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Practical Nursing Access Program - Diploma (2018/19)

Total Cost (tuition & fees)$11,441.25
Tuition: $10,655.55

Note: Year 1: $4,414.23 and Year 2: $6,241.32

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Additional Fees
Application Fee:30.00
Student Association Fee:172.50
Bus Pass Fee:133.20
Health and Dental Fee:450.00
Total Fees:$785.70

*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.


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.

Program Overview

The Practical Nursing Access Program is designed for Health Care Assistants (formerly Resident Care/Home Support Attendants) who would like to upgrade their skills to gain a Licensed Practical Nursing diploma. The underlying assumption of this program is that learners enter the program with an educational background and experience that will allow them to bridge into the Provincial Practical Nursing Program (PPNP).

In the 2 Access Semesters, students complete 38 weeks of online coursework followed by 7 weeks of Integrated Nursing Practice and Consolidated Practice Experience at facilities in the Cranbrook area. Upon successful completion of the Access Semesters, students are eligible to enter Semesters 3 and 4 in Year 2 of the Provincial Practical Nursing Program at College of the Rockies. This program allows students the option to continue working on a part-time basis for the 38 weeks while studying online before committing to the final 7 weeks of practice education and 10 months of full-time study in face-to-face classroom, lab and practicum settings.

Upon successful completion of the Access Semester and Year 2 Semester 3 and 4 of the Provincial Practical Nursing Program, students will receive a Practical Nursing diploma and will be eligible to write the Canadian Practical Nursing Registration Exams (CPNRE) and to apply for licensure as a Licensed Practical Nurse in Canada.

Admission Requirements

600 hours of work experience, within the last two years, in a care facility where care is provided to a group of gerontology clients. Work experience must be verified by an official employer letter. Individualized home care experience is not acceptable.

A recognized certificate in one of the following programs: Health Care Assistant (HCA) or Resident Care Attendant (RCA) or a combined Resident Care/Home Support Attendant (RC/HSA).


  • Grade 12 graduation, in BC Dogwood diploma or Adult Graduation Diploma or equivalent (ABE, GED)
  • English 12 or equivalent with a grade of 65% OR Technical and Professional Communications 12 with a grade of 80%
  • Math 11 Principles with a grade of 60% OR Math 11 Foundations with a grade of 60% (commencing 2012)
  • Biology 12 (Human Biology) with a grade of 60%

Note: Students must pass PPNP 101 Human Anatomy and Physiology for Practical Nurses or equivalent with a minimum grade of 65% to continue in the Practical Nursing Access Program.


  • CPR Level C (must be valid during the entire program).
  • Solicitor's General Criminal Record Check. Note: A criminal record may reduce an applicant's access into the program or to employment opportunities and licensing following graduation.
  • Negative TB skin test or chest x-ray.
  • Must be physically and psychologically able to complete program activities with appropriate accommodation for disability as evidenced by a signed COTR medical self-disclosure form.
  • Immunization as required by sites of practice education and recommended by BC Centre for Disease Control (2009): 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.

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 Access Program - Diploma

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