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Our program combines equal doses of hands-on learning and academic excellence. Clinical practicum courses start in year one with a 1:8 instructor-student ratio and take place in a variety of healthcare settings throughout the first three years of the program. In fact, the Faculty of Nursing is partnered with more than 250 hospital and community agencies throughout southwestern Ontario. In the final year of their program, students gain independence as they work alongside a preceptor (1:1 ratio), completing a total of 384 hours in both hospital and community settings.
To reinforce student learning in both the classroom and in clinical settings, we have a series of seven experiential learning labs taught throughout the program. These labs are specifically designed to help the learner apply theory to clinical practice through a variety of interactive and simulated activities.
In order to dynamically support student learning, nursing students have access to academic and career advising through the Student Success Coordinator and free counseling services through the Clinical Therapist embedded in the program.
After graduation, students write the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to be eligible for membership with the College of Nurses of Ontario.
In 2018, 95.8% passed the NCLEX by the end of the year in which they graduated. This is because students receive outstanding instruction from award-winning professors who are dedicated to student success. At an undergraduate level, students are engaged in professional development activities stemming from current research initiatives and best practices in Nursing. The NCLEX is the same exam that American students write. Graduates from the program may choose to pursue employment opportunities in the United States and would not need to write an alternate exam. Other eligibility criteria may be requested and may differ by state.
Sample Courses: Professional Nursing, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Clinical Nursing Experience, Experiential Learning Lab, Pharmacology in Nursing Practice
Career Tracks: Clinic nurse, community care nurse, health-care administrator, nurse practitioner, nurse educator
Professional Designation Possible: Registered Nurse (RN)
Course Requirements: Biology/SBI4U, Chemistry/SCH4U and one grade 12 level math
Minimum Average: 70% (70% average of the top six grade 12 U or M courses, 65% in English/ENG4U is required, 70% is required in Chemistry/SCH4U and Biology/SBI4U)
Mean Average (Entering Fall 2019): 89%
Note: This is a very competitive program. An 85% average is recommended for the top six grade 12 U or M courses along with a minimum average of 80% in Chemistry/SCH4U and Biology/SBI4U.
* Average over six Grade 12 academic courses.
Course Requirements: Grade 12 Biology, Grade 12 Chemistry and one grade 12 level math
Minimum Average: 70% (70% average of the top six grade 12 courses, 65% in Grade 12 English is required, 70% is required in Grade 12 Chemistry and Grade 12 Biology)
Mean Average (Entering Fall 2019): 89%
Note: This is a very competitive program. An 85% average is recommended for the top six grade 12 courses along with a minimum average of 80% in Chemistry and Biology.
* Applicants educated outside of Canada must submit evidence of education equivalent to the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with six Grade 12 academic courses. Grades will be converted to Ontario equivalent grades.
Number of Graduates (2020)
Employment Rate of Graduates
2 years following degree completion (OUGS Nursing, 2018)
"My time at the University of Windsor and particularly in the Faculty of Nursing has given me the skills and knowledge to care for patients and families in a safe, caring and professional manner. There have been so many opportunities at the University of Windsor to get involved and to really develop your leadership skills. I feel very prepared to step into the workforce as a competent and compassionate nurse. The faculty are so student focused and mentor all of their students to be the best nurse they can be! I am very proud to be a Windsor Lancer!"
Nick Tales RN, BScN
Graduates who have combined nursing degrees with other degrees and experience can become health-care lawyers, software designers, nurse executives, policy analysts, or health-care project managers. The possibilities are endless.
* Additional education and/or training required for some of the above careers.
With the programs you want and smaller student-to-faculty ratios, you can get the hands-on learning that’s sure to set you on a journey to a future you’ll be proud of.
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A HIP is an enriching educational experience that can be life-changing and often includes learning outside of the classroom while encouraging meaningful interaction and collaboration, such as:
Intentional career planning will help you prepare for your next step after graduation and beyond. It is a fluid, dynamic, and lifelong process. You can move on or return to an earlier stage in the cycle at any time.
Your UWindsor experience is more than attending classes. It is a combination of academics, co-curricular activities, and extracurricular involvement. By making the most of all three elements of your university experience, you will maximize your opportunities to build your skills, broaden your personal network, and clarify your long term academic and career goals.
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