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Practical Nursing

Available at: Brockville | Cornwall | Kingston


This program prepares graduates to practice according to the Entry to Practice Competencies and Standards of Practice of the College of Nurses of Ontario. Graduates are eligible to write the national registration exam and, when successful, will become Registered Practical Nurses in the Province of Ontario, and are eligible for reciprocal registration in other provinces in Canada.

The Practical Nursing program at St. Lawrence 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.

This program is not open to International students.


Career Opportunities

Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs) work in a wide variety of health care settings including acute care, complex continuing care, rehabilitation services and long term care. RPNs can work in specialties including pediatrics, maternal and child care, mental health, operating room services, wound care, palliative care and community care. RPNs are hired by hospitals, rehabilitation agencies, community and public health agencies, the government (ex. include corrections services and the Armed Forces), private industry and international health service agencies.

Program Name

Practical Nursing

Program Code



Ontario College Diploma

Start Dates


Program Duration

2 extended years

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

To view a detailed fee schedule, please click here. The fee schedule will open as a PDF in a new window.

International Fees

This program is not open to International students.

Additional Costs

Approximately $2,500: includes textbooks, supplies, uniforms, transportation, parking, College of Nurses' examination and provincial registration fees.

Scholarships and Bursaries

St. Lawrence College offers an extensive Student Scholarship and Bursary Program. Scholarships and bursaries for this purpose are sponsored by external organizations and private individuals. These awards recognize our academic excellence, community involvement, contribution to the quality of College life, outstanding achievement and professional potential. For more details visit Bursaries and Scholarships.

Program Outline 2020-21

Semester 1
NURS 1500  Nursing Science 1
NURS 1501 Interpersonal Relationships
NURS 1507 Professional Accountability
PHYS 1200 Human Anatomy and Physiology
NURS 1502 Nursing Practic Clinical 1
NURS 1503 Nursing Practice Lab 1
General Education Course

Semester 2
NURS 2500 Nursing Science 2
NURS 2501 Therapeutic Relationships
PHAR 1000 Pharmacology
PHYS 3000 Physical Assessment
NURS 2502 Nursing Practice Clinical 2
NURS 2503 Nursing Practice Lab 2

Semester 3
NURS 3500 Nursing Science 3
NURS 3505 Nursing Practice 3
NURS 3507 Evidence Based Practice
General Education Elective (Online)

Semester 4
NURS 4500 Nursing Science 4
NURS 4505 Nursing Practice 4
NURS 4507 Issues and Trends in Nursing
General Education Course

Semester 5
NURS 5500 Comprehensive Exam
NURS 5505 Practice Consolidation

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

SLC graduates have many options to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Agreements between SLC and other institutions that are specific to this program are listed below. In addition, there are many credit transfer pathway agreements between colleges and universities within the province of Ontario. Please also visit to search for options relevant to your program area of study.

>>More information on these SLC Articulations

Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with the majority of Grade 11 and 12 courses at the C, U or M level including the following prerequisites:

  • Grade 12 English at the C or U level
  • Grade 12 Math at the C or U level
  • Grade 12 Chemistry at the C or U level (or SCH3U)
  • Grade 11 or 12 Biology at the C or U level
For OSSD equivalency options, see Admission Requirements.

If you are missing prerequisite courses, enroll in the Career/College Prep program - free for Ontario residents who are 19 years or older. Click here for full details

This is a HIGHLY COMPETITIVE program. To be included in the competitive ranking, applications must be complete including all transcripts and proof of enrollment by February 1.  Meeting minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admissions to the program. Please see the Highly Competitive Program Chart for more details.

The Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA) states that individuals must report any previous criminal offences when they apply to the College of Nurses for initial registration. An absolute or conditional discharge, or a pardon, does not change the fact that an individual was found guilty of an offence.

Clinical placements may include acute care, complex continuing care and community agen­cies Students will have opportunity to practice in a variety of specialty areas. See Health Requirements. Annual flu shots are recommended. Standard First Aid and CPR for HCP are required and CPR must be recertified annually.


Health Requirements


Completion of the IMMUNIZATION - COMMUNICABLE DISEASE FORM is a MANDATORY condition for your clinical/practical placement.  THIS FORM IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.


Questions regarding completion of this form can be submitted to:

Note:  Full-time students coverage for vaccines received on or after September 1, can be claimed under the Student Sickness & Accident Insurance Plan.


The Practical Nursing program at SLC gave me the skills I need to accomplish my career dream. I won't lie: the program was a challenge, but it was worth it for an opportunity to be a part of an incredible and rewarding profession.

Kristin Boyd

Program Contact

Ruth LeBlanc

Admissions Information

Connect with a Student Recruitment Officer:

Additional Information

Programs at St. Lawrence College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Program delivery can be run weekdays, weekends or evenings. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided a St. Lawrence College email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.


Registration as a nurse in the Provinceof Ontario includes:

1. Demonstrate Current Canadian Citizenship, or permanent residency in Canada status, or Authorization under the Immigrant Act (Canada) to engage in the practice of the nursing profession.

2. Complete a Declaration form indicating one’s status regarding:

  • any convictions of a criminal offense under the Narcotic Control Act and the Food and Drugs Act;
  • being a subject of proceedings with respect to professional misconduct, incompetence, or incapacity in Ontario or in another jurisdiction in nursing or in another health profession;
  • any mental or physical disorder that makes it desirable in the public interest that the person not practice.

A prospective applicant is advised to contact a career counsellor at the College if the above regulations are a cause for concern. Individual screening of candidates may be necessary to secure field placement during the program.

For clinical placement, registration, and eventual employment students are required to pass an enhanced security clearance admitted by police intelligence. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain this clearance (a fee may apply). An individual with a criminal record should obtain a pardon prior to submitting an application for admission to the Practical Nursing program.

Clinical placements may include acute and continuing care hospitals, community agencies and health clinics.

Advanced Standing

Applicants with post-secondary credits may be eligible for direct entry to an upper level of the program (semester or year) depending on transfer credits. Select the applicable level when applying at and ensure that we receive your official post-secondary transcript for consideration. If you are unsure what level to apply for, please contact the program coordinator.
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