Anyone currently taking Mohawk-McMaster's RPN to BScN program?



I'm in the process of deciding which offer of admission to accept. I'd like more information regarding Mohawk-McMaster's RPN to BScN program.

I'm currently an RPN working part-time in the Niagara region. If I attend McMaster, I'd have to commute to campus from Niagara.

How many days do you need to travel to campus, on average?

Do prof's often post lectures online?

Were you able to obtain clinical placements in your own region? (if applicable)

The program webpage states a student is allowed up to 6 years to complete the program, does that mean one can take it at a part-time pace, rather than a full-course load? or does that only apply to complete LOA's? For example: If I'd like to leave the program completely for one year.

I was also told if you do take the course at a part-time basis, you are still required to pay a full-time tuition? & then drop courses to = a part-time load. I cannot seem to get a straight answer as most school officials are on holidays and/or unsure.

I'd need to maintain my Regular Part-Time employment, so any information you can share related to my questions above would be great. Please feel free to send me a private message if you'd like as well.



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I don't have any info on the program in question, just wanted to say that you will not regret going from RPN to RN. I did the same quite a few years ago and have never regretted it. I also am in Niagara and went to Mohawk's diploma nursing program at the McMaster campus. Very quickly a group of us joined together to carpool which saved tons on parking and fuel. I continued to work almost fulltime hours as an RPN.

Best wishes


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Hi there,

Thanks for the reply. From what I read, I gather you have taken the Mohawk RPN to BScN program at McMaster then? This is the program information I was questioning.

You say you were able to continue full-time work as an RPN, how many days a week were you required to be in class at McMaster?


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I have a few friends who completed the RPN-BScN program through the Mohawk-McMaster collaborative and I'm a McMaster BScN graduate (the two streams are merged later on in the delivery of the program). I'll try my best to answer the questions you've posted, assuming you will be attending the school on a full-time basis. Also, here's a list of the courses you'd be required to take each year: McMaster University : Post Diploma R.P.N. (E) Stream

How many days do you need to travel to campus, on average

During your first year, you will be travelling often as you have several lecture-style courses to take. On a weekly basis, perhaps 3 times a week approximately. This can differ depending on the electives you take.

Do prof's often post lectures online?

Not all courses you'll be required to take are lecture-style. Particularly with the "PBL" course (officially known as advanced nursing concepts), it's a small-group, tutorial-style class that usually runs for 3 hours or more (varies per level of registration). Attending this class is mandatory and because it is tutorial-style, there aren't any "lectures" posted online. For courses such as pathophysiology, HTH SCI 2RR3, lectures are recorded and posted online.

Were you able to obtain clinical placements in your own region? (if applicable)

You may, but requests or switches must be made . Often for your first few clinicals, you may be placed in regions that will require you to commute as these placements are assigned at random, regardless of where you live. In your final year, it is more likely that you can request a clinical placement in your own region.


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No, sorry I wasn't more clear. I was an RPN, then enrolled in Mohawk's diploma program. It was at McMaster, in the Mo-Mac building. I had to take the RN program from the beginning as it was the last intake of diploma nursing and they wouldn't exempt me from anything nursing related. I was exempt from English & Psychology but that was it. Had to start right from day one, learning to do bed baths and all that fun stuff. At the time I worked on acute medicine and could do a bedbath with my eyes closed. What a wast of time that was. I then had the pleasure of looking after nursing home people to start with.