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-1103 Clinical Nursing I NSG-1183 Human Anatomy and Physiology I NSG-1362 Health, Wellness and Nursing Process IPH-1001 Interprofessional Perspectives - Health 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-2053 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)

Lambton College’s experienced faculty deliver an exemplary practical nursing program with caring and enthusiasm. Individualized programming offers flexibility for student learning and enhanced student success. Advances in technology, evidence-informed practice and interprofessional teamwork are integrated throughout the program. 

Students within this program benefit from experiential learning opportunities working in both lab and clinical settings. Lambton College’s facilities include a state-of-the art Nursing Lab in the brand new NOVA Chemicals Health & Research Centre, which allows students to practice skills in a variety of nursing environments. Hospital and community placements help students to form a relationship with clients, and solidify their critical thinking skills 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.

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.

Employment Opportunities

Registered practical nurses are an integral part of the interprofessional health care team. 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 2021-2022 academic year and are subject to change. Fees do not include books (unless specifically noted), supplies or living costs.

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