The Post-Graduate Diploma in Canadian Nursing prepares students to become Health Care Assistants, Licensed Practical Nurses, and/or Registered Nurses, depending on their education prior to coming to Canada. Read below to learn about each career, including wages.
As a Health Care Assistant, you will help elderly individuals maintain a level of independence while easing their pain and improving their quality of life. As a Health Care Assistant, you will be able to find employment in health authorities, such as:
You may also choose to be self-employed, working independently as a personal care attendant.
Based on employment statistics gathered by Stenberg College, the average wage earned by our Health Care Assistant graduates from our two most recent cohorts is $20.21/hour.
Practical Nursing is the second largest nursing group in Canada. As a Licensed Practical Nurse, you’ll provide direct care with guidance from a Registered Nurse, Physician or other health care specialists. You’ll be a valued member of a primary health care team, qualified to:
Practical Nursing graduates who have successfully passed the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination can find work in various settings:
The BC Nurses’ Union has reported a wage range of $27.87-$32.46/hour for Licensed Practical Nurses.
*Please keep in mind that wages 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.
The Canadian Nurses Association provides the following definition of Registered Nurses (RNs):
RNs are self-regulated health-care professionals who work autonomously and in collaboration with others to enable individuals, families, groups, communities and populations to achieve their optimal levels of health. At all stages of life, in situations of health, illness, injury and disability, RNs deliver direct health-care services, coordinate care and support clients in managing their own health. RNs contribute to the health-care system through their leadership across a wide range of settings in practice, education, administration, research and policy.