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Overview

The Practical Nursing Diploma (PND) program provides instruction in nursing theory, skills, clinical preparation and hands on clinical placements. In addition, students study anatomy and physiology, English, computer applications and take general education courses such as psychology and Canadian studies. Experience in the nursing skills laboratory and in several hospital and community settings is integral to the program of study. The PND program - part-time is identical to the full-time program in terms of admission criteria, promotion standards, curriculum and graduation requirements except for the program completion time of the Etymology course and sequencing of some course offerings.

Program Length: It takes approximately 3 years and 8 months to complete the program.
(Refer to guidelines for program completion.)

Please note: The new Practical Nursing Diploma Program at Seneca is Approved with Conditions by the College of Nurses of Ontario (www.cno.org). Graduates of this program are eligible to apply for registration as a Registered Practical Nurse in Ontario.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Practical Nursing Diploma (PND) program may be employed in a hospital, a long-term care facility or in the community.

Provincial (Ontario) Registration:

In order to practice in Ontario as a Registered Practical Nurse, Practical Nursing Diploma Program graduates must be successful in the Practical Nursing Registration Examination administered by the College of Nurses of Ontario, and must maintain their certificate of competence thereafter. As a result of regulations arising out of the Nursing Act 1991, applicants for registration in Ontario must not have:

  1. been convicted of a criminal offence or an offence under the Narcotic Control Act (Canada) or the Food and Drugs Act (Canada);
  2. any physical or mental condition/illness that may affect ability to practice.

Applicants who do not meet this requirement will be reviewed by the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) to determine if registration will be granted.

Successful Ontario registrants are eligible for registration throughout Canada (French required in Quebec).

Please review the CNO website for detailed information and requirements regarding provincial registration.

Affiliations and Associations

  • College of Nurses of Ontario
  • Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario

The Practical Nursing Diploma program at Seneca College is currently approved with conditions (Category 2) by the College of Nurses of Ontario. Current graduates from this program are eligible to apply for registration as a Registered Practical Nurse in Ontario.

Entry Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4 (C) or ENG4 (U)
    • Grade 12 Physics or Chemistry (C)
    • Grade 12 Mathematics (C) or (U) OR Grade 11 Mathematics (U) or (M)
    • Grade 11 Biology (C)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s)
  • Minimum Grade scores: 70% in each required course an overall average of 75% in four required courses

The following Seneca College courses will be accepted as equivalents:

Mandatory Assessments

English Proficiency

In addition to completing a Grade 12 English Credit, applicants must demonstrate an acceptable level of English language proficiency. You meet our language proficiency requirements if you have completed:

  • three full years of study in Canada in English (or in a country where English is the primary language) at the secondary school level; OR
  • the equivalent of two years of full time studies at the post-secondary level in English in a country where English is the primary language; OR
  • completion of ESL079 AND ESL934. To determine placement in these courses, you must complete the ELL100.
  • Applicants who have successfully completed a pre-health program at an Ontario college will be considered.

If you do not meet the above criteria, you must complete an acceptable English Language Proficiency test and earn an appropriate score. Acceptable ELP test scores are available here.

Applicant Selection

  • Admission to this program is competitive. Only the top ranked will be offered a seat in the program.

Mature Applicants:
A mature applicant must be nineteen years of age. As a Mature Applicant, you do not require an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (or its equivalent); however, you do require an academic credit or its equivalent in each of the above areas under admission requirements.

Foreign Credentials:
Secondary school credits obtained outside of Canada or the U.S. must be evaluated by a third party evaluator.  Please apply for a course by course evaluation through International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS)   http://www.icascanada.ca/

Requisite Skills and Abilities

Please refer to the College of Nurses of Ontario at cno.org to gain an understanding of required skills and abilities for this profession.


 

Please note: The new Practical Nursing Diploma Program at Seneca is Approved with Conditions by the College of Nurses of Ontario (www.cno.org). Graduates of this program are eligible to apply for registration as a Registered Practical Nurse in Ontario.

 

Application Form

To apply, please complete the following steps:

  1. Fill in the  Practical Nursing Admission Request Form.
  2. Submit all ORIGINAL sealed documentation as listed under  Entry Requirements
  3. Applications can be:

    Mailed to:
    Seneca College
    1750 Finch Ave. East, Toronto, ON M2J 2X5
    Attention: Faculty of Continuing Education, Nursing Admissions

    Dropped off:
    Faculty of Continuing Education Office, Newnham Campus
    Attention: Faculty of Continuing Education, Nursing Admissions

Confirm Your Offer of Admission
Offers of Admission to eligible applicants will be sent out by email on or before August 31 st. When you receive your offer, you must confirm acceptance by replying back to the email before the deadline as listed on your Offer of Admission.


