Programs Requiring Prior University Study

The following programs lead to a degree, and require you to complete some university study before you apply.

To find programs that require you to complete some college study before you apply, view Collaborative University and College Programs.

4 Prior Study Programs


Nipissing University


The Bachelor of Education (BEd) program is part of our Schulich School of Education and meets the requirements of the Ontario College of Teachers for teacher certification (Certificate of Qualification). It is open to applicants presenting proof of graduation with an approved undergraduate degree from an accredited university.

Nursing - Post RPN

Nipissing University


Nipissing University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) programs offer students a unique, flexible and collaborative education through its many partnerships, as well as 4 unique, educational pathways to obtain a professional nursing degree. As a BScN student, you will gain relevant nursing theory and professional knowledge provided by a university education, along with practical experience in diverse clinical settings.

Nipissing University offers Registered Practical Nurses a 3-year compressed BScN Program. The Post RPN to BScN compressed program will be offered through a full-time delivery model and will be 6 semesters in length.

Successful completion of a 2-year Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) diploma with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 from either 1 of the following colleges: Cambrian College, Canadore College, College Boreal, Confederation College, Northern College, Niagara College and Sault College, as well as successful completion of the Canadian Practical Nurses Registration Examination (CPNRE) or proof of eligibility to write and subsequently pass the CPNRE is required for admission consideration.

Nipissing University offers currently employed Registered Practical Nurses the opportunity to complete the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) degree through a blended delivery option. Admission consideration will be given to applicants who have successfully completed a 2-year Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) diploma (not certificate) with a minimum GPA of 3.0 within the last 10 years. The applicant must also be a current registered member in good standing with the College of Nurses in Ontario (CNO) as an RPN and be an employee (with a letter of support) of one of Nipissing’s partner health care agencies. This is a limited enrollment program.

Second Degree Nursing Scholar Practioner Program

Nipissing University


Nipissing University, in partnership with a health care institution consortium from Toronto, offers a 2-year nursing degree program to students who have completed a university degree in another discipline. This program is offered in the health care institution consortium through a blended delivery model and is 6 semesters in length over 2 years. For further information contact the Admissions Office at 705-474-3461, ext. 4600, or email [email protected].

Social Work

Nipissing University


Nipissing University offers a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program that prepares students for the practice of social work through the development of competencies in working to effect change in a variety of situations that affect individuals, families, groups, organizations or communities. Students will develop a knowledge base related to the ways in which social, cultural and institutional contexts influence human behaviour, shape social work interventions and how social structures benefit and disadvantage various segments of society. In addition to fostering intervention skills related to individuals, groups, families, communities and policies, students will develop a critical awareness of the role of social work in the development, maintenance and resolution of social and personal troubles.

Applicants must apply for admission to the Professional Years (Years 3 and 4) of the program. The professional years are open to both Nipissing and non-Nipissing students.

Admission to the professional years of the Bachelor of Social Work is limited and based on both academic and non-academic criteria.

Admission consideration is determined on the following criteria:

1. Grades (Minimum 70% overall average required)
2. Personal Statement
3. Analysis of a Social Issue
4. Volunteer and Work Experience
5. References

For further information contact the Admissions Office at 705-474-3461, ext. 4600 or email [email protected].

Admission consideration will be given to applicants who have completed or be in the position to complete 60 credits (10 full-course equivalents), including SWRK-1007 (or equivalent), SWRK-2006 (or equivalent), SWRK- 2106 (or equivalent), SWLF-1006 (or equivalent), 6 credits (1 full-course equivalent) in Humanities and 6 credits (1 full-course equivalent) in Science by the end of April 2018. If admitted, a final transcript indicating that all courses have been completed and required grades/averages have been met must be received by June 30, 2018.

Find a list of approved course equivalencies for Nipissing University’s SWRK-1007, SWRK-2006, SWRK-2106 and SWLF-1006 courses. Applicants who have completed course(s) not listed and wish to have them evaluated for equivalency should contact the Admissions Office at [email protected]. We recommend that prospective applicants send their request prior to submitting an application. You may be asked to provide detailed course outlines when requesting the equivalency.

Find examples of subject areas that can satisfy Humanities, Social Science and Science requirements. Meeting the minimum admission average does not guarantee admission.