BCIT Jan 2013 Applicants - page 14

Just wanted to get something started as I will be applying for this intake. Let's get this thread going. Fill me in on who you are and why you are applying bcit's nursing program. I was told that... Read More

  1. by   memegumi
    Thanks for the update smiley65
  2. by   Chhun3
    Hey Smiley65

    Where did you get this information? Do you have a connection with the administration department? Thanks
  3. by   smiley65
    I am in the program and quite involved with the program, so I know what's going on.
  4. by   animalhandler
    Soooo, I can't help a recurrent, totally irrational fantasy- that somehow, the people who are making the admission decisions are mind readers, and therefore the constant worrying and thinking and planning and hoping I am doing over this whole process is paying off!
  5. by   iheartpurple
    animalhandler: ME TOO! I got this great positive mind set going and I know someone is reading my application and they can feel the drive just oozing out of it! I don't think I wanted to get into ubc nursing THIS much last year when I applied. I just want to spend hours each day discussing possibilities of what could happen and all about the applications and just anything BCIT orientated... alas, I have five courses, work, volunteering and sports to keep up with. I don't think I am going to be spending hours any day discussing all the wonderful possibilities.

    PS: just found this guy in the emoticons.. I think somehow, this is how I feel (nervously waiting!)
  6. by   eoates
    Smiley, how important is it to get a good grade in the libs courses once you're already in the program? Does it impact anything, or is it more of a pass or fail situation?
  7. by   lego.house
    Hi everyone!

    I just joined, and am so incredibly happy that I found this site...just wish I had found it sooner!!! I was super nervous all summer, not knowing about anyone else applying or how much longer it would be until any decisions were made. Everything that has been discussed already has been really helpful, but also made me slightly more nervous as I compared my application.

    I've been at UBCO for 2 years and have taken physics, chemistry, anatomy and physiology, 3 different English courses, psychology, biomedical ethics, as well as some anthropology/cultural studies classes. I did apply to UBCO's nursing program for Fall 2012, but did not get in as I 'did not meet the academic standard of the year's applicants', which is based on GPA. My GPA is somewhere around 76% for the 45 credits that I have.

    I have 150+ hours of volunteer work with the ski patrol, as well as medical attendant teams for some local triathlons. I have also volunteered at a summer camp for children with autism and other mental/physical disabilities, and worked with a company that does team-building activities for corporate events.

    Does anyone have an opinion as to where I might stand in this process? I am open to any thoughts, and would appreciate honesty. My friends and family have no idea how competitive this all is. Thanks again!
  8. by   sugardust
    Hey Lego.House!

    I highly suggest you to get more post-secondary credits. Think about what kind people you are competing when applying. To me, it's better to have more post-secondary credits than what BCIT ask for. Imagine the people who are currently applying to this program these days, especially those with a Bachelor Degree in another field. Also, make sure you have done the post-secondary level of 3 credits in English and 6 credits in Psychology/Sociology considering I see a lot of people have already finished it. Below is what the BCIT Program Advisor send me. Good Luck on your application! :]

    Successful Applicant Profile:-Communicate effectively: Applicants must be fluent in written and oral English.
    -Mature, able to handle high degree of responsibility
    -Leadership skills (takes initiative, problem solver)
    -Assertive (due to responsibilities in hospital; the need to communicate with patients, families and health care professions; and the PBL strategy, passive students often have difficulty in program)
    -Team player
    -Good Interpersonal skills
    -Have had volunteer or related work experience
    -Understand the program and "problem based learning"
    -Math Skills: Review basic math skills (see references below) such as: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions and decimals, ratio and proportion and have the ability to solve word problems.

    - Entrance requirements must be completed and documented by the application deadline date.

    - Applicants are first prioritized based upon academic qualifications. Short listed candidates require a minimum 1 year of post-secondary education (usually 30 credits) or more depending upon the application pool.

    short-listed applicants have had 45 to 60 credits of post-secondary study completed at time of application. Preference given to those who have completed the courses in English, Psychology, Liberal Studies electives, HMGT 7180

    - Those with related work experience such as, Care Aids and LPN's, may be considered, but still need to fulfill the academic requirements (i.e. applicants would be given consideration with less than 30 credits, if they have this type of paid patient care experience.)

    - GPA of short-listed applicants is taken into consideration (no specific GPA requirement, but students with poor transcripts will not be short-listed - students who have failed or have been 'recommended to discontinue' at another institute may want to submit a letter of explanation with their transcripts). High school and post-secondary marks are considered.

    - Having a degree or large number of post-secondary credits does not guarantee acceptance. The department is looking for a student who fulfills the minimum entrance requirements, post-secondary requirements, related work experience & related volunteer experience (most suitable being experience involving patient contact in a hospital, long term care facility, extended care home, private care home, rehab centre, nursing care. The volunteer experience should involve contact with patients).
  9. by   SIMBURGER
    Hey everyone,

    I'm feeling really nervous at the moment while waiting for notice. I am almost done my Bsc at SFU (will be done in April 2013), but I applied to the Jan 2013 intake. Does anyone know how deferring a semester works? I e-mailed BCIT and they said deferring is not guaranteed!!!!!!!!

    Also, how does challenging classes work? I am a kinesiology and psychology student so I'm hoping, if I get in that is, I can get some credits for classes I have already taken.
  10. by   smiley65
    Eoates-clinical is the only pass/fail course, everything else that you take at Bcit goes as a grade on Your transcript and affects your GPA so it depends on how much your GPA matters to you. All courses have a minimum requirement to pass (usually 50percent)

    Lego.houseWelcome try not to compare yourself to others too much, as every applicant brings different strengths to their application. Some students have more credits, some have more life experience. They state the minimum is 30 and you have that. While it is a competitive entry, it's not a pure science...they truly take EVERYTHING into consideration.you likely already have 3 or more of the self scheduled courses (depending what level psych and other Libs you took) so just hang tight. And good luck!
    Simburger- you are only given the option to defer if you are offered a seat, or ocassionally if you are waitlisted for a specific intake. So getting that far is not guaranteed. Once in the program, you can request credit for specie courses through the individual instructors. There are a few people in my group who got exempt from microbiology this term, but that will be discussed in each class.

    Hope everyone had a great weekend! Back to midterm studies for me.
  11. by   lego.house
    That's great! I appreciate all the feedback. Definitely plan on taking more courses and reapplying if things don't go my way this time around.

    I do have a question though...Do the semesters start in January, April and September, with some sort of break in the summer like the rest of the programs at BCIT? I understand that as it is a 3 year program it will run through the summer, but I was hoping that someone would be able to give me a bit of insight as to how it works. I'm from out of town and would have to coordinate accommodation no matter when I was accepted. Is there any sort of reading break/spring break at all?
  12. by   smiley65
    There are 2 intakes Jan and Aug. There are 7 self scheduled courses that need to be completed during the summers. Jan gets 2 summers to complete them and Aug gets 1. I started in Jan and finished all but 1 of the self scheduled courses prior to acceptance. We went from Jan to Late May, then the summer term was May to August. I had only 1 online course to take at that time while some of my classmates had to take 3 or 4. Then level 2 is Aug to Dec with 3 weeks off for Christmas break. Then level 3 is Jan until May again, then summer term 2. level 5 is a long term (actually goes through the summer) for January intake. There are breaks, and trust me, you need them...but depending on the amount of work you need to do during your summer terms, it can seem like no break at all. BCIT works more according to levels than to semesters. Where each level is 17 weeks long with the exception of level 4 or 5 (depending on your start date) being 30 weeks. Hope this helps
  13. by   lego.house
    Thank you! That was super helpful.