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by firealarm firealarm (New) New

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Hello! Does anybody here took or taking the RPN Program in Conestoga College? I would like to get some info about their program, about the school and the professors? I can't decide between Conestoga, GBC and Centennial. Which has the better program among the 3? Thanks in advance!

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loriangel14 is a RN and specializes in Acute Care, Rehab, Palliative.

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There really is no huge difference between programs. They all have to meet the same standrds and they all will prepare you to write the exam and work as a nurse.Who has the best teachers is purely subjective.

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Thanks loriangel 14. However, It'd be helpful to know from someone who's already in the program and their experience before I make my decision.

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If you look at CNO list of approved practical nursing programs (CNO March 2014) it says Conestoga is approved but George Brown and Centennial are approved with conditions.

The description for approved category is 'the program consistently meets expectations for curriculum and performance indicators'.

The description for approved with conditions is 'the program failed to meet either expectations for curriculum or one or more performance indicators for two consecutive years'.

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xokw has 5 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Public Health.

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Thanks loriangel 14. However, It'd be helpful to know from someone who's already in the program and their experience before I make my decision.

I attended Conestoga. I enjoyed it. I've talked about it in some of my previous posts if you check them out.

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Hi dishes! Yeah, I've seen that on the CNO website and wasn't sure what it really means. Thanks for the info!

Hi xokw! I've read your post about the College and it makes me feel excited. Did you take the 2 years PN program? However, I am really having second thoughts right now on pursuing it to Conestoga. I mean, the program will start in March and I haven't figured out where to live and where to start. Do you know any place that I could rent?

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Centennial's website has a couple of word documents that detail their 'approved with conditions' status, looks like they are borderline in their graduation rate, as in 2012 43% graduated and in 2013 45% graduated. I could not find the details of George Browns 'approved with conditions' status.

I am surprised that you said Conestoga's program will start in March, because most programs start in the Fall (September) or Winter (January).

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Centennial's website has a couple of word documents that detail their 'approved with conditions' status, looks like they are borderline in their graduation rate, as in 2012 43% graduated and in 2013 45% graduated. I could not find the details of George Browns 'approved with conditions' status.

I am surprised that you said Conestoga's program will start in March, because most programs start in the Fall (September) or Winter (January).

It's a fast track bridging program for Internationally Educated Nurses/ Health Prof. who want to graduate in a Practical Nursing Diploma. Here's the link. Ontario Post Grad, Bridge to Practical Nursing for Internationally Educated Health Professionals (Graduate Certificate) Program | Conestoga College

I am also thinking of getting a loan or bursary if possible to support my studies and I heard from my friend from George Brown that they offer that in their College for IEN's. That's the reason why I have that option in mind, the Conestoga for it's fast track full time program that starts in March. Ugh!! I don't know what to do! :(

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xokw has 5 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Public Health.

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Hi dishes! Yeah, I've seen that on the CNO website and wasn't sure what it really means. Thanks for the info!

Hi xokw! I've read your post about the College and it makes me feel excited. Did you take the 2 years PN program? However, I am really having second thoughts right now on pursuing it to Conestoga. I mean, the program will start in March and I haven't figured out where to live and where to start. Do you know any place that I could rent?

I graduated from the 2 year PN program in April 2013.

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@firealarm, I see the IEN bridge program starts in March and since your start date is off of the regular start dates I suggest you look on kijiji for room rentals/roommates that are located near the college and have a March rental start date.

As far as a possible bursary, look on the Canadian nurses foundation, scholarships and bursaries, RBC diversity in nursing fund for IENs.

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Check the link I posted on my previews reply. I don't know why it starts in March I also find it weird and I'm having a hard time looking for apartment/ room for rent.

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Thank you @dishes! I will look into that. :)

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