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: 100 students
- Location: Peterborough Symons campus
- OUAC application status: Open
Compressed Program Admission Requirements
In addition to meeting the academic prerequisites, all applicants are required to complete the CASPer assessment.
All applicants should be aware of the Ontario requirements for study in a nursing degree program.
Prerequisite Course Equivalents
Minimum Average Required
|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 average of 75.|
One university semester of:
or a combination of university and secondary school 4U or college prerequisite courses (see the Collaborative program requirements for minimum prerequisite grades)
|A minimum average of 70 calculated on the last ten (10) university full-course equivalents (two years of an undergraduate degree program)|
*For admission consideration Intro to Psychology courses must have been completed within the past ten years. Applicants with sufficient additional transfer credits (i.e., 1.0 third or fourth year elective transfer credits) may have the psychology course requirement waived for admission.
+The English requirement can be waived for applicants with two or more years of full-time study at college or one or more years of full-time study at university where the language of instruction was English.
Doctors or internationally educated Nurses
Note: If you have previously completed a medical training program (M.D.) or are an internationally educated Nurse you are not eligible to apply. For more information please see additional application information.
Applicants can meet the prerequisite subjects through a combination of secondary, college, and university subjects. See the Collaborative program admission page for details on secondary and college courses and their 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.
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 or a Practical Nurse diploma program can use a pre-health certificate program only to meet subject prerequisites.
Fleming College Practical Nursing Applicants*
Graduates of Fleming College's 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. Applicants who enter the B.Sc.N. program within 6 months of completing their Practical Nursing diploma will have this requirement waived.
Applicants to the Compressed program are required to complete the online CASPer Test. Applicants to the Compressed program are not required to complete the Snapshot Interview.
Details about the test (including registration and test dates) can be found at CASPer's website
The Canadian undergraduate nursing applicant remaining test (CSP-10202 – Canadian Undergraduate Health Sciences) dates for the September 2023 intake are:
March 2, 2023 8pm
April 6, 2023 8pm
CASPer test results are valid for one admissions cycle. Applicants who have already taken the test in previous years will therefore be expected to re-take it.
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.
Additional application information
Current Trent students can apply to the nursing program in October (for the following September intake) by completing the Transfer to Nursing form found on the myTrent portal, under the Academics tab. The deadline to apply is February 17, 2023.
Please review the Application Information for Current Trent Students document for admission requirements.
Former Trent students should review the application information available at trentu.ca/readmit.
Trent students are required to take the CASPer test. Details about the test (including registration and test dates) can be found on the CASPer website.
If you are an international applicant, please consult the Trent Intertional website.
Application deadline for the collaborative and compressed nursing streams: February 17, 2023
Mature applicants are required to meet the minimum admission requirements as published. Applicants that do not possess the prerequisites may be admitted as mature students to another program and apply to transfer for the following year. For information about transferring as a Trent student see the requirements listed above.
Nursing Transfer Students
Students wishing to transfer from another nursing program must meet the admission requirements as listed on the Trent website. In addition, students must be eligible to continue or return to their previous nursing program. The completion of a waiver allowing the Dean of the Trent/Fleming School of Nursing to contact the Dean of the applicant's previous institution is required.
Transfer credits will be evaluated upon admission to the program. Students may be required to provide course syllabi for transfer credit evaluation and credit may be given for courses that are comparable to the nursing program curriculum. The maximum number of transferable credits is 10.0 full credits.
Because Nursing programs are structured differently at different institutions, and courses must be a close match to Trent courses to be awarded equivalency, Nursing transfer students may find that they do not receive as many transfer credits as they expected. Prospective students can search our transfer credit database to see if any of the courses they are currently taking have already been evaluated for equivalency.
The B.Sc.N program at Trent is laddered, and progression to upper year courses is dependent upon completion of lower year courses. As a result, Nursing transfer students normally start in the first semester: they may have a reduced course load but are unlikely to reduce the length of their program.
Applications are made via the Ontario Universities' Applications Centre and are open from October to mid-February. All applicants to Nursing must also take the CASPer test.
Trent does not offer a post-R.N. to B.Sc.N. program. Individuals holding current registration as an R.N. (or equivalent) with the College of Nurses of Ontario, any other Canadian nursing regulatory body, or internationally, are not eligible for admission to the School of Nursing. Individuals are not eligible for admission if they already hold a B.Sc.N. (or equivalent) degree.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Contact Nursing Admissions
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