I am trying to decide what Canadian nursing programs
I should go to (given they accept me). I was wondering what your experiences have been at nursing school
.I am especially interested in Uof T, Trent, York, Queen's, Western, McMaster, St.Francis Xavier, Dalhousie but if you go to another school and like it please let me know. I am applying for accelerated/2nd degree option but if you are in the 4 year programs I would still value your opinions about your school. I really appreciate it
Nov 12, '10
From my experience, I did not apply to u of t simply because their program seemed to give less clinical experience. If u look into the UofT nursing program u'll find that for the first 2 years u will have to take general science and IF by the end of the 2 yrs u have an amazing average (mid 70s i think) THEN u can get into nursing (courses+clinical) while other schools ie. mcmaster, queens, ryerson, western already started their nursing courses from yr 1 and clinical placements in yr 2. Ryerson i heared is known for their nursing program and i did hear good things about it. Western...i heard from the students there that their clinicals weren't that great. Queen's is alright, i just wish they gave us more clinical hours (althought im sure most schools have around the same amount of hours because they need to teach us more theories). The profs at queen's are also incredibly supportive and if you ever struggled, they will offer you plenty of help.
Mac ...is good if you know what kind of nursing you want to do and if you have good marks. Placements are picked by you so you are not given exposure to everything (mental health, pediatrics, maternity, medical-surgical etc.) compared to other schools where u have to complete those clinical rotations. Placements are given out based on who has the best grades...not too sure, you should ask to confirm when u go to your local university fair. I also heard their statistics course don't count when you apply for masters program, so u might have to retake it again..
I hope this was helpful but i would advise you to look more into each school's program and ask them questions about it when you attend your university fair or call them. I applied for nursing school a few years back so i'm not sure if they made any changes...ask to confirm=) Good luck!
Last edit by lovelivelearn on Nov 12, '10