Practical Nurse - Overview

Program Overview

To meet Alberta's growing needs in health care, the demand for Licensed Practical Nurses is increasing. NorQuest's program, one of the largest in Canada, will prepare you to play a vital, front-line role in treating patients in a variety of health-care settings.

This program is currently at capacity for the Edmonton full-time intake in Winter 2015 but is still accepting applications should seats become available before the start of term. Check your MyMail regularly so you don’t miss an opportunity that may become available.


Career Potential

Practical nurses find jobs in acute care hospitals, continuing care centres, community care settings, client homes, clinics, or doctors' offices.

For more information on related careers see:

To research your career, you may complete a Career Investigation Report.

Additional Certification

To practise as a licensed practical nurse, you must obtain licensure from the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA). You must pass a national exam, the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam (CPNRE) to attain active licensure with the CLPNA. Visit the website of the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta for further details on the registration for new graduates.

Program Length

2 years

Delivery Options

Full-time (FT), Part-time (PT), Distance

The program is available:

  • full-time during the day in Edmonton and Wetaskiwin
  • part-time evenings
  • by distance delivery

The following are the program start dates for the 2014/15 Academic Year:

Program Delivery Terms starting
Edmonton - full-time Fall 2014
Winter 2015
Wetaskiwin - full-time Fall 2014
Edmonton - part-time evenings/wknds Fall 2014
Distance Continuous intake (starts the first calendar day of each month)
PN for Health Care Aide Distance Continuous intake (starts the first calendar day of each month)



Anywhere, Edmonton Downtown, Wetaskiwin

Credential Outcome


Term Start

Fall Start (September), Winter Start (January), Spring Start (May)