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Curriculum

Practical Nursing Diploma Requirements

PNR100
Role Development for the Practical Nurse
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Prerequisite(s):

Acceptance into the Practical Nursing Program.

This course is an introduction to Practical Nursing as a profession. Students will examine professional behavior in themselves and others. The history of nursing and the role of the Practical Nurse will be explored.




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ETY101
Medical Etymology
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Prerequisite(s):

Acceptance into the Practical Nursing Program.

Students learn to recognize essential Greek and Latin roots in the most familiar and important medical terms; moreover, with a firm grounding in the classical sources, students analyze the components of unfamiliar terms and thus make informed inferences about the meaning. In addition, an introduction to study skills is presented.




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EAC150
College English
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Prerequisite(s):

Placement via English Assessment, or successful completion of ESL934, EAP 500, or EAC149.

College English is an introductory college writing and reading course fundamental to successful college studies. Through a variety of assignments and classroom activities, students strive to develop the rhetorical and analytical skills essential to their success as communicators in college and upon graduation. Fiction and nonfiction are central vehicles for teaching writing.




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MCT101
Office Applications I
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Prerequisite(s):

MCT100 or equivalent experience.

This course examines the use of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint in today's business environment.




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PSY100
Introduction to Psychology
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Corequisite(s):

EAC149

The discipline of Psychology is the study of human behaviour. It is concerned with the observation behaviour of an individual and its relationship to unseen mental and physical processes, as well as to external events. Introduction to Psychology will provide a framework within which the student can begin to explore the human personality.




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MDM101
Mathematics for Medication Administration
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Prerequisite(s):

Acceptance into the Practical Nursing Program

This course will provide the opportunity for students to develop the calculation skills necessary for the safe administration of medications and parenteral fluids.




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PNL110
Practical Nursing Lab
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Prerequisite(s):

PNH100, PNR100, PNA100 (Can also be taken concurrently)

This course gives the student the opportunity to apply theoretical concepts and practice skills that maintain and promote health and healing. Students will demonstrate a safe level of performance in the lab before implementing the skills in nursing practice settings.
Please note, lab kits are required for this course. Lab kits can be ordered online.




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PNC121
Practical Nursing - Clinical Preparation
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Prerequisite(s):

PNR100, ETY101, PNH100, PNA100 (Can also be taken concurrently)

Corequisite(s):

PNL110

This clinical preparation course gives the student the opportunity to prepare for clinical practice through applied theoretical concepts.
The student rehearses thinking like a nurse, communicating, organizing, evaluating and engaging in other activities that are essential to the care of the individuals and their families in the community and Health Care Agency.




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PNH101
Healing Practices for Practical Nurses I
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Prerequisite(s):

PNR100

Corequisite(s):

PNA100

The course provides the foundation for understanding the well client from infant to older adult. PNH101 begins with concepts of health and illness in the context of social determinants of health and outlines the major components of health for each stage of growth and development. Emphasis will be on anticipated transitions, health promotion and relevant nursing considerations. Recognition of diversity in regards to age, gender, race and culture is given.




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PNA100
Anatomy & Physiology for the Practical Nurse
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This course is the study of normal anatomy and physiology. Study includes organization of the body, the cell, tissue, organs and four of the major body systems. An introduction to microbiology is included.




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PNA200
Anatomy & Physiology for the Practical Nurse
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Prerequisite(s):

PNA100

This course continues to build on the study of anatomy and course physiology learned in PNA100 and also introduces additional body systems.




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PNH201
Healing Practices for Practical Nurses II
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Prerequisite(s):

PNH101, PNA100

This course explores foundational nursing practices and interventions that support health and enhance healing for clients and families. A specific focus is placed on the topics of maternal newborn health and care of the child with health challenges.




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PNL210
Practical Nursing Skills Lab
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Prerequisite(s):

All 100 level courses

Corequisite(s):

PNA200, PNH200

This course is a continuation of PNL110. Students continue to apply theoretical concepts and practice skills that maintain and promote health and healing. Students demonstrate a safe level of performance in the lab before implementing the skills in the practice setting. Students are expected to continue to apply skills learned in PNL110.
Please note, lab kits are required for this course. Lab kits can be ordered online.




