Practical Nurse

CampusStart DateTuition/Fees
MiramichiSeptember 2023 (Blended Delivery) Domestic
St. AndrewsSeptember 2023 (Blended Delivery) Domestic
St. AndrewsJanuary 2024 (Blended Delivery) Domestic
WoodstockSeptember 2023 (Blended Delivery) Domestic
WoodstockJanuary 2024 (Blended Delivery) Domestic
Fredericton September 2023 (Blended Delivery) Domestic
Saint JohnSeptember 2023 (Blended Delivery) Domestic
MonctonSeptember 2023 (Blended Delivery) Domestic
MiramichiJanuary 2024 (Blended Delivery) – Offered every other year Domestic

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 or Essential Skills Achievement Pathway: Post-Secondary Entry High School Diploma
    • One (1) science from the following
      • Biology 112 or 122
      • Chemistry 112 or 122
      • Physics 112 or 122

    NB Francophone High School Math Equivalencies
    International Student Admission 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 (pdf). 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.

    To protect the health and safety of students during their clinical/practicum placements, as well as anyone they may encounter, students will be obligated to complete mandatory clearance requirements as a part of the process of being assigned a placement. There will be a cost associated with completing these requirements, which has been calculated as part of the Material Cost of this program. Students who do not complete the requirements will be unable to attend their clinical/practicum placements, which could impact eligibility for the required courses or industry facility visits needed to complete their program. See Clinical/Practicum Placement Requirements for more details.

    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.

    Technology Requirements
    NBCC is a connected learning environment. All programs require a minimum specification, including access to the internet and a laptop. Your computer should meet your program technology requirements to ensure the software required for your program operates effectively. Free wifi is provided on all campuses.

    Areas of Study

    • Anatomy and Physiology
    • Pathophysiology
    • Geriatric Nursing
    • Pharmacology and Medication Administration
    • Ethical and Legal aspects of Nursing
    • Maternal, Newborn and Pediatric Nursing
    • Mental Health Nursing
    • Community Nursing
    • Clinical practicum and laboratory experience
    • Nursing skills and assessments for individuals across the lifespan
    • Critical thinking and clinical judgement
    • Therapeutic and professional communication and collaboration
    • Trauma informed and culturally competent nursing care
    • Community Engagement
    • Workplace and individual wellness and safety

    Program Courses

    Course curriculum for this program is still under development. Once the courses have been finalized, they will be posted here. Courses are subject to change.

    NOC Codes

    3233 - Licensed practical nurses


    Organization: The Association of New Brunswick Licensed Practical Nurses
    Accreditation Period: Every five (5) years, and a partial review on the third (3) year of this five (5) year cycle.

    One of the professional self-regulation functions of the Association of New Brunswick Licensed Practical Nurses is the accreditation of entry level education programs. LPN education programs must undergo a full accreditation review at least once every five (5) years, and a partial review on the third (3) year of this five (5) year cycle.
    As part of the accreditation process, a nursing education program completes a self-assessment form annually, addressing the standards of education for entry-level programs. Students must graduate from an accredited Licensed Practical Nurse program in New Brunswick in order to be eligible to write national examinations and to apply for licensure.
    Competencies for Licensed Practical Nurse Graduates are set by the Association of New Brunswick Licensed Practical Nurses. For further information contact: 1-506-453-0747 or 

    Articulation Agreements

    Institution: University of New Brunswick Saint John - Faculty of Business
    Articulation Period:
    Information: Bachelor of Applied Management Degree
    NBCC graduates of any 2 year diploma program with a GPA of 70% or greater receive 2 years full credit toward this degree and will be eligible to enter year 3 of the 4 year Bachelor of Applied Management (BAM) program.


    Institution: Griffith University
    Articulation Period:
    Information: Griffith University will grant up to one and a half (1.5) to two (2) years of advanced standing of related Griffith University undergraduate Bachelor degree on completion of an NBCC Diploma.
    Institution: Athabasca University
    Articulation Period:
    Information: NBCC Practical Nurse graduates may receive 45 credits towards the following Athabasca programs:

    Bachelor of Professional Arts in Human Services (BPA-HSRV)
    Bachelor of Professional Arts in Criminal Justice (BPA-CRJS)
    Bachelor of Professional Arts in Governance, Law and Management (BPA-GLM)
    Bachelor of Professional Arts in Communications (BPA-CMNS)
    Institution: Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland
    Articulation Period:
    Information: NBCC graduates can enter the 4th year of the Bachelor of Technology Degree at Memorial University.

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