Georgian College is launching a four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.
An announcement was made at the Barrie campus on Thursday morning, with details of the new stand-alone program provided by Georgian College President and CEO Dr. MaryLynn West-Moynes, along with Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre CEO Janice Skot and Minister of Colleges and Universities Jill Dunlop.
The program came following recent changes made by the Ontario Government to allow publicly-assisted colleges and universities to offer a baccalaureate degree in nursing.
“This is a bold, progressive move by the Ontario government, that will provide our students the opportunity to complete a highly sought-after degree – right here in our community,” said Dr. West-Moynes. “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.”
“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.”
The province is also providing Georgian up to $564,308 to help increase enrolment in nursing education programs at the college.