Top 7 Nursing Universities In Canada

Are you looking forward to studying nursing? Well, the nursing universities in Canada have been playing a game of musical chairs in Maclean’s 2018 rankings. You may notice that some of them have changed positions from last year.

So, which nursing universities should you be looking at?

#1 – UBC

UBC Vancouver Campus
University of British Columbia, Vancouver Campus

The School of Nursing at UBC focuses on Nursing, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Physiotherapy, Medicine, and Nutrition Science, among others. In addition to its various undergraduate programs, UBC offers graduate programs that are difficult to find elsewhere.

Ranked at #2 in 2017, UBC jumped to #1 in 2018. With an international reputation of academic programs and leading research, UBC resides in the world’s top 50 university spots. The campus itself looks and feels like it’s own little city, on the verge of the peninsula in Vancouver, BC.

#2 – University of Alberta

University of Alberta

U of A is the leading research and education institution in Edmonton. Therefore, it’s no surprise that it’s considered a top 5 university in Canada and resides within the top 100 worldwide! U of A‘s Nursing Simulation Centre provides both undergraduate and graduate students with an opportunity to practice what they learn in a realistic environment. As a result, U of A employs real people to simulate patients, and real-life clinical placement opportunities are plentiful.

#3 – University of Toronto

university of toronto campus
University of Toronto

U of T’s nursing program contains a history of innovation in nursing education. In 1942, U of T offered the first 4-year BScN degree in Canada. Lining up with their innovative strategies, the university released an online Master of Nursing Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program in 2001. Later known as the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing in 2007, the nursing faculty offers BScN, Master, Post-Master Diploma, Collaborative Master-Doctoral, and PhD programs.

Despite it dropping to #3 in 2018 (from #1 in 2017), U of T remains a big league player in the university game. Due to its consistent ranking in the top 50 public universities in the world, it’s popularity is reflected in its international student body, which comes from over 150 countries. Also, the QS World University Rankings listed U of T as having the second best university nursing program.

#4 – University of Calgary

University of Calgary campus
University of Calgary

The Faculty of Nursing at the University of Calgary drives a significant force in Canada’s nursing education system. This is demonstrated by Calgary’s 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students, five graduate programs and a plentiful amount of undergrad programs. A Clinical Simulation Learning Centre offers students hands-on classes alongside practicum placements.

Located in Canada’s booming energy capital, it is no surprise that Calgary’s engineering, business programs, and energy-related fields of study are prospering. Additionally, the University of Calgary shot up from its #7 rank in 2017 to #4 in 2018 (Maclean’s).

#4 – McMaster University

McMaster University Campus
McMaster University

Tied for #4 with the University of Calgary, McMaster University is one of the founding members of U15, which is Canada’s association for top research facilities. Placing within the top 10 Canadian schools and top 100 globally, it is no surprise that McMaster’s research institution helps move billions of dollars through Canada’s economy each year. McMaster’s Graduate program offers Master and PhD programs alongside their graduate diplomas and specializations.

Most noteworthy is McMaster’s innovative problem-based learning method—a method that is slowly being adopted by other universities. Not to mention, there are many opportunities for co-op placements and group learning activities!

#6 – McGill University

McGill University campus
McGill University

Sitting at the heart of downtown Montreal’s vibrant core, McGill’s students are never far from off-campus excitement. However, even with a small drop from #5 in 2017 to #6 in 2018, McGill remains a strong university. Since 1920, the Ingram School of Nursing has been open to students. In their final year of study, students also have the option of studying abroad.

Furthermore, McGill’s renowned Bachelor program and graduate study programs offer prospective and current nurses the education to begin a career in nursing or help them further their degree/diploma.

#7 – Queen’s University

Queen's University campus
Queen’s University

Queen’s School of Nursing recently celebrated its 77th anniversary. Those years of expertise are evident from its outstanding programs and reputation. Students can tailor their learning and develop special skills through six graduate programs. Residing in Kingston, ON, Queen’s University is well-known for its vibrant student life, architecture, programs, and research. Its Neo-Gothic limestone study halls appeal to Queen’s students, artists, academics and researchers of all kinds!

Are you ready to browse through more nursing universities? Canada offers SO many incredible post-secondary schools for this field of study. If none of these get you excited about nursing, check out other nursing universities in Maclean’s 2018 list!

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