Canadian RN asking advice, RE: post RN degree completion

  1. Ok guys

    I need input. I have been searching for a fast paced degree completion route. I need to keep it Canadian- in other words a Canadian University.

    I have looked at UBC (University of British Columbia) and Lakehead Unviersity (thunderbay) and have done part time with Ottawa U- takes forever! and have done course with Athabasca ( would not be my first choice) and live in a city with a major univesity in it- but they make it impossible to complete degrees and work full time.

    Anyone have experience with UBC and their distance education? Or what about Lakehead?

    Any comments, input etc would be appreicated.


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  3. by   fergus51
    I took some courses through UBC via distance. They were rather fluffy, if you like that (lots of feelings talk) and with a VERY feminist leaning, but the classes were good overall , the teachers were very accessible and the workload was manageable. Many of them are using web based questions now, which are really easy to do at your own convinience
  4. by   adrienurse
    My grandmother lives in ThunderBay. They have a fairly small university, so keep that in mind, also keep in mind the fact that there are only a couple of acute care centres in the city of about 300 000. You will get better exposure to aboriginal issues and they have a Northern Nursing program

    I am partial the the University of Manitoba. I took my training there, and I have returned as well. They have an accelerated program where you can finish with your BN in 3 years (I think). It's even shorter if you already have a degree. See
  5. by   adrienurse
    Sorry about that. Your talking about post RN? The U of M has recently shortened their requirements from 2 years. You no longer have to redo A&P!
  6. by   fergus51
    have you looked into BCIT at all? Their courses are much more clinically focused (less arts and feminist type courses) and can be completed focusing on any nursing specialty like intensive care or nephrology, etc. I think the degree is the certificate + 9 other credits or something like that. Go to and click on distance programs, then nursing specialties if you are interested. You may be able to challenge a lot of the courses as an experienced RN which would speed up the process. The really nice thing about it is you can get training in another specialty area while doing your degree.
    Last edit by fergus51 on Oct 3, '02