Overview

Make a difference in the lives of others with a rewarding career in health care. Your background in math and science, and your ability to problem solve and think critically, prepares you for a career in this high-demand industry.

Be a part of the interdisciplinary team that encompasses the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs of individuals, families and communities. Demonstrated flexibility is also essential to this profession. You will use critical thinking and best practices throughout this two-year program.

Practice your hands-on practical skills taught in modern lab settings and also applied in acute and extended-care health facilities, personal care homes, community agencies and private homes during your clinical placement.

You can make a difference in the health care profession as a licensed practical nurse. You will be a valued member of the interdisciplinary team as you use your full scope of practice to experience opportunities in various health care settings.

Be a lifelong learner as you grow in your chosen profession. Continue to learn within your competency as a licensed practical nurse. With a background in practical nursing, opportunities exist to develop special areas of practice, certification and credentials. Ask about options and potential credit transfers with our many partner institutions.

Admissions

  • A complete Manitoba Grade 12 or equivalent

  • English 40G/40S or equivalent, with a minimum mark of 60%

  • Pre-calculus, Applied or Consumer/Essential Mathematics 40S or equivalent with a minimum mark of 60%

  • A science (Biology, Chemistry or Physics) at the 40S level or equivalent with a minimum mark of 60%.

  • 15-hour Math for Nurses course (MATH-0014) with a minimum mark of 95%. (Go to our Continuing Studies page and search for "Math courses" for availability & pricing)

  • Proof of current certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation Health Care Provider level (CPR-HCP)

  • Current criminal record check

  • Current child abuse registry check

  • Current adult abuse registry check

Prospective and enrolled students are required to review regulatory requirements of the practical nursing profession in Manitoba, including the requirements for application to the CLPNM registers. CLPNM has requirements for SPN progression and graduation. Please see CLPNM.ca/registration for more information. Once graduates have passed the licensure exam, they are eligible for membership with the CLPNM.

Applicants who are accepted into the program will also be required to:

  • Provide proof of up-to-date immunization prior to practicum placement
  • Apply for Student Practical Nurse (SPN) registration directly with the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Manitoba (CLPNM)

If you don’t meet these admission requirements, your application will not be considered.

English is the language of instruction at Assiniboine. All applicants educated outside of Canada or in a country not on the test exempt list are expected to meet the English language proficiency requirement. See assiniboine.net/elp for more information. 

Criminal Record, Adult Abuse Registry, Child Abuse Registry Checks. Many agencies where students are placed for practicum experience require that students disclose convictions for any offences. In some instances, applicants with a criminal record may be unable to complete the program. Applicants listed on the Adult Abuse Registry or Child Abuse Registry may be unable to complete the program if they require practicum experiences involving persons in care.

Applications for Brandon are accepted continuously. All applicants must meet the Admission Requirements. Use the Program Application Checklist to ensure your application is complete.

Applications for Dauphin are accepted continuously. All applicants must meet the Admission Requirements. 

Applications for Winnipeg are now closed with an approximate 2 year waitlist.

Information on applications for Winnipeg and the next rural rotating sites will be posted here. Please check back for further information.

 

Careers & Connections

Careers

Many employment opportunities exist for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs). Graduate LPNs will obtain employment in hospitals, personal care homes, medical clinics, private agencies and the community. As well, with some advanced preparation, entrepreneurial LPNs are establishing their own businesses.

Once Practical Nursing graduates have passed the licensure exam, they are eligible for membership with the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Manitoba (CLPNM).

Licensed Practical Nurses have postgraduate educational opportunities in the following: Dialysis, Operating Room, Oncology, Palliative Care, Foot Care, and Management and leadership.

Connections

This program is approved by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Manitoba (CLPNM). Students entering and/ or enrolled in the Practical Nursing program are eligible for registration for CLPNM as a student practical nurse (SPN).

Licensed Practical Nurses have postgraduate educational opportunities in the following: dialysis, operating room, oncology, palliative care, foot care, management, ICU and northern nursing.

Our connections with post-secondary institutions include the 2 + 2 program. Start at Assiniboine and get a two-year college diploma. Then, further your education at a partnering institution and receive credit towards related degrees/diplomas.

  • Brandon University

Assiniboine has a number of agreements with other colleges, universities and professional organizations, making it possible for students to apply credit taken at Assiniboine to programs at other institutions. For up-to-date information on agreements, visit the Articulation Agreements page.

Tools & Supplies

Our classrooms and labs are equipped with the necessary equipment that you need to make the most of your experience. However, there are some tools and supplies that you will need to purchase for personal use to help you with your studies. Much of what you purchase you’ll be able to use after you graduate and begin your career. Nursing students will require a stethoscope and a watch with a second hand as well as uniforms and appropriate shoes for practicum.

Textbooks and supplies for all of our programs and courses may be purchased at the Assiniboine Bookstore at the Victoria Avenue East Campus. Book and supplies lists are available from your school office 30 days prior to the start date of your program. Visit the Bookstore website to learn more.

Program Checklists:

Booklist:

Courses & Costs

To graduate with a Practical Nursing diploma, students must successfully complete 84 academic credits and 22 practical credits. The minimum passing grade for each course is indicated on the course outline.

Intakes with a September start date complete terms 1, 2 and 3 in their first year; and terms 4 and 5 in their second year. Intakes with a January start date complete terms 1 and 2 in their first year; and terms 3, 4 and 5 in their second year.

If you want to get a jump start on our Practical Nursing Program, we offer certain courses through Continuing Studies at the following campuses:

Estimated Program Costs (January Intake)

Tuition, fees and Students’ Association fees total approximately $2,950 for year one and $4,220 for year two. Estimated costs for books and supplies are $2,970 for year one and $1,290 for year two.

Estimated Program Costs (September Intake)

Tuition, fees and Students’ Association fees total approximately $4,120 for year one and $3,060 for year two. Estimated costs for books and supplies are $3,720 for year one and $790 for year two. All fees are estimated and subject to change without notice.

Additional Info

Rotating Sites - FAQs

Where are the upcoming rural rotating sites for the Practical Nursing program?

  • September 2020 - TBA
  • January 2021 - TBA

There are 25 seats available in these locations.


How does the lottery application process work?

A lottery application process means that all complete applications will be entered into random draw to select those admitted into the program.

Those wishing to study in the program must mail in their application to the college’s Victoria Avenue East Campus or drop off their application in person during the application window as stated above.

Applicants living with a 100-kilometre radius of the community rural Practical Nursing site will receive preference, meaning that they will be included in the first random draw. Those applicants who do not live in a rural community or live outside the 100 km radius  will be placed in the random draw selection process following those applicants within the catchment area for that particular rural rotating site.

There is no difference in preference given to those who apply by mail or in person at the college’s Victoria Avenue East campus during any of the application window. Applications must be complete to be entered into the draw.

Please refer to the Program Application Checklist for all admission requirements.


Where do I send my complete application?

Your complete application can be sent to the following address during the appropriate application dates stated previously.

Registrar's Office
Assiniboine Community College 
1430 Victoria Avenue East
Brandon, Manitoba R7A 2A9

Please note: we do not accept faxed or emailed applications.

Applications postmarked with a date inside of the identified three-week application window will be accepted.

What does a complete application consist of?

Also see the Program Checklist for admission requirements.

 


When will the college notify successful applicants of their enrolment into the program?

After the application windows close for the rural rotating site, the college will conduct the random draw to select those who will be admitted into the program. Applications must be complete to be entered into the draw.


If I end up on a waitlist for one of the sites, can I ask to be transferred to another location?

No. If you wish to apply for the Practical Nursing program offered at a different location, you must submit a new application following the required process with the admissions dates for that particular site. A new application fee will also be required.


If I’m not selected to fill one of the 25 seats, will I be placed on a waitlist?

Yes, a waitlist will be maintained until the program starts.

Fast Facts

Frequently Asked Questions

Where and when will the next Practical Nursing rural programs be held?

The next rural programs will be held:

  • Portage la Prairie - September 2018 (full)
  • Russell - January 2019 (full)
When is the college accepting applications for Practical Nursing?

