• Application Deadline: 
    March 1
  • Program Code: 
    180.A0
  • DEC in: 
    Nursing
  • Certification: 
    Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec (OIIQ)
  • Program Length: 
    3 years

Your meaningful career in nursing starts with a clinical placement during the first semester of the Nursing Program at Dawson College. Throughout the program, you will experience hands-on learning in Dawson’s labs and high-tech simulation rooms and during weekly clinical placements. Students practise their skills on Dawson’s high-fidelity mannequins that breathe and react to interventions. Clinicals and labs are taken as part of a small group (maximum 10 students). By graduation, students have trained in many different aspects of healthcare in acute-care hospitals, long-term CHSLDs, active rehabilitation centres and day care settings. The program culminates with an internship in the final semester, which often leads to a first job in nursing.

I chose to be a nurse because it is satisfying to contribute to the restoration of someone’s health.
— Wedcher R.

What you will learn?

  • To use the ethics and values of the profession to understand one’s own role
  • To establish professional relationships with patients, peers, colleagues and teachers
  • To deal with social and cultural realities related to healthcare
  • To teach and assist patients in the maintenance and improvement of their health
  • To establish links between pharmacology and a clinical situation
  • To collect and analyse data
  • To plan, implement and evaluate nursing care
  • To intervene with patients requiring medical-surgical, post-natal, psychiatric, geriatric and ambulatory care
  • To use assessment and nursing care procedures
  • To perform nursing tasks: taking blood pressure, preparing medications, doing injections, managing wounds, conducting assessments for newborns, mothers and children
  • To apply emergency measures
  • To intervene with patients of all ages

Where will this program lead you?

Graduates are encouraged to continue their studies at the university level. McGill University offers Quebec CEGEP Nursing graduates the two-year Bachelor of Nursing (Integrated) (BNI) Program.

After completing the Dawson Nursing Program and passing the Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec (OIIQ) license exam, graduates can work in a variety of nursing jobs in hospitals and health centres.

What else you should know?

  • Once admitted to the program, students must:
    • complete the O.I.I.Q. nursing student registration application
    • have a clean criminal record check
    • provide proof of a complete immunization record
    • submit a medical certificate of health
  • You can complete the program in three or four years
  • There are two pathways (both five years full-time) to Complete a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing in Quebec:
  1. Take a DEC in Nursing at CEGEP (3 years) and then do a Bachelor’s in Nursing (2 years) = 5 years to obtain a BNI
  2. Take a DEC in Science (2 years) and then do a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (3 years) = 5 years to obtain a B.Sc.(N)
  • Dawson offers an internship in the final semester. It is 24-32 hours per week and students are paid up to $2,500 for the semester.
  • Dawson partners with the community of Kahnawake for clinical placements and the College is working to add more clinical placements in remote Indigenous communities
  • There is an opportunity to go on a day trip to visit facilities in the Eastern Townships that are recruiting English-speaking nurses
  • After completing the DEC in Nursing, graduates must write the license exam given by the Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec (OIIQ)
  • Graduates must show proof of French proficiency

What do you need to get in?

  • A Diploma of Secondary Studies (DES) or academic background judged equivalent to the DES
  • Sec IV Environmental Science & Technology or Environmental Science 558-404 or 558-402 or Physical Science 436
  • Sec V Chemistry 551-504 or Chemistry 534
  • Secondary IV enriched 406/436 Mathematics or Secondary V Mathematics are considered assets
  • Placement at College English 101 (testing may be required)
  • Letter of intent
  • Completion of the science prerequisites within the last 5 years is considered an asset

Application Deadline

March 1



Last Modified: October 8, 2020