In the last 20 years, the extent and complexity of community healthcare has grown rapidly, and this shift has challenged nurses to acquire new levels of leadership and expertise. As a result, nursing today is an engaging, diverse and exciting profession.
Recognizing the depth of knowledge and experience necessary to meet the needs of a changing healthcare landscape, the province of Ontario established new educational requirements for nursing. As of 2000, nursing students had to attend degree-granting institutions and, by 2005, nursing graduates were required to have a bachelor’s degree to practice in most of Canada.
In anticipation of the new degree requirements, an innovative partnership between Ryerson, Centennial College and George Brown College was born. Initial discussions began in 1997, and in the fall of 2001, the first Collaborative Degree students entered this remarkable joint program.
Since then, the program has capitalized on the strengths of each partner institution to provide students with the knowledge, skills and personal attributes that can only be achieved through a comprehensive and progressive nursing education.