Ontario Second-Entry Nursing (2017)

  1. Hey everyone

    So fall just flew in so I thought what a great time it would be to start my nursing applications lol. It is very early, but I enjoy having this on my mind. I am in my final year at University and am hoping to be a nursing student come next September. I wanted to make a space where we could come together with a common goal: getting accepted. The schools I plan to apply are:

    Trent, Toronto, Humber, Western and Queens

    Possibly considering RPN programs as well.
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  3. by   2017hopeful
    Hey!

    I'm planning to apply to UoT, Western, McMaster, Humber, and York.

    What is your cGPA and your average in the last two years?

    Good Luck
  4. by   sportnurse2b13
    Hi!

    I am hoping to apply to U of T, Mac, Queen's, Calgary and Humber. I'm currently in my Master's (in Neuroscience) but realized a little later than I'd hoped that academia/research is definitely not the route for me. I am trying to sort out some prereq's right now, as some of the programs can be pretty vague about what's acceptable (UofT Humanities etc.) and trying to decide whether I should take extra classes or limit my options!

    Other than that, I'm super excited about everything! Best of luck to everyone
  5. by   ruonoh1196
    hi,
    I'm currently in my second year at Trent and I'll be applying to Trent, Humber, and maybe Queens. I'll be in my third year for this Winter semester so I will have done 2 and a half years of uni in total. My goal GPA is 3.5 or 3.6 for both the last 10 credits and cumulative. Good luck to everyone
  6. by   alexab09
    Hey I'm thinking of applying to Western, Trent, and possibly Humber/Queens! Do schools give preference to people who apply earlier or is it all the same?
  7. by   2017hopeful
    Hey sportnurse2b13!

    Are you finishing up your Masters or stopping part way through? I find some of the requirements pretty vague as well... so hopefully you get it sorted out! What average will you be applying with from your undergrad?

    Best of luck to you too
  8. by   sportnurse2b13
    Hey 2017hopeful,

    Unfortunately, I am likely going to stop part way through since it is a 2 year program and at this point I feel like I am just wasting my time. Plus, I'm pretty miserable in my lab (just not a good fit at all).

    As of right now I am sitting at a 3.7 (~83%) but I am pretty sure if I take one or two prereq's, I could bump that up to a 3.9 (>86%).

    My issue right now is my physiology mark. I am a varsity athlete and had to miss a midterm due to this. I had made arrangements with the professor to redistribute the weighting of the course but then when it came down to it, the professor claimed they could no longer accommodate that... after I had missed the 30% midterm. Anyways, this dropped my mark to a 55% (thus, not meeting the C-/60% minimum). My gpa is still fine even with this mark but because of these requirements, I would have to retake it for all programs other than Humber/UNB. I am definitely not looking forward to spending all this extra time and money to take phys again
  9. by   2017hopeful
    Hi sportnurse2b13,
    Thats unfortunate about ending your Masters, but I was in the same boat. I backed out just before I was supposed to start this Fall. Whatever makes you happy

    And thats a tricky situation for phys. If I were you I would re-take it just to keep my options open. But its a tough call.

    Is your 3.7 cumulative or for the most recent 10 credits?

    And alexab09,
    I don't think schools give preference to people that apply early. But I could be wrong! What is your cumulative average and your average in the last 10 credits?
  10. by   sophia272
    Just out of curiosity, what is your GPA?
  11. by   Nurse2bJoyyy
    Hi everyone! Thanks for making this topic. I have decided to make a career change and am applying for second-entry programs in Ontario!

    I have my B.Sc, but I haven't completed any anatomy courses. What second entry programs would that qualify me for?

    From my research, it seems like that would be Trent and Humber.

    I'm leaning towards Trent because I believe it's shorter, and I've heard good things about the financial aid/learning environment.

    On the other hand, I've heard terrible things about the job market in Peterborough and it concerns me because I will be moving with my boyfriend.

    However, Toronto is a lot more expensive. Plus, I believe Humber's program is longer?

    Does anybody have any recommendations/advice for me? P.S. I have never lived in Ontario before.

    Feeling excited to start this journey! :-))))
  12. by   ruonoh1196
    Hi Nursejoyyy,

    Nursing at Trent and Humber are actually the same length. They are both two years and four months since you have to take a prepatory semester at Humber. But Humber's program is a bachelors in nursing and Trent is a bachelors of science in nursing, so that could affect future oppurtunities for going into grad school if you wish to pursue it. As for the job market, I heard there were a lot of grads that got a job right away, including in Peterborough. Toronto is for sure more expensive, and Humber's program is at the north campus so it would be a lot more difficult to commute around that area since it's rather desolate.
  13. by   Nurse2bJoyyy
    Quote from honour1196
    Hi Nursejoyyy,

    Nursing at Trent and Humber are actually the same length. They are both two years and four months since you have to take a prepatory semester at Humber. But Humber's program is a bachelors in nursing and Trent is a bachelors of science in nursing, so that could affect future oppurtunities for going into grad school if you wish to pursue it. As for the job market, I heard there were a lot of grads that got a job right away, including in Peterborough. Toronto is for sure more expensive, and Humber's program is at the north campus so it would be a lot more difficult to commute around that area since it's rather desolate.

    Thanks for responding! That makes a lot more sense. I was a bit confused if Humber's program went straight through or stopped for summer breaks.

    I have never heard of/been to Peterborough so I'm pretty anxious about it all. What type of opportunities are those going to grad school able to pursue? I think I will end up applying to both because I don't want to put all my eggs in one basket. So as of now, I'll be applying to Trent and Humber. Thanks again for your help!
  14. by   ruonoh1196
    No problem!, Peterborough is just a small city an hour and a half from Toronto. Everyone is pretty friendly here, and the profs at Trent are supportive since they dont't have to focus on so many students.

    Grad school has a lot of differnt types of masters in nursing degrees you can pursue. It depends on the school since they all have different programs. For example, U of T has nurse practitioner- adult/geriatrics, UBC has family nurse practitioner (FNP), and theres even a masters in nursing with a focus on business.

    Yea I think applying to both would be less risky, especially since Trent now has a CASPER test this year that all applicants have to take.

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