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Practical Nursing Diploma

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The Practical Nursing diploma prepares graduates to deliver nursing care that meets the LPN practice standards and entry-level competencies of the British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals. The program emphasizes the concepts of caring, holism, nursing collaboration, self-reflection, lifespan, leadership and safety as well as diversity and Indigenous health.

As a successful graduate, you will be an effective, responsible practitioner using critical thinking and a holistic, client-centred approach to plan and implement care for your clients; moreover, you will possess the communication and leadership skills needed to be a collaborative member of a health care team.


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Admission Requirements

  1. Grade 12 graduation, or equivalent.
  2. Minimum C in Foundations of Math 11 or Pre-calculus 11 or NIC MAT 053  or MAT 055  or successful assessment testing.
  3. Minimum C+ in English Studies 12 or Provincial English 12 or English First Peoples 12 or ENG 096  or ENG 098  or in both ESL 092  and ESL 095  or successful assessment testing
  4. Minimum C in Anatomy and Physiology 12 or Biology 12 or NIC BIO 060  completed within 10 years.
  5. Minimum C+ in BIO - 159 Human Anatomy & Physiology Fr Prac Nurs , completed within 10 years, or equivalent. Students will be required to register in and successfully complete BIO 159  by specified dates.
  6. Declaration of English Language Competency Requirements for Practical Nursing form signed and dated.
  7. Requisite Skills and Abilities and 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.

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Priority Admission for Aboriginal Applicants

The British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal has provided Special Program approval to allow priority admission for a selected number of self-declared Aboriginal applicants to this program beginning in September 2013. For more information please contact an Aboriginal educational advisor at your local campus.

Before Classes Begin

  1. Submit a Criminal Record Check permission form so that the college can get your criminal record check done. This form will be sent to you when you are offered a seat in the program.
  2. Hold a current CPR certification (BLS CPR - FAC 019) or equivalent and have completed a Workplace Hazardous Material Information System (WHMIS) course. A photocopy of these certificates must be presented to the faculty on the first day of classes. It is the responsibility of the students to maintain their CPR certification (BLS CPR - FAC 019) throughout the program.
  3. Submit a completed immunization form. This immunization form should be validated by the public health nurse at your local health unit. This form must be presented to the faculty on the first day of class.
  4. Attend a group information session. This mandatory session is designed to assist students in making an informed decision about pursuing a career as a licensed practical nurse. The admissions department will send you an invitation with details regarding the date and time of the information session.

Course Requirements

Completion Requirements

The Practical Nursing student must achieve a minimum of C in each course (except pharmacology)*, maintain a cumulative grade point average of C+ (2.33 GPA), and pass each nursing practice experience.  Students who miss more than 10% of a practice experience may be asked to repeat the course.

*In pharmacology courses, students must achieve 100% on the math portion and an A- average on the theory portion.

  • It is an expectation of the Practical Nursing program that students demonstrate responsible, accountable behaviour in terms of maintaining a pattern of regular attendance, and establishing effective working relationships with student colleagues and faculty.
  • Students are required to adhere to the BCCNP Standards of Practice for LPNs. Failure to adhere to these standards may result in the student being required to leave the program.
  • If a student is unsuccessful in the Practical Nursing Program, they have one opportunity to re-enter the program.  If a student is unsuccessful in the program a second time, they can only re-enter by going through the admission process and beginning at term one.
  • Re-entering the program is dependent on an available seat. Students who fail a required course may be asked to complete a learning assessment and/or skills or written exam prior to being considered for re-admission.
  • Students have a maximum of 5 years to complete the program.
  • These regulations are important to the profession to ensure that graduates have the required skills and knowledge and are therefore deemed safe to practice.

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