Colleges Ontario calls for stand-alone nursing programs at colleges

January 15, 2015

A new report from Colleges Ontario entitled Opening Doors to Nursing Degrees: Time for Action calls on the province to allow colleges to offer stand-alone nursing degree programs, rather than forcing them to offer such programs jointly with universities. “This would be an important step to improve health-care education in the province. Allowing students to attain a nursing degree at one postsecondary institution will be more efficient and provide more options, particularly if students live in a community that doesn’t have a local university,” said Colleges Ontario President Linda Franklin. Provincial requirements on nursing education used to allow students to attain their credentials at colleges, but changes made in 2000 stipulated that new nurses must have baccalaureate degrees. In a news release, Colleges Ontario says that changes in the postsecondary landscape that enable colleges to grant 4-year degrees mean that many colleges are ready to offer stand-alone nursing programs. The release further notes that in many joint programs, colleges are already providing as much as or more than 90% of the curriculum. Colleges Ontario News Release