Practical Nurse Diploma

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PhotoCongratulations to our Nursing Students!

Portage College grads have achieved a 100% pass rate on their Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam three years in a row.

Our new grads are ready to start their careers as practical nurses in hospitals, doctor's offices, community care and continuing care centres.

Our unique nursing program will prepare you to meet the competencies required to enter the exciting, dynamic profession of Practical Nursing. Our program emphasizes collaboration, health promotion and family-centered nursing. You will be equipped with the skills and knowledge required to work in a wide variety of health care settings, both rural and urban. Once you have graduated from our highly successful program you will be eligible to write the national licensing examination administered through the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta. Our enthusiastic, experienced instructors incorporate individual learning needs and imaginative, innovative classroom and lab experiences.

Take a look at the Career Guide produced by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta and watch their informative videos for more insight into the Licensed Practical Nurse career.

A Career Guide for LPN

Link to CLPNA Videos

 


PN FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Credential
Year 1: N/A
Year 2: Diploma

Admission Requirements
Year 1:
  A High School Diploma is Recommended:

  • Biology 30 with Minimum 60%
  • English 30 or 30-1 with Minimum 60% OR English 33 or 30-2 with Minimum 70%
  • Math 20 Pure or Math 20-1 with Minimum 50% OR Math 20 Applied or Math 20-2 with Minimum 60%
  • Chemistry 30 is strongly recommended

Other admission requirements include:

Download Complete Application Package Here!

  • Use this handy Practical Nurse Application Check List to keep organized - Download PDF
  • Minimum age of 18 prior to first practicum placement
  • Copy of CPR Level C Certificate within six months of program start date
  • Completed and signed Health Status Form - Download PDF
  • Signed Immunization and Placement Disclosure Waiver Form - Download PDF
  • Signed Police Information Check & Vulnerable Sector Search Waiver Form - Download PDF
  • Letter Re: Police Information Check & Vulnerable Sector Search - Download PDF
  • Current Signed Immunization Record - To be completed prior to Clinical Placement - Download PDF
  • Police Information Check & Vulnerable Sector Search - To be completed prior to Clinical Placement

The Please refer to the following link for minimum technical requirements at our Moodlesite.

Year 2:   Completion of Year 1 nursing courses. Students must provide new criminal record check prior to clinical practicums.

Photo Practicum Dates
Year 1:
 
1. April 4, 2016 - May 6, 2016                                      
Year 2
1. November 23, 2015 to December 18, 2015
2. March 7, 2016 to April 1, 2016
3. April 4, 2016 to April 22, 2016

                                                  
Career Potential
Graduates will be eligible for jobs in acute care hospitals, continuing care centres, community care settings, client homes, or doctor's offices. Practical Nurses earn approximately $25.17 to $32.96 per hour.

Transferability
Diploma will be considered for admission to Bachelor of Applied Human Service Administration program at Grant MacEwan University. Currently Post LPN degree in nursing programs are available through the following institution: Athabasca University Minimum 25% Residency Requirement for Graduation. The following Portage College courses are transferable to and from University Studies; BIOL230 - Anatomy I, BIOL231/2 - Physiology I/II, ENGL102 - Intro Composition, HEED105 - Health Education, PSYC104 - Intro Psychology and SOCI101 - Intro to Sociology.

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Year 1 - Course List

  • BIOL230 - ANATOMY I
  • BIOL231 - PHYSIOLOGY I
  • BIOL232 - PHYSIOLOGY II
  • COMM135 - COMMUNICATIONS FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS
  • ENGL102 - INTRODUCTORY COMPOSITION
  • HEED105 - HEALTH EDUCATION
  • NPRT155 - NURSING PRACTICE I, CONTINUING CARE PRACTICUM
  • NURS148 - NURSING FOUNDATIONS 1: INTRODUCTION TO NURSING
  • NURS149 - NURSING FOUNDATIONS 2: BASIC NURSING
  • NURS150 - APPLIED PHARMACOLOGY
  • NURS152 - HEALTH ASSESSMENT
  • PSYC104 - INTRODUCTORY PSYCHOLOGY

Year 2 - Course List

  • NPRT210 - NURSING PRACTICE 2: ACUTE CARE PRACTICUM
  • NPRT215 - NURSING PRACTICE 3: ACUTE CARE PRACTICUM
  • NURS200 - NURSING FOUNDATIONS 3: MEDICAL SURGERY NURSING
  • NURS202 - NURSING FOUNDATIONS VIII: TRANSITION TO PRACTICAL NURSE GRADUATE
  • NURS203 - NURSING FOUNDATIONS IV: MATERNITY
  • NURS204 - NURSING FOUNDATIONS VII: MENTAL HEALTH
  • NURS205 - NURSING FOUNDATIONS V: PEDIATRICS
  • NURS206 - NURSING FOUNDATIONS VI: COMMUNITY NURSING
  • NURS230 - NURSING PRACTICE FINAL COMPREHENSIVE PRACTICUM
  • SOCI101 - INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY