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Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN)
Program Website: ryerson.ca/nursing
Administered by: Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing
Program Format: Full-time, two-year degree completion program.
Part-time, degree completion program.
Admission Information

Applicants may qualify by satisfying the items found under either admission criteria A, B or C.

1. Applicants must be a graduate from a Nursing diploma program for registered nurses at a public Canadian college, from any province or territory, with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher (or equivalent).

AND must satisfy at least one of the two following criteria:

2a. Applicants may qualify by demonstrating proof of current registration, as a Registered Nurse, with the regulatory body pertaining to their respective province(s) or territories. Please see Important Notes Section I below for further clarification;

OR

2b. Applicants must demonstrate proof of eligibility for registration as a Registered Nurse in Ontario. Please see Eligibility for Registration - Section I below for further clarification.

1. Applicants must be a graduate of a Practical Nursing Diploma program from a public Ontario College with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher, and contain no repeated courses or failures on their academic transcript.

AND

2. Applicants must be a graduate from a Ryerson-approved bridging program with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher, and contain no repeated courses or failures on their academic transcript. The bridging program must be completed within the past five academic years.

PLUS

3. Applicants must demonstrate proof of eligibility for registration as a Registered Practical Nurse in Ontario. Please see Eligibility for Registration - Section II below for further clarification.

1. Applicants must be a graduate of international nursing studies.

AND must satisfy at least one of the two following criteria:

2a. Applicants must be a graduate of a Ryerson-approved bridging program with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher, and contain no repeated courses or failures on their academic transcript.  The bridging program must be completed within the past five academic years.

OR

2b. Applicants must demonstrate proof of current registration as a Registered Nurse in Ontario or in another Canadian province or territory. Please see Eligibility for Registration - Section I below for further clarification.

Course Enrolment: Only current students in the degree program will be able to enrol in core nursing courses.

Eligibility for Registration in Ontario means that candidates must possess registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) under the 'general' class, and in good standing. Registration with the CNO in 'non-practicing', 'suspended' or 'retiree' class is ineligible for admission. If the candidate is applying from outside of Ontario, then the respective 'good standing' decrees apply as per the relevant regulatory body in their province. For a table of the regulatory bodies and the 'general' class equivalents, please refer to the chart below.

Province or Territory in Canada  General Class Equivalent 
Alberta 'Active'
British Columbia 'Practising'
Manitoba 'Registered Nurse'
New Brunswick 'Practising'
Newfoundland and Labrador 'Practicing'
Northwest Territories 'Practising'
Nova Scotia 'Active-Practicing'
Nunavut 'Practising'
Ontario 'General'
Prince Edward Island 'Licensed to Practise'
Quebec 'Plein droit d'exercice'
Saskatchewan 'Practicing RN'
Yukon 'Practising'

Eligibility for registration in Ontario means that candidates must possess registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) (www.cno.org) under the 'General' class, and in good standing. Registration with the CNO in 'non-practicing', 'suspended' or 'retiree' class is ineligible for admission.

If the applicant intends to enrol in a practicum in the province of Ontario, the applicant must be registered with the College of Nurses in Ontario (CNO) in General class throughout the duration of the practicum.

Applicants are required to submit the following directly to Undergraduate Admissions (in addition to their online application and Supplementary Form). 

Visit Submission of Documents for access to the Document Upload page and instructions:

  1. Academic transcripts from all nursing and other post-secondary level studies, indicating specific courses and grades, and including promotion/graduation status.
  2. Photocopy of current Ontario Certificate of Registration (or provincial or territorial equivalent) or proof of eligibility for the same.
  3. Applications for Fall 2017 admission must be received by February 1, 2017. Applications for Winter 2018 admission must be received by November 1, 2017.
Program Overview/Curriculum Information

The Post-Diploma Degree Completion Program in Nursing is designed to prepare a more liberally educated nurse to function in a variety of roles and health care settings. The program provides an opportunity for diploma nursing graduates or graduates from Ryerson's Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing approved bridging program to develop an analytical approach to nursing practice, and to expand their understanding of how they as practitioners, and how nursing as a profession, integrates with the rest of the health care system.

The program has been offered on a part-time basis since 1983. Part-Time students may take up to seven years to complete the program. Program planning is developed to meet the individual student's needs.

One unique feature of the program is that it allows students to develop skills in the clinical area of choice. Students capitalize on past experience, have the opportunity to develop their own learning objectives and apply knowledge in an area in which they have professional goals.

Teaching methods throughout the program include lecture discussion, and/or hybrid online learning modalities, small group process, self-directed learning and supervised clinical practice.

  1. Students may be eligible for a transfer credit if they have completed equivalent courses at the university level.
  2. No more than 50 percent of the program courses may consist of transfer or challenge credits. This includes courses taken at other universities after admission to the program.

