Centre for Nursing Studies

Centre for Nursing Studies | St. John's, N.L. | Founded 1996

With about 900 students, the Centre for Nursing Studies (CNS) is the largest nursing school in Newfoundland and Labrador. Located on the Memorial University campus, CNS offers a four-year bachelor of nursing degree (accepting about 121 students a year), a 16-month practical nursing diploma (accepting about 85 students a year) and continuing study courses, including advanced studies in gerontology, critical care and mental health. The bachelor of nursing program is a collaborative effort; it was created through a partnership between Memorial and two regional health authorities. Residence spots are available at Memorial University.

Students rotate through clinical placements in regional health-care settings. The centre’s strategic plan emphasizes a commitment to develop its applied research program.

The school has an active international program and works closely with nursing schools, community organizations and health ministries in other countries to help bolster their health-care systems. CNS has completed projects in Bolivia, Chile, Ethiopia, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Jamaica, Malawi and Paraguay.

Outside the provincial capital of St. John’s, the separate College of the North Atlantic delivers the CNS practical nursing program in five communities throughout Newfoundland and Labrador where there is a need: Corner Brook, Carbonear, Happy Valley—Goose Bay, Grand Falls—Windsor and Clarenville. 


Size of school Tuition (degree) Tuition (diploma) Residence offerings
Small (fewer than 2,000 full-time students) $3,304 $3,415 No

Cool Options

  • Internationally Educated Nurse Bridging Program: This program helps internationally educated nurses build on the commonalities and differences between their experiences and Canadian health-care delivery and nursing practice.
  • Practical Nursing: This diploma program covers a range of topics, including gerontology, anatomy, pharmacology, mental health and leadership in nursing.
  • Critical Care: This course—a continuing education program for registered nurses—provides students with the necessary knowledge and expertise to care for patients in critical care. Students complete a four- to six-week clinical component.

Popular Programs

  • Bachelor of Nursing
  • Practical Nursing
  • RN Re-entry Program

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