Post-Diploma Degree Completion Program in Nursing (BScN)

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Advance your nursing career by upgrading your diploma to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) degree.

This program is offered by The Chang School in collaboration with the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing. It is specially designed for diploma-prepared registered nurses (RNs) and registered practical nurses (RPNs) who have completed a Ryerson-approved bridging program.

The program will provide you with an opportunity to develop an analytical approach to nursing practice and expand your understanding of the profession. Build on your previous education and experience. Prepare to play a critical role in treatment and recovery for your patients.

This part-time degree completion program is designed with your busy work schedule and personal life in mind – allowing you to balance your education and career.

Learn through a dynamic blend of:

  • lecture discussions
  • hybrid online learning
  • small group learning
  • self-directed learning
  • supervised clinical practice

Want to learn more? Contact Jouanna Labib, Student Affairs/Program Advisor:

Who Is Eligible?

This program is for working nurses who want to upgrade their diploma to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) degree. It will prepare you to excel in a variety of nursing roles and health care settings.

Specifically, our students are from three groups:

All students must be formally admitted to this part-time degree program. As a part-time student, you can complete the program within 30 months, or take up to seven years. Personalized program planning is available to meet your specific needs.

How to Apply

The Chang School and the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing collaboratively offer the Part-Time Post-Diploma Degree Completion Program in Nursing (BScN).

All students must be formally admitted to the part-time post-diploma degree completion program through the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing.  Part-time students have up to seven years to complete the program, which is delivered through The Chang School.

To apply to the part-time post-diploma degree program, visit the Admissions website for detailed admission requirements.

Use the Applying for Admission to the Post-Diploma instructions for a guide on how to apply.

Program Format

As a part-time student, you can complete the program within 30 months, or take up to seven years. Personalized program planning is available to meet your specific needs.

Sample 30-month program schedule

Our program contains two modes of delivery: hybrid classroom courses and fully online courses. These modes of delivery will enable you to balance your professional development with your career.

Hybrid Classroom Courses

For classroom students, courses are offered in a flexible blend of in-class and online course delivery. Classes are scheduled one evening per week, with back-to-back classes running from 4:00 p.m.–9:30 p.m.

Online Courses

Many of the courses in this program are available fully online, allowing you to complete them without ever coming to campus.

Expert student advising is also available to assist you to customize your program schedule; contact Jouanna Labib, Student Affairs/Program Advisor for more information: 

Program Curriculum

The Post-Diploma Degree Completion Program in Nursing (BScN) consists of four types of courses:

  1. Required courses (including clinical placement)
  2. Nursing electives
  3. Professionally related electives
  4. Upper-level Liberal Studies electives.

Professionally related electives (Add ‘C’ to beginning of course code for Chang School courses. For example, CCRM 202.) are select courses offered to post-diploma degree students from other schools/programs based on their relevance to the core curriculum. You must complete two courses from a pre-approved list.

Upper-level liberal studies electives – often referred to as the “humanities” – round out your educational experience by providing a wider backdrop to understanding the world in which we live.  Certain courses cannot be taken for Liberal Studies credit in this post-diploma degree program. Please see Table B - Upper Level Restrictions for more information.

Before taking courses, you are highly encouraged to take CYSG 110 - Academic Preparation for success in university-level education.

13 Required Courses

Note: Nursing Practice I/II

You must register for CNCL 700/800 through the Central Placement Office. Registration in these courses differs from enrolment in previous courses and must follow the enrolment guidelines and deadlines outlined by the Central Placement Office. Note: To register in the nursing practice courses and receive the degree, you must be formally admitted to the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing, Post-Diploma, Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program.

6 Electives

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some opportunities for baccalaureate prepared RNs?

Our graduates advance their nursing careers in the community, in hospitals, and in a variety of exciting and dynamic health care settings.

As a graduate of this program, you will find opportunities for careers:

In the community

  • public health nursing
  • home care nursing
  • community health nursing
  • ambulatory clinics
  • health centres
  • primary health care facilities
  • street health organizations
  • occupational health settings
  • long-term care settings

In acute care and hospital settings

  • providing care to patients with acute and chronic conditions across a variety of units
  • rehabilitation
  • outpatient care

In research

  • research and implementation
  • inter-professional and nursing research teams

In health settings

  • across Ontario and around the world
  • emergency, relief, and community-building teams

After graduation, you may also decide to expand your career choices and advancement opportunities even further by pursuing graduate studies in nursing.

How long do I have to complete the degree?

You can complete the degree at your own pace; however, all the requirements must be completed within seven years from the time you were first admitted into the program. It is possible to complete the program in 30 months.

How much will the program cost?

Please see Fees by Program for more information.

What is a passing grade for Nursing courses?

Students must achieve a minimum grade of “C” (63 percent) to pass a core nursing course. Fifty percent is required to pass non-nursing elective courses.

Do I have to wait until September to begin the post-diploma degree courses?

No. Courses are offered at Ryerson every term.

I have taken some nursing courses and other electives at other universities. Can I use them towards my BScN degree at Ryerson?

When you apply for admission to the program, you can submit transcripts and course outlines for consideration for Transfer Credits.

Can I get credit for nursing certificates from a community college?

The Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing no longer considers nursing certificates from community colleges for Transfer Credits.

What is the weekly workload like?

In addition to the three hours of in-class and online work, you can expect to spend an additional three to four hours of study time per week, per course.

Can I do anything now to prepare for the program?

Yes. You can start by taking the CYSG 110 - Academic Preparation workshop or by taking three approved Upper-Level Liberal Studies or two approved Professionally Related elective courses.

Contact Us


For student inquiries and curriculum advising, contact Jouanna Labib, Student Affairs/Program Advisor.


Phone: 416-979-5000, ext. 5238