Undergraduate Studies in Nursing


Western's Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing offers two ways for students to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) degree. Find out which one is right for you.

Western-Fanshawe Collaborative Program

The Western-Fanshawe Collaborative Program is designed for students applying directly from secondary school, or mature applicants, looking to develop the skills and knowledge to begin a career as a Registered Nurse (RN).

Compressed Time Frame (CTF) Program

The CTF Program is a 19-month course geared toward students who already hold a university degree, or who have completed at least two years of university, and have completed specific prerequisite courses.

Nursing Registration (Licensing) Requirements

To practice nursing in Canada, all graduates of a BScN program must complete and pass a registration exam. Registration and the designation of the title Registered Nurse (RN) is regulated in Ontario by the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO). To qualify to write the licensing exam graduates must provide proof of Canadian citizenship, permanent resident status, or authorization under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) to practice nursing.

For more details please visit the CNO website.

Program Approvals

The Western University Baccalaureate Nursing Programs (Western-Fanshawe Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Science in Nursing Compressed Time Frame) are approved by the College of Nurses of Ontario. Current graduates from these programs are eligible to apply for registration as a Registered Nurse in Ontario.

Entry to Practice: Outside of Ontario/Canada

For information about practicing outside of Ontario/Canada, please refer to our Assessment of Credentials page.