Nursing, eh? NURSING INFO SESSION (M. LEE) GRADE 11/12 OCT. 29, 2012 POWERPOINT FILE WILL BE UPLOADED TO THE PM CAREER CENTRE WIKI WWW.PMCAREER.WIKISPACES.COM Is Nursing Right for You?? Please see handout: Becoming a Registered Nurse in British Columbia: Requisite Skills and Abilities College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia https://crnbc.ca/Standards/Lists/StandardResources/464requisiteskillsabilities.pdf NURSING PROFESSIONS IN BC Registered Nurses (RN) **our focus today** 3-4 year degree (depends on the school, the way the program is structured AND number of credits required beforehand) Registered Psychiatric Nurses (RPN) 3 year diploma or 4 year degree Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) 1-2 year certificate/diploma Nurse Practitioner Master’s degree (Post RN) Bachelor of Science in Nursing Programs DIRECT ENTRY Admitting students straight out of high school POST-SECONDARY CREDIT ENTRY Admitting students who have completed certain post-secondary courses required for entry into the nursing program or a certain number of post-secondary credits This seems to be the direction that many schools in the Lower Mainland are heading… BRIDGING ENTRY FOR LPNs Licensed Practical Nurses continuing their education to become an RN Admission Requirements Admission requirements (courses/marks required/admission averages) vary from school to school General admission requirements AND program admission requirements Deadlines vary / application timelines vary Single or multiple intakes (applications vary) Prepare to apply for MULTIPLE schools Competitive entry—take best applicants First qualified, first admitted—meet requirements then admitted (often there are waitlists) OTHER REQUIREMENTS (other than grades) need to be met prior to acceptance / program start Examples of OTHER REQUIREMENTS Attending an info session Immunization records Interview Criminal record check Letter of introduction / Driver’s license essay Letters of recommendation Volunteer experience CPR certification First Aid certification Health assessment Respiratory mask fit test Non-violent crisis intervention certification Additional requirements depending on the school BC BSN Programs (direct from high school) College of New Caledonia (Prince George) College of the Rockies (Cranbrook) Kwantlen Polytechnic University (Langley) North Island College (Comox Valley) Northwest Community College (Terrace) Selkirk College (Castlegar) Thompson Rivers University (Kamloops) UBC Okanagan (Kelowna) University of the Fraser Valley (Chilliwack) Vancouver Island University (Nanaimo) **Schools highlighted in BLUE are located locally** DIRECT ENTRY PROGRAMS Specific high school courses required Minimum percentages must be met Competitive/selective entry = higher marks than the minimum required First qualified, first admitted = meet requirements and then admitted (often there are waitlists) Entrance requirements/averages are generally lower outside of the Lower Mainland (higher population in LM = more competition for spots) Sample Direct Entry Academic Admission Requirements Kwantlen Polytechnic University (Langley) General admission requirements (including English Proficiency Requirement) English 12 (minimum B) College of New Caledonia (Prince George) UNBC admission requirements English 12 (minimum C+) Biology 12 (minimum B) Biology 12 (minimum B) Chemistry 11 (minimum B) Pre-calculus 11 or Foundations of Math 11 (minimum B) Chemistry 11 (minimum C+) Pre-calculus 11 or Foundations of Math 11 (minimum C+) BC BSN Programs (post-secondary entry) BCIT (Burnaby) Douglas College (Coquitlam) Kwantlen Polytechnic University (Langley) Langara College (Vancouver) Vancouver Community College (Vancouver) UBC Vancouver (3rd year entry) **Schools highlighted in BLUE are located locally** Programs That Require Post-Secondary Credits for Admission each program will require that you take certain courses/minimum # of credits in order to be eligible to apply for admission You will need to enroll in a school that offers the courses or the equivalent courses required for each program that you hope to apply for Check course transferability using the BC Transfer Guide (www.bctransferguide.ca) Ex. Douglas Biology 1103 & 1203 = Kwantlen Biology 1160 & 1260 Speak with program advisors about transferability of courses Take the courses/course equivalents Meet / beat the required marks for each course Complete “other requirements” as needed Apply for programs when ready Sample Academic Admission Requirements: Programs That Require Post-Secondary Credits Douglas College (Coquitlam) Langara College (Vancouver) minimum cumulative GPA of 2.33 on university-transferable courses completed a minimum of 15 credit hours of university-transferable courses (within the three semesters immediately preceding application) complete the following 5 courses with a minimum grade of C+ in each course. These courses can be counted towards the 15 credit hours in requirement 2 above English 1127 or 1128 Biology 1190** Statistics 1124 two university-transferable courses Completion of 30 university transfer credits (min C+ in each course) Biology 1103 Biology 1203 Biology 2401 Biology 2200 English 1130 English Elective Math 1160 OR Psyc 2300 Any Social Sciences university transfer course (recommended: philosophy, psychology, sociology, anthropology, women’s studies) 2 university transfer elective courses Other BSN Programs in BC Camosun College (Victoria) Program