Practical Nursing

Practical nursing (PN) is the second largest nursing group in Canada. PNs combine nursing knowledge, skill and judgment to treat health conditions, promote health, prevent illness, and assist clients to achieve optimal levels of health and wellness. Practical nurses use the nursing process to assess, plan, implement and evaluate the outcomes of holistic care provided to diverse clients and their families throughout their lifespan, as disease progresses, as well as through palliative stages.
As a regulated nursing profession, PNs practise within the provincially established scope of practice, competency standards, and code of ethics.
The objective of the Practical Nursing program is to train high caliber, knowledgeable, competent and accountable practical nurses that will be able to work in collaboration with members of a healthcare team in order to efficiently deliver client-centred, culturally safe care to individuals, families and groups of all ages. Care must be delivered to patients from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds in various practice settings in BC.
The curriculum provides learners with multiple learning opportunities to develop, integrate, and demonstrate knowledge, skills and judgment that are translated into superior reflective practice and meets all CLPNBC (College of Licensed Practical Nursing British Columbia) competencies and standards.

Job Opportunities

  • Acute Care Hospitals     
  • Long-Term Care Settings     
  • Group Homes     
  • Public Schools     
  • Alzheimer Units     
  • Home Care
"I had a great instructor. She had worked in the field for many years and had been nursing her entire life. She taught us practical things and answered any question that we had, even if she had to do a little research.” - Mallory Y., Vancouver Career College Graduate

Program Courses

Code Course description Hours
BC-NSG-PRD100 Academic Success Strategies 25
This course is designed to inform learners about the knowledge, skills, behaviours and expectations that are required to succeed in the Provincial Practical Nursing program. Emphasis is on study skills, time management. A math boot camp for two days introduces the learners to the use of the Eminata+ Group College Interactive Math Portal.
BC-NSG-CL201 Consolidated Practice Experience II 120
This four-week clinical experience provides students with the opportunity to integrate theory from Term I and II courses into practice. Students will practice with aging clients and/or those with chronic illness in residential care settings. Medication administration, nursing care, organization, comprehensive health assessment, wound care and introduction to leadership are emphasized in this course.
BC-NSG-CL301 Consolidated Practice Experience III 65
This two-week clinical experience will introduce learners to community practice and an opportunity to apply and adapt knowledge gained in Terms I, II, and III within a continuum of care for clients across the lifespan. Students may gain experience through simulation and in a variety of community and residential care agencies and settings. These hours may be offered as CPE III or integrated into the Integrated Nursing Practice III course as practice hours.
BC-NSG-CL401 Consolidated Practice Experience IV 200
This six-week clinical experience provides learners with the opportunity to integrate theory from all semesters into the role of the practical nurse in the acute care setting and other clinical areas as appropriate. Learners will focus on clients with exacerbations of chronic illness and/or acute illness across the lifespan and will consolidate knowledge and skills such as: post operative care, surgical wound management, IV therapy, focused assessment, and clinical decision-making in acute care settings.
BC-NSG-HP201 Health Promotion II 30
This course focuses on health promotion as it relates to the aging process. Health promotion activities are aimed at supporting clients in maintaining their health. The concepts of health promotion, physical and mental wellness, normal aging changes and continued independence are examined.
BC-NSG-HP301 Health Promotion III 36
This course is focused on health promotion as it relates to the continuum of care across the lifespan. Health promotion in the context of mental illness, physical and developmental disabilities and Maternal/Child health is highlighted. Normal growth and development from conception to middle adulthood is addressed.
BC-NSG-HP401 Health Promotion IV 24
This course focuses on health promotion for the client experiencing an acute exacerbation of chronic illness or an acute episode of illness. Relevant health promoting strategies during hospitalization may improve or help maintain their health status after discharge. Learners will focus on preparing clients for discharge, through teaching and learning of health promoting strategies.
BC-NSG-SKC201 Integrated Nursing Practice II 180
This practical course builds on the foundation of Term I and emphasizes the development of clinical decision making, nursing assessments, and interventions to promote the health of older adults. Classroom, laboratory, simulation, and other practice experiences will help learners to integrate theory from Term I and II courses to provide safe, competent, and ethical nursing care with older adults. This course introduces you to e-portfolio philosophy and software. Create and maintain an e-portfolio that emphasizes your personal, educational, and career goals.
BC-NSG-SKC301 Integrated Nursing Practice III 120
This practical course builds on the theory and practice from Terms I and II. Through classroom, laboratory, simulation, and other practice experiences, learners will continue to develop and practice comprehensive nursing assessment, planning and develop knowledge and interventions for clients experiencing multiple health challenges.
BC-NSG-SKC401 Integrated Nursing Practice IV 180
This practical course emphasizes the development of nursing skills aimed at promoting health and healing with individuals experiencing acute health challenges across the lifespan. Classroom, laboratory, simulation, and integrated practice experiences will help learners build on theory and practice from Terms I, II, and III to integrate new knowledge and skills relevant to the acute care setting.
BC-NSG-COM201 Pharmacology II 30
Knowledge gained from Pharmacology I and other courses in Term I is combined with this course to increase learners understanding of application of pharmaco-therapeutics on illness across the lifespan. Emphasis will be on drug classification, drug interaction, and drug resistance. Complementary, indigenous and herbal preparations will also be covered.
BC-NSG-CL601 Preceptorship 180
This final practice experience provides an opportunity for the learner to demonstrate integration and consolidation of knowledge, skills and abilities within the realities of the workplace, and become practice ready. This faculty monitored experience may occur through a variety of practice experience models, including the preceptorship model, under the immediate supervision of a single, fully qualified and experienced LPN or RN or RPN and/or within the context of a collaborative learning environment as a participating team member.
BC-NSG-COM301 Professional Communication III 20
This course focuses on specific professional communication skills used with clients and care providers across the lifespan requiring care in the community.
BC-NSG-COM401 Professional Communications IV 20
The focus of this course will be on the advancement of professional communication within the acute care setting across the lifespan. The practice of collaboration with healthcare team members and clients will be further developed.
BC-NSG-FD201 Professional Practice II 20
This course examines the legislation influencing PN practice with clients experiencing chronic illness and those in residential care settings. Specific professional issues such as responsibility, accountability, ethical practice, and leadership relevant to the PN role in residential care will be explored. Critical thinking and decision making specific to the care of the chronically ill and inter-professional practice will also be addressed and the principles and actions of medications, the rationale for medication use and expected results. This course emphasizes critical thinking and nursing principles to assess the need for, and response to medications.
BC-NSG-FD301 Professional Practice III 20
This course integrates the concepts from previous professional practice courses and introduces the learner to practice in the community. The role of the practical nurse as leader is emphasized in interactions with clients, families and other healthcare providers.
BC-NSG-FD401 Professional Practice IV 20
This course is intended to prepare the learner for the role of the practical nurse in managing clients with acute presentation of illness. Legislation influencing PN practice, specific professional practice issues and ethical practice pertinent to PN practice in acute care environments will be explored. Practice issues that occur across the lifespan will be considered. Collaborative practice with other healthcare team members and specifically the working partnership with RN’s in the acute care setting will be explored.
BC-NSG-CL501 Transition to Preceptorship 30
This course will prepare the learner for the final practice experience. A combination of faculty led simulation experiences and self directed learning will provide the learner with increased competence and confidence in their final practice experience.
BC-ILMNG-201 Variations in Health II 45
This course will increase the learners understanding of patho-physiology as it relates to the aging process and selected chronic illness. The main focus of this course is on the care of the older adult experiencing health challenges. Cultural diversity in healing practices will be explored as well as evidence informed research and practice.
BC-ILMNG-301 Variations in Health III 45
This course focuses on the continuum of care and the development of knowledge related to health challenges managed in the community setting. Patho-physiology and nursing management of clients requiring home healthcare, rehabilitation, and supportive services such as community living and disabilities will be explored. Cultural diversity in healing approaches will be explored as well as the incorporation of evidence informed research and practice.
BC-ILMNG-401 Variations in Health IV 50
This course will increase the learners understanding of patho-physiology as it relates to acute disease and illness for clients across the lifespan. The focus is on the care of the client experiencing acute illness including, nursing interventions and treatment options. Acute disease and illness often occurs in individuals with existing chronic illnesses – the implications of these complexities will be addressed. Cultural diversity in healing practices will be explored as well as evidenced informed research and practice.
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