Sprott Shaw College - Chilliwack Campus

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Practical Nursing Access

Sprott Shaw College - Chilliwack Campus

Faculty:Faculty of Nursing and Health Care
Field of Study:Nurse/Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant
Length:61 Week(s)
Careers:Registered Nursing Assistants (RNAs)Nurses Aides and OrderliesCentral Supply Aides


Practicing* and certified HCA’s are awarded credit towards their practical nursing program. This full-time diploma program was initiated in response to the need for recognizing past education, training and work experience of applicants to the Practical Nursing program. If applicants have achieved certification in the following programs:

Health Care Assistant (HCA) or Resident Care Attendant (RCA) or a combined Home Support/Resident Care Attendant (HS/RCA) may be admitted to the access semester of the Practical Nursing program. This program includes a practicum placement. This experience within a workplace enables Instructional staff to observe the student in a practice situation while providing the student with the opportunity to gain direct exposure to the chosen career field.


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 have Grade 12 or mature student status with a minimum C+ in English 12, or Technical and Professional Communication 12 and Biology 12. ESL applicants are required to submit successful completion of IELTS or TOEFL /TSE or MELAB or LPI prior to acceptance into the program.

800 to 900 hours of work experience as a Resident Care Attendant must be validated with a letter from the employer.

Proof of a negative TB skin test (or a negative TB chest X-ray if the TB skin test is positive) is also required. Having an updated immunization record is also recommended (this includes measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, tetanus, polio and diphtheria). Applicants must obtain a satisfactory certificate of health from a physician and submit a criminal record search prior to acceptance.

Applicants must submit a letter of reference, an application letter explaining why they wish to enter the program, a recent English composition and any other evidence helpful to the admission process. For those without work experience, volunteer work in a health-related agency is strongly recommended along with a letter of reference attesting to a minimum of 30 hours of volunteer work.

* 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 August 13, 2019