Applying to Nursing

The processes for applying for admission to the Ingram School of Nursing (ISoN) differ based on bachelor (undergraduate), master (graduate) and doctoral level program requirements.

UNDERGRADUATE

CASPerTM Assessment

All applicants to the Bachelor of Nursing (integrated) and Bachelor of Science (Nursing) programs at McGill University will be required to complete a mandatory online 90-minute computer-based assessment 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 cultural 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 connection caused by technical or political factors. Applicants may want to explore details of the requirements and the structure of this assessment takecasper.com.

Please go to takeCASPer.com to sign up and reserve a test date using your McGill Student Number and a piece of government-issued photo ID.

On the website:
· Click on the Dates and Fees tab
· Click on Browse dates
· Step 1: Select Canada
· Step 2: Select your language*
· Step 3: Select Undergraduate Nursing
· Step 4: Select McGill University

The list of dates will appear once you have made these selections.
*It is important that you take the test in the language you are most comfortable expressing yourself.

You will be provided with a limited number of testing dates and times; these are the only testing dates available for your CASPer test as no additional tests will be scheduled. Please use an email address that you check regularly, since there may be updates to the test schedule. You may direct any inquiries to: support [at] takecasper.com or via online chat by registering on the CASPer website.

The CASPer test is composed of 12 sections of video and written scenarios. Following each scenario, you will be required to answer a set of probing questions under a time constraint. Each response is graded by a different rater, giving a very robust and reliable view of personal and professional characteristics important to our program. You may want to familiarize yourself with the test structure at takeCASPer.com, and ensure you have access to a quiet environment in which to take the test. CASPer test results are valid for one admissions cycle; applicants who have already taken the test in previous years will therefore be expected to re-take it.

We have many inquiries about our program so have tried to summarize key information about our science admission requirements in this section. For complete information on our admission requirements, please consult the Undergraduate Admissions Guide.

French Language Proficiency and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.Sc. (N.))

The Ingram School of Nursing calls for and develops skills and qualities essential to the Nursing profession, amongst them: technical knowledge, critical thinking, empathy and strong communication skills. The minimum grades, prerequisite courses and additional test requirements for admission to undergraduate Nursing programs at McGill are outlined at mcgill.ca/applying/requirements. In addition to these existing specifications, a new expectation is French language proficiency.

In the clinical settings where much of our program delivery takes place, the ability to communicate proficiently in French is necessary to effectively learn and safely work with and support patients, families and healthcare teams. French is essential to the successful completion of this Nursing degree program. 

Please visit  https://www.mcgill.ca/applying/nextsteps/documents/additional#PRFP to review the criteria to meet the French proficiency requirement.

Application

UNDERGRADUATE APPLICATION

Please note that all Undergraduate applications are processed centrally at via McGill University Enrolment Services. More information is available via Applying to Undergraduate Studies.

Contact: admissions [at] mcgill.ca
Application to the Ingram School of Nursing can be made using the McGill online application.

*Please note: The same application is used for all undergraduate programs at McGill and two program choices can be entered.

Enrolment Services
3415 McTavish St.
McLennan Library Building
Montreal, Quebec H3A 1Y1
Tel.: 514-398-7878

SECOND DEGREE APPLICANTS AND INTER-FACULTY TRANSFERS

*If you are a holder of a bachelor degree (other than in Nursing) and you do not have a nursing background, you may want to consider entry into the Master of Science (Applied) – Nursing
*If you are a McGill undergraduate student and are considering transferring to our BScN program, see Inter-faculty transfer.

 

GRADUATE

Please note that as part of the application process all applicants are required to take the CASPerTM test online prior to the application deadline.

Please go to takeCASPer.com to sign up and reserve a test date using your McGill Student Number and a piece of government-issued photo ID.  Detailed information regarding the CASPerTM test can be found on the link below. 

 

Required Immunizations

Applicants are strongly encouraged to begin obtaining the required immunizations in January, as this process can take up to six months. Students who have accepted their offer of admission on Minerva must upload the completed immunization form directly to the Student Wellness Hub, by June 15th. The immunization form can be found here; for information on this program requirement, please review the Ingram School of Nursing’s Clinical requirements web page and contact the School for any questions. Students who have not completed their immunizations by the deadline will be forced to defer their admission for one year.

CASPerTM Assessment

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 cultural 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 connection caused by technical or political factors. Applicants may want to explore details of the requirements and the structure of this assessment takecasper.com.

Please go to takeCASPer.com to sign up and reserve a test date using your McGill Student Number and a piece of government-issued photo ID.

On the website:
· Click on the Dates and Fees tab
· Click on Browse dates
· Step 1: Select Canada
· Step 2: Select your language*
· Step 3: Select Graduate Nursing
· Step 4: Select McGill University

The list of dates will appear once you have made these selections.
*It is important that you take the test in the language you are most comfortable expressing yourself.

You will be provided with a limited number of testing dates and times; these are the only testing dates available for your CASPer test as no additional tests will be scheduled. Please use an email address that you check regularly, since there may be updates to the test schedule. You may direct any inquiries to: support [at] takecasper.com or via online chat by registering on the CASPer website.

The CASPer test is composed of 12 sections of video and written scenarios. Following each scenario, you will be required to answer a set of probing questions under a time constraint. Each response is graded by a different rater, giving a very robust and reliable view of personal and professional characteristics important to our program. You may want to familiarize yourself with the test structure at takeCASPer.com, and ensure you have access to a quiet environment in which to take the test. CASPer test results are valid for one admissions cycle; applicants who have already taken the test in previous years will therefore be expected to re-take it.

