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Student Life

Gain the knowledge and skills necessary to practice as a Registered Nurse through theory courses, professional practice, case-based learning and simulated clinical education.

Develop clinical skills and confidence in a lab setting in one of our state-of-the-art simulation suites before embarking on your first practical placement.

Learn from faculty with varied backgrounds and diverse interests in areas such as mental health, homelessness, health informatics and technology, pediatric health, global health, aging and rural health.

Get a head start on your career with our Accelerated Year 4 option that allows some students to graduate one semester early.

Join the Canadian Nursing Students’ Association, the national voice of nursing students in Canada.

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Professional Practice Placements
Become a leader in health-care delivery by developing skills and knowledge in a variety of health-care settings throughout southwestern Ontario, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health units and community support agencies.

International Experience
Complete a course in global health and consider applying for an associated elective placement in Rwanda to gain global perspectives on health issues and other health-care systems.

Learning it Together
Participate in a student-run health promotion program that aims to improve literacy, numeracy and healthy-living skills in elementary school children through mentorship and role modelling.

Student Clubs and Councils
Join the Western-Fanshawe Nursing Students’ Association, Nursing Games, Faculty of Health Sciences Dream Team or represent Western on national and provincial nursing associations.

Visit the Nursing website for more information.


  • Western-Fanshawe Collaborative BScN Program (4 years)
  • Compressed Time Frame Program (19 months – minimum two years of university study required for entry)


  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN)