Take the next step in your health care career. NIC’s Access to the Practical Nursing program provides health care assistants with the bridging courses and training to enter the second year of NIC’s Practical Nursing program. Upon completion, students will begin level 3 of the Practical Nursing program. Students will be able to earn their diploma in Practical Nursing in under 16 months.
Requisite Skills and Abilities Program Bulletin signed and dated. These documents provide prospective students with information that may be helpful in deciding if the program is suited to them. Prospective students who have questions or concerns should contact an educational advisor.
A BC certificate in one of the following programs: Health Care Assistant (HCA), Resident Care Attendant (RCA) or Home Support/Resident Care Attendant (HS/RCA) or a current BC Care Aide Registry Number
600 Hours of Work Experience as an HCA or RCA or an HS/RCA within the last two years
Completed in a care facility where care is provided to a group of Gerontology clients
This does not include individualized home care experience
Work experience must be verified by official employer letter.
Students must achieve a minimum of C in each course (except PNS 105), maintain a cumulative grade point average of C+, and pass each and every consolidated practice experience. Students who miss more than 10% of any practice course may be asked to repeat course. In PNS 105 students must achieve 100% on the math portion and an A (80%) on the theory portion.
Students have up to 5 years to complete the program.
A minimum of 50% of the pathway must be completed at North Island College.