With more than 180 people on the waiting list, Assiniboine Community College says it can’t take any more applications for its two-year practical nursing program in Brandon.
Starting now, the college says, it won’t be taking any new applicants. The waiting list is long enough to fill the program for the next two years.
“ACC’s practical nursing program has always been a high-demand program with wait lists at all sites,” said Karen Hargreaves, dean of the college’s health and human services school. “The critical need for practical nurses throughout the province is high and employment within the profession is increasing. There are opportunities to work in various areas including acute care, the emergency room, the operating room and dialysis.”
Currently, ACC has the capacity to accept 190 new practical nursing students each year. Seventy of these students are accepted in Brandon, 70 are accepted in Winnipeg and the remainder at two rural rotating sites throughout the province.
The college also suspended applications for the Winnipeg Training Centre in August 2010 with enough applications to fill the program for three years.
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