Access to Practical Nursing
Access to Practical Nursing Program will start on February 25, 2018.
Practical Nursing Access (PN Access) program has been approved by the Registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Government of British Columbia. Canadian Health Care Academy offers a 13-month (3 semesters) Access to Practical Nursing program. Our Access to Practical Nursing program is approved and recognized by the British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP). 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. Upon successful completion of the program, learners will possess the competencies to successfully complete the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam (CPNRE)
Upon completion of the Provincial Practical Nursing Program (PPNP), graduates will:
- 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.
- Practice within current legislation, Scope of Practice Standards (2014), Practice Standards, and Professional Standards for Licensed Practical Nurses (May 2014)
- Value and engage in continuous learning to maintain and enhance competence
- Practice in collaboration with other members of the health care team to meet the collective needs of their clients
- Participate in inter-professional problem solving and decision-making processes
- Advocate for and facilitate change reflecting evidence-informed practice
- Make practice decisions that are client specific and consider client acuity, complexity, variability, and available resources
- Use critical thinking, clinical judgment and knowledge of assessment to plan, implement, and evaluate the agreed upon plan of care
- Develop a collaborative relationship with clients by connecting, sharing, and exploring with them in a caring environment
- 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
- Provide leadership, direction, assignment, and supervision of unregulated care providers as appropriate
- 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
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:
- Grade 12 or equivalent (ABE, GED)
- English 12 with C+ or Technical Communication for Practical Nursing with B+ or English for Nursing with a C+
- Biology 12 or Human Biology with a C or Biology for nursing with a C
- Math 11 Principles with grade C or Math 11 Foundation with a grade C or Math for Nursing with a grade of C
- Human Anatomy and Physiology for Practical Nursing with a grade of C+ or equivalent, must be completed prior to the start of PN program
- Successful completion of HCA, RCE, or HS/RCA certificate or Internationally Educated Nurse, or have a BC care aide registry
- Minimum 600 hours of work experience in a facility where care is provided to a group of gerontology clients as a care aide or health care assistant or Registered Nurse in a facility. Individualized homecare experience is not acceptable.
- Language Proficiency Entrance Exam (minimum 65%)
- Math Assessment Exam
English as an Additional Language:
Applicants with English as an additional language must meet the language requirements set by the British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP) and be successful in one of the following:
• International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
• Canadian English Language Benchmarks Assessment for Nurses (CELBAN).
The following are to be completed prior to the first practice education experience:
- CPR level “C”.
- Criminal Record Check
- All the online orientation courses required by the Health Authority, including fit testing
- 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.
- $150 for domestic students
- $200 for international students
- $20,000 for domestic students
- $28,000 for international students
Lab Fee: $550