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Faculty of Community Services

Collaborative Nursing Degree Program (BScN)

Program at a glance

Program format: Full-time, Four-Year

Start dates: September entry

Degree earned: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN)

Professional accreditation: The Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing is accredited by the The Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing.

Tuition fees range: Tuition fee details

Ryerson’s Collaborative Nursing Degree Program — offered in partnership with Centennial College and George Brown College — is a leading-edge learning and clinical environment committed to preparing nursing leaders who are highly competent, knowledgeable and committed to playing an integral role in shaping our health care future. Your studies can begin at any one of three sites: Ryerson, Centennial or George Brown. In the first two years, each school offers the same curriculum. You then move to Ryerson for your third and fourth years, and graduate with a degree from Ryerson. With a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, you will be eligible to write the College of Nurses of Ontario registration examination and accept entry-level positions in a variety of settings where nursing is practiced.

Career opportunities

The traditional image of nurses working at the bedside in hospitals is only one of the many opportunities nurses can fulfill today in our health care system and beyond.

The scope of nursing practice also encompasses health promotion and the delivery of primary health care services to individuals, families and communities as well as other spheres of practice, such as government, health policy settings, and research.

The career choices open to Registered Nurses today are unlimited. As a graduate of the Collaborative Nursing Degree Program, you will find opportunities for a career:

  • In the community: in public health nursing, home care nursing, community health nursing and working in ambulatory clinics, health centres, primary health care facilities, street health organizations, occupational health settings, and long term care settings.
  • In acute care and hospital settings: providing care to patients with acute and chronic conditions across a variety of units as well as in areas like rehabilitation and outpatient care.
  • In research: working in areas of research and implementation, as members of interprofessional and nursing research teams.
  • In global health settings: in addition to opportunities across Ontario, graduates of the Post Diploma Degree program can find opportunities as part of emergency, relief and community-building teams across the globe.

After graduation, you may also decide to expand your career choices and advancement opportunities even further by pursuing graduate studies in nursing.

Why Collaborative Nursing at Ryerson, Centennial and George Brown?

As a student our Collaborative Degree Nursing program, you will be a part of an exciting journey to become a knowledgeable and compassionate practitioner.

Through the four years in the program, you will gain a solid foundation in nursing theory and knowledge as well as engage in a variety of high-quality and diverse practice experiences.

You will develop the skills and knowledge needed to provide nursing care in today’s world and to build meaningful and therapeutic relationships with patients, families and communities in which you will work. These relationships and experiences will be informed by your interpersonal skills and your high-quality clinical competency.

Starting at each of our three program sites (Ryerson University, George Brown College and Centennial College) you will be provided with opportunities to experience high-tech simulation, and take part in comprehensive clinical scenarios and situations within the safety of a supportive teaching and learning environment. These experiences in our labs will help you develop the competence and confidence to provide skilled and thoughtful care.

A significant part of your nursing education will involve working with patients and communities across a wide range of nursing practice placements, in a variety of settings. Your experiences in placements will allow you to develop and apply your evolving knowledge, step by step, in supervised practice settings.

Overall, you will have access to knowledgeable and committed faculty members and clinical instructors, skilled and responsive academic advisors, preceptors and clinical staff who will support you in placements and lab settings and access to a range of student support services and resources at all three of our sites. All of this is intended to set the conditions for the success of our students.

We look forward to welcoming you as a student in our Collaborative Nursing Degree Program!

How to apply

When you apply to Ryerson, you will be required to meet a number of admission requirements based on your grades and prerequisite courses.

You'll need to meet certain deadlines when submitting your application online and may be required to submit supporting documents.


As a student of this program, you will develop self-awareness, communication skills, and the ability to form collaborative relationships with both clients and colleagues.

You will build your knowledge through simulations, small group study, traditional large-group lectures and a number of innovative teaching and learning methodologies.

You will also participate in a nursing practice every term to help you develop your professional practice competencies in hospital- and community-based health care settings as well as in other non-traditional settings.

As a graduate of this program, you will begin your career with a strong foundation in nursing theory in combination with health knowledge of anatomy and physiology, pharmacology and nutrition.  

With an understanding of the health care system and self-directed learning skills to keep your nursing knowledge current throughout your career, you will become a health care professional who knows how to lead and influence the health care profession.

Ryerson Collaborative Nursing life

There is so much more to the Ryerson Collaborative Nursing experience than just attending class, reading and studying. At Ryerson, we offer countless opportunities to get involved.

Our students are engaged and interested, making life on campus vibrant and exciting. Student organizations such as the Nursing Course Union (NCU)  and Ryerson’s Canadian Nursing Students Association (CNSA) help build a strong sense of community and hold inclusive events throughout the year – some for professional development, some to support local charities and some simply for fun!

After graduation, you will be invited to join our strong alumni network. The Ryerson alumni community is active and involved — providing great opportunities for socializing, volunteering and professional networking.

Our mission and vision

Our mission:

We are committed to preparing nursing leaders who are highly competent, knowledgeable and who play an integral role in shaping our health care future. We are committed to building upon our reputation for excellence by creating and delivering innovative, accessible baccalaureate nursing, and advanced practice education. We support an environment that respects differences, encourages inquiry, promotes the discovery of the human lived experience, and champions social justice. We engage in the scholarship of teaching, discovery, integration, and application to further excellence in nursing practice, education and leadership.

Our vision:

Leading collaborative baccalaureate nursing education in Ontario. Leading the development and advancement of knowledge and research for practice and education.