Bachelor of Science in Nursing for Internationally Educated Nurses

Program Overview

Program Overview

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN)
Program Option(s):
Specialized Honours — 120 credits
Offered by:
School of Nursing


The International Educated Nurse BScN program has been developed in response to the need for registered nurses educated outside of Canada to meet the requirements to obtain the Canadian credentials for employment in Ontario.

York’s program allows students to build on the strengths they already have so they can more quickly obtain the Canadian credentials they need for employment in Ontario, Canada. We provide a program specifically designed to enhance the practice of internationally educated nurses to practice safely and competently within the Canadian context. In addition, the program provides professional mentoring opportunities which include support, clinical guidance, and the exploration of career choices. Graduates receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) degree in 20 months of concentrated and continuous six semesters. On completion of the program the student is qualified to write the NCLEX-RN.

Within the program, teachers and students are partners in a dynamic and responsive collaborative process of discovery. Through dialogue, modeling, practice, reflective thinking, and experiential group process, we create a diverse community of learners that encourages each student to find their own voice. We encourage you to question and critical think about conventional assumptions and practices and help you gain the insights and skills that will prepare you to contribute to the evolution of health care in Canada.

Graduates of this and other programs in the School of Nursing at York will be well qualified in a wide range of nursing areas including institutional and community settings, public health promotion, education and program development in the rapidly growing health services and management sector. The program offers the building blocks that will prepare you to assume roles as practice leaders, educators and/or managers in Canada.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

This is an exciting program specifically designed for internationally educated nurses who are not currently registered in Ontario. The program, which takes only 20 months to complete as a full-time student and leads to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN degree). Once you complete the program you will be qualified to take your NCLEX-RN Exam. The cost of the program is approximately $16000 (tuition only) for the 20 months.

Eligibility into the Program

  • be a licensed Registered Nurse in your home jurisdiction
  • be a resident of Ontario (landed immigrant, Canadian citizen or convention refugee)
  • College of Nurses of Ontario evaluation (diploma education equivalency)

How to Apply

The deadline to apply for Winter 2021 intake is October 15, 2020.

You must submit the following by or prior to the application deadline:

Offer of Admission

Conditional Offers: Students who are offered a conditional admission must satisfy the conditions by December 15th as outlined in the offer prior to the start of the program. Applicants who fail to meet conditions will not be permitted to start the program and/or will be de-enrolled.


Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics
All applicants to the IEN BScN Nursing programs are required to complete an online assessment (CASPer™), to assist with our selection process. The CASPer™ test is comprised of 10-12 sections of video and written scenarios. CASPer™ assesses for non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics that we believe are important for successful students and graduates of our program, and will complement the other tools that we use for applicant screening. for more information please visit:

CASPer Test Date:

Date Time
Thursday, October 15, 2020 5:00pm EDT

Important Links

Information Session

York University's School of Nursing will be holding 2 virtual information sessions by Zoom for those who are interested in the Post-RN BScN Program for Internationally-Educated Nurses!

Wednesday June 17, 2020 at 10:00am
Monday June 22, 2020 at 7:00pm

At the information session, you will have the opportunity to learn more about this program.

If you are still interested in this program, then please reply to this e-mail: as soon as possible to sign-up for one of these sessions. Be sure to include your name and the time of your preferred information session in your e-mail.

Requirements for BScN Study in Ontario

Essential Requirements for Study in
Baccalaureate Nursing Programs in Ontario

(COUPN - Council of Ontario University Programs in Nursing, January 2019)


This document provides information for applicants to Ontario baccalaureate nursing programs, students, faculty, staff, accessibility service providers, health professionals, and the public about the essential requirements required for successful completion of these programs. The purpose of the Essential Requirements document is to:

  • provide information to prospective baccalaureate nursing candidates so they can make an informed choice regarding applying to a program;
  • assist prospective and current candidates in deciding if they should register with student accessibility services;
  • assist candidates, student accessibility advisors, faculty, staff and health professionals in developing reasonable accommodations such that candidates may meet the essential requirements;
  • help ensure the safety of learners during the education program; and
  • help ensure the safety of patients/clients during student clinical encounters.

