Centre for Nursing Studies

With about 1,000 students, the Centre for Nursing Studies (CNS) is the largest nursing school in Newfoundland and Labrador. Located on the Memorial University campus, CNS offers a four-year bachelor of science in nursing, a 16-month practical nursing diploma and continuing education courses that include advanced studies in gerontology, critical care and mental health. The bachelor of science in nursing program is a partnership between Memorial and two regional health authorities, and allows students to rotate through clinical placements.

The school’s international program works closely with nursing schools, community organizations and health ministries in other countries to bolster their health care systems. CNS has completed projects in Bolivia, Chile, Ethiopia, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Jamaica, Malawi and Paraguay.

Outside of St. John’s, the College of the North Atlantic delivers the CNS practical nursing program in five communities throughout Newfoundland and Labrador: Corner Brook, Carbonear, Happy Valley—Goose Bay, Grand Falls—Windsor and Clarenville. There are plans to expand delivery of the program to another four communities in 2022.

Popular Programs

• Bachelor of Science in Nursing

• Practical Nursing

• Internationally Educated Nurse Bridging/RN Re-Entry

School Size



• Degree: $4,106

• Diploma: $4,944

Residence Offerings


Cool Options

• Internationally Educated Nurse Bridging Program: Nurses who trained outside Canada build on and connect their experiences to the Canadian health care system and nursing practices.

• Practical Nursing: This diploma program covers a range of topics, including gerontology, anatomy, pharmacology, mental health and leadership in nursing.

• Critical Care: This continuing education program for registered nurses provides students with the necessary expertise to care for patients in critical care, featuring a four- to six-week clinical component.