Bachelor of Science (Nursing) BSc(N)

The B.Sc.(N) program extends over three years (including summer sessions) equipping students with the expertise to effectively deal with complex and contemporary nursing issues. High school entrants complete an additional U0 year to meet freshman science requirements. Completion of this program entitles graduates to sit licensure examinations in Quebec, Canada, and other countries. The B.Sc.(N) program has been accredited by the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing since 1990 with the most recent full accreditation status granted until 2024.

As the basic preparation for a nursing career, McGill University’s Bachelor of Science (Nursing) offers innovative courses that develop fundamental nursing expertise and skills and opens the door to a variety of exciting career opportunities.

Overview

Student involvement is a cornerstone of our program. In addition to classroom lectures, you will study in small learning groups of six to eight people, working closely with professors to examine, in critical and creative ways, the many facets of nursing in today’s society. Furthermore, starting with your first nursing course, you will gain hands-on experience and knowledge in a McGill teaching hospital or affiliated centre, where you will learn to help people manage health and illness situations.

More specifically, this will involve studying individuals and families at various stages of development and in different locations – at home, in community health-care agencies and in teaching hospitals. You will learn about the role of nursing within the health-care system and about the development of collegial partnerships with other health science disciplines.

The BSc(N) curriculum extends over three years (including summer sessions) with general and professional courses in each year, and equips you with the expertise and confidence to effectively deal with complex and contemporary nursing issues. Some students will study for four years, in particular students entering McGill directly from high school or mature students who need to complete college level science courses. The program ends with a five week clinical placement that can be completed internationally. If your goal is to become a skilled and knowledgeable nurse practitioner or researcher, get the preparation you deserve at McGill University’s School of Nursing.

Admission requirements

**New Requirement - Mandatory 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 xref: takeCASPer.com to sign up and reserve a test date using your McGill Student Number and a piece of government-issued photo ID. 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, please consult the Undergraduate Admissions Guide.

Regardless of the type of applicant that you are, McGill requires a strong background in the basic sciences of chemistry, biology, physics, and calculus. All applicants are assessed on whether they have completed some or all of the following freshman level science courses:

  • Two semesters of biology with labs (equivalent to McGill BIOL 111 & 112)
  • Two semesters of general chemistry with labs (equivalent to McGill CHEM 110 & 112)
  • One semester of organic chemistry with lab (equivalent to McGill CHEM 212)
  • Two semesters (three if CEGEP) of physics (mechanics, electricity and magnetism, waves and optics) with labs (equivalent to McGill PHYS 101 & 102)
  • One semester in each of differential and integral calculus (equivalent to McGill MATH 140 & 141)

Mature applicants

The Mature Student category is available to applicants who: are 23 years of age at time of registration, have Canadian citizenship or Canadian permanent residency, do not possess a conventional basis of admission such as a high school or CEGEP diploma, or have academic credentials that do not meet the minimum requirements and have no academic studies within the last five years that would constitute a basis for admission.

Applicants with regular academic studies completed during the last five years must apply under the regular high school, CEGEP, or university transfer categories.

Mature student applicants require a minimum of three of the above courses with ONE in functions (pre-calculus) (calculus is preferred), and two courses of the following three: general biology, chemistry or physics (all with labs) (e.g., biology AND chemistry OR chemistry AND physics OR biology AND physics) (each of the courses must be completed with a minimum university grade of 70% or equivalent).

These minimum courses must be equivalent to the McGill freshman courses listed above and can be taken at a local CEGEP or other university. While the minimum three courses are needed for admission consideration, ALL of the courses listed must be completed prior to continuing with the 106-credit Nursing program – you can either continue in the CEGEP or other university to complete them or complete the remainder with us at McGill.

Mature applicants who have not studied science in high school will likely be required by the CEGEP or other university to complete preparatory courses as per their institution.

Transfer and second degree applicants

Applicants require a minimum of the following to be considered for admission: two semesters of calculus plus two semesters of biology, chemistry and/or physics (all with labs).

