Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN)
- Program Overview
- Admission Requirements
- Admission Review
- Program Requirements
- Year 1 Courses
- Year 2 Courses
Program Overview & Objectives
The University of Toronto, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing’s full-time, two-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) program opens the door to a long and rewarding career in health care. The Faculty of Nursing has a long history of educating nurses at the baccalaureate level and is renowned internationally for its educational programs and the quality of nursing research conducted by its faculty members.
Graduates of the program will be:
- Prepared to practice nursing safely, competently and ethically.
- Able to effectively collaborate within an interprofessional team to provide nursing care.
- Able to incorporate principles of equity and social justice in practice.
- Able to promote the health of individuals, groups and communities.
- Able to establish effective interpersonal and therapeutic relationships with clients.
- Able to critically examine, synthesize and evaluate knowledge to provide effective nursing care.
Content in the program is focused on the theory, research, and practice relevant to the care of patients. In the fall of the first year, several areas will be studied: health and assessment skills, therapeutic communication, discipline and professional issues, and concepts of health across the lifespan. Students will address the developmental needs of healthy families, children, and elders. Clinical practice will take place in hospital and community settings. In the second term, students will concentrate on the pathophysiology and care of individuals experiencing acute illnesses that require hospitalization. Practice will occur in paediatric and adult medical-surgical units. In the third term, students will focus on the nursing care of clients living in the community with chronic or disabling conditions. In addition, they will take courses in nutrition, medical microbiology, and nursing research, one per term.
In the second year of the program — in addition to taking the courses: Professionalism and Politics and Advanced Nursing Theory — students will take two consecutive seminars that integrate theory, research and clinical practice. The first concentrates on the complexity of persistent illnesses, and the second focuses on primary health care. In preparation for independent practice after graduating, students will undertake a four-month, continuous integrative clinical practicum at the end of the program.
End of Second Year – non-credit elective
To be eligible to enter the BScN program, applicants must have completed at least ten (10) university full-course equivalents prior to admission, with at least a mid-B (approximately 75% or 3.0 GPA) average in the final year of study, or the last five (5) full-course equivalents of their university education. Of the ten (10) courses, a maximum of six (6) courses can be at the 100-level.
One full-course equivalent in Human Physiology:
Human physiology courses must cover ALL of the following systems:
Please download the Human Physiology Equivalency List (PDF) for more information.
This course must be completed at the university level. Please note an online course, SCS 2159 Basic Human Physiology offered by the Department of Physiology and the School of Continuing Studies, University of Toronto, can be completed to fulfill the Human Physiology requirement. Please refer to the School of Continuing Studies for details.
One Full-Course equivalent in Life Sciences or Physical Sciences:
Examples include Anatomy, Biology, Immunology, Pathology, Psychology, Astronomy, Chemistry, Geology, Physics, and Physical Geography. This course must be completed at the university level. A half course in Anatomy is strongly recommended. Please note that out of the one (1) full course equivalent in Life Sciences OR Physical Sciences, only a half course (0.5) can be taken in Psychology.
One Full-Course Equivalent in Social Sciences:
Examples include Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Women’s Studies. This course must be completed at the university level. Please note that out of the one (1) full course equivalent in Social Sciences, only a half course (0.5) can be taken in Psychology.
One Full-Course Equivalent in Humanities:
Examples include Art, Cinema, Classics, Drama, English, History, Literature, Philosophy, and Religion. This course must be completed at the university level. Please note that language courses are normally not considered as acceptable prerequisite courses in humanities. Please refer to our FAQ section in How to Apply for details.
One Half-Course in Statistics:
Statistics courses must cover ALL of the following topics:
- Descriptive Statistics
- Measures of Central Tendency
- Sampling & Distribution
- Hypothesis Testing
- Significance Level
- Chi-Square Test
- Non-Parametric Statistics
- Analysis of Variance (ANOVA)
- Inferences from Two Samples (t-tests)
- Probability & Probability Distributions
Read the Statistics-Equivalency-List (PDF) for more information.
Each prerequisite course must be completed with at least 60% or C-. NB: The BScN program is highly competitive. Meeting minimum admission requirements does not ensure admission to the program.
Prerequisite course information must be submitted online at the BLOOMBERG NURSING Supplementary Application. Please refer to BScN Application Guide under How to Apply for information.
