Bow Valley College

Practical Nurse Diploma for Internationally Educated Nurses

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Program Information

School:Bow Valley College
Faculty:Health Care
Field of Study:Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Description:The Practical Nurse diploma program for Internationally Educated Nurses (PNIEN) is designed for graduates of a recognized Registered Nurse (RN) program who hold an RN license from another country. Once candidates successfully earn credit for all of the Practical Nurse Diploma program courses and pass the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam (CPNRE), they will be eligible for licensure with the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA).

Candidates begin with a semester of self study and exam preparation workshops culminating in challenge exams that include 14 subjects. Exams are written up to one month prior to the end of the semester. Candidates who successfully pass at least seven out of the 14 subjects will be eligible to continue in the program. The program includes mandatory courses, courses where credit was not earned through challenge exams, clinical experience, and nine weeks of practicum. The duration and cost of the program depend heavily on the challenge exam results. After the challenge exams are successfully completed, the remainder of the program can take 8 to 16 months to complete.
URL:Practical Nurse Diploma for Internationally Educated Nurses at Bow Valley College
Length:2 Year(s)

Admission Requirements


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

  •  Grade12 English 
  •  Grade11 Mathematics 
  •  Grade12 Biology 

Applicants must demonstrate proof of Registered Nurse (RN) licensure and proof of graduation from a recognized Registered Nurse program. They must also have a minimum final mark of 60% in English 30-1 or 70% in English 30-2, a minimum mark of 60% in Math 20-2 or a Math 20-1 credit, and a minimum final mark of 60% in Biology 30 or 60% in Anatomy and Physiology (ANAT1101) at Bow Valley College or equivalent.

Additional Admission Requirements:
    Practical Nurse learners have a current Police Information Check (PIC) and up-to-date immunizations.

    * 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 August 21, 2017