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

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.

The Ingram School of Nursing strongly urges B.Sc. (N.) applicants for fall 2020 to carry out a French language self-assessment exercise. The Canadian Language Benchmark is a free online tool well suited to this purpose. Applicants are expected to score Stage II - Intermediate Level 6 or higher in all 4 categories: listening, speaking, reading and writing. This is believed to be a level sufficient to face the demands of the program. Applicants are not expected to send the results of the assessment to McGill. However, admitted candidates who fall below Stage II - Intermediate Level 6 when they are re-assessed at entry into the program, are cautioned that placement for clinical training without expected language proficiency in French is unlikely and not guaranteed.

A selection of helpful language resources are listed below.

 

LANGUAGE LEARNING RESOURCES

At McGill University

French for Medical Purposes Program (Sat. mornings; in person with online support; developed for healthcare professional students by the School of Continuing Studies) Only open to you once you start your program.

School of Continuing Studies (regular, evening and summer courses for professional proficiency)

Faculty of Arts French Language Centre – See especially the Health & Social Work course stream. Available only to McGill students.

Online Resources

Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada Franco-Doc Toolbox (online resources for medical French)

Dialogue McGill: Online skills and exercises for learners.

Summer Programs

Explore! (5-week spring or summer immersion program with bursary; open to people who were full-time students in the past year).

Other

Resource list from the Faculty of Medicine Well Office (includes private schools and online resources for medical terminology-created by medical residents).

Conversation partner language-pairing service via Université de Montréal Jumelage interlinguistique (Université de Montréal).

 

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

GRADUATE

CASPerTM AND LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATE PROGRAMS

**New Requirement - Mandatory CASPerTM Assessment

All applicants to the Qualifying Year and Masters of Science (Applied) Program and each of its concentrations 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. You will require a piece of government-issued photo ID and perhaps other documentation as well.

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.

 

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.

 

French language proficiency and the Master of Science (Applied) in Nursing – Direct Entry (MSc(A) – DE)

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 current requirements for admission to all graduate Nursing programs at McGill are outlined at mcgill.ca/nursing/prospective/applying-nursing/applying-graduate-programs. 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.

The Ingram School of Nursing strongly urges MSc(A) – DE applicants for fall 2020 to carry out a French language self-assessment exercise. The Canadian Language Benchmark is a free online tool well suited to this purpose. Applicants are expected to score Stage II - Intermediate Level 6 or higher in all 4 categories: listening, speaking, reading and writing. This is believed to be a level sufficient to face the demands of the program. Applicants are not expected to send the results of the assessment to McGill. However, admitted candidates who fall below Stage II - Intermediate Level 6 when they are re-assessed at entry into the program, are cautioned that placement for clinical training without expected French language proficiency is unlikely and not guaranteed.

A selection of helpful language resources are listed below.

 

LANGUAGE LEARNING RESOURCES

At McGill University

French for Medical Purposes Program (Sat. mornings; in person with online support; developed for healthcare professional students by the School of Continuing Studies) Only open to you once you start your program.

School of Continuing Studies (regular, evening and summer courses for professional proficiency)

Faculty of Arts French Language Centre – See especially the Health & Social Work course stream. Available only to McGill students.

Online Resources

Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada Franco-Doc Toolbox (online resources for medical French)

Dialogue McGill: Online skills and exercises for learners.

Summer Programs

Explore! (5-week spring or summer immersion program with bursary; open to people who were full-time students in the past year).

Other

Resource list from the Faculty of Medicine Well Office (includes private schools and online resources for medical terminology-created by medical residents).

Conversation partner language-pairing service via Université de Montréal Jumelage interlinguistique (Université de Montréal).

 

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

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

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

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