The Native Nurses Entry Program is a nine month preparation program for individuals of Aboriginal decent (status, non-status, Metis or Inuit). The program is designed to provide the necessary skills and academic preparation required for successful completion of the four (4) year nursing degree program.

Those who may be considered for admission to this program include:
  • High School Graduates (completed OSSD with six U or M level courses) who do not meet the specific prerequisite courses for the BScN program
  • Mature, extraordinary students or college/transfer students NOT meeting the required admission criteria outlined in the University calendar (see regulations in Lakehead University calendar) AND/OR
  • Health care workers e.g. Community Health Representatives (CHRs) and Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs) who have a minimum of Ontario Grade 10 or equivalent.
As well, all applicants are required to submit proof of recent upgrading (within the last 5 years) in Biology and Chemistry - preferably Gr.10 Academic or Applied Science and Gr. 11 U or C Chemistry, or the equivalent.

The program is based on two (2) semesters of twelve (12) weeks each, as well as a two (2) week field experience upon the successful completion of all NNEP courses. The student may choose field experiences in their own community or other Aboriginal health-care settings.

mature students - definition

You are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident who has not been engaged in full-time studies for at least two years and has completed less than one year at a community college.

You have never attended a University and you do not meet the General Admission Requirements.

extraordinary admissions

You have been away from formal education for at least two years at any time because of reasons beyond your control.