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PNC220
Practical Nursing and Clinical
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Prerequisite(s):

All level 100 courses and coordinator's approval

Corequisite(s):

PNH200, PNL210, PNA200,PNE203.

Students apply theoretical concepts in a nursing practice setting. Working with health care professionals and clients they will make a positive contribution to the health and healing of individuals and families.
This course focuses on the application of theory from:
- All level 100 courses
- PNH200: Healing Practices
- PNE203: Health Assessment for the Practical Nurse
- PNL210: Practical Nursing Lab
- PNA200: Anatomy & Physiology for the Practical Nurse




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PNE203
Health Assessment for Practical Nurses
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Prerequisite(s):

All 100 level courses

Corequisite(s):

PNA200, PNH200

This course builds on the assessment skills already developed. Students consolidate assessment theory in the classroom and practice holistic nursing assessment in the skills lab. (Formerly PNE 303)




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1 General Education Option 1 General Education Option
Module III

PNP301
Pathophysiology for the Practical Nurse I
Availability
 

Prerequisite(s):

All 200 level courses.

Corequisite(s):

PNH301

This course will be an introduction to human disease and will focus on the fundamental principles of homeostatic mechanisms. The student will explore how alterations in homeostatic mechanisms will disrupt the integrity of human function. Overall, the mechanisms of disease will be studied in a systems format and will be considered for the effect that they produce on the structure and function of the body. Common diseases will be used to illustrate the biological concepts of pathology.




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PNR300
Role Development for the Practical Nurse
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Prerequisite(s):

All 200 level courses

The student studies concepts related to legal, moral and ethical behaviours in the health care professions.




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PNC320
Practical Nursing Clinical
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Prerequisite(s):

All level 200 courses and coordinator's approval

Corequisite(s):

PNR300, PNH301, PNP301, PNM300

Students continue to apply theoretical concepts in a nursing practice setting. Students are assigned to work in health care agencies on medical/surgical and/or specialty areas. They work with health care professionals while making a positive contribution to the health of individuals and families.




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PNH301
Healing Practices for the Practical Nurse III
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Prerequisite(s):

All level 100 and 200 courses

Corequisite(s):

PNP301, PNM300

This course continues from PNH200. The focus will be on practices that support health and enhance healing for clients and families experiencing various health challenges. (Formerly PNH 300)




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PNM300
Pharmacology for the Practical Nurse
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Prerequisite(s):

All 100 and 200 level courses

Corequisite(s):

PNH301, PNP301

Drug classifications, modes of administration and dosage calculations will be studied. The student will prepare for safe administration of medication in the practice setting. (Formerly PNM 200)




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1 General Education Option 1 General Education Option
PNH401
Healing Practices for the Practical Nurse IV
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Prerequisite(s):

All module 3 PN courses

Corequisite(s):

PNP401

This course continues from PNH301. The focus will be on practices that support health and enhance healing for clients and families experiencing various health challenges.




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PNP401
Pathophysiology for the Practical Nurse II
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Prerequisite(s):

All Module 3 courses

Corequisite(s):

PNH401

Students will build on PNP301 and continue the study of human disease. The mechanisms of disease will be studied by body systems. The processes will be related to a variety of common diseases.




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PNR400
Role Development for the Practical Nurse
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Prerequisite(s):

All 300 level courses

This course explores the transition from student to health care professional with an emphasis on leadership competencies, career planning, legislation, and the organization of health care. Topics studied will focus on the implications for, and application to the role of the Registered Practical Nurse.




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PNC420
Practical Nursing Clinical
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Prerequisite(s):

All level 300 courses and coordinator's approval

Corequisite(s):

PNH401, PNP401 and PNR400

Practical Nursing Clinical students will apply theoretical concepts in a nursing practice setting. Students will work in health care agencies on medical/surgical and/or specialty areas. Students will continue to work with the health care professionals and implement a variety of holistic healing practices.




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PNC520
Practical Nursing Consolidation
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Prerequisite(s):

All professional nursing and general education courses. Coordinator's approval required.

Having completed all professional and general education courses, students will concentrate on clinical practice to consolidate skills while providing client centered care. During this experience, students will work a RPN preceptor. Students will follow the preceptor's full time schedule including shifts and weekends.




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Note: Effective Sept 2014, ICA001 will no longer be offered and MCT101 will be the required substitution for graduation from the Practical Nursing.

Program courses may change as needed.