See Transfer Credits for further information.

Students can challenge NCL 800- Nursing Practice II if they have a current/valid 'Canadian Nurses Association Certification' or they have successfully completed the Clinical Fellowship Program with the RNAO within the past five years. Students must submit a Challenge Credit application form and fee and the appropriate documentation by August 31. Visit the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing for more information.

Students must take three upper level liberal studies courses to graduate. Students must not choose courses that are restricted for their program or major.

Please refer to the liberal studies chapter of this calendar for more information on the Liberal Studies Policy. Further information on liberal studies can also be found at the Faculty of Arts' Liberal Studies website.

Table B - Upper Level Restrictions

Students may take only two Philosophy courses for credit.

GEO 716, PHL 509, PSY 606 and SOC 506 are not available for credit.

Students may pursue any Minor offered by Ryerson (with some exceptions). Please refer to the Minors chapter of this calendar for further information on individual Minor requirements and exclusions.

Undergraduate students wishing to pursue a continuing education certificate program should be aware of possible program exclusions. Please refer to the Certificate Registration section of the Curriculum Advising website for complete details.

Program Outcomes

The graduate:

  1. Demonstrates caring as it relates to self and others.
  2. Determines meaning and significance in patient encounters.
  3. Establishes meaningful connections with clients to facilitate therapeutic interactions.
  4. Collaborates with clients and colleagues to ensure consistent, safe, effective care.
  5. Uses personal knowledge and theory from nursing and related disciplines to determine an appropriate course of nursing actions.
  6. Demonstrates reflective, critical, and analytical thinking to inform a creative and flexible nursing practice.
  7. Appraises research studies and critically uses the findings as a basis for nursing practice.
  8. Evaluates gaps in nursing knowledge and appropriate solutions to address them. Considers research possibilities, and participates in research activities where appropriate.
  9. Analyses health and practice issues within the social/economic, political/global environment.
  10. Practices nursing in a skillful, therapeutic, socially inclusive, and culturally sensitive manner.
  11. Provides leadership within his/her own practice to facilitate clients’ and colleagues’ desired outcomes.
  12. Interprets population health principles to plan, implement, and evaluate health promotion and disease prevention programs.
  13. Works within the context of a multidisciplinary health care team to apply primary health care principles.
  14. Participates in developing and implementing strategies for the improvement of the health environment through the use of the political process and the principles of social justice and equity, within an individual/community/global context.
  15. Practices nursing within legal, ethical and professional guidelines; behavior is consistent with academic integrity and social responsibility.
  16. Is an active participant in his/her personal and professional development.
  17. Demonstrates the ability to communicate information, arguments, and analyses accurately and reliably, orally and in writing to a range of audiences.
Full-Time, Two-Year Degree Completion Program

1st Semester

REQUIRED:

NUR 805 The Evolution of Theoretical Knowledge
NUR 816 Health Assessment
NUR 830 Current Issues and Future Perspectives
NUR 850 Research Methods

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies.

2nd Semester 

REQUIRED:

NUC 832 Community Nursing
NUR 600 Epidemiology: Major Health Problems
NUR 831 Leadership Development for Practice
NUR 860 Statistics and Nursing
PHL 302 Ethics and Health Care

3rd Semester

REQUIRED:

NCL 700 Nursing Practice I
NUR 810 Concepts in Contemporary Nursing Practice
NUR 833 Organizational Context of Practice

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies.

PROFESSIONALLY-RELATED: One course from Table I.

4th Semester

REQUIRED:

NCL 800 Nursing Practice II

REQUIRED GROUP 1: One course from the following:

NUR 820 Gerontological and Geriatric Nursing
NUR 823 Adult Health
NUR 824 Women's Health
NUR 825 Family Health
NUR 826 Community Mental Health
NUR 827 End of Life Care
NUR 828 Health: A Global Perspective

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies.

PROFESSIONALLY-RELATED: One course from Table I.

Part-Time, Degree Completion Program

1st Semester

REQUIRED:

NUR 805 The Evolution of Theoretical Knowledge
NUR 816 Health Assessment
NUR 830 Current Issues and Future Perspectives
NUR 850 Research Methods

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies.

2nd Semester 

REQUIRED:

NUC 832 Community Nursing
NUR 600 Epidemiology: Major Health Problems
NUR 831 Leadership Development for Practice
NUR 860 Statistics and Nursing
PHL 302 Ethics and Health Care

3rd Semester

REQUIRED:

NCL 700 Nursing Practice I
NUR 810 Concepts in Contemporary Nursing Practice
NUR 833 Organizational Context of Practice

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies.

PROFESSIONALLY-RELATED: One course from Table I.

