Sep 22, 2019  
Undergraduate Calendar 2018-2019 
    
Undergraduate Calendar 2018-2019 [-ARCHIVED CALENDAR-]

School of Nursing


 

Health Sciences Centre, Room 2J36, ext. 22140
http://www.fhs.mcmaster.ca/nursing

ASSOCIATE DEAN (HEALTH SCIENCES) AND DIRECTOR, SCHOOL OF NURSING (Interim)

S. Carroll/B.Sc. (Toronto), Ph.D. (McMaster), R.N.

ASSISTANT DEAN, UNDERGRADUATE NURSING EDUCATION

P. Baxter/B.A. (Wilfrid Laurier)B.Sc.N, M.Sc., Ph.D. (McMaster), R.N.

PROFESSORS

Andrea Baumann/B.Sc.N. (Windsor), M.Sc.N. (Western Ontario), Ph.D. (Toronto), R.N.
Maureen Dobbins/B.Sc.N. (McMaster), Ph.D. (Toronto), R.N.
Jenny Ploeg/B.Sc.N., M.Sc.N. (Western Ontario), Ph.D. (Toronto), R.N.

ASSOCIATE PROFESSORS

Noori Akhtar-Danesh/B.Sc., M.Sc. (Iran), Ph.D. (Newcastle-upon-Tyne)
Pamela Baxter/B.A. (Wilfrid Laurier)B.Sc.N, M.Sc., Ph.D. (McMaster), R.N.
Denise Bryant-Lukosius/B.Sc.N. (McMaster), M.Sc. (D’Youville), Ph.D. (McMaster), R.N.
Michelle Butt/B.Sc., B.N. (Memorial), M.Sc. (Queen’s), Ph.D. (McMaster), R.N.
Sandra Carroll/B.Sc. (Toronto), Ph.D. (McMaster), R.N.
Nancy Carter/B.Sc.N. (McMaster), M.Sc. (D’Youville), Ph.D. (McMaster), R.N.
Ruth Chen/B.A. (California-Berkeley), M.Sc. (Yale), Ph.D. (McMaster), R.N.
Susan Jack/B.Sc.N. (Alberta), Ph.D. (McMaster), R.N.
Sharon Kaasalainen/B.Sc.N. (McMaster), M.Sc. (Toronto), Ph.D. (McMaster), R.N.
Janet Landeen/B.Sc.N. (Connecticut), M.Ed. (Victoria), Ph.D. (Toronto), R.N.
Maureen Markle-Reid/B.Sc.N. (McMaster), M.Sc.N. (Toronto), Ph.D. (McMaster), R.N.
Michael McGillion/B.Sc.N. (McMaster), Ph.D. (Toronto), R.N.
Diana Sherifali/B.Sc.N., Ph.D. (McMaster), R.N.
Jennifer Skelly/M.H.Sc., M.Sc. (McMaster), Ph.D. (Toronto), R.N.
Patricia Strachan/B.Sc.N. (McMaster), M.Sc. (Guelph), Ph.D. (McMaster), R.N.
Ruta Valaitis/B.A., B.Sc.N. (Windsor), M.H.Sc. (McMaster), Ph.D. (Toronto), R.N.
Olive Wahoush/M.Sc. (Ulster), Ph.D. (Toronto), R.N.

ASSISTANT PROFESSORS

Lynda Bentley Poole/B.Sc.N. (McMaster), M.Sc.N. (Toronto), R.N.
Kirsten Culver/B.Sc. (Queen’s), Ph.D. (McMaster)
Bernice Downey/B.Sc.N. (Ottawa), M.A., Ph.D. (McMaster)​
Michele Drummond-Young/B.Sc.N., M.H.Sc. (McMaster), R.N.
Kathy Fisher/B. Comm. (McMaster), M.A.Sc. (Waterloo), M.Sc. (Toronto), Ph.D. (McMaster)
Rebecca Ganann/B.Sc.N., M.Sc., Ph.D. (McMaster)
Christopher (Christy) Gombay/B.A.(Toronto), M.A (Carleton), Ph.D. (Toronto)
Ruth Hannon/B.N.Sc. (Queen’s), M.H.A. (Wales), M.S.F.N.P. (D’Youville), N.P.-P.H.C.
Peter Helli/ B.Sc. (Guelph),  Ph.D.  (McMaster)
Tracey Jewiss/ B.Sc.N. (Lakehead), M.Sc.(D’Youville),  R.N.
Yvonne Lawlor/B.N. (New Brunswick), M.Ed. (Brock), R.N.
Jeannette LeGris/B.N. (Manitoba), M.H.Sc. (McMaster), Ph.D. (Toronto), R.N.
Lynn Martin/B.Sc.N. (McMaster), M.Sc.N. (Western Ontario), D.Ed. (Toronto), R.N.
Terry McCurdy/B.Sc. (Waterloo), M.Sc., Ph.D. (McMaster)
Iris Mujica/B.Sc.N., M.Sc.N., Ph.D. (McMaster), R.N.
Amy Palma/B.Sc., B.Sc.N. (Toronto), M.H.Sc. (McMaster), R.N.
Joanna Pierazzo/B.Sc.N. (Western Ontario), B.Ed. (Brock), M.Sc.N., Ph.D. (Western Ontario), R.N.
Maria Pratt/B.A., B.Sc.N. (McMaster), M.Sc.N. (Western Ontario), Ph.D. (McMaster)

PROGRAM MANAGER

C. Gibson/B.A., C.T.D.P

ACADEMIC ADVISORS

J. Kopczinski/B.A. (Hons.), B.Ed, M.Ed.
L. Thornton/B.A. (Hons.), M.Ed.

Note

The School of Nursing has a large number of part-time faculty appointed from community health-care agencies. A complete list is available from the office of the Associate Dean (Health Sciences) and Director, School of Nursing.

The B.Sc.N. Program

In 1942, McMaster University began its first program in Nursing, a cooperative effort between the University and the Hamilton General Hospital. Since the establishment of McMaster University’s School
of Nursing in 1946, students have received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.Sc.N.) degree upon graduation. The program has functioned completely under the supervision of the University, while
enjoying the full cooperation of community hospitals and agencies in the operation of its professional practice courses. In July 1974, the Schools of Nursing and Medicine became the Faculty of Health Sciences.

