ACC announces Practical Nursing site in Russell


Source:  ACC Blog

The community of Russell, Man. will be host Assiniboine Community College’s next rural rotating Practical Nursing program delivery site, with classes starting in January.

“We’re excited to be partnering with Russell to deliver this program and look forward to training more than two dozen nurses for rewarding careers in the nursing profession,” said Karen Hargreaves, Dean of Health & Human Services at Assiniboine. “Studying close to home has many benefits for students and their families, and nursing graduates are in high demand across the province.”

“I’m more than pleased to have a program of this kind delivered in our community,” said Russell Mayor Len Derkach. “We’ve been waiting for some time and my appreciation goes to the president and staff community college for the effort they have put in to make this a reality for our community.”

The two-year diploma program offering has space for 25 students. Applications will be accepted between August 20 – September 7. All applications accepted within that two-week window will be treated equally in a lottery system, however, those applicants living within a 100-kilometer radius of Russell will be given preference in the first lottery draw.

Those interested in learning more about the program entrance requirements, application process, and other details should visit for more information.

In addition to the permanent nursing programs offered across Manitoba at Assiniboine’s campuses in Brandon, Dauphin and Winnipeg, the college has a rural rotating site currently running in Melita. In the fall, Selkirk, Peguis First Nation, and Portage la Prairie will also be home to a delivery of the college’s Practical Nursing program.

Currently, applications are open for the nursing programs being delivered in Brandon and Dauphin, with Brandon having a two-year waitlist. Applications for Winnipeg are not currently being accepted as the wait list for the program offering spans multiple years.

The demand for Assiniboine nursing graduates is high; 100 per cent of graduates surveyed from the 2016-17 academic year said they had jobs, making on average $54,121 a year.

Graduate LPNs secure careers in hospitals, personal care homes, medical clinics, private agencies and the community. With some advanced preparation, some entrepreneurial LPNs are even choosing to start their own businesses.

Since 1975, more than 3,500 individuals have graduated from nursing programs offered by the college. In the past five years alone, Assiniboine has delivered its Practical Nursing program in nine communities across Manitoba including Portage la Prairie, Peguis First Nation, Deloraine, and Pine Falls.