Admission Information

admissions

All students (excluding students already enrolled in other programs at Western) interested in this program must apply through the Ontario Universities' Application Centre. Enrolment in the program is limited and possession of the minimum requirements should not be viewed as a guarantee of admission. Aside from the requirements, no other supplemental application is required.

Application Information

Admission Requirements and/or Application Questions

If you have questions about admission requirements and/or your application, these questions should be directed to Western’s Undergraduate Admissions department at welcome@uwo.ca.

External Applicants

Students who are interested in this program must apply through the  Ontario Universities' Application Centre.

OUAC Program Codes:

  • ENW (Western)
  • ENF (Fanshawe)

How to Apply

Application Deadline: March 29, 2024

Applicants should carefully review the Admission Requirements further below. Application and admission questions, specific to your unique situation, that are not addressed in the admission information below, should be directed to  welcome@uwo.ca.

Internal Transfers

Current Western University students requesting to transfer to the Western-Fanshawe Collaborative BScN program must meet the education and prerequisite course requirements as outlined below. Casper is not required.

Intent to Register (ITR): Students have access to Western’s online ITR through Student Center under Academics > Program Status > Intent to Register Form.

ITR Timeframe: March 1 - April 1 (Transfer requests after this timeframe will not be considered)

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. The 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.

To learn more about admission requirements, please select an applicant status below that best suits your current situation. Supplemental requirements are outlined at the bottom of this page.

Admission Requirements

Applicants Presenting the Ontario Grade 12 Diploma

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

REQUIRED - 65% (75% beginning September 2025 application cycle) in each of:

  • English ENG4U
  • Biology SBI4U
  • Chemistry SCH4U

and one of:

  • Functions and Applications MCF3M
  • Functions MCR3U

NOTE: Grade 11 3U- and/or 3M-level courses may be required as prerequisites (however, they will not be used in the calculation of the admission average). Applicants not meeting the Grade 11 math requirement, will need a minimum of 65% (75% beginning September 2025 application cycle) in one Grade 12U-level math course.

Applicants should review the admission requirements for Ontario.

Applicants with High School Standing from other Canadian Provinces

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% (75% beginning September 2025 application cycle) in each:

  • English
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Math

Applicants should review the admission requirements by province.

Transfer from Another Western University Program

Current Western University students requesting to transfer to the Western-Fanshawe Collaborative BScN program. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Students must have the following to be considered for admission:

  • Students having completed two or more full time years of university must have a minimum overall average of 70% in the last 10 full courses completed
  • Students applying from university with less than 10 full courses must have a minimum 70% overall average on all university work completed
  • All students applying to the program must have completed the equivalent of the following Ontario high school courses with a minimum grade of 65% (75% beginning September 2025 application cycle) in each:
    • Grade 12 English (ENG4U)
    • Grade 12 Biology (SBI4U)
    • Grade 12 Chemistry (SCH4U)
    • One of: Grade 11 Functions and Applications (MCF3M) or Grade 11 Functions (MCR3U)

Requests for the following academic year are to be submitted through Western’s Intent to Register (ITR) process.

NOTE: Casper is not required for transfer students

Applicants from Other Universities

Entry to the Western-Fanshawe Collaborative BScN program is on a competitive basis. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Applicants from university must have the following to be considered for admission:

  • Students having completed two or more full time years of university must have a minimum overall average of 70% in the last 10 full courses completed
  • Students applying from university with less than 10 full courses must have a minimum 70% overall average on all university work completed
  • All students applying to the program must have completed the equivalent of the following Ontario high school courses with a minimum grade of 65% (75% beginning September 2025 application cycle) in each:
    • Grade 12 English (ENG4U)
    • Grade 12 Biology (SBI4U)
    • Grade 12 Chemistry (SCH4U)
    • One of: Grade 11 Functions and Applications (MCF3M) or Grade 11 Functions (MCR3U)

Applicants from College

Entry to the Western-Fanshawe Collaborative BScN program is on a competitive basis. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Applicants from a College of Applied Arts and Technology must have the following applying to be considered for admission:

  • Students must have achieved an overall GPA of 2.5 in an acceptable completed program
  • All students applying to the program must have completed the equivalent of the following Ontario high school courses with a minimum grade of 65% (75% beginning September 2025 application cycle) in each:
    • Grade 12 English (ENG4U)
    • Grade 12 Biology (SBI4U)
    • Grade 12 Chemistry (SCH4U)
    • One of: Grade 11 Functions and Applications (MCF3M) or Grade 11 Functions (MCR3U)

Students who have not completed the pre-requisite courses in high school, can complete the following courses with a minimum grade of 65% (75% beginning September 2025 application cycle) as part of either the Pre-Health Science program or General Arts and Science program at Fanshawe College:

Fanshawe College's Pre-Health Science program:

  • COMM 3050 (in lieu of ENG4U)
  • BIOL 1003 & 1008 (lieu of SBI4U)
  • CHEM 1004 & 1006 (in lieu of SCH4U)
  • MATH 1024 OR Math 1028 (in lieu of MCF3M or MCR3U)

Fanshawe College's General Arts and Science program:

  • COMM 3073 (in lieu of ENG4U)
  • BIOL 3012 & 3013 (in lieu of SBI4U)
  • CHEM 3014 & 3015 (in lieu of SCH4U)
  • MATH 3079: Calculus & Vectors  OR Math 3080: Advanced Functions (in lieu of MCF3M or MCR3U)

Fanshawe College’s Pre-Health Science and General Arts and Science students must still complete their Certificate with a minimum GPA of 2.5 to be considered for admission, and have a competitive GPA to be offered admission.

Indigenous Access Admissions

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

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

  1. Indigenous 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. Indigenous 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.

International Applicants

International applicants planning to practice as a Registered Nurse in Ontario should review the residency requirements for the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO). It is also recommended that applicants review the eligibility requirements for becoming a nurse in their desired country to ensure Western’s Nursing program meets those requirements.

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% (75% beginning September 2025 application cycle) in each:

      • English ENG4U
      • Biology SBI4U
      • Chemistry SCH4U

    and one of:

    • Functions and Applications MCF3M
    • Functions MCR 3U

Supplemental Admission/Application Requirements

Casper

All applicants to the Western-Fanshawe Collaborative BScN Program are required to complete the Casper test (Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics), a mandatory online 90-minute computer-based assessment as a component of the admission process. Applicants who do not complete the Casper test will not be considered for admission. Casper test results are valid for one admissions cycle; applicants who have already taken the test in previous years will therefore be expected to re-take it. Please note that the ‘Snapshot’ portion (an extension of the Casper test) is NOT required for application to Western’s BScN programs.

Casper is an online test designed to evaluate key non-cognitive skills, as well as interpersonal and professional characteristics essential for students to be successful in nursing programs and ultimately, as practicing nurses. Since Casper assesses non-cognitive and interpersonal characteristics, studying is not required.

Applicants should visit www.acuityinsights.app to sign up and reserve a test date/time for Undergraduate Nursing, Western-Fanshawe - Western University. Please direct any inquiries about the test to the Casper Support Team at www.acuityinsights.app/contact-us/.

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
  • IELTS: 7, with at least 6.5 in reading and listening and at least 7 in writing and speaking
  • DUOLINGO: Overall 135 with Literacy minimum 130 and no other sub scores below 125