TH-Nursing FRThe Nursing Program is based on a conceptual framework of nursing adopted by the John Abbott Nursing Department, which is designed to meet the Nursing competencies as outlined by the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur.

The Goal of our Nursing programs is to help students meet the challenges of this demanding profession. Classroom and laboratory experiences including integrated simulation are combined with clinical fieldwork in Montreal-area hospitals, where students work in specialties ranging from obstetrics, pediatrics, medicine and surgery to geriatrics and psychiatry. The hours spent in the clinical setting gradually increase so that, by the third year, students spend much of their time in a hospital setting integrating all that they have learned.

John Abbott also offers through its Centre for Continuing Education, a Professional Integration program for internationally educated nurses and a refresher program for registered practical nurses. Please contact the Centre for Continuing Education at local 5272 for more information.


This five-year Integrated Nursing program is an opportunity for eligible graduates of the DEC program to complete a bachelor’s degree in two years. The program builds on the college foundation and streamlines the university component.


  • You care about people and enjoy working with others.
  • You are trustworthy and accountable.
  • You have good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • You have good observation and problem solving skills.


The health care sector is actively searching for qualified candidates; job prospects are excellent. Graduates of the Nursing program work in many health care settings, such as acute or chronic care hospitals, rehabilitation centres, clinics and mores…

Graduated of the program are expected to have the knowledge and abilities to practice nursing in a rapidly changing health care system, in a manner which is professional, caring, clinically competent and ethically and legally grounded. They will function as collaborative members of the health care team, in accordance with the Québec Nurses’ Act. All graduates must pass the Order of Nurses of Québec (OIIQ) licensing exam and meet the Office québécois de la langue française (OQLF) requirements to practice in Québec.


Semester 1
Nursing I: Introduction to Nursing, Human Anatomy & Physiology I, Psychology of human Development

Semester 2
Nursing II: Introduction to Nursing, Human Anatomy & Physiology II, Sociology of Diverse Families and Communities

Semester 3
Nursing III: Health and Illness I, Microbiology & Immunology, Psychology: Issues in Health Care

Semester 4
Nursing IV: Health and Illness II, Sociology of Health

Semester 5
Nursing V: Health and Illness III, Pathophysiology

Semester 6
Nursing VI: Intergration

For complete list of courses, please view the Course Calendar.



Q1. The three-year “regular” program is the traditional course that has been offered at John Abbott.

A1.The two-year “intensive” program has been developed in response to the critical shortage of Nurses in Quebec. The objective of this intensive nursing course is to prepare students for the challenging and exciting role of the graduate nurse in a 20 to 24 month time frame. The reason we are able to offer the intensive program is that we are requiring as pre-requisites the core “non-nursing” courses normally included in a traditional 3-year nursing program. The remaining nursing courses can then be compressed into a shorter, more intensive program. Both programs are designed to appeal to those who are caring, resourceful, show initiative, think critically, and have superior interpersonal skills.
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Q2. I thought that nurses took care of patients in the hospital. Why is there such a stringent requirement for math and chemistry?

A2. Modern medicine requires that nurses have a wide knowledge base in pharmacology (requiring a chemistry background) and the administration of various medications that do not necessarily come in doses that can be directly given to the patient. It is necessary for the nurse to calculate correctly the doses required when mixing medications for administration by a variety of means and also to understand the various interactions of different chemicals and drugs with each other to ensure patient safety.
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Q3. How much time will I spend in the hospital learning how to take care of patients?

A3. As the course progresses the student will spend progressively more time in the hospital and be given progressively more responsibility in patient care. When in the hospital there is always a member of the teaching staff present to assist and evaluate the student, but the student must also interact with the medical team who work in the various departments. The student will spend time in a wide variety of medical / surgical departments with the focus in different semesters on: an introduction to nursing, surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics, medicine, gerontology, psychiatry and finally integration of all of the concepts learned in the course.
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Q4. Who are the instructors for the course?

A4. All of the instructors for the nursing courses are Registered Nurses who are registered members of the Québec Professional Nurses Association (Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers de Québec(OIIQ)). Other disciplines will be taught by teaching professionals who have specialized knowledge in the particular subject being taught.
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Q5. What is the Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers de Québec(OIIQ)?

A5. The OIIQ is the professional association which governs the working practices and rules by which nurses work in Québec. Membership is obligatory if practicing nursing in Québec. The OIIQ is chartered by statute by the Government of Québec under the Professional Code.
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Q6. I have an old DEC and French was not required. Do I have to take French?

A6. As of 1994, to graduate with a DEC you need to get credit for two French courses. Since the Nursing DEC is taken after 1994, French courses are required. It is possible to take the French classes during the two years you are taking the nursing program. Anyone who does not have the prerequisite French Courses may gain conditional Acceptance into the program. A student will not graduate until the French courses are complete.
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Q7. In the intensive program, is it possible to work while going to school?

A7. It is possible, but difficult because of the course scheduling. The semesters are condensed with between 25 and 35 hours of classes and clinical sessions in a week. Additional time is required for preparation and study for the course.
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Q8. I have a DEC already. Am I too old for the intensive program?

A8. The majority of students in the intensive 2-year program are mature students. Many of them have not attended regular classes for a number of years. Most of the students in the intensive program view their studies as a conscious decision to make a career change.
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Q9. Is financial assistance available to take nursing programs?

A9. Loans and bursaries are available for students at John Abbott College. If you wish to discuss any aspect of financial assistance please see the Financial Advisor (located at H-139, extension 5540) on the possibilities available to you.
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Q10. What qualification do I receive when I complete the nursing program?

A10. Students graduate with a DEC in Nursing on successful completion of the Regular 3-year or Intensive 2-year Nursing Program.
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Q11. What hospitals are used for the clinical portions of the course?

A11. Clinical experience and teaching is conducted in all of Montreal’s English hospitals. Generally, students will be assigned to different hospitals in each rotation.



A Secondary School Diploma which includes:
Secondary 5 Language of Instruction, Secondary 5 Second Language, Secondary 4 Mathematics, Secondary 4 Science and Technology or Secondary 4 Applied Science and Technology, Secondary 4 History and Citizenship Education.

OR a Secondary School Vocational Diploma which includes:
Secondary 5 Language of Instruction, Secondary 5 Second Language, Secondary 4 Mathematics. 

OR Applicants who have not studied in Québec must have education deemed equivalent by the College.


This program has specific prerequisites.


  • Sec. IV Science and Technology OR Applied Science and Technology AND Sec. IV Environmental Science and Technology OR Science and the Environment
  • Sec. V Chemistry
  • and strongly recommended, Sec. IV Mathematics Technical & Scientific Option or Sec. IV Mathematics Science Option



John Abbott College is affiliated with the Service régional d’admission du Montréal métropolitain (SRAM) and uses its online application service.
The application deadline is March 1 (Fall semester) and November 1 (winter semester) Warning: The documents and payment must be submitted by the deadline.

Program start:

Fall for 3-year program
Winter for 2-year program

To apply:

  • Complete the online application at
  • Select John Abbott and the program of your choice along with the corresponding SRAM program number.
  • If applicable, mail in photocopies of all required documents and the application fee.

Students whose prerequisites are more than five years old should contact the Admissions office.

514 457-6610 x5361, 5355 & 5358

514 457-6610 x5376 (3-yr)
514 457-6610 x5633 (2-yr intensive)
514 457-6610 x5013 (General Nursing information)