University of Saskatchewan
Nurses College Today
graduates accepted their degrees from the University of Saskatchewan in May
of 1943, only one-third of the thirty that enrolled in the 1938 program. Today,
over one thousand students are enrolled in the Nursing Education Program at
the University of Saskatchewan. The program has grown and changed significantly
since its small beginnings.
was established as a school of nursing under the direction of Kathleen Ellis
in 1938. The school achieved college status in 1973 - a time when nursing
education in general was changing from a hands-on, hospital-based training
program to a college-based, academic program with limited practicum work. During
the same year, the Bachelor of Science degree in nursing was introduced. Students
would no longer receive an Arts degree and nursing training, but a degree in
their actual field of study.
currently offers a three or four-year nursing education program (depending
on the number of prerequisites the students have) in three cities across the
province: Saskatoon, Regina and Prince Albert. The program leads to
a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. Nurses wishing to continue
their education at the Master's level can also do so at the University of Saskatchewan
with either a thesis or course-based program. The College also offers
a Native Access Program to Nursing which the College of Nursing describes as "a
support and retention service for Aboriginal nursing students."
Because the College is committed
to continuing nursing education, it offers opportunities for professional development
and other continuing education programs.