Clinical

PNC220, PNC320, PNC420 & PNC520: Students must register for a mandatory PNC001 Clinical Prep Orientation online course in order to take the clinical courses.

The following are required for PND program students prior to the first clinical experience (PNC220): (Requirements may vary as per individual institution policies and must be kept current for all clinical placements.)

  1. Completed Health Form - Students may be required to meet the same medical requirement as the staff at the facility and or agency including immunizations and TB testing.
  2. Police Reference Check. (Vulnerable Sector Screening) - clear check
  3. Current Standard First Aid and CPR Level C (Healthcare Provider)
  4. Mask Fit Test.
  5. Completion of all courses in Module 1.

It is the student's responsibility to pay for any of the above services if required.

Attendance at all clinical experiences is compulsory. Students who miss one or more clinical shifts and cannot meet the learning outcomes risk receiving an unsatisfactory grade.

Clinical placements are located throughout the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) which includes places such as Markham and Newmarket. These are arranged by Seneca College. Consideration is given to geographic proximity for student convenience; however, quotas cannot be exceeded and this may require students to travel a distance to the next location. Students are responsible for their own transportation, parking fees, etc to clinical placements. Changes in clinical or community assignments will be considered if the placement presents a conflict of interest; for example, relatives working in the area, previous admission to a hospital unit or other significant concerns.

Hours in clinical placements vary according to the usual routines in the agency. Shifts may be day or evening shifts. Some common start times are 0700 or 0730, ending at either 1900 or 1930. Shift length is 12 hours.

  1. Students who register into a clinical placement on a Saturday and/or Sunday may have to attend a mandatory institution orientation and/or computer orientation that may be scheduled any day during the week.
  2. Students need to have completed all of the required documents for the semester.

Guidelines for Program Completion

Seneca is accountable to professional and corporate stakeholders in nursing and is committed to providing excellence in education and skills development. The three year eight month pathway to completion of the Practical Nursing Diploma program-part-time is intended to meet the flexible needs of adult learners while ensuring that graduates enter the field with knowledge that is current and that they are well prepared to become Registered Practical Nurses. Students who fail to complete the part-time program within a 4 year time frame may be required to repeat vocation specific courses already obtained in order to graduate.

OSAP Funding Available

This program is eligible for OSAP funding.

Course load is used by OSAP to determine funding options for programs.

If you are taking 1 - 2 courses at the same time, you may be considered for part-time student grants and loans.

  • 1 course (20%)
  • 2 courses (40%)

If you are taking 3 or more courses at the same time, you may be considered for full-time student grants and loans.

  • 3 courses (60%)
  • 4 courses (80%)
  • 5 courses (100%)

To find out if you qualify and to learn how to apply, please visit the OSAP website.

For information on other awards and financial assistance, please see Financial Aid.

Delivery Format And Offering

The courses are offered on a part time basis and all courses may not be offered each semester. Professional courses must be taken in accordance with required prerequisites and co requisites. Students must be aware that the lab and clinical components of this program may be scheduled during the day and/or evening and may occur during the week and/or on weekends. The Practical Nursing Consolidation (PNC520) course is the final component of the program. In order to complete the PNC520 students must plan to be available full time days and/or evenings and/or nights, ie. 40 hours per week over approximately a 3 1/2; - 4 months.

If a student misses a professional course the student may be unable to proceed to the next module and therefore have to wait until the next offering. Students must not have a gap of greater than 12 months between clinical placements, otherwise it may be necessary to repeat the clinical prior to the last one completed.

Forms

Graduation/Convocation

When you meet all program requirements and become eligible for a certificate, diploma, or degree, you must inform the Registrar by completing a Graduation Application form and paying the graduation and alumni fee. Certificates, diplomas, and applied degrees are issued twice a year in the Fall (October) and Spring (June).

For further information including deadlines and fees, please visit the  Convocation website or contact the Convocation Office at 416-491-5050 ext. 77461.

Full-Time Students

Full-time students wanting to transfer into the part-time program must contact the Academic Program Manager to be accepted into the part-time PND program. In addition, other requirements may apply.

Program Contacts

Contact us via this form or using the phone number(s) below it.





Michelle Schiralli
Program Assistant

416-491-5050 ext.22505


Annie Kirkham
Admissions Advisor

416-491-5050 ext.24123


Grace Oppong
Part-time Clinical Coordinator

416-491-5050 ext.26732


Lisa Harfield
Academic Program Manager

416-491-5050 ext.22526