Accelerated BSN programs startin in January in Canada? Low gpa?

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    Hi everyone! I graduated from the University of Toronto in June 2011 with a Honours Bachelor of Science degree and I am now interested in pursuing a nursing BSN degree =)! I have been looking into ACCELERATED BSN programs that start in JANUARY 2012 or before September 2012....does anyone know of any programs that accept a gpa around 2.95 (my cgpa) and my final 20 credits gpa is (3.5) - First year was HORRIBLE.

    Thank youuuuuu!
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    Why do you want to nurse? It can't be for the job security and wonderful working hours.

    After degree students that have arrived at my workplace often have the most unrealistic expectations of nursing.

    Think long and hard. These programmes are not easy to get into.
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    Hi everyone! I graduated from the University of Toronto in June 2011 with a Honours Bachelor of Science degree and I am now interested in pursuing a nursing BSN degree =)! I have been looking into ACCELERATED BSN programs that start in JANUARY 2012 or before September 2012....does anyone know of any programs that accept a gpa around 2.95 (my cgpa) and my final 20 credits gpa is (3.5) - First year was HORRIBLE.

    Thank youuuuuu!
    Most accelerated BScN programs either start January or September, in fact I've never seen a nursing program that starts any time but those two months.

    Do you have any health care experience? Work or volunteer? Have you checked UofT or York?
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    Here's what I've found in my research:

    University of Ottawa - May start
    York, U of T, McMaster, Western, Trent, Queens - September start
    Humber - September start (if you need to do preparation courses) or January start if you can get credit for the 5 prep courses

    Some applications require more than others (ie: references, autobiographical sketch, volunteer and work experience, etc) while others only rely on your grades.

    I was told Western doesn't generally let anyone in with less than 83% although every year is different. U of T, Queens and McMaster are also competitive. I got in to Humber and my grades definitely weren't horrible but they weren't stellar either. I think my high school grades helped me out a lot.

    Good luck, hope this helps!
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    Im currently studying at York University in biochemistry, but i will be transferring to York's 2nd entry in nursing in 2012. This program only starts during fall (September) and not during winter (January) since each course is specifically timed and scheduled for accelerated study. You need at least C+ in all of your courses, and a B for the last 30 credits. (from what i know 2.95 is about b- and 3.5 is about a- so you will be okay) To apply, you need to submit all your transcript and supporting documents before February 1st via OUAC.


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    Most accelerated BScN programs either start January or September, in fact I've never seen a nursing program that starts any time but those two months.

    Do you have any health care experience? Work or volunteer? Have you checked UofT or York?
    Hmm, i dont believe you need any health care experience or volunteer in order to apply and get accepted. However, volunteering is a huge boost if you want personal experience and a good feel of what nursing is all about. But 27400, are you sure that you need experience/volunteer in order to be accepted??

    Thanks
    Last edit by YorkUnursing on Sep 25, '11
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    Quote from YorkUnursing
    Im currently studying at York University in biochemistry, but i will be transferring to York's 2nd entry in nursing in 2012. This program only starts during fall (September) and not during winter (January) since each course is specifically timed and scheduled for accelerated study. You need at least C+ in all of your courses, and a B for the last 30 credits. (from what i know 2.95 is about b- and 3.5 is about a- so you will be okay) To apply, you need to submit all your transcript and supporting documents before February 1st via OUAC.




    Hmm, i dont believe you need any health care experience or volunteer in order to apply and get accepted. However, volunteering is a huge boost if you want personal experience and a good feel of what nursing is all about. But 27400, are you sure that you need experience/volunteer in order to be accepted??

    Thanks
    You DON'T need it but what makes one stand out from the crowd? If you have amazing grades, so does 100s of other applicants. And in other cases, IF* you don't have a competitive average, why would admissions consider your application without having some insight to what health care or nursing is all about? I understand that York might do it differently, but not all programs are alike. I know UofT requires you to write a Personal statement and letter of references. The University of Ottawa's application form requires you to list all your full time jobs, activities and work experience following your secondary school studies. McMaster University has an online supplementary application that you have to complete as well. If you don't feel volunteering well help your application, then don't do it. Meeting the admission average does not always cut it. Besides, I don't think MOST people are going to put all their eggs in one basket by just sending their application to one school. Therefore, each application you send out should be thoroughly thought out.

    And for future references: If you volunteer AND did your placements at a particular hospital, they're more likely to hire you since you're familiar with the system. That's a killer combo. It's a great way to network. I REGRET this big time. I know someone who worked in SMH, volunteered at one of the programs supported by SMH and did their placement in SMH... before he graduated, he got a job.
    Last edit by 27400 on Sep 25, '11
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    I find it really discouraging for nurses to say things like this to our future colleagues. As a graduate of the accelerated program myself, I found this negativity to be common. Some nurses may angry this program exists because it took them for 4 years to complete their degree, while others have the opportunity to do it in 2. What they don't consider is that almost all of those accepted into the CTF program already have at least one degree.
    Also, many of the CTF graduates will be combining their degrees to move up the latter and become hospital administrators, NPs, etc. Some may feel threatened by this new crop of highly motivated and intelligent nurses who will likely hold positions of authority aka be their boss.
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    Hey veebeeG

    Did you end up doing nursing then..cuz I'm in the same boat. Can't decide what I want to do in life. I'd appreciate any help

    Thanks


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