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ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS for Graduates of Lambton College's Practical Nursing Program



Degrees in Other Disciplines
Special consideration may be given to applicants holding degrees in other disciplines.
University of Windsor Senate Admission Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN):
Successful completion of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) and a minimum 70% average of the top six Grade 12 U or M courses. ENG4U, SBI4U, SCH4U, and one Grade 12 mathematics required. A minimum grade of 65% in Grade 12U English (ENG4U) is required. A second minimum average of 70% is required in chemistry (SCH4U) and biology (SBI4U). These averages may be higher, depending on the number of applicants. For additional details, please see the Senate Policy on Admission Requirements (Undergraduate).


Program Transfers
Please refer to the University of Windsor Undergraduate Calendar Admission Requirements for Program Transfers.

Admission by Transfer
Please refer to the University of Windsor Undergraduate Calendar Admission Requirements for Transfer Students

Applications for transfer to Nursing are subject to a March 1 deadline for Fall admission. Transfer is based on academic achievement and the availability of space. A minimum 75% cumulative average is required to be considered for a transfer to Nursing. Applicants must have taken ENG4U, SBI4U, SCH4U, and any grade 12 math or courses that have been deemed equivalent. In addition, all Nursing applicants are required to submit the Applicant Profile form no later than March 1. It must be submitted directly to the University of Windsor, Office of the Registrar, Windsor, Ontario, N9B 3P4. The Applicant Profile form can be found on the Nursing website.


Admission Mature Students
Please refer to the University of Windsor Undergraduate Calendar Admission Requirements for Mature Students.

All Nursing applicants are required to submit the Applicant Profile Form no later than March 1. It must be submitted directly to the University of Windsor, Office of the Registrar, Windsor, Ontario, N9B 3P4.

Prior Nursing Courses
University courses taken within seven years prior to admission or readmission to any nursing program may be considered for credit.

Selection for Admission
Preference will be given to applicants with the best qualifications. Selection of candidates for admission to the various programs will be based on criteria determined by the Faculty of Nursing Admissions Committee.

Medical Requirements

Students in all nursing programs must be cleared for clinical via a pre-clearance process prior to the start of their clinical course(s). This is the financial responsibility of the student.

Other Requirements

1) Students are responsible for their own transportation and living expenses incurred in clinical nursing experiences, including the consolidation experiences. Additional costs may be incurred for participation in some clinical placements. Inability to comply with this requirement may necessitate voluntarily withdrawal from the course to avoid risk of failure due to missed clinical hours.

2) Students are responsible for supplying their own uniforms and equipment. Details pertaining to uniforms and accessories will be sent to those admitted to the program.

3) A vulnerable sector (or extended) Police Clearance is mandatory before beginning clinical courses, and entry, and must be updated annually, or more frequently as required by the program or, clinical placement agencies. This is the financial responsibility of the student.

4) Applicants who accept admission into the undergraduate nursing program are required to obtain certification in First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR): Basic Life Support (BLS) for health care providers before starting the clinical courses. Annual CPR re-certification is necessary even if a student’s card indicates that certification is valid for longer than one year. This is the financial responsibility of the student. Details pertaining to other non-medical program requirements are available on the Faculty of Nursing website.


1) For admission requirements, go to the Policy on Admission Requirements (Undergraduate) at

2) An interview with the Faculty of Nursing Admissions Committee may be required.

One-year Pre-Health Science Program (for Lambton College and St. Clair College graduates)

Students at Lambton College who successfully complete the one-year Pre-Health Science-Nursing Program with a minimum overall grade point average of 2.7 (B), and a minimum science subject average of a 2.7 (B) in BIO 120, BIO 220, CHM 125 and CHM 225, will be considered for admission to the BScN Program.

Students at St. Clair College who successfully complete the one-year Pre-Health Science Program with a minimum overall grade point average of 2.7 (B), and a minimum science subject average of (2.7) (B) in BIO 50, BIO51, CHM 50 and CHM 51, will be considered for admission to the BScN Program.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS for Graduates of the Lambton College Practical Nursing Program

The following are the admission requirements for Registered Practical Nurses to enter the BScN Program:
    Registered Practical Nursing diploma from a College of Applied Arts and Technology with an overall B (73%) average and no grade less than a C (63%).
    Minimum one year full-time equivalent work experience as a Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) (i.e. 2000 hours).
    Current Registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) as an RPN with no practice restrictions.

