BCIT Jan 2013 Applicants - page 51

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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    someone got a call already!?! I thought we have to wait till mid-December before they start calling people... I can't wait :S

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    Wow Nurse goog that is a long process you went through! Congrats on getting in! That is wonderful for you to share your story with us. I appreciate all the information .

    I like reading up on the forum though, it gives me a sense of community. I can share my feelings and know they are being felt else where. It's comforting . I can only talk to my boyfriend about the process so much :P.

    PS: Someone got a call this week!! I have terribly huge butterflies because now for this intake it seems more real that the call will come and that I am one person closer to getting that call!! Ah! I can hardly contain myself!

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    No no, they can call when ever! We are most likely to get a call after the orientation. They call when someone defers or drops out of the program and leave a seat open. That could technically happen at any time.
    Last edit by iheartpurple on Nov 17, '12 : Reason: grammar fix
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    @careubc - I had just approximately 45 credits when accepted, but was enrolled in 9 credits worth of Libs credtis. I have 4 yrs experience in EMS, and have a variety of other experience in emergency services and police victim services.

    @iheartpurple - I've heard of people being accepted from the waitlist. I was not that lucky. I wasn't able to find out from administrators where I was ranked on the waitlist, or how many people in total had been waitlisted.

    Nurse goog made a good point. You are not allowed to re-apply while on the waitlist, but they will notify you a few days before the next application deadline. I waited until I received that notifcation, in the form of a non-accpetance letter. The good news is that you don't have to resubmit transcripts or resumes or references, unless you want to change something they already have. In my case, I sent them an email advising of my new Libs credits from BCIT. They were able to access my transcripts without me having to provide them. I definitely recommend taking the LIBS credits if you are waiting to get it. That is what made the difference for me.
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    EEEEEEKKKK!!!! I just got the phone call!!! I am starting in January!
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    Congratulations iheartpurple!!!!
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    soooo happy for you
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    Congrats!!!! Now I am one person closer!!!
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    Hi everyone,

    I've been following along for a while now and have decided to share my efforts.
    I have applied to BCIT three times in the past. Finally this time, like many here I was placed in one of the top positions on the hold list and have been guaranteed a place in the August 2013 intake.
    I have an Associate of Arts Degree from Langara and have completed all of the post-secondary requirements, over 100+ hours of volunteer work in community health and work as a lifeguard/swim instructor. These were what (I assume) they would evaluate me on. Although I had aimed for the January 2013 intake, I was so excited to hear that I was secured a place for August.
    I'm hoping they call hold list applicants soon, because I can't stand the wait!

    In the meantime, having applied to several nursing programs, I found out this week was accepted to the Langara nursing program for January 2013. I'm struggling to decide what to do! I've put so much effort and time into my BCIT application and now Langara has offered me a seat. Do I accept Langara as my nursing school or do I wait for BCIT (to hopefully call me!)?
    What are all of your opinions on this?
    I know all nursing programs offer the same education and aim towards the same goal, but BCIT has always held a position of prestige (in my opinion, and seems highly regarded). I also know many wonderful nurses who have graduated from Langara and are working successfully (they also paid less tuition-- BCIT tuition is incredibly high compared to Langara).
    I'm conflicted and would love to know your thoughts.

    Wishing everyone lots of luck!

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    Hi Smokeytaboo,

    I think sometimes people get too hung up on prestige and rumours. Yes BCIT has a reputation for being one of the better nursing schools out there. I'm just finishing level 2 at BCIT and I will admit that it's a great program, but since no one out there has taken Nursing at ALL of the different schools who offer it, who is to say which one is best?
    I hear BCIT people trash talking Douglas College yet I know Douglas grads (now nurses) who loved their program and are fantastic nurses. I don't personally know anyone who has completed the Langara program but if you believe the rumours flying around I've heard it's considered to be a close 2nd to BCIT.
    I guess you could weight it out according to grad date. Is Langara a four year program? If so, maybe wait for BCIT Aug 2013 and use the Jan semester to take your co-requisite elective (HMGT, LIBS 7001,7002 etc). But if Langara is a 3 year program as well, go for that one, you'll grad sooner and be in the workforce sooner.

    One other thing you could consider is that at Langara I believe you can work as an Employed Student Nurse where BCIT doesn't allow this. BCIT allows a paid grant for your level 6 preceptorship instead. I don't think one is necessarily better than the other but you may have a preference. Try to talk to someone who has taken the program at Langara and find out more info about ESN vs. Level 6 Preceptorship Grant. Might help you make the decision.
    All in all, I don't think taking your nursing at Langara will set you back in any way. Personally I would make my decision based on graduation date. I'm sure both schools are great!

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    Hi Smokeytaboo,
    I would agree with Condale on the graduation date! I was in the same spot as you, top of the hold list for January and I got a call on Tuesday. If you are also on the top of the list, you will most likely get a call soon as well. My plan if I didn't get a call was to complete my current psychology degree and also do my last two electives (libs 7001 and 7002) and start in August. I see you said you have completed all of the post secondary requirements, by this do you mean the libs, psych/sociolgy and english courses? If so, then you do seem to have put a lot into BCIT's requirments and I could see how it would be hard to say no to a school that you put so much effort into!! You are defintely in a bit of a pickle. I thought that langara was 4 years? If it is, then perhaps waiting for BCIT (I am going to bet you get a call) or wait for August (if the off chance you don't get a call) and work while you wait if you have all the pre-reqs or travel if you don't need to work! If langara is a 3 year program too then starting the program 8 months sooner will mean you are going to be a RN that much sooner... How long do you have to let langara know?

    I also agree with Condale: "since no one out there has taken Nursing at ALL of the different schools who offer it, who is to say which one is best?"
    I think if you research the program and how they teach, that is going to be YOUR best bet for which one is better for you. If you can't learn from the methods they use, then you aren't going to be as successful. I did nurse student for a day at BCIT and I loved it. I enjoyed the PBL class and the lab was structured well and the pace was good for me. Perhaps you should see if you can jump into a day at BCIT and langara this week? Or reflect on what you know about each program and think about which one will be more successful for you.

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