The Ingram School of Nursing is currently developing the first online academic program offered at McGill, and will be ready to receive its first cohort in September 2021!
Like the Bachelor of Nursing (Integrated) on-campus program, it is open to graduates of the 180 A.0 Diplôme d’études collégiales (DEC) in Nursing from CEGEP. The admission requirements are identical, as is the Course of Study. With the exclusion of clinical courses, all courses in the BNI Online modality are online.
Prior to applying, students will be strongly encouraged to consider if they are good candidates for online learning. In order to succeed in an online program, students should be aware that they will need self-direction, a certain fluency with education technology, a personal up-to-date computer, and internet access. McGill’s TLS website offers very useful advice on how to become a successful online learner. As part of the program, students will receive support in the form of additional online modules to assist them in becoming successful online learners.
Who can apply?
This program is open to graduates of the 180 A.0 Diplôme d’études collégiales (DEC) in Nursing from CEGEP. The admission requirements are identical to our on-campus BNI program.
Due to high demand for the Online BNI program, space is limited to the following admission maximums:
- Fall 2021: 75 students
- Fall 2022: 125 students
- Fall 2023: 145 students
Students applying to the Online modality must complete their application process and the CASPer test before the March 1 application deadline. For test dates, visit: takecasper
Please refer to Applying to Nursing page for instructions on how to apply.
How many credits will I need to complete in order to graduate from the BNI Online?
Like the BNI on-campus, the BNI Online program consists of 92 credits. Students receive 27 credits from advanced standing from their 180.A0 DEC in Nursing and are admitted to McGill at the U2 level, for a total of 65 credits.
Can you better explain the online Course of Study and how courses will be delivered (asynchronous/synchronous)?
The BNI Online is an integrated program with three course types:
- Allied and Nursing Science courses [theory] (NUR1 209, NUR1 210, NUR1 222, NUR1 312, NUR1 318, NUR1 320, NUR1 329, NUR1 300, NUR1 301, EDPE 375, and two electives);
- Inquiry-Based courses [application] (NUR1 318, NUR1 327, NUR1 423 and NUR 1 424);
- Laboratory, Simulations and Clinical courses (NUR1 338, NUR1 339, NUR1 434, NUR1 431 and NUR1 432)
The theory and application courses are offered asynchronously via 10 modules within the 13 week semester. There will be several virtual/online synchronous sessions throughout the semester, and the dates and times will be communicated to the student at the start of each semester.
The Laboratory and Simulations components of the courses will take place both asynchronously and synchronously during the semester. The dates and times for the synchronous sessions will be communicated to the students at the beginning of the semester.
The clinical component/stage will take place in-person, and every effort will be made to place the student in their current area of employment.
I am currently enrolled in the on-campus BNI program. Can I switch to the online program for Fall 2021?
Students cannot switch from the on-campus BNI to the online program. These are separate programs with separate admission streams.
Will graduates of the BNI Online program be able to pursue graduate studies?
Yes! The online program will maintain the same quality of teaching and program rigour as the on-campus program, with identical paths open to graduates of either program.
I will not be in the BNI Online program. However, I will be a nursing student (either in the BNI on-campus or another program). Will I be able to take the occasional online course, if it is the same course that is offered in my program?
No, not for the required courses. We have limited seats for the online courses and they will be reserved for the students who are enrolled in the BNI Online. However, certain online electives may be open to all ISoN students.
I heard the BNI Online will be bilingual. What does that mean?
The BNI Online program is being designed for learners who are fluent in either official language and have at least some proficiency in the other language. We are designing the program to be an excellent opportunity for learners who are stronger in one language to improve the other language. At McGill, the language of instruction is English. However, this program makes a particular effort to make most content available in French.
- Most textbooks and scientific articles will only be in English and will not be translated. When French versions are available, they will be referenced.
- All videos will be in English with English closed-captions; transcripts of the videos will be available in French.
- Students will be invited to post in discussion areas in either official language—no one will translate each students’ entries.
- All exams and assignment instructions will be offered in both languages.
- Like all McGill programs, students will be welcome to submit assignments and answer exam questions in either official language.
- All PowerPoint presentations will be available in both languages; however, not all narration will be translated.
How technologically savvy do I need to be to succeed in this program?
Applicants to this program should be conversant with the Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and should have an interest in learning new software. This program will be an excellent opportunity to improve your computer skills.