To demonstrate competency in health assessment and other clinical skills, students must complete and pass an objective structured clinical examination (OSCE). This examination will be scheduled at program entry and/or prior to beginning the first clinical course in the program. If a student performs below the expected level of clinical competence on the OSCE, the student may seek remediation at the College, at the student’s expense. Students must demonstrate clinical competence at the expected level prior to taking any clinical courses.

Prior to beginning clinical:, students must provide documentation of current CPR certification: (BasicLife Support (BLS) for health care providers. and and a Vulnerable Sector (or extended) police clearance. Clinical agencies will require a record of immunization. (see policies for the Faculty of Nursing, Collaborative Nursing Program)


Students must become familiar and comply with the general regulations of the University, which apply to all students. Additionally, students must comply with the regulations particular to Nursing programs within the Faculty of Nursing.

1) For promotion and graduation, nursing students are required to achieve a minimum grade of a 60% in each nursing course for which a numerical grade is provided, and must achieve a “pass” in each clinical course Students must maintain both cumulative and major averages of at least 60%.

2) Students who fail a clinical course may require remediation in a lab or clinical setting prior to re-taking the course to ensure competence for safe practice at the expected level. Clinical courses in the nursing program require the application of theory to practice. Therefore, a student who fails a required theory course may be advised to repeat its paired clinical course to ensure continuing safe clinical practice:

3) Students will be required to withdraw from the Nursing Program if they have failed three required nursing courses, or if they have failed the same required nursing course more than once. Students with a cumulative or major average of < 55% (or < 50% for first year students) will also be required to withdraw from the nursing program (For further information, see Standing Required for Continuation in Programs at

4) Students who wish to repeat a previously passed nursing course for any purpose may be permitted to do so only if there is space in the course with approval. Students are not encouraged to repeat previously passed courses.

5) The program of studies for the four-year BScN degree must be completed within seven years from the first Nursing course (NURS-xxxx) taken.

6) All option courses must be successfully completed prior to the start of Year 4 (NURS-4XXX).

7) Clinical placements will be arranged by the Faculty of Nursing to enable students to meet the Entry to Practice expectations of the College of Nurses of Ontario.

8) The Faculty of Nursing administration/staff reserve the right to change students' schedules, including clinical, theory and lab courses, according to operational needs and course availability, subject to Bylaw 54.

9) Students are required to meet all Faculty of Nursing clinical placement policy requirements and to conform to any additional agency-specific policies. Students will be denied access to a clinical placement site if they fail to be cleared for clinical placement. The Faculty of Nursing is not responsible for providing an alternative clinical experience for students who do not meet these requirements.

10) Any change in status related to a student's police clearance after clearance has been obtained must be immediately disclosed by the student to the Associate Dean.

11) If students are convicted of a criminal offense after admission to the program (or if a prior criminal conviction becomes known after admission to the program), they will be denied access to clinical placements as per clinical placement agencies’ policies, and will be required to withdraw from the clinical course.

12) Attendance at all clinical nursing practica and experiential learning laboratories is mandatory. Non-attendance at a clinical placement by the University of Windsor's add/drop date for the semester will require that a student withdraw from the clinical course. A student may not miss more than 20% of the required hours in a clinical course. Time spent completing alternative learning activities will not be counted toward the student’s clinical hours. A student who misses more than 20% of the required hours will be required to withdraw from the course without academic penalty if they are otherwise in good standing in the course.

13) To pass clinical courses, students must achieve all course learning outcomes.

