Practical Nursing

2 years Ontario College Diploma

Interprofessional collaboration and diverse clinical placement opportunities

Overview

Upcoming Intakes:

Fall 2022: College Drive – North Bay

Winter 2023: College Drive – North Bay


Prepare for a career in this in-demand health field in Canadore’s leading-edge simulation nursing laboratories. Learn theory and practice in a variety of settings. The high-fidelity labs are equipped with interactive mannequins that speak and replicate real symptoms, on which students act out common medical emergencies.Our small class and lab sizes allow for individual learner support and more one-on-one time with professors. Training culminates with a seven-week, pre-graduate placement experience working with a registered practical nurse. Our graduates are sought after all over the world working independently or as part of a health care team.

Your Future Career

  • Hospitals and acute care
  • Psychiatric settings
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Community home health agencies
  • Doctors’ offices and clinics
  • Telehealth and online nursing

What You Learn

  • Nursing theory and practice
  • Pharmacology
  • Interprofessional health care and collaboration
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Canada's First Peoples/cultural safety and sensitivity
  • Developmental psychology

OSSD or equivalent, ENG4C or ENG4U, Grade 11 or 12 Science (C or U), Grade 11 Math (C, U or M)

Note: Recent Canadore PSW graduates will be assessed for transfer credits in semester one.

If English is not your first language you must provide proof of English competency.

View current English Language Proficiency Requirements.

Academic Upgrading

College Drive Campus

Intake: September Start
Semester 1 - Fall
CMM125 Communication I
PNE110 Professional Growth I
PNE113 Human Relationships
PNE114 Nursing Theory I
IAP100 Anatomy & Physiology I
PNE118 Nursing Practice I
PSY200 Lifespan Development
CLT100 First Peoples of Canada
Semester 2 - Winter
GENED General Education Elective - Online (PN Sem 2)
PNE124 Nursing Theory II
PNE125 Health Assessment
IAP120 Anatomy & Physiology II
PNE128 Nursing Practice II
GENED General Education Elective - Online (PNSem2)
Semester 3 - Fall
PNE232 Pharmacology I
PNE235 Nursing Theory III
PNE237 Pathophysiology I
PNE239 Nursing Practice III
Semester 4 - Winter
PNE242 Pharmacology II
PNE245 Nursing Theory IV
PNE247 Pathophysiology II
PNE249 Nursing Practice IV
PNE230 Professional Growth II
Semester 5 - Spring
PNE260 Nursing Practice V

College Drive Campus

Intake: January Start
Semester 1 - Winter
CMM125 Communication I
PNE110 Professional Growth I
PNE113 Human Relationships
PNE114 Nursing Theory I
IAP100 Anatomy & Physiology I
PNE118 Nursing Practice I
PSY200 Lifespan Development
CLT100 Canada's First Peoples
Semester 2 - Fall
GENED General Education Elective - Online (PN Sem 2)
PNE124 Nursing Theory II
PNE125 Health Assessment
IAP120 Anatomy & Physiology II
PNE128 Nursing Practice II
GENED General Education Elective - Online (PNSem2)
Semester 3 - Winter
PNE232 Pharmacology I
PNE235 Nursing Theory III
PNE237 Pathophysiology I
PNE239 Nursing Practice III
Semester 4 - Fall
PNE242 Pharmacology II
PNE245 Nursing Theory IV
PNE247 Pathophysiology II
PNE249 Nursing Practice IV
PNE230 Professional Growth II
Semester 5 - Winter
PNE260 Nursing Practice V

2022-23 2 years Ontario College Diploma

College Drive Campus – Domestic
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $3400.32 $1290.98 $220 - $4911.3
2 $5100.48 $1140.98 $145 - $6386.46

2022-23 2 years Ontario College Diploma

West Parry Sound Campus – Domestic
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $5100.48 $1019.00 $145 - $6264.48

2022-23 2 years Ontario College Diploma

College Drive Campus – International
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $17508.84 $1870.98 $220 - $19599.85
2 $26263.26 $1720.98 $145 - $28129.24

2022-23 2 years Ontario College Diploma

West Parry Sound Campus – International
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $26263.26 $1624.00 $145 - $28032.26

Clinical Placement Documentation

Canadore College has partnered with Synergy Gateway to collect and verify documentation needed for your clinical placements. Click here to find out more information.


Check out the Campus Bookstore to not only purchase your textbooks but also view your book list before the semester starts. 


You will also need:

  • Stethoscope - apx. $115.00
  • Polo Shirt - apx. $35.00
  • CPIC, VS - apx. $40.00
  • Mask Fit - apx. $25.00
  • Health Immunizations – Cost will vary
  • NBRHC Parking - $6.00/day
  • NBRHC ID and Access Badge - apx. $10.00
  • Uniforms (scrubs), 2 sets - apx. $70.00
  • Uniform Shoes - apx. $50.00
  • CPR / First Aid - apx. $80.00
  • Health Clearance Card - $35.00
  • Lab Kits (Semester 1, 2 & 3) - apx. $350.00

Canadore College will implement Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) in Fall 2020 to enhance students’ learning experience in and out of the classroom and to ensure student flexibility in learning. To learn more about BYOD and to find out what is required for your program, please visit https://www.canadorecollege.ca/BYOD

Ontario College Diploma

Students also complete WHMIS and CPR certification while in the program. Upon graduation, students are able to write the registration exam through the College of Nurses where, upon successful completion, they will receive Registered Practical Nurse accreditation.

Learning outcomes represent culminating demonstrations of learning and achievement. In addition, learning outcomes are interrelated and cannot be viewed in isolation of one another. As such, they should be viewed as a comprehensive whole. They describe performances that demonstrate that significant integrated learning by graduates of the program has been achieved.

View Program Vocational Learning Outcomes

View course outlines

Business Management – 8 months to complete
Health Care Administration – 8 months to complete
Health Care Administration – Indigenous – 8 months to complete
Human Resources Management – 8 months to complete
Project Management – Information Technology – 8 months to complete
Recreation and Leisure Services (Fast Track) – 8 months to complete
Recreation Therapy (Fast Track) – 8 months to complete
Social Service Worker Intensive (accelerated) – 10 months (condensed) to complete (must have a min of 40 hrs of direct experience with clients in a social service agency)
Strength and Sport Conditioning (Fast Track) – 8 months to complete

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