The Ontario government is proposing new requirements to help students prepare for gmu degrees in the province, after an earlier proposal to require graduates to take two years of advanced study.
The government wants to make sure the graduates are prepared for a career in nursing, as well as post-secondary education and careers in public health and the arts.
The Ontario Ministry of Education and Training said it would be more efficient to provide the graduates with a degree instead of having them take a full four years of post-graduation training.
“Our experience in Ontario is that it’s actually more effective to provide a graduate with a gmu degree rather than a post-graduate degree,” said Chris LeBlanc, the ministry’s chief financial officer.
He said the ministry will also offer post-baccalaureate or equivalency degrees to those graduates who want to transfer to another province.
In the current system, there is no formal requirement that graduates of postgraduate degree programs be able to take the two years post-study training, LeBlansaid.
“It’s up to the individual to decide if they’re going to transfer and what their level of qualifications are.
But, as we’ve been saying for a long time, we’re looking at how do we make sure that students have a degree, and that they’re prepared to take that education on.”
Under the new rules, graduates will have to take either two years full post-degree training or two years equivalent post-school training.
If they are satisfied with the coursework, they will then be considered for a postgraduate qualification.
The degree will be valid for up to 10 years after graduation.
The minister said the new requirements are not just aimed at ensuring that graduates are ready for jobs in the nursing industry.
It’s also part of an overall effort to make it easier for people who want a career outside of nursing to get one, he said.
“If you’re in a position where you’re interested in pursuing a career other than nursing, you’ll be able, if you choose, to do so with the assistance of the degree.”
If the person wishes to continue their nursing career, the government will offer them a postbaccalance or equivalence diploma that will be comparable to that of a full postbac.
The new requirement for postbachelor’s degree students in the provincial university system is expected to be in place by July 2018.
It is also likely to come into effect for those graduates applying to postsecondary education.
The Ministry of Health said it is looking into new requirements for postgraduate degrees.