Practical Nursing

  • Delivery Method: In-Class
  • Duration: 74 weeks
  • Starts: Three times per year (January, June, and October)
  • Credential: Diploma
  • Designation: Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Wages: Up to $25.50/hour

Do you feel a strong sense of purpose to provide safe and appropriate nursing care to those in need? If so, becoming a Practical Nurse may be the career choice for you. Practical Nursing is the second largest nursing group in Canada. As a Practical Nurse, you will be delivering care as part of a primary health care team, working in public and private care facilities.

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: administer medication, assess and monitor patients, assist in rehabilitation activities, educate clients regarding health-related issues and more.

To learn more about entering the healthcare profession as a Practical Nurse, please read the Becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse in Canada: Requisite Skills and Abilities document and the Entry-to-Practice Competencies for Licensed Practical Nurses document.

Articulation ( Credit Transfer )

Many colleges and universities offering Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs offer bridging programs for Licensed Practical Nurses. Graduates of Stenberg’s Practical Nursing program may receive advanced entry into these programs, provided they also meet experiential and entrance requirements.

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of Canadian Grade 12 or equivalent. An International Credential Evaluation can be accepted from students educated outside of Canada
  • English 12 with a minimum grade of C+ OR Technical Communication 12 with a minimum grade of B+ *
  • Math 11 Principles with a minimum grade of C (current BC curriculum) OR Math 11 Foundations with a minimum grade of C (commencing 2012) *
  • Biology 12 (Human Body) with a minimum grade of C *
  • Passing of Stenberg College Entrance Interview
  • Completion of the Online Computer Skills Entrance Test with a score of 70% or higher
  • Completion of Criminal Record Consent Form under the Criminal Record Review Act

*Requirements may be met through challenge exams for qualifying students. For English, an acceptable assessment such as an IELTS, CELBAN, or Stenberg’s own ELET, etc. can be accepted. Stenberg also offers a Biology 12 course for those students who require it.

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:

  • Acceptable Criminal Record Search under the Criminal Record Review Act
  • Proof of Immunity Status as required by industry
  • Acceptable Medical Examination Form completed by a physician

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) (scores valid for one year)
Testing proficiency in each of the following areas: Reading Comprehension, Written Expression, Listening and Speaking. Overall score of 56/80 or higher OR

TOEFL Internet-based (scores valid for one year)
Reading, Writing and Listening component scores must total a minimum of 60; minimum Speaking component score of 26 OR

IELTS Academic Module (scores valid for one year)
Overall score of 6.5 or higher with no band score less than 6.0 and a minimum score of 7.0 on the Speaking band OR

Canadian Language Benchmark Scores
Listening 8, Speaking 8, Reading 8, and Writing 7

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.

Financing Your Education

You could be eligible for Employment Insurance funding for education, government student loans, as well as other financing options; Stenberg’s Financial Aid Officer would be happy to provide further assistance.

Student Stories

Read stories from our students and grads about their experience with the Practical Nursing program at Stenberg.

Nelofar Rahimi

As a young woman, Nelofar was interested in science, and completed two years of Biochemistry at Simon Fraser University. After meeting her future husband through mutual friends, Nelofar married at the age of twenty, had two children, and left school to care for her family.

Several years later during her daily commute Nelofar was inspired to change her career. “I was taking the skytrain to work on a daily basis, and I would constantly see these posters that Stenberg College was running that featured some of their successful graduates. The theme was how these alumni had changed their lives through education, and the tagline was ‘I Changed Me’. That tagline would just rattle in my head, and I would think to myself … ‘Will I ever be able to change my life?’”

After Nelofar’s father suffered a heart attack, the level of care provided by his nursing team inspired her.

“I realized that I wanted to be a nurse. I didn’t know how I was going to do it, but I knew I needed to find a way. I contacted Stenberg and found out that if I took the Practical Nursing program I could be working as a nurse within two years, and I enrolled immediately.”

Nelofar excelled in her courses, earning a 94% GPA and being selected as the Co-Valedictorian for the Spring 2016 Graduation ceremony. She was hired directly off of her final practicum, and is now working as a Licensed Practical Nurse at Abbotsford Regional Hospital, the same hospital where her father was treated after his heart attack. There, Nelofar encountered an amazing experience. “It is a moment for me that is priceless; I got to work with the doctor and the nurses who saved my dad. I got to say thank you to them and work by their side. It’s an amazing feeling…I love what I do.”

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