Frequently Asked Questions
What is the admission process?
Acceptance to the Practical Nursing Program is based on a first-qualified basis given that the applicant meets all the requirements. Get up-to-date admission information here.
What exactly does “first qualified” mean?
What other documentation do I need?
Pre-practice requirements include: immunizations, TB test or waitlist letter and a Basic Life Saving with Oxygen therapy certificate.
When will new applications be accepted?
Applications and supporting documents for the January 2023 class will be accepted starting November 14, 2022.
What does the acceptance process look like?
What is the number of seats in the program?
We welcome 24 students into the program every two years.
How much does the program cost?
Learn your tuition and fees here.
Why do I need a criminal record check?
Am I able to transfer to another university or college and receive credit for nursing courses completed at Selkirk College?
The PN Program is a provincial curriculum and therefore other post-secondary institutions could support a transfer if it aligns with the receiving institution’s policies.
Do you reserve seats for high school students?
High school students are eligible to apply and need to submit interim grades of prerequisite courses.
Do you reserve seats for students identifying as Indigenous?
Which immunizations do I need?
See the required immunizations here. The PNP application package includes a form outlining these. You will need to schedule an appointment with a public health nurses to have this form completed
Is a TB test required?
We recommend inquiring with your local public health office. Some areas are able to offer this service and others are not. If your area is not offering TB testing at this time, you are required to obtain a letter stating that you are on a waiting list. Applications will be accepted with either the waitlist letter or TB test results.
Will I be able to complete practicum hours in my home community?
You will need to travel to a variety of hospitals and agencies in the West Kootenay region for nursing practice experiences between during the program’s duration. The final practice course may offer more opportunity for students to work outside of the region and relocation may be required. Note: this includes early mornings and evening shifts. Reliable transportation is important.
What can I do while I am waiting?
Work on completing the College Readiness Tool, obtaining official transcripts, gathering immunization records, schedule a TB skin test (or get on a waitlist), and take Basic Life Saving with Oxygen therapy and English Language Proficiency (see policy for benchmarks if English is your second language).