Ontario baccalaureate programs in Nursing are responsible to society for providing their enrolled students with opportunities to develop the qualifications (academic knowledge, professional behaviours, attitudes and clinical skills) to enter the profession of Registered Nursing in Ontario. Learning moves from simple to complex in order to prepare graduates to meet entry-to-practice competencies set by the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO).[1] Students learn in the academic classroom and simulation lab, and also engage with patients/clients in a range of settings from hospital and long-term care to home and community. Patients/clients may be individuals in isolation or with their families; clients may also be a community or a population.

The description of the essential requirements below is not intended to exclude individuals who may require reasonable accommodation to achieve competency development. It is advisable to discuss such accommodations and/or learning supports with the university’s student accessibility services during the pre-admission or admission phase.

Requests for accommodation and/or learning supports are considered on a case-by-case basis, according to provincial laws and the educational institutions’ applicable policies, regulations and procedures.

An offer of admission to a nursing program is not evidence that the nursing program has independently verified an applicant’s ability to meet the essential requirements in the domains described below.

In addition to obtaining a Canadian nursing baccalaureate degree or equivalent, graduates must meet the additional seven requirements set by the CNO in order to become registered and practice as a Registered Nurse in Ontario.[2]


Students must be able to acquire and retain new information from various sources. Examples include reading and comprehending a range of written documents, including anatomical diagrams, digital displays, medication labels, textbooks, articles, and columns of numbers such as those recorded on flow charts. Students must be able to sustain prolonged attention, concentration and focus in various academic activities, as well as in stressful and distracting practice environments. They must be able to retain information as memory and apply and transfer information from one situation to another. Other cognitive skills that are required include: telling time; counting rates such as a pulse; accurately adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing; computing fractions; using a calculator; writing numbers in records; identifying and differentiating sounds related to heart, lung or other body systems; and recognizing abnormal odours.


Students must be able to participate in learning situations and client interactions for the purposes of gathering and recording information. This information may be gathered in a number of different ways, including but not limited to observing (using all relevant senses), listening, searching, reading, understanding and synthesizing. Students will learn to gather information through interviewing, auscultating (listening with a stethoscope), palpating, smelling, percussing, and reviewing documents (such as reading charts and electronic documents). In addition, a student must be able to use, observe and use diagnostic aids and/or instruments directly or in an adaptive form for the purposes of gathering information.


Students must be able to learn to use cognitive and information gathering skills to address individual patient/client needs by noticing, reasoning, interpreting, and responding in a safe, caring and appropriate manner.  This requires problem solving and judgment in order to analyze, integrate, synthesize, and apply information to the patient/client situation or context. Students must be able to become familiar with clinical models, theoretical nursing frameworks, and scholarly evidence in order to critically appraise these, and interpret and apply them in a particular patient/client context.


To succeed in a nursing program, students must have sufficient fine motor skills, physical endurance, physical strength and mobility to learn the clinical skills required to safely care for clients.[3]

Examples include:[4]

  • Move within small spaces
  • Raise equipment above shoulders
  • Bend and reach
  • Walk, stand and maintain balance
Fine Motor Skills
  • Manual dexterity to pick up, grasp and manipulate small objects with hands, with and without gloves
  • Use a computer
  • Perform complex sequences of hand/eye coordination, e.g., preparing and giving an injection
Physical Endurance
  • Correctly sustain repetitive movements (e.g., Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation)
  • Work for up to 12 hours, with occasional rest times
Physical Strength
  • Support clients with position changes, e.g., bed to chair.
  • Move, push, pull, and/or carry objects, e.g., computers, medication carts, lift machines
  • Use upper body strength for Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation

