Health Sciences Calendar
2005 - 2006

5.2 Bachelor Programs

5.2.1 Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program - B.Sc.(N.)

Information about each category can be found at:

The curriculum for the B.Sc.(N.) extends over three years with general and professional courses in each year. Nursing courses continue in the summer sessions. Clinical experiences will be in community health centres, in hospitals and other agencies as well as in patients' homes. There is some flexibility in the sequence in which courses may be taken, but students are required to complete prerequisites as indicated. B.Sc.(N.) Entrance Requirements

Quebec Diploma of Collegial Studies (Health Sciences/ Sciences)

Holders of the Diploma of Collegial Studies who have completed the following courses are considered for admission to the 106 credit B.Sc.(N.) Programme:

· Biology - NYA, General Biology II (00UK, 00XU)
· Chemistry - NYA, NYB, Organic Chemistry I (00UL, 00UM, 00XV)
· Mathematics - NYA, NYB (00UN, 00UP)
· Physics - NYA, NYB, NYC (00UR, 00US, 00UT)
Admission will be based on the côte de rendement au collégial (cote r ); overall cote r and cote r in prerequisite courses are considered.
Mature Students
Within the University provisions, candidates who are at least 23 years old, and are Canadian citizens or permanent residents, may be eligible for consideration as Mature Students. An applicant requesting entry as a Mature Student must have successfully completed a CEGEP course (or equivalent) in pre-calculus/functions and a CEGEP course (or equivalent) in two of the three following sciences (physics, chemistry, biology). These subjects must have been taken within the past three years and a passing grade of more than 75% in each course is required. Mature students are advised to meet with CEGEP representatives to determine what courses they should take based on high school science studies. Candidates with these prerequisites may then be admitted to the 139 credit B.Sc.(N.) Program (four years, see U0 year in section 2.1.2 "B.Sc.(N.) Course of Study". Students will not repeat CEGEP level courses that are equivalent to U0 courses.) For additional information please go to:
Applicants from Ontario must have completed the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) by the time they commence their university studies. McGill reviews Ontario high school applications for admission based on its own calculation of the "top six" pre-university (OAC, 4U, 4M) course average. A minimum of six OAC, 4U and/or 4M courses are required for admission. At least four of the six required courses, as well as all prerequisite courses must be taken at the OAC or 4U level. All grades on OAC, 4U, and 4M courses are taken into consideration, including any grades for failed or repeated courses. In addition, depending on the program, certain prerequisite courses are included. The McGill average excludes most applied courses. However, all types of performing arts courses at the 4M level (allowing only a maximum of two) will be eligible for inclusion in the top-six average. This may vary from the calculation used at other institutions.
If the applicant comes from a school where the language of instruction is English, then OAC English (ENGOA, EWCOA or ELIOA) or 4U level English must be included in the six courses. If the applicant comes from a school where the language of instruction is French, then OAC French (FRAOA or FLIOA) or 4U level French must be included in the six courses. English Second Language and French Second Language courses are not accepted as prerequisites. For information on McGill's admission minima for previous years, refer to web site:

-OAC Calculus or OAC Algebra and Geometry or MCB4U or MGA4U

Two different science subjects from the following list:

-OAC Biology or SBI4U

-OAC Chemistry or SCH4U

-OAC Physics or SPH4U

-OAC or 4U English or French (see note above explaining when English or French is required).

Applicants from Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan, Nunavut, NWT and Yukon must hold a high school diploma giving access to university education in their province/territory. Consideration will be given to the results for Grade 11 and 12 level courses (regardless of the calendar year in which they were taken), with emphasis on grades obtained in courses most relevant to the intended program of study.
Generally speaking, all marks are taken into consideration in determining admission, including those of failed or repeated courses. If the applicant comes from a school where the language of instruction is English, then Grade 12 English must be included in the academic record. If the applicant comes from a school where the language of instruction is French, then Grade 12 French is required. English and French Second language courses are not accepted as prerequisites.


-Grade 12 Mathematics (pre-calculus)

-Two of: Grade 12 Biology, Chemistry or Physics

-Grade 12 English or French (see note above explaining when English or French is required).

Transfer Students (Other Universities)

Students who wish to transfer from other universities and colleges are considered on the basis of both the pre-university and university studies. A minimum of 60 credits must be completed at McGill if a degree is to be granted. The student's admissibility and the number of credits which can be granted are determined only when a formal application and all the necessary supporting documents are received.

