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Practical Nurse

Northwestern Polytechnic

Northwestern Polytechnic
The Practical Nurse program prepares students to be registered as a Licensed Practical Nurse. Graduates of this program are eligible to write the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam (CPNRE). Various career opportunities for graduates exist within the Canadian healthcare system. The program is approved by the Education Standards Advisory Committee with the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA). All the courses in the Practical Nurse program are completed at Northwestern Polytechnic and healthcare agencies within or near Grande Prairie. Clinical placements may involve evening hours, night hours, and weekends. Students may be required to attend at least one clinical placement outside of Grande Prairie. Students are responsible for obtaining transportation to the clinical placements and for the costs of necessary travel and accommodations. Required clinical placements may be a distance of 150 kilometres or more from Grande Prairie. Special qualities are required for the nursing profession. A potential student must be a caring individual who considers the dignity, individuality and worth of the patient, client, and family. The Canadian Council for Practical Nurse Regulators (CCPNR) provides information on the requisite skills and abilities needed to become a Licensed Practical Nurse in Canada. All interested applicants should review this document Knowledge, skills, attitudes, behaviors, and judgements will be developed through a variety of structured and student-directed instructional delivery methods.

Office of the Registrar
10726 - 106 Avenue
Grande Prairie, Alberta, T8V 4C4, Canada

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

All applicants must meet the following requirements, or equivalents:

  • English, one of:
    • English 30-1, minimum grade 60%
    • English 30-2, minimum grade of 70%
  • Biology 30, minimum grade of 60%
  • Mathematics, one of:
    • Mathematics 30-1, minimum grade 50%
    • Mathematics 30-2, minimum grade 60%
    • Mathematics 20-1, minimum grade 60%
    • Mathematics 20-2, minimum grade of 70%
  • English proficiency, see English Language Proficiency for details

Best Qualified

Applicants must be aware of three important deadlines (in subsequent order):

  • February 1st – Applications Open
    •     September 1st – Application Deadline*
    •     September 15th – Document Deadline

    *Applications received after September 1stmay not be considered for admission.

Preference will be given to applicants who are best qualified as determined by an admission scoring system based on high school and post-secondary course grades. Should two or more applicants have the same score, the students will be ranked according to the earliest application date.  Conditional letters of admission will be mailed to successful applicants. Qualified applicants not selected for admission will be placed on a waitlist according to score.

As per Northwestern Polytechnic policy, outlined in the admissions section of the calendar, “the institution, at its discretion, may refuse admission to any applicant”. 

Practicum agencies require Police Information Checks (PICs) of students working in their organizations.  Information regarding PICs will be provided to students after they have been admitted.

Admission of Indigenous Students

Two seats in the first year of the Practical Nurse program will be reserved for qualified applicants of Indigenous ancestry. The top two applications, based on the outcome of the approved scoring system chart, will be selected for offer of admission and will be assigned these reserved seats.  If the designated applicants do not fill these reserved seats by November 1 of each year, the seats will be offered to the general applicant pool.

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 $5,621.00 Year One
  • Mandatory Fees $1,547.00 Year One
  • Books/Supplies/Instruments $1,000.00 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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