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Access to Practical Nursing Diploma


Intake
  • Fall

Study Options
  • Work
    Experience
  • Campuses
    Merritt

    Resources

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    City of Merritt
  • Length
    107 Credits (77 weeks; Four Terms)
  • Tuition Estimate
    $10,750 Total
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    $1500 Total
  • Credential Granted
    Certificate
  • Learning Method Options
    • Face-to-Face
    • Off-site

Learning Method Option:

  • Face-to-Face: Program is fully delivered in class with face-to-face interaction
  • Online: Program is fully delivered online
  • Blended (Face-to-Face + Online): Program is delivered using a combination of face-to-face and online learning
  • Off-site: All or part of program is delivered in a physical location away from regular classroom/campus

This program may be of special interest to Aboriginal students.

Looking for ways to fund your education? Check out NVIT's financial aid and awards page.

Application Deadline Advice

Deadline for the Fall (September) term: July 31

Deadline for the Spring (January) term:
November 30

Seats will be offered to qualified applicants in the order applications are completed (all required documents and assessments are received).

Applications will be accepted after these dates if there are still seats available, but applications submitted before the deadline will be given priority and NVIT cannot guarantee late applications will be evaluated in time for the start of term.

Application Fee: N/A

1) Program Admission Requirements

Academic (minimum grade needed in bracket)

1. High school graduation or equivalent (ABE, GED).

2. English

One of:

  • English 12 (C+)
  • Technical and Professional Communications 12 (B+)
  • English assessment (arranged through NVIT's Enrollment Services department) 

3. Math*

One of:

  • Foundations of Math 11 (C)
  • MATH 057 (C)
  • Math assessment (arranged through NVIT's Enrollment Services department)
Note(*): Math requirement should be completed within the last four years.

4. Human Anatomy and Physiology for Practical Nurses (C+) (this course requires completion of Biology 12 as registration prerequisite) 

Non-Academic

  • Successful completion of HCA, RCA, or HS/RCA Certificate
  • at least 600 hours of HCA work experience in a gerontology care facility within the past two years (confirmed by an employer's letter)
  • current CPR certificate (Basic Life Support Level C) -- must be maintained for the length of the program
  • Solicitor General Criminal Record Search that reveals the absence of a criminal record 
  • updated immunizations (measles, mumps, rubella, polio, tetanus, diphtheria, hepatitis B vaccine and current influenza vaccination)
  • negative TB skin test or chest x-ray
Admission Advice
1. Students who do not meet the immunization requirements may be prohibited from attending Practicum experiences depending upon particular Health Authority policy, or Practicum site agency policy.

2. Applicants with English as an additional language must meet the language requirements set by British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP), and be successful in International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or equivalent testing as the following:
  • overall band score = 7.0
  • speaking = 7.0
  • listening = 7.5
  • reading = 6.5
  • writing =7.0 
Note: please view BCCNP's current English requirements at this website


 

2) Institution Admission Requirements

Applicants also have to satisfy NVIT's institution admission requirements as listed below.

English Language Requirements

English Language Requirement: To create the best possible learning environment at NVIT, it is critical all students be able to participate in classroom activities and complete written assignments. English is the language of instruction and communication at NVIT; therefore, all applicants must demonstrate fluency in English by fulfilling one of the following options:

  • two years of full-time study, at the grade 8 level or higher, with English as the language of instruction. (Studies that are part of an English as a Second Language program cannot be used towards fulfilling this requirement.); or
  • successful completion of BC English 11 (or equivalent acceptable to NVIT), with a minimum grade of "C+"; or
  • successful completion of a university transferable, post-secondary level English course with a minimum grade of "C"; or
  • TOEFL (computer-based) = a minimum score of 213 with a minimum essay score of 4.0; or
  • TOEFL (paper-based) = a minimum score of 550 with a minimum Test of Written English (TWE) score of 4.0; or
  • Language Proficiency Index (LPI) = a minimum score of 4 within the past two years; or
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) = a minimum score of 6.0 on each of the academic listening, reading, writing, and speaking modules of the exam. 

General Admission Requirements (All Students)

General Institute Admission Requirements: Admission requirements vary by program. Program-specific admission requirements for NVIT's programs are detailed separately in each program profile in the EducationPlannerBC Search Database.

BC Secondary School (or equivalent)

BC Secondary School Graduate Admission: 

An important part of the application process is to share your full educational history. Before we can confirm your admission, NVIT must receive official transcripts (an official record of your grades) from high school or other educational institutes you have attended.  An official transcript is one that is sealed and sent directly from the institution to NVIT.  Transcripts faxed directly from another institution to NVIT are acceptable.

BC High school transcripts can be requested from the high school, school district office, or the Ministry of Education.

 

Out-of-Province

Out-of-Province Secondary School Graduate Admission:

An important part of the application process is to share your full educational history. Before your admission can be confirmed, NVIT must receive official transcripts (an official record of your grades) from high school or other educational institutes you have attended.  An official transcript is one that is sealed and sent directly from the institution to NVIT.  Transcripts faxed directly from another institution to NVIT are acceptable. Official high school transcripts can also be ordered through relevant provincial government websites. Check the provincial website to determine the cost of obtaining an official transcript.

BC Transfer Student

BC Transfer Student Admission: Applicants who have completed equivalent post-secondary level courses at other accredited institutions may be eligible for transfer credit. Please complete the Application for Transfer Credit form and submit to the Office of the Registrar.

Applicants eligible for such credit may be asked to provide detailed course outlines for courses under consideration. Please note, calendar descriptions do not provide enough information to determine equivalencies.

To fulfill residency requirements at NVIT, a minimum of 50% of the credits required for a credential must be completed at NVIT. As well, students wishing to complete a second credential at NVIT, must complete additional courses equal to at least 50% of the total number of credits required for each additional credential.

Out-of-Province Transfer Student

Out-of-Province Transfer Student Admission: Applicants who have completed equivalent post-secondary level courses at other accredited institutions may be eligible for transfer credit. Please complete the Application for Transfer Credit form and submit to the Office of the Registrar.

Applicants eligible for such credit may be asked to provide detailed course outlines for courses under consideration. Please note, calendar descriptions do not provide enough information to determine equivalencies.

To fulfill residency requirements at NVIT, a minimum of 50% of the credits required for a credential must be completed at NVIT. As well, students wishing to complete a second credential at NVIT, must complete additional courses equal to at least 50% of the total number of credits required for each additional credential.

Mature Student

Mature Student Admission:
For admission purposes, a mature student is one who is 19 years of age or older, and who has been out of school for at least one year.

Adults are encouraged to apply to specific programs even if they are unable to meet specified educational requirements given that other factors such as maturity and work experience may be considered in some programs. If students do not meet minimum educational requirements for a desired program, they may demonstrate these requirements through an assessment and/or upgrade by completing appropriate program admission requirements and course pre-requisites.

Verify information directly with NVIT. 

International Student

International students interested in attending NVIT should contact the Merritt or Vancouver Campus for information on admission procedures and program availability.

Merritt Campus - Phone: 1-250-378-3300

Vancouver Campus - Phone: 1-604-602-3422

Other Student (including Special Consideration)

Other Student (including Special Consideration) Admission: Any applicants who require special consideration (such as students with disabilities or international students) must begin the admissions process at least 4 months prior to the start date of classes.

 

How to Apply

For details on applying to NVIT, please check here.

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