Admissions - Collaborative Program

The Collaborative Program is available to individuals entering from secondary school or those who have completed some post-secondary education.

  • OUAC application code :  RCN
  • Start date : September
  • Program length : Four years
  • Intake : 120 students
  • Location : Peterborough Symons campus
  • OUAC application deadline: February 14, 2020

Before submitting your application to the OUAC, please ensure you have the following admission requirements, including prerequisite courses, as outlined below. All applicants are required to complete the CASPer assessment.

Applying from Prerequisite Course Equivalents Average / GPA
Secondary School ENG4U (min. 70%)
SBI4U (min. 70%)
SCH4U (min. 70%)
Any 4U Math (min. 70%) 
A minimum average of 75% calculated on the required courses, plus your next best two 4U/M courses

Two semesters of:

English (min. 70% each)
Biology (min. 65% each)
Chemistry (min. 65% each)
Math (min. 65% each)

A minimum average of 75% (3.0 GPA) in a completed pre-health sciences (university stream) certificate program


two semesters of a diploma program at a recognized community college.


One semester of:

English (min. 60%)
Biology (min. 60%)
Chemistry (min. 60%)
Math (min. 60%)

A minimum average of 70 (2.7 GPA) calculated on the equivalent of two years or less of study.

Applicants with more than two years of undergraduate study are encouraged to apply to the Compressed stream.


Prerequisite subjects

Applicants can meet the prerequisite subjects through a combination of secondary, college, and university subjects. Prerequisite courses should have been taken within the last 10 years.

For example, an applicant will meet the prerequisite requirements if they took one semester of math and biology at university and completed Grade 12 4U Chemistry and English.

Having prerequisite courses completed or in progress at the time of application makes an applicant more competitive.

Pre-health certificate programs

Applicants from pre-health certificate programs must complete all elements of the certificate.

Applicants who have attended university can use a pre-health certificate program only to meet subject prerequisites.

Transfer credit will not be granted for any pre-health science courses.

Practical Nursing applicants

Applicants completing a Practical Nursing diploma must be registered in good standing with the CNO preceding the September start date.  Proof of registration must be received by August 15.

CASPer Test 

Applicants to the Collaborative program are required to complete the online CASPer test.

Details about the test (including registration and test dates) can be found at

The Canadian undergraduate nursing applicant test (CSP-10202 – Canadian Undergraduate Health Sciences) dates for the September 2020 intake are:

Oct 17, 2019 - 5:00 PM EDT
Oct 20, 2019 - 1:00 PM EDT
Nov 26, 2019 - 5:00 PM EST
Jan 14, 2020 - 8:00 PM EST
Feb 11, 2020 - 5:00 PM EST
Feb 11, 2020 - 8:00 PM EST
Feb 23, 2020 - 1:00 PM EST
Feb 23, 2020 - 4:00 PM EST

How to Apply

Applications for the B.Sc.N. Collaborative program are submitted to the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre. Our fully integrated B.Sc.N. model means that you are registered as a university student for the duration of the program.

The application process is competitive and admission is offered to the best-qualified candidates. 

Post-secondary applicants that have attended Ontario institutions can order their transcripts through the OUAC.  Other transcripts can be mailed to Admissions, Trent University, 1600 West Bank Drive, Peterborough, ON, K9L 0G2.

Contact Nursing Admissions

Questions about admission to the nursing program? You can reach us in the following ways:

call 1-855-MY-TRENT ask for Nursing Admissions
book an appointment with the Enrolment Advisor, Nursing

for an in person meeting at the Peterborough campus
for a phone appointment