Practical Nursing

Work as part of a healthcare team to provide exceptional care and promote healthy lifestyles to the individuals and families you serve.


Start Date:
September & January
2 Years
Full-time (In-class)
+Locations & Availability
September 2015 Cumberland Campus (classes at Amherst Learning Centre) • Waitlist 2017New applications may be waitlisted until Fall 2017.
Marconi Campus • Sydney • Waitlist 2017New applications may be waitlisted until Fall 2017.
Waterfront Campus • Dartmouth • Waitlist 2017New applications may be waitlisted until Fall 2017.
Waterfront Campus/Online • Dartmouth • Waitlist 2016New applications may be waitlisted until Fall 2016.
January 2016 Lunenburg Campus • Bridgewater • Waitlist 2018New applications may be waitlisted until Winter 2018.
Strait Area Campus • Port Hawkesbury • Waitlist 2018New applications may be waitlisted until Winter 2018.
September 2016 Burridge Campus • Yarmouth • Waitlist 2018New applications may be waitlisted until Fall 2018.
Kingstec Campus • Kentville • Waitlist 2018New applications may be waitlisted until Fall 2018.
Pictou Campus • Stellarton • Waitlist 2018New applications may be waitlisted until Fall 2018.
Truro Campus • Truro • Waitlist 2018New applications may be waitlisted until Fall 2018.

Program Overview

Do you feel comfortable with other people? Are you interested in the science of the human body and the art of caring for others? Do you think you would enjoy being part of a team of professionals dedicated to providing client-centred care? As a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) you have the ability to participate in promoting wellness and preventing illness with a diverse client population.

Every day, practical nurses work collaboratively with other health care professionals to provide exceptional care to their clients as well as promote the benefits of healthy lifestyles to individuals, families, groups, communities and/or populations. Today's health care environments are changing at a fast rate and your success as a Practical Nurse depends upon your willingness to work as a team member, to be flexible and enjoy working in a variety of settings.

Info Students Highlights reflect comments provided in the annual Program Highlights Survey. Students participate in this survey to share their experiences and information that they think will help future students learn more about the program. Highlights reflect individual experiences (which can vary by student).

Student Highlights

  1. Why Take It"It takes a lot of work and dedication but in the end it will all be worth it because nursing is a very rewarding career. "
  2. Highlight"Clinical placements in a community, hospital, maternity, mental health, and long term care environment. "
  3. Good To Know"This program consists of a lot of at home studying and reading, be prepared to study every day."

Admission Requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent, including: Grade 12 Academic English and Mathematics; and 2 additional Grade 12 Academic Sciences (Chemistry, Physics or Biology).
  • If you do not have the required academic credits, NSCC offers a variety of credit courses through the Academic & Career Connections program.

Program Requirements

  • Additional program requirements, including child abuse registry check, criminal record check, immunizations and standard first aid, may be required for Health & Human Services programs. Details are provided with your acceptance notification – Health & Human Services Additional Program Requirements (224 KB)

Choose NSCC

  • This program is available at campuses throughout the province and is recognized and approved by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Nova Scotia.
  • Learn from experienced instructors who have earned solid reputations in a wide variety of healthcare areas.
  • With low student-to-teacher ratios, you have access to your instructors, especially during the clinical experiences.
  • NSCC graduates enjoy a notably high rate of success on the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE) as well as an impressive rate of employment. Graduates can be confident in assuming their work duties because they have a firm foundation in the theory and practice of practical nursing, and they know how the healthcare system works.

Employment Opportunities

  • Upon completion of the program graduates qualify to write the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination. Successful completion of the examination qualifies you to apply for a license to practise as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). This license is recognized nationally.

Our Grads

  • Licensed Practical Nurses can assume a leadership role on the healthcare team. Graduates work in long-term care, acute care and community care.

Other Info

  • Alternate Locations – The location for this program alternates and is not always offered at the same location each year, Check program locations for upcoming start dates.
  • Waterfront Campus/Online – The program at this location is delivered over 3 years using a reduced full-time schedule and a combination of courses delivered in-class at Waterfront Campus and online. No additional locations are available for this offering.
  • Shift work is an integral part of this occupation. Physical demands include moving and lifting people as well as spending long periods of time on your feet. Emotional demands include frequent stressful and occasional emergency situations.
  • Application of knowledge and skills during nursing Clinical Placements and Internships may take place in a variety of settings including medical-surgical, geriatric, obstetrics, pediatrics, mental health, public health, community care and home care. Students are required to provide their own transportation to clinical sites and may be required to find accommodation during some portions of clinical placement.
  • Students are required to complete the program in 4 years. Pass mark for this program is 70%.
  • Graduates are eligible to write the Canadian Practical Nurses Registration Exam (CPNRE) and work as a Graduate Practical Nurse upon successful completion of the NSCC program. Application and fees must be submitted to the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Nova Scotia (CLPNNS) to write the examination and to receive a temporary graduate Practical Nursing License.

Courses May Include

Course descriptions
Code Course
ANAP 1011   Anatomy and Physiology
CONC 1200   Alzheimer Disease & Other Related Dementias
CRIS 1020   Introduction to Crisis and Intervention Strategies
GDEV 1010   Growth and Development
HCOM 2022   Health Information Literacy and Research Skills
PRNS 1002   Nursing Skill I
PRNS 1020   Introduction to Nursing Profession
PRNS 1050   Nursing Clinical I
PRNS 2002   Nursing Skills II
PRNS 2003   Pharmacology/Administration of Medications
PRNS 2004   Health Assessment of the Adult
PRNS 2011   Alterations in the Health of Adults
PRNS 2013   Family and Community Nursing
PRNS 2014   Oncology Nursing and Pallative Care
PRNS 2030   Health Promotion
PRNS 2050   Nursing Clinical II
PRNS 2055   Nursing Clinical III
PRNS 2062   Clinical Intercession Preceptorship
PRNS 3020   Professional Practice
PRNS 3055   Family and Community Clinical
PRNS 3060   Pharmacology Clinical
PRNS 4052   Nursing Clinical IV
PRNS 4055   Mental Health Clinical
PRNS 4060   Internship
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act

Additional Graduation Requirements

Criminal Record/Position of Trust
Immunization form Completion
Portfolio Development
Standard First Aid, CPR Level C

Next Steps

  1. Application Process

    Who Can ApplyHow to Apply

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