McMaster University

McMaster University

Education Overview

Students in nursing classroom

The School of Nursing is internationally renowned for its innovation in nursing education. We continue to build on a stellar reputation for developing and enhancing capacity for nursing education across the globe while delivering high-quality, responsive and student-centred education programs at home.

Students seeking to enter a career in nursing choose McMaster for its self-directed, problem-based undergraduate curriculum that places students at the centre of all learning. A group learning context fosters close relationships between faculty and students, and among the students themselves, enabling learning to be customized to the strengths and needs of the group. Graduates are caring, client-centred and scientifically-based health professionals who consistently pursue opportunities to make a difference in health beyond their skilled individual practice. They are exemplary practitioners who are equipped with the foundation they need to become the profession’s future leaders.

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. These requirements may be found here:

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 and Abilities Letter 2017 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.

The School of Nursing also offers a diverse selection of options for graduate education that are responsive to the need for nurses with Masters and Doctoral preparation in education, research and service. Nurses seeking high quality graduate education that offers flexibility and many opportunities to customize content to match interests quickly find that McMaster is the place to be. This student-centred approach is complemented by the opportunity to work with School of Nursing faculty members who are leading the way in our core areas of excellence. Look at where innovative things are happening in health research, education or service and you’re likely to find a graduate of McMaster’s Graduate Nursing Program!

In addition to its undergraduate and graduate programs, McMaster’s School of Nursing provides excellent specialty education for nurses interested in the role of a Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner, or seeking advanced skills in leadership and management or in managing clients’ incontinence. Selected credits in these programs may be counted towards completion of a B.Sc.N. degree. For more information, please visit the web-site for the respective programs.

McMaster is committed to valuing cultural diversity and building an inclusive community in which students can learn and excel. For more information on the University, please visit the Prospective Students Page.

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Key Contacts

BScN Program
905.525.9140 x22232

Graduate Program
905.525.9140 x22983

Nurse Practitioner Program
905.525.9140 x22099

Leadership/Management Program
905.525.9140 x22409

Nurse Continence Advisor Program

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