Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing

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New BScN Student

Congratulations on your achievements and welcome to the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto.

This web page is dedicated to providing you with information on what you can expect from the time of offer of admission to registration in your courses this fall.  This web page will be updated throughout the spring and summer.  Please bookmark this page and visit us often.  We will also send you reminder emails throughout the spring and summer.

Click on the + on each step for complete information. 

Steps for New Students
Important Dates
International Students
Accessibility & Health
Announcements & FAQs
  • Steps for New Students

    Year 1 BScN Nursing Student Checklist

    Step 1: Accept your offer of admission
    To accept an admission offer, please complete all of the following steps:

    1.Log into JOIN U of T site to accept the offer by the  deadline indicated in your official offer.

    2. Submit a non-refundable tuition deposit of $500.00 via credit card in Canadian funds, by the payment deadline indicated in your official offer to secure your spot.

    Step 2: Review important dates
    There are a number of important dates that you should be aware of such as the start and end dates for academic terms, etc.  Please refer to the important dates tab at the top of the page.
    Step 3: Gather documents for your student preparedness permit
    A Student Preparedness Permit is a record that confirms you have submitted valid documentation to indicate your readiness to undertake our Nursing educational program, including your police record check, immunization records, CPR certification, etc. The due date to submit documents to our Faculty is August 11, 2023.

    All requirements must be met and valid for the full duration of the academic year until the end of June for students to be enrolled. We urge you to time your immunizations and certifications to ensure they are valid until June 30th. Please read about the Immunization Common Errors and FAQs_Rev. May 2023 that can cause your immunization record to be rejected. All documents need to be official and in English (translations should be certified/notarized). Students should initiate their police record check, specifically the Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS) check during the last week of June or first week of July to ensure that the check is valid until the end of the academic year – June 30th. Please note there can be lengthy wait times for some police services. Toronto residents are required to obtain a form prior to initiating the VSS check with the Toronto Police Service.  A Student Placement Co-ordinator will send this form to students who are Toronto residents in mid-June.

    The Faculty of Nursing uses Verified by Synergy Gateway, a secure web portal for students to submit their documents. Students have the advantage of keeping their documents all in one place to avoid lost items. This secure login-based online system allows students to view their files, book the dates when their files will be reviewed, check the status of their files, and receive reminders for any upcoming expiry dates. An initial fee will be required, and additional charges will apply for any incomplete files. All personal information collected is protected under FIPPA.
    Step 4: Clear any outstanding conditions
    If your offer of admission has conditions, these are outlined in your offer letter. You are required to clear all conditions by the due date indicated on your offer of admission letter. Failure to clear outstanding condition(s) may jeopardize your entry to the BScN Program.
    Step 5: Look for student housing
    While many of our students live at home, many also live on their own near campus. If you are looking for housing on or near campus, start your search with a visit to the Student Housing website.
    Step 6: Finance your studies
    There are a number of other funding opportunities available to BScN students from government student aid, such as OSAP to nursing organizations/associations.   For more information about educational grants, bursaries, and scholarships available to nurses in Ontario, please click here. We will send email alerts throughout the year as award & bursary opportunities become available.
    Step 7: Obtain your TCard and UT Email
    At the University of Toronto the “TCard” serves as both a student card and library card. When the TCard is issued, your UTORid will be issued at the same time. Your UTORid allows you to access various web based services, including your email account and the University’s student portal and learning management system (Quercus). Students must activate their UTORids in order to access these services and course information hosted on the portal. For information on how to activate your UTORid, please refer to the UTORid website.

    Visit the TCard Office website on how to obtain your UTORid online starting June, 2022.  When the University reopens, you will be required to visit the TCard office in person to obtain your TCard and to provide documentation to validate your legal status in Canada.

