Length of Completion of York-Seneca-Georgian BScN Program

Approved by York University Senate January 23, 2014


This policy defines time limitations for program completion for the Collaborative BScN program. Time limitations are important to ensure cohesion and continuity of content, current competence and associated patient safety within the context of professional nursing education. These time limitations take into account the program’s collaborative structure and plans of study, the transition of the BScN student to a second campus, as well as the frequency of course offerings, the length of completion requirements in other York BScN programs, and the degree to which nursing knowledge and practice change over time. Refer to the current Policy for Undergraduate Nursing Student Leave of Absence for other related information.

1. Length of completion of program
1.1. The Collaborative BScN program is a four-year full-time program (eleven terms ). The first two years of the program are completed at one of the College partners, and the last two years are completed at the School of Nursing at York University. Students normally must complete this program within six (6) calendar years (18 terms) from the time of admission.
1.2. Students taking longer than two (2) calendar years to complete the first two program years of the Collaborative BScN degree at the College, notwithstanding approved leaves under the Policy for Undergraduate Nursing Student Leave of Absence, will be advised by the relevant College in writing of the length of time remaining to complete the program prior to transferring to year three of the program at York University. Before each new academic session, the Colleges shall notify the School of Nursing at York University of any such students.
2. Unsuccessful completion of program requirements within the designated timeframe
2.1. Students who are unsuccessful in completing the program requirements within the designated timeframe, notwithstanding approved leaves under the Policy for Undergraduate Nursing Student Leave of Absence, must withdraw from their nursing program. If a student is not able to complete the program within the required timeframe, the exit reason will be coded as: “Ineligible to Continue or Graduate”.
2.2. Students may apply to be reinstated to the program, in light of extraordinary extenuating circumstances, for instance, severe illness or personal loss. Reinstatement may require clinical or academic remediation including but not limited to repetition of courses, and as per the individual student’s standing in the program.
2.3. Students who are withdrawn from the Collaborative BScN nursing program on the basis of exceeding the time limitations for program completion may pursue admission or transfer to another degree program at the University.

(1) Undergraduate students may only register within a “session” (i.e., Fall/Winter and Summer) as opposed to a “term”, and exit decisions from a program can only be determined at the end of a session. All exit decisions must be made coincident with the completion of course work in any given session. Since nursing students may be concurrently enrolled in courses that both span a full session (6 credits) and which are completed in one term (3 credits), discretion regarding the timing of a final decision on student progress and/or exit may be necessary. The School of Nursing will ensure registration and exit decisions are communicated to the Registrar's Office for application to a student's record at the end of the relevant academic session.