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New requirement: CASPer– Applicants are required to complete an online assessment (CASPer). Successful completion of CASPer is mandatory to maintain admission eligibility. To learn more about CASPer, which helps assess applicants for non-academic attributes or people skills, go to https://takealtus.com/
CASPer test dates for Memorial University (Undergraduate Nursing) for Fall 2023:
Nov 2, 2022 - 8:00 PM EST
Dec 6, 2022 - 5:00 PM EST
Jan 19, 2023- 5:00 PM EST
Feb 2, 2023 - 8:00 PM EST
To book your CASPer test, please visit the CASPer website.
Note for International Applicants who want to apply to the Western Regional School of Nursing: As of recent, Memorial University has implemented a new application system. If you are choosing the Grenfell campus on your application, you will not see nursing as an area of interest. You must first choose the St. John's campus. Then, on the following step of your application, you will select WRSON as your 1st choice campus. If you have any questions about this, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Priority for admission is given to applicants who are residents of Newfoundland and Labrador, but we welcome applications from international students. The application opens mid-October, 2022. The deadline to apply is January 20, 2023.
It is strongly advised that international applicants take courses at Memorial University for two semesters before applying to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN)( Program (4-Year Option and Accelerated Option). During these two semesters, applicants should complete the required courses for admission: Biology 1001 and Biology 1002, one of Chemistry 1010, 1050, 1051, 1001 or 1810, and three credit hours in Math. Additional courses are required for admission to the accelerated option.
International applicants who have post-secondary experience are required to have completed in high school: grade 11 Biology, grade 12 Biology, grade 12 Chemistry, and grade 12 Math. If these courses were not completed in high school, applicants should take two semesters at Memorial to complete the required courses for admission into the 4-Year Option: Biology 1001, Biology 1002; one of Chemistry 1010, 1050, 1051, 1200, 1001, or 1810; and three credit hours in Math. In addition to these required courses, students may choose to complete some of the non-nursing elective courses during these two semesters.
International applicants who are applying directly out of high school are required to complete the following courses: grade 11 Biology, grade 12 Biology, grade 12 Chemistry, grade 12 math, grade 12 English, and a grade 12 social science or modern language course.
To be Competitive for Admission:
To be competitive for admission, applicants should have a 70% average or higher from either the Fall semester in the year they apply to nursing OR as a cumulative average. The higher average of the two is then used for admission into the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) (Collaborative) Program. While not required, it is recommended that students take 4-5 courses in the Fall semester in the year that they apply to nursing.
The accelerated option is 3 years in duration and runs over eight consecutive semesters. It is strongly advised that international applicants take courses at Memorial University for a minimum of two semesters before applying to the Bachelor of Nursing in Science (BScN)(Collaborative) Program. If you do not have the required biology, chemistry, and math courses completed in high school, you should register for Biology 1001, Biology 1002; one of Chemistry 1010, 1050, 1051, 1200, 1001, or 1810; and three credit hours in Math. While studying at Memorial University, applicants should complete the required courses for admission into the Accelerated Option:
A) Required Courses:
1. Biology 2201 (grade 11) and 3201 (grade 12), or their equivalents
2. Chemistry 3202 (grade 12), or an equivalent course
3. Math 3200 or 3201 (grade 12), or an equivalent course
B) A minimum of 60 credit hours at the university level, which must be completed by the end of the Winter semester in the year of applying.
The 60 credit hours at the university level must include 12 credit hours from the following list:
1. Six credit hours in Critical Reading and Writing (CRW) designated courses in English
2. Three credit hours in Sociology, Anthropology, or Archaeology
3. Psychology 1000, or equivalent
4. Biochemistry 1430, or equivalent
5. Biology 3053 (Microbiology), or equivalent
6. Statistics 2500 (or Statistics 1510, 2550, Education 2900, Psychology 2910, 2925)
7. Three credit hours in Philosophy, or Religious Studies 2610
C) A minimum 3.0 on a 4.0 scale as either a cumulative GPA, degree GPA, or in the last 60 credit hours
D) A minimum of 12 credit hours per semester in two of the last six semesters completed.
Required Documents for International Students (must be submitted by February 3):
- One academic reference
- Personal statement: must be submitted on the nursing application
- Proof of Indigenous Ancestry, if applicable
- Submission of Proof of English Proficiency test, if applicable
- CASPer test: applicants do not need to submit the score of the CASPer test themselves, but must write the test by the last available testing date
- Transcripts- Official transcripts must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar
Transfer students applying to the 4-Year Option and to the Accelerated Option will have an automatic transfer credit evaluation completed (requested by the Nursing Admissions Office) once the admission application is received so as to determine if Program admission requirements have been met.
For the Four-Year Option, only the required biology and chemistry and math courses along with the non-nursing courses will be evaluated for transfer credit. For the Accelerated Option, only the required courses will be evaluated for transfer credit for admission purposes.
If students who are admitted to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) (Collaborative) Program wish to investigate their transfer credits, they should contact the Transfer Credit Office at: email@example.com.
Students applying to the 4-Year Option or to the Accelerated Option from a post-secondary institution other than Memorial University must provide a current official interim transcript by the application deadline. Students must also arrange to have all final official transcripts sent directly from the institution once the academic year is complete to the Office of the Registrar, Memorial University.
For information on how to submit official transcripts, please click here.
Date for Required Courses to be Completed:
All required biology, math and chemistry courses for admission must be completed by July 31st. If courses will be outstanding, applicants should consult with and notify the Undergraduate Nursing Admissions Coordinator by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Admission decisions should be emailed by the end of March to the applicant's MUNmail account and to their personal email account. To set up your MUNmail account, please follow the instructions found here. Make sure to check the junk mail folder as the email may end up in that folder.
Required Requisite Skills and Abilities for Nurse Practice:
Students thinking of a career in Nursing should review the required Requisite Skills and Abilities to ensure they meet all of them as they are the required guidelines for Nursing practice. All admitted students to the BScN Program must meet the CRNNL Requisite Skills and Abilities for Entry-Level Registered Nurse Practice in order to continue with their acceptance.
Additional information on admission into Memorial University for international applicants can be found here:
More information and supports for international applicants can be found on these links:
If you are already an internationally educated nurse, you can look at these websites for more applicable information:
National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS): http://www.nnas.ca/
The Association of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador (ARNNL): https://arnnl.ca/contact