Stand-alone nursing degrees at Ontario colleges will strengthen health-care training

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The Ontario government’s decision to give colleges the option to deliver stand-alone nursing degree programs will produce more qualified nurses to fill key shortages in many communities.

“This is terrific news for students and health-care professionals,” said Glenn Vollebregt, St. Lawrence College president and CEO. “It makes nursing more attractive to students who wish to study and pursue careers in their home communities.”

“We have a long history and exemplary reputation for delivering high quality nursing education,” Vollebregt said. “Our faculty have a minimum of a master’s degree, with half of our core faculty either having or working on their Ph.D. Today’s announcement recognizes that colleges are providing education at a degree level and is a testament to the quality and sustainability of the work being done across our province by college educators, staff, and industry and community partners.”

This decision will also create a more diverse nursing workforce that can respond more effectively to patients. The student population at colleges mirrors the general population and college is often the preferred post-secondary destination for first-generation students and Indigenous students.

St. Lawrence College offers nursing programs at its campuses in Kingston, Brockville, and Cornwall, and recently upgraded learning facilities to include modern, state-of-the-art technical training equipment and clinical simulation labs.

“This announcement is a tribute to the strength of our college programs,” Vollebregt said. “The top career choice of many of our graduates is in healthcare. SLC is known for our impact on our communities and we will continue to deliver the best possible nursing education.” 





St. Lawrence College is situated on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples; we are grateful to live and learn on these lands. With campuses in Kingston, Brockville, and Cornwall, SLC delivers education and training that meets the needs of community, industry, and employers. The College prepares students to succeed in the global economy through relevant, practical programs and experiential learning opportunities. SLC offers more than 100 full-time programs including diplomas, degrees, graduate certificates, apprenticeships, micro-credentials and life-long learning opportunities. Everyone belongs in the SLC community, comprised of 12,000 full-time students and more than 100,000 alumni in 75 countries around the world.


Media Contact:
Laura Tulchinsky
Communications Officer
St. Lawrence College

Julie Einarson
Senior Advisor, Communications and Government Relations
St. Lawrence College

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