Practical Nursing is the second largest nursing group in Canada. Practical Nurses deliver care as part of a primary health care team and work in public and private facilities. You’ll be a valued member of the team, qualified to administer medication, assess and monitor patients, assist in rehabilitation activities, educate clients regarding health-related issues and more.

Over the course of this program, students will:

  • Demonstrate the knowledge base, skills, and attitudes consistent with industry expectations for entry-level employment – graduates will be able to meet the baseline competency (Entry to Practice) requirements and standards of practice set out by the British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP)
  • Confidently perform clinical functions such as accurate diagnostic tests, up-keeping patient charts and adhering to proper disposal, disinfectant and sterilization techniques
  • Learn general clerical functions such as proficient typing, data entry, scheduling and billing
  • Be prepared to excel in the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE) Licensing Exam


  • Duration: 74 weeks, including 664 hours of practicum
  • Delivery Method: In-class
  • Language: English
  • Intakes: February, June, and October
  • Credential Awarded: Diploma


Practical Nurses provide direct care under the supervision of a registered nurse, physician or other healthcare specialists. Stenberg’s curriculum provides an integrated, professional, collaborative and culturally competent learning experience to prepare graduates to care for individuals (and by extension, their family) at multiple life stages and in a variety of practice settings. Courses include:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Professional Practice
  • Professional Communication
  • Health Promotion
  • Pharmacology
  • Variations in Health
  • Transition to Preceptorship/Career Search/Exam Prep Intro

Career Options

As a Licensed Practical Nurse, you’ll find opportunities in:

  • Public hospitals
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Public health facilities
  • Centers for the developmentally disabled
  • Mental health facilities
  • Home care and home support agencies
  • Assisted living facilities
  • Hospice care facilities

Entry Requirements

  • Completion of Grade 12 or equivalent (International Credential Evaluation can be accepted if educated outside of Canada)*
  • English 12 (minimum grade C+) or Technical Communications 12 (minimum grade B+) or equivalent*
  • Math 11 Principles (minimum grade C) (current BC curriculum) or Math 11 Foundations (minimum grade C) or equivalent*
  • Biology 12 (minimum grade C) or equivalent*
  • Completion of Criminal Record Consent Form under the Criminal Record Review Act
  • Industry required Proof of Immunity Status
  • Physician completed Acceptable Medical Examination Form

* Students can obtain equivalencies for the required courses from post-secondary training, Stenberg College challenge tests, etc.

Language Proficiency Requirements: Overall IELTS Academic Test score of 7 with no component less than Listening 7.5, Speaking 7, Reading 6.5, Writing 7. Must be within the last two years.

This school offers programs in English.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated January 16, 2019
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