Career Programs



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 a wide range of specialties. 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.

CEGEP-University integrated nursing program (DEC-BN)

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.

What distinguishes our nursing program?

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

What to expect from a career in Nursing

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…

This program is for you if…

  • 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.

Employment opportunities

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.

Why choose John Abbott?

  • Small clinical teacher-student ratios
  • Exciting international internships opportunities in Jamaica and Ghana

Jamaica Project

Third-year nursing students have an opportunity to participate in a ten-day ambulatory community health experience in rural Jamaica, in Treasure Beach in St Elizabeth and Mandeville. They will develop the following skills: public speaking, health promotion teaching, fundraising, group dynamics, conflict resolution, and participate in a health fair for peers. Students give health promotion presentations to their peers and a Jamaican audience of different age groups. They will participate in blood pressure and vision screening clinics in community centres and tour rural Black River Hospital and urban Mandeville Regional Hospital. Cultural excursions will enable the students to learn about Jamaican culture.

  • Award-winning simulation program

Nursing students are provided with an opportunity to learn using state-of-the-art, high fidelity simulators, as well as professional standardized patients and virtual patients, making John Abbott a leader in nursing education. This College has received a national award (SIM ONE award) recognizing its innovative approach to teaching our future nurses. Simulation, now widely accepted as an integral method in nursing education, is used in labs and class, and complements the clinical experience for our students.In addition to our fully equipped simulation centre onsite, John Abbott College has partnered with the regional simulation centre in Montreal, Environnements avec simulateur patient pour l’apprentissage (ESPA) where students benefit from simulation experiences off-campus.
Join us and let John Abbott prepare you for an exciting career in nursing today!

  • State-of-the-art learning environment
  • Peer tutoring

Nursing Peer Tutoring Program

John Abbott has a well-established Nursing Peer Tutoring program to promote student success in the clinical and academic environments. Second and third-year students assist learning in labs, as well as in individual and small group settings. Whether its case studies, help with clinical organization or skills tips and tricks, we have something for you! Additionally, tutors who meet the criteria, are rewarded with the Student Involvement Recognition (SIR) on their transcripts to demonstrate their professional dedication to future employers.

  • Faculty tutoring hours, specific online support
  • Health and Wellness day

The JAC Health and Wellness Clinic is an annual event in which students from Nursing, Paramedic Care, and Dental Hygiene departments collaborate. A variety of basic screening assessments, including blood pressure measurement, blood testing to screen for glycemic control and cholesterol levels, blood typing, electrocardiograms and cardiovascular age assessment s are undertaken. Education is offered to John Abbott faculty and staff about potential health concerns identified by the screening procedures, as well as how to reduce existing risk factors for illness and how to promote excellent dental health.

  • Dialogue McGill

Under the umbrella of Dialogue McGill, second and third-year nursing students participate in a Health Caravan that travels to the Laurentians and Eastern Townships. Students have an opportunity to perform health care screening and activities for high school students and senior citizens in the Anglophone areas of these regions.This experience gives our nursing students valuable insight into community nursing and allows them to collaborate with students in other technology programs who are also part of this project including: Dental Hygiene, Paramedic Care, Youth, Adult and Correctional Intervention, and Police Technology programs.Under the guidance of their teachers, students build interactive kiosks that are adapted to the age of the community members, which address current physical and mental health care issues.

  • Workshops (note taking, study skills, time management, textbook reading, stress reduction, CV preparation, and interview skills)


Our faculty and staff:

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.

John Abbott College interprofessional simulation video

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

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between the two and three year Nursing program?

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.

What is Nursing? What do nurses do?

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.

What is the OIIQ?

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 .

What can I do if I am concerned about the expenses I must cover?

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).

What qualifications do I receive when I graduate from the Nursing program?

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.

What hospitals are used for the clinical portion of the course?

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.

What should I do if I am missing prerequisites for the Nursing program?

Please consult with Admissions. Many of the prerequisites are offered at CEGEPs and continuing education centres.

What other criteria are you considering for admission eligibility

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.

Admission Requirements

CEGEP 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

Program Prerequisites

This program has specific prerequisites.

  • Sec. IV Science and Technology AND Sec. IV Environmental Science and Technology OR Applied Science and Technology AND Science and the Environment
  • Sec. V Chemistry
  • Sec. IV Mathematics Technical & Scientific Option
    OR Sec. IV Mathematics Science Option
OR a Secondary School Vocational Diploma which includes:
  • Secondary 5 Language of Instruction
  • Secondary 5 Second Language
  • Secondary 4 Mathematics

Please Note

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

Program Requirements

This program has specific requirements.

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

  • A BLS CPR and First Aid certification for Health Care Providers (HCP). The Nursing Department will offer this course in the summer semester and within the first 2 weeks of the fall semester 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
  • As per the government decree, it is mandatory that Nursing students be double vaccinated for COVID 19. The 3rd COVID 19 booster is highly recommended as it will provide increased protection against COVID and may become mandatory as per hospital policy.
  • 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

Language Requirements

Nursing Students are required to have adequate language skills to ensure student academic success and promote patient safety. Students accepted into the Nursing Program must write English /French placement test(s) if required to do so.

Should students’ placement test(s) result in a preparatory non-credit English and/or French (mise-à-niveau), they will be asked to switch into another program for one year. Readmission to the Nursing program after one year will be conditional upon successful completion of the English and/or French preparatory course and overall academics. If students are required to write the placement test, and fail to do so, their admission to the Nursing program will be cancelled for the fall semester.

If you have any questions concerning placement testing, please email

How To 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) – 3-year program
The application deadline is November 1 (Winter semester) – 2-year program

Warning: The documents and payment must be submitted by the deadline.


Program start:
Fall for the 3-year program
Winter for 2-year program


To apply:

  • Complete the online SRAM application
  • Select John Abbott and the program of your choice along with the corresponding SRAM program number: 180.A0
  • Upload any necessary documents directly to your online SRAM application

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

Admissions Office
514-457-6610 x5358, 5355 & 5361

Nursing Department
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

You are interested in John Abbott College and would like spend a few hours on campus?

Please follow this link to fill out the form Student for a day, and someone will contact you to set up a time for you to come to JAC and discover our campus.

During the tour, you will visit our newly renovated library, our sports facilities, the campus store, the cafeteria, etc. You will also be shown all the services offered on “Main Street”. If you have questions about application and programs, you can speak to someone in Admissions.

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