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Practical Nurse Diploma General

Bow Valley College

Bow Valley College

Bow Valley College is the Calgary area’s only community college, serving 17,000 students and committed to student success with programs focused on fast, career-focused education and work-integrated learning with expert faculty and dedicated student services.

The College offers one-year certificates and two-year diplomas for programs in technology, entertainment arts, business administration, community studies, and health & wellness. The College has one-year post-diploma certificate programs for college/university graduates in Data Management & Analytics, Cloud Computing, Digital Marketing, Health & Human Services Management, Kitchen & Bath Design, and Software Development. Bow Valley College also offers high school upgrading, English language learning, and continuing education.

Bow Valley College is a leader in flexible learning, with many courses and programs offered fully-online, in-class, or through blended delivery. In addition, Bow Valley College is a provincial leader in competency-based education (CBE), which gives students control over their workload and pace in a growing number of programs.

Funding is available through an extensive financial aid and awards program, including Alberta Student Aid and Learner Income Support. College advisors help learners with planning and funding applications.

Bow Valley College is committed to ongoing reconciliation with Indigenous communities and the inclusion of Indigenous ways of knowing and doing in our curriculum and processes. We are located in the traditional territories of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot Confederacy) and the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Siksika, the Piikani, the Kainai, the Tsuut’ina and the Iyarhe Nakoda. We are situated on land where the Bow River meets the Elbow River, and the traditional Blackfoot name of this place is “Mohkinstsis” which we now call the City of Calgary. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3.

Campuses: Calgary, Airdrie, Banff, Cochrane, Okotoks, Strathmore


Registrar's Office
345-6 Avenue SE
Calgary, Alberta, T2G 4V1, Canada

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

Academic Requirements

  • Minimum final mark of 60% in English 30-1 or 70% in English 30-2 or equivalent
  • Credit in Math 20-1 or a minimum final mark of 60% in Math 20-2 or equivalent
  • Minimum final mark of 60% in Biology 30


  • Successful completion (65%, or “C” grade) in each of the seven designated Pre-Health Pathway courses offered by the School of Foundational Learning and in each of the three designated courses offered by the School of Health and Wellness 

†Applicants may complete Anatomy and Physiology (ANAT1101) at Bow Valley College before the program starts either in-class through Continuing Education or online through eCampus pending availability. Applicants may be eligible for transfer credit in Semester One if they achieve a grade of C (65%) or higher and submit a Request for Transfer Credit Form to the Registrar's Office at least one month before the first day of classes. Please note that Post-LPN Bachelor of Nursing Programs might not accept ANAT1101 in place of 30-level science courses.

English Language Proficiency Requirements: In addition to academic requirements, applicants whose first language is NOT English must demonstrate ONE of the following:

  • IELTS with a minimum band score of listening 7.5, reading 6.5, writing 7.0, and speaking 7.0
  • TOEFL score of 92
  • BVC Academic English 2 with a grade of ‘B’
  • Canadian Language Benchmarks score of 8 in each strand
  • Successful completion of an Alberta Education English Language Arts course that is consistent with the specified academic admission requirements for the Career Program
  • Transcripts demonstrating successful completion of three years of full-time secondary education at a school where English was the language of instruction
  • Transcripts demonstrating successful completion of one year of full-time post-secondary education at a school where English was the language of instruction

Distance Delivery Options

Blended; Real-time Online

Student Aid

This program is eligible for full-time post-secondary assistance by Alberta Student Aid for the funding year 2022/08/01 to 2023/07/31*.

  • Tuition $5,328.00 Year One
  • Books/Supplies/Instruments $2,200.00 Year One
  • Mandatory Fees $682.00 Year One

* Tuition, books, supplies, instruments, and other/mandatory fees are provided to Alberta Student Aid 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 July 31, 2022. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.

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