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Practical Nursing

Ontario College Diploma
Program Code:
Health & Life Sciences and Community Services
Accelerated Delivery:
Academic Year:
2017 / 2018

About the Program

Practical Nursing is a career-focused program where the student will gain the knowledge, skills and experience required to become a member of the nursing profession and health-care team.

The foundational knowledge for practical nursing is based on scientific theory from nursing, the physical and psychosocial sciences and humanities. Person-centred, population-focused care is learned in context through real-life experiences and career-related placements. Seniors care is given special attention to meet the demands of an aging population.

Regulatory Obligations:

The Nursing Act

The Nursing Act requires that all graduate practical nurses wishing to work in Ontario must be registered with the College of Nurses of Ontario. The Nursing Act also states graduates must not have been convicted of:
  • a criminal offence; or
  • an offence under the Narcotic Control Act (Canada) or the Food and Drugs Act (Canada).

    In addition to the above, the Nursing Act also identifies a number of other abilities and requirements that must be met in order to practice nursing in the province of Ontario. Please see detailed information about these requirements at the following website:

    The College of Nurses of Ontario

    Graduate Practical Nurses wishing to register with the College of Nurses of Ontario must sign a declaration of their status regarding: citizenship; permanent residence; immigration; convictions of a criminal offence under the Narcotic Control Act/Food and Drug Act; involvement with respect to professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity in Ontario in another health profession; any mental or physical disorder, which makes it desirable in the public interest that the person not practice nursing. These conditions also apply throughout the program. We encourage applicants to consider these carefully as part of the preparation to pursue a nursing career:

Contact Information

Conestoga Career Centre
519-748-3535 or 877-748-3535
Program Status
Start DateCampusStatus
SEP,  2017-AD Doon Closed
SEP,  2017-AD Waterloo Closed
JAN,  2018-AD Doon Closed
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