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Overview

Assiniboine’s two-year Practical Nursing diploma program prepares graduates to meet the entry-level competencies of the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Manitoba (CLPNM) and to be eligible to apply for licensure as a Practical Nurse in Manitoba. 

Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) are regulated healthcare professionals who provide nursing care to clients in a variety of healthcare settings, including hospitals, personal care homes, and the community.  

Program Learning Outcomes 

  • Integrate the CLPNM Standards of Practice and Conduct, Code of Ethics, and Entry-Level Competencies into the provision of nursing care. 
  • Adopt entry-to practice nursing professional behaviours including ethical practice, evidence-informed practice, personal management, and ongoing learning. 
  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal, therapeutic, culturally competent, and inter professional communication. 
  • Demonstrate safe practice in practical and clinical settings through provision of evidence-informed care, reporting, knowledge and documentation. 
  • Demonstrate effective care coordination related to client assessment, care planning, documentation, care management, client education, and the application of clinical judgment. 

Examples of what practical nurses licensed by CLPNM can do: 

  • Develop effective interpersonal relationships with clients, members of the health care team, and other stakeholders. 
  • Provides holistic and compassionate care in collaboration with the health care team. 
  • Establish and maintain a safe and caring environment that supports clients to achieve optimal health outcomes across the lifespan.  
  • Maintain clear, concise, accurate, and timely records of nursing interventions and assessment findings. 
  • Implement and evaluate appropriate nursing interventions in accordance with assessment findings.  
  • Make accurate, timely, and appropriate clinical decisions to produce the best possible care outcomes for clients across the lifespan.

Success Factors 

You might be a good fit for this program if you possess the following attributes: 

  • Positive attitude 
  • Physically and mentally healthy 
  • Strong study skills 
  • Well-developed interpersonal communication skills 
  • Problem solving skills/ability to think critically 
  • Professionalism 
  • Caring and compassionate 
  • Accountability 
  • Effective time management skills 

A valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle is strongly recommended given the potential need to travel for practicum placement. 

The industry and program environment require individuals to: 

  • Adhere to and apply the profession’s standards of practice and conduct, scope of practice, practice directions, and code of ethics, as well as organizational guidelines, policies, and procedures. 
  • Be accountable for your own decisions and actions and be committed to protecting the public. 
  • Be prepared to provide safe, competent, and ethical nursing care in a variety of settings to clients across the lifespan. 
  • Engage in self-reflection. 
  • Function in the presence of each of the following commonly encountered unavoidable environmental factors: distractions, unpredictable behaviour of others, noxious odours, disease agents, noise, and chemicals. 
  • Gain confidence in abilities through experience, and expand knowledge, skills, and judgment as you progress throughout your career. 
  • Perform and have control over physical actions to provide safe client care and to actively participate in educational activities, such as stand and maintain balance, possess manual dexterity, read, and lift. 
  • Practise within parameters defined by legislation, regulation, scope of practice, standards of practice and conduct, a code of ethics, practice directions and entry-level competencies. 
  • Recognize limitations and seek guidance from a valid, reliable resource, as well as follow the facilities Policies and Procedures. 
  • Work collaboratively as part of the interdisciplinary team to meet the holistic needs of the client. 
  • Be available to work all shifts, schedules, and conditions that are unique to the industry. 
  • Be responsible for all transportation to and from clinical units

Important:

Assiniboine has several permanent, on-campus training sites, as well as in-community or “rural rotating sites.” For a list of all locations and the details of each, please click the Locations tab above. 

Click this page’s Admissions tab for more information on applying to the Practical Nursing program, including all admission and competitive entry requirements. A handy Program Application Checklist is also provided to assist with the application process. The Admissions tab includes very important information related to all aspects of applying to Practical Nursing – it is imperative you read through all information provided.  

The FAQ section below provides many answers to the most common questions the college is asked. Interested applicants should review the FAQs found below and are encouraged to attend an online program information session.  

Admissions

  • A complete Manitoba Grade 12 or equivalent
  • English 40G/40S or equivalent, with a minimum mark of 60% (English language waivers are not permitted)
  • Pre-calculus, Applied or Consumer/Essential Mathematics 40S or equivalent with a minimum mark of 60%
  • Biology 40S or equivalent with a minimum mark of 60%
  • Successful completion of Preparation for Nursing (PEDV-0364) or Math for Nurses (MATH-0014). New offerings of Math for Nurses are no longer available. To view course availability for Preparation for Nursing and register, visit Instant Enrolment. To search for Preparation for Nursing, enter PEDV-0364 in the 'Course Code Number' field.
  • Proof of current certification in Basic Life Support (BLS) or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, Health Care Provider level (CPR-HCP)
  • Current criminal record vulnerable sector check (must be obtained by your local police/RCMP detachment)
  • Current child abuse registry check
  • Current adult abuse registry check
  • CASPer® assessment is necessary to ensure your soonest consideration for acceptance.

All items listed above are required at the time of application; CASPer® assessment is due by the application deadline. 

Early preparation is strongly recommended due to how long collating all admission requirement documents can take (e.g. obtaining criminal/child abuse/adult abuse registry checks).

All applicants must meet the English language proficiency requirement specific to the Practical Nursing program. There are no test-exempt countries to this program.

Program Application Checklist

Use the application checklist as a guide to gather all necessary documents to complete your application before submitting.

DOMESTIC & INternational APPLICATION Checklists

Continuous Admission

Applications are accepted throughout the year, and there is no specific deadline to apply; however, we have limited space available in each intake and acceptance of qualified applicants is offered continuously.

Applicants are encouraged to apply early with an application inclusive of all the admission items above.

Apply Now!

For all location information, including all permanent and rural rotating sites and the total number of seats available per intake, please visit the Locations tab on this webpage. 

International applicants can apply for entry into select locations of the Practical Nursing program.

View LOCATIONS & OTHER INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS 

Program Considerations

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

  • Use this Immunization Record to provide proof of up-to-date immunizations prior to practicum placement
  • Apply for Student Practical Nurse (SPN) registration directly with the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Manitoba (CLPNM). SPN registration must be obtained within six weeks of the program start date. 

College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Manitoba (CLPNM)

College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Manitoba (CLPNM) has registration conditions for the practical nursing profession in Manitoba. Graduates of the Practical Nursing program at Assiniboine are required to pass the licensure exam to be eligible for membership with the CLPNM as a Licensed Practical Nurse.

International Applicants

If you are an international applicant, please read our Helpful Information for International Applicants prior to applying to this program. Admission requirements for international applicants are the same as for domestic, which are noted at the top of this page. Practical Nursing program application checklist will help you to keep track of all of the admission requirements you need to fulfill. 

  • Please note that if you are an international applicant, you cannot register for the Preparation for Nursing (PEDV-0364) pre-requisite course online. Instead, you will need to either:

There are no test-exempt countries to this program. All applicants must meet the English language proficiency requirement specific to the Practical Nursing program. 

Careers & Connections

Career Opportunities

  • Hospitals
  • Personal care homes
  • Medical clinics
  • Private agencies
  • Community health programs
  • Post-graduate educational opportunities for nurses in dialysis, operating rooms, oncology, palliative care, foot care clinics, management and intensive care units

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

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: emergency, 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. Assiniboine currently has a partnership with:

  • 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.

Note: The Manitoba credential is recognized across Canada.

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 Checklist and Textbooks/Supplies

Technology Requirements

Students in this program are required to bring their own laptop for use on-campus. The laptop must meet the technical needs outlined by the program. Refer to assiniboine.net/tech for detailed information.

Courses & Costs

Taking Courses in Advance

If you want to get a jump start on our Practical Nursing program, Assiniboine’s School of Nursing offers certain courses that you can take in advance of your program start.
 
IMPORTANT: Please note, taking courses in advance can impact (i.e. reduce) your funding options for the full Practical Nursing program. It is strongly suggested that you discuss your plan and options with the Financial Aid & Awards Office before making this decision.

All courses are offered through the School of Nursing, but are listed in the Centre of Continuing Studies’ eGuide; this course and program guide is issued three times per year, so read each edition to see the offerings for the fall, winter and spring/summer.

If you decide that taking courses in advance is right for you, follow these steps to see what courses are currently offered:

  1. Go to the Continuing Studies eGuide
  2. Once on this page, open the guide and go to the “Working with People in Health” courses section and find the course you’d like to take. Make note of the course name and course number.
  3. Click on the checkmark icon beside the course name to enroll online through the college’s Instant Enrollment platform. 
  4. Once on the Instant Enrollment site, you will need to enter the course name and/or course number in the “Course Code Number or Keyword in Title” search box.  Note: if no search results appear after you have done this, it means all registration deadlines have passed and the course is no longer available for registration. 
  5. If you have questions regarding registering for a course in advance of your program start, contact the School of Nursing at 204.694.7111 or nursing@assiniboine.net

Costs

Estimated Program Costs (Domestic Students)
  Credits Tuition Course fees Students' Association fees (Inc Health Premium) Estimated textbooks, tools and supplies
Practical Nursing (YR 1 - January Intake) 41 $2,380 $890 $400 $3,710
Practical Nursing (YR 1 - September Intake) 59 $3,400 $1,250 $470 $4,890
Practical Nursing (YR 2 - January Intake) 65 $3,680 $1,030 $490 $3,380
Practical Nursing (YR 2 - September Intake) 47 $2,660 $670 $420 $2,210

All fees are estimated and subject to change without notice.

Estimated Program Costs (International Students)

 

  Credits Tuition Course Fees Students' Association fees (Inc Health Premium) Required Health Insurance Estimated textbooks, tools and supplies
Practical Nursing (YR 1 - January Intake) 41 $10,688 $887 $390 $750 $3,660
Practical Nursing (YR 1 - September Intake) 59  $15,269  $1,245 $450 $750 $4,680
Practical Nursing (YR 2 - January Intake) 65 $16,541  $1,023 $470 $750 $2,770
Practical Nursing (YR 2 - September Intake) 47  $11,961   $665 $410 $750 $1,760

Courses

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. Course offerings are subject to change and may vary by intake.

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.

 

Year 1 - January
Title Credits/CEUs Elective Distance PLAR
Anatomy & Physiology 1 (SCIE-0005)

Learners need to comprehend normal body structure and function in order to provide safe and competent care to the client. The structure of the human body and the physiology of the various systems are examined and discussed. Pathologies are explored.

6 credit(s) No Yes No
Anatomy & Physiology 2 (SCIE-0006)

Prerequisite: SCIE-0005 Anatomy & Physiology 1
This is a continuation of Anatomy and Physiology 1, where various systems are discussed concurrently with the study of structure.

6 credit(s) No Yes No
Canadian Nursing Principles (HLTH-0183)

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the discipline of practical nursing. Course concepts include foundations of nursing within the wellness model.

3 credit(s) No No No
College Foundations (PEDV-0356)

This course improves students’ ability to navigate the college experience and environment, including student's rights, roles, and responsibilities. In this course, students reflect on their skills, attitudes, and expectations and develop learning strategies to help them to become successful, resilient, and self-directed learners. The course covers topics such as success in online learning, time management strategies, learning strategies, assessment taking strategies, academic integrity, information and digital literacy, and wellness, among others. It integrates elements of student orientation.

0 credit(s) No No No
Gerontological Nursing (HLTH-0012)

This course introduces the learner to health, well-being and aging. It examines the age-related changes in all body systems in order to assist the learner in assessing and understanding the status of the gerontological client. Gerontological nursing in diverse settings is explored along with the legal and ethical considerations for nursing practice.

3 credit(s) No No No
Human Growth and Development (HLTH-0007)

Learners study the normal growth and development across the human lifespan and take into account the physical, cognitive, social, spiritual and emotional factors.

3 credit(s) No No No
Interpersonal Communications (COMM-0038)

In this course, learners explore effective interpersonal communication through self-examination, communication processes and the opportunity to practice by a variety of exercises.

3 credit(s) No No No
Nursing Arts and Assessment 1 (HLTH-0010)

Prerequisite: PRAC-0218 Practicum 1 - NURSD
This course has a laboratory component that focuses the learner on developing basic knowledge and nursing skills required to assist the clients in the promotion of independence, activity, comfort and personal care. Learners develop skills and medical terminology related to nursing practice.

6 credit(s) No No No
Nutrition (HLTH-0236)

This course explores the relationship between food and its use by the human body for energy, structure and optimal health. Students study the body's normal nutritional needs and recommended daily dietary allowances for calories, protein, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. Learners engage in course theory to consider important concepts related to medical conditions and to evaluate nutrition throughout the lifespan and in the prevention of diseases.

3 credit(s) No No No
Practicum 1 - NURSD (PRAC-0218)

Prerequisites: SCIE-0005 Anatomy & Physiology 1, HLTH-0183 Canadian Nursing Principles, COMM-0038 Interpersonal Communications, PSSY-0026 Psychology, PSSY-0079 Sociology
This one-week practicum offers the learner an opportunity to observe the determinants of health in relationship to the local environment. Learners explore agencies providing health promotion and illness prevention services and observe individuals of all ages functioning within the community setting.

1 credit(s) No No No
Practicum 2 - NURSD (PRAC-0219)

Prerequisites: SCIE-0006 Anatomy & Physiology 2, HLTH-0012 Gerontological Nursing, HLTH-0007 Human Growth and Development, HLTH-0010 Nursing Arts and Assessment 1, HLTH-0236 Nutrition, PRAC-0218 Practicum 1 - NURSD
This one-week practicum provides the learner with the opportunity to integrate theory learned in term two into practice. The learner cares for the gerontological client, accurately measuring vital signs and assisting with activities of daily living.

1 credit(s) No No No
Psychology (PSSY-0026)

In this course, learners begin to examine basic concepts and principles of individual behaviour. Nursing requires effective interpersonal skills and an ability to relate to people in a broad range of circumstances.

3 credit(s) No No No
Sociology (PSSY-0079)

This course explores the process of socialization and discusses how culture affects the totality of our lives. Learners examine social deviance and social control and look at the social dynamics of racial, ethnic and minority groups in our society. The processes and effects of social stratification are discussed.

3 credit(s) No Yes No
Year 1 - September
Title Credits/CEUs Elective Distance PLAR
Anatomy & Physiology 1 (SCIE-0005)

Learners need to comprehend normal body structure and function in order to provide safe and competent care to the client. The structure of the human body and the physiology of the various systems are examined and discussed. Pathologies are explored.

6 credit(s) No Yes No
Anatomy & Physiology 2 (SCIE-0006)

Prerequisite: SCIE-0005 Anatomy & Physiology 1
This is a continuation of Anatomy and Physiology 1, where various systems are discussed concurrently with the study of structure.

6 credit(s) No Yes No
Canadian Nursing Principles (HLTH-0183)

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the discipline of practical nursing. Course concepts include foundations of nursing within the wellness model.

3 credit(s) No No No
College Foundations (PEDV-0356)

This course improves students’ ability to navigate the college experience and environment, including student's rights, roles, and responsibilities. In this course, students reflect on their skills, attitudes, and expectations and develop learning strategies to help them to become successful, resilient, and self-directed learners. The course covers topics such as success in online learning, time management strategies, learning strategies, assessment taking strategies, academic integrity, information and digital literacy, and wellness, among others. It integrates elements of student orientation.

0 credit(s) No No No
Gerontological Nursing (HLTH-0012)

This course introduces the learner to health, well-being and aging. It examines the age-related changes in all body systems in order to assist the learner in assessing and understanding the status of the gerontological client. Gerontological nursing in diverse settings is explored along with the legal and ethical considerations for nursing practice.

3 credit(s) No No No
Human Growth and Development (HLTH-0007)

Learners study the normal growth and development across the human lifespan and take into account the physical, cognitive, social, spiritual and emotional factors.

3 credit(s) No No No
Interpersonal Communications (COMM-0038)

In this course, learners explore effective interpersonal communication through self-examination, communication processes and the opportunity to practice by a variety of exercises.

3 credit(s) No No No
Medical Microbiology (SCIE-0073)

This course focuses on the types of microbes and their interactions with humans. Emphasis is given to the physiology of microorganisms, body responses to disease and the effects of microbes on organ systems. Labs consist of hands on experience with microscopes, animations and videos of microbiology lab techniques and results, sample collections and virtual lab experiences.

3 credit(s) No No No
Nursing Arts and Assessment 1 (HLTH-0010)

Prerequisite: PRAC-0218 Practicum 1 - NURSD
This course has a laboratory component that focuses the learner on developing basic knowledge and nursing skills required to assist the clients in the promotion of independence, activity, comfort and personal care. Learners develop skills and medical terminology related to nursing practice.

6 credit(s) No No No
Nursing Arts and Assessment 2 (HLTH-0015)

Prerequisite: PRAC-0219 Practicum 2 - NURSD
Learners build on the knowledge and skills acquired in term one, and develop clinical nursing skills required in caring for clients with assessment, planning, implementing and evaluating strategies that promote the client's health.

6 credit(s) No No No
Nutrition (HLTH-0236)

This course explores the relationship between food and its use by the human body for energy, structure and optimal health. Students study the body's normal nutritional needs and recommended daily dietary allowances for calories, protein, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. Learners engage in course theory to consider important concepts related to medical conditions and to evaluate nutrition throughout the lifespan and in the prevention of diseases.

3 credit(s) No No No
Pharmacology 1 (HLTH-0184)

Prerequisite: PRAC-0219 Practicum 2 - NURSD
This course introduces the basic concepts and principles including pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, pharmcotherapeutics, and the practical nurse's role in drug therapy.

3 credit(s) No No No
Physical Health Assessment (HLTH-0011)

Prerequisite: PRAC-0219 Practicum 2 - NURSD
Physical health assessment is an integral aspect of nursing practice. Learners develop a systematic approach in obtaining complete and accurate historical information from clients, performing a physical examination and making clinical assessments regarding clients' needs. Learners differentiate between normal and abnormal findings. Emphasis is placed on the physical, psychosocial and cultural needs of individuals across the lifespan.

3 credit(s) No Yes No
Practicum 1 - NURSD (PRAC-0218)

Prerequisites: SCIE-0005 Anatomy & Physiology 1, HLTH-0183 Canadian Nursing Principles, COMM-0038 Interpersonal Communications, PSSY-0026 Psychology, PSSY-0079 Sociology
This one-week practicum offers the learner an opportunity to observe the determinants of health in relationship to the local environment. Learners explore agencies providing health promotion and illness prevention services and observe individuals of all ages functioning within the community setting.

1 credit(s) No No No
Practicum 2 - NURSD (PRAC-0219)

Prerequisites: SCIE-0006 Anatomy & Physiology 2, HLTH-0012 Gerontological Nursing, HLTH-0007 Human Growth and Development, HLTH-0010 Nursing Arts and Assessment 1, HLTH-0236 Nutrition, PRAC-0218 Practicum 1 - NURSD
This one-week practicum provides the learner with the opportunity to integrate theory learned in term two into practice. The learner cares for the gerontological client, accurately measuring vital signs and assisting with activities of daily living.

1 credit(s) No No No
Practicum 3 - NURSD (PRAC-0220)

Prerequisites: SCIE-0073 Medical Microbiology, HLTH-0015 Nursing Arts and Assessment 2, HLTH-0184 Pharmacology 1, HLTH-0011 Physical Health Assessment
This three-week practicum provides the learner with a supervised experience in the long-term care setting. Learners are expected to integrate theory and practice while caring for the elderly in a structured environment. The learner studies the practical nurses' role and responsibilities for safe administration of medication by a variety of selected routes.

3 credit(s) No No No
Psychology (PSSY-0026)

In this course, learners begin to examine basic concepts and principles of individual behaviour. Nursing requires effective interpersonal skills and an ability to relate to people in a broad range of circumstances.

3 credit(s) No No No
Sociology (PSSY-0079)

This course explores the process of socialization and discusses how culture affects the totality of our lives. Learners examine social deviance and social control and look at the social dynamics of racial, ethnic and minority groups in our society. The processes and effects of social stratification are discussed.

3 credit(s) No Yes No
Year 2 - January
Title Credits/CEUs Elective Distance PLAR
Community Nursing (HLTH-0019)

Prerequisite: PRAC-0221 Practicum 4 - NURSD
In this course, learners explore the multiple dimensions of health, health behaviours and environmental and social factors that affect health and/or health behaviour. Alternative health behaviours and therapies are explored.

3 credit(s) No No No
Health Restoration & Reorg 1 (HLTH-0133)

Prerequisite: PRAC-0220 Practicum 3 - NURSD
This course provides the learner with the knowledge and skills to care for clients and families in the acute and chronic phase of an illness in a variety of health care settings.

6 credit(s) No No No
Health Restoration & Reorg 2 (HLTH-0134)

Prerequisite: PRAC-0220 Practicum 3 - NURSD
This course focuses on conditions and considerations that may arise in the acute care of pediatric and maternal/newborn populations. It follows the child and family from neonate through normal growth and development.

3 credit(s) No No No
Medical Microbiology (SCIE-0073)

This course focuses on the types of microbes and their interactions with humans. Emphasis is given to the physiology of microorganisms, body responses to disease and the effects of microbes on organ systems. Labs consist of hands on experience with microscopes, animations and videos of microbiology lab techniques and results, sample collections and virtual lab experiences.

3 credit(s) No No No
Mental Health (HLTH-0182)

Prerequisite: PRAC-0221 Practicum 4 - NURSD
This course focuses on the concepts of mental health and illness for all ages in today's society.

3 credit(s) No No No
Nursing Arts and Assessment 2 (HLTH-0015)

Prerequisite: PRAC-0219 Practicum 2 - NURSD
Learners build on the knowledge and skills acquired in term one, and develop clinical nursing skills required in caring for clients with assessment, planning, implementing and evaluating strategies that promote the client's health.

6 credit(s) No No No
Nursing Arts and Assessment 3 (HLTH-0186)

Prerequisite: PRAC-0220 Practicum 3 - NURSD
Learners enhance their knowledge and skills acquired in the previous terms, and focus on the development of clinical nursing skills to care for clients of all ages.

9 credit(s) No No No
Pharmacology 1 (HLTH-0184)

Prerequisite: PRAC-0219 Practicum 2 - NURSD
This course introduces the basic concepts and principles including pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, pharmcotherapeutics, and the practical nurse's role in drug therapy.

3 credit(s) No No No
Pharmacology 2 (HLTH-0185)

Prerequisite: PRAC-0220 Practicum 3 - NURSD
This course covers the advanced concepts and principles including pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, pharmcotherapeutics and the practical nurse's role in drug therapy.

3 credit(s) No No No
Physical Health Assessment (HLTH-0011)

Prerequisite: PRAC-0219 Practicum 2 - NURSD
Physical health assessment is an integral aspect of nursing practice. Learners develop a systematic approach in obtaining complete and accurate historical information from clients, performing a physical examination and making clinical assessments regarding clients' needs. Learners differentiate between normal and abnormal findings. Emphasis is placed on the physical, psychosocial and cultural needs of individuals across the lifespan.

3 credit(s) No Yes No
Practicum 3 - NURSD (PRAC-0220)

Prerequisites: SCIE-0073 Medical Microbiology, HLTH-0015 Nursing Arts and Assessment 2, HLTH-0184 Pharmacology 1, HLTH-0011 Physical Health Assessment
This three-week practicum provides the learner with a supervised experience in the long-term care setting. Learners are expected to integrate theory and practice while caring for the elderly in a structured environment. The learner studies the practical nurses' role and responsibilities for safe administration of medication by a variety of selected routes.

3 credit(s) No No No
Practicum 4 - NURSD (PRAC-0221)

Prerequisites: HLTH-0133 Health Restoration & Reorg 1, HLTH-0134 Health Restoration & Reorg 2, HLTH-0185 Pharmacology 2, HLTH-0186 Nursing Arts and Assessment 3
This eight-week practicum provides the learner with an opportunity to integrate theory with clinical practice under the supervision of a nursing faculty member. Learners provide care to clients of all ages who are in the acute stage of their illness/ disease. Practicum settings include: surgery, medicine, maternity, pediatrics, and community.

8 credit(s) No No No
Professional Leadership (PEDV-0011)

Prerequisite: PRAC-0221 Practicum 4 - NURSD
This course prepares learners for their role in the nursing profession. It includes the opportunity for learners to examine personal, professional and leadership qualities that enhance their performance as a member of the health care team.

3 credit(s) No No No
Senior Practicum Acute Care (PRAC-0222)

Prerequisites: HLTH-0019 Community Nursing, HLTH-0182 Mental Health, PEDV-0011 Professional Leadership
This six-week practicum provides the learner with the opportunity to synthesize acquired knowledge and skills and gain competence in the role and responsibilities of the graduate Practical Nurse in the acute care setting. The preceptor process is used to empower the learner to function independently.

6 credit(s) No No No
Senior Practicum Long Term (PRAC-0049)

Prerequisites: PEDV-0011 Professional Leadership, HLTH-0019 Community Nursing, HLTH-0182 Mental Health
This three-week practicum provides the learner with the opportunity to synthesize acquired knowledge and skills and gain competence in the role and responsibilities of the graduate Practical Nurse in the long term care setting. The preceptor process is used to empower the learner to function independently.

3 credit(s) No No No
Year 2 - September
Title Credits/CEUs Elective Distance PLAR
Community Nursing (HLTH-0019)

Prerequisite: PRAC-0221 Practicum 4 - NURSD
In this course, learners explore the multiple dimensions of health, health behaviours and environmental and social factors that affect health and/or health behaviour. Alternative health behaviours and therapies are explored.

3 credit(s) No No No
Health Restoration & Reorg 1 (HLTH-0133)

Prerequisite: PRAC-0220 Practicum 3 - NURSD
This course provides the learner with the knowledge and skills to care for clients and families in the acute and chronic phase of an illness in a variety of health care settings.

6 credit(s) No No No
Health Restoration & Reorg 2 (HLTH-0134)

Prerequisite: PRAC-0220 Practicum 3 - NURSD
This course focuses on conditions and considerations that may arise in the acute care of pediatric and maternal/newborn populations. It follows the child and family from neonate through normal growth and development.

3 credit(s) No No No
Mental Health (HLTH-0182)

Prerequisite: PRAC-0221 Practicum 4 - NURSD
This course focuses on the concepts of mental health and illness for all ages in today's society.

3 credit(s) No No No
Nursing Arts and Assessment 3 (HLTH-0186)

Prerequisite: PRAC-0220 Practicum 3 - NURSD
Learners enhance their knowledge and skills acquired in the previous terms, and focus on the development of clinical nursing skills to care for clients of all ages.

9 credit(s) No No No
Pharmacology 2 (HLTH-0185)

Prerequisite: PRAC-0220 Practicum 3 - NURSD
This course covers the advanced concepts and principles including pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, pharmcotherapeutics and the practical nurse's role in drug therapy.

3 credit(s) No No No
Practicum 4 - NURSD (PRAC-0221)

Prerequisites: HLTH-0133 Health Restoration & Reorg 1, HLTH-0134 Health Restoration & Reorg 2, HLTH-0185 Pharmacology 2, HLTH-0186 Nursing Arts and Assessment 3
This eight-week practicum provides the learner with an opportunity to integrate theory with clinical practice under the supervision of a nursing faculty member. Learners provide care to clients of all ages who are in the acute stage of their illness/ disease. Practicum settings include: surgery, medicine, maternity, pediatrics, and community.

8 credit(s) No No No
Professional Leadership (PEDV-0011)

Prerequisite: PRAC-0221 Practicum 4 - NURSD
This course prepares learners for their role in the nursing profession. It includes the opportunity for learners to examine personal, professional and leadership qualities that enhance their performance as a member of the health care team.

3 credit(s) No No No
Senior Practicum Acute Care (PRAC-0222)

Prerequisites: HLTH-0019 Community Nursing, HLTH-0182 Mental Health, PEDV-0011 Professional Leadership
This six-week practicum provides the learner with the opportunity to synthesize acquired knowledge and skills and gain competence in the role and responsibilities of the graduate Practical Nurse in the acute care setting. The preceptor process is used to empower the learner to function independently.

6 credit(s) No No No
Senior Practicum Long Term (PRAC-0049)

Prerequisites: PEDV-0011 Professional Leadership, HLTH-0019 Community Nursing, HLTH-0182 Mental Health
This three-week practicum provides the learner with the opportunity to synthesize acquired knowledge and skills and gain competence in the role and responsibilities of the graduate Practical Nurse in the long term care setting. The preceptor process is used to empower the learner to function independently.

3 credit(s) No No No

Locations

Permanent Locations 

Assiniboine has four permanent sites in the province that offer the Practical Nursing diploma:

Victoria Avenue East campus | Brandon (Applications are open)
  • Intakes are offered twice a year in January and September
  • 35 seats are available for each intake
Portage campus | Southport (Applications are open)
  • Intakes are offered every year in September
  • 35 seats are available for each intake
Winnipeg campus | Winnipeg (Applications are open)
  • Intakes are offered every year in January and September
  • 35 seats are available for each intake
  • An additional intake in January 2024 with 35 seats available in the afternoon/evening
  • Not available for international students
Parkland campus | Dauphin 
  • Intakes are offered every other year in September; the next intake is September 2025
  • 25 seats are available for each intake

 

Rural Rotating Sites

In addition to our permanent program sites, Assiniboine offers in-community training known as rural rotating sites. These programs rotate throughout the province every two years. There are four rural rotating sites every second year - one rural rotating site per regional health authority (RHA) plus one site that is not fixed by RHA. For rural rotating sites, admission priority will be given to those who live in a rural community within 100 km of the site and/or those within the health region. 

There are 25 seats per training site. Domestic students only.

Assiniboine has the following rural rotating training sites announced for 2024-25:

Virden - September 2024 start (Applications are open)
  • This is the Prairie Mountain Health RHA site for 2024-25
  • Classes begin September 2024
  • Applications are open
Otterburne - September 2024 start (Applications are open)
  • This is the Southern Health-Santé Sud RHA site for 2024-25
  • Classes begin September 2024
  • Applications are open
Morden - January 2025 start (Applications are open)
  • This is the non-fixed RHA site for 2024-25
  • Classes begin January 2025
  • Applications are open
Beausejour - January 2025 start (Applications are open)
  • This is the Interlake-Eastern RHA site for 2024-2025
  • Classes begin January 2025
  • Applications are open

 

IMPORTANT:

The admissions tab includes very important information related to all aspects of applying to Practical Nursing – it is imperative you read through all information provided. 
 
The FAQ section below provides many answers to the most common questions the college is asked. Interested applicants should review the FAQs found below and are encouraged to attend an online program information session

Fast Facts

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the next program information session?

Program information sessions are completely free to attend, and we invite you to bring a guest along as well. It's a good idea to register in advance so we know you're coming.

To find the complete schedule for our program information sessions and to RSVP, visit the program information session page.

Can I take the Practical Nursing program by distance?

No, the Practical Nursing program is not available by distance.

I do not meet admission requirements for the Practical Nursing program. How do I upgrade my Math, English or Biology?

Assiniboine offers high school courses at our Centre for Adult Learning in Brandon and Parkland Campus in Dauphin. Adult Learning Centres also exist in many communities and may offer the courses you need.

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 Biology at the Grade 12 level.
  • For those educated outside of Canada, please refer to the Chart of Admission Requirements for Country. This chart describes the educational requirement for many countries.

If you don't have a Grade 12 or equivalent, you will need to upgrade prior to applying. Assiniboine offers high school courses at our Centre for Adult Learning in Brandon and Parkland Campus in Dauphin. Adult Learning Centres also exist in many communities and may offer the courses you need.

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

A first-year undergraduate course in English, mathematics or biology 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 Assiniboine’s SCIE-0005 Anatomy & Physiology 1 course, it will be accepted in place of Biology 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.

Assiniboine offers high school courses at our Centre for Adult Learning in Brandon and Parkland Campus in Dauphin. For more information, visit www.assiniboine.net/mshs. Adult Learning Centres also exist in many communities and may offer the courses you need.

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.

Why do I need a current criminal record vulnerable sector check, child abuse registry check and adult abuse registry check while I am taking the program?

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 Child Abuse Registry and/or Adult Abuse Registry will be unable to complete the program if they require practicum experiences involving persons in care. If you fall into one of these categories, please contact the School of Health & Human Services prior to applying.

What does the competitive entry process look like?

In the competitive entry process, applicants will be selected on the basis of three criteria namely, college eligibility, program eligibility, and application selection. Please refer to the competitive entry page accessed from www.assiniboine.net/admissions for more information about application selection.

Do I need to prove English language proficiency (ELP)?

If you were educated in English in Canada, you generally do not need to prove English language proficiency. However, you should refer to the specific requirements for the Practical Nursing program on our PN ELP webpage to ensure you meet the minimum requirements.

If you were educated outside of Canada, you must read the PN ELP information and submit documentation with your application that proves your English language proficiency. There are no test-exempt countries.

What is CASPer testing?

We use the CASPer test to obtain an assessment of your personal competencies as an applicant. Find more information on our CASPer information page. You can also read more about CASPer testing here: takecasper.com/faq

When will I know if I am accepted to the Practical Nursing program?

Applications submitted are assessed for admission requirements and will receive a response via email within two to four weeks of submission.

Admission decisions are being made continuously, and some applicants who rank highest are offered early acceptance, whereas others may not hear until closer to the start date, pending available seats at that time.

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

Yes, you must include a copy of your valid Permanent Resident card with your complete application.

I was educated outside of Canada, what are the requirements? Can someone assess my transcripts to tell me if I am eligible to apply?

