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Practical Nursing

Overview 

The Practical Nursing program is two years (four semesters) of study to help prepare graduates to give professional care to individuals and families in a variety of settings. Graduates can apply to write the Canadian Practical Nurse Examination (CPNRE) for licensure as a Licensed Practical Nurse. LPNs are hired in the community, continuing care and acute care hospital settings. The Practical Nursing program has been revised province-wide to meet all new education competencies required for practical nursing graduates.

Earns you a PRACTICAL NURSING DIPLOMA

Please read the CLPNBC - College of Licensed Practical Nurses of BC- Becoming a Licensed PN in Canada: Requisite Skills and Abilities if you are interested in taking this program. 

Program Outline 

Level One       

Course Number Course Name Hours
PNUR 103-2.0

Practical Nursing Anatomy and Physiology

60 hours

PNUR  111-1.0

Professional Practice 1

27

PNUR 121-1.0

Professional Communication 1

36

PNUR 131-1.5

Variations in Health 1

42

PNUR 141-1.0

Health Promotion 1

30

PNUR 151-1.0

Pharmacology 1

30

PNUR 161-4.0

Integrated Nursing Practice 1

135

PNUR 171-3.0

Consolidated Practice Experience

90

Level Two

Course Number Course Name Hours
PNUR 112-1.0

Professional Practice 2

21

PNUR  122-1.0

Professional Communications 2

30

PNUR 132-1.5

Variations in Health 2

45

PNUR 142-1.0

Health Promotion 2

30

PNUR 152-1.0

Pharmacology 2

30

PNUR 162-6.0

Integrated Nursing Practice 2

180

PNUR 172-4.0

Consolidated Practice Experience 2

120

Level Three

Course Number Course Name Hours
PNUR 211-1.0

Professional Practice 3

21

PNUR  221-1.0

Professional Communications 3

21

PNUR 231-1.5

Variations in Health 3

45

PNUR 241-1.0

Health Promotion 3

36

PNUR 261-4.0

Integrated Nursing Practice 3

120

PNUR 271-2.0

Consolidated Practice Experience 3

65

Level 4

Course Number Course Name Hours
PNUR 212-1.0

Professional Practice 4

21

PNUR  222-1.0

Professional Communications 4

21

PNUR 232-1.5

Variations in Health 4

51

PNUR 242-1.0

Health Promotion 4

24

PNUR 262-6.0

Integrated Nursing Practice 4

180

PNUR 272-6.0

Consolidated Practice Experience 4

200

PNUR 282-1.0

Transition to Preceptorship

30

PNUR  292-6.0

Preceptorship

180

 

Career Opportunities 

LPNs are hired in the community, continuing care and acute care hospital settings.

Admission Requirements 

 

  • BC Grade 12 (or equivalent)
  • Biology 12 (or NWCC BIOL 050 or 0501/0502 or equivalent) within the last 5 years with a grade of C+ (65%) or better;
  • English 12 (or NWCC ENGL 050, 053, 055 or equivalent) with a grade of C+ (65%) or better;
  • Foundations of Math 11, Pre-Calculus 11 or Principles of Mathematics 11 with a grade of C+ (65%) or better or NWCC MATH 0401/0402 or equivalent;
  • All eligible candidates must successfully undertake a CAT assessment test (English portion) and NWCC PN Math assessment to be administered by the college.Please click here for information regarding NWCC'S English Alternatives 

Program requirements to be completed prior to the first practice education experience: Required for PNUR 161, PNUR 162, PNUR 261, PNUR 171, PNUR 172, PNUR 271, and PNUR 292

Requirement for Clinical Placements

Criminal Record Check, BC Ministry of Justice Schedule Type B. For more information see: http://www.nwcc.bc.ca/admissions/applying-nwcc/criminal-record-check-crc

CPR Level C certification, Negative Mantoux test (PPD) for tuberculosis or negative chest xray.
Evidence of current immunization status for diphtheria, tetanus, poliomyelitis, measles, mumps, and rubella, Hepatitis B and Varicella.

Selection

In the event that the college receives more applications than there is space available, the College will first assess date of application, then date of completed application.

Dates and Locations 

Program currently not offered. Please contact the Educational Advisor at your local campus for further information.

Call
250-635-6511 Ext 5202 or toll free 1-877-277-2288 Ext 5202.

Program Fees 

Year 1

FEES Full Time (30 Credits)
Tuition: $4,607.10
*Student Association Fee: $61.76
*Student Association Nurse Fee: $10.46
Canadian Federation of Students Fee: $17.64
Technology Fee: $114.30
Registration Fee: $57.60
Infrastructure Fee: $17.10
**Lab Fee: $398.00
***Books: $1,430.00
***Supplies/Clothing: $800.00
***Practicum: $975.00
Total: $8,788.96

For a PDF of the 2016/2017 International Tuition and Fees for Year 1, please click here

 

Year 2

FEES Per Credit Full Time (34 Credits)
Tuition: $153.57 $5,221.38
*Student Association Fee: $0.00 $95.22
*Student Association Nurse Fee: $0.00 $15.87
Canadian Federation of Students Fee: $0.00 $26.64
Technology Fee: $3.81 $129.54
Registration Fee: $1.92 $65.28
Infrastructure Fee: $0.57 $19.38
**Lab Fee: $0.00 $398.00
***Books: $0.00 $330.00
***Supplies/Clothing: $0.00 $800.00
***Practicum: $0.00 $975.00
Total: $159.87 $8,076.31

 

For a PDF of the 2016/2017 International Tuition and Fees for Year 2, please click here

 

Fees are effective as of August 2, 2016
*These fees are term based and may vary due to the length of the program.
**Lab fees are manditory and cannot be waived. These non-refundable fees also apply to students with lab exemptions.
***Please note that these are approximate costs and may vary depending on courses taken.