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Program Highlights & Admission Requirements

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Our program combines equal doses of hands-on learning and academic excellence. Clinical practicum courses start in year one with a 1:8 instructor-student ratio and take place in a variety of healthcare settings throughout the first three years of the program. In fact, the Faculty of Nursing is partnered with more than 250 hospital and community agencies throughout southwestern Ontario. In the final year of their program, students gain independence as they work alongside a preceptor (1:1 ratio), completing a total of 384 hours in both hospital and community settings.

To reinforce student learning in both the classroom and in clinical settings, we have a series of seven experiential learning labs taught throughout the program. These labs are specifically designed to help the learner apply theory to clinical practice through a variety of interactive and simulated activities.

In order to dynamically support student learning, nursing students have access to academic and career advising through the Student Success Coordinator and free counseling services through the Clinical Therapist embedded in the program.

After graduation, students write the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to be eligible for membership with the College of Nurses of Ontario.

In 2018, 95.8% passed the NCLEX by the end of the year in which they graduated. This is because students receive outstanding instruction from award-winning professors who are dedicated to student success. At an undergraduate level, students are engaged in professional development activities stemming from current research initiatives and best practices in Nursing. The NCLEX is the same exam that American students write. Graduates from the program may choose to pursue employment opportunities in the United States and would not need to write an alternate exam. Other eligibility criteria may be requested and may differ by state.

Sample Courses: Professional Nursing, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Clinical Nursing Experience, Experiential Learning Lab, Pharmacology in Nursing Practice

Career Tracks: Clinic nurse, community care nurse, health-care administrator, nurse practitioner, nurse educator

Professional Designation Possible: Registered Nurse (RN)

Admission requirements for Applicants in Canada

Course Requirements: Biology/SBI4U, Chemistry/SCH4U and one of Advanced Functions/MHF4U, Calculus & Vectors/MCV4U, Math of Data Management/MDM4U
Minimum Average: 70% (70% average of the top six grade 12 U or M courses, 65% in English/ENG4U is required, 70% is required in Chemistry/SCH4U and Biology/SBI4U)
Mean Average (Entering Fall 2019): 89%
Note: This is a very competitive program. An 85% average is recommended for the top six grade 12 U or M courses along with a minimum average of 80% in Chemistry/SCH4U and Biology/SBI4U.

* Average over six Grade 12 academic courses.

Learn more about Course Equivalencies

  • Co-op Co-op Available
  • G General
  • H Honours
  • T Thesis Available
  • C Combined Honours programs available

Functional Knowledge

  • Appreciating critical biological, social, cultural, ethical, and psychological factors that influence health
  • Exercising emotional intelligence to make useful observations, generate insights, and modify behaviour in a professional work setting
  • Understanding the structure and organization of the public health-care system in Ontario and Canada
  • Understanding and applying contemporary best practices in nursing care
  • Critically appraising and evaluating evidence to support nursing interventions
  • Critically analyzing health-care systems from an informed perspective; advocating for and implementing change when appropriate
  • Understanding and valuing ethical practice
  • Collaborating with patients/clients, families, interdisciplinary health professionals to achieve positive health outcomes
  • Decision making; considering information from a variety of sources to solve problems and make decisions


Number of Graduates (2018)


Employment Rate of Graduates

2 years following degree completion (OUGS Nursing, 2017)

Elizabeth Dillon

"The Nursing program at the University of Windsor has given me more than just a nursing degree. After graduation, I feel motivated to continually provide safe, compassionate, and outstanding care for all of my patients and their families. Throughout the program, I’ve been inspired to be an effective leader and knowledgeable care provider. I look forward to being a change agent in my community and engage in future learning opportunities that will build upon this strong foundation. I am UWindsor PROUD!"

Elizabeth Dillon RN, BScN [2019]

Career Tracks*

  • Acute care nurse
  • Case manager
  • Clinic nurse
  • Community care nurse
  • Health-care administrator
  • Health and safety coordinator
  • Hospice nurse
  • Mental health nurse
  • Nursing anesthetist
  • Nurse educator/professor
  • Nurse practitioner
  • Nurse scientist/researcher
  • Occupational health nurse
  • Oncology nurse
  • Public health nurse
  • Travel nurse

Graduates who have combined nursing degrees with other degrees and experience can become health-care lawyers, software designers, nurse executives, policy analysts, or health-care project managers. The possibilities are endless.

* Additional education and/or training required for some of the above careers.

Common sectors for graduates

  • Nursing Service: Direct & indirect care
  • Academia: Teaching, research
  • Consulting
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Government: Health policy
  • Health-care administration
  • Insurance companies
  • Sales: Pharmaceuticals, medical devices

Apply to UWindsor

With the programs you want and smaller student-to-faculty ratios, you can get the hands-on learning that’s sure to set you on a journey to a future you’ll be proud of.

How to Apply

Explore Opportunities

Explore a selection of opportunities recommended for students in your program. This chart shows some of your many options – you don’t have to do everything on it or limit yourself to it. Engage in opportunities from each of the three categories to set yourself up for success.


High-Impact Practices (HIP)

A HIP is an enriching educational experience that can be life-changing and often includes learning outside of the classroom while encouraging meaningful interaction and collaboration, such as:

  • Co-op, internship or field experiences
  • Research with faculty
  • Culminating senior experience
  • Capstone courses
  • Service-learning
  • Learning communities
  • Study abroad

Career Planning Cycle

Intentional career planning will help you prepare for your next step after graduation and beyond. It is a fluid, dynamic, and lifelong process. You can move on or return to an earlier stage in the cycle at any time.

Manage Your Career - 1. Asses Yourself - 2. Explore Careers - 3. Expand Skills - 4. Market Yourself - 5. Find a job

Build your Skills and Experience

Your UWindsor experience is more than attending classes. It is a combination of academics, co-curricular activities, and extracurricular involvement. By making the most of all three elements of your university experience, you will maximize your opportunities to build your skills, broaden your personal network, and clarify your long term academic and career goals.



Courses of study specific to each program



Activities and experiences that complement coursework (Outstanding Scholars, peer mentoring, VIP)



Activities falling outside the scope of set curriculum (Part-time job, clubs, volunteering, athletics)