Practical Nursing
Program Code: PRAC (Full-Time) Length of Program: Two-Year Awarded Upon Completion: Ontario College Diploma
Term 1 NSG-1303 Fundamental Nursing Skills NSGC-1124 Clinical Nursing I NSGC-1113 Clinical Life Skills NSG-1183 Human Anatomy and Physiology I NSG-1362 Health, Wellness and Nursing Process COM-1013 Critical Thinking and Writing GED-XXX3 General Education Elective Term 2 NSG-2104 Medical Surgical Nursing NSGC-2103 Clinical Nursing II NSGC-2003 Clinical Skills Simulation NSG-2262 Professional Nursing Practice NSG-2183 Human Anatomy and Physiology II NSG-2054 Physical Assessment for Practical Nursing NSG-2023 Pharmacology for Practical Nursing Term 3 NSG-3144 Advanced Medical Surgical Nursing NSGC-3106 Clinical Nursing III NSG-3262 Professional Accountability NSG-3202 Mental Health Nursing COM-2033 Communications for Health GED-XXX3 General Education Elective Term 4 NSG-4262 Leadership in Professional Practice NSGC-4106 Clinical Nursing IV NSG-4303 Family Health NSG-4063 Palliative and Oncology Nursing NSG-4393 Gerontology NSG-4052 Community Health Nursing GED-XXX3 General Education Elective Term 5 NSG-4112 Pre-Graduate Nursing NSGC-4116 Pre-Graduate Nursing Clinical (8 weeks / 250 hours)

Ontario's New Learn & Stay Grant could have you covered!

Lambton College students entering the first year of either the Honours Bachelor of Science - Nursing or Practical Nursing programs for Fall 2023 have the opportunity to receive full up-front funding for tuition, books, and other direct educational costs.

To receive this grant, you are required to work in the region where you studied for a minimum of six months for every year you were funded by this grant.

Applications are now open!

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


Admission Requirements

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

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.

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.

Tuition Fees

Please Note: These fees apply to the 2022-2023 academic year and are subject to change. Fees do not include books (unless specifically noted), supplies or living costs.

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