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Nursing courses in Canada

Looking for Nursing courses in Canada? Here’s everything you need to know

Canada is always in a quest to improve its healthcare services, which makes it recognised amongst best healthcare providers in the world. To support this continuous development, Nursing courses in Canada are quite famous among international students. Studying Nursing in Canada comes with the promise of plenty of job opportunities, high paying salaries, and better quality of life. A Canadian degree is recognised across the world and gives the student a secure career. And to top it all, it gives you the satisfaction of contributing to the society. 

Types of Nursing programs in Canada

Canada offers Nursing courses across levels of study. Basis of your previous qualifications, you can opt for:

  • Full-time bachelor’s degree (3-4 years)

  • Certification courses (1-2 years)

  • Diploma courses (1-2 years)

  • Full-time master’s degree (2 years)

Canada offers four major intakes -- Spring, Fall, Summer and Winter. Speak with an IDP counsellor to find out which intakes in Canada works best for you

Cost and duration

A Nursing program in Canada will typically take 1-4 years for you to complete. Tuition fee for a bachelor’s degree in Canada would range between CAD 12,000 and CAD 50,000. 

Eligibility requirements to study nursing courses in canada

For pursuing a Nursing undergraduate degree program or a diploma course, you must have:

  • Obtained an overall band score of 6.5 in IELTS (English language proficiency test)

  • Completed high school with satisfactory grades and studied English, Mathematics, Biology, and Chemistry (for bachelor’s)  

  • Completed Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), obtained a registered nurse (RN) license, and have a minimum GPA and GRE scores required for the chosen university/ program (for master’s) 

Top Nursing courses in Canada

Here are the most popular Nursing courses that international students opt for in Canada: 

  • BSc in Nursing

  • Diploma in Practical Nursing

  • Advanced Nursing Leadership & Management

  • Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing

  • Certification in Gerontology

  • Certification in Coronary Nursing

  • MSc in Nursing

  • Master of Nursing

Some Canadian schools and universities even offer specialised courses such as Emergency Nursing, Cardiac Nursing, Oncology Nursing, School Nursing, Paediatric Nursing, and Geriatric Nursing.

Career prospects

After completing your studies in Nursing from Canada, you can work in the capacity of a/an:
  • Entrepreneur

  • Consultant

  • Military Nurse

  • Forensic Nurse

  • Holistic Nurse

  • Medical Writer

  • Supplemental Nurse

  • Research Nurse 

Licensed nurses can also serve as practitioners, educators, and managers in the healthcare field. Salaries in the healthcare field increase with experience. An entry-level salary of a nurse can earn between $45,000 to $50,000 per year. If you have pursued a specialised course like critical care, then you can get a yearly package of $60,000 or more. 

In a nutshell, completing your studies in the field of Nursing from Canada can place you in the most affluent medical institutes/hospitals/path labs and other medical chains across the globe. Not only will studying in Canada be great for your career, but it will also be greatly beneficial to as an individual as it will help you polish your people and personal skills. If you still get overwhelmed at any step or need any assistance with your study decisions, simply reach out to IDP’s international education specialists and we will be pleased to guide you. 

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Updated on March 22, 2022

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