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  1. bigblondebun

    BC RN to Washington State

    Hi Gswords, Your posts on previous topics have been very helpful. Thank you for taking the time to elaborate and answer my questions! My practice is currently based in post-op cardiac surgery, and it seems like there's demand for cardiac nurses, or at least med-surg with telemetry experience preferred. Would you say you are happier practicing in the US? Are there things you miss about the Canadian system?
  2. bigblondebun

    BC RN to Washington State

    Hi there, I am an RN in BC looking to move down to Washington state to be with my partner. I've read through a recent thread regarding moving to Seattle from Vancouver, but was hoping to find some more perspectives. If anyone here able to share their experience obtaining a WA state licence, finding employment, or overall differences in practice/culture between the two healthcare systems, I would greatly appreciate it! I would also value any thoughts or input from WA RNs who have worked with Canadian RNs. Thank you
  3. bigblondebun

    BC RN to Washington State

    Hi there, I'm an RN in BC looking to move down to Washington state to be with my partner. If anyone here able to share their experience obtaining a WA state licence, finding employment, or overall differences in practice/culture between the two healthcare systems, I would greatly appreciate it! Thank you
  4. bigblondebun

    Failing a pre req?

    I applied with a 3.8, but the pre-requisites have changed since my intake. There's a couple threads on more recent intakes in the link from my last post, where you can check out what students got in with for Fall 2016 and January 2017 :)
  5. bigblondebun

    Failing a pre req?

    Hi there, I'm currently in Langara's program and I know several people in the program who got accepted after retaking A&P, Langara just took the highest mark into account for the GPA calculation. I'm not sure about BCIT and VCC, but there's a Canadian Nursing Schools section on AllNurses (https://allnurses.com/canada-nursing-programs/) where there are posts about other nursing schools. From my reading of some BCIT posts, it looks like there are students have had to retake A&P to get a better grade. Good luck next term!
  6. bigblondebun

    Straight out of highschool vs doing one year of prereqs

    There's few programs in BC that offer direct entry from high school, and in the lower mainland the only direct entry option is Kwantlen. If you're planning on living in the lower mainland, I believe your best decision would be to complete pre-requisites for programs such as Langara and Douglas and then apply. However, if you're willing to go to the Okanagan, UBCO has a strong nursing program that allows for direct entry from high school, and from what I have heard, your average should be enough.
  7. bigblondebun

    Langara Change in Entry Admissions Requirements

    If you sign up on the first day that applications open as a new student at Langara, you get an earlier registration time. When I was in high school, I applied to Langara on the very fist day you could and was able to get all 5 of the courses I needed for my first semester. I don't really know how they assign registration times after that, but I believe it has something to do with your GPA. I took A&P, stats and English along with two electives in one semester and managed to handle it, but it was stressful. You really have to be careful in selecting which professor you're planning on taking each course with, especially for English, since that's the course with the most subjective marking out of the three. Most of the A&P profs at Langara have different types of exams: some like all multiple choice, while some prefer short answer questions. This could definitely have an impact on your mark in the course. While I personally think taking all 3 of them is doable and worth it, I also think it really depends on how comfortable you feel with stats and A&P. If you have strong study skills and a solid scientific and mathematic base (stats isn't as hard to understand as algebra and calculus, but it's still a branch of applied mathematics) it will be fine. It's hard to say since stats is a subject that people either really understand or are really confused by while A&P is a lot of memorization, so it depends on your study skills and the effort you put in (as well as how your professor tests you)!
  8. bigblondebun

    Langara Change in Entry Admissions Requirements

    Sorry Kay, I misunderstood what you meant when you said "An extra English class isn't exactly going to prepare us anymore," which is why I commented. I agree that Langara should've put these changes in for an intake later than Spring 2017 and wish you all success in your studies!
  9. bigblondebun

    Langara Change in Entry Admissions Requirements

    The extra English course is one that you'll have to take during the program. I am currently in term one and the load is quite heavy. Many of us took English 1129 /1130 prior to starting the program, but there are a few people in the program who have to take it alongside 5 nursing courses and it definitely adds to their stress. By ensuring that students have these courses done before starting the nursing program, it reduces their stress, improves their chances of succeeding, and allows courses from other heavy terms to be switched around a bit, ultimately making the program more manageable for you. Langara is constantly working to improve their curriculum by getting feedback from students, and these changes are probably due to students mentioning that semesters 1 and 2, where you have to take that extra non-nursing course are really tough. It is really frustrating that they changed the requirements in the middle of the semester, but hopefully you can understand why these changes are being made.
  10. bigblondebun

