Quote from CanadaProud
This is an interesting discussion.. I was wondering it myself. Two years ago I was in a program that was taking me no where (I was really unhappy with it), so I applied for a BScN program in Ontario. Within 2-3 months I was accepted into the two programs I had applied for.
So my question is, if Canada doesn't really have waiting list why aren't more Americans coming to our schools? Is it that they don't believe in the programs, or don't want to leave home? I have noticed that there are at least 1-2 American students in my classes.. so that is why I was curious.
I couldn't imagine waiting years to get into nursing.. boggles the mind.
Good question. Is the process for qualifying for a student visa to go to school in Canada any different from the process for getting a visa for going to school in the states?
My own experience was much like the others here who graduated in the last 5-10 years. I had a choice between:
1. accelerated BSN program with 3-year mandatory hospital commitment; tuition paid up-front (upwards of $20K). I understand they later changed the tuition policy, but if I had $20K in my pocket, I'd be using it to pay my living expenses while in school!
2. normal BSN program at a handful of local universities- all had extensive waitlists (1-2 years), and none would accept any of my gen ed courses from 15 years ago. Would've taken me almost 4 years to finish, to the tune of $9k.
3. CC programs that had a variety of admissions processes (waitlists, lottery, testing, GPA requirements). I chose a school over 1 hour away because it was the only one that admitted based on testing and GPA alone. I had a 4.0 in my pre-reqs and a perfect score on my admission test (wasn't the NET, but one of the other ones). Closer schools had 2+ years waiting lists. My school accepted 16 out of 350+ applicants. I know of no one in my program who came in with an entrance test score below 85%, and a GPA of at least 3.75. Oh, and the state paid for my tuition because I'd been laid off from the tech sector; they would pay for any degree or cert. program no more than 2 years long, if you took a job in the state in a high-demand field (like nursing, obviously.)