BCIT Jan 2013 Applicants - page 3

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

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    Hey Chhun3,
    I applied with about 40 credits from UBC and i'll have about 58 by April i don't know when the cut off is. My GPA is about 73% but with this last semester i'm hoping it rises. I applied with 6 psychology credits, 3 sociology credits and I have the classes to complete the 6 additional LIB credits but i've never taken LIBS 7001/7002.

    Hey dmak26,
    I got shortlisted the day after I posted here last for the August intake!

    Hey Jadebl,
    Yes i did i listed what credits I had above ^. The majority of them are from arts though so i'm hoping that isn't too much of a disadvantage. On my resume portion I listed my employee history which is just one job that i've been at since 2008 and then volunteer history like camp counsellor, high school bball coach, tutor, mentor etc.

    How many references is everyone sending in? And is everyone sending in the optional cover letter?

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    Hey aburns7!

    Good to hear you also got short listed. I think I'm going to go with the minimum 2 references and the optional cover letter. I feel any more then 2 will seem redundant. If they wanted more they would have made a minimum 3 reference requirement, I think 2+ is for the keeners.

    I find it strange that on these forums only 3 people (inc. me) have said they got short listed. Two of my friends have yet to get any response at all and it seems others on this forum have had the same problem. I wonder what's the hold up. The longer they wait the less time the others will have to get their references ready.
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    Hi everyone,

    I didn't know there was this post too! I wanted to go back and touch on the original question of why BCIT. I am currently applying for the Aug 2012 intake, and it is my third attempt. I was offered a seat at Douglas College for Jan of this year, but turned them down due to the commute (coming off a graveyard shift I wouldn't make the first class for sure). I am taking Libs courses at BCIT and find the atmosphere challenging, and I like the variety of students as well. As someone mentioned every school would like to say that they have the best students, but a great student/ nurse comes down to a person's curiosity, personality and drive. That being said I also work at B.C. Women's hospital and some of the nurses who I highly respect are BCIT graduates, and there are some fabulous senior nurses who also teach the clinical aspect for BCIT at B.C. Women's. The competitive nature of the BCIT system is frustrating at times, but I feel it is a good way to find out how resolved people are in their choices.
    For Sourpickle93 (great name by the way!) I am not in the program yet, but I am taking Health Management 7180 in this winter semester. As long as you have at least 2 years experience in some kind of health care facility, and have permission from the instructor you are allowed to take it before getting into nursing. Cheers
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    Hi yohane nice to meet you

    I think I will also be taking HMGT this fall sometime to get it done and over with, thanks for your input. BCIT is competitive to get into but I'm sure it'll be worth it! I have also heard that douglas has changed their admissions requirements for nursing and it's somewhat similar to BCIT's...

    I'm glad you like the name lol
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    Hey everyone! I am currently in Level 1 at BCIT and I absolutely love it. I remember being in your shoes not long ago and the waiting was the worst part. If anyone has any questions about the program or transfer credits, or anything related to level 1, I can do my best to help!
    Last edit by smiley65 on Mar 22, '12
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    Hey Smiley65

    What can we expect when we enter the program?
    How intense is it?
    Is the workload equivalent to 5 university courses?
    How supportive is the faculty?
    How many days of clinical are there in a week and how many hours?
    Are there any organized events for stress relief?
    Are there any organized fundraisers to support charity?
    Does the program offer students the opportunity to study abroad (Africa or any developing nation)?
    How many hours do you put into studying?

