Education Program Approval

Entry-level nursing programs in Saskatchewan must receive program approval from CRNS for graduates to be eligible to proceed with registration.

The Registered Nurses Act, 1988, authorizes CRNS’s Council to approve nursing education programs in Saskatchewan. The authority for approving entry-level nursing programs in Saskatchewan has been delegated from the CRNS Council to the CRNS Nursing Education Program Approval Committee (NEPAC). NEPAC has the authority to grant a program’s approval status as well as make other decisions related to program approval. CRNS Council has the authority to hear an appeal of NEPAC’s decisions.

The objectives of the program approval process are to:

  • Fulfil CRNS’s legislative duty to approve entry-level nursing education programs;
  • Promote the safe practice of nursing through a standardized nursing education approval process for all categories of nursing education;
  • Grant jurisdictional recognition to nursing education programs;
  • Provide stakeholders with a transparent account of program approval; and
  • Support continuous evaluation and improvement of nursing education programs in the province.

Saskatchewan Approved Entry-Level Educational Programs

University of Saskatchewan, College of Nursing

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program
  • Master of Nursing Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner (MN-NP) Program

University of Regina and Saskatchewan Polytechnic

  • Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing (SCBScN) Program
  • Collaborative Nurse Practitioner Program (CNPP)

Saskatchewan Polytechnic School of Nursing

  • RN Bridging Program for Internationally Educated Nurses (RNBP/IEN)
  • Registered Nursing Bridging Program for Re-entry to Practice (RNBP/RTP)

NEPAC Manuals & Forms

Program Approval Manuals


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