Applications will be accepted:

  • Brandon: NOW OPEN (annual September & January start)
  • Dauphin: NOW OPEN (September start, odd years only)
  • Winnipeg: NOW CLOSED 

Include a Program Application Checklist with your application. 

For information on rural rotating sites, please call 800.862.6307 ext. 6228 or email hhs@assiniboine.net.

Alternately, you can visit here to find out more.

If I withdrew from the program or was unsuccessful, can I re-apply?

Re-applications will be considered on an individual basis. Please contact the chairperson of the program you wish to reapply to:

Chairperson in Brandon: 
Phone Number: 204-725-8700, ext 7030
Toll free: 1-800-862-6307, ext 7030

Chairperson in Winnipeg:
Phone Number: 204-694-7111, ext 6265
Toll Free: 1-800-862-6307, ext 6265

I have already applied for Brandon or Winnipeg. What will happen to my application if I decide to apply to one of the rural rotating sites?

Prospective students may apply for multiple locations. Please note that a separate application form and application fee is required for each location that you wish to apply to. If you submit an application to more than one location, please indicate this on your application. Supporting documents only need to be included with one of your applications, not each one. If you are accepted at more than one location, you will need to choose which location you would prefer.

Is the demand for Practical Nursing still high?

According to ACC’s 2017-18 graduate survey, 95 per cent of Practical Nursing graduates are employed in occupations related to their training. As well, employers often attend college career fairs and events to recruit graduates.

Why does Assiniboine get so many applications for Practical Nursing?

In addition to the positions being in high demand, ACC is the leader in Practical Nursing education. We are one of the few institutions in Manitoba where you can get your Practical Nursing diploma.

I am a permanent resident; can I apply to Practical Nursing?

Yes, you must send us a photocopy of your Permanent Resident card with your completed Program Application form.

I don't have 60% in one of the required Grade 12 courses (English, Mathematics, or Science), can I apply?

A first-year undergraduate course in English, mathematics or science with a minimum grade of C would also be acceptable. You’ll need to submit the university transcript with your application. If you have successfully completed ACC’s SCIE-0005 Anatomy & Physiology 1 course, it will be accepted in place of a Science 60% or higher.

If you are enrolled in upgrading at an adult learning centre, you may submit an application once you are enrolled in the admission requirement courses.  You must provide proof of enrolment in these courses from your school with your application. You will also have to provide an official original final transcript once you have completed them. Your final transcript must show 60% or higher in the admission requirement courses.

I'm currently taking high-school courses, can I apply?

If you are in High School or upgrading at an adult learning centre, you may submit an application once you are enrolled in the Grade 12 (40G/40S) admission requirement courses.  You must provide proof of enrolment in these courses from your school with your application. You will also have to provide an official original final high school transcript once you have graduated. Your final transcript must show 60% or higher in the admission requirement courses.

I do not have Grade 12 from Manitoba, what do I submit?

You should submit original transcripts that show an equivalent level of schooling. 

  • For other Canadian provinces, this means the last level of schooling required to gain a high school diploma, but it must include English, Math and Science at the Grade 12 level. 
  • For those educated outside of Canada, please refer to the  This chart describes the educational requirement for many countries.

If you don't have a Grade 12 or equivalent, ACC's Adult Collegiate can help you achieve a Mature Student High School Diploma or complete your regular High School Diploma to meet admission requirements.

Do I need to prove English language proficiency?

If you were educated in Canada or in a country on the test exempt list, you generally do not need to prove English language proficiency. However, you should refer to the  to ensure you meet the minimum requirements.

If you were educated outside of Canada, or outside of a country on the test exempt list, you must read ELP pages and submit documentation with your application that proves your English language proficiency.

Can I do my practicum in a different area than my campus? I'd like to be closer to home during those weeks.

No.  Each Regional Health Authority has a limited number of practicum placements and college staff must be available for supervision.  You must plan to do practicums in the location planned for your campus.

If I start at one campus, can I transfer to another campus later? (For example, I'm from Winnipeg; can I start in Brandon and transfer back to Winnipeg?)

No.  Please apply to the campus where you are prepared to take the entire program.

