THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO February 21 2020 (LSN) The Ontario Government is making changes to permit colleges and universities to offer Bachelor nursing degree programs on a stand-alone basis.
During a visit to confederation College today,Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines and Indigenous Affairs said the new nursing education policy will give students more choice about where they can access high-quality education to pursue a rewarding career in registered nursing.
“This new policy will allow Ontario colleges to have greater autonomy and flexibility over their programming, while maintaining excellence in nursing education,” said MinisterRickford.“Colleges and universities will be able to choose whether to deliver their programs collaboratively or on a stand-alone basis. For colleges, this will be the first time they would be able to offer the Bachelor nursing degree independently of a university partner.”
This new change will allow colleges and universities the ability to apply to offer nursing education for future registered nurses as a stand-alone degree, subject to necessary approvals, including the College of Nurses of Ontario and quality assurance processes
“We commend the government of Ontario for recognizing the long history colleges have in providing quality nursing education,” said Kathleen Lynch, President of Confederation College. “Confederation College is proud to have played an important role in laying the foundation for many successful nursing careers through the exceptional education we provide. The province’s decision will add new opportunities for nursing degree education for college students and support our commitment to meet the needs of employers in northwestern Ontario.”
Maintaining excellence in nursing education continues to be a priority for Ontario. By having safeguards in place, Ontario is ensuring we maintain excellence in nursing education, while expanding choice for students and providing greater autonomy to institutions.
“Safeguarding Ontario’s competitiveness and building Ontario’s economy means ensuring our postsecondary institutions are training students for the jobs of today and the future,” said Ross Romano, Minister of Colleges and Universities. “That is why Ontario is introducing a new pathway for nursing education, to offer greater choice for students.”
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