These minimum courses must be equivalent to the McGill freshman courses listed above and can have been taken at a local CEGEP or other university. While the minimum four courses are needed for admission consideration, ALL of the courses listed below as ‘science requirements’ must be completed prior to continuing with the 106-credit Nursing program. Strong applicants with less than the required minimum prerequisites may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

  • One semester of differential calculus
  • One semester of integral calculus
  • Two semesters of biology with labs
  • Two semesters of general chemistry with labs
  • One semester of organic chemistry with lab
  • Two semesters of physics (mechanics, electricity and magnetism, waves and optics) with labs

Applicants with a previous science degree, and missing one or more of freshman science courses may be granted equivalence if credit and exemption is awarded for upper level science courses (e.g., physiology, pharmacology) which are part of the 106-credit B.Sc.(N.) program.

For a list of CEGEPs and universities offering equivalent courses, consult the Transfer credits & advanced standing section of the University website.

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.

Nursing students study core biological science courses such as physiology, pharmacology, and pathology. Courses from the social sciences such as psychology and anthropology broaden the student’s knowledge base of human behavior and nursing science courses provide the basis for a professional degree that is a passport to the world.

The BSc(N) program is ideal for students who currently enjoy their science studies but miss interacting with people and wonder about future employment opportunities.

Who is eligible?

Transfer applicants must meet each of the following requirements:

  • Be a BSc or BA & BSc student who is in satisfactory standing in the current program of study
  • Have a minimum CGPA of 2.7; 3.0 or above preferred
  • Have completed a minimum of two U0 semesters OR one semester of U1 studies
  • Meet the minimum freshman science requirements or their equivalents in MATH 139 or 140 and 141; BIOL 112, CHEM 110, 120, and 212; PHYS 101 and 102 (strong applicants who are missing one or two of these courses but have additional university studies should consult the BSc(N) Program Director)
  • Provide a sound rationale for seeking transfer (see details for application letter submitted to Admissions Committee)

How to apply

  • Interested applicants submit an electronic transfer application that is available on-line through the Student Records Menus once logged into Minerva.
  • In addition, an application letter that outlines the reason(s) for wanting to transfer from the current program of study into nursing must also be provided (mailed or hand delivered to the address below). The letter is reviewed by the Ingram School of Nursing Undergraduate Admissions Committee.
    • Ingram School of Nursing Undergraduate Admissions Committee
      c/o Student Affairs Office, Ingram School of Nursing
      Room 1941, 680 Sherbrooke Street West
      Montreal, Qc H3A 2M7
  • Students who have not previously provided McGill University with documents related to high school, CEGEP, or previous university studies must provide the Ingram School of Nursing Student Affairs Office with official transcripts.

Transfer deadlines

For Fall admission: June 1

Inter-faculty deadlines by faculty/school can be found here. Please note that we do not always accept interfaculty applications for Winter term. The School determines whether to open Winter IFT applications in October of the previous term. Inquire at that time to undergraduate.nursing [at] mcgill.ca if you are interested and qualify for admission consideration.

Credit transfers

  • All previous McGill University courses (credits and grades) that are part of the Nursing program of study (including failures) will be included in the Minerva transcript record of Nursing studies. 

  • All previous McGill University courses (credits and grades) that are not deemed to be part of the Nursing program of study will be excluded from GPA calculations once the transfer is completed with the exception of minor degree studies when grades and credits for courses in the minor are carried forward.

  • Courses from previous McGill studies that are used to fill B.Sc.(N) elective credit requirements will receive credit transfer (no grade) except when the student has taken no more than the required number of elective credits prior to transferring in which case the grade is transferred.  

Decisions

  • Inter-faculty transfer applicants who have provided all the necessary documentation can expect a decision within 2 to 4 weeks of the application in most cases.
  • Applicants whose record requires clarification may be asked to meet with a member of the Admissions Committee and a decision rendered after this clarification.
  • Decisions are indicated on Minerva. Successful applicants will receive a personal email via the McGill University email account indicating all transfer credits and other important information (e.g., immunization requirements).
     

Still not sure?

