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Practical Nursing Re-entry to Practice

Practical Nursing Re-entry to Practice

Update your nursing skills to re-register as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
1 Year
(Varies for part-time or blended studies)
Certificate of Professional Studies
$6,556 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Ivany Campus/Online • Dartmouth Full time • Blended Seats available


To be eligible to re-register as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Nova Scotia, you are required to complete the Practical Nursing Re-entry to Practice program. This program is approved by Nova Scotia College of Nursing (NSCN).

This program encompasses major health concepts: Anatomy, Physiology and Social Sciences. Courses include Professional Practice and Communication, Health Assessment of the Adult and Pharmacology and Administration of Medications. In addition to course work, you apply your skills in lab sessions and clinical placements.

Admission requirements

Program requirements

  • A current, official Criminal Record check, Vulnerable Sector check and Child Abuse Register search are required to complete work placements in this program. A conviction may impact your ability to complete program requirements. Information on this process will be provided at the beginning of your program.
  • Health and Human Services programs have additional requirements including immunizations and completion of Standard First Aid, CPR Level C. You must submit documentation that you have completed these requirements at the beginning of your program. View additional Health and Human Services program requirements.
    • Receiving immunizations may take up to 10 months to complete. Failure to complete immunizations can result in a delayed work placement.
  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Clinical placement

  • Clinical placements are mandatory credit courses offered throughout the duration of your program. They provide you with the opportunity to integrate theory with practice and understand the everyday challenges of a work environment.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid.
  • Clinical placements may require you to work weekdays, evenings, weekends and/or holiday shifts.
  • Transportation, living accommodations and other costs related to clinical placements are the responsibility of the student.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities.

Choose NSCC

  • NSCC offers the only Practical Nursing Re-entry to Practice program in Nova Scotia. The program is approved by the Nova Scotia College of Nursing.
  • Hands-on Learning: In-class skills labs provide opportunities to practise and observe demonstrations, apply your skills and update your knowledge about new techniques, technologies and procedures, so you can re-enter the field with confidence. Labs can take place any day/time of the week, including evenings and weekends.

Other info

  • Many employers in this sector require one or all of the following as part of the hiring process: current, official Criminal Record check, Vulnerable Sector check and/or Child Abuse Register search. A conviction or finding may impact your ability to secure employment.
  • This program is not offered at regular NSCC tuition.
  • You complete your program through a combination of online, in-class skills labs and clinical placements. In-class courses are held at Ivany Campus. No additional campus locations are available.
  • Important Skills & Abilities: An existing level of computer competence is recommended to be successful in this program. Access to a computer is also required.
  • Nova Scotia College of Nursing (NSCN) provides information to candidates about the skills and abilities (PDF 483KB) required to work as an LPN in Canada.

Courses may include

Course descriptions
Code Course
ANAP 2005   Anatomy and Physiology Review
CONC 1200   Dementia: Understanding the Journey
LPNR 2001   Professional Practice and Health Literacy
LPNR 2002   Care of Adults in Health and Illness
LPNR 2005   Family and Community Health
LPNR 2006   Oncology and Palliative Care
LPNR 2007   Nursing Skills
LPNR 2008   Crisis, Mental Health and Wellness
LPNR 2010   Instructor Led Clinical Practice I
LPNR 2020   Preceptored Clinical I: Pharmacology
LPNR 2030   Preceptored Clinical II
PRNS 2003   Pharmacology/Administration of Medications
PRNS 2004   Health Assessment of the Adult
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act

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