NursingWestern Health Sciences

Admission Requirements

Applicant priority shall be given first to Canadian citizens and permanent residents from Ontario, and second to Canadian citizens and permanent residents from other Canadian provinces. Special consideration may be given to a student supported by the Canadian Development Agency or a similar agency.

Be advised that enrolment in first year is limited and admission to each program at Western is competitive. No other supplemental application is requiredThe requirements described in this section are minimums required in order to be considered for admission and should be viewed as a guideline only. Western reserves the right to accept or deny applicants. A review of an admission decision may be requested provided that substantially new and significant information is supplied.

The application deadline for this program is February 15. Apply Now.

English Language Proficiency Requirements

The Undergraduate Admissions Office may require any applicant to write a test of English proficiency. Students applying for admission to undergraduate Nursing programs must satisfy ONE of the following criteria:

  1. English as a first language
  2. The required level of proficiency on an acceptable test of English language and an acceptable test of spoken English. The applicant is encouraged to write a test at the earliest possible date and at the latest before March in the year in which the student is applying for admission. Scores for any test written more than two years prior to applying may not be accepted.
Acceptable Tests and Scores:
  • TOEFL: 580 paper based; 237 computer-based and TSE (Test of Spoken English) 50 or greater; Internet-based-total score of 92-93, with 22-24 in writing, 26 in speaking, 20 in reading, and 20 in listening
  • MELAB: 90, with at least 4 on the oral interview
  • IELTS: 7, with at least 6.5 in reading and listening and at least 7 in writing and speaking

To learn more about admission requirements, please select an applicant status below that best suits your current situation.

Applicants Presenting the Ontario Grade 12 Diploma

Applicants must have a minimum of six U or M-level credits including:

REQUIRED - 65% in each of:

  • English ENG4U
  • Biology SBI4U
  • Chemistry SCH4U

and one of:

  • Functions and Applications MCF3M
  • Functions MCR 3U

Applicants with High School Standing from other Canadian Province

Applicants from other provinces in Canada are eligible to apply for admission on the basis of their Secondary School Diploma from their province if they have the appropriate prerequisite courses and meet the admission requirements of Western. All applicants from other provinces in Canada must have completed the following acceptable academic Grade 12 courses with a minimum of 65% in each:

  • English
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Math

Applicants are advised to review the admission requirements by province on the Welcome to Western website.

Aboriginal Access Admissions

The School of Nursing recognizes that Aboriginal Peoples are not adequately represented in the nursing profession and therefore welcomes their applications.

Eligible Aboriginal candidates may be admitted to the Western-Fanshawe Collaborative BScN program from one of two paths:

  1. Aboriginal candidates who have successfully completed the program's admission requirements, and whose admission average has met the annual program admission average as determined by the School of Nursing and the University's Admissions Office, will be considered for admission along with all other program applicants.
  2. Aboriginal candidates who have successfully completed the program's admission requirements, but whose overall average has NOT met the annual program admission average as determined by the School of Nursing and the University's Admissions Office, will be considered on a discretionary basis to fill four seats (two seats at the Western site and two seats at the Fanshawe College site) set aside for applicants in this latter category.

Applicants Currently Enrolled/Previously Attended University or other Post-Secondary Institutions

Entry to the Western-Fanshawe Collaborative BScN program is on a competitive basis. Applicants applying to transfer into or enter the nursing program are considered on the basis of their OSSD average and university or other post-secondary standing.

  • Students applying with one year of full-time university study must have achieved a minimum 70% overall average
  • Students having completed 2 or more full time years of university may be admitted on the basis of a minimum overall average of 70% in the final two years of study
  • Students applying from university with less than 10 full courses will require a 70% overall average on all university work completed.
  • Students applying from a community college, must have achieved an overall GPA of 2.5 in a completed program.

All students applying to the program must have completed the equivalent of the following senior secondary school courses with a minimum grade of 65% in each of:

  • English ENG4U
  • Biology SBI4U
  • Chemistry SCH4U

and one of:

  • Functions and Applications MCF3M
  • Functions MCR 3U

Fanshawe College's Pre-Health Science Certificate

Admission to the Fanshawe College Pre-Health Science program does not guarantee admission in a subsequent year to the Nursing program. Successful completion of the Fanshawe College Pre-Health Science program, however, does enable the student who lacks the requirements from secondary school, to be given consideration when applying for the Nursing program.

Students who are currently registered in the Fanshawe College Pre-Health Science program must successfully complete every course with a minimum grade of 'B' or higher in the Fanshawe College Pre-Health Science program by April 30, 2014 in order to be eligible for admission consideration.

Note: minimum final grade required in each course is 'B'

Only applicants with an Ontario College Certificate from the Fanshawe College Pre-Health Science Program will be considered for admission to the Nursing program in lieu of the stated secondary school requirements.

Applicants from another Ontario College of Applied Arts and Technology Pre-Health Science or Pre-Nursing program must have the stated secondary school requirements in order to be considered for admission.

Mature Applicants

Applicants will be considered for admission who:

  • Meet Western’s definition of mature applicant, and
  • Are able to demonstrate academic success within the last four (4) years by achieving a credit equivalent to the following Ontario secondary school courses, according to the general criteria at Western, with a minimum mark of 65% in each:

      • English ENG4U
      • Biology SBI4U
      • Chemistry SCH4U

    and one of:

    • Functions and Applications MCF3M
    • Functions MCR 3U