Ontario Second Entry Nursing Fall 2021

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Hey everyone!

I haven't seen a post for Fall 2021 yet so here it is!

My choices are:

1. UofT

2. McMaster

3. Nipissing SPP

I started my OUAC application in November and now trying to work on the supplemental packages. My CASPer Test is on January 12, 2021.

I need to take Anatomy and Physio course(s) however, I'm having a hard time figuring out what would satisfy the requirements from all three universities. My options so far are:

1. Take CBLG 101 in Winter and CBLG 111 in Spring at Ryerson. However final grade will be in June; hoping that's fine.  This satisfies all 3 unis

2. Take SCS 2159 in Winter from UofT which is enough for UofT and McMaster but not for Nipissing. I have to take an Anatomy course just for Nip.

I have a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education from back home, been working as an RECE in Toronto the last 8 years, have a Diploma in Nonprofit Management at Ryerson. My cGPA is 3.55 which I'm worried about. Lots of extra curricular activities from university and volunteering here in Toronto.  I still have to compute the GPA for the last two years.

I requested WES to send my transcripts to Nip and McMaster and asked my old uni to send to UofT.

It's been an expensive application so far; really hoping I get in! Looking forward to chatting with you all and sharing our experiences.

Hi! Thanks for starting this thread, I'm surprised I haven't seen one out yet! Maybe fewer people are applying this year because of COVID?

My choices are:

1. UofT

2. McMaster Accelerated

3. UBC

4. Queen's Accelerated

5. Trent Compressed

I've already done my CASPer, but haven't started any of the supplementary applications. I'm planning on doing those over the break, since this semester has been so hectic! I'm currently a second year student at UofT studying Biology, Physiology, and Political Science. I've had fantastic grades this semester (soooo proud of myself, given the circumstances!) but had a bit of a rough start in first year and some of my marks were pretty bad, so I'm not sure I'll get in anywhere this year. I'm just working hard and hoping for the best, if I don't make it this year then I'll reapply next year! I'm just really excited to finally be taking this step and applying to nursing school.

Here's hoping we're back here in a few months posting about how we've gotten into programs!

Good luck on your CASPer! :)

Hey there thanks for making the post, I'm only applying to uoft cause I can't afford to go anywhere farther from Toronto and I don't have Microbiology for york. I'm in my second year at a program at ryerson and my fall term GPA was 3.86 while my cgpa is 3.88. I meet all the pre reqs and I'll be taking the physiology course at uoft starting in January. I'm really really working for an acceptance. My ECs are pretty good, I have a bunch of club stuff from ryerson & high school and I also have stuff I did on my own. I haven't been able to start the supplementary application yet since I applied this week but I've been drafting stuff based on what I think it would be like. I've been lurking here for the past couple of months and I'm really excited to chat with you guys!

 

On 12/16/2020 at 5:03 PM, YanBan2020 said:

Take CBLG 101 in Winter and CBLG 111 in Spring at Ryerson. However final grade will be in June; hoping that's fine.  This satisfies all 3 unis

Hey you might wanna check with the unis to see if Spring courses would count. I emailed mac about Spring courses and they said they wouldn't accept it 

Hey! I applied to U of T, Nipissing SPP, and Western last year. I am currently at U of T in my first year of the nursing program, please let me know if you have any questions about the application process or the program! 🙂

On 12/16/2020 at 5:03 PM, YanBan2020 said:

1. Take CBLG 101 in Winter and CBLG 111 in Spring at Ryerson. However final grade will be in June; hoping that's fine.  This satisfies all 3 unis

I also did the CBLG10A/B course at ryerson. For U of T we had to send in our final transcripts by mid-July, so I'm not sure if Spring courses would be able to meet that deadline. Like the poster above said, you should try checking with the other unis as well to see if they will accept Spring courses.

24 minutes ago, nursing0593 said:

I am currently at U of T in my first year of the nursing program, please let me know if you have any questions about the application process or the program! 🙂

Hey I wanted to ask if it would be okay if one of my pre requisites is just a CR. I took it last semester when COVID hit and got higher than a 60 but still didn't do too well. Also how's the program, OK uoft is known for being really hard is the nursing program better?

1 hour ago, Spacegirl45 said:

Hey I wanted to ask if it would be okay if one of my pre requisites is just a CR. I took it last semester when COVID hit and got higher than a 60 but still didn't do too well. Also how's the program, OK uoft is known for being really hard is the nursing program better?

I'm not too sure about the CR/NCR because all of that is pretty new with COVID. You should reach out to the admissions office to see if they are accepting CR/NCR for prerequisite courses.

The nursing program is not easy, but I think that's just the nature of most nursing programs. I can't really objectively say whether it's hard or not, because I don't really have anything else to compare it to. But I would say that it is definitely more difficult than my first undergraduate degree (not done at U of T).

On 12/24/2020 at 12:07 PM, Spacegirl45 said:

Hey I wanted to ask if it would be okay if one of my pre requisites is just a CR. I took it last semester when COVID hit and got higher than a 60 but still didn't do too well. Also how's the program, OK uoft is known for being really hard is the nursing program better?

hey, first-year uoft nursing here as well. Unless you are an internal applicant (uoft undergrad), I would highly recommend taking another prereq that can show your grade. Unfortunately, the institution cannot check the actual mark behind CR, and it may disadvantage your acceptance since there is no "guarantee" (from their perspective) that you met the grade requirement. Unless your CR is not calculated for your recent 5.0 calculation, you don't have to worry about getting a good mark for your prereq courses - perhaps petition to get the CR revoked? Especially considering that you are only in your second year, you don't want to have ANY hiccups - uoft rarely take applicants with no bachelor (Most of my cohort has completed Bachelors, masters, or even had other professions long before nursing. I think only 1 in our cohort had 3 years of bachelor, and no other in the cohort above)... so you def want to make sure that your transcript stands out (along with your supplementary). 

