Practical Nursing
Caring, committed faculty. More clinical time to build your skills. State-of-the-art facilities. Our students excel on provincial exams!

General information

Program code
5 Semesters (2.5 Years)
Ontario College Diploma
Work integrated learning
5 Clinical Placements
Full-time + Part-time

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2019 Barrie, Owen Sound
Winter 2020 Barrie, Orangeville, Owen Sound

Program description

The Georgian College Nursing Program philosophy and curriculum incorporate and utilize the concepts of caring as the basis of nursing practice. The students and faculty work together to explore nursing knowledge and caring theory. In the classroom, students in collaborative groups, work through learning activities and focus on the lived experiences of individuals, families, and groups. Knowledge from the program courses is integrated into the care of clients, families, and groups in a variety of settings.

In order to provide quality practicum placements, students will be placed in a variety of agencies in the region serviced by the campus. Students are required to provide their own transportation.


The Practical Nursing program at Georgian College is currently approved (Category 1, the highest ranking) by the College of Nurses of Ontario. Current graduates of this program are eligible to apply for registration as Registered Practical Nurses in Ontario.

This program is highly competitive. Learn about admission requirements for highly competitive programs.

Career opportunities

The graduate may find employment opportunities in general hospitals, special hospitals, nursing homes, homes for the aged, clinics or community health services.

Admission information

Admission requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 12 Mathematics (C or U)
  • Grade 11 or 12 Biology (C or U)
  • Grade 12 (C) or Grade 11 or 12 (U) Chemistry OR Grade 12 (C) or Grade 11 or 12 (U) Physics

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to:


Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:

Selection Process

Applicants will be assessed and ranked based on academic grades. A minimum grade of 75% in each pre-requisite subject is recommended.

Criminal Reference / Vulnerable Sector Check

Placement agencies require an up-to-date clear criminal reference check and vulnerable sector check prior to going out on placement. Students should obtain their criminal reference three months prior to placement; checks conducted earlier may not be considered current. As some jurisdictions require longer lead-time for processing, please check with the program coordinator to ensure you allow for sufficient turn-around time. It is the student''s responsibility to provide the completed document prior to placement start.

NOTE: Individuals who have been charged or convicted criminally and not pardoned will be prohibited from proceeding to a clinical or work placement.

Admission details

It is required that students have Level HCP CPR and Standard First Aid prior to commencing the program (On-line courses are not acceptable). It is the student''s responsibility to renew their Level HCP CPR certification annually while in the Program. Students are asked to submit a copy of their current Level HCP CPR and Standard First Aid certificate to the program coordinator during the first week of classes.

Applicants must have up-to-date immunization records (Clinical Preparedness Permit) in compliance with the Public Hospitals Act. Completion and submission of this record is required during the first week of classes in order to ensure your placement in clinical and field placement facilities.

Applicants are encouraged to obtain volunteer or work experience in a health or human service field to assist them in making a career choice.

To be eligible for all practicum placements, students must also have a completed Clinical Preparedness Permit and a record of mask fit test, renewed every two years (will be done at the College in Semester One.


Mandatory courses

  • BIOL 1001 - Anatomy and Physiology ~ Introductory Concepts
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • NRSG 1004 - Health and Healing
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • NRSG 1005 - Development of Self as Nurse
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • NRSG 1023 - Nursing Professional Practice: Community Experience
    (Semester 1 / 28 hours)
  • NRSG 1024 - Nursing Professional Practice: Agency Experience
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • NRSG 1025 - Nursing Professional Practice: Fundamental Healing Arts
    (Semester 1 / 98 hours)
  • BIOL 1002 - Anatomy and Physiology: Advanced Concepts
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • NRSG 1006 - Health and Healing: Life Transition
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • NRSG 1013 - Math for Meds
    (Semester 2 / 28 hours)
  • NRSG 1015 - Nursing Professional Practice: Life Transition Agency Experience
    (Semester 2 / 84 hours)
  • NRSG 1019 - Nursing Professional Practice: Life Transition Community
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • NRSG 1022 - Nursing Professional Practice: Advanced Healing Arts
    (Semester 2 / 84 hours)
  • NRSG 2003 - Health Assessment
    (Semester 2 / 70 hours)
  • NRSG 1014 - Math/Pharmacology
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • NRSG 2000 - Development of the Professional Self
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • NRSG 2002 - Processes of Human Disease: Introductory Concepts
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • NRSG 2005 - PN Professional Practice: Mental Health and Maternal Child Clinical
    (Semester 3 / 168 hours)
  • NRSG 2007 - PN Health and Healing: Mental Health and Maternal Child Theory
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • NRSG 2001 - P.N. Health and Healing: Medical~Surgical Theory
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • NRSG 2004 - P.N. Professional Practice: Medical~Surgical Clinical
    (Semester 4 / 168 hours)
  • NRSG 2006 - Development of Nurse Within the Profession
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • NRSG 2008 - Processes of Human Disease: Advanced Concepts
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • NRSG 2009 - Nursing in the Community
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • General Education Courses
    (Semester 4 / hours)
  • Select 2 courses from the general education list during registration.
    (Semester 4 / 84 hours)
  • NRSG 2010 - Practical Nursing Praxis
    (Semester 5 / 450 hours)

Communications courses

  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.
    (Semester 1)
  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.
    (Semester 3)

General education courses

  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration.
    (Semester 1)