4th Semester

REQUIRED:

NCL 800 Nursing Practice II

REQUIRED GROUP 1: One course from the following:

NUR 820 Gerontological and Geriatric Nursing
NUR 823 Adult Health
NUR 824 Women's Health
NUR 825 Family Health
NUR 826 Community Mental Health
NUR 827 End of Life Care
NUR 828 Health: A Global Perspective

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies.

PROFESSIONALLY-RELATED: One course from Table I.

Academic Standing Variation

All RN and RPN bridging students enrolled in the Post Diploma Degree Completion Program in Nursing must have valid registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO), general class. Students are required to notify the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing of any change in CNO registration status. Failure to attain/maintain CNO registration general class will result in WITHDRAWAL from the Nursing course(s) and a REQUIRED TO WITHDRAW status from the program. An exception to the policy of CNO registration is granted to those students from an approved Internationally-Educated Nurses bridging program.

Students must achieve a grade of 'C' or above in all nursing theory and practice courses (all NCL, NUC, NUR courses) in order to be eligible to enrol in nursing courses in subsequent semesters.

Students who earn a grade of 'C-' or below in any nursing theory or practice course will be given a PROBATIONARY Standing regardless of their overall GPA.

Students will remain on PROBATION until they receive a grade of 'C' or above in all nursing courses.

Students on PROBATION who earn a grade of 'C-' or below in a nursing theory course other than the nursing theory course(s) in which they previously obtained a grade of 'C-' or below, OR who receive a first time 'C-' or below in a nursing practice course, will be given a REQUIRED TO WITHDRAW status.

Students who receive a second grade of 'C-' or below in the same nursing theory course OR, who receive a second 'C-' in any nursing practice course (either a repeated or subsequent practice course) will result in a PERMANENT PROGRAM WITHDRAWAL Standing. This variation will be enacted even when the student has taken less than three courses and has not acquired a cumulative grade point average.

At any point during the academic year, the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing reserves the right to terminate a student’s experience in a nursing practice setting when patterns of behaviour place self, clients or others at risk. This will result in the student receiving an 'F' grade for the course. In this circumstance, students must have established rights of appeal; however, they cannot remain in the course while the appeal is underway. The appeal will be conducted promptly in order to protect students' rights.

The student may be assigned PERMANENT PROGRAM WITHDRAWAL from the Nursing program for reasons of unprofessional behaviour or professional misconduct.

All nursing courses must be completed within five years of the prerequisite professional course. (For example, no more than five years can elapse between completion of Year 1 professional courses and enrolment in Year 2 professional courses.)

 

Standing Grade Consequence/Comment
Clear 'C' or above in all Theory* and Practice† courses.
Probationary 'C-' or below in any Theory* or Practice† course regardless of overall GPA.
  • Probationary Contract required
  • Remain on Probation until a 'C' or above is achieved in all Nursing courses.
     
Required to Withdraw

Students on Probation who

  • get a 'C-' or below in a Theory* course other than one in which they previously received a 'C-' or below or
  • get a 'C-' or below in a Practice† course.
     
May apply for reinstatement after one year.
Permanent Withdrawal
  • Second 'C-' or below in the same Theory* course or
  • A second 'C-' in any Practice† course, either new or repeated.
     
  • Applied regardless of GPA
  • May not apply for readmission to the program.
     

* Nursing Theory courses: Courses with NSE, NUR ant PAT prefixes.

† Nursing Practice courses: NCL 700 and NCL 800.

¶ Corequisite courses: All Nursing courses in a given year have designated corequisites. All clinical practice courses have Nursing Theory courses as corequisites. Please refer to the Course Descriptions chapter of this calendar.

Graduation Requirement Variation

In addition to fulfilling Ryerson University's Graduation Requirements (see previous section), students in all Nursing programs are required to have obtained a minimum grade of 'C' in all nursing theory and practice courses (NCL, NUC, NUR).

Advisory Council

A Program Advisory Council (PAC) is a group of volunteers that provides expert advice to a school or department on program related matters such as curriculum, program review, technology and trends in the industry, discipline or profession. For more information, see Senate Policy #158 (Program Advisory Councils).

Marilyn Ballantyne
Chief Nurse Executive

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

Michelle Nelson
Research Scientist
Bridgepoint Collaboratory for Research and Innovation

Kathy Ryan
Advanced Practice Nurse
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Pam Hubley
Chief, Professional Practice & Nursing
Hospital for Sick Children

Murray Krock
Corporate Nursing Education Leader
St. Michael’s Hospital

Nancy Lefebre
Chief Clinical Executive
Saint Elizabeth Health Centre

Brenda Perkins-Meingast
Practice Based Education/Collaborative Academic Practice
University Health Network