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Nanaimo College Campus

Welcome to the Sprott Shaw Nanaimo College Campus!

Situated in Downtown Nanaimo on beautiful Vancouver Island, our Nanaimo college campus is the perfect place to start your post-secondary education. Forested by a stunning mountain backdrop and only minutes away from the popular Nanaimo Seawalk and Swy-a-Lana Lagoon, our college in Nanaimo has plenty of scenic attractions for students to visit as a break from their studies. 

Sprott Shaw Nanaimo is well known for its student engagement as holidays and events are celebrated with annual barbeques, potlucks, and more! Book a tour today or feel free to come by and meet the team! We always love meeting with prospective students and helping them take the first step in their careers. 

Located elsewhere on Vancouver Island? Many of our college programs are available online! Contact our advisors to learn more about our online college programs for Vancouver Island. 

Our college in Nanaimo is one of our two colleges on Vancouver Island. For more information on our Victoria college campus, click here. 

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What People Are Saying About Sprott Shaw Nanaimo:

Krystle MillerKrystle Miller
19:08 05 Dec 23
Great staff, flexible course , couldn’t be happier with my choice of school
Kelsey HaddenKelsey Hadden
19:09 29 Nov 23
The instructors and staff were wonderful to work with. They were friendly and open for conversation. They were helpful and knowledgeable with all my questions and concerns, and we were able to find amicable solutions to any setbacks I experienced. There were plenty of check ins throughout my journey, which made me feel very valued.There were many flexible learning opportunities including the rolling start which allowed me to start my education journey within 2 months of applying, rather than waiting until the following September.The online program saved me time by not having to commute, which allowed me to spend more time with my family. It saved money by not having to pay for fuel or parking costs, as well as avoiding childcare costs.There were extra bonuses such as access to counselling and mental health services and a fitness app to assist with my fitness goals while in school.Overall, I cannot express just how pleased I was with the whole experience!
Tasha TomlinsonTasha Tomlinson
18:12 29 Sep 23
Tasha CadwalladerTasha Cadwallader
23:26 15 Jun 23
I actually get excited coming to school! This is a great place. Everyone is so friendly and the biggest thing for me is they were willing to change the start time of my program, so it would work with daycare pickup and drop off. The instructors all want you to succeed and the smaller classroom sizes are fantastic!
Gary HallGary Hall
21:54 15 Jun 23
I recently completed the Sprott Shaw College Business Administration Management Program. Small class size was a plus that provided more opportunity to work with instructors and fellow classmates.
Jesse SmithJesse Smith
23:31 08 May 23
Ashley OndzikAshley Ondzik
22:36 29 Nov 22
Sprott Shaw offers a variety of programs for everyone. I really enjoyed my time with them; The staff and teachers are friendly and extremely helpful. Thinking of furthering your education? Chose Sprott Shaw College!
Melissa StachMelissa Stach
07:46 12 Oct 22
Loves attending classes. I attended while online classes were first started , and they were very accommodating, and still managed to teach well and professionally , I suggest anyone who's thinking of applying to do so 👍 A+ from me 😉
claire Morencieclaire Morencie
20:16 02 Feb 22
I totally recommend Nanaimo Sprott Shaw Campus!!!I enrolled in the Health Care Aide Programme and now work for Island Health.Every single staff member goes above and beyond.After researching other sites I chose Sprott Shaw because everyone was so welcoming, friendly and supportive.We learned even more than just the curriculum from wonderful nursing instructors.The continous enrollment is another wonderful concept, no waiting to start.Enroll today , you won't regret it.
Victoria SmithVictoria Smith
02:12 25 Feb 20
Choosing Sprott Shaw was the best decision I’ve ever made! The instructors are wonderful, the atmosphere is fun, and the courses are challenging. Class sizes are small, which means you get to spend more time ensuring that everyone understands the material. I was one month into my 16 week program when I decided to take on another course - I loved being there that much! I found a job in my field before I had even graduated. I cannot recommend this school enough!
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Interior of a Sprott Shaw College campus.

Programs Offered in Nanaimo, BC

You can find many of our Nanaimo college graduates working throughout Vancouver Island and beyond. Popular programs at our Nanaimo campus include our Health Care Assistant, Early Childhood Educator, and Community Support Worker diploma programs

We also offer programs to pursue careers in Office Administration, Business Management & Administration, and more. Interested in learning about a specific program or our online classes? Reach out to our advisors today

For a full list of programs offered at our college in Nanaimo, BC, click here. 

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The Sprott Shaw Nanaimo Advantage: 

As with our other college on Vancouver Island and our numerous locations across the lower mainland, Sprott Shaw Nanaimo is fully-accredited and all programs are government-approved. When you enroll at Sprott Shaw, you can expect the following advantages: 

Monthly Start Dates & No Waitlists*  

Your post-secondary education on your schedule—our monthly start dates provide a level of flexibility that public schools can’t match. 

Graduate Faster with Accelerated Programs  

Enter your field and earn your diploma in under 2 years. While other students are getting off a waitlist, you could already be in your field and building your career. 

Experienced Instructors & Hands-On Learning  

Our experienced instructors provide you with the skills you need to feel confident in your profession. We design our curriculums to provide practical, hands-on learning to our students. 

Practicum Placements Available  

Gain practicum experience in respected BC workplaces to ensure you are job-ready when you graduate. 

Lifetime Refreshers and Employment Services 

We stand by our students and our programs. Free refresher courses are available to all our grads, and our employment service specialists are here to help you start your career post-grad. 

*Some programs may have short waits between monthly start dates 

What Our Nanaimo Students are Saying:

Everyone there was very supportive in my learning and I was very comfortable attending every day.

– Jessica H.

Such an amazing school and the instructors are the best!

– Lindsey S.

I enrolled in the Health Care Aide Program and now work for Island Health. Every single staff member goes above and beyond.

– Claire M.

I had a wonderful experience at Sprott Shaw Nanaimo! The staff are all so kind courteous and genuinely care for the students.

– Katrina D.


If you have any questions about our Nanaimo college campus, program availability, funding options, or anything else, reach out to our academic advisors today and get the answers you’re looking for!

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Open to all current students, alumni, and anyone looking for more info on Sprott Shaw in Nanaimo! Join the official campus group and get the latest updates on: 

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Sprott Shaw College respectfully acknowledges the Snaw-Naw-As (Nanoose), Snuneymuxw, and Stz’uminus (Chemainus) First Nations on whose unceded, ancestral, and traditional territories we live and work.


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Companies Hiring Grads

Vancouver Island Health Authority
Service Canada
Royal Bank of Canada
Nanaimo Regional General Hospital
Nurse Next Door
Travellers Lodge
Nanaimo Seniors Village
Wellington Medical Centre
Ministry of Forests
Brickyard Medical Clinic
Island Emerald Medical Centre
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Meet Our Nanaimo Instructors

Ashley S – Health Care Assistant (HCA)

I am a Clinical Instructor in the Health Care Assistant program. I have been a nurse for 9 years specializing in geriatrics, with special needs adults and children, and mental health patients. I graduated as a licensed practical nurse (LPN)  in 2011, and as a health care assistant (HCA) in 2005.  I pride myself on instructing with a “hands-on” approach to produce the best and work-ready care aides.

Cora L – Medical Office Assistant (MOA) & Health Unit Clerk (HUC)

Since 2015, I have been teaching at Sprott Shaw. Prior to teaching, I worked at the Vancouver General Hospital in the Neurology department. I love making medical terminology fun and relevant – you can expect my classes to be full of knowledge, experiences, discussions, and laughter.

Ranu D – Early Childhood Education (ECE)

I have been teaching for 4 years and have over 15 years of experience as an early childhood educator. I am a certified early childhood educator and have training as a human services worker and child and youth care worker. I have worked with both the Ministry of Education and Child Care and PacificCare.

Rina P – Health Care Assistant (HCA)

I have been a nurse for 16 years and have a background in acute care, complex care, and maternity. With experience instructing both practical nurses and health care assistants and a passion for communication, I love encouraging students in the Health Care Assistant program to do best practices in their field.

Yenitsy M – Early Childhood Education (ECE)

After completing my Master’s Degree in Community Development, I immigrated to Canada from Cuba 7 years ago. I have 15 years of experience as a professor and instructor and 5 years working in early childhood education settings.

Tyler F – Business

I graduated from Sprott Shaw in 2016 with a diploma in Business Administration Management. I am currently working as an Employment Services Specialists and Business Instructor and have been doing so since January 2017. 

Nancy N – Community Support Worker – Social Services (CSWSS)

I studied social work and counselling in Regina and am a certified Life Skills Instructor. I have been the Community Support – Social Service Worker Instructor at Sprott Shaw for the past 4 years. I firmly believe that strengthening our communities and addressing and destigmatizing mental health is crucial to a functional society.

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