Post Graduate Diploma in Nursing Practice


Program Description

Program Overview

This 45-week Post Graduate Diploma in Nursing Practice program is designed to prepare Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) to adapt to Canadian health care setting combining theory and skills based on the entry-level competencies for Registered Nurses (RNs), Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), Scope of Practice and Code of Ethics. Furthermore, it will help learners to advance the knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary to function effectively as Health Care Assistants (HCAs), LPN and/or RN as well as to develop critical thinking skills and acquire knowledge in becoming a culturally competent nurse while providing care. It will also prepare IENs for Canadian English Language Benchmark Assessment for Nurses (CELBAN), Additional Assessment, National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE).

Program Duration

Total 960 hours over 45 weeks

Admission Requirements

  1. Applicants must provide proof of valid RN license from country of origin
  2. Applicants must have completed Bachelors of Science in Nursing
  3. Applicants must have recent hospital experience within the last four years
  4. Applicants must have at least one year of relevant experience
  5. Applicants must provide proof of meeting English language competency requirements. (Please refer to the language proficiency policy.)

The following are to be completed prior to the first work experience course:

  • Proof of meeting current immunizations/vaccinations as per health care organization policies/guidelines (or signed vaccination exemption form, except TB)
  • Criminal record check from the Ministry of Justice, including clearance to work with vulnerable adults *
  • First Aid
  • CPR Level “C” or “HCP”
  • FoodSafe Level 1 (or a course deemed equivalent)
  • Provincial Violence Prevention Curriculum (PVPC) E-Learning Modules

* Additional Police Certificate from the country of origin, including clearance to work with vulnerable adults, is required for international students.

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to obtain:

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Nursing Practice
  • Emergency First Aid & CPR Level C Certificate issued by Red Cross
  • FoodSafe Certificate issued by BC FOODSAFE
  • WHMIS Certificate
  • Provincial Violence Prevention Certificate
  • 80 hours of Work Experience (Clinical Placement).

Language Competency Requirements

Evidence of one of the following test scores

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): Academic or General -- test must be within the last two years: Overall score of 6 with a minimum of 6 in Speaking and Listening and no score lower than 5.5 in Reading and Writing
  • Canadian English Language Benchmark Assessment for Nurses (CELBAN): test within the last two years, Listening 7, Speaking 7, Reading 6 and Writing 6

Course List

  • CELBAN Preparation
  • BCHCA Assessment Preparation
  • PGDNP: Clinical Placement
  • Professional Practice
  • Physical Assessment
  • Pharmacology
  • Medical-Surgical Nursing
  • Canadian Nursing Exam Preparation
  • Emergency First Aid & CPR Level C
  • FoodSafe

Start Dates

  • Year 2020: January 6 / May 11 / September 7

Program Variations

Gateway College offers PGDNP program with co-op option. This is highly recommended for students who would like to gain work experience through the program.

International students are encouraged to take this program with the Co-op option not only to gain Canadian work experience but also to allow enough time to obtain their license as the processing time can be long.

You may visit our website at and contact us for more information regarding these program variations. One of these could be the best fit for you!

Last updated June 2019

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