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Practical Nursing Access


This program is not currently offered and we will not be accepting applications. You can visit our Practical Nursing website for more information about an alternative program. Otherwise please return to this page for updates on the status of this program.

If you are a Resident Care Attendant or Health Care Assistant and would like to upgrade your skills to gain a Licensed Practical Nurse Diploma then the College of the Rockies has an enhanced program for you!

This program is designed for Health Care Assistants (HCA)1 who would like to upgrade to a Licensed Practical Nursing diploma. The  program, approved by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses, recognizes the prior education and experience of Health Care Assistants and provides them with a bridge to a Practical Nursing diploma. 

Next prospective start date: January 2017

The Practical Nursing Access Program has a  prospective start of January 2017.  This innovative program allows students to complete an Access Semester before entering into the second year of the Provincial Practical Nursing Program.  

In the Access Semester,  students complete twenty- two weeks of online course work followed by nine weeks of Integrated Nursing Practice (nursing skills lab on site at COTR campus) and a Consolidated Practice Experience (clinical) at the facilities in  the area. 

Upon successful completion of the Access Semester, students are eligible  to enter Semesters 3 and 4 (Year 2) of the Provincial Practical Nursing Program at College of the Rockies.  

Upon successful completion of this program, students will receive a Practical Nursing diploma and will be eligible to write the Canadian Practical Nursing Registration Exams (CPNRE) and able to apply for licensure with the College of  Licensed Practical Nurse in British Columbia.

Loan Forgiveness for PN student graduates staying in BC and working in an under serviced community:  Graduates from eligible schools in nursing (including practical nursing)  will have all outstanding BC Student Loan debt forgiven at a rate of 33 1/3 percent per year of practice in an underserved community.  They must agree to fill a vacancy at a publicly funded facility in a full-time, part-time or casual-on-call capacity.

Students in Nursing programs are eligible for up to a $2,000 bursary if they apply for a BC student loan.  They will automatically be assessed when they apply. This is based on financial need.

For more information on loan forgiveness they can go to the StudentAid BC website at

1  Previously known as Resident Care /Home Support Attendants in BC