    Step 8: Pay your tuition
    Registration in the program is completed when the tuition payment has been made and students have obtained a student preparedness permit.  Tuition payment can be made when the fee invoice is issued in mid-July. Full details on fees and registration will be sent out to new students in July.
    Step 9: Attend orientation
    Mandatory BScN Orientation will be held online Sept 9th, 10-4pm. Details have been emailed to first year students, if you have any questions please email
  • Important Dates

    Undergraduate program sessional dates (2020-2021 – Subject to Change)

    Day Month Date Activity
    M July 1 Canada Day holiday
    M&T July 20&21 Pre-orientation (for Entry year)
    S August 1 Due Date: Entry Year students – submission of immunization form, proof of BCLS certification, record of Police Check, etc.
    M August 3 Civic Holiday – University closed
    M August 24 Deadline to register in the program
    M September 7 Labour Day – University closed
    TBD Mask Fitting Testing Date(s)
    W September 9 Orientation for Entry Year BScN students (Mandatory)
    Th September 10 Student-led orientation for Entry Year BScN students
    M September 14 Fall Session (F) classes begin.
    TBD Fall Session Clinical Placement Start Date(s)
    M September 30 Payment deadline for unpaid fall term tuition in order to avoid service charges
    M October 12 Thanksgiving holiday – University closed
    M-F October 26-30 Fall Reading Week (Entry Year and Senior Year)
    November TBD Fall Convocation – BScN Class of 2020
    Sa November 30 Payment deadline for unpaid winter term tuition in order to avoid service charges (for those not receiving OSAP)
    F December 11 Classes end
    M-F December 14-18 Examination week
    M December 23 Winter break begins – University closed until January 1, 2021 inclusive
    M January 4 University reopens
    M January 4 Winter Session (S) Classes Begin
    M January 4 Entry Year Clinical Courses Begin – Rotation 1
    F January 31 Payment deadline for unpaid winter term tuition in order to avoid service charges (for those receiving OSAP)
    M February 15 Family Day holiday – University closed
    F February 19 Entry Year Clinical Courses End – Rotation 1
    M-F February 22-26 Reading Week (Entry Year)
    M March 1 Entry Year Clinical Courses Begin – Rotation 2
    Th April 1 Most Winter Classes end
    F April 2 Good Friday-University closed
    F April 16 Entry Year Clinical Courses End – Rotation 2
    M-F April 19-23 Spring Break Week for Entry Year
    M April 26 Entry Year Clinical Courses Begin – Rotation 3
    M May 24 Victoria Day – University Closed
    F June 11 Entry Year Clinical Courses End – Rotation 3
    M-F June 14-18 Entry Year Examination Week
  • International Students

    The Faculty of Nursing welcomes international students. To help you prepare for your arrival, please visit the University of Toronto websites for new international students and the Centre for International Experience.

  • Contacts

    Name Role Email Address Roles
    Nadine Janes Undergraduate Program Director Email Academic advising
    Shan Mohammed Year 1 Coordinator Email Academic advising
    Lesley Mak Assistant Dean, Registrarial and Student Services Email Registration and enrolment
    Shahryer Ahmed Associate Director, Recruitment and Admissions Email Admissions and Recruitment
    Angela Ho Awards Officer Email Financial aid
    Marisa Covello Undergraduate Program Assistant Email Program support
    Elena Luk  Director – Clinical Education Office Email Clinical Education
    Kong Ng Student Placement Coordinator Email Police Record Check, CPR, mask-fit testing, HSPnet, Synergy
    Sharon Lee Student Placement Coordinator Email Police Record Check, CPR, mask-fit testing, HSPnet, Synergy
    Kavita Kandhai & Leah Westgate Practicum Placement and Professional Development Officers Email Immunization
  • Accessibility & Health

    If you had academic or clinical accommodations during a previous degree or have a documented issue that requires academic or clinical accommodations currently, please register with Accessibility Services as soon as you have accepted your offer of admission and no later than July 14, 2021. These services tend to get very busy in September. Academic accommodations might include, for example, extra time for papers or exams.

    If you will require ongoing appointments with a physician, psychologist, or psychiatrist, and you do not have care in Toronto, please contact the university’s Health & Wellness services to schedule an appointment. These services tend to get very busy as well once the academic year begins.

    Students also have access to counselling services on-site at the Faculty of Nursing through an Embedded Wellness Counsellor. The Counsellor will offer brief counselling services to student tailored to the challenges presented by university life. The focus of counselling is on strengths, resiliency, and skills-building.  Students can call Health & Wellness at 416-978-8030 if they have any questions or wish to book/reschedule an appointment

  • Announcements & FAQs

    Check back here frequently for news & announcements!

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    All U of T students are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Please see our COVID19 Information page for more details.

    If I provide my health immunization information to UofT, can I assume they will share this information with all my practicum placements?

    No, the Faculty of Nursing does not share personal information, such as health records or date of birth to practicum agencies. The Faculty of Nursing checks annually to ensure students are fit for practicum but individual agencies reserve the right to have students complete their own agency-specific forms. In some cases, the agency will ask the Faculty of Nursing to confirm that the student has been vetted. In most cases, students will need to submit their own information to the agency where they are placed for practicum.

    Am I exempt from the TB test if I am considered low risk status?

    We do not waive the TB requirement for students. It is required to ensure students meet the requirements of our teaching hospitals and other jurisdictions. Some regions may vary in their requirements but we do our best to ensure students are eligible for practicum in as many locations as possible.

    Can I attach lab results to the University of Toronto’s immunization form and leave sections blank for Synergy’s evaluation?

    All health information must be consolidated on our health template form. Synergy will not accept blank sections of the form.

    Police Record Checks

    If I live in Toronto, do I need to come on campus to pick up a Toronto Police Record request form?

    Student Placement Coordinators will mail this form to students who are Toronto residents in mid-June.

    Will I need another police record check while in the program?

    The Faculty of Nursing requires students to submit an updated police record check (vulnerable sector screening) by August 11th, 2023. In some cases, the agency where the student is placed may ask for a more recent police record check. Students are expected to comply with agency-specific requirements.

    I am out of town and I received my results for a vulnerable sector screening police record check end of November last year. Will this be accepted?

    We would not accept your police record check valid until November. It is in your best interest to request an expedited service for Toronto Police Record check when you return end of July to meet our August 11th, 2023 deadline.

    Where can I get a letter on U of T letterhead stating that I require a vulnerable sector screening for program requirements?

    Students can contact Kong Ng, Student Placement Coordinator, Undergraduate Program (


    Do I need CPR Level C + AED certification or CPR HCP for my student preparedness permit?

    The CPR requirement for the entry into our nursing program is just Basic BCLS Level C.  Some agencies only offer Basic Level C but some offer with a combination of BCLS C with AED (automated external defibrillator) or HCP (Health Care Provider).  If you can find an agency that offers Basic Level C, please go ahead and register with them or else Basic Level C with either AED or HCP is fine.  We do not require to First Aid.  Either course CPR C + AED certification or CPR HCP certification would satisfy our requirement.

    Mask-Fit Testing

    I heard there is mandatory mask-fit testing for new BScN students. Where can I get information on when this will occur?

    Mandatory on-campus mask-fitting sessions will occur throughout a designated day. BScN students will need to book themselves into an available timeslot for when they can have their session. All payments are made in advance online. More information will be sent to BScN students in the summer and will be posted here on this website once plans are finalized.

    General Questions

    Are there other hospital/agency requirements that I need to know about prior to starting practicum placements?

    Many agencies will ask students to complete confidentiality forms, IT security clearance, and other forms 4-6 weeks prior to the start of practicum. Students should check their UofT email messages to ensure they do not miss this crucial step or they may be prevented from starting practicum. Students should also visit the website of the organization where they are placed to seek out the links to importation orientation materials.

    How do I get my documents translated into English? The onus is on the student to have certified translated documents. You can do a web search for various certified translation services in Toronto (or other cities).

    I was on a leave of absence, why do I need to meet the same student preparedness requirements as new first-year students? Any student who previously started our program and is returning from a leave of absence will need to update his/her information i.e. immunization, police record check, CPR, etc. by August 11,2023. 


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