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Additional Program Requirements

Important Note: All costs associated with fulfilling requirements are the responsibility of the student.

Important Dates

Orientations: You will be required to attend orientations prior to the start of each term in every year of your BScN program.  More information about important dates can be found in the printable admissions package and on the University's Important Academic Dates website.

Uniform/Lab Coat – required for September

Students are responsible for purchasing their own uniforms (scrubs) and lab coat. Uniform and lab coat must be worn for university sanctioned clinical practicum courses and lab classes. For first and subsequent years of clinical practicum courses, you will require the following:

i. Collaborative Uniform: The Collaborative BScN program has a standard uniform (scrubs) for nursing students. First year students are required to purchase one uniform prior to starting the BScN program in September.

The collaborative uniform must be purchased via the Work Authority, which has several locations in southwestern Ontario and offers competitive pricing (review our Uniform Details). In order to ensure that students obtain their uniform in time for September, orders should be placed by August 1.

The uniform consists of a navy blue short-sleeve scrub top with “BScN Student” embroidered in white on the sleeve, and a navy blue pant. Work Authority will embroider the “BScN Student” wording on the scrub top once it is purchased. Prices vary depending on the style of pant and scrub top selected. Navy blue skirt options that may need to be worn for religious/cultural purposes are also available at Work Authority as a special order.

Any shirts worn under the uniform, or head coverings worn for religious/cultural purposes must be white, navy blue or black to match the uniform. Head coverings must be plain and unadorned for infection control purposes. Shirts are available for purchase at Work Authority; however, students may also purchase them at any store.

ii. White Lab Coat: Lab coats are available for purchase at Work Authority; however, students may purchase them at any store. 

Additional Uniform Details

Stethoscope/Blood Pressure Cuff

A stethoscope is required and may be purchased at a medical supply store or through the Nursing Society at the start of the fall term. A blood pressure cuff is optional, but beneficial. It may also be purchased at a medical supply store.

Stethoscope Requirements: Students are required to have a good quality dual-headed adult stethoscope equipped with both a bell and a diaphragm. The head of the stethoscope must be 45 to 50 mm and made of stainless steel or aluminium. The ear pieces of the stethoscope should have an angle to align with the ear canal. The stethoscope should have a large internal diameter, shorter length of tubing and thicker walls to reduce external noise. An example is a Littman Classic II stethoscope.

If you are uncertain about the quality of a particular stethoscope, we recommend that you wait to purchase your stethoscope until you start your courses in September.


A watch with second hand or digital display with seconds is required for monitoring vital signs.

Essential Requirements for Study in Baccalaureate Nursing Programs in Ontario

Please read the Essential Requirements for Study in Baccalaureate Nursing Programs in Ontario page. This document provides a comprehensive overview about the essential requirements necessary for successful program completion.

Essential Requirements for Study in Baccalaureate Nursing Programs in Ontario

Use of Technology Requirements

Students must possess a minimum technical skill-set that enables them to use the technology required in the BScN program. All students should be comfortable using a computer and basic software/programs listed below:

  • Microsoft Office, Open Office or Google Docs - word processing (e.g. Word) and presentation application (e.g. PowerPoint)
  • Email
  • Web browsers: Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari or Internet Explorer
  • Additional open educational resources, such as webinar platforms and professional social media sites

Adopting a flexible attitude towards digital technologies is highly important for this program, as technology requirements may evolve and change during the BScN program. If you do not know how to use a specific tool or software/program, it is your responsibility to educate yourself to these requirements.

Code of Conduct

We strongly recommend that you read the College of Nurses of Ontario’s Code of Conduct for Nurses. It outlines the expectations of professional behaviour and conduct for all nurses, regardless of their role, job description or practice setting, and will help you to learn more about your future nursing accountabilities.

College of Nurses of Ontario’s Code of Conduct for Nurses

College of Nurses of Ontario Requirements

The licensing body in Ontario is the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO). While the CNO has no role in admission of students to nursing programs, upon graduation, students must apply to the CNO for registration to write the licencing exam in order to practice/work as a Registered Nurse (RN) in Ontario.

You will be required to provide proof of Canadian Citizenship, permanent resident status, or authorization under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) in order obtain your RN designation and practice nursing. For more details, please see the CNO website.

"At the completion of their nursing educational program, all student nurses must demonstrate the capacity to meet the CNO’s Entry-to-Practice Competencies for Ontario Registered Practical Nurses or National Competencies in the context of entry-level Registered Nurse practice and be able to practise within the context of CNO's nursing practice standards" (CNO Requisite Skills and Abilities Fact Sheet pdf). In order to meet these entry-to-practice competencies, certain skills and abilities are required.

CNO Requisite Skills and Abilities Fact Sheet pdf


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