The B.Sc.N. Program promotes the development of nursing as a caring, client-centered, scientific and humanistic profession. With an emphasis on person-based learning within a problem-based approach, and small group and self-directed learning, the program provides a general baccalaureate education in nursing for the preparation of professional nurses who will practise in a variety of health-care settings. Central to our mission is the preparation of nurses who will work to enhance the quality of health of individuals, families, communities and society. In fulfilling its mission, the B.Sc.N. Program promotes skills in its graduates to prepare them for life-long, self-directed learning, critical thinking, advocacy and collective action.

Provincial legislation on entry to practice requires all new graduating nurses to have a baccalaureate degree in nursing. In response, McMaster University, Mohawk College and Conestoga College have
formed an educational consortium to offer the McMaster Nursing degree through the McMaster Mohawk Conestoga B.Sc.N. Program. Currently the Basic (A) and Accelerated (F) Streams are offered at the
McMaster site. Students wishing to register in the B.Sc.N. Program at McMaster should pay particular attention to the information which immediately follows this introduction. The Basic (A) and Post
Diploma R.P.N. (E) Streams are offered at the Mohawk and Conestoga sites. Students who wish to register in the B.Sc.N. Program at either Mohawk or Conestoga College should refer to the Collaborative
B.Sc.N. (A) and (E) Stream references throughout the School of Nursing section of the Calendar. Students are also advised to contact the Office of the Registrar at either Mohawk or Conestoga College for additional information. Please note that any information that is site specific is noted in the appropriate section of the Calendar; otherwise, information can be assumed to apply to students at all sites and in all streams of the B.Sc.N. Program. In 2014 the B.Sc.N. Program and the Schools of Nursing at McMaster, Mohawk and Conestoga all received seven-year accreditation from the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing, the highest level of accreditation possible.

In 2009, the B.Sc.N. Curriculum was renewed and is now called the Kaleidoscope Curriculum. All streams share a common curriculum in their final year of the program.

Students will be expected to meet the program goals that were in place the year in which they entered. All students from all years have seen a change in emphasis in small group, tutorial classes with a renewed focus on the McMaster model of nursing and nursing education which has been in place since 1989. Consistent with the philosophy, the person is re-emphasized as the central focus for learning, and person-based learning within a problem-based approach has been adopted. In addition, students are exposed to different ways of knowing including empirical, ethical, personal, aesthetic and emancipatory.

Three types of courses are taken within the curriculum: (1) required nursing (NURSING) courses (professional practice and classroom); (2) required health sciences (HTHSCI) courses (e.g. anatomy, physiology, biochemistry); and (3) elective courses (non-professional, liberal arts or sciences). Additionally, the Basic (A) Stream includes required non-health science courses (e.g. psychology).

As students move through the program the focus of learning progresses in the following ways. In Levels I and II students are provided with a strong basis in the health and social sciences and are able to choose a variety of electives. They learn about themselves and their clients as individuals. The focus is on health, health assessment and the promotion of health. In Levels II and III students begin to consider the family and the community as client. Students begin to deal with more acute and complex situations. In Levels III and IV, there is a strong focus on nursing and the integration and appraisal of knowledge based on the different ways of knowing into client care in both the classroom and professional practice setting. Students also begin to consider health care from the national and global perspective. Students initially learn about the roles of nursing in health care and, through inter-professional education opportunities, they gain greater understanding of the interprofessional health care team.

Themes are a logical grouping of prominent or frequently recurring concepts that provide direction to sequence and unify concepts throughout the curriculum. The themes that guide the renewed curriculum include:

  1. Personhood and Caring: This theme focuses on the humanistic aspect of nursing beginning with a focus on the nurse and client as person and the professional, therapeutic relationship between nurse and client.
  2. Context, Health and Healing: This theme focuses on the internal and external influences on health and the nurse’s ability to provide safe and competent care as part of the health care team within a health care system and broader community.
  3. Learning and Knowing: This theme focuses on critical inquiry, discovery and appropriate use of technology within nursing to facilitate life long learning and reflective practice.

Evaluation by self, peers and faculty is part of an on-going assessment process of the achievement of clinical, course, and program outcomes.

Goals for Students

Graduates of the B.Sc.N. Program will be prepared to engage in competent professional practice in a variety of health care contexts and with diverse clients across the lifespan (individual, family, group, communities, populations) who have stable and unstable outcomes and multi-factorial influences (internal and external) on their health status. Graduates will:

  1. Provide competent care with a holistic awareness of the impact of the internal and external context on health and healing.
  2. Integrate an understanding of the client’s unique perspective on his/her health, and how this perspective influences participation in one’s health care
  3. Identify the need for appropriate change in health care, create a climate for adopting change and contribute to effecting and evaluating change.
  4. Build relationships in a team environment and be actively engaged in team decision making around client care.
  5. Contribute to the body of nursing knowledge through demonstrating an inquiring approach to practice.
  6. Provide technologically appropriate care in a variety of contexts.
  7. Contribute to the future of the nursing profession through a commitment to lifelong learning and professional growth and integrate critical inquiry into professional practice.
  8. Assume leadership roles in partnership with clients and the health care team.
  9. Assume advocacy roles in partnership with clients and the health care team and challenge inequities that impact on the health of clients.
  10. Practice within the professional standards, guidelines, legislation and values of the nursing profession.
  11. Establish therapeutic partnerships with clients to enhance health and healing and communicate effectively in a variety of media.

Registration to Practise Nursing in Ontario

On receiving the B.Sc.N. degree after successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to write the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX) which is administered by the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) which is one requirement of registration to practice nursing in Ontario. To facilitate this process, the School of Nursing provides information to the CNO confirming each student’s expected program completion term and verification of program completion. Students will be contacted in their final year of the program to consent to the release of this information to the CNO. If you have any questions related to the Regulated Health Professions Act, please contact the College of Nurses of Ontario directly.

Admission Policy, Procedure, and Requirements

Admission Policy

Enrolment in all B.Sc.N. programs is limited. Possession of the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission.

Application to the B.Sc.N. Program in the Faculty of Health Sciences implies acceptance of admission policies, procedures and the methods by which applicants are chosen for the program. The selection method for all applicants is by academic qualifications and assessment of personal and professional characteristics.

There are three streams of study leading to the completion of the B.Sc.N. degree.

