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Practical Nursing Access

Diploma Program

Total Program Hours:
1650 Hours
Full-Time Program Length:
61 Weeks
Includes holidays and professional days.
Delivery Methods:
  • In-Class Instruction
  • Combined Delivery (Both In-Class and Distance)
Program content is subject to change.

This specialized bridging program allows practicing* and certified HCA’s credit towards their Practical Nursing program. This full-time diploma program was initiated in response to the need for recognizing past education, training and work experience of applicants to the Practical Nursing program.

If applicants have achieved certification in the following programs: Health Care Assistant (HCA) or Resident Care Attendant (RCA) or a combined Home Support/Resident Care Attendant (HS/RCA) may be admitted to the access semester of the Practical Nursing program.

This LPN bridging program includes a practicum placement. This experience within a workplace enables Instructional staff to observe the student in a practice situation while providing the student with the opportunity to gain direct exposure to the chosen career field.

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

Learning Objectives

The Sprott Shaw College (SSC) Practical Nursing program curriculum is based on the BC College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM) Standards of Practice Framework. These include the Scope of Practice Standards, Professional Standards, and the Practice Standards as set out by BCCNM. This LPN bridging program is designed to allow Health Care Assistants seamlessly transfer

On completion of this LPN bridging program graduates will be able to:

  • Apply the Entry to Practice Competencies for Licensed Practical Nurses to provide safe, competent and ethical nursing care to clients across the lifespan
  • Practice within current legislation, Scope of Practice Standards, Practice Standards, and Professional Standards for Licensed Practical Nurses
  • Value and engage in continuous learning to maintain and enhance competence
  • Practice in collaboration with other members of the health care team to meet the collective needs of their clients
  • Participate in interprofessional problem solving and decision-making processes
  • Advocate for and facilitate change reflecting an evidence-informed practice
  • Make practice decisions that are client-specific and consider client acuity, complexity, variability, and available resources
  • Use critical thinking, clinical judgment and knowledge of assessment to plan, implement, and evaluate the agreed-upon care of plan
  • Develop a collaborative relationship with clients by connecting, sharing, and exploring with them in a caring environment
  • Provide culturally safe, person-centred care across the lifespan that recognizes and respects the uniqueness of each individual and is sensitive to cultural safety and diversity
  • Provide leadership, direction, assignment, and supervision of unregulated care providers as  appropriate
  • Identify one’s own values, biases and assumptions and the influence of these on interactions with clients and other members of the health care team

Why Take The LPN Bridging Program at Sprott Shaw? 

  • Lifetime access to dedicated Employment Services Specialists (ESS) who can help you with resume and cover letter writing, interview skills, and the overall job search after graduation 
  • Lifetime tuition-free access to course refreshers if you ever need to retrain and update your skills 
  • Practicum opportunities with recognized organizations across BC 
  • Multiple start dates so you can start your education when you want to without the wait 
  • Career and professional development success courses to help create a career development marketing plan, learn the cardinal rules of professionalism, and identify the target markets and employment resources in the counselling field 
  • Preparation and orientation courses to teach you how to find credible research, write papers, create proper citation formats including APA, and study effectively for exams 
  • All-inclusive program costs where what you see is what you pay. Our costs include registration fees, assessment fees, tuition, textbooks, supplies, course materials, uniforms, certificates, graduation fees, practicum fees, and much more 
  • Grant and scholarship opportunities are available to help you save on tuition. Up to $4000 in scholarships and grants are open to recent high school graduates, Sprott Shaw alumni, military veterans, and more! Click here to browse our full list of grants and scholarships.

Success Stories

  • “The supportive environment at Sprott Shaw drove me through the nursing program and inspired me to strive for educational excellence.” – Kylie M.
  • “It was really easy and quick to get in and make an appointment with the advisor who was really helpful throughout the process, explaining step-by-step what I needed to do.” – Natasha C.
  • “Aside from a better quality of education, Sprott Shaw College treats everyone like a family. They’re here to help, comfort, and guide you through your successes.” – Kirby O.

Where Are Sprott Shaw Graduates Working? 

Our Health Care, Nursing and Dental graduates can be found working throughout the province. In addition to health authorities across BC, our Practical Nursing and Health Care Assistant graduates are working at recognized hospitals like Vancouver General Hospital, Surrey Memorial Hospital, Chilliwack General Hospital, Kelowna General Hospital, Victoria General Hospital, and more. 

Our Dental Assistant graduates can be found working at a variety of dental clinics throughout the province such as Family Care Dental Clinic, Heavenly Dental, NOVO Dental Centre, and more. Our Pharmacy Assistants can be found working in Walmart Pharmacies, Rexall Pharmacies, and numerous other independent pharmacies throughout BC. 

Click below to learn more about where our graduates are currently working. Please note that these lists do not cover every single business that has hired a Sprott Shaw graduate, but they do provide a good representation of the sort of industries that Sprott Shaw graduates are working in. 


