About Us

The Centre for Nursing Studies (CNS) was established in 1996 and is operated by Eastern Health. It is located at Southcott Hall, 100 Forest Road, in the east end of St. John's. CNS offers a variety of high quality nursing education programs to prepare our graduates to provide excellent patient care across a broad range of health care and social settings. Programs are offered both on-site and by distance delivery. 

CNS is the largest nursing school in Newfoundland and Labrador. We have approximately 1000 students across all programs, 50 full-time faculty members and, at peak periods, an almost equal number of sessional faculty. Currently, CNS annually admits approximately 120 students to the Bachelor of Nursing (Collaborative) Program and approximately 85 students to the Practical Nursing Program. In addition, CNS provides continuing studies programs (post-basic courses) to Registered Nurses (RNs) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), re-entry programs for RNs and LPNs, a tailored bridging and re-entry program for internationally educated nurses (IENs), and competency-based assessments of nurses in practice for the College of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador (CRNNL) and regional health authorities as requested. Enrollment in continuing studies programs is variable depending on health care system demand.

Programs offered include:

Bachelor of Nursing (Collaborative) Program

Practical Nursing Program

Continuing Nursing Studies for Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses

Please follow this link for information about the Nurse Practitioner option. 

The Centre for Nursing Studies occupies seven floors of Southcott Hall:

Basement Level - Student lockers and Lounge, Records Room and Conference Room

Ground Floor - Classrooms, the Learning Resource Centre (LRC), Guidance Counsellor, CNS Mailroom, and office of the CNS Operations Officer

First Floor - Classrooms, Student Computer Lab and Learning Labs, including Simulation

Second Floor - Conference Rooms, Nursing Society Office, International Office, and Faculty Offices

Fourth Floor - Faculty Office

Ninth Floor - Learning Labs, Conference Rooms, and Faculty Offices

Tenth Floor - Faculty, Support Staff and Administrative Offices

Eleventh Floor - Faculty, Support Staff, Administrative Offices, and Nursing Research Office