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    Hi Chhun3.
    expect the unexpected.! The program is not like other University programs. Every class (I am currently in 8) is intertwined to make the other classes make sense. You have lab where you learn a skill, SIM lab where you practice, and then clinical where you perform. You are in clinical 2 days a week. For us it's Tues/Wed. I alternate mornings and afternoons. So on mornings I am at the hospital from 630-130 and afternoons I am there from 11-5. This will vary with your clinical placement and instructor. The workload is extremely intense. I am a single Mom and was working part time for the first 8 weeks....I DO NOT recommend working if you can help it. My only regret is that I didn't heed that advice when I entered the program. The work can be challenging, especially if you don't have a Science background. So it is VERY intense, not super difficult all the time, there is just ALOT of volume and the expectations are very high. I manage about 3 hours of homework a night (because I also have to be a Mom) and I still never feel like I'm 'finished'. There is always something that can be worked on. The workload is more than 5 regular courses. You are dealing with patients from the second week and the emotional aspect of that is quite huge. We have lost 9 or 10 students from our intake so far. Every class is small group (8-12 students) with the exception of Patho which is the entire group. The faculty has completely blown my mind with how knowledgeable and supportive they are. Stress relief events? not really....there is a pub on campus ...also a gym that you get to use for free.... AND we get FREE councelling...A service costing the general public up to 180 bucks an hour. My schedule is this- Monday-830-330 then home to do at least 2.5 hours of patient research and prep for clinical on Tuesday. Tuesday Wednesday- clinical x 6 hrs. We are just getting into giving meds and will be taking on 2 patients next week. Thursday-830-230 and Friday 1030-12 *some students volunteered for a 7 am start on Thursday so they go from 7 -430 and get Fridays off.....Before you get too excited at this idea, there were quite a few mandatory meetings and sessions held on Friday afternoons so those people had to come in anyways. There hasn't been anything official for studying abroad, however, I am currently working with some classmates to organize a 2 week trip to Africa next summer. It is ALOT of work. It goes very quickly so you need to be on the ball. Frontload as much as possible, get any pre reading done that you can. I honestly cant believe how far I have come in the last 10 weeks The first 6 weeks you take a class called 1019-assessment skills. This is where you will learn how to take vitals and perform a head to toe assessment- if you don't pass this, you cannot move on- I suggest don't work....maybe if you need to have a job, do it for the last half of level 1 since the learning curve in the beginning is sooo big. BUY NURSING CENTRAL. I love this APP and use it for the majority of my clinical research. The bookstore offers it at a discounted rate. If you are going to buy scrubs in advance, make sure the pants have LOTS of pockets...you need them!
    I love Nursing, even more than I expected and I am so thankful to be in this program. It is highly competitive for good reason. No other school offers hands on learning so quickly, and in such a thorough, systematic way. You read, you listen, you watch, you practice, you apply, you reflect. I have made some AMAZING friends, and although the course is not easy, it is soooo worth it!
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    Thanks for that beast of a response. When you say part time, how much were you working? I have a job at a pharmacy I would like to keep because they allow me to work once a week (Sundays 11am-730pm every week).

    Thanks in advance smiley65! =)
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    Wow, Thank you!

    I do have a couple more questions if you don't mind.

    Can you practice in the SIM lab when ever you want or do you only have a specific time in which you can practice?

    You mentioned it's good having a science background. Were you referring to just biology or chemistry and physics as well? If it's just biology, is it human anatomy and physiology or other bio background such as heredity, ecology, etc.

    How much of the program is based on the biology aspect (Human Body)? I had lunch with a UBC nursing professor and she focused more of her attention on patient advocacy. So do nursing programs focus more on human anatomy or more on ethics, relationships, social concepts etc?

    What is the ratio of women to men?

    Much appreciated!!
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    bahaha....I am just really excited about the program! I was working 2 and 3 nights a week at a bar. So I had zero time on the weekends to study. In 8 weeks, I had 2 days off. Some people in the program are still working 1 shift a week. It is totally a personal thing. Personally, with a little munchkin, and limited time as it is, I just couldn't do it. The stress got to me, but I think as long as you are good at time management, 1 day a week should be ok....you said Sunday so that's ok. DONT WORK MONDAY NIGHTS. These are the heaviest nights for homework. And the first 6 weeks is the most intense, so I would say keep the job, but be open to letting it go if the demands get too high. Like I said, some people are totally fine working a little, while some of my friends are having a hard time just keeping up with the demands of the program and wouldn't dream of trying to work.
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