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Practical Nursing

Available: Winter, Fall

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).

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5 Semesters (2 Years)

Credential Awarded

Ontario College Diploma

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.


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

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This Seneca program has been validated by the Credential Validation Service as an Ontario College Credential as required by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

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) or (U)  (Grade 11U is accepted)
    • 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 to gain an understanding of required skills and abilities for this profession.

Program Costs

Choose academic year:

Tuition – Domestic


Tuition – International


Book & Supply Costs


Please note: All costs are approximate, may vary by campus and are subject to change at any time without notice. Parking, locker and some mandatory incidental fees are among the charges not included in the figures above.

Program Details

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.

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

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.

Also see: English and General Education requirements.


Need to know more about your application and/or the application process? Reach out to our admissions advisors for assistance.

Domestic - King
416.491.5050 ext. 55013
Domestic - Yorkgate
416.491.5050 ext. 22840

Student Recruitment

Have questions about Seneca’s campuses, financial aid, student supports and more? Connect with one of our student recruiters for more information or to book a campus tour.

Additional Contacts
Financial Aid & Awards

Program Coordinator

Nancy Caprara 416.491.5050 ext. 55546

Program Chair

Tony Mallette 416.491.5050 ext. 55143

Why Choose Seneca?

Passionate, expert faculty from a range of professions

Real-world learning experiences through paid and non-paid work opportunities

Curriculums developed in collaboration with industry advisory committees

A variety of credentials offered from certificates, diplomas, degrees, and graduate certificates

Opportunities to pathway to higher level credentials at Seneca and other universities in our transfer partnership network