Cambrian College

Practical Nursing

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Program Information

School:Cambrian College
Faculty:Nursing and Emergency Services
Field of Study:Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Description:Prepare for a career as a registered practical nurse (RPN) with a combination of hands-on training and a strong foundation in nursing theory. Cambrian's program is approved (Category 1) by the College of Nurses of Ontario. Current graduates from this program are eligible to apply for registration as a Registered Practical Nurse in Ontario. Our program features smaller lab sizes and practical learning in Cambrian’s high-tech nursing labs.

You’ll advance your skills and gain real-world experience by working alongside health care professionals, with over 800 clinical hours in diverse placements in the community. Upon graduation, you can apply to write the CNO registration exam and are eligible to apply to become a registered practical nurse in Ontario.
URL:Practical Nursing at Cambrian College
Length:2 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
International: $21,292

The cost reflects tuition for the first year of the program. Tuition will vary for subsequent years.
Careers:Nurses Aides and Orderlies

Admission Requirements

Prerequisites:*These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
  •  Grade12 English 
  •   Biology 
  •   Chemistry 
  •   Mathematics 
For graduates of the new curriculum (OSS): Ontario Secondary School Diploma (30 credits) or equivalent or mature student status, including:

  • Any grade 12 English (C) or (U)
  • Any grade 11 (U) or (C) or grade 12 biology (U)
  • Any grade 11 (U) or grade 12 chemistry (C) or (U)
  • Any grade 11 (C), (U) or (M) or grade 12 mathematics (C) or (U)

Please note: A minimum combined overall average of 70% is required in the prerequisite courses listed above
Additional Admission Requirements:
    • Current Basic Cardiac Life Support Certificate Level (HCP) Health Care Provider (must be renewed annually)
    • Current Standard First Aid Certificate (must be current for entire program)
    • Mask testing (for N-95 mask)
    • Criminal record check
    • WHMIS certification Proof of immunization status at registration for the following:
    • Two-step TB test
    • Immunizations: Measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, polio
    • Current tetanus - diphtheria vaccination
    • Current influenza immunization (when available for season)
    • Hepatitis B vaccination
    • If born after 1970, must have 2 measles vaccinations
    • Hepatitis A vaccination is recommended but not require

    Note: Criminal record check, influenza immunization, TB skin test, WHMIS and Basic Cardiac Life Support certificates MUST be renewed on an annual basis - there is a fee required for these renewals. Proof of previous varicella infection (chickenpox) must be supplied if not immunized for this disease.


    • Computer competency in relevant software

    * 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 May 19, 2024