BC Government News Release: Bursary improves access to practical nursing program for health-care assistants

Breanna Patterson assists a client at Evergreen Seniors Home in Campbell River as part of her practicum hours in the Practical Nursing program at NIC.

Health-care assistants entering the access to practical nursing pathway program at NIC now have more financial support to advance their careers, build stronger futures and develop the skills the skills to provide more comprehensive care to people throughout the province.

The Province is providing a new $3-million bursary fund for health-care assistants registered in an Access to Practical Nursing (APN) pathway program from Sept. 1, 2021, to May 31, 2024, at North Island College and three qualifying post-secondary institutions across BC.

“Together, we’re making a better life for British Columbians. We’re accomplishing this by improving access to much-needed health services in our province, and providing amazing career opportunities for people,” said Anne Kang, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training. “With these bursaries, we’re making education more affordable and accessible for people to make the leap and upskill from health-care assistant positions to practical nursing; a valued career that is in very high demand.”

Each eligible health-care assistant will receive $10,000 to cover the cost of the program, including tuition and fee costs. Participants will be required to sign a 12-month return-of-service agreement, committing to work in the health-care system following graduation from the program.

For eligibility requirements and full details, visit https://www.choose2care.ca/apn-program-education-bursary/.