Pursue Undergraduate Program in

Nursing

The York University School of Nursing graduates nurses with the potential to become leaders who are inspired to discover, and be engaged in life-long learning. The program uses transformative teaching/learning strategies that blend theory and practice to develop intentional, reflective and socially responsive practitioners to ensure health for all through nursing excellence. Interprofessional thinking and collaboration are integrated throughout the program, culminating in a nursing capstone course which aligns with a final practicum experience. Students learn to partner, advocate and lead in the provision of care though opportunities that foster in-depth knowledge, critical thinking, lifelong scholarship, and professional development.

All undergraduate nursing programs – 4-Year Direct Entry, 2nd Degree and Post-RN Internationally Educated Nurses (IEN) – are approved by the College of Nurses of Ontario enabling graduates to write the registration exam approved by the College’s Council.

Subject to Senate approval, the School of Nursing will launch optional BScN undergraduate streams covering topics in areas including leadership and elder care, mental health, and acute/critical care in the 4-Year Direct Entry and 2nd Entry Programs.

Graduates receive a Specialized Honours Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) degree and will be eligible to write the registration exam approved by the College’s Council (e.g., College of Nurses of Ontario). Graduates must meet essential professional practice requisite skills and abilities (e.g., cognitive, communicative, communication, interpersonal, behavioural, psycho-motor, sensory and environmental capacities) and specific College requirements to become members who can practice with the title “Registered Nurse”. Transfer students from other nursing programs are not accepted into the undergraduate nursing programs.

York 4-Year Direct Entry Nursing Program

The School of Nursing’s stand-alone 4-Year Direct Entry Program offers all four years at York’s Keele campus and is designed for students who have no previous nursing education. The 4-Year Direct Entry Program is a 4-year full-time program (there is no part-time option). Students complete the program in four calendar years and celebrate their achievement at the Spring convocation ceremony.

To be eligible for admission to this program:

2nd Entry BScN Program

The School of Nursing’s 2nd Entry Program builds on prior university learning and is available to students who have completed a university degree in any discipline or have 60 credits or more toward a university degree. The program builds on this prior university learning thus enabling students to complete the program in two calendar years through concentrated and continuous learning in six-semester. The 2nd-Entry Program is a 2-year full-time program and there is no part-time option. Students complete the program in two calendar years which includes the summer semesters and celebrate their achievement at the Fall convocation ceremony.

Post-RN Internationally Educated Nurses (IEN) BScN Program

The Post-RN International Educated Nurses (IEN) Program is specifically designed for internationally registered nurses who graduated from nursing programs outside of Canada. The program recognizes the strengths of internationally registered nurses educated outside of Canada and provides a 20-month program to enable students to transition to the Canadian healthcare system, demonstrate entry-to-practice competencies, and meet specific College requirements to become members who can practice with the title “Registered Nurse” in Canada. The program provides students with professional development learning opportunities to enhance their abilities to begin their nursing careers in Canada. The Post-RN IEN Program is a 20-months full-time program and there is no part-time option. Students complete the program in five (5) terms which includes the summer term of Year 1 and celebrate their achievement at the Spring convocation ceremony in the following year.

Opportunities for students

York’s Nursing programs use transformative teaching/learning strategies that blend theory and practice (Nursing Simulation Centre, Computer-Based Clinical Simulations, and in-person clinical placement) to develop intentional, reflective and socially responsive practitioners to ensure health for all through nursing excellence. Interprofessional thinking and collaboration are integrated throughout the program, culminating in a final practicum experience. Students learn to partner, advocate and lead in the provision of care through opportunities that foster in-depth knowledge, critical thinking, lifelong scholarship, and ongoing professional development.

Careers in Nursing

This list is not exhaustive but provides an idea of the options graduates have and what they have gone on to do. Some options are more directly associated with a Nursing degree than others.

  • Acute Care Nurse
  • Case Manager
  • Child Care Specialist
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Community Nurse
  • Emergency Room Nurse
  • Family Nurse
  • Fly-in Nurse
  • Fundraiser
  • Gerontologist
  • Health Care Consultant
  • Home Care Nurse
  • Hospital Administrator
  • Hospital Nurse
  • International Aid Worker
  • Medical Writer
  • Mental Health Nurse
  • Non-Profit Organization Worker
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Oncology Nurse
  • Pediatric Nurse
  • Pharmaceutical Representative
  • Pharmacist
  • Physician
  • Private Clinic Administrator
  • Private Nurse
  • Public Policy Advisor
  • Registered Nurse
  • Researcher
  • Retirement Residence Director
  • Social Worker
  • Toxicologist
  • Weight Loss Counsellor

careers.yorku.ca/my-degree/nursing

For more information about our degree programs, contact York’s School of Nursing at nursing@yorku.ca or at (416) 736-5271


Program Details


Offered By

Faculty of Health

Degrees Offered

BScN

Fall Entry

Yes

Winter Entry

No

Summer Entry

No

Ways to Study

Full-Time

Sample Schedule (First-year)

  • Courses vary by degree program. Visit nursing.info.yorku.ca for course information.

Possible Career Paths

  • hospital tertiary care provider
  • home healthcare provider
  • healthcare manager
  • public healthcare provider
  • long-term care provider
  • community health nurse
  • global health care provider
  • primary health care provider
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Faculty of Health

BScN

Requirements for admission:
  • Alberta High School Diploma
  • ELA30-1 or English 30
  • Senior-level math
  • Biology 30
  • Chemistry 30 or Physics 30
  • And one additional academic courses numbered 30 or 31
    • No prerequisite below 70%
    • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 80s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 80.
      Faculty of Health

      BScN

      Requirements for admission:
    • British Columbia Secondary School Graduation Diploma
    • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
    • Senior-level math
    • Biology 12
    • Chemistry 12 or Physics 12
    • And one additional Grade 12 Academic subjects
      • No prerequisite below 70%
      • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 80s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 80.
        Faculty of Health

        BScN

        Requirements for admission:
      • Baccalauréat Général
      • Première Spécialité mathématiques
      • Première and Terminale biologie
      • Terminale physique/chimie
        • No prerequisite below 11
          • A maximum of 30 possible transferable credits may be granted for successful completion of the Baccalauréat Général. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.
          Faculty of Health

          BScN

          Requirements for admission:
        • Successful completion of the final year of senior studies
          • Minimum overall result of “Bien/Buena/Bueno/Good” on all academic courses.
          • Some programs require a higher GPA.
        • Senior-level math
        • Senior-level biology
        • Senior-level chemistry or Senior-level physics
          • No prerequisite below "C"
          • Faculty of Health

            BScN

            Requirements for admission:
          • Diploma with a total of at least six units, including prerequisites, and grades of 1, 2 or 3 in each unit.
            • A minimum overall average of 3 out of 7 is required. Higher grades required for certain programs.
          • 2-unit math
          • 2-unit biology
          • 2-unit chemistry or 2-unit physics
            • No prerequisite below 3
              • CAPE 2-unit courses, with results of 3 or better, are eligible for transfer credit, up to a maximum of 18 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.
              Faculty of Health

              BScN

              Requirements for admission:
            • One year of CEGEP
            • 2 semesters of English (code 603) / Français (code 601)
            • Senior-level math
            • Biology 1
            • Chemistry 1 and 2 or Physics 1 and 2
            • And six additional academic courses (high-school equivalent courses not accepted)
              • No prerequisite below 70%
                • Extra courses will be assessed for transfer credit. Applicants with the DEC may be awarded up to one full year of transfer credit.
                To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 80s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 80.
                Faculty of Health

                BScN

                Requirements for admission:
              • Senior Secondary School Graduation Certificate
              • Grade 12 math
              • Grade 12 biology
              • Grade 12 chemistry or Grade 12 physics
                • No prerequisite below 80%
                • Faculty of Health

                  BScN

                  Requirements for admission:
                • Lise Diplomasi
                • Senior-level math
                • Senior-level biology
                • Senior-level chemistry or Senior-level physics
                  • No prerequisite below 3.5 or 60%
                  • Faculty of Health

                    BScN

                    Requirements for admission:
                  • General Certificate of Education (GCE) Examinations
                  • A-level math
                  • A-level biology
                  • A-level chemistry or A-level physics
                    • No prerequisite below "C"
                      • GCE A2 examinations with results of "C" or better, are eligible for transfer credit, up to a maximum of 18 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.
                      Faculty of Health

                      BScN

                      Requirements for admission:
                    • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)
                    • Twelfth Year math
                    • Twelfth Year biology
                    • Twelfth Year chemistry or Twelfth Year physics
                      • No prerequisite below 3.0
                      • Faculty of Health

                        BScN

                        Requirements for admission:
                      • International Baccalaureate Diploma
                        • IB Diploma with passes in six subjects: three passes at the Standard-level and three passes at the Higher-level, or two passes at the Standard-level and four passes at the Higher-level
                      • One of the following math subjects
                        • Analysis and Approaches higher-level
                        • Analysis and Approaches standard-level
                        • Applications and Interpretations higher-level
                        • Applications and Interpretations standard-level
                      • Standard or higher-level biology
                      • Standard or higher-level chemistry or Standard or higher-level physics
                        • No prerequisite below 5
                          • Transfer credit is granted for IB courses with Higher-level final grades of 5 or better, to a maximum of 30 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.
                          Faculty of Health

                          BScN

                          Requirements for admission:
                        • Completion of one of the following:
                          • All-India Senior School Certificate (AISSCE)
                          • Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC)
                          • Indian School Certificate (ISC)
                          • Intermediate Examination Certificate
                          • Pre-University Examination Certificate
                        • Grade XII math
                        • Grade XII biology
                        • Grade XII chemistry or Grade XII physics
                          • No prerequisite below 55%
                          • Faculty of Health

                            BScN

                            Requirements for admission:
                          • Manitoba High School Diploma
                          • English 40S
                          • Senior-level math
                          • Biology 40S
                          • Chemistry 40S or Physics 40S
                          • And one additional 40S level academic subjects (no more than one at the 40G level)
                            • No prerequisite below 70%
                            • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 80s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 80.
                              Faculty of Health

                              BScN

                              Requirements for admission:
                            • New Brunswick High School Graduation Diploma
                            • English 120, 121 or 122
                            • Senior-level math
                            • Biology 121 or 122
                            • Chemistry 121 or 122 or Physics 121 or 122
                            • And two additional Grade 12 academic subjects (college preparatory 120, 121 or 122)
                              • No prerequisite below 70%
                              • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 80s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 80.
                                Faculty of Health

                                BScN

                                Requirements for admission:
                              • Newfoundland and Labrador High School Graduation Diploma
                              • English 3201
                              • Senior-level math
                              • Biology 3201
                              • Chemistry 3202 or Physics 3204
                              • And three additional credits at the 3000 level
                                • No prerequisite below 70%
                                • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 80s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 80.
                                  Faculty of Health

                                  BScN

                                  Requirements for admission:
                                • Nova Scotia High School Graduation Diploma
                                • English 12
                                • Senior-level math
                                • Biology 12
                                • Chemistry 12 or Physics 12
                                • And one additional Grade 12 academic subjects (university preparatory academic or advanced)
                                  • No prerequisite below 70%
                                  • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 80s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 80.
                                    Faculty of Health

                                    BScN

                                    Requirements for admission:
                                  • Nunavut High School Graduation Diploma
                                  • ELA30-1 or English 30
                                  • Senior-level math
                                  • Biology 30
                                  • Chemistry 30 or Physics 30
                                  • And one additional academic courses numbered 30 or 31
                                    • No prerequisite below 70%
                                    • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 80s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 80.
                                      Faculty of Health

                                      BScN

                                      Requirements for admission:
                                    • Northwest Territories High School Graduation Diploma
                                    • ELA30-1 or English 30
                                    • Senior-level math
                                    • Biology 30
                                    • Chemistry 30 or Physics 30
                                    • And one additional academic courses numbered 30 or 31
                                      • No prerequisite below 70%
                                      • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 80s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 80.
                                        Faculty of Health

                                        BScN

                                        Requirements for admission:
                                      • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
                                      • ENG4U
                                      • 4U math
                                      • SBI4U
                                      • SCH4U or SPH4U
                                      • And two additional 4U or M courses
                                        • No prerequisite below 70%
                                        • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 80s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 80.
                                          Faculty of Health

