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Practical Nursing Prince of Wales Campus January


We are now accepting applications for the 2024/2025 academic year


Start Date: January


Location: Prince of Wales Campus


Length: 2 Years


Credential: Diploma, Practical Nurse


Program Availability: Winter 2024 Term


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Start your career in healthcare


As a practical nurse, you will provide routine care under the supervision of a registered nurse or a medical doctor to disabled, injured, or sick patients. Courses in anatomy and physiology, fundamentals of nursing, and pharmacology are supported through extensive clinical placements. At the end of the program, you will complete 160 hours of practicum in a clinical site with a licensed practical nurse as your preceptor, giving you real-world experience and important exposure to a potential employer.

Practical nurses must be licensed to work in Canada. Upon graduation, you’ll be ready to complete your Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam (CPNRE) to be eligible for initial licensure.

This program is located in the Charlottetown Centre of our Prince of Wales Campus. Take a virtual tour. 

 

Additional Intakes


This program is offered at multiple campus locations. Choose an option to learn more.
Program fees may vary depending on the start date or location.

Practical Nursing - Prince of Wales Campus (September intake)

Practical Nursing - Summerside Waterfront Campus (January intake)

 

DEGREE PATHWAYS


This program has degree pathways, giving you the opportunity to receive credit for your Holland College diploma when you continue your education. For a complete list of agreements, visit the Degree Pathways page.

Partner Institution Credential Details of Agreement
University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, P.E.I. Bachelor of Science in Nursing Graduates with 80% average receive one year of credit toward the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. The following prerequisite university courses prior to entry at UPEI: Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, Microbiology or equivalent, Psychology 101 and Psychology 102.
Cape Breton University, Nova Scotia Bachelor of Science, Nursing Graduates who meet entrance requirements with 1,800 work hours may apply for entry into Year 2 of the three-year Bachelor of Science, Nursing program.
University of New Brunswick - Saint John, Bachelor of Applied Management Graduates with a 70% average receive two years of credit toward a Bachelor of Applied Management degree.
  • Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above the general level
  • Grade 12 academic English, minimum of 70%
  • Grade 11 and 12 academic biology, minimum of 70%
  • Grade 12 academic math, minimum of 65%
  • Grade 12 chemistry, minimum of 70%
  • Current Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems (WHMIS) Certificate
  • Two applicant reference forms from employers
  • Completion of Holland College Medical Assessment Form
  • Standard First Aid and CPR Level C from a recognized First Aid/CPR providerThis training must be taken in person, NOT online.
  • Completion of Immunization Verification Form (required after acceptance) (This is a PDF and will open in a new window)
  • Résumé including work and volunteer experience with applicable dates, membership in groups, associations or athletics, awards and distinctions, and any other information about yourself relevant to the program.

NOTES:

  • If you are accepted to this program, you can book your immunizations and medical assessment through our Health Clinic. To book an appointment, please email npclinic@hollandcollege.com or call 902-566-9392. You will need your health card and your vaccination record. 
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have completed university level introductory courses in English, biology or psychology. Clinical experience may be restricted if the student does not have a valid driver’s license.
  • Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector Check:
    Before attending any practicum or clinical portions of the program, a student must submit a criminal record check and a vulnerable sector check. If the check indicates that a record exists, the student may not be able to complete portions of their program that are required for graduation. Any associated costs are the responsibility of the student.
  • Don’t have the courses you need to get into this program? Upgrade, earn high school credits, or get your GED in Adult Ed. It’s free!
  • If your first language is not English please review our English Language Requirements page.

2023/2024 Academic Year

Tuition, fees, and other costs are listed in Canadian dollars. International tuition includes the International Student Fee.

1st Year

Canadian

International

Tuition $5,975 $11,075
Fees $697 $1,447
Other Costs $2,000 $2,000
Total $8,672 $14,522

2nd Year

Canadian

International

Tuition $6,802 $10,666
Fees $997 $2,883
Other Costs $1,550 $1,550 
Total $9,349 $15,099
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Canadian Cost Breakdown

Tuition & Fees

1st Year

2nd Year

Tuition $5,975 $6,802
Student Union $172 $172
Health Insurance Fee $445 $445
Fitness Centre Fee $80 $80
Lab Fee - $200
Graduation Fee $100
    Total payable to Holland College $6,672 $7,799
     
1st installment due January 8 $4,157 $4,870
2nd installment due September 3 $2,515 $2,368
     

Other Costs
Please note: the cost of books, materials, and supplies are included here for your information only, this amount is not payable to the college. Do not include this amount in your tuition payment.

