Practical Nurse

CampusStart DateTuition/Fees
MonctonSeptember 2018 offered every second year Cost Estimate
MiramichiSeptember 2018 Cost Estimate
Saint JohnSeptember 2019 offered every second year Cost Estimate
WoodstockSeptember 2018 Cost Estimate
St. AndrewsSeptember 2018 Cost Estimate
Fredericton September 2018 Cost Estimate
MiramichiJanuary 2020 offered every second year Cost Estimate
WoodstockJanuary 2019 Cost Estimate
St. AndrewsJanuary 2019 Cost Estimate
Saint JohnSeptember 2018 (combination of in-class and online) offered every second year Cost Estimate

Program Overview

Practical Nurses are focused on providing quality care and support. They work in collaboration with doctors and registered nurses as important members of the healthcare team in a number of specialized areas, including: medicine, surgery, geriatrics, obstetrics, pediatrics, mental health and community nursing. Our clinical training will equip you with firsthand experience caring for patients at all life stages and will inspire you to cultivate a rewarding nursing practice. With the increasing aging population and the continuous need for care, skilled Practical Nurses are in demand.


The requirements for this diploma program may be achieved within two academic years of full-time study.

Admission Requirements

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  • High School Diploma or Adult High School Diploma or GED Diploma of High School Equivalency
    • One (1) science from the following
      • Biology 112 or 122
      • Chemistry 112 or 122
      • Physics 112 or 122

    (NB Francophone High School Math Equivalencies)

    Career Possibilities

    As a graduate of this program, you may be employed within a variety of settings including hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centres, community and many non-traditional settings.

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    Specific Considerations

    The Canadian Council for Practical Nurse Regulators (CCPNR) developed a document Becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse in Canada Requisite Skills and Abilities for individuals to determine their ability to meet the LPN demands for a career. This is a useful document to provide a snapshot of the nature and types of activities involved in a typical entry level practice (Cognitive, Communication, Behavioural, Sensory Perceptual, Physical, Environmental).

    You will be asked to submit proof of immunization, by following the instructions on the standardized NBCC Immunization and Medical Form. In addition, various health facilities throughout the province may require the completion of their medical/immunization form and proof of valid CPR Level HCP with AED certification before clinical practicums can occur. Host agencies require students to provide a current criminal record check and vulnerable sector check from a recognized police service in order to be considered for an applied workplace experience. Individuals who have been convicted criminally and not pardoned may be prohibited from proceeding to a work placement. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that he or she is eligible to participate. Additionally Nursing Homes will require verification of a Social Development (SD) check which is done to determine whether the applicant has any contraventions under the Family Services Act. Please note, when a student goes for a Nursing Home placement, the agency has the responsibility to send in the request for a SD check.

    Additional expenses may be incurred as a result of attendance at professional workshops and the annual meeting of ANBLPN.

    The nature of this profession requires a sincere desire to work with and help other people, at times under challenging circumstances. The individual who chooses this profession should demonstrate optimal mental and physical health and fitness, stamina and motivation. You should also respect and recognize the dignity of each individual you meet and be willing to work shifts and occasional weekends.

    For further information regarding Licensed Practical Nurses, please refer to the Association of New Brunswick Licensed Practical Nurses.

    International applicants are not currently eligible for this program.

    Program Courses

    This year's courses are still under development. Showing 2017's courses for reference.

    This course will introduce the sciences of anatomy and physiology of the body systems. The progression of study of the body systems is from simple to complex (e.g. chemical level to cellular level, tissue level to system level)

    Most business / technical / workplace writing is persuasive writing; it is intended to persuade the reader to act in a certain way or believe/support a certain idea. Persuasive writing is supported by critical reading. A critical reader analyzes the wording, structure, tone, and format of a document to evaluate its meaning and credibility. This course will provide the critical reading and persuasive writing skills necessary to formulate well-supported written arguments.

    This course utilizes a practical approach in introducing the student to ethics and ethical issues in the workplace. Participants examine the subject by considering numerous examples of real-world case studies that illustrate dilemmas students are challenged to resolve.

