Sprott Shaw College is one of the largest providers of Practical Nursing training in BC
Online and On-Campus Delivery Options may be available!
The Practical Nursing program equips students with the knowledge, judgment, and skills to provide safe, competent, and ethical care.
Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) provide nursing services to patients and their families in a variety of hospital, community, residential, and home care environments in collaboration with doctors, physicians, registered nurses, and registered practical nurses.
Practical Nursing 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.
On completion of this program graduates will:
- 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-centered 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 own values, biases and assumptions and the influence of these on interactions with clients and other members of the health care team
Why Take Practical Nursing at Sprott Shaw?
- Licensing exam preparation and study guides for the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration (CPNRE) exam at no additional charge
- 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 for the nursing industry
- 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
- Prerequisite certificates including First-Aid Basic Life Support (BLS), FoodSafe, and Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (NVCI)
- 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, clinical and practicum fees, and much more
- 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
- Multiple start dates so you can start your education when you want to without the wait
- Preceptorship, clinical, and practicum opportunities with health authorities across BC including Provincial Health Services Authority, Vancouver Coastal Health, Fraser Health Authority, Island Health, Northern Health, and Interior Health Authority
- 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.
Where Are Sprott Shaw Graduates Working?
In addition to health authorities across the province, our Practical Nursing graduates are working at recognized hospitals like Vancouver General Hospital, Surrey Memorial Hospital, Chilliwack General Hospital, Kelowna General Hospital, Victoria General Hospital, and more.
Practical Nursing students have received acute, complex care, and long-term experiences at various recognized organizations including BC Cancer Agency, North Shore Hospice, Correctional Health Services, Good Samaritan Society, and Revera Living Incorporated where they have been placed in one of 175 homes and residencies across Canada.
- “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.