Admissions

  1. How many students are admitted into the program?
  2. How are students usually selected for the program?
  3. How can I prepare for the interview?
  4. When are interviews held for entry to the program?
  5. How will I know if I have been accepted?

General

  1. What are the costs of books and supplies?
  2. What other expenses will I incur while I am taking this program?
  3. Does this program qualify for a student loan?
  4. Does this program ladder into any other University or College programs?

Program Format

  1. What is the average class size?
  2. What is a typical weekly schedule?
  3. How many hours of class time are there per week?
  4. How much homework should I expect if I am a full-time student?
  5. Can I access this program on a part-time basis?
  6. Does this program offer Prior Learning Assessment?

Employment Outcomes

  1. What types of jobs will I be qualified for when I graduate?
  2. Is further training necessary in order for me to enter the job market?
  3. What are the starting wages a graduate could expect?
  4. Will I have to travel in order to find employment in this field? If so, where would this be?5. On average, what percentage of the class successfully completes the program?
  5. On average, what percentage of the graduates get employment in the field?

 

Admissions

1. How many students are admitted into the program?

Nanaimo offers two intakes per year, in September and February. In Cowichan and Powell River there is one intake per year in September.

2. How are students usually selected for the program?

Students are selected for the program based on their personal suitability and readiness. You must meet all admission requirements. Students are expected to attend a required pre-entry group interview. During this interview, you will have a chance to meet with faculty, find out more about the program, and determine if this program is right for you.

3. How can I prepare for the interview?

The interviews are informal. They are focused towards finding out about each other. Read through and answer the questions while reflecting on your current ways of being.

4. When are interviews held for entry to the program?

You will receive an invitational letter from Registration once your application file is completed.

5. How will I know if I have been accepted?

You will receive an Admission letter from Registration following the pre-entry interview. You will receive an orientation package in the mail outlining the location and schedule of classes.

 

General


1. What are the costs of books and supplies?

The texts and printed materials will cost approximately $215. You will also need uniforms, a watch with a second hand (not a wristwatch), transfer belt, and comfortable walking shoes.

2. What other expenses will I incur while I am taking this program?

You will be expected to travel to clinical agencies early in the mornings (6:30 am) and public transport may not be available at that time.

3. Does this program qualify for a student loan?

Yes. You can apply for the government student loan and grant program. You may also qualify for additional scholarship and bursaries. Check with the Financial Aid and Awards office, located in Building 200 at the Nanaimo Campus, or call 250- 740-6423.

4. Does this program ladder into any other University or College programs?

Presently there is no laddering into the Practical Nursing or Bachelor of Science in Nursing.


Program Format

1. What is the average class size?

The average class size in the Nanaimo campus is 34. In Cowichan, the average class size is 24 students and in Powell River the average class is 16 students.

2. What is a typical weekly schedule?

The program is 24 weeks in length. The first 12/14 weeks are Monday to Friday from 8 am to 4 pm. The remainder of the program is Monday to Thursday. When students are in their clinical placement, the hours are 6:30 am to 2:30 pm Monday to Thursday.

3. How many hours of class time are there per week?

Class hours vary from 28 to 35 hours/week.

4. How much homework should I expect if I am a full-time student?

The amount of time spent on homework is subjective. Depending on your learning style, the time spent can range from 5-10 hours/week including reading time.

5. Can I access this program on a part-time basis?

A part-time option is not available at this time.

6. Does this program offer Prior Learning Assessment?

Yes, PLA is ongoing for this program. Please contact the program chair, 250-740-6266, for an information package and eligibility criteria.


Employment Outcomes


1. What types of jobs will I be qualified for when I graduate?

You will be qualified to work as a Community Health Worker in a home support agency or a Health Care Assistant in a long term care facilities and acute care.

2. Is further training necessary in order for me to enter the job market?

The program prepares you for work as a Health Care Assistant. Graduates are required to register with the BC Care Aide and Community Health Worker registry in order to attain a registration number.

3. What are the starting wages a graduate could expect?

Starting wages in most facilities is between $19-22/hour. The amount may vary in a privately owned facility.

4. Will I have to travel in order to find employment in this field? If so, where would this be?

Most graduates usually start with casual or part time employment, and work up to full-time status gradually. VIU’s Health Care Assistant certificate is recognized within B.C. and most provinces.

5. On average, what percentage of the class successfully completes the program?

About 90% of the class successfully completes the program.

6. On average, what percentage of the graduates get employment in the field?

About 90% of the graduates get employment in the field.

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