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(Collaborative BScN Degree Program with York University / Seneca College)

Program Code:BScN
Duration:8 Semesters (4 Years)
4 Semesters (2 Years) King Campus, 4 Semesters (2 Years) York University
Start Dates:Fall, Winter,
Start dates are subject to change
Credential Awarded:Degree

Program Description

In this program, you will learn from intensive classroom instruction in theoretical and nursing practice. You’ll also gain a solid foundation in human anatomy and physiology, and complementary subjects in general education, as well as a minimum of 1,700 hours of clinical experience.

Your courses will include nursing theory, the nurse as professional person, nursing practice, professional issues, human anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, psychology, and General Education.

Experience in the nursing practice laboratory and in several hospital and community settings is integral to the course of study.

To improve your likelihood of success while studying in BSCN, we recommend limiting employment to less than eight hours per week.

Your Career

Prepare for a career in nursing with Seneca and York University’s joint BScN degree program. As a graduate, you may find rewarding career opportunities in hospital settings, community agencies, medical clinics, industry, and other health care agencies.

Important Information

Seneca College offers the Nursing program in collaboration with York University. Successfully complete the first two years (four semesters) of this program, and you will be eligible to continue on to York University to complete two additional years leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Honours) Degree. You’ll be required to meet York University admission requirements.

Important Notice

As of January 1, 2005 all new applicants for professional registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario must complete a bachelor’s degree in Nursing.

BScN Language Proficiency

You meet our language proficiency requirements if you have completed:

  • four full years of study in Canada in English or French at the secondary school level;

  • four full years at the secondary school level in English in a country where English is a primary language;

  • the equivalent of one full year of accredited university degree program in English in a country where English is a primary language;

  • two full years of study in an accredited college diploma program in English in a country where English is a primary language.

If you do not meet the above criteria, you must complete an acceptable English language proficiency test and earn an appropriate score. Test results should be sent to


Acceptable Language Test Minimum Score
York English Language Test (YELT) Overall: 1-4
Test of English as a
Foreign Language (TOEFL)
560 (paper)
220 (computer)
89 (IBT)
International English Language
Testing Service (IELTS)
York University English Language
Institute Intensive Program
Level 6 with distinction,
honours or pass


Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility (Degree Program):

Applicants must have an OSSD including six Grade 12 (U) or (M) courses with a minimum overall average of 80%.

A minimum grade of 70% is required in each of the 4 pre-requisite courses:

  • Grade 12 English: ENG4U
  • Grade 12 Mathematics: any 4U Mathematics
  • Grade 12 Biology: SBI4U
  • Grade 12 Chemistry: SCH4U OR Grade 12 Physics: SPH4U

Mature students: (age 21 or older) must also submit proof of credits in the above course list.

University G.P.A. Requirements:

Applicants who have completed at least four full courses or one year of full–time degree studies at an accredited university may be considered for admission. GPA requirements will be determined annually.

College G.P.A. Requirement:

Applicants who have completed at least two full semesters or one year of full–time studies at an accredited college must have achieved the following G.P.A. for admission consideration:

  • 3.0 (B/70% or equivalent).

Applicant Selection:

  • Applicant grades in pre–requisite courses (or their equivalents) may be used as a basis for the selection of candidates.

Note: Since the number of eligible applicants frequently exceeds the number of places available, every effort is made to ensure the applicants selected are those with the highest likelihood of success.

To be eligible for all practicum placements, students must have a completed Clinical Preparedness Permit which includes:

  • A valid certificate in Basic Rescuer Level Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Health Care Provider.
  • A current medical and immunization report.
  • A current clear police record check.
  • A record of mask fit testing.

The Importance of Learning Skills:

Student success in college requires well developed learning skills (such as being able to work independently, participate in a team, be well–organized, develop good work habits, and show initiative). These skills are as important as prior academic achievement. While it is expected that applicants would have developed these skills through previous education and life experiences, Seneca offers support to assist students with further development of these important skills. Seminars, workshops and tutoring are available at Seneca's Learning Centres.


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Provincial Registration

In order to practice in Ontario as a Registered Nurse, Nursing Program graduates must be successful in the Registration Examination administered by the College of Nurses of Ontario, and must maintain their certificate of competence thereafter. As a result of regulations arising out of the Nursing Act 1991, applicants for registration in Ontario must not have been convicted of:

  1. A criminal offence; or
  2. An offence under the Narcotic Control Act (Canada) or the Food and Drugs Act (Canada).

Applicants who do not meet this requirement will be reviewed by the College of Nurses of Ontario (C.N.O.) to determine if registration will be granted.

Successful Ontario registrants are eligible for registration throughout Canada (French required in Quebec).

Requisite Skills and Abilities

Please refer to the College of Nurses of Ontario at to gain an understanding of required skills and abilities for this profession.

Affiliations and Associations

  • Canadian Nurses Association
  • College of Nurses of Ontario
  • Registered Nurses Association of Ontario

Important Academic Dates

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant semester.


Nursing is the integration of the knowledge and practice of human caring. Nursing knowledge arises out of theory, scientific inquiry and critical reflection. Nursing knowledge and practice inform and shape each other. It is this synergistic effect that enables nurses to understand and significantly contribute to health and healing. Nurses employ theoretical, intuitive, moral and ethical reasoning in their practice. Nurses collaborate with the individual and the Health Care team to promote health and healing.

Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
HAP101 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
NUR101 Health and Healing: Wellness Across the Lifespan 4
NUR102 Professionhood and Knowledge of Nursing I 3
NUR110 Health and Healing: Introductory Nursing Skills 4
PSY113 Introduction to Psychology I 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
HAP201 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
NUR201 CCC: Gerontology and Maternal Infant Settings 3
NUR203 Health and Healing: Health Assessment 4
NUR220 CCC: Gerontology/Maternal Infant Settings Practicum 10
PSY114 Introduction to Psychology II 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
HDP301 Processes of Human Diseases I 3
NUR301 CCC: Common Health Challenges 3
NUR304 Pharmacology/Math 4
NUR310 Complex Nursing Skills and Health Assessment II 5
NUR320 CCC: Common Health Challenges Practicum 12
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
HDP401 Processes of Human Disease II 3
NUR401 CCC: Complex Health Challenges 3
NUR402 Professionhood and Knowledge of Nursing II 3
NUR403 Nursing: Ethical Ways of Knowing and Caring 3
NUR420 CCC: Complex Health Challenges Practicum 12

Students must maintain a cumulative G.P.A of 2.5 (65%).

Contact Us

Information for years three and four of the collaborative program can be found at: Go to the course information for the BScN – Collaborative Program.
Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Eileen Weese
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 55116
International Admissions Advisor: Valentyna Gorodovych
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22432
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Eileen Weese
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 55116
Program Contacts:
Program Coordinator: Jennifer Graham
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 55214
Program Chair: Maria May
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 55143
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“The Clinical Nursing program at Seneca College gave me practical exposure to all aspects of nursing. Throughout the program, we worked in field placements at different hospitals and units to experience a variety of real–life situations. The knowledge and clinical experience I gained at Seneca gave me the confidence to take on extraordinary tasks. As a result, I will soon be leaving for Tanzania in East Africa, to practice nursing in a part of the world where health care is desperately needed.”

Farha Kassam
Registered Nurse, ComCare


BSCN Video

Nursing student Sam talks about King Campus, his program and his future.

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