McMaster University

Nursing - RPN to BScN (E) Stream

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Program Information

School:McMaster University
Faculty:Faculty of Health Sciences
Field of Study:Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)
Description:The Post-Diploma RPN to BScN (E) Stream is designed for college-trained Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs) who wish to obtain their baccalaureate nursing degree (Bachelor of Science in Nursing, or BScN). The (E) Stream builds on the knowledge and skills acquired in the practical nurse diploma program. The curriculum is planned for three academic years of full-time study at either Mohawk College or Conestoga College.

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).
URL:Nursing - RPN to BScN (E) Stream at McMaster University
Length:3 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
International: $46,044
Enrolment #:100
Careers:Nursing Co-ordinators and SupervisorsHead Nurses and SupervisorsNurses (RNs)

Admission Requirements

Test Scores:
  • International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5] or Canadian Academic English Language Assessment [min. 70] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 86] or Cambridge English for Speakers of Other Languages: Certificate in Advanced English [min. 190] or DuoLingo [min. 115]
Application Notes : Students who have been asked to meet McMaster’s English Language Proficiency requirement must demonstrate English language proficiency by achieving the minimum requirements as specified by McMaster: IELTS: 6.5, CAE: 190, PTE: 60, CAEL: 70, TOEFL (iBT): 86, DUO: 115.
Additional Admission Requirements:
    To be considered applicants must:

    1. possess a current CNO annual registration payment card or have written the Practical Nurses Registration Examination by May 31 of the year of application;

    2. have a diploma in practical nursing (two year program) from an Ontario College of Applied Arts and Technology or equivalent with a minimum overall average of 75% or higher. Applicants who have satisfactorily completed a diploma practical nurse program but who have not achieved the required Grade Point Average (GPA) may become academically eligible by completing at least twelve units (two full courses or four half courses) of university degree credit in any subject area with a GPA of at least B(75%). This minimum GPA does not guarantee admission.

    3. have Grade 12 U English or equivalent and one of the following Grade 12 U Mathematics courses; Advanced Functions, Calculus and Vectors or Mathematics of Data Management or equivalent.

    - For submission of the Grade 12 U English and Grade 12 U Mathematics course, students can present the courses in the second semester of a pre-approved Pre-Health program.


    - English and Mathematics courses from a (post-secondary) university program may be considered.

    Please note all BScN applicants must complete a mandatory CASPer Test (Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics).

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on August 31, 2022