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Practical Nurse

Northern Lakes College

Northern Lakes College

Northern Lakes College is a community college serving over 1,500 students in northern rural communities. Administration campuses include Grouard and Slave Lake. With learning centres in over 17 communities, Northern Lakes College serves students in an area that covers a quarter of Alberta, but has less than four per cent of the population. Students may take academic upgrading, certificate and diploma programs, university transfer courses and workforce development courses. Many programs focus on health, the oil and gas industry and apprenticeship trades.

Northern Lakes strives to break down the barriers of location and educational experience by offering diverse programs. To reach students throughout the region, Northern Lakes uses distance learning methods, such as online technologies and videoconferencing. Partnerships with local First Nations and Métis settlements, businesses and industries allow Northern Lakes to offer new programs to meet community and industry needs.

The Grouard campus has a student residence, student family housing, cafeteria and gymnasium. The Slave Lake campus has a cafeteria, leisure and aquatic centre, gymnasium and a new student residence.

Community Learning Centres

Athabasca, Atikameg, Cadotte Lake, Chateh, Driftpile, Fort Vermilion, Gift Lake, Grouard, High Level, High Prairie, Peace River, Peavine, Peerless Lake, Slave Lake, Smoky River, Stony Point, Valleyview



Office of the Registrar
Grouard Campus
64 Mission Street
Grouard, Alberta, T0G 1C0, Canada

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  • Program Type Occupational
  • Credential Type Diploma
  • Length 2 Years
  • Part Time Only
  • Cooperative Education
  • Continuing Education
  • Distance Learning Available
Admission Requirements

Applicants must have credits in the following courses, or their equivalent: Biology 30 (60%) or credit in ANPY 1000 (60%) or ANPY 0190 (60%) or Biology 0190 (60%); English 30-1 or equivalent (60%) or English 30-2 or equivalent (70%) or English 0190 (60%) or an assessed English equivalency; credit in Math 20-1 or equivalent (50%) or Math 20-2 or equivalent (60%) or Math 0190 (60%). In order to be successful in the program, students must have good physical and emotional health and have fluency in English. Students for whom English is a second language must complete a skills appraisal assessment (See Skills Appraisal requirements below). Students must submit all official post-secondary transcripts upon application. Immunizations must be up-to-date prior to any clinical practicum experience. A current CPR certificate for Health Care Provider is required prior to starting clinical courses.

Non-Academic: Please note a Criminal Record Check completed within 3 months will be required before beginning the first practicum. The existence of a criminal record may affect practicum placement, program completion and employment prospects. Completion of a waiver form is necessary if there is evidence of a criminal record or incomplete immunizations.

Distance Delivery Options

The program is offered using a mix of distributed delivery strategies. These include: computer conferencing, self-directed study, instructor led face-to-face classes and labs and clinical practicums. The distributed delivery method allows students to pursue their educational goals in selected communities; however, students in the program are likely to have to relocate for short periods of time to another community in order to complete the clinical requirements of the program. Students are responsible for all expenses related to clinical practicums.

Application Deadline

For full-time students starting in September, the application deadline is May 1st. Late applications will be accepted if there are seats available in the program. Apply early.

Student Aid

This program is eligible for full-time post-secondary assistance by Student Aid Alberta for the funding year 2018/08/01 to 2019/07/31*.

  • Tuition $5,192.00 Year One
  • Books/Supplies/Instruments $2,856.00 Year One
  • Mandatory Fees $154.00 Year One

* Tuition, books, supplies, instruments, and other/mandatory fees are provided to Student Aid Alberta and may be used when processing full-time post-secondary funding applications. The educational costs provided are based on a 100% full-course load and may not reflect current or all educational costs charged by the school. Contact the school to obtain accurate educational cost information.

Transfer(s) Eligibility

Search Transfer Alberta for course and program transfer information including transfer agreements between post-secondary schools in Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon.

Transfer(s) available outside of Transfer Alberta: Not available

Updated May 18, 2018. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.

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