In February 2020, the Ontario government announced that colleges could apply to offer their own nursing degrees. Shortly after, Humber announced its intent to offer an independent nursing degree program beginning in Fall 2021.
In Humber’s proposed program, students would receive all four years of undergraduate degree education at Humber’s North Campus in Toronto. Graduates would receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.
Humber has more than fifty years’ experience preparing students for successful careers in the health sector and beyond. Our proposed curriculum focuses on nurses’ roles in community/public health, primary health care, long term care and acute settings. As with the nursing degree that we have offered in collaboration with the University of New Brunswick (UNB), our class sizes will remain small with 35 to 40 students in our theory and science courses. In our simulation labs, students will practise and improve interpersonal and technical nursing skills in a safe and active learning environment. Students will also receive hands-on experience across a number of clinical placements at health-related agencies across the Greater Toronto Area.
Humber had submitted an application to the Ministry of Colleges and Universities and the Postsecondary Education Quality Assessment Board, and formally notified the Colleges of Nurses of Ontario of its intent to offer this program independently.
If approved, Humber will open applications to study in the new standalone Bachelor of Science in Nursing program and in the second entry preparation program that provides students with previous university education a pathway to a nursing degree. The new program would have its first cohort start in September 2021. We expect admission requirements to remain the same as the ones we have posted for the Humber-UNB program. We will continue to post information about the program here, as we receive it.
FAQs in response to announcement Humber College To Pursue Independent Nursing Degree
Subsequent to the recent media announcement that Humber College intends to offer a standalone Bachelor of Science in Nursing, the following frequently asked questions and answers have been prepared.
Current Humber-UNB students will continue their studies as planned.
While Humber explores the opportunity to offer a standalone nursing degree program, our focus will continue to be on ensuring all Humber-UNB nursing students are prepared for successful careers in the health sector and beyond.
Humber still has to go through the application process for a standalone nursing program. At the time when Humber receives approval to offer an independent nursing degree, all Humber-UNB students will have the opportunity to complete their program.
The opportunity to offer a standalone nursing degree has been a top advocacy priority of the college for some time. We have engaged in many conversations with government to highlight the benefit of this decision for students and for the health care sector in the province.
We will keep students up to date about the status of a potential Humber standalone nursing program as the process moves forward.