Ontario Second Entry Nursing Fall 2018

  1. Hey guys,

    I'm applying to the second entry nursing program in February 2018 for Fall 2018 admission. I'm applying to York, Humber, Trent, Nipissing and potentially Western. I'll be applying with a BA in psych. This is probably super premature, but I wanted some reassurance from fellow applicants. I also wanted to know if anyone, past or previous applicants, know the weighting of Additional Information forms and how they're considered during the application process? I was diagnosed with ADHD during my second year of university, after being misdiagnosed two previous times, and it's certainly had an impact on my grades. My GPA is going to be something like 6.7 on a 9.0 scale. And this really has me worried. Has anyone else had any experiences with Add. Forms?

    Good luck to all!
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  2. 24 Comments

  3. by   OptNurse
    2018 fall applicant here!! I'll be applying to Trent, Humber, Mac, York, Queens and UofT. I'm a mature student (early 30s) with an international degree. Did most of the prerequisites more than 12 years ago. I'm hoping they still count. My GPA isn't that great either. Let's see. . .

    Nice to be here.
  4. by   Tfamak
    I will be applying to Humber, Trent, Queens and maybe Western come this fall. In the meantime, I'm doing my prereqs at AU.
  5. by   Tfamak
    Hi OptNurse, have you done your credential assessment? My BSc is also international but I'm yet to do the ECA.
  6. by   futurinfirmier
    Hi guys! I'm also applying this year and I could already sense a very busy, stressful year ahead of us.

    I am going into my final year at UofT and will be applying to York, UNB/Humber, and Western. So far I have a cGPA of 3.73 but I'm hoping to boost that up by the end of this school year.

    Good luck everyone!
  7. by   OptNurse
    Quote from Tfamak
    Hi OptNurse, have you done your credential assessment? My BSc is also international but I'm yet to do the ECA.
    I did the document by document version. Would have to upgrade to course by course.

    However, some schools donot ask for dredenyial assessment. They just want transcripts.
  8. by   mcpjenn
    Hello! I am also going to be applying for fall 2018 start. Thinking of applying to Western, Mac, UofT, and Queens. Basically wherever I meet the prereqs for! Glad to meet some other applicants
  9. by   Fall2018Nurse
    Hey everyone!

    I am also applying for Second-Entry fall 2018 admission. Planning on applying to UofT, Queens, Western and maybe Humber, Trent and Ottawa (haven't decided if I need to apply to quite that many yet!). I have a BHSc and have been working as an RA in clinical trials for the last 6 months (will continue working until school start). I have both clinical (in-hospital) volunteer/work experience as well as academic research experience publishing my own manuscript this year. My GPA is on the lower side however, only about a 3.3-3.4. Would love any feedback people have about what my chances are/what they have heard about admission processes!

    For those of you wondering, I have heard UofT has the most comprehensive admission process, commonly taking in those with more experience and completed degrees over those with higher GPAs, less experience and incomplete degrees (despite what they say on their website-- most do not get in if they have not finished their degree yet). As for the rest of the schools, I believe most weight GPA slightly higher than experience? Correct me if I am wrong!

    Look forward to hearing what everyone has to say! And goodluck!
  10. by   Pianoplaya94
    Quote from Fall2018Nurse
    Hey everyone!

    I am also applying for Second-Entry fall 2018 admission. Planning on applying to UofT, Queens, Western and maybe Humber, Trent and Ottawa (haven't decided if I need to apply to quite that many yet!). I have a BHSc and have been working as an RA in clinical trials for the last 6 months (will continue working until school start). I have both clinical (in-hospital) volunteer/work experience as well as academic research experience publishing my own manuscript this year. My GPA is on the lower side however, only about a 3.3-3.4. Would love any feedback people have about what my chances are/what they have heard about admission processes!

    For those of you wondering, I have heard UofT has the most comprehensive admission process, commonly taking in those with more experience and completed degrees over those with higher GPAs, less experience and incomplete degrees (despite what they say on their website-- most do not get in if they have not finished their degree yet). As for the rest of the schools, I believe most weight GPA slightly higher than experience? Correct me if I am wrong!

    Look forward to hearing what everyone has to say! And goodluck!
    Hi! I'm also applying to UofT and also have some research experience (SickKids and Health Canada)

    UofT's admission process is definitely very comprehensive. They do put a lot of weight on research/volunteer experience, references, and diversity of your undergrad program (the more diverse, the better). So if your GPA isn't the strongest, then the other parts of the application make up for it. I like this better than schools that only look at GPA. Just because you have a high GPA doesn't mean you will be a good RN or succeed in the program. The other parts of the application show that you are actually interested (and thus more likely to succeed). I just graduated this year with an undergraduate degree from UofT and I can tell you that they put A LOT of emphasis on research. The profs basically expect everyone to go to some sort of post-grad program. People kill each other for research opportunities here lol. And getting a good research opportunity is like winning the undergrad lottery haha. So I think UofT wants students who they think will contribute to research as an RN, be motivated enough to gain additional certificates, get a masters/PhD, or just anything to be an RN with a great resume (if that makes sense lol).
  11. by   MeowMeowMeowington
    Does anyone know anyone who switched from the veterinary tech field over to nursing & how the veterinary ECs are considered by UofT Nursing admissions?


    I have ~84% average during my last year and several years worth of various experience in the veterinary field. Unfortunately essentially all my volunteering/work is animal related. I mean on the one hand I have a whole bunch of experience with patients/clients, hard situations like euthanasia, etc... but on the other hand I feel like they are going to completely reject me because I am not the usual candidate with human side healthcare experience etc. I also have one years worth of (crappy) lab experience from a while back, but it's essentially nothing.


    Very worried
    Last edit by MeowMeowMeowington on Oct 19
  12. by   Pianoplaya94
    Quote from MeowMeowMeowington
    Does anyone know anyone who switched from the veterinary tech field over to nursing & how the veterinary ECs are considered by UofT Nursing admissions?


    I have ~84% average during my last year and several years worth of various experience in the veterinary field. Unfortunately essentially all my volunteering/work is animal related. I mean on the one hand I have a whole bunch of experience with patients/clients, hard situations like euthanasia, etc... but on the other hand I feel like they are going to completely reject me because I am not the usual candidate with human side healthcare experience etc. I also have one years worth of (crappy) lab experience from a while back, but it's essentially nothing.


    Very worried
    Hi! Do you have a university degree? I ask this because my friend is a vet technician and has a 2 year college diploma (I don't know any universities that offer degrees in vet tech). I believe you have to either have completed or be almost done a 4-year university degree. UofT puts HIGH preference on those with completed degrees.

    If you do have a degree, I think you will be looked at favourably since you have this experience that would be useful in the field that so many applicants won't have.
  13. by   MeowMeowMeowington
    I have a UofT degree from a bit back & recently did some non-degree courses that I'll use as prereqs. So that's all fine. Just the ECs that worry me.



    God I hate waiting for applications, wish I could make time go by faster
  14. by   PeachyT
    Hey! I'm in a similar boat to you Fall2018Nurse- gpa around 3.3 but a ton of relevant work and volunteer experience as well as strong references. I'm hopeful I will be able to get in to uoft's program!!

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