Tips | Nursing and Physician Assistant
Below is a partial list of Ontario universities offering accelerated nursing degree programs. For a full list of accredited nursing programs visit the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing site.
Accelerated & Second-Entry Nursing Programs in Ontario
Accelerated programs are shorter in duration (“compressed or fast-tracked”) and available to applicants with existing and relevant university-level studies (varies by school).
Second-entry programs typically run for up to two years and are available to applicants with a completed university degree (requirements vary by school).
For additional degree programs as well as diploma programs visit the Ontario Colleges website.
Many nursing programs use the CASPer test as part of their admissions process. The test is based on situational scenarios requiring judgement and is used by programs to screen potential applicants for key personal and professional characteristics in a fair and reliable way. Check each program’s application processes to know if they require it.
Experience working in medical or human services settings will be useful in demonstrating your transferrable skills and personal qualities required for success as a nurse. For example, volunteering at a seniors care home, admin roles in health care clinics, first aid responder.
To learn about nursing careers including RPN; RN, Nurse Practitioner:
Visit the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario.
2. Physician Assistant
Physician Assistants (PA) are highly skilled health care professionals educated in the medical model who practice medicine. PAs graduate from a bachelor's or a master’s degree program that may be affiliated with a medical school. They practice medicine under the supervision of a licensed physician within a patient-centred healthcare team. PAs can work in any clinic setting to extend physician services, complement existing services, and help improve patient access to healthcare. Learn more about this career at Canadian PA.
PA Programs in Canada
University of Manitoba (Requires CASPer Test – see the section under NURSING)
Significant experience in healthcare-related settings is required before applying to one of the 3 programs in Canada. Here is some advice on what kind of experience to seek out.
Information is subject to change. Updated September 2021