You must hold an approved Ontario college diploma (or equivalent) in Practical Nursing with a minimum A- average. In addition, you must hold a current certificate of competence with no restrictions from the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO).
Note: Admission is competitive. The specific average or standing required for admission varies from year to year. Students are selected by taking into consideration a wide range of criteria including school marks, distribution of subjects taken, and performance in subjects relevant to the academic program. Possession of the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance. Preference will be given to applicants with the best qualifications.
There are three ways to upgrade your admission average:
university level course(s)
The university-level courses can be completed through any recognized university.
Courses can be in any subject area. We suggest you avoid courses in the program map (see curriculum tab) so they can transfer as electives.
post-diploma certificates (approved by the Faculty of Health Sciences)
Our upgrading metric is as follows:
Each university course
Each approved certificate*
Each college course***
Perinatal Obstetrics RN/RPN
Oncology Nursing RN/RPN
Perioperative Nursing (Graduate studies RN/RPN)
Mental health Nursing RN/RPN**
Coursework must be after completion of the RPN diploma program.
Applicants may pursue a maximum of three upgrading courses/certificates. As such, it is possible to positively impact your average by a maximum of 12 per cent.
Transcripts with final grades for upgrading courses must be submitted by January 31 of the year of your intended start.
* These are some examples of approved certificates. Certificates other than these must be reviewed and approved by the Health Science Student Affairs Committee.
** Credible certificate programs at the RPN level must state Nursing (RN/RPN).
*** College courses must be outside of the approved certificate program.
Note: You are not upgrading your practical nursing (PN) diploma average, but your admission average. Once your diploma has been conferred, the average achieved cannot be changed through any forms of upgrading. Upgrading does not guarantee admission into the program.
Once you have successfully completed the bridge courses with a minimum C grade in each course, you will proceed into the BScN program. In recognition of your diploma, you will receive 11 courses toward your 40-course BScN degree.
Last year's cut-off85 per cent
How to apply
The application process and important dates/deadlines are outlined on our college-to-university transfer applicant page.