Practical Nurse

Admission Requirements Tuition and Fees Program Structure


Our two-year Practical Nurse program prepares you for a career in high-quality nursing care in a variety of settings. Practical nurses work co-operatively with other health care professionals to promote and restore wellness with patients and the community.

The Practical Nurse program offers you in-class and practical experience in job-related settings. This helps prepare you for a career in modern health care through within:

  • Hospitals
  • Home care
  • Health care agencies
  • Public health
  • School systems

At graduation, you will be prepared to write the national Practical Nurse Examination.

Student experience

View our video of a previous student's experience while taking the Practical Nurse program.

Admission requirements

To be eligible for the program, you must have these academic requirements:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent;
  • Minimum of 65% in English 30-1 or 75% in English 30-2;
  • Minimum of 65% in Biology 30; and
  • Minimum of 50% in Math 20-1 or 60% in Math 20-2.

Mature student requirements

Mature students (21-years-old or older) must:

  • Have met academic English, Math and Biology requirements
  • Meet non-academic requirements

A high school diploma is recommended.

Applicants of Aboriginal ancestry

There are three seats available for qualified applicants of Aboriginal ancestry in the Practical Nurse program every year. Applicants must be accepted by April 15, or the positions may be filled with students of non-Aboriginal ancestry. View more information on the definition of Aboriginal ancestry.

English language proficiency

Instructors teach primarily in English. You can qualify for English Language Proficiency if you have completed three or more years of full-time education in English, including your Grade 12 year at a Canadian school or an approved school outside of Canada.

You can also meet proficiency requirements with accepted scores from these tests:

  • TOEFL: iBT - minimum score of 84, with no score below 21
  • IELTS - minimum overall score of 6.0, with no score below 6.0
  • CAEL - minimum overall score of 60, with no score below 60
  • MELAB - minimum overall score of 80, with no score below 80
  • CLBA - no score below 8

Spoken language proficiency

If you are a speaker with English as a second language (ESL), you must present Spoken Language Proficiency. You can meet this requirement by presenting:

  • Proof of six or more years of full-time education in English, including your Grade 12 year at a Canadian school or an approved school outside of Canada; or
  • A minimum score of 26 on the speaking band of the TOEFL:iBT; or
  • A minimum score of 7.5 on the IELTS speaking band.

Tuition and fees

View our Keyano College Credit Calendar for more information on the program's tuition and fees.

Program structure

Year 1: Term I
(September - December)
ANPH 100 Anatomy & Physiology I 3
ANPH 101 Anatomy & Physiology II 3
COMM 103 Communication for Nursing 3
ENGL  1st Year University English 3
PN 155 Nursing Foundation I: Introduction to Nursing 4
PN 158 Health Assessment 4
PSYCH 103 Introduction to Psychology 3
* PSYCH 104 & PSYCH 105 combined may be used in lieu of PSYCH 103
Year 1: Term II
(January - April)
HEED 102 Health Education: Individual Health & Wellness 3
PAPHY 105 Pathophysiology for Health-Care Professions 3
PHARM 130 Basic Pharmacotherapeutics 3
PN 156 Nursing Foundations II: Basic Nursing 7
PN 160 Nursing Practice I: Continuing Care Practice 5
SOCY 100 Introductory Sociology 3
Year 2: Term I
(September - December)
PN 200 Nursing Foundations III: Medical-Surgical Nursing 9
PN 201A Nursing Practice II: Acute Care Practice - Medicine 4
PN 202 Nursing Foundations IV: Maternity Nursing 3
PN 203 Nursing Foundations V: Pediatric Nursing 3
PN 205 Nursing Foundations VII: Mental Health Nursing 3

Year 2: Diploma
Term II
(January - April)

PN 201B Nursing Practice II: Acute Care Practice - Surgery 4
PN 204 Nursing Foundations VI - Community Nursing 3
PN 206 Nursing Foundations VIII: Transition to Graduate Nursing 3
PN 209 Nursing Practice III: Comprehensive Practice 7


Our modern and state-of-the-art nursing equipment helps you learn how to handle different situations through hands-on experience. These include updated hospital beds, intravenous pumps and vital signs monitors.