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 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.

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

INTER-FACULTY TRANSFERS

Students who are currently registered in a BSc or BA and BSc program at McGill University may be interested to learn that the Bachelor of Science (Nursing) program offers a degree that builds on a strong science base and provides students with the knowledge, skills, and clinical expertise to embark on a rewarding career in the health care sector.
More information

GRADUATE

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 – Direct Entry (MSc(A) – DE))

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.  

Criteria to meet French proficiency requirements

If you answer 'yes' to at least one of the following questions, upload a single page with your full name, McGill ID, the question to which you answered ‘yes’, and your signature. Do not attach other supporting documents unless specifically requested in UApply.

  1. Have you completed secondary 4 and 5 at a school in Quebec where French was the primary language of instruction?
  2. Have you completed secondary 4 and 5 in a Quebec school with bilingual instruction AND obtained an average grade above 75% in French language classes?
  3. Will 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))?
  4. Did you study in a French-language school during the final two years of secondary school?
  5. Do you have a Diploma of Collegial Studies (DEC) granted by a francophone CEGEP before the introduction of the Épreuve uniforme de français in 1998?
  6. Will you have passed the Épreuve uniforme de français langue d'enseignement et literature at a French CEGEP?
  7. Will you have you completed 60 credits or more of an undergraduate program in a francophone university in Quebec?
  8. Have you been enrolled for 2 consecutive years or more in a full-time undergraduate program in a francophone university outside of Quebec?
  9. Did you successfully complete the McGill Certificate of Proficiency in French (SCS) or French Professional Communication (SCS)?

If none of the above exemptions apply to you, you will need to submit your results from one of the following approved French Proficiency tests:

Please Note: Students are required to obtain a level of B2 or higher. This is equivalent to Level 6 on the Échelle Québecoise (EQ) on any of the tests listed below. A copy of your test results must be uploaded to your UApply account.

Application

Consult our Applying to Graduate Programs page for more information and detailed instructions regarding program-specific requirements.

Please note: You may have already consulted the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS) website for general information on how to apply. 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. In addition, the School requires applicants to provide documents that are specific to each concentration. We hope that the following instructions will help guide you through the application process.

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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