Nursing: Second Entry

Nursing: Second Entry

Faculty of Health

York developed the full-time second-entry BScN program in response to an increasing demand for nursing programs which build on prior university learning. It is available to students who have completed a minimum of 60 credits towards any university degree and who meet the program prerequisites. By studying in the concentrated and continuous six semester program, students can complete their BScN in two calendar years. Check the full list of course equivalencies (PDF) identified to date.

Offers of admission for Nursing will begin after the deadline (February 1) has passed. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

As with other programs in the School of Nursing, the second-entry program reflects a unique teaching approach that focuses on cultivating human relationships. This patient-centred approach answers a growing demand for health care services and practitioners that respect patients' values and choices about health and quality of life. It recognizes that every patient has a personal story. We encourage you to question and critical think about conventional assumptions and practices and help you gain the insights and skills that will prepare you to contribute to the evolution of health care in Canada.

Students complete the full time program in two calendar years and will graduate in the fall after the second summer semester. This is a full time program and there is no part time option available.

First year
Students begin with studies in the areas of wellness and health challenges, assessment skills, professional development and issues, knowledge of nursing, thinking, communicating and relating in the context of nursing, applied pathophysiology, and ethical ways of knowing. In addition, students will also complete courses in biochemistry and pharmacology.

Clinical practice in the first year will help students develop their practical skills throughout the continuum of health experiences that persons may face. They then continue on to examining and enacting client-centred care within the context of caring for individuals and families in their homes and rehabilitative settings Last, students will engage in praxis in complex care settings as persons and families deal with acute and chronic health challenges.

Second year
Students will begin to explore additional layers of complexity in nursing practice with courses focusing on nursing research and inquiry, advanced professional issues, nursing in a global context and nurses as leaders of change.

Clinical praxis will focus on partnering with and integrating client-centredness in community settings. Student will continue with the exploration of nursing in the context of human vulnerability and diversity. In preparation for independent practice after graduating, students will undertake 12 continuous weeks of clinical practice that offers them the opportunity to integrate learning from all nursing courses and engage in deliberate praxis.

Transfer credit
Transfer credits are not awarded for nursing courses completed prior to your admission. Students enrolled in another BScN program at York are not permitted to transfer into the second-entry degree program.

How to apply

If you have never attended York University, apply through the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC).
Current York students interested in this program should contact Nursing at

Possible Career Paths Include:

  • Registered Nurse
  • Home healthcare
  • Primary healthcare
  • Public health
  • Hospital tertiary care
  • Long-term care
  • Global health care

Not eligible to apply to this program? You may be interested in other Nursing programs at York.

Application deadline for Nursing: Second Entry has been extended to March 1, 2023.

Program Details

Offered by

Faculty of Health

Offered at

  • Keele Campus

Degrees offered


Ways to study


Fall entry

Yes (first and upper year)

Winter entry


Summer entry