Tuition and Fees
How to Apply
Current Course Offerings
Program Delivery Location: Merritt
Start Dates: September
Dr. Aruna Gore
Next Anticipated Delivery
Fall 2016 - (4.5 days/week)
Students should expect to be in class for a total of 27 hours a week
The Access to Practical Nursing Program was initiated in response to the need for recognizing past education, training and work experience of applicants to the Practical Nursing program. If applicants have achieved a certificate in the following B.C. post-secondary programs: Health Care Assistant (HCA), Resident Care Attendant (RCA) or a combined Home Support/Resident Care Attendant (HS/RCA), they may be admitted to the Access semester of the Practical Nursing program. Those entering with an education other than from a B.C. public post-secondary institution will need to demonstrate their eligibility prior to entrance.
This full-time program prepares graduates with the knowledge, skills, judgments, and attitudes to perform to the full range of competencies as identified by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of British Columbia (CLPNBC). The curriculum provides a learning experience that is integrated, professional, collaborative, and culturally sensitive with an aim to prepare graduates to care for individuals (and by extension, families of individuals) at multiple life stages and in a variety of practice settings. Consistent with the CLPNBC Entry to Practice Competencies for Licensed Practical Nurses, the focus for beginner’s practice is “care of clients with less complex and more predictable outcomes” (p. 5). Additionally, upon successful completion of the program, graduates will possess the competencies to successfully complete the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam (CPNRE).
As a graduate of the Access to Practical Nursing program, you should be prepared to nurse using Professional Standards of Practice, and have the Requisite Skills and Abilities required to achieve the Entry to Practice Competencies for practical nurses in British Columbia. These Standards and Competencies are established by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of British Columbia (https://clpnbc.org/).