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Nursing at Langara
a nurse showing off her badge hanging from her pocket / nursing at langara

Nursing at Langara

One of the greatest needs of the job market in this era is for people to become nurses. They are essential in hospitals and if they weren’t around, hospitals wouldn’t run smoothly at all. Nursing is a rewarding career that allows you to connect with people and help those in need.

An Overview of Nursing

The main goal of nurses is to provide care and that can look different depending on where they are stationed. However, it’s not as easy as going around and checking people’s heart rate or giving pills. While that is part of the job, a nurse’s responsibility goes further than that.

Nurses have to be very good at communication. They often relay information between doctors, imaging specialists, and other nurses from previous or next shifts. Nurses also have to keep all the information straight in their head too. One mistake could really hurt a patient and everyone else in the hospital. 

The job itself is a very fast paced job and even as a registered nurse, you will always learn something new. It’s important to keep an open mind and have a lot of empathy in this career choice. Overall, it’s a great choice for people who want to help people even if it gets tiring.

Career Prospects

In Canada, nurses are not only found in hospitals. They have a wide range of duties and may fall under different job titles. The types of different nurses you’ll find are:

  • Registered psychiatric nurses
  • Registered psychiatric nurses in hospitals 
  • Registered nurses in hospitals 
  • Long-term care nurses 
  • Community health nurses 
  • Agency nurses 
  • Outpatient clinic and outpatient office nurses 
  • Occupational health nurses 
  • Nursing consultants 
  • Nursing researchers
  • Clinical nurse specialists and clinical resource nurses 

Nursing has one the highest job opening expectations in BC. Between 2019 and 2029, over 12,000 positions are expected to open up. As Canada’s population is only getting older, the market is likely to grow even more after 2029.

The average salary of nurses is at $83,000/year, where most nurses get an average hourly wage of $40/hr. In higher positions, like supervisor, the salary is expected to be higher. In the same way, newer nurses are likely to start with a smaller wage. That being said, you can expect the minimum wage of a nurse to be $25/hr.

Nursing at Langara

Typically, colleges offer as far as a diploma, but not Langara. Their Nursing Program actually offers a Bachelors in Nursing. As a result they are a highly acclaimed school that offers a nursing program with very competitive admissions.

All the courses at Langara are recognized by the British Columbia College of Nurses and MIdwives. Because of this, graduating with a degree in nursing from Langara can guarantee you a job right after finishing. You can also take it to other areas in Canada or even around the globe.

Langara, being in Vancouver, offers multicultural perspectives. Both international students and local Vancouver students get to participate in the cultural exchange, learning and growing together to become better nurses.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted into the Nursing Program at Langara you must first meet all of Langara’s general admission requirements.

  1. English Language Requirement, Category 3; and
  2. One or all of the following:
  • Successful completion of a BC secondary program (Grade 12) or the equivalent;
  • Be at least 19 years of age by the first day of the first semester of attendance; or
  • Successful completion of an ABE (Adult Basic Education) or GED (General Educational Development) program.

Once you’re in the school, you can take the appropriate courses in your first year or two in order to meet the Nursing criteria.

  1. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.33 in courses required for admission (see 2.)
  2. Applicants must complete the following courses with a minimum “C+” grade (unless otherwise noted):
    • ENGL 1100, 1123, 1127, or 1128 (or equivalent); and
    • Any university-transferable English course that is not equivalent to ENGL 1100, 1123, 1127, or 1128; and
    • BIOL 11901, 2; and
    • BIOL 11911, 2; and
    • PSYC 2321 with a minimum “C+” grade2; or STAT 1123 with a minimum “A” grade2; or STAT 1124 with a minimum “C+” grade2.

Applications to Langara are open now. The Fall intake (that starts in September) will be closed on January 31, but do not despair. The Nursing program also has a winter intake, and the applications for that close on May 31. 

Why Langara

Langara College is the best destination for international students who want to become a nurse. They have quality education, complete with labs and hands on experience to facilitate success when their students graduate.

Langara also has a great community and is located in Vancouver, one of Canada’s most popular and most multicultural cities. The school is proud to have welcomed thousands of international students and given them valuable education during their time in Canada. 

You can learn more about Langara on their official page

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