"I looked at the website of nursing association of Alberta, the educaiton requirement for RN is diploma or BSN, and I heard in 2009 Alberta will require BSN to sit for license exam. "
I too am taking an ADN class (as we speak) and am moving back to Calgary after I am done. I am in a Fastrak course and my graduation is Dec 2005 (I am in 2nd semester now of this 16 month ADN course)
Last time I checked Alberta was changing the requirement (BSN) for sitting for the license exam to 2005 - (I read this mid last year) I was so upset that I had gone to school for 2 years for the pre-requisites and just before I started the actual nursing program here in TX, I wouldn't be allowed to take the boards in Canada as an ADN (diploma nurse
in Canada) when I would graduate in fall 2005.
I e-mail the nursing association in Alberta and even if they were to change the dates where you had to be a BSN to sit for the boards before you finished school in the US, you would still be eligible if you take the NCLEX here in the US first. The person who e-mailed me back said that if I was to take the NCLEX (which I fully intended to anyway) then I would not be considered a "graduate nurse" with a Canadian equivilent diploma, but already an RN wanting to sit for the Canadian boards! :hatparty:
I hope you consider taking the NCLEX before you move up there too- since you are educated in the US- the boards would not be as challenging as they would be for someone who is educated somewhere else and moving to the US.
Also, I HEARD that the Canadian boards are easier (at least until Canada implemets the new test this year) and they focus on different things than the US test does. I don't know, but I will find out next year!
I hope this makes sense- I am taking a study break and my brain is numb!