Transferring Nursing Schools (please help)

  1. I am about to go into my second year of nursing at a university in ontario, I really would like to move to british columbia, mostly vancouver. I am not sure if there is any schools there that are relatively easy to transfer to. Also I wanted to know if many of my courses will transfer or not. Any experience or advice is appreciated!
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  3. by   Silverdragon102
    Moved to the Canadian forum
  4. by   Fiona59
    First, you need to decide which nursing programme you wish to apply for. I can think of four off the top of my head.

    It's up to the admissions officer which courses are transferrable. Usually it's only the Arts/Psych/Sociology electives.
  5. by   CanCan
    Would you happen to know some of the schools that have BScN program? Thats what im taking right now. Also im wondering if there are certain spots they keep for the students that transfer because if not, then I dont believe I have a good chance at getting in because a lot of these schools have waitlists.
  6. by   Fiona59
    BC only has BScN education at the RN level. I doubt that they reserve transfer spots for out of province students.
  7. by   sweet0176
    I was thinking about transferring nursing schools when I was in University a few years ago. There is a ton of paperwork that needs to be done. You would definitely be way too late to transfer this year because the paperwork takes a long time. Your best bet is to contact the schools HR department telling that that you want to transfer and the rest of your story, and they will let you know who you need to contact regarding this. Although BScN is required now in most (if not all?) provinces, each school has different course req's and it differs from one school to the next. I know when I was going to switch in Ontario, most of my courses were recognized, but a few weren't. I had already finished two years of school, but instead of being done in two years, it would take 3 years. I decided it wasn't worth it to switch schools If you really think it's going to be worth your time, do it. But just realize that it might take you longer to graduate if you switch schools. Good luck.
  8. by   CanCan
    sweet0176, thanks for the info! what school were you applying to?
  9. by   Chinook2
    A good place to start - the four main universities in B.C. are:

    -UBC, University of British Columbia in Vancouver
    -SFU, Simon Fraser University on Burnaby mountain (suburb of Vancouver)
    -UVic, University of Victoria in Victoria (on Vancouver Island)
    -UNBC, University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George (north in the middle of the province)

    There are also nursing programs at BCIT (British Columbia Institute of Technology right in downtown Vancouver) and numerous college/university nursing programs.
  10. by   kb14
    They also have a cap on the amount of credits you can transfer. For example, you might have 10 credits that are acceptable to the new school. However, under the new school's policy, they can only ALLOW 5 transfer credits max. You are then stuck with taking more courses from the new school because they can only take 5 credits out of the 10 acceptable credits from your old school. You have to think about it this way, Universities are a type of business... it's not a right, it's more like a privilege (although a lot of people say it's a right). They have to make money somehow. lol