1. Letters of Reference
Two letters – one personal and one professional (no relatives)
Successful completion of HCA, RCA or HSRCA certificate
3. Knowledge Assessment
Practicing HCAs, RCAs, HSRCAs with a certificate from the BC Post-Secondary System are exempt from this assessment
Practicing HCAs; RCAs or HS/RCAs not from the BC Post- Secondary System will be required to take this assessment (minimum grade of 70%).
If applicants are unsuccessful in the assessment the first time, they may rewrite once. If the second attempt is unsuccessful, they may take the Sprott Shaw HCA or PN program.
4. Proof of 600 hours of work experience
600 hours of work experience within the last two years
Completed in a care facility where care is provided to a group of Gerontological clients
This means care in a long-term care facility of a group of elderly residents
This includes multi-level long-term care facilities; assisted living and independent living facilities
This does not include mental health group homes for those under 65 years; children’s care facilities; or individualized home care experience of any age
Any questions to clarify work experience are submitted to Compliance Auditor
Work experience must be verified by an official employer letter
On the employer’s letterhead
An official pay stub confirmation accompanied by a job description which meets the above requirements will also be accepted
All documentation must be placed into student file
5. Grade 12 transcripts
Or equivalent (GED, ABE) or mature student status.
6. English Essay
Choose one of the following four topics:
What does nursing mean to you and why do you want to become a nurse?
What does caring and giving care mean to you?
What qualities do you possess that will enable you to become a nursing professional?
What role do you believe nurses have in health promotion and disease prevention?
(2 pages handwritten – done in the college – no exceptions)
7. Biology 12
BC Curriculum Anatomy and Physiology 12 (formerly known as Biology 12) with 60% OR SSC Biology Basics with of 60% OR Equivalent. Note: Biology Basics should not be a continuous intake course – modules have been created as building blocks
8. English 12
English 12 with a 65% OR English 12 First Peoples with 65% OR English for Healthcare with 76% OR Equivalent – see Language Proficiency Requirements form
9. Math 11
Math 11 Foundations with a grade of 60% OR SSC Math for
10. Food Safe Level 1
As per Student Handbook timelines
11. CRC (Criminal Record Check)
Within three months of the start date, the application is made through Public Safety and Solicitor General using a Schedule B. If it is not clear, it must be brought to the attention of the campus director who will consult with the Provincial Coordinator. Each student will be assessed on an individual basis.
12. TB Test
Within three months of the start date. A negative Mantoux test is required. If positive, CXR (chest x-ray) must be done and results can take 4 to 6 weeks. May come to the program if a physician gives a letter confirming that the student is asymptomatic for TB.
• DT is non-effective after 10 years
• MMR/Chickenpox is good for a lifetime. If no there are no records, must have a titre test
• Polio is given in the first year of life. Boosters are given now only to travellers
14. International Graduates With Nursing And Other Medical Background
All documents to be assessed and the applicant interviewed by the Director / Coordinator. Each student will be admitted to the program on an individual basis. Consult Compliance Auditor
Level C is required. Note: the CPR portion expires after a year. Students must have a CPR certificate that will remain current for their year of study. If their CPR expires before the year is over, they must take the four-hour re-certification course.
16. HCA Students
HCA students wanting to take the PNA program can complete their entrance requirements while attending HCA classes
• Biology Basics can be offered over eight weeks. If successful, biology tuition fees will be applied to their PN tuition
• English 12 can also be completed—See Language Proficiency Requirements form for our accepted English proficiency levels OR SSC Communication for Healthcare may be taken and tuition fees will be applied to their PN tuition.
• SSC PN Mathematics Proficiency Assessment with a minimum score of 40/50
• Math 11 can also be completed OR SSC Math for Healthcare may be taken and tuition fees will be applied to their PN tuition.
17. Flu Shot / Hep B Immunization
To be discussed by Advisor and Coordinator. For example: The flu shot is required at the time of practicum during flu season.
18. $1500 deposit
Students will be required to give a $1500 deposit.
• If he/she does not start the program and has not received books or courses from us, we retain the portion which is non-refundable ($250 Domestic or $350 International)
• If he/she does not start the program and has received books and/or courses (Biology, Math, Communications, CPRFA, FoodSafe, etc.), we retain the non-refundable portion plus the costs for the books and courses’ tuition amounts.
• If he/she does start the program, 100% of the tuition for Biology, Math, or Communications (if taken) is applied to the student’s account. Costs for the Biology, Math and Communications books (if taken) are the student’s costs and will be added to the student’s account.
Graduation from this program is based on: A passing grade in all theory courses; successful completion of all practice experiences, including demonstration of mastery of all the clinical competencies; each student must attain the entry-level competencies for an LPN in BC as set by the CLPNBC.
Clinical / Preceptorship
Clinical / Preceptorship may include any shifts other than day shift (i.e. evenings — 3 to 11 pm or nights — 11 pm to 7 am and possible weekends).
Students may be required to work 12-hour shifts during the clinical and/or preceptorship.
Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from clinical / preceptorship sites.
Clinical / Preceptorships are conducted over 7.5 to 12 hours per day to meet the required hours as set out by CLPNBC.
Clinical / Preceptorship sites are subject to availability.
Clinical / Preceptorship sites may require more current and/or additional CRC (for instance: RCMP) and TB testing (to be done at student’s expense), or other requirements to be completed prior to starting.
Basic word processing and computer skills are required; a caring attitude and a sincere interest in the well-being of people are essential; foundational courses in Mathematics, Biology, Psychology and Sociology are an asset; flexible and adaptable work/life schedule to accommodate for clinical experience shift work; healthcare-related work/volunteer experience strongly recommended; must be able to cope with the emotional aspects of working with the sick, injured and terminally ill. Has the following required skills and abilities described in Becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse in Canada Requisite Skills and Abilities (2013):
- Cognitive skills that demonstrate thinking capacity.
- Communication ability to express and receive written, verbal and non-verbal language, and the ability to interact with others in a respectful and professional manner.
- Ability to create positive relationships.
- Ability to conduct oneself in a professional manner.
- Ability to accurately perceive using sight, hearing, smell and touch to provide safe care and actively participate in nursing activities.
- Ability to physically participate in providing safe client care and educational activities.
- Ability to provide safe client care in commonly encountered and unavoidable environmental factors.
Biology, English and Math Upgrade Courses
We offer Biology, English and Math upgrade courses needed for the Practical Nursing program. The cost of this upgrade will be credited to your account once you have been accepted as a Practical Nursing student at Sprott Shaw College. Speak with a Career Advisor for more details.
Becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse in Canada: Requisite Skills and Abilities document
Entry to Practice Competencies for Licensed Practical Nurses (2013)
Scope of Practice: Standards, Limits and Conditions
* Practical Nursing Access Program was reviewed and approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.
Students can expect to complete one to three hours of homework per day.