Greater Choice for Nursing Students


The Ontario government is making changes to permit colleges and universities to offer Bachelor nursing degree programs on a stand-alone basis. For colleges, this will be the first time they would be able to offer the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) degree independently of a university partner.

Ross Romano, Minister of Colleges and Universities was at Sault College to announce a new nursing education policy that will give students more choice around accessing a high-quality education to pursue a rewarding career in registered nursing.

“Building Ontario’s economy means ensuring our postsecondary institutions are training students for the jobs of today and the future,” said Minister Romano. “This new pathway for nursing education will offer students greater choice and make it easier for them to pursue rewarding nursing careers.”

Since the collaborative nursing model was implemented in 2000, postsecondary education and health systems have grown and evolved. Many colleges now have experience in offering stand-alone degree programs in other areas of study. And both colleges and universities are able and willing to offer their own degrees independent of a partner institution.

“This new policy will expand choice for students and give institutions greater autonomy and flexibility over their programming,” said Minister Romano. “Institutions will be able to choose whether to deliver their programs collaboratively or on a stand-alone basis.”

“Granting colleges the ability to deliver a stand-alone nursing degree is a strong testament to the strength of our college programs, and further complements our ongoing commitment to offering a quality education,” said Dr. Ron Common, President, Sault College. “We are so grateful to Minister Romano and the provincial government for this opportunity to ensure more graduates enter the profession with the qualifications and the expertise to improve health-care delivery in our community.”

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.


  1. Wasn’t this already announced? So why the photo op now? This has been part of the College’s long-term strategy and would have come about regardless of party in power, so why is Mr. Romano putting on a conservative slant. It seems he does the same thing with grants anyone can apply for. An organization applies for a grant, meets the criteria, gets the award and his press releases make it look like he has did the leg work and wrapped it in a bow. I know Ross means well and does the best he can even though he has to follow Fords direction before he stands up for the Soo, but continually seeing this kind of action is frustrating.

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