Practical Nursing

  

Practical Nursing is now open for admission.
To explore an exciting career as a Licenced Practical Nurse,
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Northern Lights College is pleased to announce that our Practical Nursing (PN) Program has been granted full, five-year recognition status by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of British Columbia (CLPNBC). Graduates of NLC’s PN Program may apply to write the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE).



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Program Description

The Diploma in Practical Nursing at Northern Lights College follows the new provincial curriculum approved by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of BC (CLPNBC) in 2011. The program is designed to provide learners with the knowledge, skills, judgments, and attitudes to perform to the full range of competencies as identified by CLPNBC.

The curriculum provides a learning experience that is integrated, professional, collaborative, and culturally sensitive, with an aim to prepare graduates to care for individuals (and by extension, families of individuals) at multiple life stages and in a variety of practice settings.

Consistent with the CLPNBC Baseline Competencies for Licensed Practical Nurses’ Professional Practice (2014), the focus for beginner practice is “care of clients with less complex and more predictable outcomes.” Upon successful completion of the program, students will possess the competencies to successfully complete the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam. 

To gain an understanding of the requisite skills and abilities associated with Licensed Practical Nursing in Canada, please see Becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse in Canada

Career Prospects

Licensed Practical Nurses work with other interprofessional, health care team members in a variety of settings and play an increasingly wide role in primary health care focusing on health promotion, illness and injury prevention, and health protection and restoration.

Details

Location: Classroom and Laboratory contact hours are scheduled in the Health Sciences Building in Dawson Creek. As noted above, clinical learning experiences may occur in a variety of settings, including Dawson Creek, Fort St. John, Chetwynd, and perhaps Fort Nelson. Efforts will be made to place students in convenient clinical locations, but all students should be prepared for in-region travel. Transportation, meals, and accommodation are the responsibility of the student. After a clinical or preceptorship site is assigned by the Program Chair, no changes are permitted.

Length: 67 weeks (five semesters)

Start: If you are interested in applying for the 2018 Fall Intake of Practical Nursing please inquire here


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Admission Prerequisites

Conditional Acceptance

To gain conditional acceptance to the Practical Nursing Program, prospective learners must follow the two steps outlined below:
1. Complete a College "Application for Admission" Form. Admission forms can be obtained in person from NLC Student Services or downloaded in PDF format from nlc.bc.ca/pdfs/application.pdf. A one-time application fee is required.
2. Submit secondary school and/or post-secondary transcripts indicating the following admission requirements have been met:
- Grade 12 graduation or equivalent.
- English 12 or equivalent with a grade of C+ OR Technical Communications 12 with a grade of B+. Note that First Peoples 12, English 099 Foundational Writing, and English 050 Provincial English are regarded as the equivalent of English 12. If English is not your first language, see below for English-as-an-Additional-Language (or ESL) testing requirements.
- Math 11 Principles with a grade of C, Math 11 Foundations with a grade of C (commencing 2012), OR Math 040 Advanced Algebraic Mathematics with a grade of C. If Math 11 requirements are over 10 years old, Grade 11.9 proficiency on numeracy sections (Number Operations and Problem Solving) of the CAAT (Canadian Adult Achievement Test) is required.
- Biology 12 (Human Biology) with a grade of C or Biology 050 Provincial Biology (Human) with a grade of C, within 10 years.
- English as an Additional Language (or ESL) requirements are set by the minimum standards of the Practical Nursing Program Provincial Curriculum:
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - Academic Version with minimum scores of:
- Overall Band Score: 7.5
- Speaking: 7.5
- Listening: 8.0
- Reading: 7.0
- Writing: 7.5
OR
Canadian English Language Benchmarks Assessment for Nurses (CELBAN) with minimum scores of:
- Speaking: 8.0
- Listening: 10
- Reading: 8
- Writing: 7
OR
Test d'évaluation de français (TEF) with a minimum overall score of 750, and the following scores:
- Speaking: 5
- Listening: 4
- Reading: 4
- Vocabulary and grammar: 4 

Confirmed Acceptance

Before the first day of classes in Semester 1, students must demonstrate successful completion of PNUR 099: Anatomy and Physiology for Practical Nurses (or an equivalent course at another institution) with a minimum grade of C+. The completion date for the Anatomy and Physiology requirement cannot exceed five years before program initiation.

Clinical Admission Requirements

The following must be completed prior to the first Consolidated Practice Experience in Semester 1:
- CPR level “C.”
- A Schedule B Criminal Record Check (working with children and vulnerable adults) through the Ministry of Justice. Under no circumstances will students be permitted to begin a Consolidated Practice Experience until they have authorized a Schedule B CRC and the results have been reviewed by NLC. Convictions for certain offenses may disqualify students from participation in course practica and, therefore, from program completion. The CRC application process may take 3 – 6 weeks to complete, so students are urged to attend to this matter at least 6 weeks before their program start date. Students will be provided with information about the CRC process at program orientations. Further, students are obligated to report any Schedule B criminal convictions that occur after they authorize a CRC but are still enrolled in the Practical Nursing Program. Failure to do so may result in immediate dismissal from the program.
- Immunizations: Diphtheria, tetanus, polio, hepatitis B, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, seasonal influenza, and pertussis. Students who do not meet the immunization requirements will be prohibited from attending practice education experiences.
- Negative TB skin test or chest x-ray (if skin test was positive).

Additional Notes on Admission

- Students in the Practical Nursing program have an average of 28 hours of classes, laboratories, and other learning activities per week. A comparable number of individual study hours is required. Further, in clinical learning situations, students will be in close contact with individuals who have a variety of health issues. For these reasons, students should be in a satisfactory level of physical and emotional health to ensure success in the program.
- Clinical Learning experiences may occur in a variety of settings, including Dawson Creek, Fort St. John, Chetwynd, and Fort Nelson. All students should be prepared for in-region travel.
- Applicants wishing to transfer from another Practical Nursing Program must provide evidence of completion of the above Admission Requirements. Applications for transfer credit will be reviewed on an individual basis. Transfer-based admission will be dependent on available space.
- Students who do not meet program progression criteria and reapply for admission in a subsequent intake must show:
-- Satisfaction of the admission criteria described above is still in effect.
-- Evidence of completing any upgrading and/or remedial requirements.

Important Notes

  1. The program is eligible for Canada Student Loans. Visit StudentAid BC to apply for financial assistance online.
  2. Clinical Learning experiences may occur in a variety of settings, including Dawson Creek, Fort St. John, Chetwynd, and Fort Nelson. All students should be prepared for in-region travel.
  3. Students must provide the following required supplies/materials: Stethoscope, Uniforms, lab coat(s), WCB approved safety/nursing shoes, and a watch with a second hand.
  4. A personal laptop is recommended for each student.
  5. Students have an average of 29 hours of classes, laboratories, and other learning activities per week, and a comparable number of individual study hours are required. Further, in clinical learning situations, students will be in close contact with individuals who have a variety of health issues. For these reasons, students should be in a satisfactory level of physical and emotional health to ensure success in the program.
  6. The information on this program page is a summary of the official Program Completion Guide approved by NLC’s Education Council. Download a PDF of the Program Completion Guide.
  7. Program graduates are eligible for direct admission into the Justice Institute of British Columbia’s Advanced Specialty Certificate in Community Care Licensing. Advanced standing is granted for HDEC 104.  

If you are interested in applying for the 2017 Fall Intake of Practical Nursing please inquire here

Do you need more information?

Program Admissions Officer: Megan Bedell


Courses

Prior to Start of Program:

SEMESTER ONE:
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SEMESTER THREE:
SEMESTER FOUR:
SEMESTER FIVE: