Practical Nursing

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Program description - September 2023

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 care is learned in context through real-life experiences and career-related work-integrated learning (WIL) experiences. Seniors care is given special attention to meet the needs of an aging population. Regulatory Obligations:The Nursing ActThe 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, the Nursing Act identifies a number of other abilities and requirements that must be met in order to practice nursing in the province of Ontario. The College of Nurses of OntarioGraduate 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. In preparation to pursuing a nursing career, we encourage all prospective nursing students to carefully consider the requisite skills and abilities for nursing practice in Ontario outlined by the College of Nurses of Ontario.The Practical Nursing diploma program at Conestoga is currently approved (Category 1) by the College of Nurses of Ontario. Current graduates from this program are eligible to apply for registration as a Registered Practical Nurse in Ontario.



  • This is a highly competitive program. Apply by February 1 (for September), July 15 (for January). Please read the Oversubscribed Programs information on our Admission Information web page. Students living outside of Ontario are not eligible for oversubscribed programs.
  • Admission requirements for this program may be met by completing a Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Certificates and Diplomas Program.
  • International students interested in studying in the Practical Nursing program are required to successfully complete the Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Certificates and Diplomas. Direct entry into the Practical Nursing program is not available. Admission to Practical Nursing after completion of the Pre-Health Pathway program is not guaranteed.

Program details

Code: 1077
Delivery: Full-time
Length: 2 years
Start: September 2023
Campus: Waterloo
Credential: Ontario College Diploma

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Tuition & fees

Tuition and fee details for the 2022-2023 year are listed below. Books and supplies are additional. Tuition and fee details for terms starting September 2023 and later will be available Spring 2023.

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Canadian fee details

Description Fall 2022 Winter 2023 Spring 2023
Full-time Program Tuition $1685.00 $1685.00 $1685.00
Administration Fee $25.00 $25.00 $25.00
CSI Health Plan Fee $300.00 - -
CSI Advocacy Fee $8.00 $8.00 $8.00
CSI Association Fee 3 $50.00 $50.00 $50.00
CSI Legal Protection $30.00 - -
eText Fee $991.00 $719.00 $26.00
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $25.00 $25.00 $25.00
ONE Card Fee $7.50 $7.50 $7.50
Student Services $86.00 $86.00 $86.00
Technology Enhancement Fee $125.00 $125.00 $125.00
Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) Documentation Fee $112.00 - $86.00
CSI - Student Frosh Kit Fee (optional) $70.00 - -
CSI Event Fee and Campus Life 3 (optional) $15.00 $15.00 $15.00
CSI Student Clubs and Societies (optional) $4.00 $4.00 $4.00
Sustainability Fee (optional) $5.00 $5.00 $5.00
Term Total $3538.50 $2754.50 $2147.50
Year Total     $8440.50

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Program device requirements

Program device & software requirements

This program requires you to have a device that meets certain specifications. For most students, this cost is in addition to the tuition & fees listed above.

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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 OSAP & aid.

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Delivery sequence - September 2023 - Waterloo

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