1st Year

2nd Year

Books $1,400 $600
Materials/Supplies $250 -
Equipment/Uniforms/Teaching Aids $350 $200
Exam/Memberships - $750
     Total $2,000 $1,550
     
Grand Total $8,672 $9,349

 

International Cost Breakdown

Tuition & Fees

1st Year

2nd Year

Tuition* $11,075 $10,666
Student Union $172 $172
Health Insurance Fee $1,195 $1,170
Fitness Centre Fee $80 $80
Lab Fee - $200
Graduation Fee $100
     Total payable to Holland College $12,522 $12,385
     
1st installment due January 8 $10,007 $10,020
2nd installment due September 3 $2,515 $2,368
     

Other Costs
Please note: the cost of books, materials, and supplies are included here for your information only, this amount is not payable to the college. Do not include this amount in your tuition payment.

1st Year

2nd Year

Books $1,400 $600
Materials/Supplies $250 -
Equipment/Uniforms/Teaching Aids $350 $200
Exam/Memberships - $750
     Total $ 2,000 $1,550
     
Grand Total $14,522 $15,099

*Includes the International Student Fee.

  • Long-term care
  • Nursing homes
  • Community care
  • Home care
  • Hospitals
  • Physicians’ offices

Course Code

Course Name & Description

Credit Values


Course Code:SAFE-1005

PEI Occupational Health and Safety

An overview of the Occupational Health and Safety Act of Prince Edward Island. Students examine the legislation, how PEI employees are protected while on the job and the responsibilities of employees and employers.

Credit Value:0


Course Code:ANAT-1000

Anatomy and Physiology

An introduction to the structure and function of the body in its normal, healthy state. It serves as the basis for understanding pathophysiology and altered body states caused by illness. Students examine individual body organ systems, their components and processes, and how they interrelate.

Credit Value:3


Course Code:COMM-1150

Communication in Health Care

Students explore a variety of verbal and non-verbal communication strategies that can be applied in the health care workplaces including empathy, confidentiality, and interview techniques to meet the needs of clients.

Credit Value:3


Course Code:NCPR-1006

Non-Violent Crisis Intervention

Students attain skills on how to prevent a potential crisis from occuring and how to intervene in a crisis situation. Students are introduced to and practice physical skills to use when managing disruptive behaviours.

Credit Value:0


Course Code:NCPR-1007

Palliative Care Workshop

The goal of the Palliative Care Workshop is to provide students with evidence-based theories on grief and loss and death and dying thereby enabling students' to recognize the needs of all patients with progressive illnesses, implement quality palliative care and improve the care and treatment for dying patients. Students will apply their knowledge of grief and loss to create effective nursing care plans for patients and include their family members in the process offering information on grief counselling as needed. Also, students will be aware of their own need for grief counselling and seek help for stress and burnout.

Credit Value:0


Course Code:NCPR-1008

Gentle Persuasive Approach

The Gentle Persuasive Approach (GPA) is an innovative dementia care curriculum based on a person-centered care approach. GPA also includes respectful self-protective and gentle redirection technique for use in situations of risk. Designed for interdisciplinary point of care staff across a variety of sectors, GPA is delivered in an evidence-based, interactive session.

Credit Value:0


Course Code:NCPR-1010

Musculo-Skeletal Injury Prevention for Healthcare Students

This course is an injury prevention program designed to promote healthy lifestyles and safe work practices for anyone associated with moving people and/or objects. Its purpose is to improve how individuals prepare for and accomplish their work and decreases the frequency and severity of lost time related to musculoskeletal injuries.

Credit Value:0


Course Code:NCPR-1016

Math Prep for Health Care

Prepare for mathematic calculations required for practical nurses by reviewing mathematical operations, fractions, ratios, and conversions.

Credit Value:0


Course Code:NURS-1000

Fundamentals of Nursing I

Students are introduced to caring for clients in a professional and holistic manner within the scope of a practical nurse. Students explore nursing strategies that promote client participation in all aspects of their plan of care.

Credit Value:4


Course Code:NURS-1010

Fundamental Nursing Skills Lab

Students acquire personal care skills aimed at maintaining and promoting client comfort, safety, and independence. Students develop competence and confidence in the application of client care skills by practicing the skills in a nursing lab simulating a client care unit.

Credit Value:1


Course Code:NURS-1020

Health Assessment

Students gain the knowledge and skills required for comprehensive health assessment. Students develop health history inteviewing skills and physical examination techniques. Emphasis is placed on identifying normal assessment findings.

Credit Value:3


Course Code:NURS-1025

Community Nursing

Students are introduced to the role of the community health nurse who works with families, communities, and populations. The framework of population health, primary health care and the determinants of health will be discussed.

Credit Value:2


Course Code:NURS-1030

Disease Processes and Therapeutics I

An introduction to chronic illnesses and the nursing care required. Students identify how chronic conditions affect an individual's ability to meet own needs and perform activities of daily living.

Credit Value:4


Course Code:NURS-1100

Fundamentals of Nursing II

Students gain knowledge needed to provide safe and effective care to clients in a long-term care setting. Students develop competence and confidence in clinical skills in a nursing lab that simulates a client-care nursing unit.

Credit Value:3


Course Code:NURS-2000

Fundamentals of Nursing III

Students gain the knowledge needed to provide safe and effective care to clients in an acute care setting. Students develop competence and confidence in client care skills prior to entering the acute care setting.