  • Basic (A) Stream requires four years of full-time study, and is available to those applying directly from an Ontario secondary school with Grade 12 U or M courses; to those who have qualifications equivalent to Grade 12 U or M courses; and to applicants with other qualifications who meet the admission requirements. Note: Any differences in the application process or course of studies are noted in the appropriate section below.
  • Post Diploma R.P.N. (E) Stream is available to diploma prepared Registered Practical Nurses only. Graduates of an approved Diploma Practical Nurse Program who are admitted are granted 30 units of advanced credit. This program requires three years of full-time study.  Note: The Post Diploma R.P.N. (E) Stream is offered only at Mohawk and Conestoga Colleges.
  • Accelerated (F) Stream is open to applicants who have completed another university degree or have completed a minimum of 54 units (2 years) of university degree credits. Applicants with a nursing background will not be considered for this Stream. This program is available on a full-time basis and requires five consecutive terms of study. Note: The Accelerated (F) Stream is offered only at
    McMaster University.

The requirements and application deadlines vary depending on the applicant’s background. An applicant supplying documentation or evidence which, at the time or subsequently, is found to be falsified will be withdrawn from consideration. Any student admitted to the program having submitted false documentation will be withdrawn.

The School of Nursing is committed to equality of opportunity. Disability is not grounds for exclusion from the School. Every attempt will be made to remove barriers and create accommodation provided any accommodation maintains the same academic and professional practice standards for all students and does not require significant program change. Applicants should consult Student Accessibility Services at (905) 525-9140, ext. 28652 or TTY (905) 528-4307.

The College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) has released a statement about Requisite Skills and Abilities for Nursing Practice in Ontario. This statement can be found at https://www.cno.org/globalassets/docs/reg/41078-skillabilities-4pager-final.pdf. The CNO states that “Individuals considering a career as a nurse in Ontario should review this document and assess their ability to meet the criteria. The requisite skills and abilities serve as a benchmark, outlining the requirements to meet the minimum standard necessary to ensure public safety.” (CNO, pg 3)

Admission Procedure

McMaster Site B.Sc.N. Program Basic (A) and Accelerated (F) Streams
Applicants From Ontario Secondary Schools to the Basic (A) Stream

Applicants currently completing Grade 12 U or M courses apply through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC). http://www.ouac.on.ca/ Application forms are available in secondary school guidance offices or on-line at http://www.ouac.on.ca/101. Applications for all studies beginning in September must be received by OUAC no later than January 15. Note that this is a limited enrolment program.

Applicants With Qualifications Equivalent to Ontario Secondary School to the Basic (A) Stream

Applicants apply online to the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) at http://www.ouac.on.ca/. Applicants must also have official transcripts forwarded from their secondary school to the Office of the Registrar by January 15 (recommended).

Applicants With Other Qualifications to (A) Stream and Accelerated (F) Streams

Applicants apply online to the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) at http://www.ouac.on.ca/ mcmaster.ca/nursing by February 1. Applications for all studies beginning in September must be received by February 1.

  • Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC)
    170 Research Lane
    Guelph, ON, N1G 5E2
    http://www.ouac.on.ca/
  • Admissions Coordinator (Nursing)
    McMaster University, HSC-2J34L
    1280 Main Street West
    Hamilton, ON, L8S 4L8

Any applicant to the Accelerated (F) Stream who is a current or returning McMaster student should contact the Admissions Coordinator (Nursing) for specific directions.

Facilitated Indigenous Admissions to Basic (A) Stream and Accelerated (F) Stream

In accordance with the Self-Identification policy of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) applicants who wish to apply to a program that has a facilitated Indigenous admissions stream must complete the supplementary Self-identification Application. Information on the policy, application requirements and the online application can be found at: https://ishs.mcmaster.ca/admissions/self-identification.

One self-identification application is used for all Faculty of Health Sciences programs that have a facilitated Indigenous admissions stream, and should only be completed once even if an applicant applied to multiple programs. Applicants identify the program(s) they applied to on the Self-identification Application. The applicant is responsible for ensuring the Self-identification Application is submitted by the application deadline(s) for the program(s) they applied to in addition to completing any other application required for that program(s). If you applied to multiple Faculty of Health Sciences programs, the Self-identification Application must be completed by whatever the earliest deadline date is for the programs for which you have applied to.

Mohawk and Conestoga Site B.Sc.N. Program Basic (A) and Post-Diploma (E) Streams

Applicants must apply through the Ontario College Application Services (OCAS). Applicants should also forward all official academic documentation, including all university transcripts if applicable, to the College they wish to attend.

  • Ontario College Application Services (OCAS)
    370 Speedvale Ave. West
    P.O. Box 810
    Guelph, ON N1H 6M4
    http://www.ocas.on.ca/

Admission Requirements

Non Academic Requirements for all Streams

The B.Sc.N. Program is committed to ensuring that Standards of Practice in Nursing are adhered to by requiring students to maintain their certification in CPR, seek a police records check and comply with surveillance for infectious diseases. Failure to comply with these requirements may result in an offer of admission being withdrawn or the student not being allowed to enroll in/complete required course(s).

  • Immunization
    The Ontario Public Hospitals Act requires all students working in a hospital setting to meet certain criteria related to surveillance for infectious diseases. Detailed medical information, including a record of completion of required immunizations, will be required upon acceptance and annually thereafter. Failure to produce this information will result in a student being precluded from commencing professional practice course(s) or a suspension from professional practice course(s) until such time that they are able to produce the information, which may result in the student having to take the course(s) in a different term. Clarification on specific medical information that is required will be sent to successful applicants prior to commencing their studies.
  • Police Records Check
    During the B.Sc.N. Program, all nursing students will work with vulnerable populations. As a result, in order to protect these vulnerable people from potential harm, the Council of Ontario University Programs in Nursing recommends and many professional practice agencies require that all nursing students provide confirmation of the absence of a criminal conviction or outstanding criminal charges. All students are required to have a satisfactory Police Record Check completed prior to commencing their studies and annually thereafter. The Police Records Check must include Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS). Expenses for the Police Records Check are the responsibility of the student. Students may be required to produce their Police Records Check at some professional practice placements. Registered students who have been convicted of an offense under the Criminal Code (Canada) for which they have not been pardoned may be denied the opportunity to enter professional practice placement.
  • CPR Certification
    Sudents are required to provide evidence of a valid certificate in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) at the Basic Cardiac Life Support for Health Care Provider level with training in AED prior to commencing their studies. Please note that for health care providers, certification is valid for one year from the date of the course. As a result, annual re-certification is mandatory. The cost of a course is the responsibility of the student. Courses are readily available in most communities. Certification obtained through an online provider will not be accepted.
CASPerTM Assessment Requirement for All Streams

All applicants to the B.Sc.N. Program are required to complete a mandatory, online 90-minute computer-based assessment called CASPerTM, as a component of the selection process.

