Ontario takes huge step in improving health-care education
The Ontario government’s recent decision to allow colleges to offer stand-alone bachelor of science in nursing degrees marks an important evolution in health-care education.
For the past 20 years, colleges offering a B.Sc.N. were required to find a university partner to help deliver the program, as colleges weren’t offering degrees when the decision was made requiring registered nurses to have a degree rather than a diploma.
So much has changed since then.
Many colleges now offer four-year honours degree programs in a range of specialized areas, from interior design to business administration, robotics and our own behavioural psychology program. Independent research has confirmed that graduates of these programs are very successful.
With so many colleges fully capable of delivering the B.Sc.N. program on their own, this expansion of opportunities for students makes perfect sense for Ontario.
St. Lawrence College is a perfect example.
While St. Lawrence currently partners with Laurentian University in Sudbury, the entire four-year curriculum is delivered at our three campuses in Kingston, Brockville and Cornwall.