Georgian College is offering a new stand-alone four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.
Details were shared by Jill Dunlop, Minister of Colleges and Universities, at a press conference on Thursday.
“This is an important milestone for postsecondary education in Ontario as Georgian College becomes one of the first colleges to offer stand-alone nursing degrees,” said Minister Dunlop. “By allowing colleges and universities to have stand-alone degrees our government is increasing choice and reducing barriers to access high-quality, local education for our students.”
Georgian College will welcome the first cohort of new nursing students starting in September 2022.
“Georgian is well-positioned to offer all four years of a truly exceptional Honours Bachelor of Science – Nursing degree program with some of the latest in high-fidelity nursing simulation lab technology and highly skilled faculty,” said Dr. MaryLynn West-Moynes, Georgian College President and CEO.
The new program builds on Ontario’s recent changes allowing both publicly-assisted colleges and universities to offer a baccalaureate degree in nursing to increase opportunities for students to access a high-quality education. This includes stand-alone Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs offered at universities, colleges, and through collaborative university-college partnerships.
“Georgian College’s new Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program gives students the option of studying and staying closer to home here in Barrie,” said Andrea Khanjin, MPP for Barrie-Innisfil.