University College of the North (UCN) announced April 22 that its practical nursing diploma program will be offered in Thompson this fall.
The two-year program is also available through UCN in Flin Flon, Swan River and Selkirk.
“UCN is tremendously grateful to the government of Manitoba and the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Manitoba who have supported the expansion of our DPN [Diploma in Practical Nursing] program to Thompson,” said UCN academic and research vice-president Dr. Dan Smith. “UCN could not offer this program without their support and guidance.”
Health and Seniors Care Minister Heather Stefanson said there is more demand for licensed practical nurses in Northern Manitoba and that having the program offered in Thompson will benefit the entire health care system while Advanced Education and Immigration Minister Wayne Ewasko said the program is helping UCN fulfill its mandate of providing education aligned with Manitoba’s workforce needs.
"Now more than ever, the health field requires skilled personnel and we are so pleased to be able to contribute to filling this need by training future health professionals,’ said UCN dean of health Dr Vicki Zeran.
Applications to the program can be submitted via UCN’s website at www.ucn.ca.