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
PNRS
Duration
5 Semesters (2.5 Years)
Credential
Ontario College Diploma
Work integrated learning
5 Clinical Placements
Delivery
Full-time + Part-time

Intake information

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

Program description

Students engage with philosophy and curriculum that incorporates and utilizes the concept of caring as the basis of nursing practice. Students work with experienced, caring faculty to gain the knowledge, skills and judgment required to work in today’s complex health care system. Students learn how to engage in safe, competent professional practice with high expectations of accountability, collegiality, collaboration, leadership and ethical care.  

Students experience high-quality, innovative nursing education both in the classroom and simulation laboratory settings. Engaging in a mix of individual and team learning activities, students focus on the lived experiences of individuals, families, groups and communities. Through our partnerships, clinical experiences in diverse healthcare settings are offered in all five semesters and allow students to integrate their knowledge into the care of clients across the lifespan. In order to provide quality practicum placements, students have the opportunity to be placed in a variety of agencies in the region. 

The Practical Nursing program 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.

Part-time delivery option

You can take this program part-time. Visit part-time Practical Nursing program page for application information and contact information.

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

Accreditation

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.

Career opportunities

The graduate may find employment opportunities in hospitals, long-term care settings, 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: www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/policies-procedures/

Pathways

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:
www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/credit-transfer/

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 a completed and verified Clinical Preparedness Permit in order to be eligible for practicum placements.  Requirements for the permit include:

  • A mask fit test, renewed every two years (will be done at the College in Semester One);

  • 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;

  • Up-to-date immunization records 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;

  • An up-to-date clear criminal reference check and vulnerable sector screen (renewed regularly so that it is never more than 6 months old).

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 no more than 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.

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

Re-application to Program

Suspended students must reapply for re-entry to this program and will be considered based on eligible space and likelihood of success. Please refer to the Georgian College Calendar for the Academic Policies and Procedures.

Courses

Program-specific Courses

  • BIOL 1001 - Anatomy and Physiology - Introductory Concepts
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • NRSG 1004 - Introduction to Health and Wellness
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • NRSG 1005 - Profession of Nursing 1
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • NRSG 1025 - Fundamental Healing Arts
    (Semester 1 / 98 hours)
  • NRSG 1026 - Clinical Preparations
    (Semester 1 / 21 hours)
  • BIOL 1002 - Anatomy and Physiology: Advanced Concepts
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • NRSG 1006 - Gerontological Nursing Theory
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • NRSG 1013 - Math for Meds
    (Semester 2 / 28 hours)
  • NRSG 1022 - Advanced Healing Arts
    (Semester 2 / 84 hours)
  • NRSG 1027 - Profession of Nursing 2
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • NRSG 2003 - Health Assessment
    (Semester 2 / 70 hours)
  • NRSG 1014 - Pharmacology
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • NRSG 2000 - Profession of Nursing 3
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • NRSG 2002 - Pathophysiology: Introductory Concepts
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • NRSG 2020 - Maternal/Child Nursing Theory
    (Semester 3 / 28 hours)
  • NRSG 2021 - Mental Health Nursing Theory
    (Semester 3 / 28 hours)
  • NRSG 2001 - Medical-Surgical Nursing Theory
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • NRSG 2006 - Profession of Nursing 4
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • NRSG 2008 - Pathophysiology: Advanced Concepts
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • NRSG 2009 - Nursing in the Community
    (Semester 4 / 42 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)
  • Select 2 courses from the general education list during registration.
    (Semester 4)

  • NRSG 1024 - Clinical Experience 1
    (Semester 1)
  • NRSG 1015 - Clinical Experience 2
    (Semester 2)
  • NRSG 2005 - Clinical Experience 3
    (Semester 3)
  • NRSG 2004 - Clinical Experience 4
    (Semester 4)
  • NRSG 2010 - Practical Nursing Praxis
    (Semester 5)