Practical Nursing

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Theory is delivered in a hybrid format that combines online and in-class delivery. In addition, students receive 23 weeks of hands-on experience in our state-of-the-art nursing labs and clinical placements.

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British Columbia


Stenberg College

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Program Duration

76 weeks

Program Intakes

February, June & October

Class Type



StudentAid BC, Scholarship, Line Of Credit

About the Program
Our Practical Nursing program follows the B.C. provincial curriculum and is approved by the British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM).?
Theory is delivered in a hybrid format that combines online and in-class delivery. In addition, students receive 23 weeks of hands-on experience in our state-of-the-art nursing labs and clinical placements.?
You will be taught by working Nurse Educators who are committed to your success. The curriculum focuses on the competencies that are required to successfully complete the Regulatory Exam ? Practical Nurse (REx-PN), previously the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE). There are 79 entry-level competencies, organized into five categories: 1) professional practice, 2) legal practice, 3) ethical practice, 4) foundations of practice, and 5) collaborative practice. To learn more about the entry-level competencies of LPNs, click here.
This program includes the following certifications:?Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System,?Red Cross Workplace SFA/CPR-HCP-AED,?FOODSAFE Level 1,?and Provincial Violence Prevention Certification.
After term two, you will be registered as a Health Care Assistant by the B.C. Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry. This will allow you to work in extended care facilities while completing your studies.
Admission Requirements
Grade 12 graduation, or equivalent (General Educational Development, Adult Basic Education), or mature student status as defined by the educational institution (19 years of age or older)
Math 11 Foundations with a minimum grade of 60%, or equivalent such as Math 11 Principles, Applications, or Pre-calculus with a minimum grade of 60%
English 12 with a minimum grade of 65%, or English First Peoples 12 with a minimum grade of 65%, or equivalent such as Communications 12 with a minimum grade of 72%
Anatomy and Physiology 12?or Biology 12?with a minimum grade of 60%
Completion of Criminal Record Consent Form under the?Criminal Record Review Act
Successful means to meet the Requisite Skills and Abilities as set by the BCCNM
Stenberg College Practical Nursing applicants may write challenge exams or take upgrading courses to meet admission requirements for Math 11, English 12 and A&P/Bio 12. Any post-secondary level Math, English or Anatomy & Physiology courses are also acceptable.?
As English is the language of study in B.C., students must meet English language proficiency at an appropriate level to be accepted into the provincial Practical Nursing program. These requirements can be satisfied through three years of full-time, face-to-face secondary or post-secondary education at an accredited institution where English is the medium of instruction and is also one of the country?s official languages. English as a Second Language/Additional Language courses are not included in this three-year calculation. Those not meeting this requirement must achieve scores identified in alternate acceptable tests.
In addition to the admission requirements above, applicants with English as an additional language must also meet one of the following language requirements:
IELTS Academic Module (scores valid for one year)
Overall score of 7 or higher with the following minimum scores Speaking: 7, Listening: 7.5, Reading: 6.5, Writing: 7
CELBAN (Canadian English Language Benchmark Assessment for Nurses)
Speaking 8, Listening 10, Reading 8, and Writing 7

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