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Admission Requirements:

The following must be submitted within 3 months of Practicum/Clinical start date:

  • Cleared Criminal Record Check (Public Safety & Solicitor General Schedule B).
  • Provide evidence of clear TB testing prior to acceptance (must be done no more than three months before program start date).
  • Provide evidence of up-to-date Immunizations: Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Polio, Chicken Pox, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Hepatitis B, Pertussis.
  • Influenza and others as required by clinical sites.
  • Health Declaration.
  • Grade 12 or equivalent (GED, ABE) or mature student status (age 19 and one year out of high school). All transcripts must be true certified copies or originals.
  • Applicants must successfully complete the admissions interview, a Coordinator/Director interview and meet the requirements as set by the BCCNM.
  • Provide evidence of full COVID-19 and Influenza vaccinations, and others as required by clinical sites.
  • Must adhere to the requirements of the BC Practice Education Guidelines.
  • For more information on English Language requirements and equivalencies please click here.

This full-time diploma program was initiated in response to the need for recognizing past education, training and work experience of applicants to the Practical Nursing program. If applicants have achieved certification in the following programs:

  • Health Care Assistant (HCA) or Resident Care Attendant (RCA) or a combined Home Support/Resident Care Attendant (HS/RCA) they may be admitted to the access semester of the Practical Nursing program.
  • 600 hours of work experience, within the last two years, in a care facility where care is provided to a group of clients.
  • Work experience must be verified by an official employer letter.
  • Individualized home care experience is not acceptable.

Proof of meeting English Language, Math, and Science requirements:

  • English 12 with a minimum grade of 65% OR English 12 First Peoples with a minimum grade of 65% OR SSC English for Healthcare with a minimum grade of 76% OR equivalent.
  • Math 11 Foundations with a minimum grade of 60% OR SSC
  • Math for Healthcare with a minimum grade of 64% OR equivalent
  • BC Curriculum Anatomy and Physiology 12 (formerly known as Biology 12) with a minimum grade of 60% or SSC Biology.
  • Basics with a minimum grade of 60% OR equivalent.
  • FoodSafe Level 1
  • Standard First Aid and CPR-C OR Basic Life Support certification must be valid for the duration of the program.

English as a Second/Additional Language:

Applicants with English as a Second/Additional Language must meet the language requirements set by the BC APNPPC, 2017, and be successful in one of the following: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – Academic Version, Canadian English Language Benchmarks Assessment for Nurses (CELBAN).

As English is the language of study in BC, students must meet English language proficiency at an appropriate level to be accepted into the provincial PN program. These requirements can be satisfied through 3 years of full-time, face-to-face secondary or post-secondary education at an accredited institution where English is the language of instruction and is also one of the country’s official languages. English as a Second Language/Additional Language courses are not included in this 3-year calculation.

Those not meeting this requirement must achieve scores identified in one of the two tests listed below:

IELTS (Academic) with a minimum score of:
• Speaking: 7.0
• Listening: 7.5
• Reading: 6.5
• Writing: 7.0
• Overall band score: 7.0
CELBAN with minimum scores of:
• Speaking: 8.0
• Listening: 10.0
• Reading: 8.0
• Writing: 7.0

Diploma Requirements:

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 BCCNM.

Note: Successful graduation of this program does not guarantee a license to practice. Such license is issued by the BC College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM) after successful completion of the mandatory national examination. For more information on this process please visit: http://www.bccnm.ca.

Other Specifications:

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.

Other Requirements:

  • PVPC Provincial Violence Prevention Curriculum (Comp/Inc).
  • 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 / Preceptorship are conducted over 7.5 to 12 hours per day to meet required hours as set out by BCCNM.
  • 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.

Students can expect to complete 1 – 4 hours of homework per day.

 


* Practical Nursing Access was reviewed and approved by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Post-Secondary Education and Future Skills.

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Courses List

This 61 week Diploma program requires the student to complete the following courses.

  • PN105: Human Anatomy & Physiology, Medical Terminology; Structure and function of the 10 body systems; Various health promotion strategies that work toward the optimal function of these systems
  • PNA100: Program Preparation
  • PNA1000: Orientation
  • PNA901: Professional Practice A
  • PNA902: Professional Communication A
  • PNA903: Variations in Health A
  • PNA904: Health Promotion A
  • PNA905: Pharmacology A
  • PNA906: Integrated Nursing Practice A
  • PNA907: Consolidated Practice Experience A

  • PN3001: Professional Practice 3
  • PN3002: Professional Communications 3
  • PN3003: Variations in Health 3
  • PN3004: Health Promotion 3
  • PN3006: Integrated Nursing Practice 3
  • PN3007: Consolidated Practice Experience 3 (Clinical)

  • PN4001: Professional Practice 4
  • PN4002: Professional Communications 4
  • PN4003: Variations in Health 4
  • PN4004: Health Promotion 4
  • PN4006: Integrated Nursing Practice 4
  • PN4007: Consolidated Practice Experience 4 (Clinical)

  • PN5000: Transition to Preceptorship
  • PN5001: Preceptorship
  • PN5002: Exam Preparation

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