Students must be able to adapt to and manage a range of unexpected, changing, stressful, emotionally charged, and/or ethically challenging situations, for example respiratory arrest, bleeding, patient death, or disclosure of abuse. Students must be able to deal with academic requirements through prioritization of activities, effective time management, focus and discipline.  Some examples of academic requirements may include: presentations to colleagues, oral examinations, practical examinations, debates, and assignment deadlines. Students must be able to receive, reflect on and integrate constructive feedback. Students must be aware of their own emotions and behaviours and develop the ability to further regulate these in order to focus on required program activities. They must have the ability to recognize their own stress, develop stress management abilities and self-care strategies, including being able to seek resources and assistance when needed.


Students entering a nursing program must have an interest in assisting individuals and their families and communities in achieving their goals, and to do so in ways that acknowledge ethical values. The CNO has identified the following values as being most important to providing nursing care in Ontario[5]:  client well-being, client choice, privacy and confidentiality, respect for life, maintaining commitments, truthfulness, and fairness. To succeed in nursing, students must demonstrate integrity, sensitivity, compassion and concern for others including clients, peers and colleagues with whom they work collaboratively to build trusting relationships. They must be respectful of the individuality and diversity of others, regardless of their background characteristics such as age, health status, place of origin, race, culture, ethnicity, political or spiritual beliefs, socio-economic status, marital status, occupation, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, lifestyle, mental ability, or physical ability.


The ability to develop mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with patients, families and other members of the health care team is required. This includes the ability to communicate with and relate to other people in a caring manner.

Students must have the ability to develop excellent observational, listening, oral and written communication skills, as well as to develop the capacity to sensitively perceive and convey verbal and non-verbal information effectively and efficiently. Students must also be able to develop the ability to coherently summarize the patient/client condition, assessment, and intervention plan, both verbally and in text, in compliance with regulatory and organizational record-keeping standards and privacy and confidentiality legislation and standards.

Examples include:

  • Hear, speak, write, and comprehend the principal language or languages of the program
  • Learn to understand and respond to patient and colleague perspectives
  • Become aware of and respond to the body language of oneself and others
  • Develop an understanding and use of clinical terminology
  • Learn to document pertinent patient findings in writing or in electronic format

York University School of Nursing is committed to ensuring that students are afforded an academic environment that is dedicated to the advancement of learning and that is based on the principles of equitable access and individual dignity; as such, they are committed to facilitating the integration of students with disabilities into the University community. The School of Nursing also strive to preserve the academic integrity of the University and the program by affirming that all students satisfy the essential requirements of the program and program courses.

Each student with a disability is entitled to reasonable accommodation that will assist them to meet the program standards and academic requirements.  Reasonable accommodation cannot compromise the essential requirements of a program or client/patient safety and well-being. The purpose of a reasonable accommodation is to ensure the student with a disability has the same opportunity as ​their student peers to attain the required operational level, but is not meant to guarantee success in the program.

Exploring reasonable accommodation options may involve the exercise of flexibility by both the University and the student with disability, while maintaining the academic and technical standards and requirements of the program. The student with a disability must be able to demonstrate the requisite knowledge and behaviours, and perform the necessary skills independently and safely.  In rare circumstances an intermediary may be appropriate.  Instances when an intermediary may not be appropriate include, for example, where the intermediary has to provide cognitive support; or is a substitute for cognitive skills; or is solely conducting an assessment or treatment; or supplements clinical reasoning or judgment.   The appropriateness of an intermediary will be assessed on a case by case basis.

Before accepting an offer of admission, students who may require disability related accommodations are strongly advised to review the policies, procedures, and regulations regarding accommodations and consult with the Students Accessibility Services. Please note that certain accommodations obtained in previous educational settings may not be appropriate, particularly with respect to clinical requirements. If admitted, students will be required to follow the policies and procedures of the University and School of Nursing.

