UCN announces new program to help applicants prepare for Diploma in Practical Nursing.

May 11, 2022
(Flin Flon/Swan River/Thompson, MB) – University College of the North (UCN) is excited to announce a new program to help applicants get ready for the Diploma in Practical Nursing (DPN) program.
The program was created in response to Manitoba government’s multi-year investment of up to $4.3 million for additional nurse training seats at the UCN learning centres in Thompson, Flin Flon, and Swan River.

“Recruitment and retention of professionals in rural and northern regions is always a challenge, and the best, most cost-effective solution is to grow our own and ensure northern people are in northern jobs,” said Doug Lauvstad, University College of the North President and Vice-Chancellor. “UCN is committed to helping address the nursing shortage both in the north and in the province.”

Students can attend in Thompson, Flin Flon, or Swan River in the one-year, full-time preparation program. Courses will include life and academic training with a focus on upgrading math and science as well as nursing centred courses to meet the DPN program requirements.

Applicants must have a high school diploma, go through an academic assessment, be interviewed, and attend an in-person information session. The goal is to accept students who will be able to successfully finish the preparation program and then advance into the DPN program.

“The goal is to fill the seats with students who have full intentions of becoming nurses,” said Lynette Plett, UCN Associate Vice-President of Access. “This program will set students up for success in the competitive DPN program.”

Those interested can visit ucn.ca to apply.

University College of the North provides learning opportunities to northern communities while respecting diverse Indigenous and northern values.


CONTACT: Monte Koshel
UCN Director of Marketing, Communications & Recruitment
communications@ucn.ca | 204.627.8244

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