Working in Ontario with ADN, Bachelor's in a different field ...

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    Does anyone know if it's possible to circumvent the BSN requirement in Ontario with an ADN and a bachelor's in another field? Alternatively, do RN's with an ADN, bachelor's in another field, and a master's in nursing (MSN) meet the Ontario requirement? Please advise. Thanks!


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    No.You must have your BSN.I believe that in order to get your Masters in Nursing you have to have your bachelors first.
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    Hi and thanks for your reply!

    However, here in the U.S., there are a number of programs that admit ADN registered nurses with bachelor's degrees in other fields. Since I'm considering one of these programs, I wonder if I would be able to work in Ontario with it.

    Thanks again!
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    Oh I see. That's a good question.Maybe you could. I would try contacting the college of nurses in the province you want to work in.
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    There are schools in Canada that offer bridging to a BSN for nurses like yourself who have an ADN and a non-nursing Bachelors. For REGISTRATION to practice in Ontario however, you require a Bachelors in Nursing. Period. I went through this myself with the Ontario board two years ago.
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    Thanks also for your reply!

    Nevertheless, there are numerous ADN-BSN bridge programs here in the US as well. Since I already have a bachelor's (in something other than nursing), I was hoping to go straight to a master's program after finishing an ADN.

    So, just to be sure, an MSN without a BSN would NOT meet the Ontario requirement to practice nursing, correct?
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    Quote from wendyyvonne
    Thanks also for your reply!

    So, just to be sure, an MSN without a BSN would NOT meet the Ontario requirement to practice nursing, correct?
    That is what I was told by the College of Nurses of Ontario two years ago. I would suggest that you to speak directly to them for your answers - who knows, things may have changed in the past two years.

    Good luck!
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    Another route I'm considering is the direct-entry MSN, which means my prelicensure, first degree in nursing degree would be a master's. So, would a direct-entry MSN nursing grad without a BSN still be ineligible to work in Ontario?
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    you should look into BSN programs for internationally trained nurses with diplomas. There really is no way to circumvent this. i am in the same position, i want to be a nurse practitioner and I am completing a degree in health sciences but their are no direct entry master prograns (yet) in Ontario. I live in BC and moved from Ontario 5 yrs ago and absolutely everything has changed. Considering they are now opening skilled nursing centres in Ontario, fingers crossed that they will soon have a direct entry masters. But in the mean time, BSN or forget it.
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    Thanks for your reply!

    Nevertheless, I'm still confused. What if I graduate from a master's degree program in nursing from the USA, whether direct-entry or post-RN-ADN? With an MSN (without BSN), will I be able to work in Ontario?

    Also, McGill University in Montreal does have a direct-entry master's program in nursing. Would graduates of this program be eligible to work in Ontario, even though they wouldn't have a BSN?


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