The College of the Rockies President says the first intake of a full four year nursing program is receiving plenty of praise.
COTR announced earlier this year that nursing students could now complete all four years of their program locally.
David Walls says the expansion of the program has received great support from local healthcare providers.
“We have to have clinical placements, because the nursing degree has a fairly significant clinical placement,” Walls says. “The healthcare providers have to step up to agree to take those clinical placements and so we have to have enough of those to be able to really run the program here.”
Walls says by completing their program in the region, it increases the chance of nursing grads staying and working in the East Kootenay.
“The group that was in, some of them still went to Victoria and about half of the students continued on with us,” Walls says. “As we move forward, those students primarily coming in will be here for the full four years.”
He adds the college is also seeing success with the Clinical Nursing Program and Healthcare Assistant programs in Fernie and Invermere.
– David Walls, College of the Rockies President