Practical Nursing

Practical Nursing

Program Code
Ontario College Diploma
Barrie , Orangeville , Owen Sound

Program requirements

  • 25 Mandatory Courses
  • 2 Communications Courses
  • 3 General Education Courses

NOTE: The part-time Practical Nursing program is offered at the Barrie and Muskoka campuses with intakes in January each year. Find out how to apply.

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 our admissions policies and procedures.

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.

Selection process: Applicants will be assessed and ranked based on academic grades. A minimum grade of 75% in each prerequisite subject is recommended.

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Please see our course listings of available General Education and Communications courses for this program.

Georgian will cover the cost of the $75 Georgian application fee, all other Georgian fees are still applicable.

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.

Current Course Offerings
Course Title Course Code Online Equivalents Mandatory
Anatomy and Physiology-Intro BIOL1001 BIOL1041 - Anatomy and Physiology 1 (ODE)   Mandatory

Additional Info

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.

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.

External Recognition

Upon graduation from this program you will be recommended to the College of Nurses to
write the registration examinations. Successful completion of these examinations and compliance with the Regulated Health Professions Act will entitle you to become a Registered Practical Nurse and thus a member of the College of Nurses of Ontario. Please note: The College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO), the body responsible for regulating nursing in Ontario, sets entry to practice requirements that nurses and practical nurses must meet to become registered in Ontario. CNO's mission is to regulate nursing to protect the public interest. Among CNO's entry to practice requirements are provisions specifically intended to enhance public safety. These provisions require that applicants for registration in Ontario:

a) have not been found guilty of a criminal offence or an offence under the Narcotic
Control Act (Canada) and the Foods and Drug Act (Canada);

b) not have been the subject of a finding of professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity, whether in Ontario or in another jurisdiction and whether in relation to the nursing profession or another health profession;

c) not currently be the subject of proceedings for professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity, whether in Ontario or in another jurisdiction and whether in relation to the nursing profession or another health profession;

d) not be suffering from a physical or mental condition that makes it desirable to the public interest that he or she not practice.

An applicant for registration who does not meet one or more of these requirements must inform CNO and provide details about the incident or situation. The applicant will not be necessarily refused registration because CNO's Registration Committee will review information about the incident or situation to determine if an exemption from the requirement(s) will be granted. An applicant for registration who does not inform CNO, may have the application for registration cancelled, or any certification of registration which may have been issued revoked.

Applicants who apply for registration with CNO on, or after, January 1, 2005 require a Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) Criminal Record Synopsis as part of the registration process. The CPIC check provides evidence that an applicant has met the requirements of registration related to good character and suitability to practice.

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If you have any questions about these registration requirements, please contact CNO at
(416) 928-0900, or 1-800-387-5526, ext. 6249.

You are encouraged to become a member of the professional organization, the Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario.