Two-year nursing program to start this fall in Prince George

Nursing students in the Prince George area will soon be able to take courses closer to home as the Northern Baccalaureate Nursing Program at UNBC expands to include a new location from September 2023.

The Northern Baccalaureate Nursing Program started in the fall of 2021 on the University’s Fort St. John campus. The 48-place addition to Prince George is part of an increase in care places announced by the provincial government in 2022, adding 602 new care places at public post-secondary institutions across the province.

“Caregivers are vital to our healthcare system,” said Selina Robinson, Secretary of State for Post-Secondary Education and Future Skills. “Expanding the Northern Baccalaureate Nursing Program will allow more people to study closer to where they live, removing barriers for British Columbians pursuing in-demand careers in healthcare.”

The expansion will be housed at the Wood Innovation and Design Center (WIDC) in downtown Prince George, where renovations are already underway to create new classrooms, including a laboratory.

The program runs over five consecutive semesters and will support 48 students at Prince George at full capacity; The first students will begin their studies in September of this year.

“The expansion of the Northern Baccalaureate Nursing Program underscores our continued commitment to support health services in northern BC while providing education that highlights the unique needs of rural and remote nursing,” said UNBC President Dr. Geoff Payne. “Educating more healthcare professionals in the North means more local graduates will stay in the North and help meet one of the most urgent needs of this region.”

The new NBNP program offers learners a different point of entry into the profession and offers opportunities for those who may have started their post-secondary journey in a different way before considering a career in nursing. Students who apply must have a minimum of 60 university transfer credits, including 24 credits for specific coursework requirements. Preferred seating will be available to Indigenous candidates and applications for the program are now being accepted.

Individuals interested in learning more about the new NBNP program are invited to a special open house in the atrium of the Teaching and Learning Center building on the Prince George campus on Tuesday, February 28 from 5 to 8 p.m attend the UNBC


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