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 become a professional practical nurse educated to give high-quality care to clients in a variety of health-care settings.

This program is currently at capacity for the Winter 2016 intake and is no longer accepting new application. If you are on the waiting list, seats typically become available one week prior to the start of term and during the first week of classes, and can be filled by students who are able to attend on short notice. Check your MyMail regularly so you don’t miss an opportunity that may become available.

Space is still available in the distance delivery program.


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, Hybrid, Open Studies, Online

The following are the program start dates for the 2015/16 Academic Year:

Program Delivery Terms starting
Edmonton - full-time Fall 2015
Winter 2016

Dickensfield - full-time
CapitalCare Dickensfield
14225-94 St. NW
Edmonton, AB T5E 6C6

Fall 2015
Hybrid - Edmonton, Wetaskiwin, Stony Plain, Whitecourt

**NOTE: these deliveries require a minimum number of students. Delivery will be cancelled if there is not enough student demand.
Fall 2015
Online (distance) Classes Continuous intakes (starts the first calendar day of each month)
Online HCA to PN Continuous intake (starts the first calendar day of each month)

NOTE: Students may be required to do labs and/or clinical in another location due to clinical site availability, instructor availability and the number of students


Anywhere, Edmonton Downtown, Stony Plain, Wetaskiwin, Whitecourt

Credential Outcome


Term Start

Fall Start (September), Winter Start (January), Varies