McMaster University

McMaster University

BScN Basic — Accelerated (F) Stream (20 Months)

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The Basic-Accelerated (F) Stream, launched in 2007, is available to those applying from a university program of studies. Students may complete the B.Sc.N. program of studies in five academic terms.

  • Admission Requirements
  • Application Process
  • Curriculum
  • Registration to Practice Nursing

** New for 2016 CASPerTM


To be considered applicants must:

  • Achieve a Cumulative Average of at least B- in all university degree credit courses taken.
  • Complete a minimum of 54 units (2 full years) of university credit which include a grade of at least C- on each of the following required courses:


    a. 6 units of Introductory Psychology


    b. 6 units of Human Physiology OR 6 units of Human Anatomy and Physiology

    Human Physiology courses must cover all of the following systems: Neuro, Endocrine, Cardiac, Respiratory, Digestive, Reproductive, Urinary, Musculoskeletal and Acid/Base balance


    c. 6 units of Biochemistry or 3 units of Biochemistry and 3 units of Nutrition


    d. 3 units of Statistics


*6 units is equivalent to one full credit or two half credit courses

*3 units is equivalent to one half credit course


Students must have completed or be currently registered in the required courses at the time of application. If you are currently registered in courses, transcripts must be submitted by February 1.  Normally, the required Human Anatomy & Physiology and Biochemistry courses must be completed within the last 4 years. If you have taken these courses more than 4 years ago, we encourage you to contact Vicki Benedetti at (905) 525-9140, ext 22232. Otherwise, your application will not be considered.


The Accelerated BScN Stream is not open to students currently registered in the Basic Stream (A) of the BScN program at McMaster University or any other nursing or practical nursing program or who are internationally educated nurses. Applicants with two undegraduate degrees will not be considered for the Accelerated Stream. Please see the policy under the General Academic Regulatiion section of the Undergraduate Calendar.


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 culturual 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 .


Offers of Admission for 2017


Applicants who receive an offer of admission will be required to submit a non-refundable tuition deposit of $500.00 to reserve their spot in the Accelerated Stream.


Late applictions will not be considered.


  1. Apply online at the Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC) using Form 105D no later than February 1.
  2. Complete online CASPerTM at
  3. Download, complete and fax the prerequisite form. Fax to 905.524.5454 or mail to the School of Nursing, HSC – room 2J34L, McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON  L8S 4K1.

4. Transcripts:

If you have not requested your transcripts through OUAC, please mail them 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:



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


Admission decisions are issued from April to June typically. All applicants will be notified via email no later than June 30.



Students admitted to this stream will enter Level III of the BScN Program. Students are expected to meet the residency requirement of the university.

Requirements for BScN Basic — Accelerated (F) Stream

(please refer to the year in which you entered the program)

Registration to Practice 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 website at Student Accessibility Services.

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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