Algonquin College

Practical Nursing


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 on campus, where you experience realistic patient care scenarios. These help 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 a variety of settings such as:

community clinics
private homes
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
This program is well-suited for students who:

Enjoy 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 flexible.
Can work any scheduled shifts in a 24-hour period.
Are proficient in math.

Program Duration:
2 Years
Work Integrated Learning:
PGWP Eligibility:
English Requirement:
Winter 2023:
Fall 2023:
Spring 2023:
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