Program Information

Lambton College’s experienced faculty deliver an exemplary Practical Nursing program with care and enthusiasm. Professionalism, evidence-informed practice and interprofessional collaboration are foundational concepts throughout the program. Students within this program develop nursing skills, knowledge, and judgement through experiential learning opportunities working in both simulated and real-world health care settings. Lambton College’s facilities include a state-of-the art Nursing Simulation Lab in the NOVA Chemicals Health & Research Centre, which allows students to perform skills in a variety of nursing environments. Hospital and community placements help students to solidify their critical thinking, therapeutic nurse client relationships, and professional nursing practice.

Clinical experiences are provided in all terms of the program. Clinical locations include, but are not limited to, lab and simulation experiences, hospital, and community settings such as long-term care homes, family practice clinics and community nursing agencies.

To meet the requirements for clinical placements, students must complete a program specific Passport to Placement, which includes a criminal reference check with a vulnerable sector check. A criminal record impacts a student's eligibility for clinical placement opportunities, which are a requirement for program progression and graduation.

Individuals considering the Practical Nursing program are asked to carefully reflect on their purpose for entering this profession. Nursing and the Practical Nursing Program is for people who are mature enough to be accountable to their learning. Students must be able to examine their own values, beliefs and life experiences while providing care and supporting the needs and goals of vulnerable populations.

Program Approval

The Practical Nursing diploma program at Lambton College is currently Approved (Category 1) by the College of Nurses of Ontario. Current graduates from this program are eligible to apply for registration as a Registered Practical Nurse in Ontario.

Course Delivery for Students Starting in January

For students beginning the Practical Nursing program in January 2022, terms will be delivered as follows:

  • Term 1 - January - April
  • Term 2 - May - August
  • Term 3 - September - December
  • Term 4 - January - April
  • Term 5 - May - June

 

See Course List

Admission Requirements

O.S.S.D. or equivalent with a minimum grade of 65% in the following:

  • Grade 12 English C or U
  • Grade 12 Mathematics C or U
  • Grade 11 or 12 Biology C or U
  • Grade 11 or 12 Chemistry C or U

Practical Nursing has a highly competitive admission standard. Students are ranked and accepted based on their academic averages.

Due to the academic and clinical rigor required in the Practical Nursing program, applicants applying directly to this program from secondary school, are encouraged to consider applying to the Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Certificates and Diplomas program, PHSP. The Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Certificates and Diplomas program is an excellent preparatory program for those considering a career as a health care professional.

  • Highly Competitive Program

    This is a highly competitive program and students are encouraged to apply by February 1 - the equal consideration deadline.

  • Based on the 2021-2022 Admission Cycle, the following data should be considered by future applicants to this program:

    • Total number of seats = 70
    • Number of applicants who received an offer = 237
    • Admissions average for first-round offers = 82%
    • Average a direct applicant needs to receive an offer = 73%

The admissions process is competitive and meeting the minimum academic requirements does not guarantee admission.

Lambton College reserves the right to alter information including admission requirements and to cancel at any time a program or course; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies or changes in the job market; to change the pathways third-party certification bodies; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations or over-acceptance of offers of admission. In the event Lambton College exercises such a right, Lambton College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to Lambton College.

Course List

NSG-1303: Fundamental Nursing Skills

This nursing fundamentals course focuses on developing basic nursing skills needed to holistically care for clients. This course provides the theoretical foundation required for Clinical Nursing I with a focus on client and nurse safety and professionalism. The course introduces the student to implementing the nursing process.

NSGC-1124: Clinical Nursing I

The Clinical lab course will introduce and guide students through clinical practice skills in a Nursing Arts Laboratory. This course provides students with an opportunity to apply complex concepts and nursing theory at a beginning level to specific simulated nursing situations. This course incorporates and emphasizes professionalism, communication, psychomotor skills and group work as they relate to the clinical nursing practice in a variety of settings.

NSGC-1113: Clinical Life Skills

The clinical life skills course will develop the skills, knowledge, and values fundamental to professional nursing practice within an interprofessional collaborative team. Through a series of in class workshops students will implement the Life skills that will enable effective functioning within their school, work, and home environments. The course emphasizes personal strengths, resiliency, critical thinking, therapeutic communication, conflict resolution, and teamwork skills. Through practical experience and reflective practice students develop the skills to help themselves face the challenges of being a student and future nurse.

