Yeah the 20 month program was a meat grinder. For instance, we just finished up our senior 4th year course: Advanced Concepts in Nursing Practice (42 hour block course), in only 7 days.
I really hope the new revamped 2 year program is a success and the students aren't as bitter or burnt out like many of my colleagues.
Far as other criteria the U may look at besides GPA, you could try submitting your application under the Diverse Qualifications Admissions Policy. http://www.ucalgary.ca/admissions/di...qualifications
I was accepted within a few weeks after applying (applied in January 2009, accepted a few weeks later for Sept 2009 entry) but I have friends who didn't find out until a few weeks before classes started.
@ RNstudent Congrats on your acceptance! The transfer route will be a much more manageable (and enjoyable) journey for you. You'll probably be getting a lot of SIM labs as the faculty is fully embracing that teaching tool. They are quite fun and a great learning experience.
Good luck guys!