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I was wondering if there are any recent grads from either Sheridan college or George Brown College's PRN program? I have been accepted by both schools for January 2016 intake (applied for then to save $ as pre health has shown me that living on a PT income is very hard) and would like to make an informed decision.

I know that both schools have to be good as approved by CNO, govt etc. I was going over the syllabuses for both school programs and notice that Sheridan did not have pathology?? I thought that was strange as other schools seem to have this course. I inquired with the coordinator there and she said they do not have this course!

I also read on this board that in the past Sheridan had a lot of LTC placements and very few hospital ones. I tried looking on FB for both schools and did not see any nursing pages so cannot inquire with current students. I have also contacted a few posters here on the subject but no reply (most have not been back for a long time). Any advise/help/suggestions on the schools would be great. Also, looks like GBC has a new location for medical students which is on the lakeshore instead of direct downtown which makes my commute a bit better for me (this was mentioned as some people in past posts complained about the location and lack of room at the dt local).

Wow ! You've already been accepted ! Do you mind me asking what your highschool grades were? Do you already have a degree from a university? Did you take the HOAE?

I was wondering if there are any recent grads from either Sheridan college or George Brown College's PRN program? I have been accepted by both schools for January 2016 intake (applied for then to save $ as pre health has shown me that living on a PT income is very hard) and would like to make an informed decision.

I know that both schools have to be good as approved by CNO, govt etc. I was going over the syllabuses for both school programs and notice that Sheridan did not have pathology?? I thought that was strange as other schools seem to have this course. I inquired with the coordinator there and she said they do not have this course!

I also read on this board that in the past Sheridan had a lot of LTC placements and very few hospital ones. I tried looking on FB for both schools and did not see any nursing pages so cannot inquire with current students. I have also contacted a few posters here on the subject but no reply (most have not been back for a long time). Any advise/help/suggestions on the schools would be great. Also, looks like GBC has a new location for medical students which is on the lakeshore instead of direct downtown which makes my commute a bit better for me (this was mentioned as some people in past posts complained about the location and lack of room at the dt local).

I thought from previous posts that you were planning to do the Rpn program at seneca? Did you apply there as well?

I went to Seneca for pre health and it was great. I enjoyed the program (although very busy and stressful at times esp 2nd semester) but it was just too far for me as it is in King City. I did apply but decided to make my life easier as there were other options available closer to home schools. This was a big concern for a few other of people I knew and they had applied to Humber and other schools and was accepted. It is just easier for my life.

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Canadaboy, yes I have a degree but it played very little with this program as it is not even remotely related to health. My hs marks were just average. It was my pre health marks that helped. I took pre health as I have been out of hs for a while and also, I did not the chemistry and grade 12 math. I did the HOAE test also. It was not that difficult but that was me.

Canadaboy, yes I have a degree but it played very little with this program as it is not even remotely related to health. My hs marks were just average. It was my pre health marks that helped. I took pre health as I have been out of hs for a while and also, I did not the chemistry and grade 12 math. I did the HOAE test also. It was not that difficult but that was me.

I have a degree in health science from a university, do you think this will help me to get in? I still have to write the HOAE test at another school, i'm guessing they share those marks with GBC? I haven't heard anything from any of the school I've applied to for the January 2016 start.

I only knew for a school as I had to submit a midterm mark for an outstanding course - conditional only. It is accumulative I think. I believe I will be able to provide the mark they want at the end of the course (knock on wood).

I am unsure about the uni marks. As long as your prereq marks are what they want (and above esp for GBC), things might be positive. You can email the program contact on the website and go from there. From my experience, they do answer

I think you will go to the school which ever you feel greatest for in your heart. You probably were leaning towards one school over the other, since you got acceptance to both. Choose the one, that you think you will enjoy your time and effort in. Another thing, is that you should probably also consider the distance of both schools. Its better to choose the less distance school, to save you some hassel in the future. In the end, whatever people say about each school doesnt matter as much, because it will be your final decision that counts.

I am just finishing up my final semester at Sheridan so can give you feedback on my experience there.

I applied to Sheridan based on where I lived and due to their fast-track May intake. Once I was in the program I heard some negative things from other students and comments on these forums.

However, my experience at Sheridan has been nothing but positive! All of my clinical placements (as well as those of my classmates) have been in hospitals (with the exception of 2nd semester where it is pretty standard at all schools to be LTC) and most of the faculty are well qualified and excellent teachers. Sheridan has also increased their CPNRE pass rate to 88% in 2014 which is up from 60-something in 2012. I think I began the program at just the right time, as they have been working hard to improve the program, and have succeeded!!

In regards to you concern about the lack of pathophysiology course in the program, I would say that the relevant material is covered in the courses Nursing Care 1 and Nursing Care 2. So while there is not a course entitled "pathophysiology", the material is still covered.

If you have any other questions, feel free to let me know!

ILoveSmurfs - Thank you sooooo much for your reply. This is all wonderful news to hear. I have sent you a PM so hopefully we can chat more there.

Libby - it won't let me PM you since apparently you need to have 15 posts on the forum before doing so. Do you have an email address where I can send a response?

Ok, yes you can email me at rhonag123 at gmail dot com

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Hi ILoveSmurfs - were you able to send an email at the above address? I also sent you a PM with it just in case also. I know you are super busy but just wondering if something was sent and I may have missed it.

Thnx

Hey! I just started the Practical Nursing May Fast-Track program! I love the program so far, the instructors are great. Regarding your concern about the LTC placements, we will be doing LTC placement in first semester, but I spoke to a student from 4th semester last week and she told me that most of her placements are currently in hospitals.

If you look at their Key Performance Indicator, Key Performance Indicators | Administration & Governance | About | Sheridan College, you'll see that they have a high graduation rate, high CPRNE passing rate, and high employer satisfaction rate. Sheridan is a great school to go to for nursing, they prepare you really well. If you have any more questions, let me know!