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Future Laurentian Nursing Students Eligible for Free Tuition

Graduate and undergraduate students from Ontario studying Nursing may benefit from generous provincial grant

(February 9, 2023 - Sudbury, ON) - Future students interested in pursuing a career in Nursing received potentially life-changing news recently as the Provincial Government has introduced the “Ontario Learn and Stay Grant.” This grant, which applies only to Ontario residents, will soon provide free tuition for students enrolling in certain health care programs such as Laurentian University’s nursing programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

“We are encouraged to see this investment into the future of Northern Ontario’s health care providers by the Provincial Government. Our diverse pool of students, including francophones, will benefit greatly from this grant, as will the many residents of our region,” said Dr. Sheila Embleton, Interim President and Vice-Chancellor.

Students who receive this grant must commit to working in the region where they studied. For every year of schooling, students complete under the grant program, they must work in the region for a six-month period. In addition to providing free tuition, the funding will cover the cost of compulsory fees, books and other direct educational costs. 

“That this opportunity is extended to students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate nursing programs will amplify the impact on addressing critical nursing shortages. Students training to become nurses and nurses advancing their professional education will contribute to strengthening health care in Northern Ontario communities,” said Dr. Brenda Brouwer, Interim Provost and Vice-President Academic.

Students enrolling in the undergraduate nursing programs in French or English will be eligible and Laurentian is working with the province to identify which specific graduate nursing program streams will be eligible for this grant.

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About the Laurentian University School of Nursing

With a long-standing history and presence in Northern Ontario, the School of Nursing has prepared students to enter the nursing profession for over 50 years. The 4-year English and French Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) degree programs are nationally accredited by the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing and provincially approved by the College of Nurses of Ontario. The Laurentian University School of Nursing also offers two additional programs in French: the BScN program for Registered Nurses and for Registered Practical Nurses.

In addition to offering undergraduate nursing education, students also have the opportunity to study nursing at the graduate level. The Master of Science in Nursing (MScN) program is offered in English and French with four streams including Nurse Practitioner (clinical stream), Advanced Practice Nursing (course-based stream), Thesis (research stream), and Post Nurse Practitioner Certificate (course-based stream). All streams in the MScN program are delivered remotely with the exception of onsite requirements for the Nurse Practitioner program. The School is proud to contribute to the community by building capacity for advanced practice nursing in the North and beyond.


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