Kwantlen Polytech Uni Nursing 2011

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Does anyone know anything about the nursing program at Kwantlen?

I'm trying to get some information on how well their program ranks relative to other nursing programs in BC (vs. BCIT, UBC etc.)

I'm thinking of applying but I fear that their reputation as a college/university will affect future employment.

Personally I think where ever you graduate from will prepare you equallly well as a nurse but I've talked to some nurses and they feel that employers gravitate towards those from UBC or BCIT, where they have a better reputation based on name, rather than program excellency.

Also, does anyone know the stats for acceptance? I understand there is a point system based on persistance on application, location, completed relevant courses and others, but I'm more interested about the average grade and age of those accepted.

-Is the interview multiple mini interviews?

-Is the application open for review before submmision? (they let you have a month or 2 to complete the form before submission, like UBC)

I know this is a lot of info but I wish to get as much insight before applying because they start accepting applications in may.

star811

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I just got accepted into the BSN at kwantlen and there is no basic grade. They don't actually rate you on your grades, as long as you meet the minimum requirements, it doesn't matter if you have a B or A average, it is based on the lottery sytem. I don't know how well it ranks in comparison to other schools, but I am trying to find that out as well for myself. They're usually isn't an interview...I never had one. They only use those for particular circumstances I think.

Thank you for your reply.

This lottery system is stil a little confusing for me.

Do they sum up all the points and then do a lotto for those with x/total points?

For UBC it is definetly different.

The supplemental (application form) is ranked relative to everyone else and only the top 50% get an interview. After the interview, they rank the top 120 interviews and those are the ones selected into the BSN program. I believe it is similar for BCIT. As for the grades, it doesn't seem to matter because some ppl got an interview with a 71% and others did not get an interview with a 81%. So everything is based on supplemental really.

The odds sound better for Kwantlen. But because of that, do you think Kwantlen grads will be treated differently when it comes to getting a job?

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I forgot to add that right now Im in my second year of psych nursing at douglas...and I love psych nursing...however I orginally tried to get into BSN..now that Im in, I may or may not take the seat even though i've put my deposit down. It's a tough decision because my instructors tell me that Im good at what I do and I should stick to Douglas because of the reputation Kwantlen has(apprently its not good and the program is lousy in comparison to Douglas).

Anyway, I applied about 3 times before at Kwantlen, never got in. But when I finished my anatomy and phys. and english classes I had them transferred over to kwantlen to get points, you also get a point if you live nearby. I am confident that the reason I got in was because I had completed all of the non-nursing courses and received credit for those(they don't tell you how many points you have in total or anything, but I do know that you get credit for taking those classes).

At the same time, I heard that people who do graduate from Kwantlen, do get jobs. According to some of my friends, they have been successful out of Kwantlen...so I am so confused myself, it is such a mixed opinion.

I don't know even know what I am going to do!! I've been extremely stressed out with this decision. And I have seeked out help, but everyone keeps telling me the same thing, "it's up to you."

I don't know if you've read an article from BCNU, about "Nursing Job Dissatisfaction," check it out, it was quite disheartening for me. It is regarding RN's. Sometimes I think psych nursing is a newer field and its growing more than the general nursing field and also there's less competition for psych nursing jobs than there is for RN's. I know you weren't talking about psych nursing, but thats just some personal ranting of mine that I've stuck in there :)

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...sorry for the typos...I'm so tired. Just finishing up final exams.

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Have you thought about applying to the Douglas BSN progam... I had several points and maximum volunteer hours but didn't get in. At the same time, I don't know your background so if you have a prior degree or anything like that it helps. But I would recommend you look into it. I also recommend you doing all of the non-nursing courses before applying to the programs, it increases your chances of getting in, also it's very very very difficult to take biology at the same time as nursing courses, part of the reason many students drop out. Those courses are not even that hard! It's just the combination of too many classes that leads people into being unsuccessful.

no instructor at their school is going to praise another school more. So it is understandable that your instructors say their program is better than Kwantlens.

I don't know if psychiatric nursing is for me. I think I would be happier working in pediatrics ward or maternity.

I"m finishing up my 2nd year at UBC so I have most of the requirements done. But the physiology and anatomy course might screw me over. At UBC you can choose to take the one with or without lab. I took the one without lab and I have to have the lab in order to transfer the credits to Kwantlen. So I'll have to call or something. I really hope I'll be able to take the lab.

To be honest Douglas is probably not right for me as it is a college. It's such an old school way of thinking but I really don't want to get disowned by my parents. They already have a tough time even considering me apply for Kwantlen.

What kind of information did you recieve back from the acceptance/rejection letter?

I'm interested in what information I would need to fill out on the application.

Also, how long do I get to fill out the application before I would need to submit it?

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Well its not true because my instrucors actually said I should go do BSN if I want but they said at least go to BCIT or Langara, not Kwantlen. So they were not insisting that I stay at Douglas anyway. Plus they only gave me that advice after I begged them because I want to be able to get a job and not have the reputation of the school affect my chances.

*(Also, Kwantlen was a "college" just until a little while ago)

My sister in law is an RN from douglas college and she has an amazing career and got hired right away, but I understand if you have to comply with your parents, I'm just sharing what I have heard and seen.

The acceptance letter is just straight forward. I received a letter saying you have a seat- submit your crim check, immunizatins-by whatever date, its usually within two weeks plus your depsit of $300.

Now if I choose not to go, I'll probably send them an email saying so. But I don't know what my decision is right now.

You can apply online but there are very strict times during which you can apply. It's usually a week or so depending on what intake. You cannot apply just anytime for the nursing programs, it has to be during the scheduled time which you can check on their website.

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The application process online asks where you went to high school etc, and your personal education nubmer, so your transcripts are automatically forwarded to them that way. The post-secondary transcripts have to be transferred over and evaluated to see which ones you can and can't get credit for.

The biology at Douglas is including the labs so mine transferred over. Hopefully you can call them and see what they make of yours.

Thanks so much for all the insight!

Will I need to write a personal statement on the application? i.e. why I want to be in this program and what qualifications I have?

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Nope, they only require objective information.

Not interested in anything else.

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I graduated in April from KPU. LOVED the school. HIGHLY recognized. KPU has the most clinical hours offered in the program compared to any other school. With my experience, facilities dont care where you graduated from, a pass is a pass. And in my opionion, any good facility SHOULDN'T care where you graduated from. Also, star811, although Kwantlen just recently became a University, they have facilitated the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program for much longer. Kwantlen was a "University-College: previously meaning they had both 2 year associate degree and 4 year bachelor degree programs however, they are all now bachelor degree programs.