5 Semesters (2 Years)
Credential Awarded
Ontario College Diploma

Program and course delivery

This program is offered in Seneca's hybrid delivery format with some courses available in Seneca's flexible delivery format. Some coursework is online and some must be completed in person. Students will need to come on campus to complete in-person learning requirements. For courses offered in the flexible delivery format, professors use innovative learning spaces and technology to teach students in a classroom or lab and broadcast in real time to students attending remotely. In flexible courses, students have the choice of coming on campus or learning online.

About the Program

In this two-year diploma program, you will be working with experienced faculty to gain the knowledge, skills and judgment required for competent clinical nursing practice. You will study anatomy, physiology, English, as well as psychology which will prepare you to write the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination. In addition, you will participate in a variety of learning modalities, online interactive learning, collaborative group learning, simulation experiences and direct nursing care in a variety of healthcare settings.

The Practical Nursing program at Seneca is approved 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.

Seneca Nanji Foundation School of Nursing

Explore the hands-on labs and classrooms where Seneca Nanji Foundation School of Nursing students gain practical skills for in-demand careers.

Your Career

To practice in Ontario as a Registered Practical Nurse, you must successfully obtain and maintain your registration certificate through the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination.

As a result of regulations arising out of the Nursing Act 1991, applicants for registration in Ontario must not have:

  • Convicted of a criminal offence or an offence under the Narcotic Control Act (Canada) or the Food and Drugs Act (Canada)
  • Any physical or mental condition/illness that may affect ability to practice

Applicants who do not meet the requirements 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).


You will also qualify to become a member of the following affiliations and associations:

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

Student Works and Experiences

Honouring nurses during National Nursing Week

Doris Benavides, a single mother of two, worked full-time as a lab technician while pursuing her dream of becoming a nurse.

Seneca Polytechnic helped her get there in record time.

Elevating the Voices of Canadian Nurses

Seneca Grad, Birgit Uwaila Umaigba came in at #1 on Chatelaine Magazine’s 2022 Dorris Anderson Award recipients list. Read about how she leveraged interviews and social media activism to become one of the strongest advocates for Canadian Nurses during the pandemic.