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Health Sciences Programs

Health Sciences Programs

McMaster University offers a variety of programs in the Faculty of Health Sciences from undergraduate to post-graduate. 

Bachelor of Health Sciences

  • Four year Honours program
  • Interdisciplinary approach to the study of health, wellness, and illness
  • Experiential learning
  • Inquiry based

Apply to the BHSc Program through the Ontario University Application Centre (OUAC)
www.ouac.on.ca

Supplementary application required by McMaster, available at:
  • Biology (SBI4U)
  • Chemistry (SCH4U)
  • English (ENG4U)
  • One additional U or M credit to total six
  • A minimum of 90% is required for consideration
  • One of:
    • Advanced Functions (MHF4U)
    • Calculus & Vectors (MCV4U) or
    • Mathematics of Data Management (MDM4U)
  • One non-math, non-science, non-technology 4U/M*

*Note: Courses in mathematics, science or technological education are not acceptable.

Important Dates

  • January 18, 2018: OUAC application deadline
  • End of May: Latest you can expect an admission response
  • June: Respond to offer of admission
  • September: Program begins

Nursing

  • 4 years (September to April)
  • Can complete at McMaster, Mohawk or Conestoga
  • Courses include clinical placement, community health, anatomy and physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology, pathophysiology, problem-based learning, etc.
  • Skills you will learn: injections, medication administration, dressing change, IV medication, communication, suture/staple removal, assessment, CPR, and much more

Apply to McMaster’s BScN Program through the Ontario University Application Centre (OUAC) 

Applicants directly from Ontario Secondary Schools 

  • At least 6 grade 12 U/M level courses, including: 
  • English U 
  • One advanced Functions U, or Mathematics or Data Management U, Calculus and Vectors U 
  • Biology U 
  • Chemistry U 
  • Two additional Grade 12 U or M courses to total six 

Applicants from other provinces and countries must achieve the equivalent to the qualifications listed above in their secondary school graduation year. 

Practical Nursing is an Ontario College Diploma program offered at Mohawk’s Institute for Applied Health Sciences, located on the McMaster University campus in Hamilton, Ontario. The Practical Nursing program runs for 16 calendar months over 4 semesters. 

Practical Nursing with Aboriginal Communities, an Ontario College Diploma program, is offered every second year at Six Nations Polytechnic. Students in the program will have the opportunity to experience collaborative learning, the learning methodology where students are responsible for their own learning and for contributing to the learning of their peers. 

For more information about these programs, requirements, and Indigenous facilitated admissions: 

https://www.mohawkcollege.ca/indigenous-students

Important Dates

  • February 1: OUAC Application due 
  • End of May: Latest an admission responce can be expected 
  • June: Respond to an offer of admission 
  • September: Program begins 

Medicine

 

    • Three years full time
    • Problem-Based, Self-Directed Learning
    • Early Clincial Exposure

    Apply to the MD Program through the Ontario Medical School Application Service (OMSAS)

    www.ouac.on.ca/omsas

    • Three years of undergrad in any discipline with a GPA of at least 3.0 on the 4.0 scale
    • Online application - OMSAS (Including 3 references)
    • CasPER (Online test)
    • MCAT - If the MCAT was written prior to April 2015, but within five years of the application deadline, the score from the Verbal Reasoning section must be a minimum of 6. If the new MCAT was written (after April 2015), a score of 123 on the Critical Analysis and Reasoning Section is required 
    • Successful MMI 

    Indigenous Applicants can choose to apply through the Indigenous Application Process (First Nations, Inuit, or Métis). Indigenous Applicants who meet the minimum admission requirements and supply the required documentation will automatically be invited to interview. 

    Indigenous Applicants will be required, at the time of application, to provide:

    1. A letter declaring Indigenous ancestry and giving specific information about First Nation, treaty, community or organizational affiliation. The letter should request consideration under the alternate process, and should expand on the candidate's academic and personal background, and reasons for wishing to become a physician.

    2. A letter of recommendation from their First Nation, Band Council, Tribal Council, Treaty, community, or organziational affiliation.

    3. Proof of Indigenous ancestry. Acceptable proofs of ancestry include: Status or Treaty card, Métis Membership Card, Nunavut Trust Service Card, or Inuit Roll Number.

