Holland College | Practical Nursing - Summerside Waterfront Campus

Practical Nursing - Summerside Waterfront Campus

Start Date: January
Length: 2 Years
Location: Summerside Waterfront Campus
Credential: Diploma, Practical Nurse
  • 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 Form
  • Standard First Aid and CPR Level C from a recognized First Aid/CPR provider (this is a PDF and will open in a new window)
  • 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.

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.

NOTE: If your first language is not English please review our English Language Requirements page.

Fees for the academic year 2020/2021. Please note: Tuition and Fees are listed in Canadian dollars.

First-year international students pay an additional $4,000 CAD student fee, second-year international students pay an additional $3,250 CAD student fee (2020/2021 only).
International Health Fee is an additional $750 per year.
International Student Fees are due on the first day of class.

Tuition and Other Fees 1st Year 2nd Year
Tuition $ 5,592 $ 5,630
Student Union $ 168 $ 168
Health Insurance Fee $ 420 $ 420
Lab Fee $ – $ 200
Graduation Fee $ – $ 100
Total $ 6,180 $ 6,518
1stinstallment due upon first day of class $ 3,824 $ 3,644
2ndinstallment due Sept.1 $ 2,356 $ 2,874
Other Program Costs 1st Year 2nd Year
Books $1,400 $ 600
Materials/Supplies $ 250 $ –
Equipment/Uniforms/Teaching Aids $ 350 $ 200
Examinations/Memberships $ – $ 750
Total $ 2,000 $ 1,550
Graduates from this program may find employment with:
  • Long-term care
  • Nursing homes
  • Community care
  • Home care
  • Hospitals
  • Physicians’ offices

Degree Pathways

Many Holland College programs have degree pathways. For more information, see our Degree Pathways section.

Program Overview

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 also available at our Prince of Wales Campus in Charlottetown. 

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View a detailed list of courses for this program.


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