Frequently Asked Questions
How will UFV prepare me for my career?
UFV’s Practical Nursing degree program offers instruction in nursing, sciences and social sciences and the opportunity for apply the knowledge and skills in a variety of areas.
UFV’s program is approved by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of B.C.(CLPNBC). Upon graduation, you will be eligible to successfully write the registration examinations, which will allow you to practise as a LPN (licensed practical nurse).
UFV provides course delivery options that are flexible wherever possible and include independent study, lectures, seminars, multimedia approaches, and simulation in labs and tutorials. During the clinical experiences you will work in hospitals, residential care facilities and community agencies with supervised practica, preceptorships, and observational experiences. Keep in mind that clinical experience may include extended work days, evening shifts, and weekends. This will prepare you for eventual work in a health care setting.
What are the employment opportunities for Licensed Practical Nurses?
Licensed Practical Nurses are employed in a wide variety of health care settings throughout all health authorities/regions in Canada. These include acute care (hospital), complex care, assisted living and community settings. Regardless of the health care setting, LPNs work in accordance with competency guidelines within the standards of practice as outlined by a province’s College of LPNs (CLPNBC) and current legislative scope of practice. The BC government provides a career profile at www.workbc.ca/Jobs-Careers/Explore-Careers/Browse-Career-Profile/3233
What are the skills and abilities needed to be a Licensed Practical Nurse in B.C.?
Is it an accredited program?
It is an approved program by the College of Licences Practical Nurses of B.C. (CPLPNBC).
How much will it cost?
The fees are calculated based on a fee-per-credit basis. Credits vary from 15 to 22 depending on the semester. The majority of textbooks are purchased in the first semester. Additional texts will be added in subsequent semesters. Refer to fees and costs for a full break down.
Can I complete the program part-time?
The program is fulltime over 19 months. It runs from September to May in the first year and September to June in the second year.
How many seats are available?
Sixteen students are admitted each fall.
Where are classes and clinical experiences held?
The classes are held on UFV’s Chilliwack campus at the Canada Education Park (CEP). Click here to take a virtual tour of the facilities.
Clinical experiences are held at a number of agencies throughout the Fraser Valley.
What are the hours?
Classes run between 0830 and 1600. Clinical experiences can start before 0700 and may occur in the evening and on weekends. In addition, the clinical shifts may vary from 7-12 hours.
What kinds of skills will help me to be successful in the program?
The Practical Nursing program requires both writing, computer, and math skills. The ability to write effectively and utilize a word processing program will assist you in completing assignments. In addition, basic math skills necessary for calculating dosages of medications are needed. There is a significant amount of reading required in the program. An ability to read and identify key ideas will support your learning well.
When should I apply to the program?
You can apply anytime. However, to be considered for the September enrolment your application must be complete by February 28 of that enrolment year.
How do I get started?
Go to the Practical Nursing steps to apply webpage at: Steps to apply.
You should then fill out the application forms and submit them along with the required documents and the $45 application fee, to the Office of the Registrar at any UFV centre or through the internet at www.pas.bc.ca
What is competitive/selective entry?
All individuals with complete applications are considered for the next intake. The admission requirements are used as a basis for assessing applicants for admission. The applicants with the highest point scores are given priority for program seats.
Points are determined by:
- Academic requirements
- Volunteer/work experience
- Reference application
- Answers to essay questions
What is the First Aid/CPR requirement?
A Standard First Aid certificate (minimum 16 hours course) and Basic Rescuer Level C certificate are required on admission. CPR C must be kept current throughout the program.
Why is an “N” driver’s license required?
Students need both an ’N’ driver’s license and access to a vehicle. Clinical experiences occur at a number of agencies throughout the Fraser Valley and you are responsible for your own transportation to these locations.
Once my application is complete, what are the next steps?
Once the pre-requisites have been met, you will be sent a letter acknowledging your “complete” status.
Each spring complete applicants are invited to attend an information session. At this session you will write an essay at that time. Participate in an individual interview with a program faculty member. A health record will be given to you to complete. After the interviews are completed, the class will be chosen.
Students accepted to the program will be required to complete an immunization record and a criminal record check.
What are the immunization requirements?
Prior to entry into the program all students must show evidence of immunity in the following areas: diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, and chicken pox. TB testing must have been within the last year. Students are required to have influenza vaccination yearly once enrolled in the program. It is provided free of charge to Health Studies students.
Where can I take PNUR 147?
PNUR 147 is offered at UFV once a year in the fall. Please contact Health Studies at 604795-2841 if you wish to be notified of future courses offerings or wish to obtain a list of equivalent courses offered at other institutions.
What can I do while I am waiting to come into the program?
Math is an important component of the training in the program. It is a good idea to brush up on your math skills while waiting for an offer of a seat in the program. Another option is to continue with volunteer hours in health care settings.
What are the available bridging options?
Applications who have completed an HCA certificate are eligible to apply to the PN program providing they meet the prerequisites. While credit is not given for an HCA certificate at UFV, the experience you bring in health care and exposure to the health care environment will enhance your ability to be successful in the practical nursing program.
Students who complete a practical nursing diploma and work as an LPN may be eligible to enter the BSN program via the LPN Access option. LPNs may apply to enter the third semester of the BSN program provided the prerequisites are met. It is a competitive entry process.
I’m not sure that this program is for me. Can I speak with someone about my options?
Absolutely. If you’re unsure of your direction, contact Student Services at 1-888-504-7441 to connect with an educational advisor, or arrange for career counselling. Also, feel free to contact our Health Sciences centre, located on the Chilliwack campus at 604-795-2841, to speak with someone in the department who can answer more of your questions.
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