NSG-1183: Human Anatomy and Physiology I

This course is the first of two courses that provide a basic introduction to the structure and function of the human body. The micro and macro anatomy of each organ system is examined, and the interrelation of physiology is discussed. The principle of homeostasis is taught and utilized when discussing the correlation between the structure and function of the major organ systems. Students apply course content through online anatomy laboratory practice exercises and in class practice.

NSG-1362: Health, Wellness and Nursing Process

This nursing fundamentals course introduces students to theoretical concepts that form the basis of nursing practice. These include concepts associated with professionalism, caring, cultural care, health promotion, determinants of health and healthy lifestyles. The nursing process is introduced and integrated throughout the course and forms the basis for further development of critical thinking, care planning, and safety in practice.

COM-1013: Critical Thinking and Writing

In this writing course, students respond to current issues and news articles via various styles of paragraphs and essays. Students strive for clarity of message and diplomatic expression of opinion based on fact. Students practice thinking critically and organize and hone their writing to ensure clarity and correctness in their messages. Critical Thinking and Writing lays the foundation for a subsequent research-writing course.

GED-XXX3: General Education Elective

NSG-2104: Medical Surgical Nursing

Medical nursing is the first of two courses in which the concepts related to the nursing care of an adult with selected health conditions are explored. The health conditions are studied according to body systems utilizing the nursing process to explore the role of the nurse within the interprofessional health care team. This course introduces critical thinking and integration of legal, ethical, and cultural considerations within client focused plans of care.

NSGC-2103: Clinical Nursing II

In this clinical experience students apply concepts from theory courses and labs and integrate knowledge into clinical practice. Students observe and participate in the nursing care of individuals/families in a variety of acute care, community and simulation laboratory settings. This practical experience focuses on critical thinking and application of the nursing process within the interprofessional health care team. This course facilitates the students' integration of the role of the Practical Nurse into their professional deportment and practice.

NSGC-2003: Clinical Skills Simulation

This is a skills based lab course presented in a simulated learning environment. In a simulated client clinical situation the student will learn nursing skills and apply the nursing process, nursing theory, use of technology and informatics in the performance of these skills. The purpose of this course is to develop the student's knowledge, skill and judgment to competently perform hands on nursing skills in the clinical environment.

NSG-2262: Professional Nursing Practice

This course introduces the CNO standards of practice. Development of professional behaviour is emphasized and the CNO Quality Assurance process is introduced. The role of the Practical Nurse in utilizing evidence to inform their practice is explored. Students learn to differentiate and critique qualitative and quantitative research as it relates to health care. The roles technology and infomatics play in health care and nursing practice are examined. Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada are examined.

NSG-2183: Human Anatomy and Physiology II

Anatomy and Physiology II continues to examine the normal structure and function of the human adult. The student relates knowledge gained in Anatomy and Physiology I to the study of the endocrine, circulatory, digestive, respiratory, urinary and reproductive systems. The concepts of water, electrolyte and acid-base balance are re-examined building on the foundation established in Anatomy and Physiology I. Learner preparation and learning activities are designed to promote critical thinking.

NSG-2053: Physical Assessment for Practical Nursing

This course provides the fundamentals to adult physical assessment required for practical nursing students. Students develop proficiency in conducting a health history and physical assessment in a simulated environment in preparation for the clinical setting. The nursing process and assessment frameworks are utilized. Students will demonstrate effective communication skills while integrating respect for client diversity.

NSG-2023: Pharmacology for Practical Nursing

The pharmacology course for practical nursing students provides the theoretical knowledge on major drug classifications. The relationship between pharmacologic knowledge and nursing practice is presented. Emphasis is placed on the principles of safe and evidence informed medication practice, the nursing process, the standards of practice, and legal and ethical considerations for practical nurses administering medications.

NSG-3144: Advanced Medical Surgical Nursing

Advanced Medical Surgical Nursing is the second of two courses that develop the fundamental concepts relating to the nursing care of an adult with selected health conditions. The health conditions are studied according to body systems utilizing the nursing process to explore the role of the nurse within the interprofessional health care team. Emphasis on critical thinking and integrating legal, ethical, and cultural considerations within client focused plans of care is provided.

NSGC-3106: Clinical Nursing III

In this clinical experience students apply concepts from theory courses and labs and integrate knowledge into clinical practice. Students observe and participate in the nursing care of individuals/families in a variety of acute care, community and simulation laboratory settings. This practical experience focuses on critical thinking and application of the nursing process within the interprofessional health care team. This course facilitates the students' integration of the role of the Practical Nurse into their professional deportment and practice.

NSG-3262: Professional Accountability

Today's complex and evolving health care environment exposes the Practical Nurse to many health care situations that challenge their role. This course explores the ethical and legal responsibilities of the Practical Nurse within the current health care environment. The College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) standards of practice, current legislation, and ethical models are used to critically analyze a variety of scenarios. This course prepares the student to write the CNO jurisprudence exam.

NSG-3202: Mental Health Nursing

Mental health care impacts Practical Nurses in all practice settings. This course explores mental health nursing care with persons and their families who experience challenges with their mental health. The nursing process is used as a framework to guide nursing care decisions. The promotion of mental health through therapeutic treatment modalities and communication is emphasized.

COM-2033: Communications for Health

This course, designed for students in the health field, further develops students' communication proficiency. Students create workplace documents and research reports and share their findings through oral presentations. Advocacy and peer education will drive the research and documentation process. Current health issues and research will serve as the impetus for creation of informed research reports and presentations.

GED-XXX3: General Education Elective

NSG-4262: Leadership in Professional Practice

The landscape of nursing is evolving rapidly. The increasing scope and practice for the Practical Nurse is encompassing greater responsibilities, including working with Unregulated Health Care Providers and Regulated Health Care Professionals. This course focuses on preparing the student to function as a leader in an interprofessional health care team. Concepts and models of leadership and management as well as teamwork and conflict management are integrated into the curriculum. The student will learn skills to prepare them for writing their registration exam, and entering into professional practice.

NSGC-4106: Clinical Nursing IV

In this clinical experience students apply concepts from theory courses and labs and integrate knowledge into clinical practice. Students observe and participate in the nursing care of individuals/families in a variety of acute care, community and simulation laboratory settings. This practical experience focuses on critical thinking and application of the nursing process within the interprofessional health care team. This course facilitates the students' integration of the role of the Practical Nurse into their professional deportment practice.

NSG-4303: Family Health

The student is introduced to principles and application of the nursing process in the care of maternal and pediatric clients. The obstetric component of this course explores nursing care and health needs for childbearing families during all phases of obstetrical care. The pediatric component of this course follows the age continuum from newborn to adolescent, focussing on health promotion and acute/chronic health issues.

NSG-4063: Palliative and Oncology Nursing

During this course the learner will explore the concepts related to caring for a client and their family experiencing cancer and palliative care. Oncology and palliative care nursing roles within the interprofessional health care team are presented using the nursing process framework. Students will examine current trends in palliative and oncology care. The effects of the determinants of health, legal and ethical issues on client care decisions are presented.

NSG-4393: Gerontology

This course explores the experience of aging. The normal physiological, psychological and social changes associated with aging and the role of the Practical Nurse in promoting health among older persons is investigated. Students gain knowledge in gerontological nursing and utilize the nursing process to plan quality care for the elderly.

NSG-4052: Community Health Nursing

This course follows a trend in health care addressing the significant shift in client care from hospital base to a community focus. The student will explore how the individual, family and community are affected by health and illness. A community health project allows the students to learn the challenges experienced by vulnerable populations and the relationship of the determinants of health to care delivery. Sustainability and the role of global influences effect on health will also be examined.

GED-XXX3: General Education Elective

NSG-4112: Pre-Graduate Nursing

The course prepares the student to write the Practical Nursing Registration exams. The student demonstrates consolidation of theoretical knowledge gained throughout the Practical Nursing Program by the completion of a comprehensive theoretical exam and a jurisprudence exam.

NSGC-4116: Pre-Graduate Nursing Clinical (8 weeks / 250 hours)

This clinical course is conducted in a variety of health care settings. Students work one-on-one with a preceptor. This final pre-graduate experience enables students to consolidate their learning and demonstrate Entry-to-Practice Competencies for Ontario Registered Practical Nurses.

Program Maps

Current Students

Current students can view program maps from previous years on the mylambton website. 

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Employment Opportunities

Graduates of the Practical Nursing program are successful in finding employment working with a variety of populations. They provide care to individuals with a broad scope of health care needs within diverse working environments such as: hospitals, long-term care homes, community nursing agencies, public health units, private practice and clinics, industry settings and child care centres.

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