The compressed program offers students with sufficient university credits the option to fast track through the program in less than three years.

  • OUAC application code: RFN
  • Start date: September
  • Program length: 28 months
  • Intake: 80 students
  • Location: Peterborough Symons campus​
  • OUAC application deadline: February 14, 2020

 Compressed Program Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting the academic prerequisites, all applicants are required to complete the CASPer assessment.

Applying from Prerequisite Course Equivalents Average/ GPA
Secondary School Not eligible for admission  
College Available to recent graduates from the Fleming College Practical Nursing diploma program who are registered in good standing with the CNO. A minimum GPA of 3.0 (75).

Secondary school 4U or college prerequisite courses, and/or one semester of:

  • Biology (min. 60)
  • Chemistry (min. 60)
  • Math (min. 60)
  • 1.0 credit in an Introductory Psychology course*
  • 2.0 full credits at the 1000 level (first year)
  • 1.0 full credits at the 2000 level (second year)

*For admission consideration Intro to Psychology courses must have been completed within the past ten years.

Applicants with sufficient additional transfer credits may have the psychology course requirement waived for admission.

A minimum GPA of 2.7 (70) calculated on the last ten (10) university full course equivalents (two years of an undergraduate degree program)


Prerequisite subjects

Applicants can meet the prerequisite subjects through a combination of secondary, college, and university subjects. See the Collaborative program admission for details on courses and minimum averages.

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.

Prerequisite courses should have been taken within the last 10 years.

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

Pre-health Certificate Programs

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

CASPer Test 

Applicants to the Compressed 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. Compressed program are submitted to the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC).  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: