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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.
- 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:
- Overall band score: 7.0
- Speaking: 7.0
- Listening: 7.5
- Reading: 6.5
- Writing: 7.0
- Speaking: 8
- Listening: 10
- Reading: 8
- Writing: 7
- 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.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – Academic Version with minimum scores of:
Canadian English Language Benchmarks Assessment for Nurses (CELBAN) with minimum scores of:
- 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.