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Scholar Practitioner Program (SPP)

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​Toronto, Full-time, 2-year

The Scholar Practitioner Program is an innovative second degree nursing program for university graduates who would like to pursue nursing at the BScN level. It also offers a way to become a nurse that is highly learner centred and responsive to changes in contemporary health care. The premise of the program is that nurses need to be clinically competent and theoretically sound thinkers as developing "scholar practitioners." This program prepares graduates to carry out knowledge work in a holistic healing relationship, to serve individuals and larger communities at home and internationally, and to generate new forms of knowledge to support inter-professional health-care practice.​​​​​​​​​​


Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN)

​More Information

The program location is as follows:

750 Dundas Street West, room 201
Toronto, Ontario M6J 3S3

For additional information about the Scholar Practitioner Program, contact Baiba Zarins, SPP Program Manager by phone (416-603-5800 ext. 6166) or via email (

Co-learner students are matched to one of three core affiliate health care agencies upon program admission. Additional affiliate organizations, as available, are utilized throughout the program curriculum.

The Scholar Practioner Program (SPP) Program Overview

Information on the background of this innovative program.

2017 Welcome Letter

Program welcome, faculty/contact list, program framework and more.

SPP Launch Day 2017

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017, 750 Dundas Street West

Tuberculosis (TB) Surveillance Letter

Required for students with a positive TB skin test result

Student Learner Handbook

Handbook is to assist in understanding more fully the policies, practices, and procedures of the School of Nursing.handbook is to assist in understanding more fully the policies, practices, and procedures of the School of Nursing.

Completing a Police Vulnerable Sector Check with the Toronto Police Service

Nursing students who have a permanent Toronto address (postal code begins with ‘M’) must complete a Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC) with the Toronto Police Service (TPS).

Clinical incident form

For any adverse event please complete the following incident form including the student reflection and learning questions.

Credential Assessment Form

Request form for Official School of Nursing Credential Assessment.

Students are responsible for all associated costs and expenses incurred for application to or while enrolled within any Nursing program.

These may include, but are not limited to, the following: BCLS-HCP CPR certification, criminal reference check/vulnerable sector screening clearance, mask-fit testing, required lab/practicum equipment and/or supplies, licensure preparatory requirements, transportation to and from any theoretical and/or practicum course placement, etc.

SPP Newsletters

SPP_Newsletter_Fall16.pdfSPP Newsletter Fall 2016

SPP_Newsletter_Winter16.pdfSPP Newsletter Winter 2016

SPP Newsletter Summer 2017

SPP_Newsletter_Fall17.pdfSPP Newsletter Fall 2017

SPP_Newsletter_Winter18.pdfSPP Newsletter Winter 2018

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Scholarships, awards and bursaries for students in the Nursing program.

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The Nipissing Promise

Students enrolled in the Nipissing University Promise program will be invited to return to Nipissing, tuition free, for up to 30 additional credits if six months after completing their four-year undergraduate degree program with a 70 percent average and all required elements of the program, they have not secured career-related employment.

For more information please visit The Nipissing Promise.

Leadership and Community Engagement

If you are eager to get involved beyond the classroom, take part in the annual Undergraduate Research Conference, which gives you the opportunity to present your work to peers, professors, and family members. You may also have opportunity to work as a Research Assistant to help a professor conduct research and gain valuable experience at the same time.

Record of Student Development

Involvement and experiential learning lead to more personal and academic success by connecting classroom learning to real world experience. Volunteer on your campus and within the community and be officially recognized for all that you do. The Record of Student Development (RSD) documents that you have completed a series of involvement outcomes that all employers are looking for. Achieving all the competencies associated with the RSD will help you communicate the depth of your experiences as you apply to career opportunities.

Employers are looking for people with the following proven abilities:

  • Analytical Skills
  • Communication skills
  • Problem-Solving skills
  • Strong Work Ethic
  • Teamwork

To register and see the full list of RSD competencies visit

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 School of Nursing Administration

Tammie McParland


Baiba Zarins

 Support Staff

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 Scholar Practitioner Program Faculty

image of Samantha Johnson
image of Nicole LeBlanc
Dr. Louela Manankil-Rankin
Katalin Pere
Krysia Theriault
photo of Dr. Ping Zou

After graduation, you will be eligible to write the national licensing exam. Upon successful licensure, you will enter a rewarding profession of endless opportunity within health care.

Graduates of the Nipissing University School of Nursing commence their nursing careers within local, national and international health care delivery environments. Many excel in their careers to become leaders in nursing and health care organizations.

Nipissing takes pride in knowing that, as a graduate of the nursing program, you will be equipped with the required nursing knowledge, skills, and competencies that you will need to meet your goals. You will be well positioned to work within the many domains of nursing such as public health, community and hospital nursing, health education, and case management. You may also consider future directions in academic or research institutions, furthering your education with graduate studies, or starting your career in today’s complex health care system, research-related jobs,or administration. Whatever career path you choose, Nipissing will have prepared you for a rewarding and challenging experience

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