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Practical Nursing

Admission Requirements

Attendance at a program information session scheduled by Camosun College is highly recommended. The Practical Nursing program starts every September. Apply early as this is a very popular program and it fills up fast. There is priority seating in this program for students of Indigenous ancestry.

British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP) has published a document, Requisite Skills and Abilities, to help individuals determine their ability to meet the demands for a career as a licensed practical nurse in Canada.

Admission requirements

When you apply you will need to submit proof that you meet the following admission requirements.

Tip Where a letter grade is specified, you must have proof of that grade or higher.

Effective date: September 2019

Requirement High school course Camosun course Alternatives
one of:
one of:
Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • n/a
Grade 12 Grade 12 graduation or equivalent
English Language Competency Requirements As English is the language of study in BC, students must meet English language proficiency at an appropriate level to be accepted into the provincial Practical Nursing program. These requirements can be satisfied through three years of full-time, face-to-face secondary or post-secondary education at an accredited institution where English is the language of instruction and is also one of the country’s official languages. English as a Second Language/Additional Language courses are not included in this three-year calculation.

Those not meeting this requirement must achieve scores identified in one of the two tests below:
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with minimum scores of:
    • Speaking: 7.0
    • Listening: 7.5
    • Reading: 6.5
    • Writing: 7.0
    • Overall Band Score: 7.0
  • Canadian English Language Benchmarks Assessment for Nurses (CELBAN) with minimum scores of:
    • Speaking: 8.0
    • Listening: 10.0
    • Reading: 8.0
    • Writing: 7.0

Note C or higher in Biology 12 is a pre-requisite for PNUR 101. Camosun College courses BIOL 150 and BIOL 151, or BIOL 152 and BIOL 153, or BIOL 143 and BIOL 144 may be used as alternatives to PNUR 101.

International Students: We recommend that all international applicants complete volunteer hours in a health care facility prior to starting the program. This will help prepare you for the reality of working as a nurse. We also recommend you have basic computer literacy including experience with keyboarding and email skills prior to entering the program.

As an international student, if you do not meet the admission requirement we are not able to provide a Letter of Acceptance for the Practical Nursing program. We are able to provide a Conditional Letter of Acceptance for University Transfer while you complete the admission requirements.

Need help? Contact Camosun International.

Participation requirements

Once accepted into the program:

Proof of the following requirements must be presented to your instructor before participating in the first clinical placement. You are strongly encouraged to complete the following requirements before the program start:*

  1. A TB skin test is compulsory. TB testing must be done within three months of program start and you must provide documentation of this prior to the start of the first practicum or experience with public clients. You are responsible for the cost of this test. An additional TB skin test is required after each possible exposure to TB and/or travel within an area that there is a known prevalence of TB.
  2. You must provide evidence of your immunizations or immunity to preventable, communicable diseases. It's highly recommended you maintain current immunizations as per the Practice Education Guidelines of B.C. Recommended immunizations are found on the Health Sciences Placement Network of Canada website by searching for immunization guidelines. Failure to comply with immunization guidelines could result in the health care organization or the college barring you from the clinical/practicum setting until proof of immunity is provided and/or until a communicable disease outbreak is declared over. This could impact your ability to successfully complete the clinical/practicum placement course and/or a clinical/practicum.
  3. Yearly respirator mask 'fit-testing'. Fitting will be completed in the program and you will be responsible for associated costs.
  4. Standard First Aid certificate (valid for 3 years) AND CPR Level 'C' (annual CPR recertification is required). These can be obtained from Alert First Aid, St. John Ambulance, Red Cross, HeartSafe and community and recreation centres.
  5. Criminal Record Check: During this program, you may be working with children and/or vulnerable adults. In order to participate in work integrated learning experiences, such as a practicum or work term, you will need to complete a criminal record check through the Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General for Camosun College. Camosun will email you with information on how to complete the Criminal Record Check (CRC) process. You are responsible for all associated costs.
  6. Hepatitis B and the flu vaccines are highly recommended and are available at your local health clinic or through your physician.

*Although you may begin the program without the above items, you must provide documentation of ALL participation requirements prior to the start of the first clinical placement.

It is also recommended that you volunteer in a heath care facility prior to starting this program.

The work environment requires demanding lifting and moving techniques and extensive hand washing. If you have back, neck, or arm injury or serious skin disorders such as psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis or latex allergy, you should consider carefully before applying to this program. For the same reasons, if you have significant health challenges, you are advised to consult with the Program Leader.

You'll be expected to have basic computer literacy, including experience with keyboarding, web search and email skills.

You must complete all math requirements within the program without the aid of a calculator (in both written and practical testing situations as well as in Consolidated Practice Experiences).

Completion requirements

To received a Diploma in Practical Nursing, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum GPA of 80% ("A-") in PNUR 119 and PNUR 129
  • Minimum GPA of 65% ("C+") in all other theory courses
  • "COM" in each clinical course

Apply online

Missing admission requirements?

Camosun offers alternative courses and upgrading programs to help you get started.

What kind of applicant are you?

Camosun has three different applicant categories:

  • Adult
  • Current BC/Yukon High School Student
  • International

Learn more.

Note: Current high school students are not eligible to apply to this program.

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