Personal Statement, Letters of Reference & Personal Interview
Applicants are required to provide:
- A personal statement, which articulates their goals, knowledge of nursing and thoughts on health care
- One (1) academic reference
- One (1) work- related reference for admissions assessment
Your Personal Statement and Letters of Reference must be submitted online at the BLOOMBERG NURSING Supplementary Application. Please refer to BScN How to apply for more information.
If English is not your first language, please read English Facility Requirements.
A personal interview may be required.
Requisite Skills and Abilities for nursing practice in Ontario
Please also review the document on Requisite Skills and Abilities for nursing practice in Ontario prior to application.
The Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing is committed to admit candidates with the potential to become outstanding nurses who will make a difference in health care.
The selection of candidates is made through a careful and thorough process by the Admission Committee. This process ensures that students offered admission to the BScN program have a history of involvement in extramural or community activities, the potential for high academic achievement, and the capacity to be successful in a program focused on the care of others. The faculty welcomes qualified candidates from diverse backgrounds. Applications are encouraged from visible minorities, persons from Aboriginal ancestry, and persons with disabilities.
In determining an admission decision to the BScN program, the Admission Committee will look into various factors including academic and non-academic achievement.
A successful candidate typically has:
- High academic standing with a GPA of B+ or greater in the final year of the bachelor’s degree;
- Broad knowledge of diverse disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, and life sciences;
- Satisfactory grades in all prerequisite courses;
- Excellent relevant references;
- A personal statement that conveys enthusiasm and commitment to nursing; and,
- A strong track record in community involvement, volunteerism and other relevant experiences.
The Admission Committee reviews applications from March until June. Admission decisions are issued in different stages from late March until the end of June. All applicants will hear from us via email no later than June 30. Please note that only complete applications will be reviewed by the Admission Committee. Late applications will not be considered.
All undergraduate courses are compulsory. Withdrawal from any course in the BScN Program requires special permission and could jeopardize your ability to complete the Program. Please contact the Student Services, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing.
Lectures /Seminar (hrs/wk): 6 (+ 2 hours of online learning per week)
Clinical/ Lab (hrs/wk): 2
Course equivalence (for calculating yearly average): 1.0
- NUR351H1 Introduction to the Discipline and Profession of Nursing
- NUR360Y1 Nursing Perspectives in Health and Wellness Through the Lifespan
For a complete course table, please refer to the Year 1 courses.
For those courses with a clinical nursing practice component the evaluation of clinical performance is on a “PASS/FAIL” basis. In order to pass the course, the student must pass both the clinical and classroom components of the course. Normally students will receive a verbal mid-term evaluation and a written final evaluation of their clinical performance from the clinical instructor. Students who are identified at the mid-term point as being at risk of failing clinical practice will receive a written mid-term evaluation. Students whose performance is unsatisfactory at any time after the midpoint of the clinical experience, will also be informed in writing.
For a complete course table, please refer to the Year 2 courses.
Year 1 Courses
Note: Y denotes 1.0 Full Course Equivalent (FCE) and H denotes 0.5 FCE
Course Code Course Name Description Clinical Placement Areas of Practice NUR350Y1 Introduction to Nursing Practice This course provides an introduction to the practice of nursing. Consideration is given to caring for individuals of different ages, ethnicity and gender in a variety of clinical contexts. This course has three sections: health assessment and appropriate diagnostic interventions, relational skills as central to nursing practice, and therapeutic nursing skills relevant to each system. Content from this course integrates with the content learned in NUR351H and NUR360Y. It is an expectation that knowledge gained in this course is applied to clinical settings. NUR351H1 Introduction to the Discipline and Profession of Nursing This course will provide an introduction to the theoretical and ethical foundations of the discipline of nursing and the place of nursing within health care. It will focus on the way in which the profession of nursing is organized as part of the Canadian health care system and on helping the student reflect on the development of an identity as a professional. Issues related to caring for individuals and families will be highlighted through discussions and videos and nursing readings in professional literature, ethics, interpersonal theory, and feminism. NUR360Y1 Nursing Perspectives in Health and Wellness through the Lifespan In this course, you will begin to understand nursing care for two different patient populations: childbearing women and older persons. You will be introduced to institutional and community health care settings where you will begin to engage in clinical practice. You will cultivate related knowledge, skills and attitudes grounded in evidence and theory based literature, clinical case knowledge, and experiential learning with an emphasis on Knowledge-to-Practice translation. In Lifespan 1, you will learn about person-centred nursing care of childbearing women and their families with a focus on the postpartum and neonatal periods. You will explore topics such as social, cultural and institutional contexts of maternity care; healthy physiological and psychological changes in pregnant, labouring, and postpartum women as well as an understanding of the childbirth, postpartum, and newborn feeding and care experience. In Lifespan 2, you will learn about older persons and their families. You will explore the concepts of healthy aging; aging in place and senior friendly environments. Other topics include normal physiological changes of aging, geriatric syndromes including frailty, functional decline and cognitive impairment; caregiving relationships within families as well as in health care institutions, the community and acute care settings. Lifespan 1- Maternal Child: Postpartum
Lifespan 2 - Older Adult Care: Complex Continuing Care, Geriatric Rehabilitation
NUR370Y1 Pathophysiology and Pharmaco-Therapeutics: Relevance to the Nursing Practice The focus of this course is the study of the pathogenesis of common disease processes and their impact on health outcomes. Alternations in normal body functions leading to disease and the response by the individual to the disease process will be presented within a framework of pathophysiologic concepts. A systematic way of examining disease process, physiological changes including signs and symptoms, nursing implications and interventions, and pharmaco-therapeutic interventions will be studied. The focus of this course is the study of the pathogenesis of common disease processes and their impact on health outcomes. Alternations in normal body functions leading to disease and the response by the individual to the disease process will be presented within a framework of pathophysiologic concepts. A systematic way of examining disease process, physiological changes including signs and symptoms, nursing implications and interventions, and pharmaco-therapeutic interventions will be studied. It is not the intention to comprehensively address most diseases and conditions typically encountered in adult and pediatric care settings but to highlight common illnesses in order to provide students with a framework from which to organize knowledge application within any specialty area. NUR371Y1 Introduction to Acute Care Nursing: Adults In this course students will be introduced to acute care medical surgical nursing practice. Content in this course is presented within a framework of evidence based practice which recognizes that research is the basis for knowledge development. By explicitly demonstrating the relevance of conscientious and judicious use of current evidence in making decisions in acute nursing care settings, students will gain an understanding of a key professional value shaping problem solving in clinical situations. Relevant nursing care knowledge is presented within a nursing process framework. Caring, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills are emphasized. Students will have the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge and nursing therapeutic skills at a novice/beginner level while working with patients and their families in the adult care setting. Acute Care Adult: General Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Cardiology,
Nephrology, Orthopedic Surgery
NUR372Y1 Identity, Difference and Mental Health Nursing This course will introduce students to some of the basic concepts and issues in mental health nursing in the context of illness, identity and difference. Because the creation and recreation of identity is so central to individuals living with illness and disability, a primarily focus of this course is on the exploration of relationships between identity, illness, disability and care in both hospital and the community. The course will use an identity and difference framework as a means of reinforcing the idea that persistent illness and disability can be understood from the perspective of the individual and the varieties of experiences s/he encounters, within a context comprised of both friendly and supportive, as well as hostile and detrimental, factions. Mental Health: Early Psychosis, Law and Mental Health, Mood and Anxiety, Geriatric Psychiatry
NUR373Y1 Introduction to Nursing Care of Children and Families In this course, students will be introduced to medical and surgical paediatric nursing practice. The course is structured around the principles of family-centred care and development theory, which are embedded in every topic and significantly influence paediatric nursing practice.
The nursing process is utilized as the organizing framework for nursing knowledge and skills and to describe nursing management. Concepts that are common to many hospitalized children such as pain management, shock, fluid and electrolyte balance, respiratory distress and the surgical experience are addressed, as well as priority nursing assessments and interventions associated with common diseases. Respiratory distress and the surgical experience are addressed as well as priority nursing assessments and interventions associated with common disease. Students will be supported in both the classroom and clinical setting to develop their critical thinking, problem-solving skills and their caring approach with children and families. Ethical concerns related to paediatric nursing practice are also considered. Students will have the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge and nursing therapeutic skills at a novice/beginner level while working with children and their families in hospital settings.
Acute Care Child: Orthopedics/Otolaryngology, General Surgery, Neurosurgery and Trauma, General Pediatrics, Infectious Diseases,
Respiratory Medicine, Complex Continuing Care, Brain Injury Rehabilitation Therapy, Specialized Orthopedic and Developmental Rehabilitation
NUR390H1 Introduction to Community Health: Nursing Perspectives This course introduces students to community health perspectives which guide community health nursing practice in Canada and internationally. The dominant community health framework underpinning this course is primary health care (PHC) PHC is both a philosophy of health care and an organized framework to provide comprehensive health services to the population across the lifespan, practice settings, and continuums of care. Thus the key concepts that will be examined include: social determinants of health, health promotion, health literacy, disease prevention, capacity building, community health, social justice, and equity. In this course, students will utilize many of these concepts as they become familiar with the diverse settings for community health nursing practice. This course lays the theoretical groundwork for the senior year course in primary health care and community health nursing practice.
