Assiniboine Community College announced this morning that Dauphin will be its third rural rotating site for practical nursing. Applications for this 25-seat program, starting in September, will be accepted immediately.
The province of Manitoba announced in the April provincial budget that the Council on Post-Secondary Education would support a third rural rotating site for the college.
"The city of Dauphin brought a proposal to the table that showed a strong commitment from the entire community," said Karen Hargreaves, ACC’s Dean of the School of Health and Human Services. "There are a number of organizations, including the regional health authority, that were willing to go the extra mile so that they could take advantage of this opportunity."
The college received seven proposals for the rural rotating site. The proposals were assessed based on labour market demand, health care partnerships which primarily involve practicum placements for students, available facilities, student demand and student experience.
"More training means we can hire more nurses and nurse practitioners in personal care homes, hospitals, QuickCare clinics and for other health services that Manitoba families need," said Erin Selby, Minister for Advanced Education and Literacy. "It is particularly important to have training in rural areas so that our nurses can learn and then practice in their own communities where they are needed most. That is why today’s announcement is so important."
Since 1999, ACC has delivered the Practical Nursing program in rural rotating sites in addition to its permanent sites at campuses in Brandon and Winnipeg. There are currently two rural rotating practical nursing sites operating out of Portage la Prairie and Glenboro/Cypress River.
In addition, the college will start accepting applications in February 2014 for Practical Nursing programs in Brandon and Winnipeg. These applications will be assessed for the September 2014 intake.
ACC’s two-year Practical Nursing diploma program teaches clinical nursing skills in a laboratory setting and applied skills in acute and extended care health facilities, personal care homes, community agencies and private homes. The demand for ACC graduates is high as evidenced by the success rate indicating 97 per cent of our graduates are employed in occupations related to their training.