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Ryerson University, Centennial College, George Brown College - BScN

A Message to All Year 1 Students in the Collaborative Nursing Degree Program

Welcome to the Collaborative Nursing Degree Program! We hope you are all keeping well. We look forward to having you join us this fall, but recognize that beginning a university program during the COVID-19 pandemic comes with a great deal of uncertainty. While we are dealing with the challenges of this uncertainty ourselves, we would like to reassure you that we are working hard to provide you with the best learning experience possible under the circumstances.

You have most likely heard that Ryerson University, as well as Centennial and George Brown Colleges, have made announcements indicating that courses for fall 2020 will be offered mostly through online format. Given that the Collaborative Program involves a significant number of labs as well as clinical placement opportunities, you are likely wondering what this means for Nursing courses for the fall. At this time, we expect that any theoretical, class-only courses will be offered fully online. Plans for labs and simulations remain uncertain; we are waiting for the University and Colleges to make a decision regarding in-person activities on campus for the fall semester. While we wait, we are preparing for the possibility of both in-person labs and virtual labs, so that once those decisions are made we can provide you with the details for your courses as quickly as possible. Clinical practice also remains uncertain at this point and will largely depend on the ability of our clinical partners to accept students. We will work with them and advocate on your behalf to secure clinical opportunities wherever possible.

Year 1 clinical practice begins in January, thus plans for Year 1 placements will become clearer towards the end of the fall semester.

Your faculty at all three sites of the collaborative program have been working hard to prepare for the fall semester. They are preparing courses that will be flexible, so that changes in course delivery necessitated by changes in the pandemic can be accommodated smoothly. As a result, please be aware that course delivery, learning activities and/or evaluation methods in your courses may be revised part way through the semester.

International Students at Centennial College are directed to the Centennial College International Students page, external link, opens in new window, while international students at George Brown College can go to George Brown College International Students page, external link, opens in new window.

In preparation for the possibility of clinical practice, please complete your PRR as directed by the Clinical Placement Office for your site. The websites below provide the instructions you need, as well as a contact email for any questions you may have about completing your PRR.

We would like to provide you with some guidance in anticipation of the increased use of online resources. In preparation for the next school year Ryerson University has identified Minimum Technology Requirements for Remote Learning. Collaborative nursing course teaching teams are preparing class content with these requirements in mind. Additional information about requirements may be provided by individual course teams once decisions about nursing-specific online resources have been confirmed. We acknowledge that you might have challenges accessing these resources. Therefore, if you do not have access to these resources, please speak to your professor prior to the start of the course.

We recognize that the uncertainty surrounding the fall semester is hard on all of you, as we ourselves are also challenged by this uncertainty. We will continue to provide regular updates through the summer, and will provide definitive information as soon as we are able to. Our goal is to provide you with the best program possible within the limits that may be placed upon us by the pandemic.  We appreciate your patience during this time, and wish you, your families and friends a safe and healthy summer.


Dr. Nancy Walton, Director, Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing
Dr. Daria Romaniuk, Associate Director, Collaborative Nursing Degree Program