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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%
  • Biology 40S 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 scroll to "Math courses" for availability & pricing)
  • Proof of current certification in Basic Life Support (BLS) or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, Health Care Provider level (CPR-HCP)
  • Current criminal record check
  • Current child abuse registry check
  • Current adult abuse registry check

All applicants are expected to meet the English language proficiency requirements as noted in assiniboine.net/pnelp

All applicants must meet admission requirements. If you don’t meet these admission requirements, your application will not be considered. Use the Program Application Checklist  to help you collate your documents to ensure your application is complete prior to applying online

This is a competitive entry program. Early application is strongly recommended. View the competitive entry requirements for this program.

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)

* The Practical Nursing program does not permit English language waivers.

Criminal Record Check/Abuse Registry Checks

Many agencies where students are placed for practicum experience require students to disclose convictions for any offences. In some instances, applicants with a criminal record or listed on the Child Abuse and/or Adult Abuse Registry may not be admitted to the program. If you fall into one of these categories, please contact the School of Nursing prior to applying.

Application Deadlines

For the 2022-23 academic year

Brandon, Winnipeg, and Portage la Prairie open October 1, 2021, and will close March 31, 2022. Applicants are required to meet the new admission requirements, including the competitive entry requirement.

Dauphin no intake; application dates for 2023-24 will be posted at a later date.

The next rural rotating site will be offered in January 2023. Information will be posted when the location is confirmed.

All items are required at the time of application. The online application guides you through the items. Use the Program Application Checklist to help you collate your documents to ensure your application is complete prior to applying online. 

This is a competitive entry program - applicants are selected after the application closing date (March 31, 2022), so the order in which applications are received has no bearing on acceptance. 

Once you have applied, ensure you read and act upon any correspondence from Admissions.

Careers & Connections

Career Opportunities

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.

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 Checklists:

Booklist:

Supply List:

Technology Requirements

Programs at Assiniboine have certain technology requirements. Students require access to computer devices at home and may be required to bring these on campus when instructed. Refer to assiniboine.net/tech  for more detailed information about the requirements for this program. 

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
  Credits Tuition Course fees Students' Association fees (Inc Health Premium) Estimated textbooks, tools and supplies
Practical Nursing (YR 1 - January Intake) 41 $2,110 $800 $380 $3,590
Practical Nursing (YR 1 - September Intake) 59 $3,030 $1,140 $440 $4,530
Practical Nursing (YR 2 - January Intake) 65 $3,340 $950 $460 $2,440
Practical Nursing (YR 2 - September Intake) 47 $2,420 $620 $400 $1,500

All fees are estimated and subject to change without notice.

This program has certain ‘bring your own device’ requirements that means you may need to purchase certain technology if you do not already own. Please visit assiniboine.net/byod for more information.

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-0345)

This course will improve students' ability to navigate the college experience and environment, including student's rights, roles, and responsibilities. In this course, students will 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

Additional Info

Rotating Sites - FAQs

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

The following sites are in progress:

  • September 2020 - Portage la Prairie (Southport) 
  • January 2021 - Arborg 

25 seats available in each location.

The rural program location for January 2023 is not in place; the announcement will be shared when the location is confirmed.

Effective September 2022, Portage la Prairie becomes a permanent site with 35 seats. Read the News Release about Practical Nursing in Portage la Prairie. Interested applicants are encourage to attend a program information session, review the admission requirements and application timelines on the Admissions tab of this website.

Fast Facts

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I find out more about the Practical Nursing program?

Review the information on the practical nursing program webpages and make sure to register and attend a Practical Nursing program information session.

When is the college accepting applications for Practical Nursing?

Applications for the 2021-22 academic year are closed:

  • Brandon (September 2021 and January 2022 intakes) – closed January 29, 2021
  • Winnipeg (September 2021 and January 2022 intakes) – closed April 30, 2021
  • Dauphin (September 2021 intake) – closed April 30, 2021

There are no rural sites in 2021-22.

For the 2022-23 academic year:

  • Brandon, Winnipeg and Portage la Prairie will open October 1, 2021 and close March 31, 2022. Applicants are required to meet the new admission requirements, including the competitive entry requirement. CASPer test dates for this application window will be posted in the summer.
  • Dauphin no intake; application dates for 2023-24 will be posted at a later date.
  • The next rural rotating site will be offered in January 2023. Information will be posted when the location is confirmed.

Note: since this is a competitive entry program, and applicants are specially selected after application closing, the order in which applications are received has no bearing on acceptance.

When will I know if I am accepted to the program for the 2021-22 Winnipeg intakes?

Applications submitted during the application window Feb 1 – April 30, 2021 are being assessed.

