Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing

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  • How to prepare my application

    Letter of Intent

    In approximately 500 words, outline the following:

    Clinical Field and Health Systems Leadership and Administration Field:

    • Why you wish to pursue an advanced practice Master of Nursing degree.
    • How you intend to use your MN degree to pursue your professional development plan.
    • How your clinical experience has influenced your choice of field of study in the MN program.

    Nurse Practitioner Field:

    • Your clinical focus/patient population and your rationale for choosing this group (i.e. Adult or Paediatric or Primary Health Care – Global Health).
    • How your clinical experience has influenced your choice of field of study and prepared you for a Nurse Practitioner role.
    • What you hope to gain from your clinical placements.
    • How you intend to use your MN degree to pursue your professional development plan.

    Curriculum Vitae

    You will be asked to upload your CV to the online application. Please use the categories listed below when you are developing your CV. If a particular heading does not apply, you may leave it out.

    • Academic education (postsecondary degrees, diplomas, certificates)
    • Continuing education (including workshops, professional development)
    • Awards and honours (e.g., practice awards from employing organization, bursaries, scholarships)
    • Professional employment
    • Relevant presentations / publications / research
    • Current membership in professional organizations
    • Committees (e.g., work-related, professional)
    • Clinical / administrative / practice innovations (please provide brief descriptions or examples)
    • Membership in research oriented organizations (please specify role)
    • Relevant volunteer activities

    A Sample of Your Scholarly Work

    You will be asked to upload to the application a specimen of your written work.  Ideally, you should submit a paper that was done as part of your previous degree. You should be the sole author of the paper that you submit. If you no longer have copies of your papers, you may submit a piece of work that reflects your writing ability (i.e., a critique of an article, a proposal for work, etc).


    Field of Study

    You will be asked to indicate the field of study or program you have chosen. You will select one of the following:

    • Health Systems Leadership and Administration,
    • Clinical Nursing,
    • Nurse Practitioner (Adult, Paediatric, or Primary Health Care – Global Health),
    • MN / MHSc (combined program).

    Two Letters of Reference

    Letters of Reference are submitted electronically through the SGS online application. You will need to provide the referees’ email addresses. Please communicate with your referees in advance to confirm their contact information. After you pay the application fee, we will contact your referees by email and ask them to submit their recommendation electronically.

      1. Academic Reference. One reference from a professor/lecturer who taught you and graded your written work during your previous degree and who can speak to your academic abilities. A preceptor or clinical instructor is not an appropriate academic reference.
      2. Professional Reference. One reference from a supervisor who is familiar with your professional accomplishments (e.g., leadership, contribution to nursing, involvement in professional organizations).  A colleague is not an appropriate professional reference.

    Statistics Course Prerequisite Information

    All applicants to the MN program must complete an approved statistics course prior to beginning MN studies.  For a list of approved university statistics courses please visit the MN Admission Requirements page.


    Electronic or Scanned Transcript

    You will be asked to submit both an electronic copy of your transcript as well as an official paper transcript.

    You are required to upload one electronic or scanned transcript from each post secondary institution you have attended to the online application so that we may assess your file immediately. Scanned copies of transcripts must be up to date and must include the transcript “legend,” which is usually printed on the back of the paper transcript.

    Technical Requirements

    • Please scan your transcript in grayscale at the lowest dots per inch (dpi) setting that results in a legible document. We recommend 72 dpi whenever possible.
    • The file must be in PDF format. Image files, such as those in .jpg or .bmp formats, must be converted to PDF before uploading.
    • The file size of each scanned transcript file to be uploaded must not exceed 3 MB.
    • If your transcript is double-sided, please be sure to scan the front and back of each page.
    • The transcript legend (usually printed on the back of a paper transcript) must appear at least once for every scanned transcript submitted.
    • Scanned documents must be clearly legible and print on standard CDN/US 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper.
    • Do not upload a document that is password-protected or that contains macros.
    • University of Toronto students may submit a screen capture of their academic history from the Student Web Service of ROSI in place of a transcript. However, if you have attended multiple institutions, the other universities’ transcripts (with legend) must still be included in the file in chronological order.

    Official Transcript(s)

    You will be asked to submit both an electronic copy of your transcript as well as an official paper transcript.  In addition to uploading a copy of your transcript, you should also order your transcript(s) from each university you have attended. Transcripts must be received by the Faculty of Nursing in an official envelope that is sealed and signed by the issuing institution across the seal. You may include a one-page cover letter to support your application if you believe the marks you received do not reflect your performance due to extenuating circumstances. Only in the case of University of Toronto transcripts, applicants may submit a ROSI print-out of grades rather than an official University of Toronto transcript.


    English Proficiency Test Results

    International applicants must submit a copy of their English proficiency test scores. Applications with unsatisfactory test scores will not be assessed. This requirement should be met at the time you submit your application.


    Award Application

    MN applicants who submit the SGS online application by the deadline are encouraged to submit the award application. The award application is a supplementary, online application form. To be considered for awards, students must submit both the application for admission and the award application by the deadline. You will be directed to the award application from the SGS application site or you can access it directly from our Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing site.


