College of Nursing

Aboriginal Initiatives

Native Access Program to Nursing

The Native Access Program to Nursing (NAPN) was conceived in 1984 with an ultimate goal of increasing the number of Aboriginal people in healing careers, working towards balanced healthy communities. It has been operating within the College of Nursing at the University of Saskatchewan since 1985 and has played an instrumental role towards its success in recruiting and retaining Aboriginal nursing students.

Aboriginal nursing advisors in Saskatoon, Regina and Prince Albert work with students at all sites to build community, provide advisement and support. Although NAPN primarily supports Aboriginal students through their nursing education, support is extended to all nursing students when needed.

NAPN provides the following:

  • Academic and personal advising
  • Referrals/Advisement for childcare, housing and funding concerns
  • Tutoring for various classes (when needed)
  • Gatherings and lunches
  • Student space with computer, free printing and internet access (may vary by site)

The College of Nursing has 16.6% of total seats set aside for Aboriginal students.

Note: Our program does not provide admission into Nursing; please see the following for more information:

If you have any questions or need help with current or upcoming classes, applying into Nursing, or want to schedule an appointment with an Aboriginal Nursing Advisor, please Contact Us.

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