Thunder Bay • Orillia

School of Nursing


We lead nursing education and scholarship in the promotion of health in Northwestern Ontario and beyond.

Graduates of the nursing program are leaders and advocates for health in northwestern Ontario and beyond.

In addition to our commitment to core nursing values we value:

  • Relational nursing practice that is respectful and collaborative
  • Professional practice that is ethical, competent, accountable and knowledgeable
  • Care which is person centred and respects their values and goals while facilitating decision to meet health care needs
  • Supportive, dynamic, empowering and creative environments for learning and working
  • Practitioners who are committed to promoting social justice and equity locally, nationally, and globally
  • Scholarship/discovery and dissemination of new knowledge

Consistent with the vision and mission of Lakehead University the baccalaureate nursing program is situated in Northwestern Ontario with an emphasis on the primary health care needs in northern, rural, and remote communities, including Indigenous people. Nursing is a humanistic art and science rooted in human relationships and based on multiple ways of knowing. Nurses engage in relational practice with others in purposeful ways to develop mutual trust and respect with the goal of creating conditions that foster holistic health.

The focus of nursing is the health and wellness of people across the continuum of care within changing societal, environmental, cultural, and political environments. Nursing practice and its consideration of the determinants of health, health choices, life transitions, and illness experiences, occur within dynamic and diverse contexts. Nurses function as leaders and advocates for health.

In the baccalaureate nursing program students learn and transition through a transformative approach facilitated by the creation of environments that engage them as active, self-directed, and diverse learners. Through knowledge of self, others and contexts, students engage in relational practice to care for others. Students commit to core nursing values such as caring, integrity, respect, compassion, and social justice as the foundation of professional nursing practice.


In addition to the academic requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, potential students must review the information provided by the College of Nurses of Ontario entitled How do I Become a Nurse in Ontario (Fact Sheet #45307), available from the College of Nurses of Ontario website at This document explains the competencies in areas such as science/math, physical abilities, sensory abilities and interpersonal/communication skills that are essential for nursing.

The School of Nursing was established in 1965; the program which has evolved provides four academic years of liberal arts, science and professional education with supervised nursing experience in a variety of clinical settings. Upon completion of the program, the graduate is eligible to write the examinations required to practice and register with the College of Nurses of Ontario.

It is important to note that the College of Nurses of Ontario states that registrants must "not have been found guilty of a criminal offense or offense under the Narcotic Control Act (Canada) or the Food and Drug Act (Canada)" and must "not suffer from a physical or mental condition or disorder that makes it desirable in the public interest that he or she not practice nursing".

The School of Nursing has streamed the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program in the following way:
(a) Lakehead University School of Nursing and Confederation College Nursing Program collaboratively are delivering the Bachelor of Science in Nursing four year program which began September 2002.
(b) the Three Year Compressed Program. This program entails spring and summer course work.

In December of 1998 the College of Nurses of Ontario passed a motion supporting the baccalaureate in nursing as the educational requirement for all new registered nurses beginning January 2005. In April of 2000, the Provincial government passed the necessary legislation to support this initiative.

For a list of Faculty members click here.

The following Nursing program offerings are available:
Each program is marked with a TB, O or W designation to distinguish where each program is available.
(TB = Thunder Bay campus, O = Orillia campus, W = online)

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Collaboration with Confederation College) (TB)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (3-year Compressed) (TB)
Native Nurses Entry Program(TB)