Rural Community Route

Rural Community Route

Residents of rural communities can earn a Bachelor of Nursing degree to become a registered nurse without leaving their home community

  • Multiple program sites, currently in East-Central and Northeastern Alberta
    (Program sites may be subject to change)
  • Program delivered using a blended model of online and in-person learning
    Students must have a laptop computer for some in-person classes and activities

* Applicants must meet residency requirements for the program site they are applying to

CASN Accrediation UCalgary Medicine Hat

Admission at the Wainwright site will be paused for Fall 2024

  • 4 year degree program
  • September admission only
  • Labs in-person at Wainwright Health Centre
  • Clinical placements within the Wainwright area
  • Applicants must reside with 120 km of Wainwright and be Alberta residents
  • 28-month program for those with prior post-secondary education
  • January admission only
  • Labs in-person at a Portage College campus (campus location to be determined and may vary by admission intake) 
    • Labs for students admitted in Winter 2024 will be held at the St. Paul Campus
  • Clinical placements within the Portage College region
  • Along with admission requirements, students must present the following foundational course work: 6 units of approved Anatomy & Physiology, 6 units of Arts/Humanities/Social Sciences, 3 units of Statistics, and a minimum of 15 units of additional coursework. Students who are missing required foundational coursework must complete this within the first year of the program, if admitted. 
  • Preference is given to Licenced Practical Nurses (LPNs)
  • Applicants must reside with the Portage College Service Region (see map) and be Alberta residents

Admission to the Drayton Valley site for Fall 2024 will open on October 1, 2023

  • 4 year degree program
  • September admission only
  • Clinical placements within the Drayton Valley area
  • Applicants must reside with 120 km of Drayton Valley and be Alberta residents
Gaeleen Ratté, right, with daughter Chantal, who's also in the second group of Wainwright nursing students.

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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