Contribute to a healthcare team and support excellence in patient care.
The Practical Nursing Ontario College Diploma program prepares you for work in the healthcare system. You learn the necessary skills and techniques for the workforce. This includes assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation tools required to provide nursing care to those of all ages. Throughout the program, learning opportunities include theory, lab techniques, applied experiences and independent study.
As a student, you have the opportunity to gain hands-on skills in a variety of healthcare facilities. An added benefit of this program is the Simulation Lab and other Nursing labs on campus, where you experience realistic simulation scenarios. These help you to build confidence in your skills and techniques before working with patients in clinical placements. Placements are in community settings such as retirement homes, long term care homes and hospitals.
To practice as a Registered Practical Nurse in Ontario, you are required to be licensed by the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO). This program gives you the necessary knowledge and skills to write the Regulatory Exam-Practical Nurse (REx-PN) in Ontario.
Registered Practical Nurses work in close collaboration with healthcare teams. You may find employment on a team in a variety of:
long-term care homes
medical, surgical and obstetrical units
You may also choose to pursue further studies after graduation.
For more information on the Nursing Profession, please review the Fact Sheet Requisite Skills and Abilities for Nursing Practice in Ontario, available on the CNO website at www.cno.org.
This program is well-suited for students who:
Enjoy the challenges of working with and accepting people of all ages and stages of development and of varying backgrounds.
Have good communication and interpersonal skills.
Enjoy working with others as a member of a team or in a leadership role.
Possess strong problem-solving and analytical skills.
Are dedicated patient advocates.
Can handle physically demanding situations.
Are mature and are flexible.
Can work any scheduled shift in a 24-hour period.
Are proficient in math.