THE TISI Sangam Nursing School in Labasa will be the first institution to start with the Bachelor in Nursing program from next year.
TISI Sangam Fiji president, Sadasivan Naicker said it cost them $500,000 to implement the program, adding that more students were expected to join the institution with the implementation of the degree course
The chairman of the nursing school, Narendra Reddy, said a consultant was hired last year to evaluate the courses.
"We also looked at the courses ourselves over the last two years," he said.
He said a consultant from Southern Cross University was also hired recently to help with the course implementation.
Mr Reddy said a presentation would be made to the Fiji Nursing Council and the Fiji Higher Education Commission on the degree program.
He said the nursing profession was in demand all over the world.
"Many countries require a degree in nursing these days," he said.
Mr Reddy said the institution had graduated more than 250 nurses so far and would be graduating 53 more this year.
Fiji Higher Education Commission director Salote Rabuka said it was a milestone achievement for the institution to get the program running.