Bachelor of Nursing (Collaborative) Program

This is a four-year basic nursing education program leading to a baccalaureate degree in nursing. This innovative baccalaureate curriculum was developed through the collaborative efforts of all schools of nursing in the province and implemented in the 1996-97 academic year. The Bachelor of Nursing (Collaborative) Program is delivered through a consortium partnership between Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN), Western Health, and Eastern Health . It is designed to enhance the opportunities for individuals to be prepared at the baccalaureate level for entry into professional nursing practice. The same BN (Collaborative) Program is delivered at the Centre for Nursing Studies, MUN Faculty of Nursing and Western Regional School of Nursing. A BN degree is the minimum level of education for nurses entering the profession. Students may be admitted to the program following high school graduation or, alternatively, students who already have a degree may be eligible for the Fast Track Option, available at MUN Faculty of Nursing and Western Regional School of Nursing.

The BN (Collaborative) Program was awarded a seven year accreditation status by the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN) in May, 2015. This is the highest award given to a school of nursing in Canada.

The BN (Collaborative) Program is approved by the College of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador (CRNNL). This approval designation assures the public and students that the nursing program prepares entry-level practitioners who provide safe quality health care.


BN (Collaborative) Program LPN Bridging Option

The BN (Collaborative) Program LPN Bridging Option provides a career ladder for Licensed Practical Nurses that recognizes prior nursing knowledge and clinical experience.

  • It reduces the workload, time, and cost to LPNs entering the BN (Collaborative) Program
  • The bridging semester prepares students to enter the second year of the nursing degree program


All students in the nursing program must demonstrate their capacity to meet the entry-level nurse competencies. Please review the Requisite Skills and Abilities for Entry-Level Registered Nurse Practice document. The purpose of this document is to provide potential nursing students with information on the requisite skills and abilities of a registered nurse.