Admission Requirements


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

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Admission Requirements


A minimum 75% (3.0 GPA) average in the most recently completed 10.0 university-level full-course equivalents.

For applicants applying with only 10.0 courses, no more than 5.0 courses may be at the introductory level (equivalent to courses numbered 1000 to 1999 at Western University).

Applicants with university preparation outside of North America must submit a course-by-course evaluation through the World Education Services (WES).

Prerequisite Courses

Completion of the following prerequisite courses at the university level with a minimum grade of 60% in each:

  • 1.0 credit in human physiology
  • 0.5 credit in anatomy
  • 0.5 credit in introductory statistics

Prerequisite courses must be taken within 10 years of the year seeking admission.

It is recommended that applicants complete all prerequisites by the end of April in the year seeking admission.

Applicants should reference the Course Equivalency List (see below) to determine which courses are suitable physiology, anatomy, and statistics prerequisites.

Course Equivalencies for Physiology, Anatomy and Statistics

This list is subject to change and is not exhaustive. Applicants who have completed a course not included on the Equivalency List may be required to submit a detailed course syllabus to Western’s Undergraduate Admissions department to determine the eligibility of the course for prerequisite purposes. Admissions can request this submission at any point after receiving the applicant’s OUAC application.

Courses included on this list are approved as admission requirements to the Compressed Time Frame BScN program only. These courses may not be suitable for transfer credit for courses within the CTF and/or Collaborative BScN curricula. Transfer credit requests will be independently assessed.


All applicants to the Compressed Time Frame BScN Program in the Western's Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing 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 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

English Language Proficiency

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

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.