Program Overview

Join John Abbott’s Nursing Program on our beautiful lakeside campus! Preparing graduates to work as registered nurses for nearly 50 years.

Our Nursing program is renowned for its innovation in nursing education. We are committed to preparing our students for real-life practice in an increasingly challenging, complex healthcare system.

In our state-of-the-art learning environment, classroom and laboratory experiences include integrated simulation, combined with clinical fieldwork in Montreal-area hospitals. Students practice 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.


Our five-year Integrated Nursing program is an opportunity for eligible graduates of the DEC program to complete a bachelor’s degree in two years. We have a partnership with McGill University’s School of Nursing. Our program builds on the college foundation and streamlines the university component.


In addition to our recognized simulation program, we are the only English CEGEP to offer multiple nursing programs to meet the needs of new students and nurses looking to renew and enhance nursing knowledge and skills, in preparation for nursing practice and licensure in Québec.
Apart from the three-year Nursing program at John Abbott College, we offer the following programs through our Centre for Continuing Education:

*For more information, please contact the Centre for Continuing Education, ext. 5272

Job Outlook


Nursing can be one of the most demanding and rewarding careers requiring exceptional attention to detail and a compassion for those in need.

Nursing is a profession that focuses on the care of individuals, families, and communities so they may attain, maintain, or recover optimal health and quality of life. Nurses are set apart from other health care providers by their approach to patient care, training, and scope of practice. Nurses practice in many specialties with differing levels of patient acuity .

Graduates 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.

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 more…


  • 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.


Our students are very much in demand in hospitals and a variety of different health care settings. This trend is expected to continue due to the increasing shortage of nurses and the aging population of Canadians .

Courses & Schedule


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 Courses by program.

Admission Requirements


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


This program has specific requirements.


Prior to starting their clinical rotation in the first semester, nursing students MUST have completed:

  • A CPR and First Aid certification course for Health Care Providers (HCP). The College (Nursing department) will provide two opportunities for students to attend this CPR/First Aid course. This course will be offered prior to the start of the 10D course, and in the early weeks before students begin their clinical rotation.
  • Registration with the provincial licensing organization, the Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec (OIIQ)
  • A medical examination including an immunization record

All graduates must pass the Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec (OIIQ) licensing exam and meet the Office québécois de la langue française (OQLF) requirements to practice in Québec.

Why choose John Abbott?

  • Small clinical teacher-student ratios
  • Exciting international internships opportunities in Jamaica and Ghana
  • Award-winning simulation program
  • State-of-the-art learning environment
  • Peer tutoring
  • Faculty tutoring hours, specific online support
  • Health and Wellness day
  • Dialogue McGill
  • Workshops (note taking, study skills, time management, textbook reading, stress reduction, CV preparation, and interview skills)


All Nursing faculty members are university educated nurses who are registered members of the Québec Professional Nurses Association (Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers de Québec (OIIQ)). Our teachers have a variety of specializations and fields of expertise. Teachers with expert knowledge in their particular subjects will teach the other core courses.


This simulation video involves students from the Nursing, Paramedic Care, Police Technology and Theatre programs.


The two-year Intensive Nursing program has been developed in response to the critical shortage of nurses in Québec. 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 intensive program is only for students that have completed all their general education 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 lead to a DEC in Nursing.
Nursing is a profession that is distinct and self governed, focusing on the care of individuals, families, and communities so they may attain, maintain, or recover optimal health and quality of life. Nurses are continuously assessing, monitoring, administering and evaluating patient care. Nurses are intelligent, adaptive, educated and skilled in critical thinking. Responsibilities of a nurse range from delivering direct patient care, coordinating with multiple professionals and providing counselling and healthcare education to patients.
The OIIQ, duly constituted under the provisions of the Nurses Act, is a professional order whose principal function is to ensure the protection of the public. In accordance with Québec Code of Professions, the order oversees the practice of the nursing profession by its members. In order to practice in Québec, all nurses must be members of the OIIQ .
JAC Financial Assistance Services (FAS) provides all essential information on the different financial assistance programs to which John Abbott students may apply. For more information about financial aid/bursaries and scholarships refer to Financial Assistance Services (FAS).
Students graduate with a DEC in Nursing on successful completion of the regular three-year or two-year intensive program. We encourage our students to continue their studies at the university level.
Clinical experience and teaching are conducted in rehabilitation centres during the first semester: Catherine Booth Hospital, Richardson Hospital, Ste Anne's Hospital. Beginning with the second semester, students are at the following hospitals: MUHC (Montreal General Hospital, Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal Children's Hospital), Jewish General Hospital, St. Mary’s Hospital, Ste. Anne’s Hospital, Lakeshore General Hospital, and LaSalle General Hospital. Generally, students will be assigned to different hospitals during their clinical rotations.
Please consult with Admissions. Many of the prerequisites are offered at CEGEPs and continuing education centres.
We consider the candidates' overall academic performance. Because our program is very competitive we will prioritize students with the higher math. Proficiency in English and French is a necessary requirement.

How do I apply?

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.

Contact Us

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)

Student for a Day Program

This program is not available at this time due to the pandemic.

We are not accepting Student for a Day requests at this time.

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