Practical Nursing

By , May 5, 2014

Students learn according to the provincial curriculum approved by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of BC (CLPNBC). 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, 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.

Career prospects: Work with other inter-professional health care team members in a variety of settings, and play an increasing role in primary health care focusing on health promotion, illness and injury prevention, and health protection and restoration.



Submit secondary school transcripts indicating successful completion of:

  • Grade 12 English, or English 12 First Peoples with C+ or higher; or Grade 12 Technical Communications 12 with a B+ or higher;
  • Grade 11 Math (Principles, or Foundations) with C or higher; and
  • Grade 12 Biology (Human Biology) with C or higher

Confirmed Acceptance

  • Successful completion of PNUR099: Anatomy and Physiology for Practical Nurses (or an equivalent course at another institution) with a minimum grade of C+.

Post Acceptance

The following must be completed prior to the first Practice Experience in Semester 1:

  • CPR Level C
  • A Solicitor General Criminal Record Check.
  • Immunization as required by sites of practice education and recommended by BC Centre for Disease Control (2009): Diphtheria, tetanus, polio, hepatitis B, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, seasonal influenza, and pertussis
  • Negative TB skin test or chest x-ray.

Where is the program offered?

Northern Lights College, Dawson Creek (starts September)

For more information about Practical Nursing at Northern Lights College, go to the NLC website.

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