Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing

Master Programs

Application Process
Application Guide
Required Documents
FAQ
Prepare for Entry
Admission Awards
  • Master of Nursing Program Application Process

    For details about the Master of Nursing program, including admission requirements, visit the Master of Nursing Program.

    Important Dates for September 2019 Intake

    Applications for the September 2019 intake will open on November 1st, 2018. We encourage applicants to apply by the early January 15th, 2019 deadline in order to be considered for admission and awards. We will continue to accept applications for admission until April 30th, 2019.


    School of Graduate Studies (SGS) Online Admissions Application

    Applicants to the Master of Nursing (MN) program must complete the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) Online Admissions Application.


    Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing Entry Awards

    Applicants must complete BOTH the SGS Online Admissions and the Lawrence S. Bloomberg award applications by the January 15th deadline to be considered for admission and awards.


    Admission Interview

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


    Announcement

    Please note that admission to the NP Paediatric emphasis is offered in alternate years. We ARE offering an NP Paediatric admission in-take for fall 2019!

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    International Student Admission Award

    All international students accepted into our graduate programs in the 2019-2020 academic year are eligible for a $20,000 MN Admission Award.  Once you are accepted and registered into the program, the $20,000 award payment will go directly to your tuition fees.

  • How to prepare my application

    Letter of Intent

    Clinical Field and Health Systems Leadership and Administration (HSLA) Field:

    (1) In 200 words please describe your short and long-term career objectives and how they will be advanced by the MN degree.

    (2) In 200 words please describe how your previous health studies and experiences have led you to your choice of field of study (Clinical or HSLA) in the MN program.

    (3) In 200 words please outline any student, professional, or leadership contributions that are important for the Admissions Committee to know about.

    Nurse Practitioner Field:

    (1) In 200 words please describe how your previous health studies and clinical experiences have led you to pursue the NP program and influenced your choice of clinical focus (ie. Adult or Primary Health Care – Global Health).

    (2) In 200 words please describe your short and long-term career objectives and how they will be advanced by the Nurse Practitioner program.

    (3) In 200 words please outline what you hope to gain from your clinical placements.


    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 (post-secondary 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 write a paper using the guidelines below to submit as a sample of your scholarly work. Please use APA style when citing sources (Purdue OWL APA Guidelines).

    Applicants to the MN Clinical and HSLA fields:

    Domestic Applicants: In 500-750 words, describe the role/contribution of advanced practice nurses (APNs) in the Canadian healthcare system.

    International Applicants: In 500-750 words, describe what you would like to learn about the role/contribution of Master’s prepared nurses in the Canadian healthcare system.

    Applicants to the NP field:

    Domestic Applicants: In 500-750 words, describe the role/contribution of Nurse Practitioners (NPs) in the Canadian healthcare system.

    International Applicants: In 500-750 words, describe the role/contribution of Nurse Practitioners in the healthcare system where you see yourself employed at completion of the program.


    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).

    *Please note that admission to the NP Paediatric emphasis is offered in alternate years. We are offering the Paediatric emphasis during the 2019/2020 academic year and applications for this emphasis will open November 1, 2018.


    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. We will send them a Reference Form to complete and upload to your application.

    1. Academic Reference. Ideally your academic reference will come 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.

    If you are unable to obtain an academic reference from a previous professor, you can provide a reference from someone who has taught you in a continuing education course or someone you know professionally who can speak to your academic abilities (e.g., ability to carry out research and analysis, ability to express ideas in writing and orally, potential to master complex theories and ideas). You might approach someone like an advanced practice nurse or a senior figure in the nursing community whom you know through committee work or research work, etc.

    2. Professional Reference. Ideally your reference will come from a supervisor or manager 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.

    If you are unable to obtain a professional reference from supervisor/manager, you can provide a reference from someone you know professionally who can speak to your professional accomplishments (e.g., leadership, contribution to nursing, involvement in professional organizations). You might approach someone like an advanced practice nurse or a senior figure in the nursing community whom you know through committee work or research work, etc.


    Statistics Course Prerequisite Information

    As of the September 2019 in-take, applicants to our graduate programs are no longer required to have completed an introductory statistics course.


    Completion of Clinical Hours (NP applicants only)

    Applicants to the NP program must complete a minimum of 3,900 clinical hours as an RN by August 31, prior to beginning the program in September. As part of your application, you will complete a form indicating when and where you completed (or will complete) your clinical hours.


    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

    The Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing has a number of awards for incoming MN students. In order to be considered for Bloomberg MN Admission Awards, applicants must submit both of the following applications by January 15, 2019:

    • the SGS online admission application
    • the supplementary online Bloomberg Nursing award application

    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 June.

  • 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. If you need to change the contact information you entered for your referee(s), please contact us at connect.nursing@utoronto.ca with the correct information and we will be able to make the change.

    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.

  • 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.


    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.

    If you are unable to obtain an academic reference from a previous professor, you can provide a reference from someone who has taught you in a continuing education course or someone you know professionally who can speak to your academic abilities (e.g., ability to carry out research and analysis, ability to express ideas in writing and orally, potential to master complex theories and ideas). You might approach someone like an advanced practice nurse or a senior figure in the nursing community whom you know through committee work or research work, etc.

    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.

  • 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.

    Entry to Program Requirements: Synergy

    Every student is required to obtain a Student Preparedness Permit from the Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing Placement Office prior to starting the program each September. This involves completing and submitting a series of documents (i.e. police record check, immunization, CPR, etc.)

    Synergy provides our students a convenient and secure login-based online system for uploading and storing their documents. Students have the ability to book when their files can be reviewed and check the status of their files 24/7. Synergy offers our students a quick turnaround for assessment of documents and reminders for any upcoming expiry dates.

    Synergy will contact you by directly by email in the spring prior to beginning the program.

    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 Synergy. Each student must re-submit her/his valid CNO registration number to Synergy 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.

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

    ACORN

    You can access ACORN 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 ACORN home page for instructions on logging in for the first time and setting up a password.

    Take some time to explore ACORN. ACORN 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

    Fees, Registration, and Enrolment

    A breakdown of your tuition and supplementary fees for the coming year is typically posted in ACORN/ROSI in mid to late July. You can login to ACORN/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 ACORN 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.

  • A full listing of Bloomberg Nursing fellowships and awards available to graduate students is available by clicking here.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How are Faculty of Nursing admissions awards allocated to students?

    The Faculty of Nursing Admissions Committee assesses incoming student applications and assigns all awards.  Some awards are allocated based on academic achievement or merit, while others are allocated based on financial need.

    For example, half of our ~22 Schulich awards ($9,000 each) are given to students based on merit, and half are allocated based on student financial need.

    What programs are included?

    All incoming full-time Masters of Nursing (including Nurse Practitioner) students will receive an award.  Part-time Post Masters Nurse Practitioner Diploma students are not included in the program.

    Are international students eligible?

    Yes

    What awards are available?

    Click here to see a complete list of admission awards.

    When will I find out how much my admission award is?

    Notice of awards will be communicated in March 2019.

    Are students currently enrolled in the program eligible?

    No.  Only students starting the program in September 2019 are eligible for an admission award.

    Are part-time students eligible (e.g., Post Masters Nurse Practitioner Diploma)?

    No.  The award guarantee only applies to incoming full-time students.

    Questions?

    Please contact Angela Ho
    Student Financial Awards, Stewardship & Project Officer
    T. (416) 946-8165
    angelakp.ho@utoronto.ca

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