Advice on Nursing Schools

  1. Hi folks. Interested in applying to college for nursing in January. Does anyone feel one school prepares their RPNs better for the licensing exam?

    Humber scored the best but it's far. I live in Scarborough. I also looked into George Brown but was told there are 200 seats and 2000 applicants. So you need super high grades.

    Would taking PSW which is easier and less competitive then upgrading to RPN be another way in?
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  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   dishes
    Where did you get the information regarding CPNRE results? If you look at the CNO's statistical report 'Nursing registration exams report 2016' you will see that your statement that Humber scored the best is inaccurate.
    Students who attend part time RPN programs or PSW to RPN programs, may find it more difficult to pass the national exam because the gaps between courses are longer than in full time programs. Gaps in course times can make it harder to recall the information that is needed to pass.
  4. by   KimBarbossa
    personally I think the school that really prepares you for the CPNRE License Exam is Sheridan, cause I've heard some really good reviews about it, but its also competitive to get in as well. I didn't go to Sheridan I ended up going to Seneca which is still a good school. Yeah George Brown is very competitive because it's in the city as well. I think going straight to RPN is much simpler because even if you do go with the PSW route at the end of the day you aren't guaranteed into the RPN program.
  5. by   Clara17
    Dishes, when I said Humber scored higher I was looking where CNO graded the approved colleges. Eventhough GBC scored higher on the licensing exam, they were given a category 2. Humber got a category 1 which means there weren't any conditions placed on their approval so I assumed Humber did better which isn't the case. Thanks for correcting me.

    I also didn't think about the laps between PSW and RPN. It's. a good point. Thanks for your advice
  6. by   dishes
    Quote from Clara17
    Dishes, when I said Humber scored higher I was looking where CNO graded the approved colleges. Eventhough GBC scored higher on the licensing exam, they were given a category 2. Humber got a category 1 which means there weren't any conditions placed on their approval so I assumed Humber did better which isn't the case. Thanks for correcting me.

    I also didn't think about the laps between PSW and RPN. It's. a good point. Thanks for your advice
    I see, that is a good idea to look at the category of approval for each school, I focused on the exam results because of your question 'which school prepares pns for the licensing exam?'. As an aside, did you know that in the future, the CNO is going to a have a third party provider conduct the school program approval assessments? They recently announced that the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN) will start assessing the NP programs in 2018 and the PN and baccalaureate programs in 2019.

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