                                          BScN

                                          Requirements for admission:
                                        • Completion of a diploma program or at least two full semesters or one year of full-time academic study at an accredited college
                                        • Overall average of 3.3 or better on a 4-point scale (or equivalent)
                                        • 4U math*
                                        • SBI4U*
                                        • SCH4U* or SPH4U*
                                        • * Requirement (or equivalent) must have been satisfied within the previous five years
                                        • No prerequisite below 70%
                                        • Faculty of Health

                                          BScN

                                          To be considered a mature student, you must:
                                        • Be at least 20 years old by the end of the calendar year of admission to the University
                                        • Have been out of full-time high school studies for at least two years or have returned to upgrade after a two year absence
                                        • Have attempted less than one full year of studies at an accredited university or college
                                        • Have demonstrated potential for success through academic, professional or volunteer activities and other accomplishments
                                        • Requirements for admission:
                                        • 4U math*
                                        • SBI4U*
                                        • SCH4U* or SPH4U*
                                        • * Requirement (or equivalent) must have been satisfied within the previous five years
                                        • No prerequisite below 70%
                                        • Faculty of Health

                                          BScN

                                          Requirements for admission:
                                        • Completion of at least four full-year courses or one year of full-time degree studies at an accredited university
                                        • Overall average of 3.0 or better on a 4-point scale (or equivalent)
                                        • 4U math*
                                        • SBI4U*
                                        • SCH4U* or SPH4U*
                                        • * Requirement (or equivalent) must have been satisfied within the previous five years
                                        • No prerequisite below 70%
                                        • Faculty of Health

                                          BScN

                                          Requirements for admission:
                                        • Prince Edward Island Senior Secondary School Diploma
                                        • English 621
                                        • Senior-level math
                                        • Biology 621
                                        • Chemistry 611 or 621 or Physics 621
                                        • And one additional Grade 12 academic subjects (numbered 611 or 621)
                                          • No prerequisite below 70%
                                          • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 80s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 80.
                                            Faculty of Health

                                            BScN

                                            Requirements for admission:
                                          • Quebec Grade 12 Certificate of Graduation
                                          • Grade 12 English
                                          • Senior-level math
                                          • Grade 12 Biology
                                          • Grade 12 Chemistry or Grade 12 Physics
                                          • And two additional academic (university preparation level) subjects
                                            • No prerequisite below 70%
                                            • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 80s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 80.
                                              Faculty of Health

                                              BScN

                                              Requirements for admission:
                                            • Transcript of Secondary Level Achievement
                                            • English A30 and English B30
                                            • Senior-level math
                                            • Biology 30
                                            • Chemistry 30 or Physics 30
                                            • And recommendation(s) below:
                                              • No prerequisite below 70%
                                              • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 80s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 80.
                                                Faculty of Health

                                                BScN

                                                Requirements for admission:
                                              • General Secondary Education Certificate
                                              • Senior-level math
                                              • Senior-level biology
                                              • Senior-level chemistry or Senior-level physics
                                                • No prerequisite below 70%
                                                • Faculty of Health

                                                  BScN

                                                  Requirements for admission:
                                                • High School Diploma
                                                • Senior-level math
                                                • Senior-level biology
                                                • Senior-level chemistry or Senior-level physics
                                                  • No prerequisite below 70%
                                                    • AP College Board examinations are eligible for transfer credit, for results of 4 or 5, up to a maximum of 30 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.
                                                    Faculty of Health

                                                    BScN

                                                    Requirements for admission:
                                                  • West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) or National Examinations Council (NECO)
                                                  • Senior-level math
                                                  • Senior-level biology
                                                  • Senior-level chemistry or Senior-level physics
                                                    • No prerequisite below C4
                                                    • Faculty of Health

                                                      BScN

                                                      Requirements for admission:
                                                    • Yukon High School Diploma
                                                    • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
                                                    • Senior-level math
                                                    • Biology 12
                                                    • Chemistry 12 or Physics 12
                                                    • And recommendation(s) below:
                                                      • No prerequisite below 70%
                                                      • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 80s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 80.