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Nursing-2014/2015

Nursing (BScN Degree)

Admission Requirements

OSSD with courses from the University (U)
or University/College (M) stream WITH:
- Grade 12 English (U)
- Grade 12 Biology (U)
- Grade 12 Chemistry (U)
- Grade 11 Functions (U) OR Grade 11 Functions and Applications (M) 
(Note: minimum final grade required in each course is 65)
- Plus three additional Grade 12 University (U) or University/College (M) courses
- This is a highly competitive program and applicants should strive to achieve an average in the low to mid 80's which includes the best six Grade 12 University (U) or University/College (M) courses which also includes the pre-requisite courses.
OR
Fanshawe College Pre-Health Science Ontario College Certificate**
(Note: minimum final grade required in each course is 'B')
OR
Mature Applicant who meets the University of Western Ontario's definition of mature applicant (http://welcome.uwo.ca/preview/admissions/mature.html) and are able to demonstrate academic success within the last four (4) years by achieving a credit equivalent to Ontario secondary school courses in Grade 12 English (U), Grade 12 Chemistry (U), Grade 12 Biology (U) (or their equivalents) and Grade 11 Functions (U) or Grade 11 Functions and Applications (M) (or equivalent) with a minimum final grade required in each course of 65%.
OR
Post-Secondary Standing*** (if applicable)

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

  • A Grade 12 University Stream English credit (or equivalent) with at least four recent years of full-time study in an educational institution where the language of instruction and of examinations was English and which was located in a country where the first language is English 
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of  580 for the paper-based test (PBT), 237 for the computer-based test (CBT) PLUS Test of Spoken English minimum score of 50, and 92-93 for the Internet-based test (iBT) (22-24 writing, 26 speaking, 20 reading and 20 listening), with test results within the last two years
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test with an overall score of 7.0 with no score less than 6.5 in reading and listening and a score of 7.0 in writing and speaking, with test results within the last two years
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) test with a minimum score of 90 with at least a 4 on the oral interview

Applicant Selection Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
  1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
  2. Receipt of Application by February 15th
  3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements
  4. Achievement in Post-Secondary Studies (if applicable)
Note:
  • *All students applying to the Western-Fanshawe Collaborative BScN program do so through the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC), choosing program code "ENW" for Western and "ENF" for Fanshawe College. Students are encouraged to apply to both Western and Fanshawe where applicable. No other supplemental application is required.
  • **Admission to the Fanshawe College Pre-Health Science program does not guarantee admission in a subsequent year to the Nursing program. Successful completion of the Fanshawe College Pre-Health Science program, however, does enable the student who lacks the requirements from secondary school, to be given consideration when applying to the Nursing program. Students who are currently registered in the Fanshawe College Pre-Health Science program must successfully complete every course with a minimum grade of 'B' or higher in the Fanshawe College Pre-Health Science program by April 30, 2014 in order to be eligible for admission consideration in the immediately following academic year to the Nursing program. ONLY APPLICANTS WITH AN ONTARIO COLLEGE CERTIFICATE FROM THE FANSHAWE COLLEGE PRE-HEALTH SCIENCE PROGRAM WILL BE CONSIDERED FOR ADMISSION TO THE NURSING PROGRAM IN LIEU OF THE STATED SECONDARY SCHOOL REQUIREMENTS. Applicants from another Ontario College of Applied Arts and Technology Pre-Health Science or Pre-Nursing program must have the stated secondary school requirements in order to be considered for admission.
  • ***Entry to the Western-Fanshawe Collaborative BScN program is on a competitive basis.  Applicants currently enrolled in a university or who have previously attended university or other post-secondary institutions and applying to transfer into the Nursing program are considered on the basis of their post-secondary standing. Specifically, applicants currently enrolled in a university or who have previously attended university must maintain a minimum average of 70.0% on the last ten full credit or full credit equivalent courses in order to be considered for admission. Applicants with less than ten full credit courses must maintain a minimum average of 70.0% on all courses in order to be considered for admission. Applicants applying from a community college must have successfully completed a diploma program with an overall GPA of 2.5 or 70% in the completed program. A GPA of 2.5 or 70% is the minimum average required for admission consideration and does not guarantee admission. Admission is competitive. In addition, all students applying from university or college must have completed the pre-requisite courses in English, Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics with a minimum final grade required in each course of 65 as stated in the Admission Requirements.
  • Applicants from other provinces in Canada are eligible to apply for admission on the basis of senior matriculation if their academic records meet, on subject matter and standing obtained, both the admission requirements of the Nursing program and the admission requirements of a recognized university in their own province.  This must include the successful completion of (university preparation) courses in English, Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics (comparable to Ontario Grade 11 Functions (U) or Grade 11 Functions and Applications (M)) with a minimum final grade required in each course of 65%.

Post-Admission Requirements

The following items are applicable to the program and are time sensitive. Please refer to www.fanshawec.ca/preplacement for important information about preparing for placement by the due date.

  • Possession of a Standard First Aid course certificate (either St. John Ambulance or Canadian Red Cross or equivalent) and a Basic Rescuer course certificate - Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers (HCP) in accordance with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada Canadian Guidelines for CPR
  • Evidence of Good Health (including immunizations)
  • Police Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Screening, including a check of the Pardoned Sexual Offenders Database
  • Placement Agreement

Other Information

  • Before undertaking a nursing program, applicants should be aware that the practice of nursing is governed by the legislation: Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 and other acts that govern the practice of health care. The profession is regulated by the College of Nurses of Ontario. The successful completion of an acceptable program of nursing is the first requirement for becoming a nurse in Ontario. It is recommended that applicants become familiar with other requirements for becoming a nurse in Ontario, as set out by the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) http://www.cno.org/Global/docs/reg/41078%20SkillAbilities%204pager-Final.pdf. Due to a variety of clinical venues and possible changes in legislation, the requirements are subject to change. Students should always check with the CNO www.cno.org.  
  • As of January 1, 2005, all new applicants for professional registration must hold a baccalaureate degree in nursing.
  • The program will accept 250 students to study at two sites: 125 students at the University of Western Ontario site and 125 students at the Fanshawe College site.
  • Students at the Fanshawe College site will study at Fanshawe College for the first two years of the program and move to the University of Western Ontario for year three and the first semester of year four.
  • For all students, the final semester of year four will be an independent practice experience - an integrative practicum of theory applied to practice. This final semester will be delivered jointly by the University of Western Ontario and Fanshawe College faculty.
  • The curriculum is common to both sites: courses taken by University of Western Ontario and Fanshawe College students will be the same university level courses, with common exams, evaluation and progression requirements.
  • All students who successfully complete the program, will graduate with a four-year baccalaureate degree in nursing from the Western-Fanshawe Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) program.

Aboriginal
The School of Nursing recognizes that Aboriginal Peoples are not represented adequately in the nursing profession and therefore welcomes their applications.

Eligible Aboriginal candidates may be admitted to the Nursing program from one of the two paths:


  1. Aboriginal candidates who have successfully completed the program's admission requirements, and whose admission average has met the annual program admission average as determined by the School of Nursing will be considered for admission along with all other program applicants.
  2. Aboriginal candidates who have successfully completed the program's admission requirements, but whose overall average has NOT met the annual program admission average as determined by the School of Nursing will be considered on a discretionary basis to fill four seats (two seats at the UWO site and two seats at the Fanshawe College site) set aside for applicants in this latter category.