Nursing (BScN) - 731
- Please note applications are submitted to Ontario Colleges.
- This program is recognized as a Candian Nursing Education Program (CASN) Accredited 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).
- COUPN-Council of Ontario University Programs in Nursing (January 2019) document provides information for applicants to Ontario baccalaureate nursing programs, students, faculty, staff, accessibility service providers, health professionals, and the public about the essential requirements required for successful completion of these programs. Visit Ontario requirements for BSCN Study.
- Be sure to read the Nursing - BScN frequently asked questions and the College of Nurses of Ontario website to view requisite skills and abilities document (PDF).
- Collaborative program of McMaster University, Mohawk College and Conestoga College. You may choose to attend one of the three sites and graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) degree from McMaster University.
- The Collaborative BScN program is unique in that it utilizes a problem-based learning (PBL) approach which involves small-group, self-directed learning that emphasizes interpersonal skills, independent learning, and leadership qualities. The study of nursing, the physiological, psychological and social sciences, and the humanities are interrelated and span the entire program.
- 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).
- For further information about the program please review BSCN Basic Stream at McMaster's website.
What you'll learn
- How to provide person-centred, holistic nursing care across the life span.
- How to gather and critically evaluate research to promote critical thinking and to provide evidence-based practice.
- Develop skills needed to work in an interdisciplinary health care team environment.
- Develop competencies that meet the Registered Nurses Entry to Practice Standards (PDF) as required by the College of Nurses of Ontario.
4 academic years (academic and clinical experiences)
View the Exceptions Calendar for start dates and semester break information.
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Fall 2020 program delivery
Tuition and Fees
Tuition and Fees
2020 - 2021 Domestic Tuition and Fees
|Total Ancillary Fees||$1,733.20|
|Mandatory Program Fees||$105.00|
|Total Domestic Charges Per Semester||$7,880.90|
|Total 1st Year Fees||$7,880.80|
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
- Is nursing for you? (opens PDF)
- Ontario Requirements for BScN Study
- View the McMaster Admission requirements
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.
Final selection is made using a formula that combines academic strength with the score on the CASPer™ assessment
Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics (CASPer™ Test)
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.
For more information, check out the CASPer™ website.
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)
Apply to ontariocolleges.ca and submit all university transcripts to the Ontario Colleges Application Service.
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
- Through a mix of on-campus labs and clinical simulations.
- By applying combined theoretical knowledge with practical skills during clinical placements.
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.
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.
To learn more, please visit the Centre for Experiential Learning.
Where you can go next
- Mohawk offers a diverse range of programs to further your studies**:
- View our internal pathways map PDF. This Pathways map shows how the identified program can lead to future program choices within Mohawk.
- Visit Pathways and Credit Transfer for degree completion opportunities outside of Ontario.
- See ontransfer.ca for additional opportunities at other colleges or universities in Ontario.
Your future career options
- Registered Nurse
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).
Where you can work
- Public Health
- Long-term care Facilities
- Home Care
Program of Studies
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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