Check out the Ingram School of Nursing website: http://www.mcgill.ca/nursing/, http://www.mcgill.ca/nursing/prospective/bscn and http://www.mcgill.ca/nursing/prospective/bscn/revised-course-study

  • Contact the Nursing Student Affairs Office to meet and get advising with our student-affairs-officer.nursing [at] mcgill.ca (Student Affairs Officer) 
  • Meet with a current B.Sc.(N) student – contact the nus.nursing [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Nursing Undergraduate Society )
  • Sit in on a nursing class – contact the undergraduate.nursing [at] mcgill.ca (Undergraduate Nursing Student Affairs Coordinators)

Application process

Contact: Service Point

Application to the Ingram School of Nursing can be made using the McGill online application.

Please note that 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

Important dates

Application deadlines:

Fall Admission (September)
Consult the Applying to McGill web page for application deadlines. These are found under the specific category of applicant (i.e. Applicants from Quebec Cegeps, Ontario high schools, etc).
Winter Admission

Not open. Inter-faculty transfers (IFTs): Please note that we do not always accept inter-faculty applications for Winter term. The School determines whether to open Winter IFT applications in October of the previous term. Inquire at that time to undergraduate.nursing [at] mcgill.ca if you are interested and qualify for admission consideration. Consult Inter-faculty Transfers for more information.

Course of Study 

Important Note: This course of study applies to B.Sc.N. U1 admits up to and including Fall 2016 and to U0 admits up to and including Fall 2015.Contact Nursing Student Affairs Office if you are missing any of these courses. 

The courses are outlined in the order that a full-time student would usually take them. Please check the Health Sciences Calendar or Minerva for details about course prerequisites.

*First Year (U1)
Required Courses

Second Year (U2)
Required Courses

Third Year (U3)
Required Courses

Fall term

See the Health Sciences ECalendar for your admit year for courses required.

2016-2017

2015-2016

2014-2015

Fall term

See the Health Sciences ECalendar for your admit year for courses required.

2016-2017

2015-2016

2014-2015

 

Fall term

NUR1 420 - Primary Health Care
NUR1 424 - Legal & Ethical Issues:Nursing
NUR1 428 - Learning and Health Education
** NUR1 431 - Community Health Nsg Practicum

Winter term

See the Health Sciences ECalendar for your admit year for courses required.

2016-2017

2015-2016

2014-2015

Winter term

See the Health Sciences ECalendar for your admit year for courses required.

2016-2017

2015-2016

2014-2015

 

Winter term

NUR1 421 - Resources:Special Populations
** NUR1 432 - Community Health Nsg Project  
EDPE 375 - Introductory Statistics (Or PSYC 204 - Intro to Psychological Stats or equivalent)
***Elective (see below)

Summer term

See the Health Sciences ECalendar for your admit year for courses required.

2016-2017

2015-2016

2014-2015

Summer term

NUR1 333 - Nursing in Illness 3

Summer term

NUR1 530 - Clinical Internship

 

** NUR1 431 and NUR1 432

Students must register for one of these courses in the Fall, and the alternate one in the Winter.

***Elective

6 credits with a minimum of 3 credits at the 300 level or above.
These courses are generally taken in U3 however students who have been granted exemptions in other courses may register for electives at other times in their program of study as long as they have the necessary prerequisites and the course fits within the timetable.


French Language Courses

Effective the U1 year in the BScN program, students are eligible to sit the French language proficiency exam. This exam is a requirement for full licensure in Quebec. French is also the major spoken language in Quebec and your working knowledge of this language affects clinical placements.  If French is not your mother tongue, then we encourage you to enroll in French language courses. McGill offers a tailored course for professionals. 


U0 Required courses (34 credits)

See the Health Sciences ECalendar for your admit year for courses required.

2016-2017

2015-2016

2014-2015

Following successful completion of the U0 courses, students admitted to the eight-semester program enter First Year (U1).

REVISED Course of Study

Important Note: This course of study applies to all new B.Sc.N. admits effective Fall 2017 and to U0 admits Fall 2016. See “Course of Study” otherwise.

The courses are outlined in the order that a full-time student would usually take them. (Note that students entering directly from high school must complete a U0 year of study - see below; mature and transfer students missing the U0 equivalencies at admission will generally need to complete these in a U0 year unless they have been granted exemptions based on higher levels of study.) The Nursing Student Affairs Office can help you make decisions if you have questions. Please check the Health Sciences Calendar or Minerva for details about course prerequisites.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS (103 Credits)


U1 (37 CREDITS)

Fall Term

Winter Term

Summer Term

IPEA 500 - Roles in Interprof. Teams

Roles in Interprofessional Teams

0 cr.