B.Sc.N. Basic (A) Stream - McMaster Site Admission Requirements
Applicants Directly From Ontario Secondary Schools

To be considered to 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 an assessment of personal characteristics. Early conditional offers of admission are made in mid to late April based on the following:

  1. six appropriate midterm/interim Grade 12 U or M course grades (see list of required courses below), or
  2. at least three final Grade 12 U or M course grades plus enrolment in the appropriate three additional Grade 12 U or M courses  (see list of required courses below) and,
  3. CASPerTM assessment.

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

Required Courses:

The following are the minimum Grade 12 U and M requirements under the Ontario Secondary School 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.
Applicants with Qualifications Equivalent to Ontario Secondary School

To be considered, applicants from other provinces and countries must achieve the equivalent to the qualifications listed above in their secondary school graduation year.

Applicants with a University Degree or with University Degree Credits

To be considered applicants must:

  1. achieve a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least B- in all university degree credit courses taken. Possession of this GPA does not guarantee an offer of admission due to limited number of available spots and high number of applications. A minimum of 12 units with final grades or equivalent are required. (These courses may be taken as a full-time or part-time student. University correspondence degree courses are acceptable.);
  2. apply online to OUAC at http://www.ouac.on.ca/ using Form 105D by February 1 (current McMaster students are not required to apply through OUAC and should contact the Admissions Coordinator-Nursing);
  3. submit all secondary and post-secondary transcripts to the Office of the Registrar at McMaster University 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;
  4. complete the mandatory online 90-minute computer-based assessment called CASPerTM.
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 B.Sc.N. Program Basic (A) Stream. Applicants who are currently registered in a pre-health sciences program may be given a conditional offer of admission based upon interim grades. The offer of admission will be withdrawn if the applicant does not complete the full program or does not meet the required admission Grade Point Average (GPA).

To be considered applicants must:

  1. 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. Please contact the Admissions Coordinator for the list of approved programs;
  2. achieve a GPA in the pre-health sciences program that meets the minimum cut-off average of Ontario secondary school applicants to the program of 85%;
  3. apply online to OUAC at http://www.ouac.on.ca/ using Form 105D no later than February 1;
  4. submit all secondary and post-secondary transcripts to the Office of the Registrar at McMaster University by February 1;
  5. complete the mandatory online 90-minute computer-based assessment called CASPerTM.

Note: 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 Nursing 1 program.  Transfer credit will not be granted for any pre-health sciences courses.

Applicants from Other Degree Nursing Programs

Applicants who are enrolled in a Nursing degree program at a university or in a college/university consortium may apply to transfer to the Mohawk and/or Conestoga sites to earn a McMaster B.Sc.N. degree. 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, B.Sc.N. Program; for the Conestoga College site, contact the Chair, Nursing Programs.

B.Sc.N. Basic (A) Stream - Mohawk and Conestoga Sites Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for students applying to the Mohawk and Conestoga sites of the B.Sc.N. program Basic (A) Stream are equivalent to those for students applying to the B.Sc.N. Program Basic (A) Stream at the McMaster site (See B.Sc.N. Basic (A) Stream - McMaster Site Admission Requirements).

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.

Applicants with a University Degree or with University Degree Credits

To be considered applicants must:

  1. achieve a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least B- (70%) in all university degree credit courses taken. A minimum of 12 units or equivalent are required. (These courses may be taken as a full-time or part-time student. University correspondence degree courses are acceptable.) All university transcripts must be submitted to the College. Failure to do so will result in withdrawal of the offer of admission.
  2. apply to Ontario College Application Services (OCAS) along with the required fees by February 1. All applications must be received by OCAS on or before this date to be given equal consideration by the colleges. Please note that February 1 is not a deadline for submitting applications as OCAS will continue to process applications received after this date. You are encouraged, however, to submit your application as early as possible, especially in the case of oversubscribed programs where there are often enough qualified applications received by the equal consideration date (February 1) to fill the program.
  3. complete the mandatory online 90-minute computer-based assessment called CASPerTM.
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 B.Sc.N. Program Basic (A) Stream. Applicants who are currently registered in a pre-health sciences program may be given a conditional offer of admission based upon interim grades. The offer of admission will be withdrawn if the applicant does not complete the full program or does not meet the required admission Grade Point Average (GPA).

To be considered applicants must:

  1. 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;
  2. achieve at least a 75% GPA in the pre-health sciences program. Please note: a 75% is required in each of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and English. No exemption will be granted in the program for pre-health sciences courses. Students who have taken these required courses more than once will be considered on an individual basis;
  3. apply to Ontario College Application Services (OCAS) along with the required fees by February 1. All applications must be received by OCAS on or before this date to be given equal consideration by the colleges. Please note that February 1 is not a deadline for submitting applications as OCAS will continue to process applications received after this date. You are encouraged, however, to submit your application as early as possible, especially in the case of oversubscribed programs where there are often enough applications from qualified applicants received by the equal consideration date (February 1) to fill the program.
  4. All applications to the Nursing Program will be required to complete the mandatory online 90-minute computer-based assessment called CASPerTM, as a component of the selection process.

Note: For admission consideration, completion of the Pre-Health Science Certificate must be done within one year of the anticipated start date to the undergraduate Basic Nursing 1 program. Transfer credit will not be granted for any pre-health sciences courses.

Applicants from Others 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 B.Sc.N. degree. Transfer credits/course exemptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis upon acceptance; students must request transfer credit/course exemptions within one year of commencing their studies.

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, B. Sc.N. Program; for the Conestoga College site, contact the Chair, Nursing Programs.

Applicants must be currently enrolled in or have completed Level I of a B.Sc.N. Program with an overall GPA of at least B (75%) and at least a B- average in nursing and science courses.

Applications for transfer into the B.Sc.N. Program to commence studies in September must be received by the Ontario Colleges Application Service (OCAS) in Guelph no later than May 15.

