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Practical Nursing

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

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Start Date:
January & September
Typical Length:
2 Years
 
(Varies for part-time or blended studies)
Credential:
Diploma
Tuition:
$3,515 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
 
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
Locations:
+Locations & Availability

January 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
Availability
Annapolis Valley Campus • Middleton Full time • In-class Waitlist
Lunenburg Campus • Bridgewater Full time • In-class Waitlist
Strait Area Campus • Port Hawkesbury Full time • In-class Waitlist
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
Availability
Burridge Campus • Yarmouth Full time • In-class Waitlist
Ivany Campus • Dartmouth Full time • In-class Waitlist This program location has a multi-year waitlist. Contact Admissions for more information.
Ivany Campus/Online • Dartmouth Full time • Blended Waitlist This program location has a multi-year waitlist. Contact Admissions for more information.
Kingstec Campus • Kentville Full time • In-class Waitlist
Marconi Campus • Sydney Full time • In-class Waitlist This program location has a multi-year waitlist. Contact Admissions for more information.
Pictou Campus • Stellarton Full time • In-class Waitlist
Truro Campus • Truro Full time • In-class Waitlist
September 2021
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
Availability
Cumberland Campus (classes at Amherst Learning Centre) Full time • In-class Waitlist

Overview

Every day, Licensed 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 and communities.

Today's health care environments are changing at a fast rate and your success as a Licensed Practical Nurse depends upon your willingness to work as a team member, to be flexible and enjoy working in a variety of settings.

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent, including Grade 12 Academic English and Math and two additional Grade 12 Academic Sciences (Biology, Chemistry or Physics).
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details
  • If you do not have the required academic credits, NSCC offers a variety of credit courses through the Academic and Career Connections program.

Program requirements

    A current, official Criminal Record check, Vulnerable Sector check and a 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 first aid/CPR. 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

  • This program includes clinical placements that may take place in a variety of settings, including medical-surgical, geriatric, obstetrics, pediatrics, mental health, public health, community care and home care.
  • Clinical placements can include weekday, evening, weekend and /or holiday shifts. Shifts range form 6-12 hours and start times vary, with some beginning at 7 am and 11 pm.
  • 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.
  • Transportation, living accommodations and other costs related to clinical placements are your responsibility.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities.

Study options

  • Blended delivery is an option, which consists of a combination of online classes, in-class skills labs and clinical placements. It involves approximately 20 hours/week of study and takes 3 years to complete.
  • For this option, in-class courses are held at Ivany Campus, approximately 2-3 times a semester (often on weekends). No additional campus locations are available.
  • This program does not follow the regular academic schedule. Years 1 and 2 run from September to late July. Year 3 begins in September and ends in May.
  • Clinical placements take place in the Halifax area. Some weekday, evening, weekend and/or holiday shifts may be required.

Career options

  • 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 practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). This license is recognized nationally.
  • Licensed Practical Nurses can assume a leadership role on the healthcare team. Graduates work in long-term care, acute care, community care and mental health.

Choose NSCC

  • This program is available at campuses throughout the province. It is approved by the Nova Scotia College of Nursing (NSCN).
  • 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.
  • Continue your studies at university – This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more

Other info

  • NSCN requires a Criminal Record Check prior to licensing. A conviction may impact your ability to obtain a license.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Students are required to complete the program within four 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 Nova Scotia College of Nursing to write the examination and to receive a temporary graduate Practical Nursing License.
  • The Nova Scotia College of Nursing provides information to candidates about the requisite skills and abilities needed to work as an LPN in Canada.

Courses may include

Course descriptions
Code Course
ANAP 1011   Anatomy and Physiology
CONC 1200   Dementia: Understanding the Journey
GDEV 1010   Growth and Development
PRNS 1002   Nursing Skills I
PRNS 1020   Introduction to Nursing Profession
PRNS 1024   Interprofessional Communication
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 2014   Oncology Nursing and Palliative Care
PRNS 2017   Maternal Child Nursing
PRNS 2018   Health Promotion and Community Nursing
PRNS 2022   Mental Health Nursing
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 4058   Mental Health Clinical
PRNS 4060   Internship
PRNS 4062   Integrated Clinical Skills
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act

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