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Practical Nursing

Ontario College Diploma
College Code:
Health & Life Sciences and Community Services
Program Code:
Accelerated Delivery:
Academic Year:
2015 / 2016

About the Program

Practical Nursing is a career-focused program providing students with 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 conduct, 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:

Program Information

Length: Two-year Ontario College Diploma program
Delivery Sequence:
         Doon (Kitchener) - September/2015 (Open) - Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter
         Doon (Kitchener) - January/2016 (Open) - Winter | Fall | Winter | Fall
         Waterloo - September/2015 (Open) - Fall | Winter | Spring/Summer | Fall
Location: Doon (Kitchener) and Waterloo (Schlegel Village, North Campus, University of Waterloo)
Start: September and January
First-Year Capacity: 120 (Doon, September and January) 48 (Waterloo, September)


Admission Requirements

Note re: Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

Program Requirements

Tuition & Fees

Tuition: Please refer to the previous academic year program fee chart for an approximation as fees for the next academic year are unavailable at this time.
*Fees are higher for international students on a Student Visa. Please refer to the international program fee chart for an approximation as fees for the next academic year are unavailable at this time.
*Books and supplies are additional.

Financial Assistance

The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs-based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website.

For more information, please visit Financial Services/Awards.

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates are prepared to function as members of an interprofessional team in accordance with the Standards of Nursing Practice published by the College of Nurses of Ontario. Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to write the National Registration examination, the successful completion of which deems the graduate eligible for registration by the College of Nurses of Ontario as a Registered Practical Nurse. Graduates find employment in nursing homes, acute and chronic care hospitals, residential homes for the aged, and other community health-care settings.

92% of 2012-2013 graduates found employment within 6 months of graduation. Their average starting salary was $46,486.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website:

Pathways & Credit Transfer

Conestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions. View the transfer agreement opportunities for this program.

Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

For more information on the PLAR process, please visit the testing website.

Course Information
Course # Courses
Level One
COMM1085 College Reading & Writing Skills
HEAL1020 Wellness: The Better You
PNUR1035 Anatomy And Physiology
PNUR1250 Assessment of Healthy Living Needs and Wellness
PNUR1260 Professional Practice I
PNUR1270 Pharmacotherapeutics I
PNUR1295 Human Development: The Adult Years/Gerontological Nursing
PNUR1305 Clinical Learning I
PNUR1315 Nursing Practicum and Simulation I
Level Two
PNUR1320 Nursing Concepts for Challenged Health
PNUR1330 Physiology and Pathophysiology
PNUR1340 Pharmacotherapeutics 2
PNUR1350 Professional Practice II
PNUR1360 Clinical Learning 2
PNUR1375 Nursing Practicum & Simulation 2
PSYC1010 Psychology: Basic Processes Of Behaviour
Level Three
PNUR2200 Nursing Concepts for Altered Health
PNUR2210 Pharmacotherapeutics 3
PNUR2220 Interprofessional Ethics and Communication
PNUR2230 Family Centered Nursing
PNUR2240 Pathophysiology
PNUR2250 Clinical Learning 3
PNUR2265 Nursing Practicum and Simulation 3
SOC1030 Sociology I
Level Four
PNUR2300 Leadership for Practical Nursing
PNUR2315 Interprofessional Practicum

Program Outcomes

Program Advisory Committees

The College appoints Program Advisory Committee members for diploma, degree, certificate and apprenticeship programs. Committees are composed of employers, practitioners and recent program graduates. College representatives (students, faculty, and administrators) are resource persons. Each committee advises the Board on the development of new programs, the monitoring of existing programs and community acceptance of programs.

For a list of the current members, please visit our Program Advisory Committees.

Apply Now

Domestic students should apply online at or by phone at 1-888-892-2228.

60 Corporate Court
Guelph, Ontario
Canada N1G 5J3

Detailed steps on the application process may help you to apply.

International students should apply online using a Conestoga College International Application Form. Please note: not all programs are open to international students. Interested students should check the listing of open programs on our international students web page before applying.

For program information, call the Information Centre at 519-748-5220 ext 3656.

Disclaimer The College reserves the right to alter information including requirements and fees and to cancel at any time a program, course, or program major or option; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies in the job market or for budgetary reasons; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations, over-acceptance of offers of admission, budgetary constraints, or for other such reasons. In the event the College exercises such a right, the College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to the College.
Program Status
Start DateCampusStatus**
JAN, 2015 Doon Closed
SEP, 2015 Doon Open
SEP, 2015-AD * Waterloo Open
JAN, 2016 Doon Open
* AD = Accelerated Delivery
** Status applicable to domestic students

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