IPEA 501 - Commun. in Interprof. Teams

Communication in Interprofessional Teams

0 cr.

NUR1 331 - Nursing in Illness 1

Nursing in Illness 1

4 cr.

NUR1 209 - Pathophysiology for Nursing 1

Pathophysiology for Nursing 1

3 cr.

NUR1 210 - Pathophysiology for Nursing 2

Pathophysiology for Nursing 2

3 cr.

NUR1 335 - Illness Mgmt Clin Skills Lab 1

Illness Management Clinical Skills Lab 1

1 cr.

NUR1 222 - Strengths-Based Nurs&Prof Prac

Strengths-Based Nursing & Professional Practice

3 cr.

NUR1 311 - Infection Prevention & Control

Infection Prevention & Control

3 cr.

Total Credits:

5

NUR1 224 - Ind&Fam Dev Across Lifespans 1

Individual & Family Development Across Lifespans 1

4 cr.

NUR1 225 - Ind&Fam Dev Across Lifespans 2

Individual & Family Development Across Lifespans 2

4 cr.

 

NUR1 234 - Nursing Older Adults

Nursing Older Adults

2 cr.

NUR1 233 - Promoting Young Family Dvlpmnt

Promoting Young Family Development

2 cr.

 

NUR1 230 - Supporting Hlth&Healing Capac1

Supporting Health & Healing Capacities Lab 1

1 cr.

NUR1 231 - Supporting Hlth&Healing Capac2

Supporting Health & Healing Capacities Lab 2

1 cr.

 

NUR1 235 - Health & Physical Assess/Anat1

Health & Physical Assessment/Anatomy 1

3 cr.

NUR1 236 - Health & Physical Assess/Anat2

Health & Physical Assessment/Anatomy 2

3 cr.

 

Total Credits :

16

Total Credits:

16

 

 


U2 (37 CREDITS)

Fall Term

Winter Term

Summer Term

NUR1 329 - Skin Integrity and Wound Care

Skin Integrity and Wound Care

3 cr.

IPEA 502 - Patient-Centred Care in Action

Patient-Centred Care in Action

0 cr.

NUR1 431 - Community Health Nsg Practicum Community Health Nursing Practicum

3 cr.

NUR1 300 - Pharmacology for Nursing 1

Pharmacology for Nursing 1

3 cr.

NUR1 301 - Pharmacology for Nursing 2

Pharmacology for Nursing 2

3 cr.

NUR1 323 - Illness Management 1

Illness Management 1

3 cr.

NUR1 324 - Illness Management 2

Illness Management 2

3 cr.

Total Credits:

3

NUR1 325 - Acute,Chron&Pall Hlth Chall 1

Acute, Chronic & Palliative Health Challenges 1

4 cr.

NUR1 326 - Acute,Chron&Pall Hlth Chall 2

Acute, Chronic & Palliative Health Challenges 2

4 cr.

 

NUR1 332 - Nursing in Illness 2

Nursing in Illness 2

4 cr.

NUR1 333 - Nursing in Illness 3 Nursing in Illness 3

 

3 cr.

 

NUR1 336 - Illness Mgmt Clin Skills Lab 2

Illness Management Clinical Skills Lab 2

1 cr.

EDPE 375 - Introductory Statistics (Or PSYC 204 - Intro to Psychological Stats or equivalent)

3 cr.

 

Total Credits :

18

Total Credits:

16

 

 


U3 (29 CREDITS)

Fall Term

Winter Term

NUR1 423 - Leading Change:Polcy&Practice Leading Change: Policy and Practice

OR

NUR1 424 - Legal & Ethical Issues:Nursing Legal, Ethical & Professional Practice Issues

4 cr.

NUR1 423 - Leading Change:Polcy&Practice Leading Change: Policy and Practice

OR

NUR1 424 - Legal & Ethical Issues:Nursing Legal, Ethical & Professional Practice Issues

4 cr.

