Nurse Practitioner Training in BC

  1. Hi, So this nurse practitioner thing has really started to interest me..
    I'm not yet in nursing school but will be soon. I'm just wondering which school I would need to go to, to become a nurse practitioner?

    From what I see.. it looks like I'll need to do this:
    BScN - ~4 years
    MSN - ~2 years
    NP - ~1 year (accelerated)

    Thats the picture I get from looking at the BCIT website..
    http://www.bcit.ca/study/programs/a005grcert

    But from the UBC Website it looks like this is the way to go:
    BScN - ~4 years
    MSN-NP - ~ 2 years

    http://www.nursing.ubc.ca/Academic_P...grams/MSN/NPP/
    So... which is the correct way? The ubc website isn't really clear
    about this stuff.

    Also.. I'm wondering how much difference is there between
    a regular RN salary and a NP salary/ hourly wage?
    (If both work full time and same hours).

    Thanks!
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  2. 3 Comments

  3. by   pugmum
    Another that offers the NP option is University of Victoria. The MN degree has a couple of options, either in Advanced Practice or NP, or I believe there is a third in Policy or something like that. You can probably check it out through the UVic website, I think its www.uvic.ca
  4. by   noworries
    thanks 's&t',

    I'm just wondering does anyone know what the salary is like?
    (specifically in BC... and if possible more specifically in vancouver).

    I'm debating right now between pharmacy and nursing.. both are in healthcare so I know I'll be happy in it... but...
    - pharmacy is boring yet higher paying than nursing
    - nursing is more exciting yet lower paying...

    I'm being torn 50/50 between the two professions...
    If a nurse practitioner makes nearly as much as a pharmacist then I'm all for nursing though!
  5. by   Fiona59
    I think you need to slow down and think this through.

    A good NP wants to be a nurse with more knowledge than what she/he has acquired in nursing school and from their work experience. I've worked with some really brilliant NP's and all of them had at least two years (the young ones) acute or northern nursing behind them. They have handled all the poop, vomit, and plain old ornery patients and decided they wanted to be able to do more.

    Nothing wrong with doing it for the money, but there has to be a nurse behind the salary.

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