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.


Program Highlights

  • Collaborative program of Mohawk College, Conestoga College and McMaster University. 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.

The Practical Nurse Program at Mohawk College is approved by the College of Nurses of Ontario. Current graduates from this program are eligible to apply for registration as a Registered Practical Nurse in Ontario. 


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.

Program Length

4 academic years (academic and clinical experiences)

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:

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Applied and have questions?
The admissions team is available to help, you can contact them via Admissions or by phone at 1-844-767-6871.


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Contact us or phone 905-575-2460.

Program delivery

Learn more about virtual and remote learning and how programs will be delivered.



Tuition and Fees

2020 - 2021 Domestic Tuition and Fees

  Year 1
Total Ancillary Fees $1,733.20
Co-op Fees N/A
Mandatory Program Fees $105.00
Domestic Tuition $6,042.60
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.

Additional Information


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 75% average is required. A minimum of 75% is required in each of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and English. Applicants must have attended NO post secondary 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 Colleges offer the only acceptable Pre-Health Sciences Pathways to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees Programs:

  • Algonquin College
  • Cambrian College
  • Confederation College
  • Conestoga College
  • Durham College
  • Fanshawe College
  • Fleming College
  • Georgian College
  • Humber College
  • Lambton College
  • Loyalist College
  • Mohawk College
  • Niagara College
  • Sheridan College
  • St. Clair College
  • St. Lawrence 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 (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. Effective for the Fall 2021 intake, applicants who have not taken university science courses must have obtained a B (75%) in Grade 12 University Chemistry (SCH4U) and Grade 12 University Biology (SBI4U) in the OSSD curriculum.
  • 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 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 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.

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

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. 




Mohawk Pathways 

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

Graduates from the Nursing (BScN) program are eligible to enroll into the following Degree, and Ontario College Graduate Certificate programs:


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 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

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Public Health
  • Long-term care Facilities
  • Home Care

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 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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Domestic Canadian Students

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International Students

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Phone: 1-905-575-2254
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*Not all programs are international eligible. Please see our programs available for international students.

Accessible Learning Services

Are you a student with a confirmed or suspected disability? Visit our Accessible Learning Services website to discover how we can help you.

Program Coordinators

Level 1: Lindsay Kipp
Level 2, 3, 4 PBL: Darlene Sheremet
Level 2, 3, 4 PP: Cynthia Hammond 
Level 4 PBL and PP: Maria Riva

Student Success Advisors

Student Success Advisors

  • Student Success Advisors assist current students to transition to college life, co-creating an academic success plan, advice on course selection, changing programs, or referrals to specialized support services. If you need help applying to Mohawk, contact Admissions (for International Students, please contact International Admissions).

    Blair Goodman

Canadian Domestic Students

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