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Practical Nurse

PROGRAM AT A GLANCE

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MonAnywhereOnline Online w/face-to-face labs
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QUICK FACTS

Program length

Two years

Credential

Diploma

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TUITION & FEES

September

Canadian
Total tuition: $10,234.00
Total fees: $3,127.00
International
Total tuition: $29,678.60
Total fees: $3,127.00

 

January

Canadian
Total tuition: $10,234.00
Total fees: $3,075.00
International
Total tuition: $29,678.60
Total fees: $3,075.00

 
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ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Practical Nurse Face to Face applicants only
Practical Nurse Online applicants only
Practical Nurse for Health Care Aides applicants only

Practical Nurse Face to Face applicants only

  • 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 NorQuest's Prep for Practical Nurse Math (MATH1007) or Prep for Practical Nurse Math Foundations (MATH1524)) **

**Note: 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.

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

You will receive advanced standing in the Practical Nurse program upon successful completion of these courses. These courses can be taken as Open Studies courses at NorQuest College.

Practical Nurse Online applicants only:

In preparation for the PN Online program, taking ANPH 1001 and ANPH 1002 allows you to experience post-secondary learning and to complete the program within five years.

Note: Our Practical Nurse program has a five-year shelf life regulation on the transfer of any nursing courses, including anatomy and physiology. If you are hoping to receive transfer of credit for anatomy and physiology coursework completed previously at NorQuest, or at another institution, it must meet our five-year shelf life regulation in order to be considered. You will be required to repeat these courses to meet the admission requirements if transfer credit is denied. For more information on our transfer of credit policies, view our Transfer Credit web page.

Practical Nurse for Health Care Aides applicants only:

  • All admission requirements noted
  • A minimum of C- (60%) in Anatomy and Physiology I (ANPH1001) and Anatomy and Physiology II (ANPH1002)
  • 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: Our Practical Nurse program has a five-year shelf life regulation on the transfer of any nursing courses, including anatomy and physiology. If you are hoping to receive transfer of credit for anatomy and physiology coursework completed previously at NorQuest, or at another institution, it must meet our five-year shelf life regulation in order to be considered.  You will be required to repeat these courses to meet the admission requirements if transfer credit is denied. For more information on our transfer of credit policies, view our Transfer Credit web page.

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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.

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 experiences.
  • have access to a computer and basic computer skills.

It is recommended that students not work at outside jobs during the full-time PN 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 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.

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