Credit Value:3


Course Code:NURS-2005

Maternity and Pediatric Nursing

Students examine family-centered care in maternal and pediatric nursing. Students gain knowledge in maternal, newborn, and pediatric nursing, highlighting normal and abnormal conditions.

Credit Value:4


Course Code:NURS-2010

Introduction to Mental Health Nursing

Students explore the concept of mental health and mental illnesses that are common to clients in both acute care and community settings. Students are introduced to the practical nurse's role in the care of clients with mental health conditions.

Credit Value:2


Course Code:NURS-2020

Leadership in Nursing

Students explore leadership styles and develop essential leadership skills that will prepare them to lead effectively, advocate for clients, and contribute positively to health care teams. They will recognize the significance of research and ethics in informing evidence-based practice in complex and diverse health care settings.

Credit Value:3


Course Code:NURS-2030

Disease Processes and Therapeutics II

An overview of cancer and acute disorders of the lower respiratory, cardiovascular, female reproductive, musculoskeletal, neurological systems and the related nursing care. Students learn how these acute conditions affect the individual's ability to meet needs and perform activities of daily living.

Credit Value:4


Course Code:NURS-2035

Disease Processes and Therapeutics III

Students learn acute disorders of the upper respiratory, gastrointestinal, male reproductive, integumentary, immune, sensory, neurological systems, and the related nursing care. Students learn how these acute conditions affect the individual's ability to meet needs and perform activities of daily living. They perform related acute care nursing skills of venipuncture, initiation of peripheral IV therapy, initiation of blood transfusion and IV medications.

Credit Value:4


Course Code:NUTR-1100

Nutrition

An introduction to nutritional requirements of the human body. Students explore various therapeutic diets and feeding techniques.

Credit Value:2


Course Code:PHAR-1100

Introduction to Pharmacology

An introduction to basic pharmacological principles as well as major classifications of drugs, their uses, actions, adverse reactions, special considerations and relevant assessment activities. Client safety issues and relevant client education points are highlighted.

Credit Value:4


Course Code:PRAC-1010

Community Nursing Clinical

Students observe the role of the nurse and apply their knowledge and skills of community nursing in a variety of settings.

Credit Value:1


Course Code:PRAC-1015

Long Term Care Clinical I

Students are introduced to the role of the practical nurse in a long-term care setting during this first clinical experience. The scope of the practical nurse, personal care skills, the organization of care, the nursing process, and professional communication are emphasized in this course.

Credit Value:3


Course Code:PRAC-1020

Long Term Care Clinical II

Students will work with aging clients and/or those with chronic illnesses in long term clinical settings. Nursing care, organization, health assessment, professional communication, an understanding of inter-professional collaboration, and the principles of medication administration are emphasized in this course.

Credit Value:3


Course Code:PRAC-2060

Maternal Childcare Clinical

Students observe family-centered care and participate in the nursing care of mother-baby, infants, children and families in a variety of settings. These areas may include a maternity unit, a pediatric unit, and a community setting.

Credit Value:2


Course Code:PRAC-2062

Medication Administration Clinical

Students demonstrate the ability to administer medications at a beginning level by a variey of routes, with the exception of IV medications, to clients whose health care needs are considered stable.

Credit Value:2


Course Code:PRAC-2065

Acute Care Clinical I

Students apply knowledge and critical thinking skills when caring for clients in acute care settings. Students have the opportunity to implement appropriate nusing interventions with acute care clients.

Credit Value:3


Course Code:PRAC-2070

Acute Care Clinical II

Students apply knowledge and critical thinking skills when caring for clients in an acute care setting. Students have the opportunity to implement appropriate nursing interventions with acute care clients.

Credit Value:3


Course Code:PRAC-2075

Acute Care Clinical III

Students apply knowledge and critical thinking skills when caring for clients in an acute care setting. Students have the opportunity to implement appropriate nursing interventions with clients who have acute medical or surgical conditions.

Credit Value:3


Course Code:PRAC-2080

Acute Care Clinical IV

Students apply knowledge and critical thinking skills when caring for clients in an acute care setting. Students have the opportunity to implement appropriate nursing interventions with clients who have acute medical conditions.

Credit Value:3


Course Code:PRAC-2090

Practical Nursing Practicum

Students perform the duties of an entry-to-practice practical nurse in a safe, ethical, and effective manner. Students are encouraged to integrate lifelong learning into their development as a professional practical nurse.

Credit Value:4


Course Code:PSYC-1025

Normal Growth and Development

Students develop an understanding of normal growth and development across the lifespan. Students explore factors that influence growth and development and the theories that support normal growth and development.

Credit Value:2


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The Practical Nursing program has been one of the most challenging and rewarding learning experiences of my life. The learning managers have a wealth of nursing knowledge and experience, and truly want their students to succeed. With a nice balance of theory and clinical integration, this program has given me the fundamental skills and the confidence to begin my career in the nursing profession.

Racheal, Class of 2021

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