    Interviews

    An interview with the Admissions Committee may be required.  If this is the case, we will contact you by email to arrange for an in-person interview or, if this is not possible, an interview by telephone.  Interviews typically take place from February to July.

  • How to submit official transcripts and other documents required

    U of T Transcripts

    Only in the case of University of Toronto transcripts, applicants may upload and submit a ROSI print-out of grades rather than an official University of Toronto transcript.

    You will be asked to submit both an electronic copy of your grades from ROSI (a print-out or legible screen capture) as well as a hard copy of your grades printed from ROSI. This only applies to University of Toronto transcripts. If you have attended other institutions as well, you will need to submit official transcripts from those institutions.

    You may include a one-page cover letter to support your application if you believe your marks do not reflect your performance due to extenuating circumstances. Please upload the cover letter with your electronic transcript.

    NB: (a) If you have an academic record at the University of Toronto prior to September 1998, you will need to order a U of T transcript as we are unable to access your grades on ROSI. (b) You are required to arrange official transcripts from the School of Continuing Studies (SCS), University of Toronto to be sent directly to the Faculty. The Faculty does not have access to records of the School of Continuing Studies.


    All Other Transcripts

    You will be asked to submit BOTH an electronic copy of your transcript as well as an official paper transcript.

    1. You are required to upload one electronic or scanned transcript from each post secondary institution you have attended to the online application so that we may assess your file immediately. Scanned copies of transcripts must be up to date and MUST include the transcript “legend,” which is usually printed on the back of the paper transcript.You may include a one-page cover letter to support your application if you believe the marks you received do not reflect your performance due to extenuating circumstances. Please upload the cover letter with your electronic transcript.
    2. You should also order your transcript(s) from each university you have attended. Transcripts must be received in an official envelope that is sealed and signed by the issuing institution across the seal.Please mail to:

    Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing
    MN Admissions
    155 College Street
    Toronto, ON
    M5T 1P8


    Proof of English Facility

    English proficiency test scores can be submitted directly by the Test Centre to the School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto.

    Alternately, test results can be sent directly to:

    Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing
    MN Admissions
    155 College Street
    Toronto, ON
    M5T 1P8

    Please refer to the School of Graduate Studies website for details around our institutional code number, acceptable tests, and minimum score requirements.


    Additional Documents

    International and internationally-educated applicants may have to submit additional documents such as English translations of academic records and copies of original degree diploma. Please refer to International Students and International Student Resources for details. Additional documents should be sent to:

    Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing
    MN Admissions
    155 College Street
    Toronto, ON
    M5T 1P8


    How to ensure documents have been received

    References
    You can login to your application to check the status of your references. Once your referee submits his/her recommendation, you will be able to see that it has been received.  Remember, it is up to you to ensure that you submit the correct contact information for your referee.  It is also up to you to ensure your referee submits his/her recommendation by the application deadline.

    Transcripts
    Once we have received your official transcript(s), we will confirm receipt in your application within 48 hours. Login to your SGS application to ensure your transcript has been received.

    Additional documents
    If you submit additional documents such as English Facility results, we will confirm receipt of the documents in your SGS application.  Login to your SGS application to ensure receipt.

  • How to prepare for entry to the MN program once you have received an offer of admission:

    Accepting the offer of Admission

    You will receive your offer of admission by mail and by email. You can use either copy to respond to the offer. To accept our admission offer you need to do two things:

    (1) Complete and return the School of Graduate Studies Deposit Form (fax to 416-978-8222 OR scan and email to connect.nursing@utoronto.ca). We will email you to confirm receipt.

    (2) Return the Deposit Form along with your non-refundable tuition deposit of $500 to the Student Accounts Office within 4 weeks of the offer of admission. The deposit should be submitted to the address below:

    Student Accounts
    University of Toronto
    215 Huron Street, 3rd floor
    Toronto, ON M5S 1A2

    http://www.fees.utoronto.ca/site4.aspx

    You can check your account on ROSI to ensure the deposit has been received (usually takes a couple of weeks to be displayed).

    Clearing admission conditions

    If your offer of admission has conditions, these will be outlined in your offer letter. You are required to clear all conditions by the due date (usually August 31) indicated on your offer of admission letter. Failure to clear outstanding conditions may jeopardize your entry to the MN Program. Typically conditions will require that you submit a document (final transcript, letter, diploma) to show that you have fulfilled the condition. Please submit documents to MN Admissions, Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, 155 College Street, Toronto, ON, M5T 1P8.
    We will email you to confirm receipt of documents and to indicate the condition has been cleared.

    Immunization

    All newly admitted students are required to complete immunization forms before entering the MN program. In order to comply with the Public Hospitals Act, other legislation, and to meet the requirements of the students’ nursing practice placement settings, the immunization forms package must be completed in its entirety. Failure to do so can jeopardize your entry to the MN Program. Please refer to MN Immunization Forms for more information. Updated information and full details will be sent to newly admitted students via email.

