Wow, I just reread my post re. physician and nursing lobby groups and what a soapbox I was on that day. Despite that fact that this is pretty much how I feel, I seemed a tad too emotional...
In response to Lady Vee's post, I received my initial nursing education via a diploma program at a local college and then completed an Advanced Diploma in Critical Care from BCIT in Vancouver. As I was nearing completion, BCIT developed a Bachelor program which incorporated the credits I had already received in the above mentioned program, so this seemed like the natural way to go. I finished my Bachelors of Technology in Specialty Nursing with a Critical Care focus last summer, after five or six years of mostly distance learning, and applied to school last January.
Truthfully, I felt that my status as an international student would be a hinderance, but apparently it was not. The interview committee was interested in the Canadian system and my specific education path, but my Canadian education was not viewed negatively. So, I guess it wasn't any harder to get into a US school.
However, the schools
themselves remain VERY competetive. The short list for the school I applied to, for example, consisted of 24 individuals . The faculty made it clear several times, that the applicants were ALL, VERY qualified.
I didn't do any supplementary courses, mostly becuase I wanted to have a bit of a break. But, I did think of it as a method of improving my application.
I have just recently received my permanent resident status, so will no longer be considered an inernational student. However, this would not have affected my tution fees, since the school was private and the tuition per credit hour did not differ. The few schools that I did look into were the same. The tution fees did not differ between international and US students.