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Practical Nursing - Diploma (2018/19)

Total Cost (tuition & fees)$13,403.42
Tuition: $12,562.62

Note: Year 1: $6,321.30 and Year 2: $6,241.32

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Additional Fees
Application Fee:30.00
Student Association Fee:161.00
Bus Pass Fee:199.80
Health and Dental Fee:450.00
Total Fees:$840.80

*These prices are for domestic students and may not be 100% accurate. However, these estimates will give you an adequate idea of tuition and fees for our programs. These prices do not include textbook costs. All prices are subject to change.

Program Overview

This two-year diploma program is designed to help prepare graduates to give qualified professional care to individuals and families in a variety of settings. Graduates are eligible to apply to write CPNRE exams for licensure as Practical Nurses. In order to meet requirements for clinical practica, students may have to travel to regional areas in the East Kootenay.

With this curriculum, caring is viewed as a core concept. Practical Nurses foster client empowerment in care planning and decision making, and are cognizant of their unique biological, psychosocial, spiritual, cultural and environmental complexity. Practical Nurses care for clients across the lifespan, providing safe, knowledgeable and integrated care through critical thinking and clinical judgment.

The Practical Nurse curriculum supports a deliberate, client-focused approach, and fosters the development of a conscious relationship with the client and the learning environment. Learning occurs through formal and informal study, mentorship, coaching, role modeling and experience. Lifelong learning is facilitated by a learner-owned approach that promotes cultural safety, cultural humility, caring, independence, critical inquiry and creativity. The curriculum embraces concept-based, case-based, skill-based and integrated learning experiences, and builds on the learners’ prior learning and life experience. Collaborative learning through interdisciplinary understanding and effective team functioning are promoted as well.  

Admission Requirements


  • Grade 12 graduation or equivalent (ABE, GED)
  • English 12 or ENGL 090 with a grade of 65% or English First Peoples 12 with a minimum grade of 65%
  • Math 11 Principles with a grade of 60% or Math 11 Foundations with a grade of 60% (commencing 2012)
  • Biology 12 (Human Biology) or BIOL 090, with a minimum grade of 60%.
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology for Practical Nurses with a minimum grade of 65% must be achieved before taking Variations in Health 1, Health Promotion 1, Pharmacology 1, Integrated Nursing Practice 1 and Consolidated Nursing Practice 1


  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) as outlined in the Practice Education Guidelines
  • Criminal record check under the terms of the Criminal Records Review Act and the Ministry of Justice process for educational institutions. Note: A criminal record may reduce an applicant’s access into the program or to employment opportunities and licensing following graduation. Applicant disclosing a criminal record are guided to explore their options. Depending on the nature of the offence, options may include applying for a pardon. Any associated cost is the responsibility of the student.
  • Negative TB skin test or chest x-ray.
  • Completion of the immunization form is required before final acceptance into the program (diphtheria and tetanus, polio, hepatitis B, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), varicella, and influenza). Note: Students who fail to comply with immunization requirements may be prohibited from attending practice education experience by Health Authority and clinical partner site policy.
  • Satisfactory health as documented by self-disclosure form “Nursing Requisite Skills & Abilities” in the admission package.
  • English as an Additional Language: Please visit CLPNBC website for current English requirements.

Flexible Assessment (FA): Yes

Credit can be awarded for one or more courses in this program.

Transfer Information

Many of our programs and courses will allow you to transfer to other colleges and universities in Canada. You can also apply to get transfer credits from past courses that will go towards completing your program here at College of the Rockies.

Learn how to transfer your courses to College of the Rockies

Transfer Opportunities

If you would like to continue your studies our courses transfer to a wide number of Canadian colleges and universities. If you are transferring to a BC college or university visit the BC Transfer website to see if our courses transfer to that institution.

Course Outline for: Practical Nursing - Diploma

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