We have many inquiries about our program so have tried to summarize key information about our science admission requirements in this section. For complete information on our admission requirements, please consult the Undergraduate Admissions Guide.

Language Proficiency

English Language Proficiency (all programs):

You may need to provide proof of English language proficiency. Please visit the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website to see if this applies to you. Although this is a GPS requirement, minimum test score results are set by each department. The minimum scores required at the Ingram School of Nursing are:

1. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): iBT (internet based test) - 100 overall (no less than 20 in each of the four component scores); PBT (paper based test) - 600.
     **The CBT is no longer being offered. CBT results will no longer be accepted as ETS no longer reports these results.
     **An institutional version of the TOEFL is not acceptable.
2. IELTS (International English Language Testing System): a band score of 7.5 or greater (Academic module).

When registering for either TOEFL or IELTS, please request that test results be sent directly to McGill University (Institution Code: 0935). The University will then receive the test results electronically, directly from the testing agency.

French Language Proficiency (Qualifying Year of the Master of Science (Applied) in Nursing (MSc(A) – Nursing))
French-Language Proficiency

The language of instruction at McGill University is English. However, the Master of Science (Applied) in Nursing program includes mandatory clinical placements - “stages” - which will be completed in health care institutions where the ability to communicate proficiently in French is essential. Proficiency in French is necessary for students to effectively and safely work with and support patients and families.

French-language requirement exemption:

You meet the French – language proficiency requirement if one of the situations described below applies to you.

Language Proficiency Exemption

Supporting document to be uploaded on the admission’s platform

You have completed your Secondary 4 and 5 studies at a High School in Quebec where French was the primary language of instruction.

Secondary 4 and 5 High School Transcipt

 

You have graduated from a High School program where French is the primary language of instruction (e.g. Baccalauréat Francais, Certificat d'enseignement secondaire supérieur (Belgique), Certificat de maturité (Suisse).

Diploma from Institution or High School transcript

 

You studied in a French-language High School during the last two years of your studies.

High School transcript of these two years.

 

You obtained a Diploma of Collegial Studies (DEC) granted by a Francophone CEGEP before 1998.

CEGEP Diploma

 

You have successfully completed the Épreuve uniforme de français langue d'enseignement et literature at a French CEGEP.

Épreuve Diploma

You have completed 60 credits or more of an undergraduate program in a francophone university in Quebec.

University transcript

You were enrolled for 2 consecutive years or more in a full-time Undergraduate or Graduate program in a francophone university outside of Quebec.

University transcript

You have successfully completed the McGill Certificate of Proficiency in French (SCS) or French Professional Communication (SCS).

Certificate Diploma

 

If one of the above exemptions apply to you, please upload to the admission’s platform one single document including the below items:

  1. A document including your Full Name, McGill ID (if applicable), the exemption that applies to you and your signature.
  2. Supporting document indicated above

 

French-language proficiency test

If none of the above exemptions apply to you, you will need to submit a valid French-language proficiency test score on the admission’s platform. Please note that you need to obtain a minimal overall test score of B2 to meet the French language proficiency requirement. B2 is equivalent to Level 6 on the Échelle Québecoise (EQ) on any of the tests listed below.

A table of accepted tests and respective websites are listed below:

 

Accepted test

Website and additional information

Diplôme d'études en langue française/Diplôme approfondi de langue française (DELF or DALF)

https://delf-dalf.ambafrance-ca.org

 

Results from before 2005 are still valid.

You can retake the test as many times as you wish. These diplomas are valid for life.

TCF or TCFQ or TCF-DAP (Test de connaissance du français )

www.france-education-international.fr/tcf

The results are valid for two years.

TEF or TEFaQ or TEF Canada: Test d’évaluation du français (pour les études en France)

https://www.lefrancaisdesaffaires.fr/en/tests-diplomas/test-for-evaluating-french-tef/

 

The results are valid for two years. You can retake the test as many times as you wish allowing for a one-month waiting period between each examination.

 

Please Note :

  • You need to complete all four components (oral comprehension, written comprehension, oral expression and written expression) of the French Proficiency Test.
  • The TFI is not accepted as a language proficiency test.

Application

Please consult the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS) website for general information on how to apply. The School requires applicants to provide documents that are specific to each Program. We hope that the following instructions under each Program's link will help guide you through the application process.

Please note: As all our graduate programs are non-thesis, you are NOT required to provide the name of a potential supervisor EXCEPT for the PhD program.

DOCTORAL

English Language Proficiency

You may need to provide proof of English language proficiency. Please visit the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website to see if this applies to you. Although this is a GPS requirement, minimum test score results are set by each department. The minimum scores required at the Ingram School of Nursing are:

1. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): iBT (internet based test) - 100 overall (no less than 20 in each of the four component scores); PBT (paper based test) - 600.
**The CBT is no longer being offered. CBT results will no longer be accepted as ETS no longer reports these results.
**An institutional version of the TOEFL is not acceptable.
2. IELTS (International English Language Testing System): a band score of 7.5 or greater (Academic module).

When registering for either TOEFL or IELTS, please request that test results be sent directly to McGill University (Institution Code: 0935). The University will then receive the test results electronically, directly from the testing agency.

Information on McGill's current registration fees for doctoral studies can be found here.

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