Minimum Age Requirement
Sprott Shaw College is committed to adult student learning, a mature student is defined as:
- Someone who is 19 years or older by the start of their program, and at least one year out of school; or
- Someone who is 17 years of age and can provide proof of high school graduation or completion of grade 12.
- Clinical/Practicum. For further details please refer to the policy: Minimum Age Requirements for Programs governed by the CCALA
High School Graduation
- Depends on program
All mature students must meet Sprott Shaw College’s general admission requirements.
Minimum Age Requirement for programs governed by the CCALA
Sprott Shaw College requires that all PN or PNA students be 19 years of age or greater by the first day of Consolidated Practice Experience 1 (CPE1). Handling medication is a requirement for program completion. PN and PNA students under the age of 19 are not permitted to store, handle, or administer medication in these settings as per the Community Care and Assisted Living Act (CCALA), October 2022.
Administration of medication
70 (1)In this section, “prescribe” means to authorize a pharmacy to dispense a specified medication, including a medication not listed in Schedule I, IA or IV of the Drug Schedules Regulation, B.C. Reg. 9/98, for administration to or use by a designated individual.
HCA and ECE, which are also governed by the CCALA, students under the age of 19 are permitted to enroll in the program but will not store, handle or administer medication to persons in care. During clinical/practicum placements, handling medication is not a requirement for program completion.