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Below is a list of some courses, including a brief description, that you may find yourself taking during your first year of this program. For formal policies governing mandatory courses and the order in which they have to be taken, please refer to the Undergraduate Calendar.

Some Courses You May Take

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Bachelor of Science Nursing (BScN)

Since the BScN is a direct entry program, students are considered to be specializing/majoring in Nursing from first year to the end of the program.

Careers or Options Beyond This Program

A Bachelor of Science in Nursing is the gateway to a profession that offers an astounding array of career tracks and opportunities. It provides graduates with more than just a job!

Registered Nurses practice independently or in teams with other health professionals to care for diverse clients across the lifespan. Nurses work in traditional settings in hospitals, nursing homes, public health and many more. They are present in a variety of areas such as pediatrics, emergency, maternity, psychiatry, palliative care or geriatrics to name a few. Nurses also work in non-traditional settings such as poison control centers, parishes, on the streets with homeless people, AIDS hospices or in a variety of other industries.

Careers that are available to Registered Nurses include:

  • staff nurses in hospitals, long-term care facilities
  • public health departments
  • case managers for community care access centres
  • entrepreneurs owning and managing health/nursing care businesses
  • researchers in nursing care, education and health care
  • educators of individuals, families, communities and nursing students.
  • correction and detention centres
  • parishes
  • telehealth
  • on the streets with vulnerable populations in a variety of industrial settings
  • poison control centres

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Co-op and internships are not currently offered for the Nursing program, however, there is a strong emphasis on clinical placements throughout the degree.

Clinical Placements

In Year I students develop nursing skills for clinical practice in the Centre for Simulation Based Learning. In Years II to IV, students gain knowledge and skills through direct patient care in both hospital and community settings.

Clinical practice helps students apply theory learned in the classroom and is an integral part of the program.

Placements in the local area include: four acute care hospitals (one right on campus), City of Hamilton – Social and Public Health Services, two visiting nursing agencies and several long term care facilities.

Our catchment area includes sites in Halton, Peel, Niagara and Brant regions. Depending on the accessibility of public transportation, students may need to rely on the use of a vehicle. Transportation to and from all clinical sites is the responsibility of the student.

Other opportunities for students’ practice may include:

  • caring for children and adults in acute care medical or surgical settings
  • maternal/child (maternity) mental health
  • public health
  • visiting nursing
  • long term care
  • primary health care

Year IV students may select a placement in a Canadian outpost, northern or international setting (students have traveled to Chile, England, Botswana, Alaska, Northern Ontario, the Northwest Territories, Newfoundland, British Columbia, Australia, Thailand and Columbia).

TimeMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
8:30 a.m.
NURSING 1F03

Introduction to Nursing and Health (Lecture)

NURSING 1I02

Introduction to Nursing Practice (Lecture)

9:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m.
12:30 p.m.
HTH SCI 1H06

Human Anatomy and Physiology (Lecture)

1:30 p.m.
HTH SCI 1H06

Human Anatomy and Physiology (Lecture)

2:30 p.m.
PSYCH 1X03

Introduction to Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour (Lecture)

PSYCH 1X03

Introduction to Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour (Lecture)

3:30 p.m.
HTH SCI 1H06

Human Anatomy and Physiology (Lab)

NURSING 1I02

Introduction to Nursing Practice (Lab)

4:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
NURSING 1K03

Health and Well-Being of Diverse Populations (Lecture)

HTH SCI 1H06

Human Anatomy and Physiology (Case Study)

NURSING 1K03

Health and Well-Being of Diverse Populations (Lecture)

NURSING 1K03

Health and Well-Being of Diverse Populations (Lecture)

Classroom Sites

  • McMaster University Main Campus 1280 Main Street West
  • David Braley Health Sciences Centre 100 Main Street West (downtown)
  • One James North (downtown in the Jackson Square mall)

Health Sciences Library

The Health Sciences Library is a recently renovated facility that meets the needs of the 21st century learning environment.

The focus of the design is on “people space” with a Learning Commons, an e-Classroom, study rooms, a reading pavilion and wireless access throughout.

Over 4000 online journals and 850 online books related to health sciences are available, in addition to the thousands of online resources in the other campus libraries. A nursing liaison librarian works with students to answer their learning and research needs.

Centre for Simulation Based Learning

Clinically-equipped examination rooms along with low and high fidelity simulation models give students the opportunity to practice nursing.

The Centre has sophisticated audio visual equipment to monitor and record students as they practice their skills and receive feedback from peers and professors.

Standardized Patient Program

This program provides a learning opportunity to teach, assess and refine communication and clinical skills.

A Simulated/Standardized Patient is a healthy, able-bodied person trained to portray the personality, history and emotions of an actual person in a specific situation in a realistic and reliable manner.

Anatomy Laboratory

A large number of pre-dissected specimens complimented by models, medical images and demonstrations are used to help learn about the structure of the human body.

Profiles & Alumni


Monica Polania
Nursing graduate
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Larissa Beney
Nursing graduate
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Patrick Chiu
Nursing graduate
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Kylie Mudford-Heeney
Nursing graduate
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Richard Huang
Nursing graduate

What I really like about McMaster’s BScN program is the learning that takes place in the CSBL lab. The CSBL lab since my first year to my last has helped me develop into a competent nurse through providing a great amount of knowledge, peer support, resources, and a place to hone my clinical skills.