Diploma in Practical Nursing

Centennial College

Program Description

Diploma in Practical Nursing

Centennial College

Practical Nursing at Centennial College is all about offering you the in-depth knowledge, and increased level of skill and judgment required in today’s complex healthcare environment. Curriculum in this School of Community and Health Studies program is based on the:

  • College of Nurses of Ontario practice standards and guidelines;
  • College of Nurses of Ontario entry to practice competencies (2009) for Registered Practical Nurses;
  • Vocational learning outcomes for Ontario Practical Nursing programs (Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities).

Program Highlights

  • Practical Nursing faculty members have extensive clinical expertise.
  • Classroom instruction will be supplemented by independent study, multimedia support and on-going clinical experience.
  • Small group instruction in clinical and laboratory settings will utilize the latest technology, such as computerized simulation.
  • The School of Community and Health Studies’ nursing lab recreates an actual hospital floor, complete with nursing station and operating room facilities.
  • You will gain the edge over the competition by working within the advanced clinical simulation facilities and using highly realistic computerized “patients.”
  • The program will allow you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the nursing field through a second-semester placement with industry-leading health providers including: Rouge Valley Health Systems, Providence Centre, Toronto East General Hospital, Sunnybrook Health Science Centre, Seven Oaks Home for the Aged, North York Seniors Centre, North York General Hospital, Rekai Centre, Wellesley Central Place, Scarborough Hospital, True Davidson Home for the Aged, and Bloorview Children’s Centre.
  • For the past two years, Practical Nursing graduates have achieved a 95-100 percent pass rate on the Canadian National Exam for Registered Nurses.

Program Length: 2 years/ 4 semesters

Start Date: Fall, Winter

Career Outlook

  • Clinical Nurse
  • Community Health Nurse
  • Critical Care Nurse
  • Intensive Care Nurse
  • Nurse Researcher
  • Nursing Consultant
  • Occupational Health Nurse
  • Private Duty Nurse
  • Educator

Areas of Employment

  • Health care agencies
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Hospitals
  • Outposts
  • Schools
  • Community settings

Academic Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
  • English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required)
  • Mathematics Grade 11 M or U, or 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required)
  • Biology Grade 11 or 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required)
  • One additional science (Physics, Chemistry or Exercise Science) Grade 11 or 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required)
  • Minimum Grade scores: 75% in each required subject (65% in U or A level courses) and overall average of 80% in four required subjects.
  • Science courses must have been completed within the last seven years
  • Language proficiency as demonstrated by successfully completing three (3) full years of secondary or post secondary education in Canada in English or in a school and country where English is the primary language of instruction and communication.
  • Applicants who do not meet the language criteria must take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment and score 160 or 161, and pass the listening test with a minimum score of 90.

Additional Requirements

Before undertaking this program, applicants should be aware that under the provisions of the Regulated Health Profession and Nursing Acts, to qualify to write the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE), you must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident of Canada or be authorized under the Immigration Act (Canada)
  • Not have any criminal convictions including those under the Narcotic Control or Food and Drugs Acts
  • Not have been the subject of proceedings, with respect to professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity in another health profession in Ontario, or in nursing in another jurisdiction
  • Not suffer from any physical or mental condition or disorder that could affect his or her ability to practise nursing in a safe manner

After admission but prior to attending each program field placement, students are required to:

  • Obtain an annual clear police check with vulnerable sector screening. Any previous criminal record must be pardoned.
  • Provide proof of completion of immunization requirements (Immunization review form)
  • Successfully complete and annually renew a recognized course in CPR (Healthcare Provider level)
  • Successfully complete a recognized course in Standard First Aid
  • Attend mask fit testing, provided by Centennial College
  • In certain circumstances, applicants may be required to submit letters of reference


Admission to this program is highly competitive and the program fills quickly. To be considered for the program, you should apply prior to the Ontario Colleges equal consideration date of February 1 and submit transcripts as early as possible.

For admission to the January program we advise you to apply before June 1. Applicants are ranked based on an average of required subjects as well as application date. Offers are sent to the top ranked applicants only. Meeting minimum requirements for admission does not guarantee an offer. For information on minimum grade requirements and approximate cutoff point for offers, please contact admissions@centennialcollege.ca. For applicants who are currently attending high school in Ontario your midterm and final grades will be transmitted automatically to the college.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated October 28, 2017
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2 years
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7,273 CAD
Canada - Toronto, Ontario
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