Practical Nursing

Diploma Program

Total Program Hours:
2005 Hours
Full-Time Program Length:
75 Weeks
Includes holidays and professional days.
Delivery Methods:
  • In-Class Instruction
  • Combined Delivery (Both In-Class and Distance)
Program content is subject to change.
Sprott Shaw College is one of the largest providers of Practical Nursing training in BC

Licensed Practical Nurses in BC provide nursing services to patients and their families across the lifespan in a variety of hospital, community, residential and home care environments working as an integral part of the health team in collaboration with Physicians, RNs and RPNs. LPNs practice nursing using their knowledge, skills, judgment, critical thinking and problem solving to provide safe, competent and ethical care. Comprehensive patient assessments serve as the basis for developing individual nursing care plans. As a Practical Nurse and valued member of the primary healthcare team you are qualified to:

•  Provide nursing care in a variety of settings, for example acute care, long term care and home care

•  Assess and monitor patients in various healthcare settings

•  Assist clients with activities of daily living such as personal care

•  Administer medication to patients and monitor their effectiveness

•  Document assessments and report progress

•  Perform examinations in consultation with doctors, registered nurses and therapists

•  Educate patients and family regarding health-related issues

•  Advocate for clients

•  Assist in rehabilitation activities

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:

1. Apply the Entry Level Competencies for Licensed Practical Nurses to provide safe, competent, culturally safe and ethical care

2. Practice within current legislation, Scope of Practice Standards, Practice Standards, and Professional Standards for Licensed Practical Nurses

3. Value and engage in continuous learning to maintain and enhance competence

4. Practice in collaboration with other members of the health care team to meet the collective needs of their clients

5. Participate in interprofessional problem solving and decision making processes

6. Advocate for and facilitate change reflecting evidence-informed practice

7. Make practice decisions that are client specific and consider client acuity, complexity, variability, and available resources

8. Use critical thinking, clinical judgement and knowledge of assessment to plan, implement, and evaluate the agreed upon plan of care

9. Develop a collaborative relationship with clients by connecting, sharing, and exploring with them in a caring environment.

10.  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.

11. Provide leadership, direction, assignment and supervision of unregulated care providers as appropriate.

12. 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 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? 

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. 

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.

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Admission Requirements:

Applicants must meet all of the pre-requisites listed below, meet their financial obligations to the college at registration, and acknowledge their understanding of SSC’s policies and procedures provided in the Student Handbook, prior to starting classes.

  • Complete admissions interview.
  • Complete interview with Coordinator/Director.
  • Meet the requirements as set by the BCCNM.

EDUCATION LEVEL (one of the following):

  • Mature student status (age 19 and one year out of high school)
  • Grade 12 or equivalent (GED, Adult Basic Education) with evidence of a ‘true certified copy’ or original transcript


  • All courses are taught in English, and therefore, a proficiency in the English language is required for enrolment in all Sprott Shaw College (SSC) programs.
  • In addition to, and separate from, the above conditions, there are a number of SSC programs that have a specific English grade and level requirement for entrance. For any language requirement not met (e.g. internationally-educated, English education not in an English-language setting), equivalents may be accepted and are listed on the specific program outline.
  • Unless otherwise stated, applicants with a high school diploma, earned in any province or jurisdiction in Canada where English is the language of instruction, will meet the language requirement. For programs that allow, mature applicants educated in Canada (minimum age of 19 years with one or more years out of high school), and who do not have evidence of the required high school transcript, may need to successfully write SSC’s English entrance assessment if no additional English requirement is listed on the program outline.

ENGLISH REQUIREMENT (one of the following):

  • English 12 (min. grade 65%)
  • English 12 First Peoples (min. grade 65%)
  • SSC English for Healthcare (min. grade 76%)


  • 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.
  • Applicants with English as a Second/Additional Language must meet the language requirements set by the BC College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM) and be successful in one of the following (subject to change, consistent with BCCNM requirements).
  • Three years of full-time, face-to-face secondary or post-secondary instruction 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 three-year calculation. Those not meeting this requirement must achieve scores identified in one of the two tests listed below:

IELTS Academic (minimum scores)

  • Speaking: 7.0
  • Listening: 7.0
  • Reading: 6.5
  • Writing: 6.5

OVERALL BAND SCORE: 7.0 (scores valid for two years)

CELBAN (minimum scores)

  • Speaking: 8.0
  • Listening: 9.0
  • Reading: 8.0
  • Writing: 7.0

MATH REQUIREMENT (one of the following):

  • Math 11 Foundations (min. grade 60%)
  • SSC Math for Healthcare (min. grade 64%)

BIOLOGY REQUIREMENT (one of the following):

  • BC Curriculum Anatomy and Physiology 12 (formerly known as Biology 12) (min. grade 60%).
  • BC Curriculum Biology 12 (min. grade 60%).
  • SSC Biology Basics (min. grade 60%).
  • Portfolio containing an English essay and resume.
  • Criminal record check from the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, including clearance to work with vulnerable populations.
  • Completed SSC Health Declaration form.
  • Evidence of full COVID-19 vaccinations.
Practice Education Requirement:
  •  Provide evidence of clear TB testing prior to acceptance (must be done no more than three months before the work experience start date).
  • Provide evidence of up-to-date Immunizations: Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Polio, Chicken Pox, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Hepatitis B, Pertussis.
  • Influenza vaccinations (and others), as required by clinical sites.
  •  Adhere to the requirements of the BC Practice Education Guidelines.
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:  Standard First Aid And CPR-C OR  Basic Life Support, FoodSafe and WHMIS will be completed during the program.

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  Requirements:
  • BLS – Standard First Aid and CPR-C OR Basic Life Support Certification
  • HLTH010 – FoodSafe
  • PVPC – Provincial Violence Prevention Curriculum
– Students can expect to complete 1 – 4 hours of homework per day.
– 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.
* Practical Nursing 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 75 week Diploma program requires the student to complete the following courses.

  • GE123 Career and Professional Development (Comp/Inc)
    • Interview Techniques
    • Create a Career Development Marketing Plan
    • Apply aspects of professionalism
    • Identify target markets and employment resources
    • Specialty program coverage in this shortened version
  • PN100 Program Preparation
  • PN1000 Orientation
  • PN1001 Professional Practice 1
  • PN1002 Professional Communication 1
  • PN1003 Variations in Health 1
  • PN1004 Health Promotion 1
  • PN1005 Pharmacology 1
  • PN1006 Integrated Nursing Practice 1
  • PN1007 Consolidated Practice Experience 1 (Clinical)

  • PN2001 Professional Practice 2
  • PN2002 Professional Communications 2
  • PN2003 Variations in Health 2
  • PN2004 Health Promotion 2
  • PN2005 Pharmacology 2
  • PN2006 Integrated Nursing Practice 2
  • PN2007 Consolidated Practice Experience 2 (Clinical)

  • 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

  • Interview techniques
  • Create a Career Development Marketing Plan
  • Apply aspects of professionalism
  • Identify target markets and employment resources
  • Specialty program coverage in this shortened version

  • Structure and function of the 10 body systems
  • Various health promotion strategies that work toward the optimal function of these systems
  • First Aid / CPR

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