College of the Rockies

Access to Practical Nursing

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Program Information

School:College of the Rockies
Degree:Certificate; Online
Field of Study:Nursing, Other
Description:This one-year program is designed for Resident Care /Home Support Attendants (RCA/HSA) who would like to upgrade their skills to gain a Licensed Practical Nursing certificate. The underlying assumption of this program is that learners enter the program with an education background and experience that will allow them to bridge onto a Practical Nursing program.

This program allows students the option to continue working on a part-time basis for six months while studying online before committing to the final five months of full-time study in face to face classroom, lab and practicum settings in Cranbrook. Upon successful completion of this program, students will receive a Practical Nursing certificate and will be eligible to write the Canadian Practical Nursing Registration Exams (CPNRE) and to apply for licensure as a Licensed Practical Nurse in British Columbia.

URL:Access to Practical Nursing at College of the Rockies
Length:1 Year(s)

Admission Requirements


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

  •  Grade12 Biology 
  •  Grade12 English 

Applicants must graduate from a recognized Resident Care/Home Support Attendant program that includes a minimum 36-hour psycho-geriatric theory component; complete 1000 hours as a RC/HS worker in a multi-client facility; be a Secondary school graduate or equivalent ; achieve a C or higher in Biology 12 ; C+ or higher in English 12 or ENGL 090 OR a COTR English assessment overseen by COTR Learning Specialist C or higher in Math 080 OR Math 082 OR Principles of Math 11 OR Applications of Math 11 OR successful completion of a Math assessment overseen by COTR Learning Specialist. CPR Level C and Standard First Aid or WorkSafe BC's Occupational First Aid Level 1: must be valid during the entire program.

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Modified on April 18, 2019