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5 terms



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  • 60% in English Language Arts 30-1 or 70% in English Language Arts 30-2 or equivalent
  • 60% in Biology 30 or equivalent
  • 60% in Mathematics 20-1 or 70% in Mathematics 20-2 or 50% in Mathematics 30-1 or 60% in Mathematics 30-2 or 60% in MATH 1524 or equivalent
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Admission Requirements

Academic Requirements

All Applicants

  • 60% in English Language Arts 30-1 or 70% in English Language Arts 30-2 or equivalent
  • 60% in Biology 30 or equivalent
  • 60% in Mathematics 20-1 or 70% in Mathematics 20-2 or 50% in Mathematics 30-1 or 60% in Mathematics 30-2 or equivalent (Grade of 60% in MATH 1524)*

* If it has been 10 or more years since you completed Mathematics courses (i.e. Math 10, 20, 30 or Math 13, 23, 33), you will be required to complete a skills assessment, take a challenge exam, or complete upgrading to meet the Math requirement for this program.

It is strongly recommended that students take the following courses prior to entering the program:

These courses can be taken through Open Studies at NorQuest College. There is a heavy course load in the first term of the Practical Nurse program; completing these courses allows for better success once you are enrolled. If you intend to apply for full-time student loan funding, contact a Student Navigator regarding course load prior to enrolling in Open Studies courses, as this may affect your funding opportunities.

Health Care Aide Applicants:

  • all admission requirements noted above
  • graduate of an Alberta Provincial Standard Health Care Aide program or equivalent
  • documentary evidence (e.g., a letter from the agency or employer involved) of having completed at least 500 voluntary and/or paid work hours in the health care aide field working as a health care aide

Note: For all deliveries, the Practical Nurse program has a five-year shelf-life regulation on all nursing courses, whether the courses were taken at NorQuest College or transferred from another institution. Visit Transfer Credit for more information.

Conditional or provisional admission may be granted to applicants who are missing admission requirements after satisfying other conditions. See Admissions Process for more details.

English Language Proficiency Requirements

If English is your second language, you must provide proof of English language proficiency (ELP) prior to admission. ELP test results must have been obtained within two years of the start date of your program.

Acceptable evidence of ELP may be one of the following test scores:

  • IELTS Academic: no score below 7.5 in listening, 7 in speaking, 6.5 in reading, 7 in writing
  • TOEFL iBT: 94
  • CELBAN: no score below 10 in listening, 8 in speaking, 8 in reading, 7 in writing
  • minimum of 50% in ESLG 1860 and ESLG 1861

Note: ELP is a separate requirement from the English academic admission requirement.

Practicum/Work Experience Requirements

Students are required to travel to various locations in order to complete their clinical practice experiences. Within the time frame of the program, every effort is made to accommodate students in clinical practice placements. Access to a vehicle may be required.

The following are not required for admission purposes, but will be required before you attend the first clinical practice. There may be additional costs associated with completing these requirements.

  • Successful completion of all prerequisite courses.
  • The following courses are required; certificates will be awarded upon completion:
    • XBUS 1017 (current within three years)
    • XHLT 1200. For the duration of your practicum, you must hold BLS for Health Care Provider’s certification that has been completed within the last 12 months
    • XHLT 1070 (current within one year)
    • XHLT 1023 (current within three years)
  • Clear Police Information Check. The original Police Information Check must be submitted in person, or by mail. Photocopies, faxes, scans, or emails are not accepted. See Work, Practicum, and Clinical Requirements for full details.
  • Up-to-date immunization record. See Work, Practicum, and Clinical Requirements for full details.
  • Completion of the AHS Information & Privacy online learning module. Sign the Confidentiality and User Agreement on the last page of the module.
  • Read and sign the HSPNet consent form (390KB pdf).
  • N95 mask fit testing as arranged by the program (current within two years).

Submit the required certificates and forms listed above (unless otherwise indicated):

International students must obtain a co-op work permit before beginning the work-integrated learning component of the program. A medical exam may also be required. See Co-Op Work Permit for more information.


A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 is required to be considered in good academic standing and graduate with a Practical Nurse diploma.

Graduation Requirements

To qualify for graduation, students must maintain a GPA of 2.0, and pass all courses.

Honours Criteria

  • Overall grade point average (GPA) greater than or equal to 3.7
  • The student must not have failed or repeated any courses