Year 2 Courses
Note: Y denotes 1.0 Full Course Equivalent (FCE) and H denotes 0.5 FCE
Course Code Course Name Description Clinical Placement Areas of Practice MPL202H1 Current Topics in Medical Microbiology This course introduces students to current research in the field of medical microbiology. Leading clinicians in the field of microbiology and infection control will lecture on topics such as viral hepatitis, AIDS, sepsis, tuberculosis, malaria, influenza, Norwalk and SARS. NUR410H1 Nursing and the Health-Care System: Policy, Ethics and Politics This course will provide students with an overview of the structure of the health care system at multiple levels, including national, international, provincial, regional/municipal, agency and nursing practice. We will examine current issues and challenges in the health care environment and the impact for patients, nursing practice and the nursing profession. The course is organized through 3 major themes: (a) health politics and policy; (b) health care organizations; and (c) legal and ethical aspects of practice. The overall goal of the course is to enable baccalaureate nursing students to comprehend complexities within the nursing practice environment and to consider ways in which they can apply political and policy skills to take action and demonstrate leadership in their practice and profession and ultimately as citizens. NUR420H1 Advanced Nursing Theory In NUR420, students will have the opportunity to critically reflect on the discipline and practice of nursing. Through a historical lens, we will examine the shifting context and practice of nursing. In particular, we will consider the forces that have shaped the profession. We will use theory to understand how nursing actualities are conditioned by a wide variety of social institutions including gender, science, technology, government and the economy. Moreover, we will use nursing narratives from different periods to move underneath concepts and interrogate the realities of an evolving practice. NUR430H1 Research and Scholarship in Nursing Nurses need to be knowledgeable consumers of research who are able to find, understand, critique and apply evidence in everyday nursing practice. This course focuses on the application and critical examination of the research process used in the development of nursing science. The link between nursing research and scholarship is emphasized through an understanding of the relationships between research, theory and practice. Critical analysis of the underlying paradigms and activities within qualitative and quantitative research will enable students to understand and appropriately integrate research into practice. NUR460Y1 Coping with Complexity in Persistent Illness Building on understanding from introductory courses in year one, in each section of NUR460, students will gain a deeper understanding of the complexity of challenges which are specific to selected age groups, health and persistent illness categories, institutional and home contexts. Classes will be in seminar format and students will have the opportunity to explore and critique issues that arise from the readings and how they relate to clinical practice and concurrent senior year courses. There are substantial clinical practice hours associated with this course which take place in a variety of clinical speciality areas under the supervision of a clinical instructor. In addition all students will participate in a number of simulation lab experiences. Complexity: Cardiology/Cardiovascular Surgery, Irritable Bowel Disease, Labor and Delivery, Neurotrauma/Neurosurgery, Oncology, Palliative Care
NUR461Y1 Primary Health Care: Nursing Perspectives This course introduces students to advanced theoretical and conceptual perspectives guiding Primary Health Care (PHC) nursing practice. It is designed to provide students with clinical practice skills caring for individuals, families, and communities within the context of PHC. Relevant theories, ethical issues, research findings, and the Community Health Nurses of Canada Standards of Practice will be critiqued and applied to practice. PHC is positioned as a sustainable foundation for health care reform locally and globally, and an organizing system for healthcare that supports partnerships, community activism/ advocacy, facilitating access and equity, and capacity building. Students will examine these issues from the perspective of population-health. The dynamic role of nursing and the importance of practicing collaboratively within the health care team and diverse populations will be emphasized. Community: Women Gender and Health, Family and Health, Migration and Health, Adults, Aging and Health, Aboriginal Health and Cultural Safety, Child and Youth Heath, Persistent Illness and Health, Mental Health, Home and Health NUR470Y1 Integrative Nursing Practicum This 10-week clinical course is intended to provide students with an opportunity to further develop their nursing knowledge and entry-to-practice competencies. The focus of practice will be on integration of theoretical understandings from entry and senior year courses to selected clinical practice area under the supervision of a preceptor and faculty advisor, including those competencies related to workload management and priority setting. The course will also assist students in preparation for registration exams. All previous program requirements must be successfully completed prior to beginning this final course. The course will run from mid-April to the end of June. Final Integrative Practicum