NOTE:  specific programs in Ontario may have additional program specific essential requirements.

Approved by COUPN January 2019


[3] These abilities could be demonstrated with or without accommodations, as noted in the Context section above.

[4] Modified from, “Representative Skills, Abilities, and Capacities for the Bachelor of Nursing Program,” University of Manitoba



Term 1 (Conditional Admittance)

AP/WRIT 3900 3.00 Professional Writing for Nurses

Develops writing skills appropriate to the professional needs of nurses. Focus on university research papers and health educational materials using nursing curriculum-appropriate materials. Open to: Student enrolled in the Qualifying Pre-Session for internationally educated nurses only. Course credit exclusions: None.

HH/NURS 3901 3.00 Pharmacotherapeutics for nursing in Ontario

Emphasizes the particulars of therapeutics used in the Canadian health care context. Focuses on pharmacology and specific nursing therapeutic regimens. Examines essential clinical content necessary for safe and competent nursing practice. Course credit exclusion: None. Open to: students admitted to the qualifying pre-session of the Post RN IEN BScN program only. Note: A minimum grade of 5.00 (C+) is required in this course for the BScN degree.

HH/NURS 3902 3.00 Providing Culturally Competent Care

Focuses on professional issues necessary for transition to the Canadian workplace. Social, political, and regulatory issues central to nursing in Ontario will be augmented with opportunities to be mentored in the healthcare workplace. Supports preparation of culturally competent practitioners. Course credit exclusion: None. Open to: students admitted to the qualifying pre-session of the Post-RN IEN BScN program only. Note: A minimum grade of 5.00 (C+) is required in this course for the BScN degree.

Term 2

HH/NURS 3010 3.00 Development of Self as Nurse: Nature of Nursing Knowledge

Examines the nature of nursing knowledge. Students critically reflect on the historical, socio-political and philosophic forces influencing nursing knowledge. A variety of conceptual models of nursing are explored as well as their utility for practice. Course credit exclusion: AK/NURS 3700 6.00 (prior to Summer 1997), HH/NURS 3040 3.0, HH/NURS 1511 3.00. Open to: students enrolled in the Post-RN IEN BScN program, or with permission of undergraduate director. Notes: AK/HH/NURS 3010 3.00 plus AK/HH/NURS 3020 3.00 are equivalent to AK/HH/NURS 3700 6.00.  Note: A minimum grade of 5.00 (C+) is required in this course for the BScN degree.

HH/NURS 2731 6.00 Health Assessment

An overview of the theory and skills of health assessment with emphasis on the individual. The clinical component of this course provides for guided practice in performing assessments and will be demonstrated in laboratory and clinical practice environments. Prerequisite: HH/NURS 3901 3.00, HH/NURS 3902 3.00. Students who failed to achieve the minimum grade of 5.00 (C+) in course prerequisites will be ineligible to proceed/withdrawn from this course. Course credit exclusion(s): HH/NURS 2730 3.00. Open only to students enrolled in the Post RN IEN BScN program. Note: A minimum grade of 5.00 (C+) is required in this course for the BScN degree.

HH/NURS 2731P 0.00 Practicum for HH/NURS 2731 6.00

Students enrolled in HH/NURS 2731 6.00 must also enrol in this mandatory practicum.

HH/NURS 2513 3.00 Development of Self as Nurse: Ethical Ways of Knowing and Caring in Nursing

Focuses on ethical theories, concepts and issues relevant to nursing practice. Ethical decision making and nursing practice are explored. Ethical aspects of caring/human sciences are explored within the context of the CNO Ethics Practice Standard and CNA Code of Ethics. Prerequisite: HH/NURS 1511 3.00 or equivalent. Pre/Corequisite: HH/NURS 2512 3.00. Course Credit Exclusion(s): HH/NURS 3400 3.00. Open to: Students in the BScN programs. Note: A minimum grade of 5.00 (C+) is required in this course for the BScN degree.