NUR1 432 - Community Health Nsg Project

Community Health Nursing Project

3 cr.

NUR1 529 - Critical Care Nursing

Critical Care Nursing

4 cr.

ELECTIVES

9 cr.

NUR1 530 - Clinical Internship Nursing Practice Consolidation

OR

NUR1 531 - Ambassador Nurs Pract Consol Ambassador Nursing Practice Consolidation

5 cr.

Total Credits :

16

Total Credits:

13

***Elective

9 credits with a minimum of 6 credits at the 300 level or above.
These courses are generally taken in U3 however students who have been granted exemptions in other courses may register for electives at other times in their program of study as long as they have the necessary prerequisites and the course fits within the timetable.


French Language Courses
Effective the U1 year in the BScN program, students are eligible to sit the French language proficiency exam. This exam is a requirement for full licensure in Quebec. French is also the major spoken language in Quebec and your working knowledge of this language affects clinical placements.  If French is not your mother tongue, then we encourage you to enroll in French language courses. McGill offers a tailored course for professionals. 


U0 Required courses (33 or 34 credits)
For the mature, Canadian out-of-province and non-Canadian students, a U0 year of study is required. The first year (UO) of the 136- or 137-credit program consists of the following courses:

Fall term

Winter term

Summer term

PHYS 101 - Intro Physics - Mechanics
CHEM 110 - General Chemistry 1
MATH 139 - Calculus 1 with Precalculus
OR
MATH 140 - Calculus 1
Note: Consult the Mathematics Department to determine which Calculus is taken based on previous Mathematics courses.
http://www.math.mcgill.ca/index.php

3 credit elective

BIOL 112 - Cell and Molecular Biology
CHEM 120 - General Chemistry 2
MATH 141 - Calculus 2
PHYS 102 - Intro Physics-Electromagnetism

CHEM 212 - Intro Organic Chemistry 1

Following successful completion of the U0 courses, students admitted to the eight-semester program enter First Year (U1)

FAQs

1. Why Nursing?

At McGill University, we believe that a degree in Nursing is like a passport - it opens doors and provides opportunities to men and women in countless ways. As core members of the health care team, nurses can work and study anywhere in the world - with people of all ages and nationalities - in all sorts of health and illness care settings - with every type of illness - with individuals, families, and communities - in clinical practice, research, administration, teaching, and much more.

2. Why Nursing at McGill University?

We offer a program that has been recognized for its excellence - having been accredited by the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing, our program meets the most rigorous of national standards. Our programs offer students opportunities to study with leading researchers from around the world and enter clinical facilities that offer world-class health care - as a student at McGill University, you will see things that students in many other programs would not. If a student wants to learn something - we bend over backwards to make sure that learning objective is met. We are one of a few Nursing programs where first-year students have clinical studies in the community. Our students work with families from the beginning of their time with us; they have an exciting range of hospital and community clinical experiences; and can study abroad for a whole semester in their final year. Plus, the university itself offers an incredible learning experience in downtown Montréal.

3. Where can I work with a Nursing degree from McGill University?

Any where you want. Our graduates have obtained Registered Nursing Licensure in every province of Canada, many states in the United States, and around the globe. We make sure that our program provides the basis for entry-to-practice requirements around the world - any graduate that we know who has written licensing exams outside of Canada has succeeded. Whether you are looking to work locally, nationally, or internationally, our graduates can work in a range of settings. Many choose to start their career in traditional hospital settings - our most recent grads are even working in Emergency Room and Intensive Care Units. In the community, our graduates are working in such areas as home care, school health, mental health services, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, factories and corporations, Telehealth, well-baby clinics, and more. We have graduates in the armed forces, working in prisons, hosting radio call-in shows, writing books, teaching, consulting, writing public policy, and the list goes on.

4. What are my chances of getting a job as a nurse?

Excellent. Our graduates usually have to decide between multiple job offers. Compared to other university graduates with a Bachelor degree, nursing grads are highly marketable in Québec, Canada, and the world.

5. I'm a good student and there are many opportunities - so why should I study nursing instead of another health profession?

