There are no further intakes available for this academic year.


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  • 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.


The Practical Nurse Refresher program is under review, and we are not accepting new applications at this time.

If you are a former Canadian-educated practical nurse or internationally educated nurse and wish to acquire your licence to work as an LPN, you can achieve your goal through a combination of: recognition of your prior learning. This can include a combination of transfer credit, prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR) portfolio, challenge exams, and part-time online learning with NorQuest College.

You have up to five years to complete the Practical Nurse Refresher program.

The Practical Nurse Refresher program is intended for applicants whose previous licensure in Canada has lapsed, or for internationally educated nurses looking to get licensure as a practical nurse in Canada. Upon successful completion of the Practical Nurse Refresher program, you will receive a practical nurse diploma.

This program is not intended for active practicing licensed practical nurses or for graduates who have been unsuccessful in passing the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination three times.

Student Success

  • Read the Practical Nurse Refresher Candidate Guide and complete the self-audit.
  • Meet with the Practical Nurse Refresher advisor to identify the Practical Nurse Refresher program courses for which you may be eligible to get transfer credit, request PLAR by submitting a portfolio, or take a challenge course. Remaining courses will be taken for full credit.
  • If you receive a mark of less than 60% on any of the challenge courses, the failing mark will appear on your college transcript, and you will be need to take the full course.
  • All clinical components are mandatory. You cannot receive credit for these components through transfer credit, PLAR portfolio, or challenge courses.
  • You must have access to a computer with an Internet connection.
  • You will engage in online education, self-paced study, where your course work is completed within a set time period.

Practicum/Work Experience

This program includes three practicums totalling 465 hours.

Practicums may be arranged in or close to the student's community. The student's practicm schedule will follow the preceptor's schedule and may include day, evening, or night shifts any day of the week, including weekends and holidays. This is a combination of a four-week instructor-led continuing care clinical practice and a seven-week preceptored clinical practice. Students need to work full-time during the practicum and provide their own transportation to the facility.