admission under review; update Dec. 2012 Trinity Western University (Langley) (private) Direct entry from high school Private Institution = higher tuition ($715 /credit) UNBC and UVic 3rd and 4th year of Nursing programs; entry via affiliated college programs BSN Programs OUTSIDE of BC Alberta Grande Prairie Regional College Grant MacEwan University Keyano College Lethbridge College Medicine Hat College Mount Royal University Red Deer College University of Alberta University of Calgary University of Lethbridge Saskatchewan First Nations University of Canada SIAST University of Saskatchewan Manitoba New Brunswick Brandon University University of New Brunswick Red River College University College of the North Nova Scotia University of Manitoba Cape Breton University Ontario Dalhousie University 32 different institutions St. Francis Xavier University offering undergraduate nursing programs!! PEI Quebec University of PEI McGill Other schools offer programs Northwest Territories taught in French Aurora College Newfoundland & Labrador Centre for Nursing Studies Memorial University of Newfoundland Nunavut Nunavut Arctic College REQUIREMENTS! REQUIREMENTS! Not meeting requirements = you won’t qualify at this time—no exceptions! (missing course, unsatisfactory grades, missing certification etc) Minimum may not be enough…(competition, space etc) It is YOUR responsibility to check the requirements! Check out school websites / viewbooks Attend program info sessions Speak with Program Advisors (in person, phone, email, chat) A Sample of Direct Entry Admission Averages (last year) Average is calculated on the required courses Kwantlen: approximately 93% UBC Okanagan: mid to high 80s College of New Caledonia (PG): approximiately 76% and above University of Alberta: 80% (early admission avg for Sept 2013) University of Calgary: 78% Do you REALLY want to become a nurse? Educate yourself! Be realisitic! Talk to professionals! SOME Other Health Related Careers / Programs Kwantlen Health Unit Coordinator Health Care Assistant BCIT Cardiology Technology Diagnostic Medical Sonography Electroneurophysiology Douglas Environmental Health (Public Dental Assisting Health Care Support Worker Heath Inspection) Food Safety Health Information Food Technology Management Medical Laboratory Science Therapeutic Recreation Medical Office Assistant Medical Radiography Langara Nuclear Medicine Dietetics Occupational Health and Health Sciences Safety Human Kinetics Prosthetics and Orthotics Leisure Studies Radiation Therapy Recreation Leadership Recreation Management VCC Dental Assisting Dental Hygiene Dental Reception Coordinator Dental Technology Denturist Health Care Assistant Medical Lab Assistant Medical Offices Assistant Medical Transcriptionist Nursing Unit Clerk Occupational/Physical Therapist Assistant Pharmacy Technician Renal Dialysis Technician Certificate Stay informed! PM Career Centre Facebook Page www.facebook.com/pmcareercentre PM Twitter Feed (@pmcareercentre) www.twitter.com/pmcareercentre PM Career Centre Wiki www.pmcareercentre.wikispaces.com Upcoming Events BCIT Nursing Info Session: TODAY 6-8pm @BCIT Kwantlen Applications OPEN November 1st! APPLY! Kwantlen Drop In Advising: Tues/Thurs 1-4pm Nov. 6th: Langara Nursing Info Session Wed. Nov. 14th: PM Scholarship Evening November 15th: Kwantlen Psychiatric Nursing Info Session Nov. 13th & Dec. 4th: Douglas Nursing Info Session Links to BC Nursing Program Websites BCIT (Burnaby) Camosun College (Victoria) http://www.bcit.ca/study/programs/8870bsn http://camosun.ca/learn/programs/nurse/ College of New Caledonia (Prince George) http://www.cnc.bc.ca/CNC_Programs/Nursing_BA.htm College of the Rockies (Cranbrook) http://www.cotr.bc.ca/regnurse/ Douglas College (Coquitlam) http://www.douglas.bc.ca/programs/nursing.html Kwantlen (Langley) http://www.kwantlen.ca/calendar/2012-13/health/nursing-deg.html Langara College (Vancouver) http://www.langara.bc.ca/programs-and-courses/programs/nursing/index.html North Island College (Comox Valley) http://www.nic.bc.ca/program/bachelor_of_science_in_nursing North West Community College (Terrace) http://www.nwcc.bc.ca/Programs/BOSN.cfm?Program=BOSN Selkirk college (Castlegar) http://selkirk.ca/programs/hhs/health/nursing/ Thompson Rivers University (Kamloops) http://www.tru.ca/nursing.html Trinity Western (Langley) https://twu.ca/academics/nursing/ UBC Okanagan (Kelowna) http://www.ubc.ca/okanagan/nursing/welcome.html UNBC (Prince George) http://www.unbc.ca/nursing/programs/undergraduate/index.html UFV (Chilliwack) http://www.ufv.ca/health/programs/bachelor_of_science_in_nursing_degree.htm UVic (Victoria) http://www.uvic.ca/hsd/nursing/prospective/undergraduate/oncampus/index.php VCC (Vancouver) http://www.vcc.ca/programs-courses/detail.cfm?div_id=6&prog_id=220 VIU (Nanaimo) http://www.viu.ca/calendar/UniversityDegreeCompletion/bscnursing.asp UBC Vancouver http://www.nursing.ubc.ca/Undergrad/ProspectiveStudents.aspx Listing of LPN (private & public) Programs in BC: https://www.clpnbc.org/Practice-Support-Learning/Education/CLPNBC-Recognized-PN-Programs.aspx Useful Websites Career Cruising: www.careercruising.com Login: pmss Password: careers Search for programs at schools across Canada Detailed career information BC Transfer Guide: www.bctransferguide.ca Check for transferable courses between institutions Student Aid BC: https://www.aved.gov.bc.ca/studentaidbc/ Information on financing your post secondary education Questions??