Frequently Asked Questions
A. For the past twenty years, colleges and universities across Ontario have partnered to offer a joint Bachelor of Science – Nursing degree (BScN). Students in the program are taught a common curriculum and graduate with a BScN, granted by the participating university.
The arrangement has worked very well and served to standardize Registered Nurses (RN) training in Ontario.
In 2020, the Ontario government granted colleges permission to offer their own stand-alone BScN degree programs, provided they meet all the necessary criteria and receive all required approvals.
Cambrian College applied for – and has been approved – to offer its own stand-alone BScN. Cambrian will begin accepting students into its new BScN program in September of 2022.
Cambrian and Laurentian will now begin winding down the existing joint BScN program. This wind down should be completed in 2025.
A. Nothing changes for them. They will continue in their studies, and if successful, graduate with an LU degree in 2025.
A. If you received an offer of admission to the existing collaborative BScN program, your offer of admission will be transferred to Cambrian’s stand-alone program.
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You will not have to reapply.
A. Both programs will lead to an equivalent credential and prepare graduates to sit for their licensing exams to become Registered Nurses with the College of Nurses of Ontario. However, each institution will tailor its BScN program curriculum to its unique strengths. They will be equal but unique programs.
Key distinctives to Cambrian’s BScN program include an emphasis on leadership development, interprofessionalism, health promotion, acute care, and additional hands-on training and learning.
Additionally, both programs will also prepare graduates to pursue additional studies at the graduate level. However, it is important to note that when applying to any Master’s level program, applications are assessed on an individual basis.
A. Yes. They will both meet the necessary requirements of a Nursing degree program in Ontario.
A. All faculty in the BScN will be required to either have a Masters of Science – Nursing (MSN) or a terminal degree in a nursing or related field. All faculty teaching nursing courses must be registered nurses.
A. Yes, we expect students to have equal opportunity for community placements.
A. The costs will essentially be the same.
A. Each request will be evaluated on an individual basis. Please contact Cambrian’s BScN program coordinator to discuss what is involved for a transfer.
A. We are actively exploring that option. Having our own BScN gives us more flexibility to create a pathway. We’ll provide updates on this issue as they become available, including how to transition from RPN to BScN.
A. We will review each application individually and discuss with you your options.