Camosun’s new Associate of Science in Nursing diploma program started in 1980 with 125 registered students.
The program was created by Chair Thelma Brown (who later became Dean of Health and Human Services), along with faculty members Faye Ferguson and Patti Gauchie to prepare students for licensure as Practical Nurses and Registered Nurses. In 1979, the threesome were given eight months to develop a program framework, hire all the faculty, liaise with Admissions, order textbooks, consult with the Library and order lab supplies!
Today Camosun offers a highly regarded Bachelor of Science in Nursing program in partnership with the University of Victoria. Students complete their first five semesters and two practicum terms at Camosun before finishing their degree at UVic.