The two-year Practical Nursing (PN) diploma program helps prepare graduates to give qualified professional care to individuals and families in a variety of settings.
As of September 2012, the diploma program will deliver an expanded curriculum over four semesters, with a training break in the May to August period between Year 1 and Year 2. (Previously, the certificate program was delivered as a one-year program with 50 weeks of instruction).
The new program covers new nursing competencies, puts more emphasis on critical thinking, and supports increased levels of autonomy and leadership.
Graduates are eligible to write the CPNRE exams in September of their graduating year for licensure as a Practical Nurse.
Loan Forgiveness for Practical Nursing student graduates staying in BC and working in an under serviced community: Graduates from eligible schools in nursing (including practical nursing, nurse practitioners, registered psychiatric nurses and registered nurses) will have all outstanding BC Student Loan debt forgiven at a rate of 20 percent per year of practice in an underserved community. They must agree to fill a vacancy at a publicly funded facility in a full-time, part-time or casual-on-call capacity.
Students in Nursing programs are eligible for up to a $2,000 bursary if they apply for a BC student loan. They will automatically be assessed when they apply. This is based on financial need.
For more information on loan forgiveness they can go to the StudentAid BC website at www.studentaidbc.ca