Okanagan College

Practical Nursing Diploma

Save Compare

Program Information

School:Okanagan College
Faculty:Health and Social Development
Field of Study:Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training

The practical nursing program is designed to provide learners with the knowledge, skills, judgments, and attitudes to perform the full range of competencies as identified by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of British Columbia. The program provides a learning experience that is integrated, professional, collaborative and culturally sensitive with an aim to prepare graduates to care for individuals and families at multiple life stages and in a variety of practice settings.

Throughout the program students will engage in learning activities that will further their development as practicing professionals and leaders. The program focuses on person-centered care, advocacy and critical thinking in preparation for a career in healthcare. Students will progress through a combination of courses and clinical placements to prepare them for subsequent work as a Practical Nurse. Upon successful completion of the program graduates will be eligible to write the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam, required for licensure in B.C. Graduates of the program may obtain employment in community, continuing care, residential care or acute care settings.

URL:Practical Nursing Diploma at Okanagan College
Length:18 Month(s)
Careers:Nurses Aides and Orderlies

Admission Requirements

Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*67 to 70

These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

  •  Grade12 English 
  •  Grade11 Principles of Mathematics  or  Grade11 Precalculus 
  •  Grade12 Biology 

B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent. Minimum of 70% in one of: English 12, English 12 First Peoples, Technical and Professional Communications 12, or an equivalent provincial-level Adult Basic Education English course; or minimum of Level 5 on the Language Proficiency Index test. Minimum of 67% in any of: Pre-Calculus 11, Foundations of Mathematics 11, Principles of Mathematics 11, or Adult Basic Education MATH 011; or minimum of 70% in one of: Adult Basic Education IALG 011. or both Adult Basic Education MATH 084 and MATH 085. Both: minimum of 67% in a Grade 12 Biology course which includes human anatomy and physiology or an equivalent provincial-level Adult Basic Education biology course; and minimum of 70% in Pre-Practical Nursing Anatomy and Physiology (PNUR 113).

Additional Admission Requirements:
    CPR level C. Either Red Cross Standard First Aid or St. John Ambulance Standard First Aid. Criminal record clearance from the B.C. Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General's Criminal Records Review Office. Current immunization as required by clinical partner sites and recommended by the B.C. Centre for Disease Control: diphtheria and tetanus, polio, hepatitis B, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), varicella, and influenza. Negative TB skin test or chest X-ray no more than 6 months before the date of application or adequate follow-up in the case of a positive test. Medical examination confirming good health.

    * The entrance grade may change from year to year. Please contact the school for further information.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on June 08, 2021