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First bilingual university nursing program in Saskatchewan

Jun 13, 2017

Regina, June 12, 2017 - The return to classes at the Faculty of Nursing in September 2018 may be much different from other years. The SCBScN program at the University of Regina, pending federal funding, will for the first time welcome a cohort of seven students taking the program’s new bilingual option.

Thanks to the drive and ongoing support of numerous players from the Francophone community, the program is now the focus of a solid partnership between the Faculty of Nursing and La Cité universitaire francophone.   The goal of the bilingual bachelor’s program is clear: to provide Saskatchewan students with the opportunity to obtain professional nursing education, half in French, half in English.

Saskatchewan’s first bilingual university nursing program will be part of the Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing (SCBScN), a university program offered jointly by the University of Regina and Saskatchewan Polytechnic, which admits 345 students each year. The bilingual option is the same curriculum as the traditional program in English, with a base of 120 credits to be obtained over four years of study. A professional French immersion placement is also planned for the final year. 

Léonie Mvumbi Mambu The hiring of two bilingual professors marks a decisive new step in the program’s launch. Dr. Léonie Mvumbi Mambu holds a doctorate in community health-clinical sciences from the University of Sherbrooke and a master’s degree in advanced practical nursing from the University of Montreal and. Originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Léonie worked for more than ten years in Kinshasa in the medical sector of a public company and in higher education in nursing. She then worked as a registered nurse in various clinical settings, including in Montreal and Ottawa. 

 

Sandra Clermont-Pierre

Ms. Sandra Clermont-Pierre, originally from Quebec, received her bachelor of nursing degree from the University of Ottawa in 2009, and a master’s degree in health services administration from the University of Montreal in 2013. Her area of nursing expertise is in mental health, psychiatry in a hospital setting, ambulatory psychiatry, and psychiatry in the community setting.

 

These two professionals will take up their duties on July 1, 2017. They will take advantage of the 2017-2018 academic year to teach some courses in the SCBScN program in English as they actively prepare for the possibility of the bilingual optional curriculum in the 2018-2019 year.

On the condition of federal funding, the registration period for the bilingual option will open in October 2017; requests for information may already be submitted to the project manager, Francine Proulx-Kenzle, 306-533-3965 or francine.proulx-kenzle@uregina.ca.

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