Student and Faculty Survey 2008-2009

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The Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN) and the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA)  are pleased to present the report Nursing Education in Canada Statistics, 2008-2009.

Report highlights:  

  • Through the use of new program delivery methods, adoption of new technologies and seat investments, schools continue to respond to the demand for more nurses to support the health-care system.
  • The number of fast-track programs increased 67.7% in 2009.
  • 44.6% of all programs now use some form of distributed learning delivery, which improves student access.

Entry-to-practice programs

  • Admissions reached a 10-year high in 2008-2009, and rose from 13,392 the previous year to 14,010 this year – an increase of 4.6%.
  • The number of graduates rose in 2009 to 9,662 – a 6.0% increase from the previous year.

Master’s and doctoral programs

  • 1,130 students were admitted to master’s programs in 2008-2009, an increase of 15.7% from 2007-2008.
  • 786 registered nurses (RN) graduated from master’s programs, an 8.7% increase over the previous year.

Nurse Practitioner (NP) programs

  • The number of graduates from Canadian NP programs increased by 39.3% in 2009, as compared to 2008.


  • In 2008-2009, 2,259 out of 7,683 RN faculty were permanent – less than 30%.
  • In 2008-2009, the percentage of RN permanent faculty in the 50+ age cohort was 15% higher than the percentage of 50+ in the RN workforce.

We encourage you to read the full Nursing Education in Canada Statistics, 2008-2009 report, which you can Find here. We also encourage you to share the report with others by providing a web link to the report. The report can be described as “the only comprehensive source of national, historical data available to inform research and policy decisions regarding the future supply of nurses in Canada.”