    • McMaster University will ONLY recognize Métis Membership cards from the Provincial counterparts of the Métis National Council

    Indigenous applicants are required to complete the OMSAS application and must meet the same minimum academic criteria for admissions as set out for the general pool of candidates (three or more years of undergraduate degree-level courses by May of the year of entry with an overall GPA of at least 3.00 as calculated on the OMSAS 4.00 scale and a minimum score of 6 on the Verbal Reasoning component of the MCAT or 123 on the Critical Analysis and Reasoning section of the MCAT 2015, and CASPer).

    The MCAT

    • In order to reduce barriers for Indigenous applicants, provision of MCAT scores may be deferred beyond the application deadline. Those Indigenous applicants wishing to delay taking the MCAT until after invitations to interview are sent out in early February are free to do so, but should be aware that they MUST forward a minimum MCAT verbal reasoning score of 6 or critical analysis and reasoning score of 123 to the Admissions Office before the offer of admission date in order to maintain eligibility. Indigenous applicants taking advantage of this opportunity should book their MCAT in the Fall to ensure they have secured a test date which has a score release date early enough to meet the deadline. Please note that a fee may be applied by MCAT for cancellations.

    Visit the MD Program's website for the most up to date information on the requirements of the Indigenous Application Process - http://mdprogram.mcmaster.ca/md-program-admissions/who-should-apply/aboriginal-applicants

    Important Dates

    • Mid-July: OMSAS Online application service opens
    • September 15: Deadline to register/create an account with OMSAS. Any accounts created after this date will be disqualified
    • October 1: Completed applicanion to be submitted
    • October 4: Payment for Application due
    • November 1: MCAT scores released to OMSAS - unless defered through the Indigenous Application Process, socre will then be released in Mid-May
    • End of January/Early February: Invitation to interview
    • Mid-February: MSEI workshop hosted by ISHS - all Indigenous Applicants invited to interview will also be invited to participate in this workshop
    • End of March: MMI Weekend at McMaster
    • Mid-May: Offers of admissions sent out
    • June 30: Final transcripts must be received at OMSAS
    • End of August: Program Begins

    Midwifery

    • 4 year Bachelor of Health Sciences in Midwifery
    • Small class sizes
    • Direct entry professional program
    • Majority of program consists of clinical placements

    Apply to the Midwifery Program through the Ontario University Application Centre (OUAC)
    www.ouac.on.ca

    Direct Entry from High School/Secondary School Equivalency

    • English 12 U
    • Biology 12 U or Chemistry 12 U (both recommended)
    • One Grade 12 U or 12 M course in Social Science (History, Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, Family Studies, Geography, Law)
    • Completion of additional 12 U or M courses to total six credits.
    • Minimum grade of 75% in each of the three required courses listed in points 1, 2, and 3 above and a minimum overall average of 75% on all Grade 12 U or M courses (including the required courses).

    Students can apply from a variety of backgrounds, including, but not limited to: previous post-secondary school experience, current post-secondary school students, and mature students. It is highly recommended that applicants have at one year of post-secondary experience before applying to Midwifery.

    Important Dates

    • February 1: Application due 
    • Late April/Early May: Multi-Mini Interviews
    • End of May: Latest you can expect an admission response
    • June: Respond to offer of admission
    • September: Program begins

    Physician Assistant

    • 24 students per year
    • 2 year program, 24 months 
      • - Year 1: Clinical Science/Courses
      • - Year 2: Clinical Training
    • Problem-based Learning

    Apply to the Physician Assistants Program through the Ontario University Application Centre (OUAC)
    www.ouac.on.ca

    Supplementary application required by McMaster available at:
    https://fhs.mcmaster.ca/physicianassistant/prospective_students.html

    Admissions Committee will consider:

    GPA and Transripts
    Supplementary Application
    Interview (MMI)

    • 2 years of undergraduate university
    • 3.0 GPA (OMSAS 4.0 scale)
    • No specific course requirements

    Important Dates

    • February 1: Application Due (including supplementary application)
    • Late April/Early May: Multi-Mini Interviews
    • End of May: Latest you can expect an admission response
    • June: Respond to offer of admission
    • September: Program begins