Term 3

HH/NURS 2300 3.00 Development of Self as Nurse: Understanding and Interpreting Quantitative Data Analysis in Nursing Research

Introduces the concepts of quantitative data analysis within the context of nursing research. Focuses on understanding and interpreting research results through examination of nursing research. Examines the fit between research purpose and results, and results and implications for nursing practice. Course credit exclusion: HH/PSYC 2021 3.00 or HH/KINE 2050 3.00. Open to: students in the Post RN IEN BScN program. Notes: Recommend AK/HH/NURS 2300 3.00 be completed prior to or concurrently with AK/HH/NURS 3300 3.00 or equivalent. Note: A minimum grade of 5.00 (C+) is required in this course for the BScN degree.

HH/NURS 3130 3.00 Health and Healing: Promoting Health and Healing with Individuals and Families

Philosophies and theories of health promotion and healing are critically examined. Students explore the meaning of health promotion with individuals in families, within a caring-healing perspective. Course credit exclusion: AK/NURS 3030 3.00 (prior to Summer 2002). Note: A minimum grade of 5.00 (C+) is required in this course for the BScN degree.

HH/NURS 4131 6.00 Client Centered Care in the Canadian Context

Focuses on the care of patients and families within complex care situations using a client and family centred approach. Utilizes practice experience in Ontario healthcare settings to highlight essential competencies necessary for nursing practice in Canada. Prerequisite: HH/NURS 2731 6.00. Course credit exclusion: None. Note: A minimum grade of 5.00 (C+) is required in this course for the BScN degree.

 HH/NURS 4131P 0.0 Practicum for HH/NURS 4131 6.00

Students enrolled in HH/NURS 4131 6.00 must also enrol in this mandatory practicum.

 HH/NURS 4710 3.00 The Canadian Health Care System

The components of the Canadian health care system; roles played by governments, professional organizations; contemporary issues of cost control; organization and delivery of health services.
Prerequisite: For BScN students HH/NURS 3300 3.00 or HH/NURS 2700 6.00; for students in other programs AP/ADMS 2300 6.00 or equivalent or permission of the course director.  Note: A minimum grade of 5.00 (C+) is required in this course for the BScN degree. Course credit exclusions: None.

Term 4

HH/NURS 3770 3.00 Leadership Development: Part I

This course focuses on nursing management roles and functions, organizational structure and processes and the management of human resources in a variety of health care settings. Prerequisites: For students in the BScN program, AK/HH/NURS 3040 3.00 or AK/HH/NURS 3010 3.00 or equivalent.  Note: A minimum grade of 5.00 (C+) is required in this course for the BScN degree. Course credit exclusion: None.

HH/NURS 3515 3.00 Development of Self as Nurse: Research and Inquiry

Explores the research basis of nursing practice. Research methods, including qualitative and quantitative approaches are examined along with methods of analysis. Students develop the ability to critique nursing research and to use research in practice.  Note: A minimum grade of 5.00 (C+) is required in this course for the BScN degree. Course credit exclusions: HH/NURS 3300 3.00, AP/ADMS 2300 6.00, AK/NURS 2700 6.00 (prior to Summer 1997).

HH/NURS 4525 6.00 Health & Healing: Community as Partner
This course focuses on the community as partner. Knowledge and skills related to caring for the community will be explored. The roles, concepts, and theories related to promoting of communities, using population-focused approach, will be critically examined and applied in practice. A practicum with a minimum of 144 hours over a 12 week semester provides opportunity for praxis. Prerequisites for Collaborative BScN students: HH/NURS 3524 6.00. Prerequisite for 2nd Entry BScN students: HH/NURS 2523 6.00. Prerequisite for Post RN IEN students: HH/NURS 4131 6.00. Course credit exclusion: HH/NURS 4120 6.00, AK/NURS 4140 6.00 (prior to Summer 2005). Notes: Students need to pass both practicum components in order to pass the course and are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from practicum sites. 2nd Entry and Post RN IEN students who failed to achieve the minimum grade of 5.00 (C+) in course prerequisites will be ineligible to proceed/withdrawn from this course.

