Portage College PN Program Receives Approval for Subsidized Education with Canadian Armed Forces
August 14, 2023

Portage College is excited to announce that its Practical Nursing (PN) program has been granted approval for subsidized education through the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Accreditation, Certification, and Equivalency program. This groundbreaking collaboration and partnership between Portage College and the CAF will create additional opportunities for military personnel seeking career advancement and personal growth.

The CAF's 3E Consultancy Team (Education, Experience, Equivalency) is committed to recognizing and partnering with reputable educational institutions across Canada which aligns perfectly with Portage College's mission to provide high-quality, accessible, and relevant education to all its students. By joining forces, the PN program at Portage College becomes part of an elite group of over 200 recognized programs of study, allowing more individuals from all corners of Canada to pursue their educational and career aspirations with the support of a Canadian institution and the CAF.

"We believe that empathy is a vital component of effective healthcare," said Dr. Shun Li, Portage College’s Dean of Health. "Our collaboration with the Canadian Armed Forces not only enhances our PN program but also contributes to a more compassionate and supportive society."

Operating Room Technician Career Path

As part of this exciting collaboration, interested applicants can now explore the Operating Room Technician (OR Tech) career path offered by the CAF. If you have a passion for healthcare and aspire to make a difference in the lives of others, the OR Tech program might be the perfect fit for you. With cutting-edge training and development opportunities, the CAF is dedicated to nurturing talent and fostering growth in its personnel.

For more information about the OR Tech career path and how to apply, please visit the CAF recruiting site and navigate to the OR Tech page: https://forces.ca/en/career/operating-room-technician/.

Practical Nurse Career Path

"We are pleased to be partnering with Portage College by adding the Practical Nursing program to our portfolio of recognized programs," said Caroline Rivard, representative of the CAF 3E Team. "Our aim is to increase this listing so more individuals from across Canada have the opportunity to achieve their educational goals with a Canadian institution and their career goals with the CAF."

For individuals interested in exploring the Practical Nursing program or pursuing a military career in healthcare, please visit the CAF recruiting site at https://forces.ca or Portage College's website at www.portagecollege.ca/Programs/Health-and-Wellness/Practical-Nurse-Diploma.

This collaboration between Portage College and the CAF is a testament to both organizations' dedication to providing military personnel with diverse opportunities for personal and professional development. The subsidized education program will empower military members to enhance their skill sets, broaden their horizons, and unlock new career possibilities, all while serving their country.

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