a (post-secondary) university program may be considered.
  • *Applicants who have satisfactorily completed a Diploma in Practical Nursing (two-year 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 (high school “U” level courses are not acceptable) with a cumulative average of at least B (75%). This work can be completed in any subject area.

College of Nurses

Applicants must provide evidence of registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario by April 15, 2021.

  • Newly graduated applicants must have written the Practical Nurses Registration Examinations by May 31st of the year of application.
  • Proof of Annual Registration payment (receipt) for 2021 with the College of Nurses must be submitted by April 15, 2021.

CNO documentation must be mailed to Ontario Colleges for submission. Please review the Document Submission information below for further details.

Find a Nurse and Annual Membership documents are not acceptable.

Additional Mandatory Requirements

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

All applicants to the Diploma RPN to BScN Degree 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.

For more information, check out the CASPer™ website.

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

Testing dates for the Fall 2021-2022 academic year are as follows:

  • Thursday, October 15, 2020 (5pm)
  • Thursday, October 22, 2020 (5pm)
  • Tuesday, November 24, 2020 (5pm)
  • Tuesday, January 12, 2021 (5pm)
  • Thursday, February 11, 2021 (5pm)
  • Thursday, February 11, 2021 (8pm)
  • Sunday, February 28, 2021 (1pm)
  • Sunday, February 28, 2021 (4pm)
  • Tuesday. April 6, 2021 (5pm)

Applicants to the Mohawk Nursing programs must write the CASPer™ CSP-10202 – Canadian Undergraduate Health Sciences test on one of the published test dates. Other tests are not accepted and no other dates are available. Applicants that have applied to both the Nursing (BScN) and Diploma RPN to BScN Degree program are only required to write test CSP-10202 once.

Document submission

All educational documents, official transcripts, and proof of CNO must be submitted and received by Ontario Colleges by April 15, 2021.

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  • Documentation submitted and received beyond the deadline will not be scored for consideration.
  • We encourage students to submit all previous education for consideration for the program.
  • Emailed documentation will not be scored for consideration.

Other Information

  • Competitive Program: Meeting the minimum published admission requirements does not guarantee admission to this program.
  • McMaster University Admissions
  • Students currently in progress in their ENG4U and/or Grade 12 Mathematics course are required to submit mid-terms by April 15, 2021. Final grades are due for submission by July 15, 2021.
  • University degree credit courses completed prior to admission will be assessed for advanced credit following admission to the program.
  • Proof of English proficiency for applicants where English is not their first language must be submitted to Ontario Colleges.
  • Is nursing for you? (Opens PDF, 176kb)
  • Ontario Requirements for BScN Study

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English. Options are available for mature applicants.

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Experiential Learning

How you'll gain skills

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.

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

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

To learn more, please visit the Centre for Experiential Learning. 




Mohawk Pathways 

Mohawk offers a diverse range of programs to further your studies**: Students that graduate from any of the following Ontario College Diploma programs are eligible to enroll into the Diploma RPN to BScN Degree program:


View our internal pathways map PDF. This Pathways map shows how the identified program can lead to future program choices within Mohawk.

Your future career options

  • Registered Nurses practise independently or in teams with other health professionals to care for diverse clients across the lifespan.

Where you could work includes:

  • Traditional settings in hospitals, nursing homes, public health, visiting nursing agencies
  • Case managers for community care access centres
  • Entrepreneurs owning and managing health/nursing care businesses
  • Researchers in nursing care, education and health care
  • Educators of individuals, families, communities and nursing students.

Opportunities for grads

  • Upon successful completion of the PN program and the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) licensing exam, candidates will become members this regulated profession.
  • Membership with the Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario (RPNAO).

Course Overview & Descriptions

Click on the course title for a course description.

Program of studies (POS) for the Diploma Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) to BScN Degree program

Visit the McMaster University website for the Program of Studies (opens new window)

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 Colleges and Universities (MCU) 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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