    CNO Registration (or CNO equivalent if out of province)

    Each MN student must submit her/his valid CNO registration number to the Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, Clinical Assistant by August 1st. Each student must re-submit her/his valid CNO registration number to the Faculty on an annual basis.

    If you have been admitted to the MN-NP program and plan to complete your placements outside Ontario, please submit your provincial body’s RN registration details in lieu of a CNO registration number.

    Please submit documents c/o Clinical Assistant:
    Fax: 416-978-8222
    Mail: Clinical Assistant, Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, 155 College Street, Toronto, ON, M5T 1P8

    For information on CNO registration, visit: http://www.cno.org/

    ROSI

    You can access ROSI as soon as you have accepted your offer of admission. To log in for the first time, you will need your student number, which is located on your Offer of Admission letter. Visit the ROSI home page for instructions on logging in for the first time and setting up a password.

    Take some time to explore ROSI. ROSI is where you will do many important things including enrol in courses, monitor your student financial account, print your tuition invoice, and obtain tax documents.

    https://www.rosi.utoronto.ca/main.html

    TCard, UT email and UTORid

    Your TCard is your University of Toronto student card and is your key to many services and activities at the University and off-campus. Once you have obtained your TCard, you will be able to set-up your UT email account and you will be assigned a UTORid.

    TCard Office: http://www.utoronto.ca/TCard/

    Fees, Registration, and Enrolment

    A breakdown of your tuition and supplementary fees for the coming year is typically posted in ROSI in mid to late July. You can login to ROSI to monitor your student account and to print out your tuition invoice, once it is available.

    You are considered registered as soon as you have paid tuition and incidental fees or have requested to register without payment (i.e. fee deferral). For information on registering without payment (i.e. fee deferral), visit the Graduate Fees section of the SGS website.

    Full details on enrolling in courses will be emailed to all students by the Registrar.

    Paying your tuition

    You should login to ROSI and print out your invoice. For instructions on making your tuition payment, consult the Student Accounts page.

    Orientations

    School of Graduate Studies (SGS): SGS usually holds an orientation session during the first week of September. SGS will email you with full details over the summer.

    All newly admitted MN students: The Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing hosts a half-day orientation session which is usually held during the first week of September. Full details will be emailed to new students over the summer.

    Newly admitted Nurse Practitioner (NP) students: All NP students attend a mandatory residency and orientation which is typically held for the 4 days (Tuesday to Friday from 8am to 6pm) following the Labour Day Monday holiday. Full details will be emailed to NP students over the summer.

  • Master of Nursing: Frequently Asked Questions

    GPA Calculation

    What is the grade average required to be competitive to enter the MN Program?

    The minimum grade average required is a mid-B (3.0 GPA or 75%) in the final year of study of your BScN. However, the MN program is highly competitive. Most successful applicants have a grade average of at least B+ or higher in the final year.

    I am in my final year of study and grades for my final year will not be available until May. Which courses will be considered for my grade average?

    Completed courses of your most recent year of studies (usually fall term courses of year four, summer courses – if any, and winter courses for your previous year) will be considered for grade average calculation at the time of our admissions review. The Admissions Office will recalculate your final year average when you submit final transcripts with all completed grades.


    Prerequisite Courses

    I have not yet taken a statistics course. Can I still apply to the MN program?

    Yes. You will need to provide proof that you are registered in an approved Statistics course at the time of application. You will also need to provide proof of successful completion of the course prior to entering the program in the fall.


    References

    Can a TA be considered as an academic referee?

    Usually no. Your academic reference should come from a university professor/lecturer who taught you and graded your written work during your previous degree and who can speak to your academic abilities.

    Can a Preceptor or Clinical Instructor be considered as an academic referee?

    Usually no. Your academic reference should come from a university professor/lecturer who taught you and graded your written work during your previous degree and who can speak to your academic abilities.

    I have been out of school for a while. Can I submit two professional references instead of one academic reference and one professional reference?

    No. You will want to make sure you have at least one referee who can speak to your academic abilities. Ultimately the choice is up to you but, ideally, an academic reference will come from a professor who taught you during your previous degree, even if that was years ago.

    If you request a letter from a former professor, you may want to put together a package of information as that person may need to be reminded of who you are and of your abilities. You might include the following documents:

    • Grades (unofficial transcript is fine)
    • CV
    • Statement of interest (so the referee knows what you’re applying to and what your goal/intent is)
    • Piece of work that the referee has graded

    Don’t be embarrassed to request a letter years after you graduate, but DO provide the referee with information about yourself.

    Can I submit multiple academic references and professional references?

    Please don’t. Only one academic reference and one professional reference are required. Please work to have the best academic and best professional references rather than multiple references.


    Admission Offers

    When will I be notified whether I am admitted to the program?

    We will start issuing admission offers as early as the end of March until the end of June on an ongoing basis.

    Is there a waiting list? When will students be notified if they are placed on a waiting list?

    Students who have been waitlisted will be notified by the end of June. Waitlisted students will be contacted from July until early September if there are spots available for them.

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