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Practical Nursing Diploma

The practical nursing program is designed to provide learners with the knowledge, skills, judgments, and attitudes to perform the full range of competencies as identified by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of British Columbia. The program provides a learning experience that is integrated, professional, collaborative and culturally sensitive with an aim to prepare graduates to care for individuals and families at multiple life stages and in a variety of practice settings.
 
Throughout the program students will engage in learning activities that will further their development as practicing professionals and leaders. The program focuses on person-centered care, advocacy and critical thinking in preparation for a career in healthcare. Students will progress through a combination of courses and clinical placements to prepare them for subsequent work as a Practical Nurse. Upon successful completion of the program graduates will be eligible to write the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam, required for licensure in B.C. Graduates of the program may obtain employment in community, continuing care, residential care or acute care settings.

There will be four program intakes per year: Each January at the Kelowna and Penticton campus and each September at the Kelowna and Vernon/Salmon Arm campus. Vernon and Salmon Arm alternate hosting the program each September. The overall length of the program is 70 weeks including built in program breaks; the length of instruction including preceptorship is 62 weeks.

Admission Requirements

B.C. secondary school graduation, or equivalent (ABE, GED)

English Requirement:

Either:

  • A minimum grade of 70% in one of: English 12, English 12 First Peoples, TPC 12 (Technical and Professional Communications) or an equivalent Provincial Level Adult Basic Education English course.

Or

  • A grade between 50% and 69% inclusive in one of: English 12, English 12 First Peoples, TPC 12 (Technical and Professional Communications) or an equivalent Provincial Level Adult Basic Education English course, and a minimum score of Level 5 on the Language Proficiency Index (LPI) test.

Mathematics Requirement:

A minimum of 67% in any of:

    • Pre-Calculus Grade 11
    • Foundations of Mathematics Grade 11
    • Principles of Mathematics 11
    • Adult Basic Education MATH 011

Or a minimum grade of 70% in one of:

    • Adult Basic Education IALG 011
    • Both Math 084 and MATH 085

Biology Requirement:

Both:

  • A minimum grade of 67% in a Grade 12 Biology course which includes human anatomy and physiology or an equivalent Provincial level Adult Basic Education Biology course.
  • A minimum grade of 70% in Pre-Practical Nursing Anatomy and Physiology (PNUR 113) course. Please note that Biology 12 is a prerequisite for PNUR 113.

Selection Process

Fall Intakes

Applications will be accepted starting at 8:30 a.m. on the first business day in November and ending no later than 4:30 p.m. on the last business day in February. Applicants will be ranked based on the grade average of the courses satisfying the Grade 11 Math, Grade 12 English, and Grade 12 Biology admission requirements.

Applicants enrolled in Grade 12 or Grade 12 upgrading are required to submit final or interim grades by 4:30 p.m. on the last business day in February.

The ranking of applications will take place in March and successful applicants will be notified by early April. Once the ranking has been completed, the limited number of seats in the program will be filled by offers of admission and all others will be put on a waitlist in order of their ranking. Students offered admission will be given a deadline to accept the offer by payment of the Admissions deposit. Those who do not accept their offer by the deadline specified will be cancelled and the seat offered to the next ranked person on the list.

Winter Intakes

Applications will be accepted starting at 9 a.m. on the first business day in April and ending no later than 4:30 p.m. on the last business day in July. Applicants will be ranked based on the grade average of the courses satisfying the Grade 11 Math, Grade 12 English, and Grade 12 Biology admission requirements.

Applicants enrolled in Grade 12 or Grade 12 upgrading are required to submit final or interim grades by 4:30 p.m. on the last business day in July.

The ranking of applications will take place in August and successful applicants will be notified by early September. Once the ranking has been completed, the limited number of seats in the program will be filled by offers of admission and all others will be put on a waitlist in order of their ranking. Students offered admission will be given a deadline to accept the offer by payment of the Admissions deposit. Those who do not accept their offer by the deadline specified will be cancelled and the seat offered to the next ranked person on the list.

Medical Requirements

  • CPR level "C"
  • Either Red Cross Standard First Aid or St. John Ambulance Standard First Aid.
  • A criminal record check clearance from the B.C. Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General's Criminal Records Review Office. Okanagan College's admission offices will provide applicants with instructions and forms for applicants to submit to the Solicitor General's Office and a deadline for the College to receive the clearance letter. Applicants should only initiate their criminal record check when instructed by Admissions. Failure to provide a clearance letter by the deadline will result in a cancellation of the applicant's admission application.
  • Negative TB skin test or chest x-ray no more than 6 months before the date of application or adequate follow-up in the case of a positive test

Program Requirements: The following will be collected on the first day of classes by the instructor.

  • Current immunization as required by clinical partner sites and recommended by BC Centre for Disease Control (2009): diphtheria and tetanus, polio, hepatitis B, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), varicella, and influenza.

Program Residency Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 50% of the program hours at Okanagan College.

Graduation Requirements:

A pass in each Consolidated Practice Experience course and Preceptorship and a minimum of 70 in each other course.

Program Outline:

Semester 1
PNSG 111 Health Promotion I
PNSG 112 Professional Practice I
PNSG 113 Variations in Health I
PNSG 114 Pharmacology I
PNSG 115 Professional Communication I
PNSG 116 Integrated Nursing Practice I
PNSG 117 Consolidated Practice Experience (CPE) I
Semester 2
PNSG 211 Health Promotion II
PNSG 212 Professional Practice II
PNSG 213 Variations in Health II
PNSG 214 Pharmacology II
PNSG 215 Professional Communication II
PNSG 216 Integrated Nursing Practice II
PNSG 217 Consolidated Practice Experience (CPE) II
Semester 3
PNSG 311 Health Promotion III
PNSG 312 Professional Practice III
PNSG 313 Variations in Health III
PNSG 315 Professional Communication III
PNSG 316 Integrated Nursing Practice III
PNSG 317 Consolidated Practice Experience (CPE) III
Semester 4
PNSG 411 Health Promotion IV
PNSG 412 Professional Practice IV
PNSG 413 Variations in Health IV
PNSG 415 Professional Communication IV
PNSG 416 Intergrated Nursing Practice IV
PNSG 417 Consolidated Practice Experience (CPE) IV
PNSG 511 Transition to Preceptorship
PNSG 512 Preceptorship

Program Area:

Health and Social Development

Campus (Intake):

  • Vernon (Sep)
  • Penticton (Jan)
  • Salmon Arm (Sep)
  • Kelowna (Jan, Sep)

Credential:

Diploma

Delivery:

  • Full-Time

Cost:

2016-17: $11,293.44 (Kelowna, Penticton and Salmon Arm) $11,427.36 (Vernon)

  • Fees include mandatory fees: Activity fee, Health & Dental, Student Association fee, Education Technology fee, Development fee.
  • All amounts are approximate and are subject to change.

Notes:

September Intakes: Applications will be accepted starting at 8:30 a.m. on the first business day in November and ending no later than 4:30 p.m. on the last business day in February.

January Intakes: Applications will be accepted starting at 9 a.m. on the first business day in April and ending no later than 4:30 p.m. on the last business day in July. 

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