First off, hello everyone. I'm new to the forum and stumbled on it while spending hours trying to research my alternatives.
I'm in Vancouver, BC (permanent resident) planning to go for my RN. I'm a mature student with 19 credit hours from a US university, but most of those credits are liberal arts, so I'm not sure what will really count except for the math and English. I know I'll have to take the A&Ps and Psychs- biology was much more than 5 years ago, but I did make an A! lol
When I first started looking, I found that VCC has a relatively new RN BSN program and I spoke to the academic advisers who told me that there was no wait list. I got approved for my student loan, requested all my transcripts and registered as a student. Today (only a week later) I spoke with a different adviser who informed me that not only is there a wait list, but that there are 49 students on it and that they will only be taking 24. VCC only has a fall intake so she told me that if I'm "lucky" I could get in the class of 2012 but likely 2013! ack. I suppose the only positive there is that they are a first come, first serve school so I will eventually move up the list for sure.
In the meantime, the adviser suggested I apply to multiple schools
in the Lower Mainland, and choose one to attend for prerequisites while biding my time, hoping for one of them to eventually send me an acceptance. I'm sure many of you are in the same boat. I applied to Douglas and will probably actually attend there because it is much closer to home than VCC, plus they do two intakes per year so that's a plus. Will anyone be attending the Douglas psych or A&P for summer 2011? Would be nice to know someone going in.
So I guess the purpose of my post is to first make contact with anyone else currently waiting out their time, and also to compare any up-to-date info you have on wait lists. As far as Douglas' preferential placement goes, with a max number of points at 14, what is a "good" number of points to have to be competitive? I'm thinking I will have around 8. >< Are there other schools worth applying to as well?
Thanks for reading!
Jan 19, '11
Thank you for your response. I don't think I can PM yet because I'm still so new to the forum.
In looking at the preferential criteria for Douglas (points) the only way to have 12 points is to basically have straight A's, plus an Associate's or Bachelor's Degree, and at least 300 hours of volunteering right? Otherwise, I don't see how a person can get that high. The max for category A is 10 points, or 14 for category B. Is that right? Do most of the students have a couple years of volunteering under their belts (assuming they get 2-3 hours per week like I do) and previous degrees?
I do have the straight A's and a diploma in Animal Sciences (which I'm not sure will count as health-related because it is animal health) but I'm still working my way up in volunteer hours and haven't even reached 100. But I did work for a Deaf institute for 2 years full-time. The institute provides audiological testing and services, but that was not my department. I wonder if that counts towards working in a health setting?
Thanks for your advice on the electives. I do plan to start them this summer and get them and the CPR out of the way. Hoping for the January intake next year.
Also, I don't think I'm fully understanding the preferential point system. There is a .pdf on the website that says the max for category B is 14 points, but I was over at the Canadian Nursing Student Association and there are posts regarding people who have up to 20 points. Where are those points coming from? Can someone help me make sense of the system please?
Last edit by NotReady4PrimeTime on Nov 5, '11
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