Curriculum & Program Timeline


The Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing is committed to providing students with the best possible learning experience. The 19-month Compressed Time Frame (CTF) Program spans two academic years. Students take courses in the summer of the first year of the CTF program, before completing two terms of courses in the second year.

Level 1: September to December

Students will begin to gain an understanding of the philosophical, theoretical and ethical foundations of the nursing profession and nursing practice. Concepts such as health promotion, relational practice, social determinants of health, social justice, and person-centered collaborative care are emphasized. First level students will spend four hours per week in clinical laboratory settings learning and applying introductory health assessment techniques necessary to begin the process of developing clinical judgment as a nurse.

Theory-Based Courses

Professional Practice Courses

Level 2: January to April

Students will build upon their knowledge from first level and gain deeper insights and experience with families/community populations. Concepts related to mental health care as well as application of principles in simulation are experienced. Students spend additional time in the clinical laboratory learning more advanced techniques related to aseptic technique and medication administration. An introduction to health informatics in nursing is also explored.

Theory-Based Courses

Professional Practice Courses

Level 3: May to July

A deeper focus on acute and chronic healthcare considerations will be discussed by students in theory, the clinical laboratory and simulation environment, as well as the professional practice setting in acute care units such as medicine, surgery, and orthopedics. Research methodologies, and evidence-informed practice in nursing are also emphasized throughout this level.

Theory-Based Courses

Professional Practice Courses

  • Nursing 3900B –  Professional Practice III: Clients with Health Challenges
    • Two 12-hour shifts per week for six consecutive weeks for a total of 144 placement hours
    • Group placement in acute care on medical or surgical unit within the Southwest LHIN
    • Students will provide nursing care in hospital settings to clients experiencing acute illness
    • Students will apply knowledge gained in past year of the program to understand the nature of illness, healthcare system, inter-professional collaboration and variety of nursing roles and responsibilities
    • Course Outline

Level 4: September to December

Students will begin to consolidate their knowledge in classes that explore ethical theories and the legal aspects of nurses’ role, nursing regulation and practice standards, social justice, leadership and advocacy. Students will examine the role of the nurse in shaping and influencing future directions in health and health care related to economics, technology innovation, power, and policy. Advanced clinical concepts are explored with a deeper understanding and application of clinical judgment in theoretical courses, as well as in professional practice placements.

Theory-Based Courses

Professional Practice

  • Nursing 4410AProfessional Practice: Clients with Complex Health Challenges
    • Two 12-hour shifts per week on alternating weeks for a total of 144 placement hours
    • Group placement in acute care areas with increased complexity within a wider area of the Southwest LHIN
    • Students to integrate and apply concepts learned through program at an advanced level to clients and families
    • Student groups are a combination of both Collaborative and Compressed Time Frame students
    • Course Outline

Level 5: January to April

Students will enter the fifth level ready to apply knowledge in their integrative practicum experiences where they will spend 456 hours working alongside a nurse preceptor preparing them to enter the profession as a novice registered nurse.

Professional Practice Courses

  • Nursing 4461X Professional Practice: Integrative Practicum
    • 456 placement hours
    • Preceptored placement; hours vary depending on preceptor’s schedule (12-hour shifts, days, evenings, nights, weekends are possible)
    • Placements available in diverse placements settings (primary care, acute care, tertiary care, long term care, community) within the entire Southwest LHIN
    • Purpose is to gain proficiency in experience gained throughout program and demonstrate evidence informed practice to meet the entry to practice CNO competencies
    • Course Outline

Progression Requirements

All students in the BScN CTF Program must:

  • Successfully complete all courses for each term before proceeding to the next year term
  • Meet the progression requirements and maintain clinical skills in all courses at a satisfactory level
  • Submit documentation for all medical and non-medical pre-placement requirements