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Nursing (Collaborative with York University)

Available: Fall, Winter

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 subjects 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.

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 (CNO) to determine if registration will be granted.

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

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. The Collaborative BScN program is a four-year full-time program. Students normally must complete this program within six (6) calendar years (18 semesters) from the time of admission.

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.

Program Requirements

All students in a York University Honours program must maintain an overall (all courses) grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 (C+ or 65%). For students in the Honours BScN program there are three additional requirements for courses:

  1. A minimum grade of C+ (65%) for all professional (NUR/HAP/HDP) courses.
  2. A “SATISFACTORY” grade in the clinical component of all practicum courses.
  3. A minimum grade of C (60%) for all other courses (PSY/LSO).

In Years 1 and 2, your academic standing is evaluated at the end of each term. You will receive a transcript on Student Centre. It will contain a statement about whether or not you are eligible to continue in the BScN program.

Academic Standing definitions for the BScN program are:

  • Good – Successfully completed all professional courses with a term GPA* of 2.5 or greater.
  • Probation- Failed one professional course or term GPA* is below 2.5. Must successfully complete all future professional subjects to remain in the program. No option to drop any professional courses.
  • Withdrawn- Does not meet program progression requirements. Failed two or more professional courses.

Additional Information:

  • Students who have been out of the program for longer than one year may be required to repeat credits previously attained. There are no partial credits.
  • Students are allowed to retake a professional course once, provided they meet the requirements to remain in the program. Students should note that course availability and space considerations may preclude the possibility of repeating a course in the term they choose.
  • When a student is allowed to repeat a course, the second grade will be the grade of record, and the only grade calculated in the student’s Program GPA. Both grades will be calculated in the Cumulative GPA. A course can be credited only once towards satisfaction of degree academic credit requirements.
  • In order to transfer to York University, students must have successfully completed all required courses in Years 1 and 2 with a minimum program GPA of 2.5.




8 Semesters (4 Years)

Credential Awarded

Honours Bachelor Degree

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.

Affiliations and Associations

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

Related Careers

Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including six Grade 12 (U) or (M) courses with a minimum grade of 70% in each and a minimum overall average of 80%; OR Mature Applicant (21 years or older and has been out of high school for a minimum of two years) who has completed the required courses with a minimum final grade of 70% in each, and a minimum four course average of 80%.

Required courses - minimum final grade of 70% in each:

  • English: Grade 12 ENG 4(U)
  • Mathematics: any Grade 12(U)
  • Biology: Grade 12 SBI 4(U)
  • Chemistry: Grade 12 SCH 4(U) or Physics: Grade 12 SPH 4(U)

Applicants who have previously attended postsecondary studies must disclose all previous transcripts and, in addition to the required courses, must achieve the following:

For Previous University Studies:

  • At least four full courses or one year of full-time degree studies at a recognized university. GPA requirements will be determined annually.

For Previous College Studies:

  • At least two full semesters or one year of full-time studies at a recognized college with a minimum GPA of 3.3 (B+/75% or equivalent).

Failure to disclose all previous postsecondary transcripts may result in immediate disqualification from consideration, or removal from the program.

For further information, please see the York University Transfer Students page.

Please note: This is a highly-competitive program. Meeting admission requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission. Applicants are ranked and selected for offers of admission based on the overall strength of their academics.

All applicants must meet BScN Language Proficiency requirements (one of the following):

  • 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 an 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

BScN Language Proficiency

Acceptable Language Test Minimum Score
York English Language Test (YELT) Overall: 1 - 4
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) 573 (paper)
230 (computer)
89 (IBT)
International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) 7
York University English Language Institute Intensive Program Level 6 with distinction, honours or pass


To be eligible for practicum placements, prior to first placement, students must complete a 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.

Program Costs

Choose academic year:

Tuition – Domestic


Tuition – International


Book & Supply Costs


Please note: All costs are approximate, may vary by campus and are subject to change at any time without notice. Parking, locker and some mandatory incidental fees are among the charges not included in the figures above.

Program Details

The Degree and Credit Transfer Office provides a number of services for students continuing their education at Seneca, and for graduating students considering degree transfer options.

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at various post-secondary institutions. Please refer to the Degree Transfer Guide for more information.

Transfer Credit may be granted for courses deemed equivalent to courses at Seneca that have been completed at recognized postsecondary institutions. Additional information is available online.

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

Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

Also see: English and General Education requirements.


Need to know more about your application and/or the application process? Reach out to our admissions advisors for assistance.

416.491.5050 ext. 55013

Student Recruitment

Have questions about Seneca’s campuses, financial aid, student supports and more? Connect with one of our student recruiters for more information or to book a campus tour.

416.491.5050 ext. 22608
Additional Contacts
Financial Aid & Awards

Program Coordinator

Nadia Torresan 416.491.5050 ext. 55214

Program Chair

Tony Mallette 416.491.5050 ext. 55143

Why Choose Seneca?

Passionate, expert faculty from a range of professions

Real-world learning experiences through paid and non-paid work opportunities

Curriculums developed in collaboration with industry advisory committees

A variety of credentials offered from certificates, diplomas, degrees, and graduate certificates

Opportunities to pathway to higher level credentials at Seneca and other universities in our transfer partnership network