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Under a new joint-agreement, York University and Georgian College will offer a post-RN degree program for registered nurses, at Georgian's Orillia campus.

The announcement, made at a recent media conference at the Orillia campus, was attended by officials from York University, Georgian College and the local health communities.

A similar announcement was made simultaneously at the Grey Bruce Health Services, Owen Sound Hospital. The program will also be offered at Georgian's Owen Sound Campus.

The agreement builds on the extremely successful partnership between Georgian College, Seneca College and York University in offering a collaborative BScN program.

Classes for the collaborative post-RN program will begin in September 2004. The announcement means that qualified graduates of diploma nursing programs such as those previously offered by Georgian College, will have the opportunity to earn the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree that integrates theory, knowledge and practice in diverse settings.

"This program prepares nurses for a significant role in health care for the 21st century," said Georgian College vice-president academic, Cheryl Simpson. "The program specifically provides a convenient method for working nurses in our region to earn a degree without having to leave the area. They can also be confident in the quality of teaching and learning, based on our existing partnerships with York University."

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