    Rehabilitation Science: Occupational Therapy & Physiotherapy

    • 2 extended study years
    • Problem-based, self-directed learning
    • Experience and training in real practice environments
    • Hands on learning opportunities
    • The opportunity to learn practical skills in both clinical and research environments

    Apply to the OT/PT programs through the Ontario Rehabilitation Sciences Programs Application Service (ORPAS)

    www.ouac.on.ca/orpas

    Students applying to the Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy Msc (OT) or Physiotherapy MSc (PT) at McMaster will be required to have the following:

    If you are graduating from a 4-year baccalaureate degree (120 units/credits), you require the following:

    • A minimum average of B or 75% or 3.0/4 or 8/12, calculated over the last 60 units of your university course work. (Applicants may apply in the 4th year of their degree).

    If you graduated from a 3-year baccalaureate degree (90 units/credits), you must complete additional university work in order to be eligible to apply. You require the following:

    • 3-year baccalaureate degree (90 units/credits).
    • Plus an additional 30 units/credits to now total 120 units/credits in all.
    • Contained within this 120 units/credits,18 units/credits must be at the fourth-year level or above.
    • A minimum average of B or 75% or 3.0/4 or 8/12, calculated over the last 60 units of your university course work. 

    In addition to the above requirements, the MSc (PT) degree requires:

    • A full or half credit in one biological or life science course with a grade of B or 75% or 3.0/4 or 8/12 or higher.
    • A full or half credit in one social science or humanities course with a grade of B or 75% or 3.0/4 or 8/12 or higher.

    The Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University has a policy in place to facilitate the admission of students with Indigenous ancestry as defined by the 1982 Constitution Act which recognizes First Nations, Inuit, and Métis as the Indigenous Peoples of Canada. These applications must be supplemented by documentation (photocopy of an Indian Status Card or Tribal Enrolment Card, Métis Membership/Citizenship Card, Inuit or Inuvialuit Tribal Corporation Number or Inuit Registry; or a letter from an official representative of the applicant's First Nations band, treaty, tribal or traditional council; Inuit land/territory organization; Métis settlement or community organization; or a recognized Indigenous organization. This documentation must be sent to School of Rehabilitation Science OT Admissions Committee c/o Tania Baricevic or PT Admissions Committee c/o Liz Dzaman.

    Applicants who have a minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0 and who meet the above criteria will be automatically invited to come for an interview. For applicants applying for Physiotherapy, they must also meet the pre-requisite courses identified earlier.

    Applicants are then ranked with all other applicants using the weighted average of the MMI score and GPA.

    For further information, please contact:
    OT Program Coordinator
    Tel: (905)525-9140 ext.27829
    Fax: (905)524-0069
    Email: AskOT@mcmaster.ca

    PT Program Coordinator
    Tel: (905)525-9140 ext.27859
    Fax: (905)524-0069
    Email: AskPT@mcmaster.ca

    Important Dates

    • October: ORPAS Application opens
    • January 5, 2018: Deadline for applications to ORPAS
    • End of January: Deadline to submit transcripts
    • Beginning of March: Interview Invitations sent out
    • April: MMI at McMaster
    • Mid-May: Admission Offers emailed to applicants 
    • End of August: Orientation Week

    Master of Public Health

    • A focus on general public health issues
    • Additional areas focus on: public health policy and health management, public health research methods, and environmental health
    • Core and elective courses
    • A thesis-based or 4 month practicum-based (with a capstone paper) program
    • Full-time or part-time registration
    • A blend of classroom and optional online course delivery in the future
    • Completion in 16-24 months (full-time) or four years (part-time)

    Apply to the MPH program through School of Graduate Studies McMaster University Application Site

    http://www.mcmaster.ca/ola/grad.html

    • Completion of a four-year undergraduate degree in Sciences or equivalent from an accredited university by time of entry into the MPH program, or an approved professional degree (i.e., Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine, Nutrition, Rehabilitation Sciences, Pharmacy or Social Work – BSW or MSW)
    • B+ average in the final year of study
    • An undergraduate course in statistics or mathematics with at least a B+ grade to ensure appropriate quantitative ability for the epidemiology and biostatistics courses

    Important Dates

    Application dates vary year-to-year. The MPH Program will post on their website when the new dates are finialized.

    For the 2017-2018 academic year the application opened November 1, 2016 and closed January 25, 2017.