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Alberta Investing in Nursing Skills Training

The Government of Alberta is investing $11 million in nurse bridging programs for internationally educated nurses to help address current and future demand throughout the healthcare system.

Through this funding, internationally educated nurses will have access to an additional 1,221 spaces at post-secondary institutions so they can complete the programs they need for certification in Alberta.

This funding is enabling Alberta’s government to create 848 new registered nurse pathway seats and 373 new licensed practical nurse seats over three years to help nurses who were trained in other countries become licensed to practise nursing in Alberta. This builds on the more than 600 new seats for registered nurse and licensed practical nurse bridging programs announced in February.

The $11 million over the next three years will create 1,221 additional seats for nurse bridging programs at:

$2.4 million – University of Lethbridge/Lethbridge College: 100 seats
$2.6 million – Lethbridge College partnering with Bow Valley College: 108 seats
$0.5 million – Bow Valley College: 96 seats
$0.5 million – Northwestern Polytechnic: 96 seats
$0.5 million – Portage College: 96 seats
$0.5 million – Keyano College: 96 seats
$2.4 million – MacEwan University: 364 seats
$0.5 million – Keyano College partnering with NorQuest College: 40 seats
$0.6 million – Red Deer Polytechnic partnering with NorQuest College: 135 seats
$0.4 million – NorQuest College: 90 seats

For more information, visit the Government of Alberta website to read the press release here:

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