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Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the nursing program?
When is the nursing program offered?
How many seats are available in Williams Lake?
How many applications do you receive?
When is the deadline to apply?
Can I take BScN or PN courses online?
What prerequisites do I need to apply for the nursing program?
I am not sure if I meet the admission requirements for the program. How do I find out if I’m eligible or if I need to do upgrading?
I applied for the BScN or PN program. When will I hear if I’ve been accepted?
How much does the nursing program cost?
How much will my textbooks cost?
I am working as a Health Care Assistant and want to upgrade to Practical Nursing. Is there a laddering program available?
I am working as a Licensed Practical Nurse and want to upgrade to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Is there a laddering program available?
Are there courses I can take ahead of time to lighten my course load?
Will I have to travel for clinical?

How long is the nursing program?

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program is four years in length. The first two years are offered at the Williams Lake Campus.

The Practical Nursing diploma program is two years in length and is only offered at the Williams Lake Campus.

The Health Care Assistant certificate program is seven months in length.

When is the nursing program offered?

The Williams Lake Campus offers the Bachelor of Science in Nursing every other year. The next program starts in September 2016.

The Practical Nursing program has a confirmed intake every other year on even years. The next program starts in September 2016. The Practical Nursing program may be offered on odd years based on enrolment in the program.

The Health Care Assistant program is offered every other year at the Williams Lake Campus. On alternating years, it is offered in the region. New this year, a pilot project will allow students living in the region to study in their home community, while their instructor teaches at the Williams Lake Campus. This will allow the program to reach more students in more communities.

How many seats are available in Williams Lake?

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program has 18 seats at the Williams Lake Campus. There are 26 seats available for Practical Nursing and 22 seats available for Health Care Assistant.

How many applications do you receive?

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing and the Practical Nursing programs typically receive about 80 applications each intake year.

When is the deadline to apply?

Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Practical Nursing programs have an application deadline of March 31 of the intake years. The Health Care Assistant program is a limited admission program and students are admitted on a first applied, first qualified basis.

Can I take BScN or PN courses online?

At this time, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Practical Nursing programs are not offered online. Students in these programs must be enrolled as full-time, on-campus students.

What prerequisites do I need to apply for the nursing program?

The prerequisites are different for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Practical Nursing and Health Care Assistant programs. For detailed admission requirements, please visit the individual program pages.

I am not sure if I meet the admission requirements for the program. How do I find out if I’m eligible or if I need to do upgrading?

You should make an appointment with the academic advisor if to ensure you meet all requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Practical Nursing or Health Care Assistant programs. To make an appointment, please call 250-392-8000 (toll free: 1-800-663-4936) or email wlmain@tru.ca.

I applied for the BScN or PN program. When will I hear if I’ve been accepted?

Applications for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Practical Nursing programs are carefully reviewed by a selection committee. Once the committee has made their decision, the Admissions Office will contact the applicants to tell them if they have been accepted, waitlisted or not accepted . Letters are typically sent out in early May.

Please note: only completed applications are reviewed by the selection committee. If your application is not complete it will not be reviewed by the selection committee and you will not be contacted with the admission decision.

How much does the nursing program cost?

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Practical Nursing and Health Care Assistant programs all have different costs and supplies required. Please visit the individual program page to find an estimate of the costs for each program.

How much will my textbooks cost?

Textbook costs vary from year to year. To obtain a list of the required textbooks for each program, please contact the TRU Williams Lake Bookstore at 250-392-8004.

I am working as a Health Care Assistant and want to upgrade to Practical Nursing. Is there a laddering program available?

At this time, there is no laddering program available from the Health Care Assistant to the Practical Nursing programs. If you are currently working as a Health Care Assistant, you may receive credit for some courses in the Practical Nursing program, but this is given at the discretion of the selection committee.

I am working as a Licensed Practical Nurse and want to upgrade to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Is there a laddering program available?

Current Licensed Practical Nurses may enter into Year 2 of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing if there are seats available. For more information, please visit LPN to BScN Degree Program.

Are there courses I can take ahead of time to lighten my course load?

Students are able to take their non-nursing electives prior to enrolling in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The first and second-year courses students may elect to take before starting the program include: BIOL 1592/1594, BIOL 1692/1694, ENGL 1100 and PHIL 2310.

Practical Nursing students can enrol in PNUR 1300 Human Anatomy and Physiology. This course is a prerequisite to the PN program.

A medical terminology course is strongly recommended prior to both of these programs to give students a better understanding during their courses.

The Health Care Assistant program is self-contained and all courses must be taken while enrolled as a full-time student.

Will I have to travel for clinical?

While every effort is made to accommodate students in clinical placements close to their home, there may be some travel required. Reliable transportation is important for these situations.