Published Apr 17, 2015
A bit of background information. I am currently a high school student that's soon to graduate. I've been offered a place at the University of Toronto and I have already accepted their offer. This is mainly because I believe I will have more options open to me in case I decide to not do nursing after my first year of university (attending faculty of arts and sciences: life sciences). In addition to this, I heard that their program offered the most clinical hours, which I believe that experience is extremely important. I would have went straight into undergraduate program for nursing at another university if some personal matters didn't pop up and now I need to stay nearby my relatives, hence UofT would be the closest.
Anyways, I am planning to do nursing at University of Toronto (UofT) and was wondering how their admission will work for someone like me. I'm starting to read a lot of rumours that their second entry program is mainly intended for people who already have a bachelors degree (which is really stressing me out because I'm scared I made the wrong choice) and when I accepted their offer, I thought I could apply to their nursing program during my second year once my pre-reqs have been/are currently being taken. Is it possible for someone like me, with no bachelor degree or masters etc., to do nursing as a second entry program in UofT, or any universities for that matter?
I will try my best to answer your questions, I'm currently finishing up my first year at UofT's program. You can still apply to the nursing program once you completed the pre-reqs in 2nd year. I have heard some of my classmates who got accepted and they were in 2nd year and hadn't finished their bachelors. They also had lots of excellent volunteer or research experience that helped strengthen their application. In terms of UofT specifically you can still apply during 2nd year and/or if you completed your bachelors, it's up to you. All the best!
I do not recommend this pathway to go to Nursing School.
U of T Nursing says that you need a minimum of two years to apply. However, nearly all successful applicants have bachelor degrees or even higher education.
I applied to U of T with 3 years of undergraduate education in life sciences, with all the completed pre-requisites, and grades well above the required minimum's. I called U of T Nursing's application centre and they recommended saving the $300 for the application and waiting to graduate. I applied anyway and was unsuccessful.
I am not saying it is not possible to get into their program with only 2 years of undergraduate education, but as far as I know, they do not accept many people without completed bachelor's degrees. Would highly recommend doing a 4 year BSCN program rather than taking 6 years to become an RN.
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