Applicants offered a seat for the 2021-22 academic year, will receive acceptance letters via Canada Post, in June 2021 and are required to pay the $400 tuition deposit to confirm their seat the deadline indicated in their acceptance letter.

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

The rural program location for January 2023 is not in place; the announcement will be shared when the location is confirmed.

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

Assiniboine offers high school courses at our Adult Collegiate 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.

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.

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

Is the demand for Practical Nursing still high?

According to the college's 2019 graduate survey, 100% 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, Assiniboine 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 include us a copy of your Permanent Resident card with your complete application when you submit online.

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.

If you don’t meet the admission requirement, you will need to upgrade prior to applying. Assiniboine offers high school courses at our Adult Collegiate 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.

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 Adult Collegiate 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.

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.

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% before you apply. No transcript is needed; this will be in our student system if complete. You do not need to re-take Math for Nurses each time you apply to the program.

Where and how can I take Math for Nurses?

Math for Nurses is available from the Centre of Continuing studies via classroom or online/distance delivery. Go to our Continuing Studies page and search for Math courses for availability and pricing. Online offerings of Math for Nurses can be completed earlier than their scheduled end date. You may have to ensure that you complete early, in order to submit your complete application before the April 30 deadline.

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, require students to 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

When should I get Child Abuse Registry check, Adult Abuse Registry check, Criminal Record check and Basic Life Support/CPR?

The Criminal Record Check, Child Abuse Registry Check and Adult Abuse Registry Check (suitability checks) and CPR (HCP/BLS level) certification are required with your application to the program and must remain current for the duration of the program. Please refer to the Program Application Checklist for full details on the items that you must submit at time of application.

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?

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) by your start date in the program.

Also, upon your start date, you will be required to submit current suitability checks (dated within 6 months) to the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Manitoba (CLPNM) in order to obtain your Student Practical Nurse (SPN) licence.

If I am accepted, 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. As soon as 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.

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. If you are accepted and choose not to attend, you will be required to apply the following year.

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.

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 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.

Can I take the Practical Nursing program by distance?

No, the Practical Nursing program is not available by distance. There are a few Term 1 and Term 2 courses that are available either by distance or as evening classes. Taking courses in advance, could impact (reduce) your funding options if you are accepted to the full program. It is strongly suggested you discuss Financial Aid & Awards Officer in our Financial Aid & Awards Office before making the decision.

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?

There are a few Term 1 and Term 2 courses that are available either - 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 with the Financial Aid & Awards Office before making this decision.

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.

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 have been placed on a standby list for 2021-22, what does that mean?

Practical Nursing is a high demand program. Assiniboine regularly receives 4 to 5 applications for each available seat.

Applicants have been accepted to fill all seats at all locations for 2021-22. Sometimes, accepted applicants choose not to attend. If any accepted student chooses not to attend, that seat will be offered to those on the standby list. This ensures all seats remain filled to program capacity.

If you are on a standby list, you may be offered a seat for September 2021 or January 2022. We will contact you and you will have a deadline to accept the seat and pay the non-refundable tuition deposit.

If you are not offered a seat in 2021-22, your file will be closed. You may, of course, apply to the program again for the 2022-23 academic year. Please refer to www.assiniboine.net/nursing for the application window for 2022-23. No waitlists are carried forward from year to year.

I have been accepted to the January 2022 Practical Nursing program in 2021-22, can I be on standby for September 2021?

You have been offered a seat for January 2022 - if you want to be on standby for September 2021, you would need to decline your seat for January 2022 and request to be on standby for September 2021 instead. Please keep in mind that if you decline your seat in January 2022, it will be filled by another applicant and you are not longer guaranteed a position in the program.

If a space becomes available in September 2021, standby students are contacted in order, to be offered that seat. Email admissions@assiniboine.net with your name, program and student ID if you wish to decline January 2022 and be placed on standby for September 2021 instead.

I was not offered a seat in 2021-22, can I apply during the next application window?

Yes, you can. Please refer to www.assiniboine.net/nursing for application deadlines.

Practical Nursing is a high demand program. Assiniboine regularly receives 4 to 5 applications for each available seat. This means that not all applicants can be offered a seat.

Practical Nursing is a competitive entry program. As well as meeting academic requirements, applicants also complete an independent assessment (CASPer). This enables applicants to demonstrate their personal competencies.

Note: Math for Nurses (MATH-0014) does not expire, so if you have previously successfully completed it, you will not be required to do so again; however, the CASPer assessment must completed within each application window you are applying.

I did not apply during the application window for 2021-22, can I apply now and/or be considered for a standby seat?

No, the application window for the 2021-22 academic year has closed. Please refer to www.assiniboine.net/nursing for the dates of the application window for 2022-23.

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.