Become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) with this two-year diploma. The Practical Nursing program at CNC is designed to provide you with opportunities to develop knowledge, skills, attitudes and judgment necessary to assist individuals and families in community, acute and long-term care settings.
As an LPN, you will be a critical member of the professional medical team. You will utilize nursing practices through patient assessments, problem solving, and decision making. You will also counsel and advocate on behalf of patients and families.
Upon successful completion of a national licensing exam, you will be qualified as an LPN to work in a variety of health care settings:
- Complex care and long-term care homes
- Rehabilitation centers
- Occupational health units
- Community nursing services and private homes
What you will learn
In this two-year program, you will learn to care for clients across the lifespan, providing safe, knowledgeable and integrated care through critical thinking and clinical judgment.
The program delivery supports a deliberate, client-focused approach with learning occurring through formal and informal study, mentorship, coaching, role modeling and experience. The program utilizes multiple approaches and embraces concept-based, case-based, skills-based and integrated learning experiences in the classroom, lab and clinical sites.
Practical Nurse Diploma Courses
After licensing, graduates can work in health-care settings such as hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centres, doctors' offices, clinics, occupational health units, community nursing services and private homes.
Locations & Dates
CNC programs have varying lengths and start dates to meet your needs, and are offered across multiple campuses where possible. Don’t see the campus you’re looking for? Check back with us soon as this page is updated throughout the school year.
Meeting minimum admission requirements does not guarantee a seat in the program.
In the event of “equivalent” meeting admission requirements, the most recent course and grade will be considered.
- High school graduation, or equivalent
- English Studies 12, or English First Peoples 12, or ENGL 050, or ENGL 051 or equivalent (minimum B-)
- Foundations of Mathematics 11, or Math 043 or equivalent (minimum C+)
- BIO 130 (minimum B-), to be completed within the last 5 years prior to intake
- English Language Proficiency requirements. This can be met by one of the following:
- Three years of full-time, face-to-face secondary or post-secondary education at an accredited institution where English is the medium of instruction and is also one of the country’s official languages. English as a Second Language/Additional
Language courses are not included in this three-year calculation. OR
- Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with minimum scores of:
- Speaking 7.0
- Listening 7.5
- Reading 6.5
- Writing 7.0
- Overall Band Score 7.0 OR
- Canadian English Language Benchmarks Assessment for Nurses (CELBAN) with minimum scores of:
- Speaking: 8.0
- Listening: 10.0
- Reading: 8.0
- Writing: 7.0
In addition to meeting English language requirements for the Practical Nursing program, graduates must be able to demonstrate a level of proficiency required to be performance ready as a condition for registration and practice in British Columbia. See
BCCNM’s website for details. Five seats are reserved for qualified self-identified Canadian Aboriginal applicants until a institutionally recognized date of release.
Need help meeting these requirements? Check out our Academic Upgrading options.
Five seats are reserved for qualified self-identified Canadian Aboriginal applicants until a institutionally recognized date of release.
A program with a limited number of seats per intake and is on a “first qualified, first admitted” basis.
Completed acceptance package must be submitted by date indicated in package. Incomplete certifications or documentation will prevent students from entering the clinical practice placements.
- Proof of current immunization status as outlined in the Practice Education Guidelines
- TB screening: Negative TB skin test or negative chest x-ray.
- Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) as outlined in the Practice Education Guidelines. CPR online courses that do not include face-to-face practice components are not acceptable. CPR certification must be maintained for duration of program.
- Criminal record check
- FIT tested for a N95 respirator
- Self-report of Suitability and Health
NOTE 1: All costs associated with certifications, courses and/or documentation requirements are the student’s responsibility.
NOTE 2: Chemistry 11 or equivalent and MEDT 100 (Medical Terminology) or equivalent is recommended but not required.
Invest in your future
The estimated cost for this program is $12,746.
- Year 1: $8,181
- Year 2: $4,565
These costs are an estimate. Student fees vary by campus. Check the fee schedule for more information.
Books for this program can be purchased from the bookstore.