With about 750 students, the Centre for Nursing Studies (CNS) is the largest nursing school in Newfoundland and Labrador. Located on the Memorial University campus, it offers a four-year bachelor of nursing degree (accepting about 120 students a year), a 16-month practical nursing diploma (about 70 students a year), and a variety of continuing study courses, including advanced studies in gerontology, critical care and mental health. The bachelor of nursing program is a collaborative effort created through a partnership between Memorial and two regional health authorities.
Students rotate through clinical placements in regional health care settings. Memorial provides residence accommodations to CNS students.
CNS’s strategic plan emphasizes a commitment to further developing its applied research program.
The school has an active international program, working with nursing schools and community organizations to bolster health care systems. CNS has completed projects in Bolivia, Chile, Ethiopia, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Jamaica, Malawi and Paraguay.
Outside of St. John’s, the College of the North Atlantic delivers the CNS practical nursing program in five communities where there is a need: Corner Brook, Clarenville, Carbonear, Happy Valley—Goose Bay and Grand Falls—Windsor.
|Size of school||Tuition (degree)||Tuition (diploma)||Residence offerings|
|Small (fewer than 2,000 full-time students)||$2,550-$11,460||$3,000||Yes|
- Bridging: This program enables graduates of the practical nursing program to complete a semester of courses and then enter the bachelor of nursing program as a second-year student. Key topics covered in the bridging semester include mathematics, physiology, nursing concepts and health assessment.
- Practical Nursing: This diploma program covers a wide range of topics, including gerontology, anatomy, pharmacology, mental health and leadership in nursing.
- Critical Care: A continuing education program for registered nurses, this course is designed to provide the necessary knowledge and expertise to care for clients in a critical care setting. Students complete a four- to six-week clinical component.
- Bachelor of Nursing
- Practical Nursing