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Northern Lights College lights the way to upgrading for health care programs

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Those who need upgrading to pursue a career in health care have a new option available to them.  

Northern Lights College (NLC) is pleased to announce that students who need to upgrade their high school Biology, Math, and English courses to become a Practical Nurse (PN) or Health Care Assistant (HCA) can do so through the new Career and College Preparation (CPP) Pathway. The new CCP Pathway is designed to provide a direct route into health sciences.  

Students who enter into the pathway would apply for the PN or HCA program simultaneously to receive conditional acceptance to their chosen program. Once the upgrading is successfully completed, students can then ladder into their PN or HCA program.  

Kathleen Lewis, Associate Dean, Academic and Vocational Programs applauds the new CCP Pathway. “Many students experience difficulties in accessing PN program due to missing prerequisites or the need to upgrade,” she says. “This pathway creates a great opportunity for those students to pursue education and eventually careers in health sciences.”   

The Pathway courses officially kick off on Tuesday, July 4, 2023. The courses will run through July and August to allow for a September start in the PN or a 2024 start in the HCA programs.  

NLC was awarded funding of $204,500 from the Ministry of Post-Secondary Education and Future Skills to build out these pathways. 

NLC, with the support of the Ministry, is excited to support students on their journey to becoming future ready.  

Learn more about this funding here

Learn more about CCP and course upgrading

Apply to Northern Lights College here