Aboriginal Applicants

Aboriginal Admission Policy

Queen's School of Nursing supports the mission of the Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada to “improve the health of Aboriginal people, by supporting Aboriginal Nurses and by promoting the development and practice of Aboriginal health Nursing.” Nurses play a vital role in Aboriginal settings, particularly on-reserve, where nurses may be the only constant primary care provider. Queen’s School of Nursing recognizes the unique health inequities faced by Aboriginal people across Canada and the importance of increasing the number of Aboriginal nurses in Canada.

In order to encourage participation by members of the Aboriginal community in their post-secondary education, Queen’s School of Nursing offers Aboriginal candidates an additional and alternative pathway for admission to the first year of a full-time, first-entry undergraduate degree program.    

Aboriginal candidates must apply through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) and should expect to meet the general admission conditions for each program (at minimum the university admission average of 75%) and deadlines for undergraduate admission, including completion of the Personal Statement of Experience (PSE) and any applicable supplementary essays.

Offers of admission will be made to Aboriginal candidates whose total application shows strong evidence of academic preparedness and potential. Students who are admitted under this policy will be encouraged to make use of the academic advising and academic support services available to all students at Queen’s University. Students will be introduced to the contacts and services available at the Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre during the application process, upon admission, and during Orientation Week.

Queen’s University encourages students to access these services throughout their time at Queen’s. Candidates seeking admission consideration under this policy should submit a separate letter to Undergraduate Admission stating that they wish to be considered under this policy and provide evidence of Aboriginal ancestry. An Aboriginal Person is considered an Indigenous Person of North America (treaty status, non-status, Métis, or Inuit). In addition to the student’s Personal Statement of Experience, admission to Queen’s University will depend on the assessment of the student’s program prerequisites (or equivalences) as well as the student’s overall average. The number of students admitted each year under this policy will be determined in the annual enrolment plan upon consultation with the faculties and schools.

For one-on-one advice and guidance about applying through the Aboriginal Admission Policy:

Lisa Doxtator,
Queen's Aboriginal Recruitment and Admission Representative


Prerequisite requirements for admission:

A university admission average of 75% or higher in:

    • English 4U
    • Biology 4U
    • Chemistry 4U
    • ANY mathematics 4U
    • English 4U (final grade must be a minimum of 75%)
    • An addition 2 required courses (either 4U or 4M)