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Program Overview

To meet the family, economical, and lifestyle needs of a student in the 21st century, the Practical Nursing diploma program provides a more adaptable option to allow students to learn in a more manageable study program with a focus on practical and knowledge skills.

Practical nursing is the second largest nursing group in Canada. Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) combining nursing knowledge, skill, and judgement to treat health conditions, promote health, prevent illness, and assist clients to achieve optimal levels of health and wellness. LPNs use the nursing process to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate the outcomes of holistic care provided to diverse clients and their families throughout their lifespan, as disease progresses, as well as through palliative stages.

As a regulated nursing profession, LPNs practise within the provincially established scope of practice, competency standards, and code of ethics. In the provision of care, LPNs acknowledge their client's uniqueness and complexities.

The curriculum provides learners with multiple learning opportunities to develop, integrate, and demonstrate knowledge, skills and judgment that are translated into superior reflective practice and meets all BCCNP (British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals) competencies and standards. 

Admission Requirements:

  • High school graduation or equivalent
  • Criminal record check (in accordance with the Criminal Records Review Act)
  • Immunization report (form provided by college) as required by clinical partner sites and recommended by the B.C.Centre for Disease Control (2009): diphtheria and tetanus, polio, hepatitis B, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), varicella, and influenza Students who fail to comply with immunization requirements may be prohibited from attending practice education experiences by health authority and clinical partner site policy.
  • Negative TB skin test or chest x-ray
  • English 12 with a grade of C+ or Technical Communications 12 with a grade of B+<
  • Math 11 Principles with a grade of C (current B.C. curriculum) or Math 11 Foundations with a grade of C (commencing 2012)
  • Biology 12 (Human Biology) with a grade of C
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology for Practical Nurses with a minimum grade of C+ or equivalent must be completed by start of specified courses
  • Applicants with English as an additional language must meet the language requirements set by the CLPNBC (2011), and be successful in one of the following:

    International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – Academic Version with minimum scores of:
    • Overall band score: 7.0
    • Speaking: 7.0
    • Listening: 7.5
    • Reading: 6.5
    • Writing: 7.0

    Canadian English Language Benchmarks Assessment for Nurses (CELBAN) with minimum scores of:
    • Speaking: 8
    • Listening: 10
    • Reading: 8
    • Writing: 7
    NOTE: Please view the BCCNP current English requirements here.
  • Where applicable, submission of an international credential evaluation service report (e.g. ICES).
  • Successful interview with the PN program coordinator.
  • Signing of the PN Statement of Understanding.

Additional Requirement:

  • CPR Level ‘C’ training is a requirement of this program and will be provided during the first semester.

This program has been approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.

Career Opportunities

  • Acute Care Hospitals
  • Long-Term Care Settings
  • Group Homes
  • Public Schools
  • Alzheimer Units
  • Home Care

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Financial Aid

Finding yourself in a position where College is unaffordable is more common than most of us realize. Fortunately, Canada’s provincial and federal governments are very focused on making education accessible to virtually everyone; even students that are new to Canada. Regardless of your situation: didn’t finish high school, are having (or had) financial difficulties, or you are a new arrival to Canada, we will find financial solution best for you!

Our Financial Aid Expert will provide you with best options to make education investment in yourself, both realistic and affordable. Let us help you find option that suits you best. Fill out the form NOW!

  • Government Student Loans
  • Currently, British Columbia has a government-sponsored plan that provides loan assistance to qualified full-time students. The type and amount of assistance usually varies depending on your individual circumstances.

    When you meet with our Student Financial Planning Expert at the campus, we will go over all the financial options available to you to make this amazing investment in yourself both affordable and realistic.

  • RRBC Royal Credit Line for Students ©
  • The Royal Credit Line for Students lets you focus on what's important: your studies. Available to full-time and part-time students who need to finance their studies, it allows you to take charge of your financial needs in a way that fits your lifestyle.

    The Royal Credit Line for Students is different from a traditional loan in that it lets you borrow funds as you need them, and pay the interest on only the amount you use, without ever having to reapply. You get all the convenience and benefits with no annual fee.

    As a student, you may qualify for one of RBC`s best rates - Prime + 1%, which applies when you are at school and for a 12 month grace period after graduation.

    Further information about financial assistance is available from the Financial Advisor at your nearest campus.


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