Hey everyone, this is my first post. I am an LPN looking into the bridging program through Athabasca University. Since its a distance learning type program i was wondering if anyone has completed it or is in the midst of this program. If you have i wonder how long it takes? and How hard it is? If its possible to do in 2 years? I really want to move to BC and work and live there so if i had to do the clinicals i would need to move back for a total of almost 3 months spuratically.
So i guess i'm also asking how is the outlook for jobs in BC for LPNs?
THanks a ton to whoever replies i feel a little flustered!
Apr 16, '10
What you need to do is send them all your information such as high school transcripts, university transcripts, info from your LPN program and LPN license as well as LPN hours (need to have equivalent of one year) and they will assess this information and let you know what credits they will give you. The transcripts have to be sent directly from the schools, they will not accept transcripts that are not. They will give you 30 credits for the LPN hours and license and maybe they will give you credits for the university courses. They have intake into courses every month. You can start the program in any month once you have been assessed and approved for the program. Electives can be taken anytime at all. Once approved in the program there are 3 sets of courses and each set has to be done before moving on to the next and some courses have pre-requisites within the grouping.
I didn't start doing clinicals until last March and will do my final placement this May, June and first part of July. The public health and psych clinicals were day shifts (Mon-Fri) but we did do some evening shifts during our med/surg clinical. The last placement can be done anywhere in Canada and you follow your preceptors schedule so that could be a mixture of all three shifts, depending on their schedule. You would definitely not be able to work while you are doing your clinicals, as you also need to do patient care plans
and written assignments while in clinical (lots of work).
I figure the program cost around $16,000, however, I'm not really sure. You could find out this info on their web site by adding up the figures. Also take into account this isn't counting the funds for lost wages.
Last edit by lpntobn on Apr 16, '10
: Reason: to add more info