HH/NURS 4525P 0.00 Practicum for HH/NURS 4525 6.00

Students enrolled in HH/NURS 4525 6.00 must also enrol in this mandatory practicum.


Term 5

HH/NURS 4150 6.00 Advanced Nursing Science Practicum

The synthesis of practice, theory, insights and experiences from all other courses in the program. The primary learning outcome is nursing praxis which is the interrelationship and integration of theory and practice. Prerequisite for Post RN IEN BScN students: Successful completion of all program requirements, except for Corequisites HH/NURS 4910 3.00, HH/NURS 3740 3.00. Prerequisite for Post RN BScN program students: Successful completion of all other program requirements. Post RN BScN students must directly contact the course coordinator 60 days prior to the start of the course to arrange the practicum. Note: A minimum grade of 5.00 (C+) is required in this course for the BScN degree. Course credit exclusion: AK/HH/NURS 4780 6.00 (prior to Summer 2002). Open to: students in the Post-RN and Post RN IEN BScN programs. Note: This is a one term course with a clinical practicum equivalent to 18 hours per week for 12 weeks.

HH/NURS 4150P 0.00 Practicum for HH/NURS 4150 6.00

Students enrolled in HH/NURS 4150 6.00 must also enrol in this mandatory practicum.

 HH/NURS 3750 3.00 Health and Aging

A review of the epidemiology of acute and chronic disease as it informs the problem of providing health care and health services for an aging population. Special attention is given to societal implications of health problems characteristic of elderly populations. Note: A minimum grade of 5.00 (C+) is required in this course for the BScN degree.Course credit exclusions: AP/ADMS 3740 3.00

HH/NURS 4910 3.0 Child and Mental Health Nursing Care in Canada

Provides an overview of child health and mental health nursing in Ontario. Explores essential nursing knowledge through the provision of two, 6-week components. Involves a critical examination of key concepts, drawing upon current theory from within and outside of nursing. Prerequisites: AK/HH/NURS 4131 6.00.  Note: A minimum grade of 5.00 (C+) is required in this course for the BScN degree. Course credit exclusions: None. Note: Open only to students enrolled in the Post RN IEN BScN program.

Study Plan

Study Plan

Term 1 (Winter)

AP/WRIT 3900 (3 credits) Professional Writing for Nurses
HH/NURS 3901 (3 credits) Pharmacotherapeutics for nursing in Ontario
HH/NURS 3902 ( 3 credits) Providing Culturally Competent Care

Term 2 (Summer)

HH/NURS 3010 (3 credits) Development of Self as Nurse: Nature of Nursing Knowledge
HH/NURS 2731 (6 credits) Health Assessment and Application
HH/NURS 2731P (0 credits) Practicum for HH/NURS 2731 6.00
HH/NURS 2513 (3 credits) Development of Self as Nurse: Ethical Ways of Knowing and Caring in Nursing

Term 3 (Fall)

HH/NURS 2300 (3 credits) Understanding and Interpreting Quantitative Data Analysis in Nursing Research
HH/NURS 3130 (3 credits) Promoting Health and Healing with Individuals and Families
HH/NURS 4131 (6 credits) Client Centered Care in the Canadian Context
HH/NURS 4131P (0 credits) Practicum for HH/NURS 4131 6.00
HH/NURS 4710 (3 credits) The Canadian Health Care System

Term 4 (Winter)

HH/NURS 3770 (3 credits) Leadership Development: Part I
HH/NURS 3515 (3 credits) Development of Self as Nurse: Research and Inquiry
HH/NURS 4525 (6 credits) Health & Healing: Community as Partner
HH/NURS 4525P (0 credits) Practicum for HH/NURS 4525 6.00