In terms of taking Spring/Summer courses... you may be put to the latter group to receive a conditional offer, especially with physiology (core prereq). If you can cram it in for Winter sem, go for it. 


Nursing is definitely more challenging than undergrad. I did my undergrad at uoft as well, so this I can definitely tell haha. but it's rewarding, the faculty is really supportive, and we are studying with those who are driven to accomplish the same goal, so it makes it more bearable. 

 

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Hey all,

Happy holidays. I am currently a first-year uoft nursing student. Just wanted to drop by and wish y'all good luck!

It will get more stressful, and you will often encounter self-doubts and anxiety attacks. Try your best not to get distracted by your anxiety, try to stay away from anxiety-provoking posts (this forum.. such a hassle LOL I have a love-hate relationship with allnurses forum haha). You know you've tried your best to pursue this path, and if you don't trust yourself, no one else will. Believe what you can achieve, put your heart, and have something else that can kill your time whenever you feel like getting anxious! Your time will come, and we cannot wait to congratulate y'all. 

1 hour ago, minibun said:

hey, first-year uoft nursing here as well. Unless you are an internal applicant (uoft undergrad), I would highly recommend taking another prereq that can show your grade. Unfortunately, the institution cannot check the actual mark behind CR, and it may disadvantage your acceptance since there is no "guarantee" (from their perspective) that you met the grade requirement. Unless your CR is not calculated for your recent 5.0 calculation, you don't have to worry about getting a good mark for your prereq courses - perhaps petition to get the CR revoked? Especially considering that you are only in your second year, you don't want to have ANY hiccups - uoft rarely take applicants with no bachelor (Most of my cohort has completed Bachelors, masters, or even had other professions long before nursing. I think only 1 in our cohort had 3 years of bachelor, and no other in the cohort above)... so you def want to make sure that your transcript stands out (along with your supplementary). 

In terms of taking Spring/Summer courses... you may be put to the latter group to receive a conditional offer, especially with physiology (core prereq). If you can cram it in for Winter sem, go for it. 


Nursing is definitely more challenging than undergrad. I did my undergrad at uoft as well, so this I can definitely tell haha. but it's rewarding, the faculty is really supportive, and we are studying with those who are driven to accomplish the same goal, so it makes it more bearable. 

 

Thank you so much for this it definitely took some stress off me!!

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Hello!

I am so glad I stumbled upon this forum.  I have applied to accelerated nursing for the Fall 2021 intake and would love to chat with others in the same boat! I applied to three schools and my preferences are:

1. UofT

2. Mac (alumni!)

3. Western

I currently work at a busy GTA hospital as an MRT (hence my username, LOL) and have always had an inclination that I was meant to be a nurse, however found myself very satisfied with my current career in healthcare.  I completed my BMRSc at McMaster a few years back. This urge to change career paths has become so overwhelming that I can't not do anything about it anymore, and finally took the leap of faith to apply this year! (I am super excited to see what happens). My GPA for last year of undergrad is a 3.9 however I didn't have much time during my undergrad for ECs as I was a varsity athlete, and worked odd jobs to help pay for being able to live (rent&food). I completed a short Summer thesis during my last year but was never published, nor presented at any conferences.  I am wondering if anyone else has any experience being admitted to UofT with subpar ECs? I'm a little bit nervous about that.

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1 hour ago, I See Right Through You said:

Hello!

I am so glad I stumbled upon this forum.  I have applied to accelerated nursing for the Fall 2021 intake and would love to chat with others in the same boat! I applied to three schools and my preferences are:

1. UofT

2. Mac (alumni!)

3. Western

I currently work at a busy GTA hospital as an MRT (hence my username, LOL) and have always had an inclination that I was meant to be a nurse, however found myself very satisfied with my current career in healthcare.  I completed my BMRSc at McMaster a few years back. This urge to change career paths has become so overwhelming that I can't not do anything about it anymore, and finally took the leap of faith to apply this year! (I am super excited to see what happens). My GPA for last year of undergrad is a 3.9 however I didn't have much time during my undergrad for ECs as I was a varsity athlete, and worked odd jobs to help pay for being able to live (rent&food). I completed a short Summer thesis during my last year but was never published, nor presented at any conferences.  I am wondering if anyone else has any experience being admitted to UofT with subpar ECs? I'm a little bit nervous about that.

Hey, current uoft first year here. 

The admission's office focuses on what you learned from the EC that is transferable to your nursing ability. Don't worry too much about the duration or the quantity of your EC. Write about your work experience, EVEN IF it is odd. Talk about your experience as a varsity athlete... I am sure you had learned something relatable to nursing. I come from 0 healthcare work background (I was a technician for 4 years), but I talked about how it helped me learn about human interaction, active listening, time management and problem-solving skills. Knowing my GPA was mediocre and having no extensive volunteering or research backgroun, I think the presentation of my learning journey in the supplementary really helped me stand out. Long story short, curate your EC to tell what you learned from that experience to be an outstanding nursing student, not what you did. You will be fine. Good luck. 

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