Applicants must submit the following to the Registrar’s Office at the appropriate College by May 15:

  1. official transcripts of all university work taken.
  2. an official letter from the Dean/Director of the program in which the applicant is currently enrolled stating that the applicant is in good standing in that program.
  3. course descriptions and outlines for all nursing and science courses for assessment of advanced credit.
B.Sc.N. Post Diploma R.P.N. (E) Stream - Mohawk and Conestoga Sites Admission Requirements

To be considered applicants must:

  1. possess a current CNO annual registration payment card or have written the Practical Nurses Registration Examinations 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. apply to the Ontario College Application Services (OCAS) by February 1. All applications must be received by OCAS on or before February 1 to be given equal consideration by the college;
  4. complete the mandatory online 90-minute computer-based assessment called CASPerTM.

Note: Potential applicants who possess a certificate in practical nursing should seek upgrading to diploma practical nurse at a College of Applied Arts and Technology.

Indigenous Section of the Post Diploma R.P.N. (E) Stream - Mohawk Site

Mohawk College has targeted 5% of its enrolment to seats in Health Science, Human Services and Applied Arts postsecondary programs to qualified Indigenous students in oversubscribed programs. Barriers such as highly competitive grade-point averages or overall ranking was removed, while still ensuring all participating students met the minimum program admission requirements. By eliminating the competitive barriers with an oversubscribed program, an additional pathway for Indigenous students has been created in postsecondary education. Preference is given to Indigenous students in the Indigenous Section of the Post Diploma RPN (E) Stream, but if not completely filled, qualified non-Indigenous applicants are offered admission to this site to facilitate integration of cultural learning and experiences for both Indigenous and non Indigenous students. This mixture of Indigenous and non-Indigenous students ensures a full cohort to achieve financial sustainability and supports the partnership’s goals of integrating learning opportunities for both groups of students, enriching the learning outcomes for all students and strengthening partnerships with our Indigenous Communities.

Applicants should contact the Associate Dean Nursing, Mohawk College for further information. Applicants should apply to Ontario College Application Services (OCAS) along with the required fees by February 1. All applications must be received by OCAS on or before this date to be given equal consideration by the colleges. Please note that February 1 is not a deadline for submitting applications as OCAS will continue to process applications received after this date. You are encouraged, however, to submit your application as early as possible, especially in the case of oversubscribed programs where there are often enough applications from qualified applicants received by the equal consideration date (February 1) to fill the program.

B.Sc.N. Accelerated (F) Stream - McMaster Site Admission Requirements

The Accelerated (F) Stream is available to those students applying from a university science program of studies. Students may complete the program of studies in five academic terms.

Note: Admission to the Accelerated (F) Stream is not open to students currently enrolled/registered in the Basic (A) Stream or any other nursing program. Applicants with two undergraduate degrees will not be considered for the Accelerated (F) Stream. Please see the policy under the General Academic Regulations  section of the Undergraduate Calendar.

To be considered applicants must:

  1. achieve a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least B- (70%) in all university degree credit courses taken;
  2. complete a minimum of 54 units (2 full years) of university credit which include a grade of at least C- (60%) on each of the following required courses:
    • six units of Introductory Psychology
    • six units of Human Physiology or six units of Human Anatomy and Physiology
    • three units of Biochemistry
    • three units of Nutrition
    • three units of Statistics
      Note: Six units are equivalent to one full credit or two half credits; three units are equivalent to one half credit.
      Note: When choosing Biochemistry courses to meet the requirements, students are advised to select relevant courses that would facilitate success in a nursing program.
      Students must have completed or be currently registered in the required courses at the time of application. Official transcripts must be submitted by February 1 otherwise the application will not be considered. Normally, the required Human Anatomy and Physiology and Biochemistry courses must be completed within the last four years. If you have taken these courses more than four years ago, we encourage you to contact the Admission Coordinator-Nursing at (905) 525-9140 ext. 22232. Otherwise, your application will not be considered.
  3. apply online at http://www.ouac.on.ca/ using Form 105D to OUAC no later than February 1; Current McMaster students are not required to apply through OUAC;
  4. submit all secondary and post-secondary transcripts to the Office of the Registrar at McMaster University by February 1. Applicants who are in their final year of their degree when applying or are applying as a second degree do not have to submit their high school transcript.
  5. complete the mandatory online 90-minute computer-based assessment called CASPerTM.

Note: A $500 non-refundable tuition deposit will be required to secure your spot in the program.

Offers of Admission

Applicants who are offered admission to the B.Sc.N. Program will be asked to confirm acceptance of the offer and their intention to attend. Successful applicants will be sent an admission package which will include information regarding acceptance procedures for the offer of admission, specified deadline for acceptance of the offer, and course enrolment procedures. Deadlines for acceptance of an offer are strictly enforced. Failure to meet the conditions and/or submit of required documentation by the specified deadline outlined in the admission package will result in cancellation of the offer of admission. Applicants should ensure that they accept their offer of admission as directed well before the specified deadline.

Unsuccessful Applicants

Applications are not held over from one year to another. An unsuccessful applicant may reapply to the B.Sc.N. Program by submitting a new application, including supporting documentation.

Application for Deferred Registration

Deferred registration is granted only under exceptional circumstances to those candidates who have been admitted and have accepted the offer. Registration may be deferred for one year only. The request for deferral, outlining the reasons for the request, must be postmarked no later than July 31 of the year for which deferral is requested.

Academic Regulations

Student Academic Responsibility

You are responsible for adhering to the statement on student academic responsibility found in the General Academic Regulations  of this calendar.

Access to Courses

All undergraduate courses at McMaster have an enrolment capacity. The University is committed to making every effort to accommodate students in required courses so that their program of study is not extended. Unless otherwise specified, registration is on a first-come basis and in some cases priority is given to students from particular programs or Faculties. Students will be informed of their enrolment periods and are encouraged to enroll as soon as online enrolment is available to them in the Student Centre in Mosaic.

Student Communication Responsibility

It is the student’s responsibility to:

  • maintain current contact information with the University, including address, phone numbers, and emergency contact information.
  • use the university provided e-mail address or maintain a valid forwarding e-mail address.
  • regularly check the official University communications channels. Official University communications are considered received if sent by postal mail, by fax, or by e-mail to the student’s designated primary e-mail account via their @mcmaster.ca alias.
  • accept that forwarded e-mails may be lost and that e-mail is considered received if sent via the student’s @mcmaster.ca alias.

 

In addition to meeting the General Academic Regulations  of the University, students enrolled in the B.Sc.N. Program shall be subject to the following program regulations. Additionally, Mohawk and Conestoga B.Sc.N. students are also subject to the regulations of their respective sites.

Registration in the B.Sc.N. Program implies acceptance on the part of the student of the objectives of that program and the methods by which progress toward the achievement of those objectives is evaluated. Since the academic regulations are continually reviewed, the University reserves the right to change the regulations.