Term 5 (Summer)

HH/NURS 4150 (6 credits) Advanced Nursing Science Practicum
HH/NURS 4150P (0 credits) Practicum for HH/NURS 4150 6.0
HH/NURS 3750 (3 credits) Health and Aging
HH/NURS 4910 (3 credits) Child and Mental Health Nursing Care in Canada



1. What are the admission requirements for the BScN?
• You have to be an Ontario Resident (landed immigrant, or Canadian Citizen)
• Licensed RN in your home jurisdiction
• College of Nurses of Ontario evaluation (diploma education equivalency)

2. How long is the program?
This program is 20 months full time.

3. How much is the program?
Tuition fees may change slightly, but the total cost for the whole program is approximately $16,000 over the 20 months. You must also buy books and supplies.

4. What are the English Requirements of your program?
Please visit the website at: for information about English facility requirements and contact information. York University also offers services, including testing, to help students for whom English is not their first language.

5. Can I apply on a study permit?
You can not apply on a study permit.

6. I am a RPN can I still apply to the program?
Yes you can apply if you are an RPN but the program will still be 20 months long.

7. Can I have my Transcript (s) and /or pre-requisites assessed by the School of Nursing or the admissions department before applying for the program?
All documents will be assessed only by office of Admission when a complete application package is submitted by or prior to the application deadline. Please see the admission requirements for the program.

8. I am a medical doctor in my home country with years of experience can I apply?
For this program you need to be a licensed RN in you home jurisdiction. Medical doctor will not count.

9. When I completed all degree requirements of the BScN program, will I be registered to work in a hospital?
All BScN students are required to take a licensing examination administered by the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) upon successful completion of the program in order to practice nursing in Ontario and elsewhere in Canada. The Registered Nurse (RN) certificate that you receive will enables you to work in health care agencies/hospitals as a qualified RN.

10. What serviced does York University offer for students?
Student Services: York University provides a variety of student services to assist students with concerns of student life. They also provide opportunities for students to connect with each other, the campus community and surrounding areas. Visit the student services webpage for details:

11. Is there a map of the campus online?
Keele Campus Map: The School of Nursing at York University is located in Building 31, the Health, Nursing, & Environmental Studies Building.

12. What holidays/breaks are there during the program?
Students in the program have the same breaks and holidays as other York students enrolled in courses during the Fall, Winter and Summer semesters. Please see the Registrar webpage for important dates:

13. When can I start working after I graduate?
Students following graduation can obtain temporary licenses and work while waiting to write the registration exam or for the results. Visit the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) webpage-Temporary Registration Guide for more details:

14. Are there student loans or bursaries?
You may be eligible for a loan from the Ontario Student Assistant program (OSAP) Please see the webpage for more information:

15. If I have additional question who can I contact?
If you have additional inquiries you can contact the program by sending us an email at:, or contact the program office at 416-736-2100 ex 30009. You may also visit us in person on the third (3) Floor of the Health, Nursing & Environmental Studies Building (HNES- No. 31).

Registration Requirements

Registration Requirements

To practice nursing in Canada, all graduate of a BScN program must complete and pass a registration exam, the NCLEX-RN. The designation of the title Registered Nurse (RN) is regulated in Ontario by the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO). To qualify to write the registration exam graduates must provide proof of Canadian Citizenship, permanent resident status, or authorization under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) to practice nursing.
For more details please visit the CNO website at:

The nursing program at York University is approved by the College of Nurses of Ontario and is designed to lead to eligibility for professional registration as a nurse in Ontario. The College of Nurses of Ontario publishes the Entry Level Competencies that are required to enter the profession in Ontario. To achieve these competencies a student needs to possess certain essential skills and abilities. These include cognitive, communicative, behavioural, psychomotor, sensory and environmental capacities, all of which are essential for professional practice. They can be found on the College of Nurses website under Requisite Skills and Abilities for Nursing Practice in Ontario.