"When you're a nurse you know that every day you will touch a life or a life will touch yours.”
The Stenberg College Practical Nursing Program follows the Provincial Practical Nursing Curriculum (2011) and is designed to provide learners with the knowledge, skills and judgments essential to perform to the full range of competencies as identified by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of British Columbia. The curriculum provides a learning experience that is integrated, professional, collaborative, and culturally competent with an aim to prepare graduates to care for individuals (and by extension, families of individuals) at multiple life stages and in a variety of practice settings. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will possess the competencies to successfully complete the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam (CPNRE).
To learn more about entering the healthcare profession as a Practical Nurse, please read on...
The Stenberg College Practical Nursing Program prepares graduates to:
Program Delivery Format
This full-time program is delivered in an instructor-led format with daily in-class and/or lab sessions and guided, interactive online learning. This method of delivery respects the unique needs of adult learners who seek opportunities to discover and explore content at their own pace in addition to instructor led classroom / lab skill delivery. At the beginning of the program, students receive a comprehensive orientation to the program and to the online learning environment. Experienced faculty members lead each of the courses, supporting students' learning through in-class session participation, lab skills demonstrations and facilitation, online forum discussion and evaluation feedback.
Typical Job Duties
As a Practical Nurse, you'll provide direct care under the supervision of a registered nurse, physician or other healthcare specialist. You'll be a valued member of a primary healthcare team, qualified to:
Once you've graduated as a Practical Nurse, you could find work in various settings, caring for clients across the lifespan:
Wages and Career Outlook
It is difficult to predict wages and career outlook with this field. Unlike other occupations, those in healthcare are driven by current government policy rather than the business cycle. Currently, wages listed for Licensed Practical Nurses within Fraser Health Region is between $24.01-$25.50 per hour.
The related national occupation classification number—a system used to group jobs— for Practical Nursing is "3233.”
Please keep in mind that these figures are based on groupings of a large number of related jobs. Wages and career outlook may differ due to your education level, job location and the type of employer you work for.
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Is This Program for You?
It is if you:
Program Admission Requirements
*Stenberg College applicants may write challenge exams or take free upgrading courses to meet admission requirements for Math 11 and Bio 12.
Prior to Program Admission, Program Advisors will outline practice education requirements for the program. Upon enrollment, students will be informed of next steps and timelines. Non-compliance could result in program dismissal. Requirements for practice education placements include:
In addition to the admissions requirements above, applicants with English as an additional language must also meet one of the following language requirements:
Stenberg College English Language Equivalency Test (ELET)
TOEFL Internet-based (scores valid for one year)
IELTS Academic Module (scores valid for one year)
Canadian Language Benchmark Scores
NB: Additional criteria may be required to fulfill industry guidelines; students will be informed in advance of any requirements that need to be fulfilled for placements
Duration and Financing
Duration: 74 weeks, including practice education experiences and a final preceptorship
Financing: You could be eligible for ELMS funding, government student loans and other financing options; the Stenberg College Financial Aid Officer will be happy to provide further assistance.