What is the cost of this program?
The first base course is approximately $235. Thereafter, each 3 credit course will be approximately $655 and each 2 credit elective will be approximately $435.
Books will be approximately $600 over the two years. Three core textbooks and a few auxiliary books will supplement current journal articles.
There are no extra course manuals. All other materials will be available on the computer site and can be printed by participants. The total cost of the Diploma program, will be approximately $4,300 for 19 credits of courses including books.
Note: This could be contrasted with a normal cost of $3,500 - $4,500 for one year of college or university studies. Based on inflation, an increase of no more than 2% may be added to courses.
How is this course offered?
All courses are offered on-line through a "Moodle" platform.
Computer requirements, a "Getting Started Manual" and on-line tutorials for this kind of e-learning are available at https://moodle.selkirk.ca/.
How much time will I need to spend per week on course work?
To complete the Diploma, each participant will take five 3 credit core courses and a minimum of two 2 credit electives.
Each 3 credit course will require about 7 – 10 hours of work per week, depending on your personal pace of study and the types of assignments due for that week.
Each 2 credit course will require about 4 – 6 hours of work per week, depending on your personal pace of study and the types of assignments due for that week.
Each course will require some online responses or “postings” to questions pertinent to the material being covered. This can be done within a designated period of time, e.g. 5 – 7 days.
What are the advantages of on-line learning?
While there are some due dates and times for assignments, learners can work at their own pace and schedule.
There is opportunity for people from all over the country and many different jurisdictions of nursing to participate in each course. This encourages rich discussion and sharing.
Assignments in courses will allow individuals to choose topics of interest to their particular work venues, and to apply theory to their own field of nursing.
Help! I haven’t been a student for a while! What resources are available to support me?
Prior to starting the first course, there will be a "Readiness for On-line Learning" survey for each student to complete.
As mentioned earlier, there is a Student Moodle Tutorial available on-line.
Both the Course Instructor and the IT Department can be reached via email.