McMaster University

McMaster University

BScN Basic (A) Stream (4 Years)

Nurse with young female patient

McMaster’s BScN Program is unique in that it emphasizes person-based learning within a problem-based approach, uses tutorial classes and facilitates self-directed learning. The curriculum is designed so that the study of nursing; the physiological, psychological and social sciences; and the humanities, are interrelated and span the entire program.

In Level I, students are provided with a strong foundation in the health and social sciences and are able to choose a variety of electives. They learn about themselves and their clients as individuals, while focusing on health, health assessment and the promotion of health. Students are in a lab setting with a tutor for four hours per week and focus on foundational nursing skills, such as communication, handwashing, vital signs and physical assessment.

Moving through Level II, students begin to consider the family and the community as the client. Groups of students and one tutor complete a practice placement for eight hours per week. All students complete one medical and one surgical placement, learning to deal with acute and complex health care situations.

In Professional Practice Placements Level III students complete 12 hours per week in acute and varied clinical settings, such as pediatrics, mental health, maternal/child and many more. In Professional Practice Placements Level IV students are individually placed in a variety of clinical settings where they are actively involved in enacting the nursing role for 24 hours per week for 12 weeks in the first term, and 24 hours per week in the first six weeks and 35 hours per week in the last six weeks of the second term. Students are directly supervised by a clinical preceptor and indirectly supervised by a clinical tutor.

BScN Basic (A) Stream graduates 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.

Admission Requirements for:

  • Ontario Secondary
    Schools
  • Equivalent to
    Ontario Secondary School
  • University Degree
    or University Degree Credits
  • Pre-Health Sciences
    Program

**New for 2016 - CASPerTM

Admission Requirements for Applicants Directly from Ontario Secondary Schools

To be considered for this category, applicants must not have attended any post-secondary educational program prior to application.

The selection method for Ontario secondary school applicants is by academic qualifications and assessment of personal and professional characteristics. Conditional offers of admission are made in late April based on the following:

  1. six program-specific midterm/interim Grade 12 U or M course grades, or
  2. at least three final Grade 12 U or M course grades plus enrolment in three program-specific additional Grade 12 U or M courses; and
  3. CASPerTM assessment.

Offers based on interim grades will be conditional upon maintaining satisfactory performance on final grades.

 

Academic Requirements

The following are the minimum Grade 12 U and M requirements under the OSS curriculum:

  1. English U
  2. Biology U
  3. Chemistry U
  4. One of Advanced Functions U, Calculus and Vectors U or Mathematics of Data Management U
  5. Two additional Grade 12 U or M courses to total six courses

Admission is by selection. Typically a minimum average of 85% is required for consideration.

**New Requirement - Mandatory CASPerTM Assessment

All applicants to the Nursing Program at McMaster University will be required to complete a mandatory online 90-minute computer-based assessment called CASPerTM, as a component of the selection process.

 

CASPerTM, the Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics is a web-based situational judgement test designed to evaluate key personal and professional characteristics essential for students to be successful in nursing school and ultimately, as practicing nurses. Some of these characterisitcs include professionalism, empathy, compassion and culturual sensitivity. Since CASPerTM assesses non-cognitive and interpersonal characterisics, studying is not required.

 

It is the responsibility of the applicant to secure technical requirements including a reliable internet connection on their selected test date. No exceptions will be made for applicants who are unable to take CASPerTM online due to unreliable internet connection caused by technical or political factors. Applicants may want to explore details of the requirements and the structure of this assessment at takecasper.com .

 

Admission Requirements for Applicants with Qualifications Equivalent to Ontario Secondary School

Applicants from other provinces and countries must achieve the equivalent to the qualifications listed above in their secondary school graduation year.

**New for 2016 - CASPerTM

Admission Requirements for Applicants with a University Degree or with University Degree Credits

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To be considered for this category applicants must:

  • Achieve a cumulative average of at least B- in all university degree credit courses taken. A minimum of 12 units or equivalent are required. Possession of this cumulative average does not guarantee an offer of admission due to the limited number of available spots and the high number of applications.

 

Note: University degree credit courses completed prior to admission will be assessed for advanced credit by the Office of the Coordinator of Studies following admission to the program. Applicants with significant university science courses should refer to admission requirements for the Basic-Accelerated (F) Stream.

 

**New Requirement - Mandatory CASPerTM Assessment

All applicants to the Nursing Program at McMaster University will be required to complete a mandatory online 90-minute computer-based test called CASPerTM, as a component of the selection process.

 

CASPerTM, the Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics is a web-based situational judgement test designed to evaluate key personal and professional characteristics essential for students to be successful in nursing school and ultimately, as practicing nurses. Some of these characteristics include professionalism, empathy, compassion and cultural sensitivity. Since CASPerTM assesses non-cognitive and interpersonal characteristics, studying is not required.

 

It is the responsibility of the applicant to secure technical requirements including a reliable internet connection on their selected test date. No exceptions will be made for applicants who are unable to take CASPerTM online due to unreliable internet access caused by technical or political factors. Applicants may want to explore details of the requirements and the structure of this assessment at takecasper.com .

