About the School of Nursing


Our School has been, and continues to be, committed to expanding nursing knowledge, furthering practice and seeking better health care outcomes.

Our students will progress from admission to graduation in a shorter time frame in the modified undergraduate curriculum

Faculty and Research


Faculty members at the School of Nursing have made valuable contributions to health care knowledge and practice through their research. Nursing students learn from, and work with, respected nurse scientists on a variety of projects. Learn more about our faculty and their research.

Information for Prospective Students

  • Master of Nursing, Nurse Practitioner option, applications remain open to Nova Scotia residents. Need more information?  nursing.inquiries@dal.ca.
  • NEW admission prerequisite: In addition to meeting academic admission requirements, all applicants to Dalhousie's Bachelor of Science (Nursing) program are required to complete a 90 minute computer-based online assessment (CASPer Test).
  • Undergraduate applications must be submitted by February 28.
  • Graduate applications must be submitted by February 1.
  • There is only one intake in September of each year.

Inspiring Alumni

School of Nursing alumni have gone to successful and inspiring careers in clinical practice, research, teaching and more. Meet some of the graduates who have made their mark in nursing.

Visiting Scholar

Michael J. Villeneuve, RN, BScN, MSc
Chief Executive Officer

Canadian Nurses Association

With nearly four decades of progressive experience in the health care system, Mike Villeneuve has participated in health care delivery as a nursing attendant, staff registered nurse, nurse-in-charge in a remote First Nation, clinical instructor, clinical nurse specialist, manager, researcher, lecturer, consultant, author and administrator.

Mike was appointed chief executive officer of the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) in June 2017. He leads the organization’s operations which include 139,000 members across all 13 Canadian provinces and territories and the supporting team based in Ottawa. In his role, he is helping to implement a forward-leaning vision for professional nursing in Canada and the related services needed at CNA to support that transformation. He serves as a member of the board of directors of the Canadian Nurses Foundation, and for 2017-2018, has been appointed as the virtual visiting scholar at the Dalhousie University School of Nursing.

Since 2000, Mike has held teaching, executive and consulting roles with the federal Office of Nursing Policy, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Academy of Canadian Executive Nurses, CNA and its National Expert Commission, and the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto. Prior to returning to CNA as CEO in 2017, Mike led his own consultancy in health policy analysis, research, strategy and communication, serving governments, professional associations, unions, and universities across Canada and internationally. During the 1990s, Mike was an educator and then patient care manager in the Neuro Intensive Care and Neuro/Trauma/Plastics units at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto.

One of three authors of CNA’s centennial history book, Mike also is author of Public Policy and Canadian Nursing: Lessons from the Field, the first Canadian text focused on nursing and public policy (2017). Mike lives in rural Eastern Ontario where he is proud to serve as the vice-chair of the Board Directors at Winchester District Memorial Hospital—one of Ontario’s highest-performing small community hospitals.