Practical Nursing

The Practical Nursing program will start on October 29, 2018. Join our PN program and receive a discount of $2,500. Tuition fee after discount is $26,000. The class timing is from 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM, Monday to Friday.

Canadian Health Care Academy offers a 74-week (4 semesters) Practical Nursing program. The duration of the program is 74 weeks of classroom and clinical hours, not including term breaks, holiday breaks and statutory holidays. Our Practical Nursing program has been approved by the Registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Government of British Columbia. Our PN program is also approved and recognized by the British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP). The Practical Nursing program is based on the Provincial Practical Nursing Curriculum. The curriculum provides a learning experience that is integrated, professional, collaborative, and culturally sensitive with an aim to prepare graduates to care for individuals at multiple life stages and in a variety of practice settings. This program provides students with more theoretical knowledge plus clinical practice experience including mental health and community. Our fully equipped laboratory includes state-of-the-art simulation mannequins. Our experienced instructors train our students to become confident in their ability to enter the health care industry with the knowledge, skills, judgement and attitude essential to meet the entry-to-practice competencies for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN). Graduates of the program achieve the Entry to Practice Competencies for Licensed Practical Nurses and meet CLPNBC Standards of Practice. Additionally, upon successful completion of the program, learners will possess the competencies to successfully complete the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam (CPNRE).

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the Provincial Practical Nursing Program (PPNP), graduates will:

  1. Apply for the Entry to Practice Competencies for Licensed Practical Nurses (2013) to provide safe, competent and ethical nursing care to clients across the lifespan.
  2. Practice within current legislation, Scope of Practice Standards (2014), Practice Standards, and Professional Standards for Licensed Practical Nurses (May 2014)
  3. Value and engage in continuous learning to maintain and enhance competence
  4. Practice in collaboration with other members of the health care team to meet the collective needs of their clients
  5. Participate in inter-professional problem solving and decision making processes
  6. Advocate for and facilitate change reflecting evidence-informed practice
  7. Make practice decisions that are client specific and consider client acuity, complexity, variability, and available resources
  8. Use critical thinking, clinical judgment and knowledge of assessment to plan, implement, and evaluate the agreed upon plan of care
  9. Develop a collaborative relationship with clients by connecting, sharing, and exploring with them in a caring environment
  10. Provide culturally safe, person-centered care across the lifespan that recognizes and respects the uniqueness of each individual and is sensitive to cultural safety and diversity
  11. Provide leadership, direction, assignment, and supervision of unregulated care providers as appropriate
  12. Identify one’s own values, biases, and assumptions and the influence of these on interactions with clients and other members of the health care team

Regulatory Requirements:

Individuals who decide to pursue a career as a licensed practical nurse must meet certain formal requirements for registration with the professional regulatory authority, including:

  • Successfully meeting the regulatory authority’s education and language requirements
  • Demonstrating that they meet the entry-to-practice competencies
  • Passing the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE)
  • Demonstrating evidence of good character, including demonstrating that they possess the moral and ethical judgment expected of a licensed practical nurse
  • Demonstrating the fitness to practice as a licensed practical nurse
  • Demonstrating the cognitive, behavioral, communication, interpersonal and physical skills and abilities to engage in the practice of a licensed practical nurse.
  • Submitting a satisfactory criminal record review.

Requisite Skills and Abilities:

The individual has the following required skills and abilities described in Becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse in Canada Requisite Skills and Abilities (2013):

Cognitive: Ability to perform skills which demonstrate thinking capacity:
Communication: Ability to express and receive written, verbal and non-verbal language, and the ability to interact with others in a respectful and professional manner:
Interpersonal: Ability to create positive relationships:
Behavioral: Ability to conduct oneself in a professional manner:
Sensory Perceptual: Ability to accurately perceive with each of the following senses to provide safe care and actively participate in nursing activities:
Physical: Ability to perform and have control over each of the following actions to provide safe client care and to actively participate in educational activities:
Environmental: Ability to function in the presence of each of the following commonly encountered and unavoidable environmental factors:

Admission Requirements:

  • Grade 12 or equivalent (ABE, GED).
  • English 12 with a grade of C+ OR Technical Communications 12 with a grade of B+.
  • Math 11 Principles with a grade of C (current BC curriculum) OR Math 11 Foundations with a grade of C (commencing 2012).
  • Biology 12 (Human Biology) with a grade of C.

Notes for Admission

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology for Practical Nurses with a minimum grade of C+ or equivalent must be completed by the start of specified courses.

English as an Additional Language:

Applicants with English as an additional language must meet the language requirements set by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of BC (CLPNBC) and be successful in one of the following:
• International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
• Canadian English Language Benchmarks Assessment for Nurses (CELBAN).

Pre-Practicum/Clinical Requirements:

The following are to be completed prior to the first practice education experience:

  • CPR level “C”.
  • Criminal Record Check
  • Immunization as required by sites of practice education and recommended by BC Centre for Disease Control (2009): diphtheria and tetanus, polio, hepatitis B, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), varicella, and influenza
  • Negative TB skin test or chest x-ray. Students who do not meet the immunization requirements may be prohibited from attending practice education experiences given particular Health Authority, or practice education site organization/agency policy.


Registration Fee:

  • $150 for domestic students
  • $200 for international students

Program Fee:

  • $26,000 for domestic students after a discount of $2500
  • $40,000 for international students

Textbooks: $2,600

Lab Fee: $550

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