McMaster University

McMaster University

Undergraduate Program

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Why Choose Nursing?

More than just a job, nursing is a career that will offer you a wide range of choices and opportunities throughout your working life. Nurses are employed everywhere from hospitals to communities to schools to industries — just to name a few!

Make a difference in the lives of others: Become a professional nurse. Take up the opportunities for nursing leadership, team work and the ability to put current high-quality health care research into practice!

For more information on nursing as a career, please visit the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA).

Why Choose McMaster?

The School of Nursing provides high-quality, innovative nursing education in a unique educational setting. Our programs promote nursing as a caring, client-centred, scientifically-based profession. Our goal is to prepare you for practice in a wide variety of health care settings through curricula that are responsive to real world needs. Our Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.Sc.N.) Program is delivered in partnership with Mohawk College and Conestoga College.

The School of Nursing pioneered problem-based learning (PBL) in nursing education and we continue to believe that this approach best prepares our students for the roles that they will hold after graduation. PBL involves self-directed learning that emphasizes interpersonal skills, independent learning, and leadership qualities. Learning is a process of inquiry, a skill to develop as a life-long activity in an environment conducive to openness and sharing between faculty and students. Emphasis on group tutorials and self-directed learning promotes the development of critical thinking abilities and self-evaluation skills. In addition to the professionals who will teach you throughout your time here at the School of Nursing, extensive multi media, laboratory and library resources support you in independent study. Students apply concepts from nursing and related disciplines to their experiences in classroom, laboratory, and clinical settings.

Our Educational Methods

One of many advantages of Nursing at McMaster is the opportunity to get to know both your professors and your classmates well; most of the classes you will take will be in groups. This provides a learning environment that prepares nurses to use leadership skills in nursing and with multidisciplinary health care teams.

We believe that learning is a process of inquiry and collaboration in which the student and faculty tutor, as well as other clinical teachers, work toward a common goal or outcome. The process is student-centred and occurs through dialogue within a context of respectful relationship(s).

Professional Nursing Practice

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You will have many opportunities throughout your program to put theory into practice in clinical settings. Through our partnerships with a wide variety of hospitals, agencies and community settings, you will experience multiple locations and specialties that will help you to decide what specialty is right for you. There are also exciting opportunities for nursing placements in outpost and international settings!

In our Clinical Learning Centre, you will have the opportunity to practice skills learned on simulation equipment and work with interprofessional student teams to solve health care scenarios.

Research and Evidence-Based Practice

The School of Nursing strongly believes that the best nursing practice is based on scientific evidence. Our program gives you experience with the research process and teaches you to gather and critically evaluate research to promote critical thinking and problem solving skills. Evidence-based practice supports sound decision making and continuous learning.

The University Experience

There are many opportunities to get involved both in the activities of the School (such as MUNSS and MacSoc) and in the university itself. 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 McMaster Prospective Students page.

Join us in contributing to nursing and to the improvement of health for all!

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Key Contacts


Vicki Benedetti
905.525.9140 x22232

Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Nursing Education

Dr. Pamela Baxter
905.525.9140 x22290

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