The minimum for consideration as a transfer student is:

-Two semesters of either biology or chemistry or physics (each with labs)

-One semester of differential calculus

-One semester of integral calculus

Inter-faculty Transfer Students (McGill)

Applications can now be done through Minerva.

The School of Nursing accepts applications from students currently enrolled in another program within McGill University. A cumulative GPA of 2.70 or above in the current faculty is normally required. These transfer students are considered for admission on the basis of both their university work and previous studies. Applicants should inquire at the School of Nursing for further information.
Additional information can be obtained at:

Holders of a Bachelor's Degree

Applicants who already have a general bachelor's degree in Science or Arts, or will have completed an undergraduate degree by August 1 of the entering year, should contact the School to determine whether they should apply for entrance to the B.Sc.(N.) program or to the Qualifying Year of the Master's program. Application to the B.Sc.(N.) program is made to the Admissions, Recruitment and Registrar's Office. Requests for information regarding applications to the Qualifying Year should be directed to the School of Nursing.

Non-Canadian Applicants

Students from other countries other than Canada with a strong mathematics and science preparation at a Senior High School level, who wish to be considered for entrance to the Bachelor of Science (Nursing) program, should contact the Admissions, Recruitment and Registrar's Office for information with respect to admissions requirements. Most students are considered to an eight-term program (four years, see U0 year in section 2.1.2 below). Students educated in different languages may be required to provide proof of proficiency in English. A TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of at least 233 (577 for the paper-based version) is required. Detailed information on these admission requirements is available at or section 1.1.8 "Proof of Proficiency in English". B.Sc.(N.) Course of Study

Total program credits: 106

First Year (U1) - Required Courses
(36 credits)
Fall Term
NUR1 220
Therapeutic Relationships
NUR1 222
McGill Model of Nursing
NUR1 422
Research in Nursing
PHGY 209
Mammalian Physiology 1
PSYC 215
Social Psychology
Winter Term
NUR1 200
Biology for Illness & Therapy
NUR1 221
Families and Health Behaviour
NUR1 223
Development over the Lifespan
NUR1 234
Nursing Elderly Families
PHGY 210
Mammalian Physiology 2
Summer Term
NUR1 233
Promoting Young Family Development
NUR1 235
Health and Physical Assessment
Second Year (U2) - Required Courses
(36 credits)
Fall Term
MIMM 211
Introductory Microbiology
NUR1 321
Acute Stressors and Coping
NUR1 323
Illness Management 1
NUR1 331
Nursing in Illness 1
PHAR 300
Drug Action
Winter Term
NUR1 322
Chronic Illness and Palliative Care
NUR1 332
Nursing in Illness 2
NUR1 324
Illness Management 2
PATH 300
Human Disease
PHAR 301
Drugs and Disease
Summer Term
NUR1 325
Symptom Management
NUR1 333
Nursing in Illness 3
Third Year (U3) - Required Courses
(28 credits)
Fall Term
NUR1 328
Learning and Health Education
NUR1 420
Primary Health Care
NUR1 431
Community Nursing 1
PSYC 204
Introduction to Psychological Statistics
Winter Term
NUR1 421
Resources: Special Populations
NUR1 424
Legal and Ethical Issues: Nursing
NUR1 432
Community Nursing 2
Summer Term
NUR1 530
Clinical Internship
Note: The order in which clinical courses are offered may vary with the availability of clinical placement facilities.
Elective Courses
(6 credits)
6 credits with 3 credits at the 300 level or above.
(Full-time students normally take these courses in the third year.)
The first year (U0) of the 139-credit program consists of the following courses:
U0 Required Courses
(30 credits)
Fall Term
BIOL 111
Principles: Organismal Biology
CHEM 110
General Chemistry 1
PHYS 101
Introductory Physics - Mechanics
Winter Term
BIOL 112
Cell and Molecular Biology
CHEM 120
General Chemistry 2
MATH 141
Calculus 2
PHYS 102
Introductory Physics - Electromagnetism
Summer Term
CHEM 212
Introductory Organic Chemistry 1
U0 Complementary Courses
(3 or 4 credits)
one of the following courses (to be taken in Fall term):
MATH 139
MATH 140
Calculus 1
Following successful completion of the U0 courses, students enter First Year (U1).

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