    BCIT & Kwantlen BScN 2015 High School

    Of course! I totally understand how you feel. UBC (Vancouver)- This program is aimed towards students who already have an undergraduate degree, which is why it's shorter. I've heard it's not as hands-on as some of the other programs, but that's probably due to the time constraints of having a two year program. You get a lot more time to develop your clinical skills in a longer program, but I'm sure once you're on the floor within a year or even a couple months, you wouldn't be able to tell the difference. UBC (Okanagan) - If you're interested in going away from home, but not too far away, I totally recommend UBCO! I have some friends there and they really enjoy the program. You can enter directly into the program right after high school and you're already in your scrubs and doing clinicals in first semester. All around, I've heard this is a great program, but I wasn't ready to move away from the city. BCIT - I've heard this is an awesome program, and had I not gotten into Langara, I would've continued taking courses and started to volunteer in order to apply for BCIT. BCIT is unique in the fact that you get a preceptorship in term 6, which none of the other programs offer. BCIT has a great reputation (as you already know!) and I wish I had the chance to apply, but I simply did not have enough credits and was not ready to take random courses for another year just to be able to apply when I knew I wanted to start nursing right away. Douglas - I've also heard this is a good program, the only complaint I have seen is their admission process. You have to take 10 classes, and after you are done those 10 classes, you are given a spot but you will have to wait (like Langara's program used to be). From reading around the forums, it seems like there's a pretty crazy wait to get into nursing, I think around 2 years! It seems like many pre-nursing students complete their pre-requisites there and go on to apply to other schools, like Kwantlen, Langara and BCIT. They also have a psychiatric nursing program which I believe has a different admissions process, where you get points assigned to you depending on what post-secondary courses you've taken, related volunteer/work experience and other criteria. Kwantlen - I haven't heard as much about Kwantlen's program, but that's probably because I didn't do too much research. I didn't end up applying to Kwantlen for more personal reasons. For applicants coming out of high school, they only look at 4 subjects: Bio 12, English 12, Chem 11 and Pre-calc or Foundations 11. While I had a high grade in most of the classes, I had an 81 in pre-calc which I felt would've dropped my average too low, but you never know! Also, the nursing program is located in Langley and the commute would just be too crazy for me! That being said, the Kwantlen program has a very small cohort (16 post-secondary and 16 out of high school) so I'm sure that there is a lot of personalized learning. Langara - For me, Langara was a good choice because it was affordable and close to home. It also seemed to be the fastest way for me to get into nursing, as there is only one program in the lower mainland that accepts students directly from high school and Langara required the fewest credits for their program. The pre-requisites can be done in one semester if you really push yourself, but most people take at least 2-3 semesters. It does feel really competitive though, especially when you take the non-elective pre-requisites. Pretty much every single person in my anatomy and physiology, as well as my statistics class was trying to get into the nursing program. Despite it having less requirements to get in, it is still a really good school! They have been named School of the Year (2013) by the Canadian Nursing Students Association (Langara. News & Events: Langara News: 2013: Langara Named “School of the Year”) and received praise from the College of Registered Nurses of BC (Langara. News & Events: Langara News: 2014: Langara’s Nursing Program Recognized with Top Review). This section might sound a little biased because Langara was my first choice and I have the most experience with Langara! Oh, forgot to add this: there is one issue that happens at Langara, and it's getting your pre-req classes. There is an extremely high demand for pre-nursing courses and they get filled up really fast! Waitlists for courses get up to 60+ quite quickly. I still don't really understand how they set your registration time, but if you're coming from high school and apply for Langara on the day applications open (Sometime in Oct/Nov), they will give you a nice, early registration time. I know many students who have had troubles getting the classes they needed because they had a bad registration time. I'm sure this is a common issue anywhere where you need to take pre-reqs though, as lots of people are trying to get into a nursing program!
  11. bigblondebun

