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ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

  • graduate of a Practical Nurse program in Canada, or graduate of an RN/Bachelor of Nursing program outside of Canada

Note: Academic admission requirements are different from English language proficiency (ELP) requirements. NorQuest College English for Academic Purposes courses may be used to meet both requirements. See below for details.

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This program information is not for the current academic year. If you are interested in a program starting before July, view the current academic year of the program.

Admission Requirements

Academic Requirements

  • graduate of a Practical Nurse program in Canada, or graduate of an RN/Bachelor of Nursing program outside of Canada

Contact the Office of the Registrar, Admissions at admissions@norquest.ca if verification is not available; your academic background may be deemed acceptable.

Requirements deadline: You must show that you meet all admission requirements by the fifteenth day of the month prior to the term for which you applied (e.g. by August 15 for a fall start date).

English Language Proficiency Requirements

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

Provisional acceptance to the program may be granted for students who have the following test scores:

If you receive provisional acceptance, you will be required to complete the five ESL Practical Nurse Refresher program language courses. Successful completion of these courses will allow you to continue in the program.

Other Requirements

  • documentation from the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta or other provincial/national professional association verifying you were licensed with a professional body

Contact the Office of the Registrar, Admissions at admissions@norquest.ca if verification is not available; your academic background may be deemed acceptable.

Requirements deadline: You must show that you meet all admission requirements by the fifteenth day of the month prior to the term for which you applied (e.g. by August 15 for a Fall start date).

See Admissions Process for the steps to becoming a student.

Practicum/Work Experience Requirements

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:
    • WHMIS: XBUS 1017 (current within three years)
    • BLS (CPR): XHLT 1200 (current within one year)
    • IT's Your Move: XHLT 1070 (current within one year)
    • HBPE: XHLT 1023 (current within three years)
  • Clear Police Information Check. Vulnerable Sector Check is also required if over 18 years of age.
  • Up-to-date immunization records.
  • Completion of the AHS Information & Privacy online learning module
  • Completion of the HSPNet consent form.
  • N95 mask fit testing (current within two years)

See Work, Practicum, and Clinical Requirements for full details and instructions for all these requirements.

Progression

A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 is required to be considered in good academic standing.

Graduation Requirements

Students must pass all courses and achieve a minimum 2.0 grade point average (GPA) to qualify for graduation.

Honours Criteria

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