Distance Nursing Handbook

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Welcome to Distance Nursing Studies At St. Francis Xavier University!

We are delighted that you have chosen St. Francis Xavier University as the provider of your undergraduate nursing education! StFX not only offers exceptional educational opportunities but also a unique sense of family among students and the institution.

You have made a significant decision which will have a tremendous impact on both your personal and professional lives. While the pursuit of a university education is challenging, it is also an incredibly rewarding experience.

Like all families, we are committed to helping each other as much as possible. You will learn, as you read through this manual, about the networks of resources that have been established to promote your development and success. You will also learn about the many forms of assistance available to you as you progress through your program of study.

As a program unit, we are committed to student-centred education in a social environment that respects the value and worth of each individual. Generating a challenging and fulfilling learning experience is our central role in your educational experience.

The StFX distance education model has been nationally recognized as meeting the highest standards. Our Distance Nursing Programs were presented with an Award of Excellence for Instructional Design and an Award of Excellence for Student Support Services in 1996-97 from the Canadian Association for Distance Education. While national awards are always gratifying, the success of our students provides the real reward. It is witnessing the growth and sharing celebrations along the way that illustrate the value of this program in the lives of students.

Welcome to our Xaverian family and Distance Nursing studies!


The Program Office is the centre of organizational activity for all distance nursing programs. It is here that all details of a student’s academic program are coordinated. Along with a multitude of other program activities, staff organize and distribute all course materials and exams, regulate ‘office hours’ to facilitate student contact with professors, and offer support and guidance to students. Staff at the Distance Nursing Program Office are all very knowledgeable and are readily available to assist students at any point in their program.

Mailing Address:

Distance Nursing Program Office
Continuing & Distance Education Department
St. Francis Xavier University
PO Box 5000
Antigonish, Nova Scotia B2G 2W5

Contact Information:

Toll-Freel: 1.800.565.43711.800.565.4371
Fax: (902) 867-5154
E-mail: distance.nursing@stfx.ca
website: http://www.sites.stfx.ca/continuingeducation/distance_nursing

Office Hours:

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday



2175 Varsity Drive, MacDonald Hall
StFX University
ntigonish, Nova Scotia  B2G 2W5

Program Staff:

Patsy MacDonald (Director, Distance Nursing Programs)
Donna MacLellan (Administrative Assistant)


StFX University reserves the right to alter policies, procedures, fees, course availability, delivery mode, schedules and/or academic program requirements at any time. It is the responsibility of the student to become and stay informed on the academic regulations and requirements of the specific program of study.