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Practical Nursing

Practical Nursing

Program Code:PND
Campus:King, Yorkgate
Duration:5 Semesters (2 Years)
Offered:Fall
Winter
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Diploma

Program Description

As a student in Practical Nursing, you'll learn nursing theory in class, online and through hands-on clinical placements. In addition, you will study anatomy and physiology, English and take general education subjects such as psychology and Canadian studies.

Experience in the nursing practical laboratory and in several hospital and community settings will be integral to your studies.

Provincial Registration

In order to practice in Ontario as a Registered Practical Nurse, Practical Nursing Program graduates must be successful in the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination administered by the College of Nurses of Ontario and must maintain their registration certificate. 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).

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.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
    • Grade 11 Biology: (C)
    • Grade 12 Physics or Chemistry: (C)
    • Grade 12 Mathematics: (C) or (U) or Grade 11 Mathematics (U) or (M)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s) or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).
  • Minimum Grade scores: 70% in each required subject an overall average of 75% in four required subjects.

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.
  • We will consider applicants who have successfully completed a pre-health program at an Ontario college.

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.

Prior To Clinical Placement:

  • A valid certification in Basic Rescuer Level Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Health Care Provider
  • A valid certificate in Standard First Aid (SFA)
  • A current medical and immunization report
  • A current clear police record check
  • A record of respirator fit test.

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.

Fees

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Your Career

Prepare for your career in Practical Nursing with this five-semester diploma program. Our graduates find employment opportunities in hospitals, long-term care facilities and in the community.

Affiliations/Associations

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

Transfer Credit/Pathways

The Degree and Credit Transfer Office provides a number of services for students continuing their education at Seneca, and for graduating students considering degree transfer options.

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at various post-secondary institutions. Please refer to the Degree Transfer Guide for more information.

Transfer Credit may be granted for courses deemed equivalent to courses at Seneca that have been completed at recognized postsecondary institutions. Additional information is available online.

Important Academic Dates

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.

Courses

Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

2016/2017 Academic Year

Semester 1
EAC150 College English
MDM101 Mathematics for Medical Administration
PNA100 Anatomy and Physiology for the Practical Nurse
PNC121 Practical Nursing - Clinical Preparation
PNH101 Healing Practices for Practical Nurses I
PNL110 Practical Nursing Lab
PNR100 Role Development for the Practical Nurse
PSY100 Introduction to Psychology
 
Semester 2
PNA200 Anatomy and Physiology for the Practical Nurse
PNC220 Practical Nursing and Clinical
PNE203 Health Assessment for Practical Nurses
PNH201 Healing Practices for Practical Nurses II
PNL210 Practical Nursing Skills Lab
plus: General Education Course
 
Semester 3
PNC320 Practical Nursing Clinical
PNH301 Healing Practices for the Practical Nurse III
PNM300 Pharmacology for the Practical Nurse
PNP301 Pathophysiology for the Practical Nurse I
PNR300 Role Development for the Practical Nurse
plus: General Education Course
 
Semester 4
PNC420 Practical Nursing Clinical
PNH401 Healing Practices for the Practical Nurse IV
PNP401 Pathophysiology for the Practical Nurse II
PNR400 Role Development for the Practical Nurse
plus: General Education Course
 
Semester 5
PNC520 Practical Nursing Consolidation

2015/2016 Academic Year

Semester 1
EAC150 College English
MDM101 Mathematics for Medical Administration
PNA100 Anatomy and Physiology for the Practical Nurse
PNC121 Practical Nursing - Clinical Preparation
PNH101 Healing Practices for Practical Nurses I
PNL110 Practical Nursing Lab
PNR100 Role Development for the Practical Nurse
PSY100 Introduction to Psychology
 
Semester 2
PNA200 Anatomy and Physiology for the Practical Nurse
PNC220 Practical Nursing and Clinical
PNE203 Health Assessment for Practical Nurses
PNH201 Healing Practices for Practical Nurses II
PNL210 Practical Nursing Skills Lab
plus: General Education Course
 
Semester 3
PNC320 Practical Nursing Clinical
PNH301 Healing Practices for the Practical Nurse III
PNM300 Pharmacology for the Practical Nurse
PNP301 Pathophysiology for the Practical Nurse I
PNR300 Role Development for the Practical Nurse
plus: General Education Course
 
Semester 4
PNC420 Practical Nursing Clinical
PNH401 Healing Practices for the Practical Nurse IV
PNP401 Pathophysiology for the Practical Nurse II
PNR400 Role Development for the Practical Nurse
plus: General Education Course
 
Semester 5
PNC520 Practical Nursing Consolidation

2014/2015 Academic Year

Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
EAC150 College English 3
MDM101 Mathematics for Medication Administration 2
PNA100 Anatomy and Physiology for the Practical Nurse 4
PNC121 Practical Nursing - Clinical Preparation 4
PNH101 Healing Practices for Practical Nurses I 4
PNL110 Practical Nursing Lab 4
PNR100 Role Development for the Practical Nurse 3
PSY100 Introduction to Psychology 3
 
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
PNA200 Anatomy and Physiology for the Practical Nurse 3
PNC220 Practical Nursing and Clinical 10
PNE203 Health Assessment for Practical Nurses 4
PNH201 Healing Practices for Practical Nurses II 3
PNL210 Practical Nursing Skills Lab 4
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
 
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
PNC320 Practical Nursing Clinical 12
PNH301 Healing Practices for the Practical Nurse III 4
PNM300 Pharmacology for the Practical Nurse 4
PNP301 Pathophysiology for the Practical Nurse I 3
PNR300 Role Development for the Practical Nurse 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
 
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
PNC420 Practical Nursing Clinical 12
PNH401 Healing Practices for the Practical Nurse IV 4
PNP401 Pathophysiology for the Practical Nurse II 3
PNR400 Role Development for the Practical Nurse 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
 
Semester 5 Course Name Hrs/Wk
PNC520 Practical Nursing Consolidation 40

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor (King): Cathy Dawson
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 55026
Catherine.Dawson@senecacollege.ca
Domestic Admissions Advisor (Yorkgate): Angelie Ramirez
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22058
Angelie.Ramirez@senecacollege.ca
International Admissions Advisor: Lerna Francisco
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22758
Lerna.Francisco@senecacollege.ca
Registration & Records Advisor:
Seneca@York Campus: Vernette Fulgence
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 44752
Vernette.Fulgence@senecacollege.ca
King Campus: Cathy Dawson
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 55013
Catherine.Dawson@senecacollege.ca
Program Contacts:
Program Coordinator: Lori Carre
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 55437
Lori.Carre@senecacollege.ca
Clinical Coordinator: Sharon Cassar
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 55185
Sharon.Cassar@senecacollege.ca
Program Chair (Acting): Jennifer Graham
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 55143
Jennifer.Graham@senecacollege.ca
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