Practical Nursing

2 years Ontario College Diploma

Interprofessional collaboration and diverse clinical placement opportunities


Upcoming Intakes:

Fall 2024: College Drive – North Bay

Winter 2025: 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

Learn and stay grant

Learn more about the Ontario Learn and Stay Grant

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

Note: Recent College 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.

Becoming a Registered Practical Nurse 

The College of Nurses of Ontario requires essential skills and abilities. These include cognitive, communicative, behavioural, psychomotor, sensory, and environmental capacities, which are essential for professional practice. Details of these requirements can be found on the College of Nurses website

Semester 1

CLT100 First Peoples of Canada
CMM125 Communication I
IAP100 Anatomy & Physiology I
PNE110 Professional Growth I
PNE113 Relational Practice
PNE114 Nursing Theory I
PNE118 Nursing Practice I
PSY200 Lifespan Development

Semester 2

GENED General Education Elective - Online (PN1Sem2)
GENED General Education Elective - Online (PN2Sem2)
IAP120 Anatomy & Physiology II
PNE123 Health Assessment
PNE124 Nursing Theory II
PNE129 Nursing Practice II
PNE130 Nursing Practice II - Clinical

Semester 3

PNE228 Nursing Practice III
PNE229 Nursing Practice III - Clinical
PNE232 Pharmacology I
PNE235 Nursing Therapeutics I
PNE237 Pathophysiology I

Semester 4

PNE240 Professional Growth II
PNE242 Pharmacology II
PNE245 Nursing Therapeutics II
PNE247 Pathophysiology II
PNE250 Nursing Practice IV
PNE251 Nursing Practice IV - Clinical

Semester 5

PNE260 Nursing Practice V- Preceptorship

2024-25 2 years Ontario College Diploma

College Drive Campus – Domestic
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $3400.32 $1362.5 $292 - $5054.82
2 $5148 $1635.5 $200 - $6935.98

2024-25 2 years Ontario College Diploma

West Parry Sound Campus – Domestic
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
2 $5148 $915 $200 - $6215.48

2024-25 2 years Ontario College Diploma

College Drive Campus – International
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $19303.5 $1942.5 $292 - $21538
2 $19303.5 $2865.50 $200 - $22369

2024-25 2 years Ontario College Diploma

West Parry Sound Campus – International
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
2 $28955.25 $1655 $200 - $30810.25

Mandatory Non-Academic Requirements for Placement:

Work-Integrated Learning (also called Placement, Field Placement, Practicum, Clinical Placement, etc.) provides students with rich and meaningful experiences wherein they have the opportunity to apply and extend the learning they gain from the classroom in real-word contexts. View placement requirements here.


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

The PN program has partnered with one of their publishers to provide textbook and software packages that are included in your ancillary fees. Students who choose to “opt out” of this package must meet with the program coordinator.


Canadore College has implemented Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to enhance your learning experience in and out of the classroom while ensuring flexibility in learning.

To learn more about BYOD and to find out what is required for your program, please visit

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

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.

The Canadore Practical Nursing program is currently approved (Category 1, the highest ranking) by the College of Nurses of Ontario. Upon graduation from this program students can apply to the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) to write the provincial registration examination for practical nurses. Details related to these requirements can be found on the CNO website.

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

There are many options available to students who already have some postsecondary education.

Whether you are looking to study at Canadore from another school,  continue your education at Canadore, or looking to pursue further education elsewhere, we can help find the right path for you!

Whether you want to Transfer TO Canadore, Transfer WITHIN Canadore, or prepare to Transfer FROM Canadore, we've got you covered!

Learn more about Credit Transfer and Pathway opportunities here.