This program delivered over two academic years prepares the graduate to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) following graduation and successful completion of the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam. As a LPN, the graduate will provide nursing care in a variety of health care settings, such as hospitals, the community and other health care agencies
In order to be admitted to the program the student must meet the following academic requirements:
60% in ELA 30-1
60% in Biology 30
50% in Math 30-1 or 30-2 OR 60% in Math 30 Applied or 20-1 OR 70% in Math 20-2
Note: Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency in addition to the program admission requirements.
Note: Practical Nurse applicants will be offered Conditional Admission on a competitive basis, based on GPA ranking.
The GPA calculation for Conditional Admission will be calculated according to one of the following:
15 high school credits from those courses required for admission. If any of the specified courses are in progress at the transcript submission deadline, the 20-level in the subject will be used.
18 post-secondary credits including all credits from the most-recently completed term plus the best grades from the next most recent term.
Applicants with fewer than 18 post-secondary credits will have their GPA calculated using all post-secondary credits plus credits from the most recently completed High School semester using the best grade(s) from the courses required for admission.
Note: Post-secondary credits will be used in the Conditional Admission GPA calculation before High School credits, regardless of when the post-secondary credits were earned. Post-secondary credits do NOT include High School equivalents completed at a post-secondary institution (i.e. Academic upgrading high school equivalents completed at RDC).
Note: Transcript deadline for the initial GPA calculation is March 1.
Note: Indigenous applicants to the Practical Nurse program, go to Program Admission Features above for more information.
Note: Health Sciences workers are responsible to attain and maintain required health and safety certifications and maintain recommended immunization standards. As a student of a Health Sciences program you also are required to meet these standards of practice. These Health and Safety Requirements do not need to be submitted as part of your application. You are encouraged to become familiar with the requirements as soon as possible to ensure completion prior to program start and before the first day of classes. Once you have been accepted into your program please start submitting these Health and Safety Requirements. See full information at Health & Safety Requirements .
Immunization to be completed prior to program start date.
In addition to the above requirements the student must provide evidence of current CPR certification at the Health Care Provider Level. You must recertify each year.
Note: Applicants are required to have either a MAC or a PC laptop that meet the following specifications:Laptop requirements:
MacBook Air with 1.6 GHz dual-core Intel i5 processor, 128 Gb storage solid state, 4 Gb memory
Web camera (built in or as peripheral)
Laptop with 2.6 GHz dual-core Intel i5 processor, 128 Gb storage, 4 Gb memory and Windows 10 operating system
Web camera (built in or as peripheral)
Latest version of Adobe Flash
Google Chrome browser
Microsoft Word *
USB memory stick (Flash drive)
* Microsoft Word is used for several purposes. Students can either purchase and install the Microsoft Word application, or install the free software client to use a Red Deer College virtual desktop with the full Microsoft Office Suite of applications.
Note: While not an admission requirement for the program, applicants are advised that they will be required to provide a Police Information Check (also called a Criminal Record Check) including a Vulnerable Sector Check to most agencies where they will be placed for practicum experiences. The existence of police information or a Criminal Record may prohibit practicum placement, program completion, and professional licensure and therefore affect future employment prospects. It is the decision of each practicum agency to accept or reject a student for placement based on the results of the police information check.
Note: Students with Study Permits that are admitted to a program that has a practicum or clinical placement in childcare, primary/secondary school teaching or health service field occupations must complete their Medical Authorization as required by Citizenship and Immigration Canada one month prior to the start of classes.
Students who withdraw or fail a clinical course in the Practical Nurse program (PN 263, PN 268, PN 272 and PN 275) will be required to complete INTP 303 prior to the next attempt of the clinical course.
You must pass all required courses and achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.