Nursing (BScN) - 731

Four years or more
Prepare to practice in a wide variety of health care settings while promoting nursing as a caring, client-centred, scientifically-based profession.


Please note applications are submitted to Ontario Colleges.

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).

Be sure to read the Nursing - BScN frequently asked questions.

Program Highlights

  • 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.
  • Emphasis on person-centered learning within a problem-based approach.
  • Designed so that the study of nursing, humanities, and physiological, psychological and social sciences are interrelated and threaded throughout the program.

What you'll learn

  • How to gather and critically evaluate research to promote critical thinking and to provide evidence-based practice.

Program Length

4 academic years (academic and clinical experiences)

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

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Tuition and Fees

2018 - 2019 Domestic Tuition and Fees

  Year 1
Total Ancillary Fees $1,639.79
Co-op Fees N/A
Mandatory Program Fees $101.00
Domestic Tuition $6,714.30
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.

Additional Information


Is nursing for you? (opens PDF)

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


Admission Streams

Applicants directly from Ontario Secondary School

Completion of the OSSD (or equivalent) including:

  • English 4U
  • One of Advanced Functions 4U, Calculus 4U and Vectors 4U or Mathematics of Data Management 4U
  • Biology 4U
  • Chemistry 4U
  • Two additional Grade 12 4U 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.

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.

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

  • Algonquin College
    Pre-Health Sciences Pathways to Advances Diplomas and Degrees
  • Cambrian College
    Pre-Health Science
  • Canadore College
    Pre-Health Science
  • Centennial College
    Pre-Health Science Pathway to Certificate and Diploma
  • Confederation College
    Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas & Degrees
  • Conestoga College
    Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas & Degrees
  • Durham College
    Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas & Degrees (2017)
    Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Certificates & Diplomas (2017)
  • Fanshawe College
    Pre-Health Sciences
    Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas & Degrees (2017)
  • Fleming College
    Pre-Health Science Pathway to Certificates and Diplomas
    Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees (2017)
  • George Brown College
    Pre-Health Science Program
    Pre-Health Science Pathway to Certificates & Diplomas (2017)
  • Georgian College
    Pre-Health Sciences Pathways to Advances Diplomas and Degrees
  • Humber College
    Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas & Degrees (2017)
  • Lambton College
    Pre-Health Sciences - BSCN
  • Loyalist College
    Pre-Health Science
  • Mohawk College
    Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas & Degrees
  • Niagara College
    Pre-Health Science Pathway to Advanced Diploma & Degrees
  • Sheridan College 
    Pre-Health Science

  • St. Clair College
    Pre-Health Science
  • St. Lawrence College
    Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas & Degrees
    Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Certificates & Diplomas


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 (in the year prior to beginning your studies) 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.

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 with final grades or equivalent is required
  • University degree credit courses completed prior to admission will be assessed for advanced credit following admission to the program
  • McMaster English Proficiency requirements.
  • View the McMaster Admission requirements.


Note: This is a limited enrolment program. Possession of the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Admission will be based solely on University course work.


CASPer™ Test

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 2019-2020 academic year are as follows:

  • Tuesday, November 20, 2018
  • Thursday, January 24, 2019
  • Tuesday, February 12, 2019
  • Sunday, February 24, 2019

Apply to and submit all university transcripts to the Ontario Colleges Application Service.

Note: this is a Competitive Program

Apply by February 1st.

Read more about Competitive Programs.

Experiential Learning

How you’ll gain skills

  • Applying concepts from nursing and related disciplines to your experiences in the classroom, laboratory and clinical settings.

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

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.



Where you can go next

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).

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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Contact our Admissions advisors for help with your application.

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Student Success Advisors

Student Success Advisors

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