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Find your calling with a health-care career in practical nursing

Practical Nursing Ontario College Diploma program

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

Program code PNRS
Duration 2.5 Years
Credential Ontario College Diploma
Delivery Full-time +
Part-time

Program information

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.

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

Intake information

Start date Campus
Winter 2022 Barrie, Orangeville, Owen Sound
Fall 2022 Barrie, Owen Sound

Tuition and fees

Work-integrated learning

This program includes a clinical placement component where you will gain practical work experience under the supervision of a registered or licensed professional.

What are the admission requirements for the Practical Nursing program?

Practical Nursing 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/academic-regulations/

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.

What career paths can I take as a practical nurse?

Your Practical Nursing diploma gives you many career opportunities

Graduates of the Practical Nursing diploma program are qualified to work as Registered Practical Nurses (RPN) upon completion of the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE).

The graduate may find employment opportunities in hospitals, long-term care settings, clinics or community health services.

Your future career in nursing

  • Case Manager
  • Community Health Nurse
  • Health Administration
  • Health Care Coordinator
  • Home Health Care Nurse
  • Personal Support Worker
  • Policy Development
  • Practical Nurse
  • Wellness Nurse

Accreditation

Become a Registered Practical Nurse in Ontario

Georgian’s licensed practical nurse course gives you the in-depth knowledge and skills you need to practice as a Registered Practical Nurse!

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

Practical Nursing graduates are also qualified to become a member of the Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario (RPNAO), also known as WeRPN.

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Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario (RPNAO) logo

Flex MORE. Study Practical Nursing part-time

Benefits of studying part-time:

What courses are included in the Practical Nursing diploma program?

Course overview

20 Program Courses

5 Clinical Placements
2 Communications Courses
3 General Education Courses

Program-specific courses

Semester 1 courses are listed below. For a full list of courses in the program including course descriptions, view the Practical Nursing program outline.

  • BIOL 1001 – Anatomy and Physiology – Introductory Concepts
  • NRSG 1004 – Introduction to Health and Wellness
  • NRSG 1005 – Profession of Nursing 1
  • NRSG 1025 – Fundamental Healing Arts
  • NRSG 1026 – Clinical Preparations
  • NRSG 1024 – Clinical Experience 1
  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.
  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration.

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