If I apply, and am accepted for one intake, can I defer to a later intake if needed?

No, we do not defer any acceptances to any of our programs.

Can I take the Practical Nursing program by distance?

No. The Practical Nursing program is not currently available by distance.  However, there are a few Term 1 and Term 2 courses from the program that are available either by distance or evening classes. If you take courses in advance however, there could be an impact on funding options for later on.  We suggest you discuss with the Financial Aid & Awards Officer in our Registrar's Office.

What are the scheduled hours for Practical Nursing classes?

Classes may be scheduled between 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.  However clinical practicum may be scheduled at various times of day and various shifts including evenings, nights and weekends.  Those students with young children will need to plan for flexible child care arrangements.

Where and how can I take Math for Nurses?

Math for Nurses is available from the Centre of Continuing studies via classroom or distance delivery.  Go to our Continuing Studies page and search for Math courses for availability & pricing.

Why do I need to have a current Child Abuse Registry Check, Adult Abuse Registry Check and Criminal Record Check to take the program?

Regional Health Authorities, where students are placed for practicum experience, requires that the students disclose any conviction for any offences.  In some circumstances, applicants with a criminal record may be unable to complete the program.  Applicants listed on the Child Abuse Registry or Adult Abuse Registry will be unable to complete the program because they require practicum experiences involving persons in care.  

If you have a criminal record or are listed on the Child Abuse Registry or Adult Abuse Registry, it is strongly advised that you contact the Chairperson of Health Programs prior to applying to the program:

Chairperson in Brandon: 
Phone Number: 204-725-8700, ext 7030
Toll free: 1-800-862-6307, ext 7030

Chairperson in Winnipeg:
Phone Number: 204-694-7111, ext 6265
Toll Free: 1-800-862-6307, ext 6265

What immunizations are required for Practical Nursing?

Download the Immunization Record. Please note that Practical Nursing students are required to complete all immunizations. The second page contains pertinent information for the person administering the immunizations.

When should I get immunizations, Child Abuse Registry check, Adult Abuse Registry check, Criminal Record check etc?

Criminal Record Check, Child Abuse Registry Check, Adult Abuse Registry Check and CPR (Health Care Provider level) certification are required with your application to the program. The deadlines for these entrance requirements are July 15 for September entry and November 15 for January entry.  The Criminal Record Check, Child Abuse Registry Check, Adult Abuse Registry Check and CPR must remain current for the duration of the program.

When you receive a letter from the Admissions department indicating your acceptance, you should begin the process of obtaining your immunizations.

I'd like to have a lighter course load if I am accepted to the Practical Nursing program. Can I take courses before I start the full program?

Yes, there are a few Term 1 and Term 2 courses that are available either by distance or evening classes through our Centre of Continuing Studies.  See Continuing Studies page for availability & pricing.  It is strongly encouraged that you discuss with ACC’s Financial Aids & Awards Officer before making this decision.  Taking courses before the program starts could impact (reduce) your funding options for the full program.

Can I obtain credit for past work and informal or formal education and training if it is related to my studies in Practical Nursing?

You may be eligible for transfer of credit for related post-secondary education completed at the college or university level in Manitoba. Once you are accepted into the program, you may apply to have previous education reviewed for transfer of credit.  Previous education will be reviewed based on the completion date and content relevance.

How does the lottery/random draw process work?

A lottery application process means that all complete applications will be entered into a random draw to select those admitted into the program. Applications must be complete to be entered into the draw.

Please refer to the Program Application Checklist for all admission requirements.

For the rural rotating sites

Applicants living with a 100-kilometre radius of the community rural Practical Nursing site will receive preference, meaning that they will be included in the first random draw. Those applicants who do not live in a rural community or live outside the 100 km radius  will be placed in the random draw selection process following those applicants within the catchment area for that particular rural rotating site.

There is no difference in preference given to those who apply by mail or in person at the college’s Victoria Avenue East campus during any of the application windows for the three sites. 

Is Math for Nurses a requirement to apply?

Yes, you must successfully completed the 15-hour MATH-0014 Math for Nurses course with a minimum mark of 95% to apply. No transcript is needed; this will be in our student system if complete.