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Practical Nursing

Diploma in Practical Nursing

Providing safe, knowledgeable & integrated care

Client focused

Practical Nurses are leaders in direct patient care for clients across the lifespan through critical thinking and clinical judgment. Prepare yourself for a career that promotes cultural safety, caring, independence, critical inquiry, and creativity.


Show you care!

Practical Nurses are valued members of the health care profession.

Knowledgeable & competent

In the Practical Nursing program, you'll acquire the practical and theoretical grounding you'll need to give professional nursing care to individuals, families and groups in a variety of settings.

You'll work through a combination of course work and practical clinical placements, completing a program that will prepare you for your subsequent work as a Practical Nurse.

Client focused

As a practical nurse, you'll assist clients to identify actual and potential health goals and outcomes, support clients to assume responsibility for their health, involve clients in developing and prioritizing their plan of care, and provide information and access to resources.

Through collaboration with clients and other health team members, you'll plan and implement strategies to enhance client learning, evaluate client learning and revise strategies.

After graduation

As a graduate of the Practical Nursing program, you’ll be prepared to nurse using Professional Standards of Practice and Baseline Competencies established by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of British Columbia.

Practical Nurses provide care that affirms, respects, and fosters cultural expression by others. Once you have received your Diploma in Practical Nursing you can apply for the Nursing Access for Practical Nurses program to work towards a Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing.

Practical Nursing at Camosun

At Camosun, our program is designed to provide you with the knowledge, skills, judgments, and attitudes to perform to the full range of competencies as identified by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of British Columbia. The curriculum provides a learning experience that is integrated, professional, collaborative, and culturally sensitive with an aim to prepare graduates to care for individuals (and by extension, families of individuals) at multiple life stages and in a variety of practice settings.

Upon successful completion of the program, you’ll have the skills to successfully complete the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam (CPNRE).

The Practical Nursing (PN) Program delivered by Camosun College has been granted a full, four-year recognition status by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of BC.

Practical Nursing

20 months
Study Options
Full time
Work Experience
Four practicum placements
One preceptorship
Health & Human Services
Contact Us
Camosun College Lansdowne
3100 Foul Bay Rd
Victoria BC V8P 5J2
Camosun College Interurban
4461 Interurban Rd
Victoria BC V9E 2C1
  • 250–370–3000
  • 1–877–554–7555 (toll-free)

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