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Practical Nurse

PROGRAM AT A GLANCE

STARTLOCATIONDELIVERYSTATUS
SepEdmonton DowntownFT Hybrid
Edmonton DowntownFT Face-to-face
Edmonton DowntownPT Face-to-face
Drayton ValleyFT Hybrid
WetaskiwinFT Hybrid
WhitecourtFT Hybrid
JanEdmonton DowntownFT Face-to-face
MonAnywherePT Online w/ face-to-face labs
AnywherePT Online w/ face-to-face labs
Open
Waitlist
Full
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QUICK FACTS

Program length

Two years (full-time delivery); Up to three years (part-time delivery); Up to five years (online delivery)

Credential

Diploma

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TUITION & FEES

September

Canadian
Total tuition: $10,234.00
Total fees: $3,395.00
International
Total tuition: $35,861.98
Total fees: $3,395.00

 

January

Canadian
Total tuition: $10,234.00
Total fees: $3,189.00
International
Total tuition: $35,861.98
Total fees: $3,189.00

 
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ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • 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 (Pure Mathematics 20) or 70% in Mathematics 20-2 (Applied Mathematics 20) or 50% in Mathematics 30-1 (Pure Mathematics 30) or 60% in Mathematics 30-2 (Applied Mathematics 30) or equivalent (Grade of 60% in Prep for Practical Nurse Math Foundations (MATH1524))
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Overview

To meet Alberta's growing needs in health care, the demand for licensed practical nurses (LPNs) 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.

Student Success

Students are more likely to be successful in this program if they:

  • are physically and emotionally able to manage workplace demands.
  • have access to a vehicle to travel to complete their clinical practice.
  • have access to a computer and internet, and basic computer skills.

It is recommended that prospective students attend an information session prior to applying. See Events for upcoming Program Info Nights.

It is also recommended that students not work at outside jobs during the full-time Practical Nurse program.

Applicants are requested to review the job requirements listed below and assess their ability to fulfill the demands of the occupation of practical nurse.

As a practical nurse, you must be able to:

  • Work shifts and weekends
  • Be on your feet for extended periods of time
  • Use your knees, back, and arms to move clients who have minimal body strength
  • Function effectively in stressful situations
  • Perform all skills independently

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

Refer to the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta website for more information about becoming a licensed practical nurse.

Program Options

Full-Time Delivery

Part-Time Evening Delivery

Online Delivery

The online delivery option provides a flexible option for students to take the theory portion of the Practical Nurse program at their own pace and in their own location subject to their individual course end date. Students can work at an accelerated rate (take up to three courses at once) or can take one course at a time depending on their personal situation and learning goals. This online learning option removes the barriers of physical location. It has the flexibility to enable learners to integrate other aspects of their lives such as work and family commitments and still advance their career goals. Students have up to five years to complete the Practical Nurse online program.

Dedicated instructors are available to support and guide learners as they work through online courses to acquire the nursing knowledge, nursing skills, clinical judgment, and communication skills required to become a proficient practical nurse.

The Practical Nurse online program provides interactive online learning experiences, open practice labs, nursing labs, and clinical orientation designed to meet online student needs. Students must travel to Edmonton for the nursing labs and instructor-led clinical practice courses.

This program has five main components:

  • University transfer courses (online)
  • Nursing theory courses (online)
  • Lab courses (online, with approximately 10 non-consecutive lab days at NorQuest College) 
  • Three instructor-led clinical practices in the Edmonton area
  • One preceptor-led clinical practice, in your community and/or surrounding area, if available. These schedules follow the preceptor's schedule and may include day, evening or night shifts (eight, 10 and 12 hours) on any day of the week, including weekends and holidays.

Program Notes for Online Learners

Hybrid Delivery

The hybrid delivery provides students with an opportunity to take the Practical Nurse program by attending online real time theory classes, working through course content online and through self-study, attending nursing skill labs, and participating in clinical practice. The program follows a paced term delivery model.
  • Offered at regional campuses: Drayton Valley, Whitecourt, Wetaskiwin, and Edmonton main campus
  • Instructor-led online classes which can be followed in real time via NorQuest’s learning management system
  • Instructor-led face-to-face labs
  • Three instructor led clinical practice courses, occurring within campus surrounding areas. These schedules may include days or evenings (eight or 12 hours) 
  • Final clinical practice course is preceptored and may be arranged in or close to your own community. These schedules follow the preceptor’s schedule and may include day, evening and/or night shifts (eight, 10 and 12 hours) on any day of the week, including weekends and holidays.

Practical Nurse for Health Care Aides - Online Delivery

This program prepares the individual who has acquired a Health Care Aide certificate to become a professional practical nurse, educated to give high-quality care to clients in a variety of health-care settings. Students are eligible to challenge two designated courses once they have been accepted into the program: Health Education: Individual Health and Wellness (HEED1000) and Communications for Nursing (NCOM1000).