In practical nursing, you will combine your knowledge, skills and judgement to provide safe, competent, ethical nursing care to meet the unique needs of all patients throughout the continuum of care.Back to Top
Approved by the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO), the Practical Nursing program teaches the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to practise as a safe, competent and professional practical nurse. Using the concept of caring as the basis of nursing, you will develop knowledge, skills and judgment in assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating nursing care for all age groups as they experience various health challenges. A particular focus is placed on the ability to communicate in a caring and therapeutic manner.
With a strong emphasis on practical hands-on experience, you will apply theory gained in the classroom and simulated lab practice to environments including:
- Long-term care
- Mental health
Upon completion of your program, you must successfully complete the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE) to become a registered practical nurse (RPN) in Ontario and a member of the CNO*.
Please note: In Ontario the following conditions are laid out by the Nursing Act to be registered as a practical nurse. These conditions may impact your ability to register with CNO as an RPN post-graduation.
To register as a RPN in Ontario you must:
- Be fluent in written and spoken English or French
- Have evidence of your suitability to practice as an RPN in Ontario including not suffering from a physical or mental condition/illness, which may affect your ability to practice nursing
- Have a good character including providing a Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) Criminal Reference Synopsis as part of the registration process. Please note: If your CPIC synopsis is not clear, CNO may determine that you are not eligible for registration
- Not be subject to proceedings with respect to professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity in nursing or other health profession in Ontario
- Pass the CPNRE
- Provide proof of Canadian citizenship, landed immigrant status or authorization under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
*CNO Fact Sheet Legislation and Regulation, An Introduction to the Nursing Act . This legislation for all individuals requesting registration should be reviewed by students applying to nursing programs. For information on how the legislation may impact you, call CNO at 1.800.387.5526 for clarification.
Program approval status
March 13, 2017
In accordance with the mandate of The College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) to communicate Practical Nursing program approval status with current and prospective students please note that:
Durham College’s Practical Nursing diploma program is currently approved (Category 1) by the College of Nurses of Ontario. Current graduates from this program are eligible to apply for registration as a Registered Practical Nurse in Ontario.
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or Mature Student Status
- Grade 12 English (ENG/EAE) (C or U) (minimum grade of 60 per cent)
- Grade 12 mathematics (C, M or U) (minimum grade of 65 per cent)
- Grade 11 or 12 biology and chemistry (C, M or U)
- Keyboarding/basic computer skills (recommended)
Please note: This program may be highly competitive and have a specific selection process and application deadline. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 905.721.3126. Please refer to Admission Processes for more details regarding highly competitive programs.
If you begin classes in January, you will complete semesters 1 and 2 (Year 1) from January to August and semesters 3 and 4 (Year 2) from January to August. Semester 5 will then run from August to October.
If you begin classes in May, you will complete semesters 1 and 2 (Year 1) from May to December and semesters 3 and 4 (Year 2) from May to December. Semester 5 will then run from January to March.
To be eligible for the field placement component of this program you must (at your expense) provide:
- A clear and current Criminal Reference Check (CRC) with Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS). If you cannot provide a clear CRC with VSS, you may not be accepted for placement by a field placement agency. CRCs with VSS must be obtained from your local police station. You may be required to obtain additional CRCs with VSS to meet field placement agency requirements
- Current Level C CPR from a recognized provider
- Entry immunization form completed by a health-care provider
WHAT YOU COULD BE:
As a registered practical nurse you can be employed as a bedside specialist or in a leadership position in a variety of agencies.
WHERE YOU COULD WORK:
- Community service agencies
- Long-term care facilities
- Industry, clinic or physician’s offices
- Psychiatric and acute care hospitals
Course List & Descriptions
- Anatomy & Physiology (ANAT 1500)
- General Education Elective (GNED 0000)
- Development Of Self I (NURS 1520)
- Health & Healing I (NURS 1521)
- Professional Practice I (NURS 1522)
- Practice Lab I (NURS 1523)
- Lab Theory (NURS 1526)
- Health Assessment (HASS 2500)
- Applied Math For Nurses (MATH 1503)
- Health & Healing II (NURS 2516)
- Professional Practice II (NURS 2517)
- Practice Lab II (NURS 2523)
- Practice Lab III (NURS 3514)
- Pharmacology (NURS 3517)
- Professional Practice III - Mental Health (NURS 3525)
- Health & Healing III - Mental Health (NURS 3526)
- Health & Healing III - Community (NURS 3527)
- Professional Practice III - Community (NURS 3528)
- Pathophysiology (PATH 3505)
- General Education Elective (GNED 0000)
- General Elective Credit (GNED 1000)
- Health & Healing IV (NURS 4506)
- Professional Practice IV (NURS 4508)
- Development Of Self II (NURS 4520)
Courses and course descriptions are subject to change.Back to Top
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Please note: fees are based on the 2016-2017 academic year and do not include textbooks. For more information please see Other fees to consider.Back to Top
Fall 2016/Winter 2017/Spring/Summer 2017
Because some of the courses offered in this program are delivered online, access to a laptop or computer will be beneficial to the success of students wishing to enroll in this program.
For Fall 2017 and beyond
Because some of the courses offered in this program are delivered online, a laptop is required in this program.Back to Top
The Practical Nursing program is designed to prepare graduates who are able to meet the challenges of the expanding role of nursing in today’s society. You will apply your learning with a variety of practicum experiences that are designed to prepare you to function as a graduate in diverse settings. Placements are located at various hospitals and agencies throughout Durham Region and surrounding areas.
Your placement will provide:
- A consolidation semester of full-time nursing experience gained via a partnership with a professional RPN
- Emphasis on building competence and confidence with caring and experienced faculty guidance
- Integration of theory, knowledge and practice in diverse settings
- Practicum experience through challenging learning opportunities in medical, surgical, mental health and community environments
- Practice in a state-of-the-art simulation lab
- Small group instruction in practicum and lab settings
Opportunities For Degree Completion Or Additional Credentials
Qualified graduates may apply to Durham College’s programs:
- Addictions and Mental Health (graduate certificate)
- Communicative Disorders Assistant (graduate certificate)
Qualified graduates may apply to the University of Ontario Institute of Technology’s (UOIT) Bachelor of Allied Health Sciences or Registered Practical Nursing to Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree programs.
Graduates may also be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study through Durham College’s partnerships with many Canadian and international colleges and universities.
- Bachelor of Allied Health Sciences (Hons) - UOIT
- Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Nursing - UOIT
- Bachelor of General Studies - Thompson Rivers University
- Bachelor of Health Science - Thompson Rivers University
Please visit the Transfer Guide for more information.Back to Top