14) Students are expected to attend clinical shifts as scheduled by the Faculty of Nursing. Shifts may be scheduled during the days, evenings, and/or weekends. Students should expect to have up to 8-hour shifts during the first two years of the program, except during Consolidated Practicum courses, when some 12-hour shifts may be required. In year four, students in precepted experiences may work 8 or 12 hour day, afternoon or night shifts. Students are not permitted to attend clinical more than 3 days in a row if they are scheduled for 12 hour shifts (i.e., three consecutive 12 hour shifts), and a minimum break of 48 hours must occur before starting the next set of shifts.

15) During consolidated practicum courses, students engage in full-time clinical learning that is scheduled daily. Students should not schedule conflicting commitments during consolidated practicum courses, such as employment or registration in other courses. Requests to be excused from attending consolidation due to these types of conflicts will be denied. A letter to employers explaining the consolidation course requirements is available upon request to students in the Nursing Office.

16) Auditing of clinical courses is not permitted.

17) Students in good standing who are absent for more than one semester and wish to return to nursing must complete and submit the “Returning Nursing Student Form” available at the Nursing Main Office and/or on the Nursing website prior to registering for any courses, and may be required to demonstrate clinical competence before taking any clinical course. The deadlines for submitting the Returning Nursing Student Form are April 15 (for return in Fall), September 15 (for return in Winter), or January 15 (for return in consolidation/intersession/summer). Students who fail to meet these deadlines will not be guaranteed a clinical placement.

18) Students who wish to return to the Nursing Program after an absence of more than one year may be re-admitted with special permission from the Dean’s Office. Each case will be assessed on an individual basis. Students will be required to demonstrate continued competency in specific nursing courses, which may include any combination of OSCE and/or skill testing, challenge exams, and/or re-taking specified courses. Students will be charged a fee for this assessment. Students must follow the same process and deadlines as described in Regulation 17 (above).

19) Students with disabilities who require academic accommodations in any nursing course must contact an Advisor in Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to complete SAS registration and receive the necessary Letters of Accommodation. After registering with SAS, students must present their Letter of Accommodation and discuss their needs with their professor(s) as early in the term as possible. Deadlines for submission of documentation and completed forms to SAS are available on the website:

20) Students of the Faculty of Nursing are required to demonstrate behaviours consistent with the University of Windsor standards of acceptable behaviour (see Senate Bylaw 31) the Practice Standards and Practice Guidelines of the College of Nurses of Ontario
(; and of the academic policies of the University of Windsor.

Failure of any Nursing student to conform to the principles of these documents may result in dismissal from any of the Faculty of Nursing programs.

The Faculty of Nursing reserves the right to remove a nursing student from the clinical placement in instances where the instructor has reason to believe that the student is rendering unsafe and/or unprofessional and/or unethical nursing care, or that the student's safety is at risk. A student who is removed from a clinical placement course due to rendering unsafe and/or unprofessional and/or unethical nursing care may attempt to retake the same course only once. Students will be required to withdraw from the nursing program if they are removed from the same or any other clinical placement course for a second time due to rendering unsafe and/or unprofessional and/or unethical nursing care.

Note: The College of Nurses of Ontario requires that in order to obtain permission to write Nurse Registration Examinations and/or apply for Nurse Registration in Ontario, a person must provide a declaration of one's status regarding:
(a) any conviction of a criminal offense under the Narcotic Control Act and the Food and Drugs Act;(b) being a subject of proceedings with respect to professional misconduct, incompetence, or incapacity in Ontario in another health profession or in another jurisdiction in nursing or in another health profession;
(c) any mental or physical disorder which makes it desirable in the public interest that the person not practice;
(d) a current police clearance within six months of examinations.

Further Information
Applicants wishing to discuss the program or visit the Faculty of Nursing should contact the campus (519-253-3000, Ext.2265). Information may also be obtained from the Internet:

Major Clinical Resources
Nursing is a profession of diverse opportunity. Students will engage in learning in diverse clinical settings. Clinical placements include, but are not limited to hospitals, public health agencies, home health care or visiting nurse agencies, family support services, primary care offices and clinics, day care centres and preschools, elementary and high schools, new Canadian multicultural programs, First Nations groups, long-term care homes, and seniors residences and services.

Awards and Scholarships
Nursing Awards and Scholarships are available to students enrolled at the University of Windsor, Faculty of Nursing.