Diploma RPN to BScN Degree - 755
- 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, Mohawk College and Conestoga College. Students choose to attend one of the three 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.
3 academic years (periods of 8 months)
View the Exceptions Calendar for start dates and semester break information.
Discover the Institute for Applied Health Sciences at McMaster
The Institute for Applied Health Sciences (IAHS) is located in West Hamilton on the McMaster campus. The IAHS campus is where the majority (but not all) of our health programs are taught. Learn more about the IAHS:
Tuition and Fees
Tuition and Fees
2018 - 2019 Domestic Tuition and Fees
|Total Ancillary Fees||$1,639.79|
|Mandatory Program Fees||$101.00|
|Total Domestic Charges Per Semester||$8,455.09|
|Total 1st Year Fees||$8,455.09|
Above fees based on full-time September program start date. Contact Student Services to confirm fees for other start dates or semesters.
- Awards: Scholarships and Bursaries
- OSAP Eligible. Learn about Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP).
- Full Cost Breakdown
- 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 June 30th 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.
Find a Nurse is not acceptable.
- Submit proof (copy) 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
- Please note, starting Fall 2020, the following courses will be required in addition to the above admission requirements:
- English (ENG4U)
- One (1) Grade 12 Mathematics course from the following: Advanced Functions (MHF4U) OR Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U) OR Mathematics of Data Management (MDM4U)
- All educational documents, official transcripts, and proof of CNO must be submitted to OCAS by March 30, 2019
- Waitlist for SNP campus is integrated with the IAHS campus waitlist
- Note: University degree credit courses completed prior to admission will be assessed for advanced credit following admission to the program
- 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. In implementing CASPer™, we are trying to further enhance fairness and objectivity in our selection process.
- Proof of English proficiency for applicants where English is not their first language must be submitted to Ontario Colleges.
Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics (CASPer™)
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. In implementing CASPer™, we are trying to further enhance fairness and objectivity in our selection process.
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 2020-2021 academic year are as follows:
- Thursday, October 17, 2019
- Sunday, October 20, 2019
- Tuesday, November 26, 2019
- Tuesday, January 14, 2020
- Tuesday, February 11, 2020
- Sunday, February 23, 2020
- Thursday, April 2, 2020
Proof of English proficiency for applicants where English is not their first language must be submitted to Ontario Colleges
Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English. Options are available for mature applicants.
How you'll gain skills
- Experiential learning opportunities in a state-of-the-art clinical simulation room, and community and health care agencies.
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 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.
Where you can go next
- Earn a degree:
- Visit Pathways and Credit Transfer for degree completion opportunities outside of Ontario.
- View our pathways map PDF. This Pathways map shows how the identified program can lead to future program choices.
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).
Program of Studies
Course Overview & Descriptions
Program of studies (POS) for the Diploma Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) to BScN Degree program
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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