 

** New for 2016 - CASPerTM

Admission Requirements for Applicants from a Pre-Health Sciences Program

Applicants who have successfully completed a pre-health sciences program at an Ontario College of Applied Arts and Technology (CAAT) will be considered for admission to Level I of the BScN program. Applicants who are currently registered in a pre-health sciences program may be given a conditional offer of admission based upon interim grades and their CASPerTM assessment. The offer of admission will be withdrawn if the applicant does not complete the full program or does not meet the required admission cumulative average.

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To be considered for this category applicants must:

  • Complete at least two semesters, including at least one full (two semesters) or two half courses in each of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and English. Applications will not be considered from applicants who possess one credit only in the required subjects.

 

  • Achieve a cumulative average in the pre-health sciences program that meets the minimum average of 85%. Possession of this cumulative average does not guarantee an offer of admission due to the limited number of spots and the high number of applications.

 

Please note:

  1. For admission consideration, completion of the full Pre-Health Science Certificate must be done within one year of the anticipated start date to the undergraduate Basic Nursing 1 program.
  2. Applicants who have attended university cannot use the Pre-Health Science Program as their basis of admission.
  3. Transfer credit will not be granted for any pre-health sciences courses.

New Requirement - Mandatory CASPerTM Assessment

All applicants to the Nursing Program at McMaster University will be required to complete a mandatory online 90-minute computer-based test called CASPerTM, as a component of the selection process.

 

CASPerTM, the Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics is a web-based situational judgement test designed to evaluate key personal and professional characteristics essential for students to be successful in nursing school and ultimately, as practicing nurses. Some of these characteristics include professionalism, empathy, compassion and cultural sensitivity. Since CASPerTM assesses non-cognitive and interpersonal characteristics, studying is not required.

 

It is the responsibility of the applicant to secure technical requirements including a reliable internet connection on their selected test date. No exceptions will be made for applicants who are unable to take CASPerTM online due to unreliable internet access caused by technical or political factors. Applicants may want to explore details of the requirements and the structure of this assessment at takecasper.com .

 

Application Process for:

  • Ontario Secondary
    Schools
  • Other Applicants:
    Pre-Health and University
  • Other Degree
    Nursing Programs

Application Process for Applicants Directly from Ontario Secondary Schools

Apply online at the Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC) using Form 101 for current Ontario Secondary School Students no later than January 11 (recommended deadline).

Complete online CASPerTM at takecasper.com.

All Other Applicants, i.e. Pre-Health and University

All other applicants must:

  1. Apply online at the Ontario Universities' Application Centre using Form 105D no later than February 1.
  2. Complete online CASPerTM at takecasper.com.
  3. Transcripts:

    • If you have not requested your transcripts through OUAC, please mail your transcripts to McMaster University, Admissions - GH 108, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON L8S 4L8 by February 1.
    • Applicants who are in the final year of their degree when applying or are applying as a second degree do not have to submit their high school transcript.
    • Applicants who have courses in progress must submit official transcripts by the deadline date of February 1.

If you are a McMaster Student in either one of these categories, please follow these instructions:

  • Current McMaster students in their graduating year and applying to McMaster only, click here for the Returning Student On-Line Application. You are not required to submit transcripts.

 

  • All other current McMaster students must download, complete and submit the Internal aplication by February 1. You are not required to submit transcripts.

 

Application Process for Applicants From Other Degree Nursing Programs

Applicants who are enrolled in a Nursing degree program at another university or in another college/university consortium may apply to transfer to the Mohawk and/or Conestoga sites to earn a McMaster BScN degree. Applicants will not be considered for studies above Level II. All potential applicants should contact the appropriate site to determine if there is space for transfer applicants. For the Mohawk College site, contact the Associate Dean, BScN Program; for the Conestoga College site, contact the Chair, Nursing Programs.

Program Information

  • Curriculum

  • Timetable

  • Registration to
    Practise Nursing

Timetable

Typical timetable for first-year kaleidoscope curriculum

Registration to Practise Nursing

On receiving the BScN degree, after successful completion of the program, graduates are required to meet the Entry Level Competencies for nursing practice in Ontario. For a student to obtain these competencies during their educational program, certain basic skills and abilities are required. It is important that you are aware of these prior to applying for admission to the nursing program at McMaster University. View these requirements at:

[Requisite Skills and Abilities for nursing practice in Ontario] PDF

If you receive an offer to the nursing program, you will be required to sign this document Skills Abilities Letter 2015 indicating that you are aware of the basic requisite skills and abilities for nursing, that you understand them and that you believe you have the ability to meet them.

If you have concerns about whether or not you have the requirements to meet the requisite skills and abilities for admission to, or progression through, the nursing program, you can contact Student Accessibility Services at 905 525-9140 ext 28652 or on the Student Accessibility Services website.

Upon successful completion of the program you are eligible to write the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN), which is administered by the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO). Application to write the examination is made through the Faculty of Health Sciences. The CNO requires all applicants for registration to provide a recent criminal record synopsis (CIPC check) as part of the RN registration process. If you have any questions related to the Regulated Health Professions Act, please contact the College of Nurses of Ontario directly at 1-800-387-5526.

Applicants should be aware that a license may be denied if they have been convicted of a criminal offence for which a pardon has not been granted. An applicant in such a position should consult the College of Nurses of Ontario.

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