If you are a good student then we hope you join us in any of our health professional programs at McGill University. The health care team works together to provide the best care for our patients. Nurses are key members of this team. Because we have a 24 hour presence in the hospital, we play a major role in assessing and monitoring patients during critical times. We help people learn to live with their illness or illnesses so that they achieve as high a quality of life as possible. People come to see nurses to help them cope with day-to-day demands in life such as childrearing, learning about the body, and dealing with relationships. People trust nurses and tell us things they may not tell others. Because nurses look at strengths as well as problems, we are generally quite effective in helping people achieve their health goals.

6. How will the restructuring of health services affect nursing jobs?

With all the changes in the health care system, nurses are more necessary than ever. Hospitals need highly educated health professionals to meet the increasingly complex illness situations that families are facing. As families learn to care for their individual members at home, they need skilled nurses to help them manage these situations. The shifting of health services into the community requires nurses who are versatile, can think on their feet, are good problem solvers, and are creative - our graduates meet these requirements. Though nurses are certainly involved when people become ill, nurses will also play an increasing role in promoting health, particularly in young families and with the elderly - McGill nurses do this.

7. What are the requirements for admission to the Bachelor of Science (Nursing) program?

Someone with a science DEC applies to the 3 year BSc(N) program. Out-of-province and/or non-Canadian high school students enter a 4 year program (139 credits) - the first year is spent studying basic sciences. Mature students usually enter a 4 year program - individual advising is done to make sure past education is taken into account. Students already studying science at McGill or another university can transfer into the BSc(N). Students with a bachelor's degree can apply to the BSc(N) or our Direct Entry Master's program, depending on their GPA and other requirements. More details can be found at https://www.mcgill.ca/es/undergraduate-admission-guide-2016-17.

8. I am already in a Nursing program at another university - can I transfer to McGill University?

Certainly. Like any transfer student, your previous studies would be assessed to see if you meet our admission requirement. Any courses that have been taken that are determined to be equivalent will be credited toward the McGill University degree. A minimum of 60 credits must be taken at McGill University for us to grant a degree. While we often credit theory courses, we do not usually credit previous clinical nursing courses - this has to do with how we organize our clinical studies to meet entry-to- practice requirements and the goals of our curriculum.

9. What kind of studies can I do after my Bachelor degree?

Many Nurses with a Baccalaureate degree go on to Masters level studies - at McGill University, we offer Clinical Nurse Specialist and Nurse Practitioner programs at the masters level. Many nurses are deciding to get a PhD in Nursing - once that is completed, you can even go on to do postdoctoral work. Some of our students fast-track from the Masters to the PhD program.

10. What courses would I study at McGill - are they easy or difficult?

Students take a variety of courses within the biological, social, and nursing sciences - the McGill University calendar lists the various courses in our program as well at their descriptions. Most students tell us our program is “difficult but manageable” - our most recent graduates have written comments like “I had to work really hard and at times wondered if I could do it - now that I am finished, I am so proud of what I have done!”; “I didn't come to McGill University because I thought it would be easy - I came because I wanted a challenge and I knew I could do it.” As with any program, some students find certain things easier or more difficulty - the Ingram School of Nursing and the University offer students as much support as possible to help with any difficulties.

11. What are the class sizes like?

The class size in most nursing courses is 70 - 100. Larger class sizes can be expected when taking such courses as Physiology, Biology, and Pharmacology - even though these courses have larger numbers, our Nursing students generally like meeting students in other fields. Small group discussions and seminars take place with Nursing faculty and clinical experts. During hospital studies students are in small groups of 8-10 students so that they get more individualized attention.

12. Can I study part-time?

The BSc(N) program, like most professional programs at McGill and other universities, is full-time. Under certain circumstances, students may be able to study part-time. Students who already have a degree may carry a reduced course load. BN (nurse) students and students in the Masters (post-RN) and PhD programs may study part-time. It is important to check with funding agencies as some require full-time studies. Most awards require that students be studying full-time.

13. Where would I go for my clinical experience?

Students study in the network of McGill teaching hospitals as well as at local community health centers. They visit families in their own homes and go to schools and community agencies. In the final year of the BSc(N) program, students have a clinical internship which can be done nationally or internationally.

