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Practical Nursing Diploma


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Intake
  • Fall

Study Options
  • Work
    Experience
  • Location
    Port Alberni and Campbell River
  • Campuses
    Campbell River

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    Port Alberni

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    City of Port Alberni
  • Length
    24 Months
  • Tuition Levels (approx)
    $6195 year one
  • Book & Supply Cost Estimates
    $1530 Total
  • Credentials
    Diploma

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Application Deadline Advice

Students are accepted on a first applied, first qualified basis. Early application is encouraged.

Application Fee: $25

Academic (minimum grade needed in bracket)

1. Grade 12 graduation or equivalent.

2. English

One of:

  • English 12 (C+)
  • English 12 First Peoples (C+)
  • Communications 12 (B+)
  • ENG 060 (C+)
  • ENG 096 (C+)
  • ENG 098 (C+)
  • ESL 090 (C+)
  • equivalent course
  • assessment

3. Math

One of:

  • Principles of Math 11 (C)
  • Foundations of Math 11 (C)
  • Pre-Calculus 11 (C)
  • Applications of Math 12 (C)
  • Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 12 (C)
  • MAT 053 (C)
  • assessment

4. Biology (in the last 10 years)

One of:

  • Biology 12 (C)
  • BIO 060 (C)
  • assessment

5. Complete BIO 159 Human Anatomy and Physiology for Practical Nursing (C+) or equivalent prior to beginning the program

Non-Academic Admission Advice

1. If you are accepted into the program you must:

  • provide proof of a current CPR Health Care provider certificate (HRT-015) (or equivalent) on the first day of classes
  • provide proof of a current Workplace Hazardous Material Information System (WHMIS) certificate on the first day of classes
  • submit a completed immunization form
  • submit a Criminal Record Check permission form
  • complete the Practical Nursing Program intake process, which includes a mandatory group information session, a math evaluation, and individual appointments (as required)

2. If you do not score at least 90% in the Math evaluation it's strongly recommended that you receive Math upgrading to ensure success in the Math components of the nursing courses.

3. Basic computer literacy, including the ability to navigate the internet, create word documents, and submit assignments by email is necessary.

4. A valid driver's license and access to personal transport is recommended for the Home Support Practicum and other practice experience components. If you are unable to provide your own transportation it may be difficult to meet the requirements of these courses.

English Language Requirements

Summary
If English is not your first language, you can either submit TOEFL/IELTS results or complete college-prep English for entry into academic programs.

Verify with the institution directly

 

General Admission Requirements (All Students)

Age Requirement - You must normally be at least 18 years old to attend North Island College. If under 18 years old, you may be admitted:

  • if you have secondary school graduation and will turn 18 years old before the end of the first calendar year of your post-secondary studies; or
  • by special request and discussion with an NIC counsellor.

English Language Requirement - You must have proficiency in English at a level suitable for your desired program.

BC Secondary School (or equivalent)

You must meet the admission requirements of your intended program.

Special Note: The specific admission requirements for North Island programs are detailed separately in Education Planner.

Out-of-Province

You must meet the admission requirements of your intended program.

Special Note: The specific admission requirements for North Island programs are detailed separately in Education Planner.

BC Transfer Student

Transfer credit may be granted and used to meet program admission requirements or program requirements leading to a credential.

NIC will grant credit for formal learning gained at post-secondary institutions if the course objectives and material are equivalent to courses offered at NIC. Only credits, not grades, are transferred.

You must apply for transfer credit and provide official transcripts directly from, or in sealed envelopes, from the sending institution. The Application for Transfer Credit form may be found here.

Out-of-Province Transfer Student

Transfer credit may be granted and used to meet program admission requirements or program requirements leading to a credential.

NIC will grant credit for formal learning gained at post-secondary institutions if the course objectives and material are equivalent to courses offered at NIC. Only credits, not grades, are transferred.

You must apply for transfer credit and provide official transcripts directly from, or in sealed envelopes, from the sending institution. The Application for Transfer Credit form may be found here.

Mature Student

If you are over 18 years old and  also meet citizenship and immigration requirements you will qualify for general admission to NIC. In addition, you must also meet the admission requirements of your intended program.

Special Note: The specific admission requirements for North Island programs are detailed separately in Education Planner.

 

International Student

For details on International Student admission check here.

Other Student (including Special Consideration)

You must normally be at least 18 years old to attend North Island College. If under 18 years old, you may be admitted:
  • if you have secondary school graduation and will turn 18 years old before the end of the first calendar year of your post-secondary studies; or
  • by special request and discussion with an NIC counsellor.

How to Apply

For details on applying to NIC check here.

Inter-Institutional Block Arrangements

Graduates of the Practical Nurse Certificate are eligible to access the second year of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree. Contact an academic advisor or program personnel for full details.

Final Notes: Minimum grade point average and other requirements may apply. All transfer requirements should be confirmed with advising personnel at the intended institution.

Students may also wish to refer to the BC Council on Admissions & Transfer's BC Transfer Guide. This website offers details about transfer arrangements between post-secondary institutions in BC. This information includes course-to-course transfer opportunities.

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