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    Practical Nursing

Program Code:PND
Campus:King, Yorkgate
Duration:5 Semesters (2 Years)
Start Dates:Fall, Winter,
Start dates are subject to change. Yorkgate only for Winter.
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Diploma

Program Description

As a student in PND, you’ll learn nursing theory in class, on–line, and through hands–on clinical placements. In addition, you will study anatomy and physiology, English, computer applications and take general education courses such as psychology and Canadian studies.

Experience in the nursing practical laboratory and in several hospital and community settings will be integral to your studies.

Program Learning Outcomes:

This Seneca College program meets the system-wide standards as set by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

As a graduate, you will be prepared to reliably demonstrate the ability to:

  • Practise in a professional manner within a legislative and ethical framework.
  • Develop and sustain therapeutic relationships with clients.
  • Communicate effectively with clients, health care team members, and others.
  • Participate effectively as a team member to support clients’ achievement of their expected health outcomes.
  • Integrate theory, principles, and concepts into competent nursing practice.
  • Complete assessments in a holistic, comprehensive, and analytical manner.
  • Prioritize and organize nursing and health care.
  • Implement and evaluate nursing interventions competently.
  • Use a variety of technological tools to support clients’ achievement of their expected health outcomes.
  • Apply principles of teaching-learning to promote clients’ health and wellness.

Essential Employability Skills:

Graduates of this program are also expected to demonstrate the essential employability skills learning outcomes as outlined on the Ministry of Training, College and Universities website.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
    • Grade 11 Biology: (C)
    • Grade 12 Physics or Chemistry: (C)
    • Grade 12 Mathematics: (C) or (U) or Grade 11 Mathematics: (U) or (M)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s), or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).


  • A valid certification in Basic Rescuer Level Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Health Care Provider prior to clinical placement.
  • A valid certificate in Standard First Aid (SFA) prior to clinical placement.
  • A current medical and immunization report prior to clinical placement.
  • A current clear police record check.
  • A record of respirator fit test prior to clinical placement.

Applicant Selection:

  • As this is an oversubscribed program, applicants will be required to attend a standardized orientation where they will complete a mandatory $55 pre-admissions screening test in English and Math. Please click here for a practice test.

The Importance of Learning Skills:

Student success in college requires well developed learning skills (such as being able to work independently, participate in a team, be well–organized, develop good work habits, and show initiative). These skills are as important as prior academic achievement. While it is expected that applicants would have developed these skills through previous education and life experiences, Seneca offers support to assist students with further development of these important skills. Seminars, workshops and tutoring are available at Seneca's Learning Centres.


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Your Career

Prepare for your career in Practical Nursing with this five–semester diploma program. Our graduates find employment opportunities in hospitals, long–term care facilities and in the community.

Provincial Registration

In order to practice in Ontario as a Registered Practical Nurse, Practical Nursing Program graduates must be successful in the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination administered by the College of Nurses of Ontario, and must maintain their registration certificate. As a result of regulations arising out of the Nursing Act 1991, applicants for registration in Ontario must not have:

  1. been convicted of a criminal offence or an offence under the Narcotic Control Act (Canada) or the Food and Drugs Act (Canada);
  2. any physical or mental condition/illness that may affect ability to practice.

Applicants who do not meet this requirement will be reviewed by the College of Nurses of Ontario (C.N.O.) to determine if registration will be granted.

Successful Ontario registrants are eligible for registration throughout Canada (French required in Quebec).

Affiliations and Associations

  • College of Nurses of Ontario
  • Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario

Diploma to Degree... and Beyond

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at the following post-secondary institution(s):


University/CollegeDegrees Available
York University• Any relevant degree or major


University/CollegeDegrees Available
University of Ontario Institute of Technology• Bachelor of Allied Health Sciences (BAHSc) (Honours)
• Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Honours) – Post-RPN
Wilfrid Laurier University - Brantford Campus• Honours Bachelor of Arts

Important Academic Dates

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant semester.


Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
EAC150 College English 3
MDM101 Mathematics for Medication Administration 2
PNA100 Anatomy and Physiology for the Practical Nurse 4
PNC121 Practical Nursing - Clinical Preparation 4
PNH100 Healing Practices for Practical Nurses 4
PNL110 Practical Nursing Lab 4
PNR100 Role Development for the Practical Nurse 3
PSY100 Introduction to Psychology 3
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
PNA200 Anatomy and Physiology for the Practical Nurse 3
PNC220 Practical Nursing and Clinical 10
PNE203 Health Assessment for Practical Nurses 4
PNH201 Healing Practices for Practical Nurses II 3
PNL210 Practical Nursing Skills Lab 4
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
PNC320 Practical Nursing Clinical 12
PNH301 Healing Practices for the Practical Nurse III 4
PNM300 Pharmacology for the Practical Nurse 4
PNP301 Pathophysiology for the Practical Nurse I 3
PNR300 Role Development for the Practical Nurse 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
PNC420 Practical Nursing Clinical 12
PNH401 Healing Practices for the Practical Nurse IV 4
PNP401 Pathophysiology for Practical Nurses 3
PNR400 Role Development for the Practical Nurse 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 5 Course Name Hrs/Wk
PNC520 Practical Nursing Consolidation 40


Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor (King): Cathy Dawson
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 55026
Domestic Admissions Advisor (Yorkgate): Eva Qadeer
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22801
International Admissions Advisor: Valentyna Gorodovych
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22432
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Cathy Dawson
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 55026
Program Contacts:
Program Coordinator: Lori Carre
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 55437
Program Chair: Maria May
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 55143
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