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Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing
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Program format:

● Fulltime, FourYear

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.

Domestic fees range: $7,042 - $7,609

International fees range: $22,084  - $22,532

When you apply to Ryerson’s Collaborative Nursing Degree Program, you will be required to meet a number of admission requirements, based on your grades and prerequisite courses. 

You will need to meet certain deadlines when submitting your application online and you will also be required to submit supporting documents such as academic transcripts or proof of English language proficiency.

More on admissions.

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. We educate nurses to work with people and communities of diverse backgrounds, ages, and degrees of health and illness.

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, including graduating with a degree from Ryerson.

With a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 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.


The traditional image of nurses as hospital bedside caregivers is only one of the many faces of nursing in the modern health care system. The scope of nursing practice encompasses health promotion and the delivery of primary health care services to families, communities and target populations as well as the care of ill and injured individuals.

The career choices open to nurses today are nothing less than vast, and the employment rates of our graduates are high. You can find opportunities:

In the community: as a public health nurse, community health nurse providing care in the client’s home, in an ambulatory clinic, health centre, primary care facility, street health organization, or occupational health setting, school nurse or parish nurse.

  • In a hospital, rehabilitative or long term care setting: providing inpatient, outpatient care, long term or psychiatric care.
  • In the public or private sector: in a home for the aged, a workplace health unit or in a service such as nursing tele-practice.
  • In independent practice: as a teacher, health care provider or consultant.
  • In the developing world: as an international relief nurse or as part of a community building team.

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

The Ryerson Centennial George Brown Collaborative Nursing Degree program will give you a solid foundation in nursing theory along with a variety of high quality practice experiences.

As a graduate, you’ll be a knowledgeable and compassionate practitioner. You will have the skills and knowledge to build therapeutic relationships with patients and their families that will benefit from your interpersonal skills and your high quality clinical competency.

Each of our three program sites has a high-tech simulation lab that allows you to experience comprehensive clinical scenarios and situations within the safety of a teaching setting. These labs help you develop the competence and confidence to provide skilled care.

A large part of your nursing education involves working with clients in a wide range of nursing practice placements. Placements allow you to develop and apply your growing knowledge, step by step, in a supervised practice setting.


Our professors are experienced nurses and educators who are active in many spheres within the nursing profession. They continually adapt their teaching to equip you with the knowledge and experiences to contribute, lead and adapt.

Our graduates go on to be leaders in all aspects of nursing practice and play an active role in shaping Canada’s health care future.


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

You’ll develop your knowledge through simulations, small group study, traditional large group lectures and a number of innovative teaching and learning methodologies.

You’ll 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 nontraditional settings.

As a graduate of this program, you’ll begin your career with a strong foundation in nursing theory that includes critical social and phenomenological perspectives in combination with health knowledge of anatomy and physiology, pharmacology and nutrition. You’ll have a broad set of professional practice competencies that will position you to be successful across diverse practice settings.

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

See the Undergraduate Calendar or the Curriculum Overview snapshot.

CNSA leadership

There is more to the Ryerson Collaborative Nursing experience than just lectures, books and studying. At Ryerson, we offer many opportunities to get involved in athletics and recreation, social events, conferences, student politics and volunteer opportunities.

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.

After graduation, you will form part of a strong alumni network. The Ryerson alumni community is active and involved — providing great opportunities for socializing, volunteering and professional networking.