    Health care is one of the most important issues to Canadians. This course introduces students to the complexity of the Canadian health care system and examines the various factors that impact this system. It also examines the role of inter-professional collaboration in achieving positive outcomes.

    This course delivers an overview of factors that impact on an individual’s level of well being. It will provide the student with the information required to make positive choices and to appropriately direct others toward achieving a healthy lifestyle.

    This course outlines the basic components of health care that are focused on the patient and the family, particularly as self-management becomes an increasingly important emphasis in the health care system. Communicating with the patient and the family in an effective manner during times of stress will be highlighted, as will the increasingly dominant role that the demographics of an aging population will play in health care. Understanding the various ethical issues that directly affect patient and family care will be an important component of this course.

    This course provides the learner with information and the opportunity to explore support measures for those with mental health issues.

    In this course, students learn to conduct a physical assessment of the adult body using appropriate equipment and safety measures. The performance of adult physical assessment skills learned in this course is based on the scope of practice for licensed Practical Nurse’s and the current competency profiles as outlined by the Association of New Brunswick Licensed Practical Nurses.


    • ANAT1024
    • NCSI1060E

    This course provides students with the knowledge and concepts of beginning level health care skills enabling them to safely meet the basic activities of daily living.

    This course will provide students with the ability to apply the principles of basic nursing care in the clinical setting. They will be able to assist their clients with meeting their basic health care needs such as hygiene, nutrition and elimination.


    • NCSI1060E
    • ANAT1024
    • PERS1065
    • NCSI1073D
    • SECU1221E

    This course is designed to teach safe, competent and comprehensive nursing care pertaining to medication therapy, preparation, and administration of medication according to scope of practice.


    • PHMC1018

    This course will provide the student with an understanding of the progress in pregnancy, labour, birth and the postpartum period as it affects the family unit.


    • ANAT1024

    This course is designed to provide the practical nurse student with the basic knowledge to address the health needs of a client in a community setting.


      Students will explore family centered care in both health care agencies and community settings. This course will provide the student with experience addressing the health needs of a client in a community setting.


      • NCSI1065

      This course covers the normal aging process, and variations in wellness responses of the aging adult. The student will be able to adapt nursing care appropriately to the older adult in a variety of health care environments.


      • ANAT1024
      • NCSI1060E

      This course will enable the student to integrate and apply at a beginning level the theoretical nursing concepts and skills learned in the classroom and lab to the clinical setting. This experience will facilitate an awareness of the individual as a caring member of the health care team.


      • ANAT1024
      • NCSI1072
      • NCSI1060E

      This course provides students with the ability to apply the principles of planning and organizing care, safety, skill performance, documenting and reporting, client education, assessment and evaluation, communicating with clients, staff, peers, faculty, clients and family, accountability, initiative, responsibility, and that of a professional attitude in the medical/surgical hospital setting.


      • NCSI1061F

      This course is designed to provide the student with an overview of normal growth and development from infancy through adolescence. The effects of compromised health on the young client and their family, and the role of the practical nurse in caring for that family, will also be discussed.


      • HCSS1040

      This course provides the student with an introduction to pediatric nursing care and an overview of normal growth and development from infancy through adolescence. The effects of compromised health on the young client and their family, and the role of the practical nurse in caring for that family, will also be examined.


      • NCSI1077E
      • NCSI1079

      This course provides the student with the ability to apply the principles of basic mental health nursing care in the clinical setting. The student interacts and develops therapeutic dialogue with clients.


      • NCSI1077E
      • PSYC1071

      This course provides the student with the ability to function with a health care team, independent of their classmates and to apply the principles of nursing care in the clinical setting. They assess and meet their clients’ needs within their scope of practice and the health care team.

      This course provides the student with the opportunity to support the family during the labour and delivery of the newborn. The student provides nursing care to the new mother during the postpartum period and nursing care for the newborn. Focus is on health promotion related to the care of the newborn, care of the new mother, and includes support and teaching with breastfeeding.


