Seneca’s Honours Bachelor of Science – Nursing degree program will prepare future generations of health-care professionals.
With the value of health-care workers more apparent than ever, a new degree at Seneca equips tomorrow’s nurses with the skills and knowledge to be leaders in their profession.
The first cohort of students in Seneca’s Honours Bachelor of Science – Nursing (BSN) program — which launched in September of this year — is acquiring a global perspective that will help them make a positive difference in our most vulnerable communities.
BSN students will graduate after four years with the prerequisites to become registered nurses in Ontario.
“The pandemic has shone a light on the critical need for nurses, and we all understand the important role they play in a strong health-care system,” says Maria May, Dean of the Faculty of Applied Arts and Health Sciences. “Seneca can now further support this need with its own degree program, featuring a state-of-the-art facilities with patient care labs and simulation rooms that are second to none.”
The BSN degree is offered at Seneca’s King Campus, a unique destination among Ontario colleges, which is surrounded by more than 280 hectares of protected green space and boasts custom-designed teaching and learning spaces at the newly constructed Magna Hall.
The BSN degree program features placements in various clinical settings. Students gain transferrable skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, self-management, and communication, which will serve them throughout their careers.
The BSN curriculum includes newly developed courses based on COVID-19 and other current trends in health care. In addition, students learn from experienced faculty about best practices, ethical decision-making, leadership skills, and commitment to excellence in nursing care.
The practical portion of the BSN program includes experience in the 20-bed patient care simulation lab at Magna Hall, where students take part in hands-on learning that reflects what they will encounter on the front lines.
“The Honours Bachelor of Science – Nursing degree program builds on more than 50 years of nursing education,” says Sharon Cassar, Chair of the School of Nursing at Seneca. “Our curriculum is taught by industry professionals and provides the foundation for a fulfilling career spent helping others.”
BSN graduates will find careers waiting for them in Canada or abroad with a wide array of employers, including hospitals, public health units, community nursing organizations, rehabilitation centres, long-term care facilities, private clinics, and more.
“There has never been a better time to consider a career in nursing,” says May, herself a former nurse. “Trained nurses are in high demand, and that’s expected to remain the case for a long time to come as Canada’s population ages. Seneca is proud to offer its students this new pathway to becoming registered nurses.”
Applications are now open for the next intake of the Honours Bachelor of Science – Nursing program in January 2023.