14. Why get a degree in Nursing rather than a CEGEP diploma?

There are more and more requirements for higher education in all health care fields - Nursing is no different. A degree enables the graduate to access a wider range of jobs as well as continued education opportunities at the Masters, Nurse Practitioner, and PhD levels. Many provinces and countries are requiring a minimum of a Baccalaureate degree in Nursing for entry into practice. We have tried to keep all doors open for education in Nursing at McGill. Our BSc(N) meets the needs of students with a DEC in science while our Bachelor of Nursing Integrated Program (BN) has been developed for people who have a DEC in Nursing from CEGEP.

15. English is not my first language - will this be a problem?

The language of instruction for most courses at McGill University is English; however, if French is your first language, you may make arrangements to write term papers and examinations in French. Being bilingual is particularly beneficial during clinical studies. Some applicants must demonstrate proof of proficiency in English - TOEFL scores for nursing admission and more specific details are found here

Any student who has been admitted to our programs and who feels language barriers may pose a challenge - particularly in the first year of studies - should ask to meet with an advisor to discuss their situation.

16. What lab facilities are available for nursing students?

Our brand new Ingram School of Nursing Learning Laboratories built in 2017 provide students with a wide range of learning resources to develop clinical assessment and technical skills. Lifelike mannequins and standardized patients help students and graduates learn about critical health care issues in an environment where mistakes can happen without harming anyone. Students taking freshman sciences such as chemistry and physics have access to our state-of-the-art labs.

17. I need to get CEGEP or university level courses such as functions (pre-calculus), calculus, general biology, chemistry, and physics. Where can I take these and how do I know they are what McGill University wants?

Mature students need to take a minimum of three science courses including one in functions (pre-calculus) (calculus is preferred), and at least two semesters of general biology, chemistry or physics (all with labs) all taken within the last 5 – 7 years. Students with previous university studies need a minimum of four science courses: two of calculus plus two of biology, chemistry and/or physics. These courses, which are equivalent to U0 science courses at McGill (see below) or the CEGEP health sciences courses (see below), can be taken at CEGEP or at universities that offer 'freshman' (or entry level) science courses. Note that the minimum number of courses must be completed to apply however, all the science courses listed below must be completed with the exception for those who already have a degree in that one or more of the courses may be exempted if credit and exemption is awarded for courses which are part of the 106-credit B.Sc.(N.) program. This exception applies particularly to the Physiology and Pharmacology courses.

The complete list of CEGEP science courses includes:
Biology - NYA, General Biology II (00UK, 00XU)
Chemistry - NYA, NYB, Organic Chemistry I (00UL, 00UM, 00XV)
Mathematics - NYA, NYB (00UN, 00UP)
Physics - NYA, NYB, NYC (00UR, 00US, 00UT)

The complete list of U0 sciences includes:
Biology - BIOL 111 and 112
Chemistry - CHEM 110, 120; Organic Chemistry 212
Calculus - Math 139 or 140, 141
Physics - PHYS 101 and 102

University course equivalencies are found in alphabetical order at http://www.mcgill.ca/mathscitable/

18. If I don't have French, can I practice as a nurse in Quebec?

Quebec law requires that candidates seeking admission to provincially-recognized professional corporations must possess a working knowledge of the French language, that is, be able to communicate verbally and in writing in that language.

To demonstrate this capability, candidates will be required to pass an examination set by the Office de la langue française, unless they can show that three years of full-time instruction in a French post-primary school have been completed. Candidates who have completed their secondary education in Quebec in 1986 or later and have received their certificate from secondary school are exempt from writing the examination. The professional corporation will require this certificate, proof of attendance or of successful completion of the Office examination. The examination may be attempted by registered students during the two years prior to the date they receive a degree giving access to a professional corporation.

Graduates from McGill University School of Nursing who wish to practice elsewhere in Canada or in other countries are not required to meet the above language requirements.

19. How much does it cost to study Nursing in the BSc(N) program?

Tuition for Nursing students is relatively similar to fees in other science programs with the additional costs of laboratory equipment (e.g., stethoscope, physical assessment equipment) and uniforms.

To view fee information by academic year, student type and degree, click here.