We do not pre-assess prospective students documents prior to the submission of a complete application. For any applicant, including those educated outside of Canada, we are looking for at least 12 years of formal education, including language arts (equivalent to Manitoba’s English 40S), math, and biology, at the 12th year level or later, with the minimum grade of 60%. It depends on your own personal education as to whether or not any upgrading would be required before applying. If you don’t feel that you have the required 60% or equivalent, you should enroll in upgrading at the high school or post-secondary level, to ensure that your application can still be considered.

Can I apply to more than one location?

Yes, you can apply to more than one location. You will need to submit a complete online application and the application fee for each location. If accepted, you must be prepared to take the entire program at the location you are accepted to.

I am planning to apply to the Practical Nursing program, but haven’t submitted my application yet. Will the changes in admission requirements have any impact on me?

If you have successfully completed the Math for Nurses course (MATH-0014) and you apply to start the Practical Nursing program prior to June 30, 2026, then your Math for Nurses course credit will be valid for application to the program.

If you have successfully completed the Math for Nurses course (MATH-0014) and you apply to start the Practical Nursing program after June 30, 2026, then you will be required to complete the Preparation for Nursing (PEDV-0364) course.

If you have not taken the Math for Nurses course (MATH-0014), and it is after June 30, 2023, you will be required to take the Preparation for Nursing (PEDV-0364) course.

I did not successfully complete the Math for Nurses (MATH-0014) course and it is after June 30, 2023. Do I need to complete the Preparation for Nursing (PEDV-0364) course or can I take the Math for Nurses (MATH-0014) course over again?

If you are unsuccessful in the Math for Nurses course (MATH-0014) and it is after June 30, 2023, you will have to register in the Preparation for Nursing course (PREP-0364) and successfully complete this course in order to submit your application to the nursing program.

I have started the Math for Nurses (MATH-0014) course prior to July 1, 2023. Do I need to complete the Preparation for Nursing (PEDV-0364) course as well?

No. If you have registered to start the MATH for Nurses course (MATH-0014) before July 1, 2023, you have the opportunity to complete the course within the allotted course delivery timeframe.

I successfully completed the Math for Nurses (MATH-0014) course and received my credit. Do I need to complete Preparation for Nursing (PEDV-0364) as well?

If you have successfully completed the Math for Nurses course (MATH-0014) and you apply to start the Practical Nursing program prior to June 30, 2026, then your Math for Nurses course credit will be valid for application to the program.

If you have successfully completed the Math for Nurses course (MATH-0014) and you apply to start the Practical Nursing program after June 30, 2026, then you will be required to complete Preparation for Nursing (PEDV-0364).

What immunizations are required and when do I need them for the Practical Nursing program?

Please note that Practical Nursing students are required to complete all immunizations. Use this Immunization Record to provide proof of up-to-date immunizations prior to practicum placement.

When you receive a letter from the Admissions department indicating your acceptance, you should begin the process of obtaining your immunizations, which will need to submit to the Practicum Coordinator (nursingdocuments@assiniboine.net).

Note to applicants requiring the Hepatitis B immunization: This immunization requires three doses spaced a number of months apart and requires a minimum of 6 months to complete. Your record can be submitted after you've received the 1st injection unless you are receiving the 2nd or 3rd injection prior to your program start date.

I have been conditionally accepted or placed on standby and asked to submit official transcripts, but I already provided uploads with my application. Why are these not considered?

Initial assessments are made based on transcripts uploaded to the online system; however, original official transcripts must be sent to our Admissions office to verify your records.

Please mail to the Registrar’s Office (1430 Victoria Ave E, Brandon, MB R7A 2A9).

We accept electronic copies as official, only if they are sent to us directly from the school you attended to admissions@assiniboine.net.

I am accepted into the Practical Nursing Program, can I defer to a different intake?

No. If you are accepted and choose not to attend, you will be required to apply the following year.

Only those with medical requests from their doctor can be considered by the Registrar.

Can I take courses before I start the Practical Nursing program?

A few Term 1 and Term 2 courses are available by distance or as evening classes. Taking courses in advance could impact (reduce) your funding options for the full program. It is strongly suggested you discuss this with the Financial Aid & Awards Office before making this decision.

Can I obtain credit for previous education for the Practical Nursing program?

Accepted students can apply for assessment for credit for previous education once they have received their official acceptance letter for their program and start date. See here for the policy, procedure, and application for credit form. Courses must have been taken from a recognized institution in Manitoba. Previous education will be reviewed based on the completion date and content relevance.

To submit a request for transfer credit, email the form to transfercredit@assiniboine.net.

If I start the Practical Nursing program at one campus, can I transfer to another campus later? (e.g. I'm from Winnipeg; can I start in Portage and transfer to Winnipeg in a later term?)

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

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.

Can I choose where I complete my practicum?

No, you must plan to do practicums in the location planned for your campus.

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

Please refer to the Locations tab on this program page for details on dates and locations for the rural rotating sites.