    BCIT & Kwantlen BScN 2015 High School

    Yeah, initially to get into Langara, you just had to complete the pre-requisites with the minimum GPA and you'd be given a seat eventually, but the waitlist grew so big that there was a two year wait! In order to stop the crazy wait, a couple years ago they changed their admission procedure and now it's just GPA. There is still a waitlist, but it's per intake, so if you don't get into the intake you're waitlisted for, you'll have to apply again for the next one. I actually started a board when I applied and some people there called admissions and were told that there was around 430 applicants for this intake and 80 spots. I applied with a 3.8 and I think the cut off for initial acceptance was about 3.5, although I've head of some people being waitlisted with around that gpa
  12. bigblondebun

    BCIT & Kwantlen BScN 2015 High School

    Thank you! Yup! Langara only has 5 prereqs (6 if you take them at another school) so I did them all my first semester. I didn't do any volunteer work since Langara is strictly GPA based. A good website to find opportunities is govolunteer.ca (if you haven't checked that out already!)
  13. bigblondebun

    BCIT & Kwantlen BScN 2015 High School

    I was accepted to Langara for September 2015 earlier this year so I've been doing some courses I'd have to take in the program anyways, like English and biomedical ethics :)
  14. bigblondebun

    BCIT & Kwantlen BScN 2015 High School

    Hi Roaa! I wish I could answer more of your questions, but I'm neither a Kwantlen nor BCIT student. However, BCIT and Kwantlen were both some options I looked at when I was in high school (I graduated in 2014). In regards to BCIT, I emailed them and they told me that in addition to the 18 credits of pre-requisites, they also look for around 12-42 credits in any other area, so around 30-60 credits total in order to be a competitive applicant. As for Kwantlen, they visited my school and I asked the representatives the average for nursing and they said around low- to mid- 90's, since they only have 16 spaces for students coming out of high school. That being said, I don't have any actual experience with these schools and I hope you're able to find some more answers soon. Good luck!
  15. bigblondebun

    Langara BSN Fall 2015

    Hi everyone! Applications are now closed and acceptances should be sent out later this month. I'd love to hear from anyone who receives their acceptance as well as students currently in the program offering any advice, or anyone (im)patiently waiting like myself!
  16. bigblondebun

    Langara BSN Fall 2015

    @nixnurse: I definitely know how you're feeling! Hope your finals go well and you're able to boost up! @xsazakura: Are you currently at Langara? If you're finishing up your prereqs you can apply as long as your grades will be available before the May 31st deadline (this semester's grades will be ready by April 28th). I applied in October 2014 while doing my prereqs and the deadline for grades (and to apply) was January 31st.
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    Langara BSN Fall 2015

    I don't think Langara will round your GPA up, since on the transcripts it always shows up as a number with 2 decimal spaces, for example, 3.00. 3.46 is quite close to the cutoff for this semester, so you may end up having to wait a bit for your acceptance, however, each intake is different and from what I've heard is that January intakes are less competitive than September. Good luck!
  18. bigblondebun

    Langara BSN Fall 2015

    I don't think so! I know some who got in for Fall 2015 after retaking biology 1190
  19. bigblondebun

    Langara BSN Fall 2015

    Langara. Programs & Courses: Biology: Unfortunately, it looks like there are some nursing pre-requisites for the first level of patho
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    Langara BSN Fall 2015

    @CarMcK: ESN is definitely something I'm looking forward too as well! When I was at the Canadian Blood Services, I spoke to a nurse who actually graduated from Langara years ago and she spoke fondly about her times as an ESN at BC Children's. Excited to see you in September! @Avi: Yay! Congrats!
  21. bigblondebun

    Langara BSN Fall 2015

    Congratulations CarMcK! I saw from another topic that you were also interested in Kwantlen's program, are you accepting Langara's offer or waiting until you get a reply from KPU?
  22. bigblondebun

    Langara BSN Fall 2015

    Keeping my fingers crossed for all of you still waiting!
  23. bigblondebun

    Langara BSN Fall 2015

    I only had 15 credits when I applied, but the website says that a Bachelors degree or a high GPA will give you preference
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    Langara BSN Fall 2015

    I believe that if your app says "under review" it means they're looking at your application to see if you've submitted all the proper grades and that you meet the requirements to apply!
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    Langara BSN Fall 2015

    @avi good luck!
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