Continuation in the B.Sc.N. Program

A student’s academic performance is reviewed at the end of each term. In order to continue in the B.Sc.N. Program a student must achieve the following academic requirements:

  1. Minimum Grade Point Average: A student must achieve a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 5.0 to be eligible to continue in the program.
  2. Passing Grades in Required Health Science and Graded Nursing Courses:  A student must achieve a grade of at least C- in the required Health Science (HTHSCI) and graded Nursing (NURSING) courses. A student is permitted to repeat a total of only two required HTHSCI or graded NURSING course in which they failed to achieve the minimum passing grade requirement; if a student fails to meet the minimum passing grade requirement after repeating a course, the student may not continue in the program. If a student fails to meet the minimum passing grade requirement on more than two HTHSCI and/or graded NURSING course, the student may not continue in the program.
  3. Passing Grades in Professional Practice Nursing Courses: A student must achieve a Pass (i.e. P/C-/60%) designation in all professional practice Nursing (NURSING) courses (see Professional Practice Regulations for a complete list of NURSING courses designated as professional practice courses). A student is permitted to repeat only one professional practice NURSING course in which they failed to achieve a Pass designation; if a student fails to achieve the Pass designation requirement after repeating the course, the student may not continue in the program. If a student fails to achieve a Pass designation on more than one professional practice NURSING course, the student may not continue in the program. 
  1. ​​Course Completion: For required Nursing (NURSING) and Health Science (HTHSCI) courses, students must enroll in and successfully complete all the course work of one level before proceeding to the course work specified for the next level. For each of the streams (A, E and F), courses must be taken in the sequence specified by the program requirements.
    The following courses must be completed before the start of Level III course work of the Basic (A) Stream:

The following course must be complete before the start of Level IV course work of the Post Diploma R.P.N. (E) Stream:

  1. Continuous Enrolment: Students must enrol in at least one required Nursing (NURSING) or Health Science (HTHSCI) course in each academic year in order to continue in the program, unless they have been granted a Leave of Absence (see Leave of Absence regulations). Students have a maximum of seven years from the time of initial enrolment in the program to complete the program requirements for graduation.
Academic Standing and Program Probation

A student’s academic performance is reviewed at the end of each term. To continue in the B.Sc.N. Program in good academic standing a student must obtain a cumulative GPA of at least 5.0. A student whose cumulative GPA is at least 4.5 may continue in the program and will be placed on program probation for the duration of one academic year. A student may be placed on program probation only once during the program.

Removal from Program

A student whose cumulative GPA is less than 5.0, and who has not been granted program probation, may not continue in the program. A student who fails to raise their cumulative GPA to 5.0 at the completion of the program probation may not continue in the program. After repeating a required Health Science (HTHSCI) or Nursing (NURSING) course, a student who fails to meet the minimum passing grade requirement or Pass designation may not continue in the program. A student may normally repeat a level of work only once. A student who fails to meet the minimum passing grade requirement on three or more required HTHSCI or graded NURSING courses, or who fails to meet a pass designation on two or more professional practice NURSING courses, may not continue in the program. A student who does not maintain continuous enrollment in the program without having been granted a Leave of Absence and/or who fails to complete the program requirements for graduation within the maximum allowable time may not continue in the program.

Re-entry to the Program

A student who is ineligible to continue in the B.Sc.N. Program (but who may continue at the university) due to failure to meet the academic regulations may apply for re-entry to the program after one full academic year. Students may only apply to re-enter the stream from which they were removed.
Students seeking re-entry must submit a ‘Re-entry Application’ to Academic Advising Services. Students are considered for re-entry for September entry only and must apply by February 1.
Students will be required to outline the reasons for previous unsatisfactory academic performance, reasons for requesting re-entry at this time, reasons why the student would expect to succeed in the B.Sc.N. Program if re-entry is granted (including documentation of what has been done to correct the previous problems/barriers), and an outline of their activities since last registered in the program including an outline of all academic work. Re-entry is not automatic or guaranteed. Decisions are normally communicated between May and June for September entry.
A student who is granted re-entry to the B.Sc.N Program will be required to complete a reintegration plan that will facilitate returning to the program prior to enrolment in courses. Additionally, the student may be required to repeat any or all of their previously completed courses in the program, which will be explicitly outlined in the terms and conditions of their re-entry.
Students who are granted re-entry to the B.Sc.N. Program will be placed on program probation for a period of one academic year, and calculation of their cumulative GPA will begin anew. If at any review after re-entry the student’s cumulative GPA falls below 5.0, the student will be removed from the program. Students who are approved for re-entry to the program may not apply for subsequent re-entry if removed again.

Reinstatement to the Program and University

A student who is ineligible to continue at the university may apply for reinstatement to the university and the B.Sc.N. Program after one full academic year. Students may only apply to be reinstated into the stream from which they were removed. Students seeking reinstatement must contact the Office of the Registrar at McMaster University to submit a Reinstatement Request Form and the required fee. Students are considered for reinstatement for September entry only and must apply by February 1. Students will be required to outline the reasons for previous unsatisfactory academic performance, reasons for requesting reinstatement at this time, reasons why the student would expect to succeed in the B.Sc.N. Program if reinstatement is granted (including documentation of what has been done to correct the previous problems/barriers), and an outline of their activities since last registered in the program including an outline of all academic work. Reinstatement is not automatic or guaranteed. Decisions are normally communicated between May and June for September entry. A student who is granted reinstatement to the B.Sc.N Program will be required to complete a reintegration plan that will facilitate returning to the B.Sc.N. Program prior to enrollment of courses. Additionally, the student may be required to repeat any or all of their previously completed courses in the program, which will be explicitly outlined in the terms and conditions of their reinstatement.
Students who are granted reinstatement to the B.Sc.N. Program will be placed on program probation for a period of one academic year, and calculation of their Grade Point Average (GPA) will begin anew. If at any review after reinstatement the student’s GPA falls below 5.0, the student will be removed from the program. Students who are approved for reinstatement to the program may not apply for subsequent re-entry or reinstatement if removed again.

Voluntary Withdrawal from the Program

Students must follow the withdrawal procedures for McMaster University in addition to their respective college sites (if applicable).

