Rural Community Route

Rural Community Route

Wainwright and area residents can now earn a university degree to become a registered nurse without leaving their home community

  • Pilot program launched in September 2021
  • Students must reside within 120 km of the Town of Wainwright*
  • Program delivered online and in-person in the Wainwright area
  • 4 year program, September admission only


* Applicants must be a resident of Alberta

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Wainwright offers degree for locals interested in becoming RNs

Wainwright offers degree for locals interested in becoming RNs

The recruitment and retention of nurses has been a challenge in rural Alberta for years. In response to that challenge, a “grow your own” strategy has been developed to help meet the registered nurse (RN) workforce needs in the Wainwright area.

Part of this strategy is the development of a Bachelor of Nursing Program–Rural Community. Developed by the University of Calgary (UCalgary) Faculty of Nursing, this program is centred on providing education directly in rural communities to better prepare students for the realities of rural nursing.

The town of Wainwright, located 210 km southeast of Edmonton, is the first home of this rural undergraduate nursing program.

The first group of eight students in this program are Alberta residents who live no farther than 120 km from Wainwright and range in age from their late teens to their 40s. The group began studying in September and is expected to graduate in 2025.

Dr. Zahra Shajani speaks to CBC Edmonton AM about the nursing program in Wainwright. Listen now

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Still have questions about applying? Contact the Undergraduate and Graduate Programs Office