      • NCSI1064E
      • NCSI1077E

      This practicum enables the student to integrate and apply the theoretical concepts and skills learned, at an intermediate level.


      • NCSI1077E
      • NCSI1038

      This practicum is designed to enable the student to integrate and apply all the theoretical concepts and skills learned, at an advanced student level. During this practicum the student administers medications to a selected population under the supervision of an instructor.


      • NCSI1038
      • NCSI1063
      • NCSI1073D
      • NCSI1085F

      This course introduces students to the core concepts required to provide nursing care to general medical or surgical patients/clients.  Students are introduced to the fundamental skills including how to conduct a basic assessment of the client's appearance, to apply simply dressings, bandages and binders, to provide basic care specific to surgical patients, and to perform basic specimen collection.


      • NCSI1060E

      Building on the knowledge and skills introduced in Fundamental Medical Surgical Nursing Concepts, this course reinforces core skills and introduces students to specific practical nurse skills related to patient/client care in a medical or surgical unit. Skill areas such as how to assess and maintain surgical drainage tubes, oxygen therapy, peripheral infusion therapy,  feeding and nasogastric tubes will be covered.  Documenting of care and charting protocols will also be emphasized.


      • NCSI1118B

      This course introduces students to the study of diseases and disorders in the body. It explores a common systematic approach (step by step) for distinguishing between diseases and disorders and provides a fundamental framework which supports further studies in pathophysiology.


      • ANAT1024

      Building on the systematic approach introduced in the pathophysiology foundations course, this course examines the relationship between nursing care and common diseases and disorders.  Students further explore the common diseases and disorders in relation to nursing care plans, medical management, and lab and diagnostic examination.


      • PATH1034

      Participants are challenged to apply human relations and interpersonal communications theory to workplace-based and real life situations. They use a problem solving perspective in suggesting and carrying out appropriate communication strategies and techniques.

      This course provides an introduction to the meaning of community service.  Students learn how community service can enhance a student’s educational experience, personal growth, employability, and civic responsibility. Students participate in one day of volunteering to enhance their understanding of civic responsibility and to help the New Brunswick Community College realize its vision of transforming lives and communities. 

      This introductory class is designed to acquaint students with the actions / effects of drugs on the body. The pharmacological classifications of drugs and their use in the treatment of various disease states will also be studied. An emphasis is placed on learning brand and generic drug names used in common medical conditions. Common drug dosages and side effects are included.


      • ANAT1024

      The students will gain a better understanding of the causes, characteristics, diagnosis and treatment of the most common psychological disorders in youth and adult populations.


      • NCSI1073D

      This course introduces effective body mechanics and safe transferring and positioning skills which assist to reduce the risk of personal musculo-skeletal injury.

      A safe and healthy workplace is the responsibility of the employer and the employee. This course introduces students to the importance of working safely and addresses how employers and employees can control the hazards and risks associated with the workplace. Students will also learn about the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders including WorkSafeNB, the employer and the employee in ensuring workplaces are safe.

      Using the correct medical terminology is essential in the health care field. In this course students will learn the basic language used in medicine.

      NOC Codes

      3233 - Licensed practical nurses
      3413 - Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates

      Articulation Agreements

      Institution: Athabasca University
      Articulation Period:
      Information: Credit transfer available toward Bachelor of Professional Arts (Human Services) with Athabasca University

      External Certifications

      Practical Nurse graduates may have an opportunity to acquire the following external certifications upon meeting the external agencies certification requirements and paying any required fees to the external agency:

      Institution: Association of New Brunswick Licensed Practical Nurses (ANBLPN)
      External Certification: Practical Nurse - ANBLPN

      To be eligible to write the licensing exam, the students must be first registered as student members of the Association of New Brunswick Licensed Practical Nurses. In addition to the registration fee, the association requires the following documentation for each incoming practical nurse student: proof of legal name - birth or baptismal certificate, or marriage certificate or divorce decree; all academic transcripts including high school; and the results of a criminal record check. For this program, the certification standard is 75%.

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