Readmission after Voluntary Withdrawal

Former Nursing students who voluntarily withdrew from the B.Sc.N. Program must apply for readmission by February 1. Students previously admitted through McMaster University must apply for readmission through the Office of the Registrar; students previously admitted through Mohawk and Conestoga College must contact the Admission Office at the respective colleges for further information. Readmission requests are carefully reviewed by the Admissions Committee and the evidence considered will include the student’s academic performance in the program, a letter outlining the decision to return and activities since last registered in the program. Readmission is not automatic or guaranteed. Decisions are normally communicated between May and June for September entry.

Leave of Absence

Students wishing to suspend their studies in the B.Sc.N. Program due to extenuating medical or personal reasons must apply for a Leave of Absence (LOA). Request for an LOA must be made to the Academic Advising Services by submitting a Request for Leave of Absence petition. Approval is not guaranteed.
Only one LOA will be considered for the duration of the program. An LOA can be requested for a maximum of 12 months. Students requesting additional LOAs or an extended LOA should refer to the School of Nursing Academic Regulations pertaining to continuous enrolment; additional or extended LOAs will only be considered in highly extenuating circumstances. Return to the program is not guaranteed for students who suspend their studies without an approved LOA. If an LOA is granted, the student will be notified of the terms and conditions of their LOA by the Academic Advising Services. Notification of return to the program must be made to the Academic Advising Services by submitting a Return from a Leave of Absence form by the date specified in the terms and conditions of the LOA. A reintegration plan to facilitate returning to the program will be made in consultation with faculty and must be completed prior to returning to professional practice Nursing (NURSING) courses (see Reintegration to Professional Practice policy).

Transfer between Sites

Students attend the institution to which they are admitted for the entire program. Transfer from Mohawk College or Conestoga to McMaster University site is not an option. Similarly, transfer from
McMaster University to Mohawk College or Conestoga Colleges is not an option. Transfers may be permitted between the College sites, based on availability of space in the B.Sc.N. Program at the desired site. Students are considered for transferring to their requested site for September entry only. To request transfer between College sites, the student must submit a Request for Transfer Between Sites petition to the Academic Advising Services by February 1, and apply to the desired site via OCAS by February 1.

Final decisions are at the discretion of the Mohawk College and Conestoga College Admissions Offices and the School of Nursing.

Transfer between Streams

A transfer between streams of the B.Sc.N. Program is not permitted.

Dropping/Withdrawing from Courses

Students who drop or cancel/withdraw from required Nursing (NURSING) or Health Science (HTHSCI) courses are strongly encouraged to contact Academic Advising Services in the B.Sc.N. Program Office. The School of Nursing reserves the right to limit the number of times a student may register for and then drop or cancel/withdraw from a course, due to resource limitations.

Transfer Credits/Course Exemptions

Students who have completed courses at the university level prior to commencing studies in the B.Sc.N. Program may be eligible to receive transfer credits/course exemption for requirements of their degree program. Only courses completed at a university are eligible for consideration. Courses completed at a college are not eligible for review. Courses completed through Advanced Placement (AP)/ International Baccalaureate (IB) will only be considered for transfer credits for Level I electives.

No course for which a grade of less than C- (60%) has been achieved will be considered for transfer credit/course exemption towards elective course requirements. No course for which a grade of less than B- (70%) has been achieved will be considered for transfer credit/course exemption towards mandatory HTHSCI or NURSING courses. Students who have completed AP exams through the College Board in acceptable courses and achieved a minimum grade of 4 will be considered for up to 18 units of transfer credit toward Level I electives. Students who have completed Higher Level (HL) courses and achieved final International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or Certificate grade of 5 or greater will be considered for up to 18 units of transfer credit toward Level I electives.

The following courses are not eligible for transfer credit/course exemption due to the professional, integrated nature of the B.Sc.N Program:

The following courses will only be considered eligible for review for transfer credit/course exemption if completed in an accepted Health Professional Program:

Mandatory HTHSCI and NURSING courses completed in one stream of the B.Sc.N. Program will not be considered for transfer credit/course exemption in another stream of the B.Sc.N. Program. Courses from another institution/program used to request transfer credit/course exemption for any eligible, mandatory HTHSCI or NURSING course in the B.Sc.N. Program must have been completed no more than 4 years prior to admission to the B.Sc.N. Program. Additionally, courses from another institution/program used to request transfer credit/course exemption for HTHSCI 2S03  must have been completed no more than 2 years prior to admission to the B.Sc.N. Program. Students who are interested in requesting transfer credit/course exemption for electives should refer to the guidelines regarding electives found in the Requirements for their stream. Students must submit a Transfer Credit/Course Exemption request form to Academic Advising Services within one year of program start-date to have their previous course work considered for the entirety of their program.

Please see the McMaster University General Policy for Transfer Credits for additional information.

Letter of Permission

All students in good academic standing who wish to attend another university to take courses for credit toward a McMaster degree must first request a Letter of Permission (LOP) through the Student Centre in Mosaic. The School of Nursing requires that students must achieve a minimum grade of C- (60%) in courses used for elective requirements, and B- (70%) in courses used for mandatory HTHSCI and NURSING course requirements to receive the transcript designation of ‘T’ indicating successful completion. Courses taken at another university cannot be used to satisfy McMaster University’s minimum residence requirements, and will not be included in the calculation of the Grade Point Average. Any courses taken on LOP to satisfy mandatory HTHSCI or NURSING courses will be subject to the Academic Regulations of the B.Sc.N. Program: failure to successfully complete a mandatory HTHSCI or NURSING course taken on LOP may result in a change of academic standing or impact a student’s ability to progress in the B.Sc.N. program.

The following courses are not eligible to be taken on LOP due to the professional, integrated nature of the B.Sc.N. Program:

The following courses will only be considered for completion on LOP if completed in an accepted Health Professional Program:

Students who are interested in taking a course on LOP to satisfy elective requirements should refer to the guidelines regarding electives found in the Requirements for their stream. If approved, students should pay close attention to the Letter of Permission Approval email sent by Academic Advising Services outlining conditions of approval, process to follow when the course(s) are completed, and process to follow if student decides not to complete the course(s).

Professional Practice Regulations

Professional Practice Courses

The following courses are designated professional practice Nursing (NURSING) courses:

Removal from Courses

The B.Sc.N. Program reserves the right to remove a student from a professional practice course or laboratory setting at any point during the term if the student exhibits unsafe professional practice or behaviour that places the patient or others at risk or is deemed a serious breach of professional behaviour. Such removal will result in the student receiving a grade of F in the course and may result in dismissal from the program. The professional practice activities associated with any professional practice course must be successfully achieved for attainment of a passing grade in the course.

