Practical nursing program comes to Cowichan's VIU campus

Licensed practical nurse training is coming to the Cowichan campus of VIU. - Andrew Leong/file
Licensed practical nurse training is coming to the Cowichan campus of VIU.
— image credit: Andrew Leong/file

Vancouver Island University has announced a new practical nursing diploma program, with one of two intakes happening at Cowichan's campus.

The two-year program starts in September, but a free information session about the program happens Monday between 7 and 9 p.m. at the Cowichan campus lecture theatre.

"Practical nurses are a vital member of the health-care team and job prospects are excellent," program chair Lynne MacFadgen said in a media release.

"Graduates can seek employment in a diverse range of health-care settings, including hospitals, nursing homes, doctors' offices, clinics and community health centres."

And according to BC Work Futures, job prospects for practical nurses are expected to be above average for the next several years due to an aging population and increased health service needs.

The new diploma program provides the theories and skills to work within acute care, extended care, intermediate care and community care settings.

For more information, visit VIU's website.

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