Clearance to Participate

If the School of Nursing has substantiated concerns that a student’s participation in a professional practice course may pose a risk to the health and safety of the student, their peers, instructors, clients/patients, or
staff members of the professional practice setting the student may be required to produce documentation from a health care practitioner (typically the student’s attending physician) indicating that the student is
medically able to perform the full duties required in the professional practice placement. Students may be precluded from participating in the professional practice course until such time that they are able to produce the documentation, which may result in the student having to take the course in a different term if, as a result, the student is absent from the professional practice setting for a significant portion of the course.

Reintegration to Professional Practice

Any student who has either (a) failed a professional practice course, and/or (b) has experienced a gap between professional practice courses as a result of a leave of absence from the program, repeating mandatory NURSING/HTHSCI course(s), or following a reduced course load, is required to complete a reintegration plan in consultation with a faculty member designated by the School of Nursing. The purpose of the reintegration plan is to refamiliarize the student with nursing and health sciences concepts and refresh their professional practice skills to ensure the student’s return to a professional practice setting is safe and successful for all stakeholders. The reintegration plan must be completed to the satisfaction of the faculty member over the term (approximately four months) immediately prior to returning to the student commencing professional practice course(s). In some instances, a reintegration plan may be planned over the course of more than a single term at the discretion of the School of Nursing and/or designated faculty.

The nature of the reintegration plan will be discussed on a case-by-case basis between the student and designated faculty member. Failure to complete a reintegration plan to the satisfaction of the School of Nursing may preclude a student from commencing professional practice course(s).

Examinations

A Mohawk College or Conestoga College and a McMaster student photo identification card is required at all examinations.

Non-Academic Regulations

A student must comply annually before the start of classes with all non-academic requirements as outlined by the program. Failure to do so will result in removal from class and/or professional practice courses.

Non-Academic Requirements

The B.Sc.N. Program is committed to ensuring that Standards of Practice in Nursing are adhered to by requiring students to maintain their certification in CPR, seek a police records check, and comply with surveillance for infectious diseases. Failure to comply with these requirements may result in a student not being allowed to enroll in/complete required course(s).

Immunization

The Ontario Public Hospitals Act requires all students working in a hospital setting to meet certain criteria related to surveillance for infectious diseases. Detailed medical information, including a record of completion of required immunizations, will be required upon acceptance and annually thereafter. Failure to produce this information will result in a student being precluded from commencing professional practice course(s) or a suspension from professional practice course(s) until such time that they are able to produce the information, which may result in the student having to take the course(s) in a different term. Information on specific medical information that is required will be sent to students prior to commencing their studies in the program and each year thereafter prior to the start of the academic year.

Police Records Check

During the course of the B.Sc.N Program, all nursing students will work with vulnerable populations. As a result, in order to protect these vulnerable people from potential harm, the Council of Ontario University Programs in Nursing recommends and many professional practice agencies require that all nursing students provide confirmation of the absence of a criminal conviction or outstanding criminal charges. All students are required to have a satisfactory Police Record Check completed annually. The Police Record Check must include Vulnerable Sector Screening (VCC). Expenses for the Police Record Check are the responsibility of the student. Students may be required to produce documentation of their Police Record Check at some professional practice placements. Registered students who have been convicted of an offense under the Criminal Code (Canada) for which they have not been pardoned may be denied the opportunity to enter professional practice placement.

CPR Certification

Students are required to provide evidence of a valid certificate in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) at the Basic Cardiac Life Support for Health Care Provider level with training in AED. Please note that for health care providers, certification is valid for one year from the date of the course. As a result, annual recertification is mandatory. The cost of a course is the responsibility of the student. Courses are readily available in most communities. Certification obtained through an online provider will not be accepted.

Travel within the Program

Students are responsible for arranging their own travel to and from learning settings external to their site and for covering any costs incurred. All students who enrol in the B.Sc.N. Program are expected to travel to any learning setting in Hamilton and the surrounding area, including but not limited to Halton, Peel, Brant, Haldimand-Norfolk, Niagara and Wellington regions (McMaster and Mohawk sites); and Kitchener-Waterloo and surrounding area, including but not limited to Wellington, Brant and Halton regions (Conestoga site).

Access to Clinical Courses

Students in any stream who register for a clinical NURSING course in Level III or above must also submit a placement request to the Placement Coordinator. Students who fail to meet the published deadline but who register for the course at least two months prior to the date is to commence will be assigned a placement setting without consideration of their preferences. Students who do not register two months in advance and who fail to meet the submission deadline will normally be required to defer their placement until the next term in which the course is offered.
The final assignment of learning settings for any course is constrained by the availability of the requested setting and faculty resources. Students may therefore be required to complete the practicum component of a course in a learning setting that is not of their choosing.

Global Health Professional Practice

Level IV students in Basic (A) Stream and Post Diploma R.P.N. (E) Stream have the option to complete global health professional practice placements in international or outpost settings for NURSING 4J07 . Prerequisites include, but are not limited to, (1) attaining a GPA of 8.0 in all mandatory NURSING/HTHSCI courses  Level II and Fall Term of Level III (Basic A Stream) or Winter Term of Level II and Fall Term of Level III (Post Diploma E Stream); (2) a pass in all professional practice NURSING courses; (3) a minimum grade of C- in either HTHSCI 4H03 , or NURSING 4H03 , or COLLAB 4H03 .

Specialized/Atypical Professional Practice Placements

Specialized/atypical placements in NURSING 4J07  and/or NURSING 4K10  are only available to students who have met the following criteria:

  1. a cumulative GPA of 8.0 in all mandatory NURSING/HTHSCI courses completed prior to entry to Level IV course work
  2. a pass in all professional practice courses on the first attempt.

Additional criteria (e.g. reference from a professional practice preceptor) may also be required and considered by the School of Nursing in allocating specialized/atypical placements. Achieving the above noted criteria is not a guarantee that a student will receive a specialized/atypical placement as placements are limited.

Documentation for Licensure outside of Canada

Documentation for Licensure for outside of Canada is done by the B.Sc.N. Program Office. A fee of $250, for each request, is charged for providing the documentation and sending, by courier, to the agency requesting such documentation. Forms requesting this documentation are available on the School of Nursing website http://nursing.mcmaster.ca/currentstudents/graduation-designations.

Programs

    Bachelor of Science in Nursing