The Practical Nursing Refresher (PNR) program is designed for individuals who intend to re-enter the practical nursing profession in Manitoba and must meet the requirements for registration through the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Manitoba (CLPNM)

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This program focuses on caring. Applicants should enjoy caring for people and be willing to work with a team of health care providers. Those working in this field should be prepared to work varied shifts, including weekends. In addition, the PNR program synthesizes theoretical study and clinical practice to facilitate successful re-entry into professional nursing practice. Theoretical study will take place at home and clinical practice will occur in a clinical facility in the student's region, if possible.

If you have been referred by CLPNM to take a refresher course, then we can help you re-enter the nursing profession with confidence.

This program was developed jointly by the Open Learning Agency for the British Columbia Ministry of Education, CLPNM and Assiniboine Community College.


  • All admissions to the Practical Nursing program will be on a referral from the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Manitoba only.

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

  • Must hold a current Active or Student practicing license with CLPNM prior to and during registration in PNR courses.

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

If you don’t meet these admission requirements please visit our adult learning page for more information on assessment of special circumstances.

Careers & Connections


Exciting job opportunities exist for Practical Nurses in Manitoba. Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) are employed in hospitals, personal care homes, medical clinics, adult daycare centres, private agencies and the community. With a background in practical nursing, opportunities exist to develop special areas of practice, certification and credentials. Some entrepreneurial LPNs are using these special skills to establish their own businesses.


Assiniboine is proud to collaborate with professional organizations, post-secondary institutions, high schools and communities throughout the Province of Manitoba to provide an enhanced student experience.

The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Manitoba (CLPNM) provincially accredits the Assiniboine Community College Practical Nursing Refresher program.

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

Tools & Supplies

Distance-delivered courses make use a variety of delivery methods.  All courses utilize a learning package that may include a combination of materials such as course outlines, manual, text, and other resources as needed. You will maintain contact with your instructor and other students through a variety of technologies as needed.

Textbooks may be purchased at the ACC Bookstore at the Victoria Avenue East Campus, which is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit the Assiniboine Bookstore’s website to learn more about ordering online.

Courses & Costs

There are seven theory courses in the program as well as related labs and clinicals. To meet the registration eligibility requirements of the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Manitoba (CLPNM), the student must successfully complete all courses identified by CLPNM during the referral process.

A non-refundable assessment fee may be required before the application will be processed.

Please note the course costs listed below are based on individuals completing the whole program.  Some undeclared students may be directed by CLPNM to take a portion of the PNR courses. Courses taken individually through Continuing Studies will be at Continuing Studies rates.


Tuition and other related fees: $1535. Textbooks, tools and supplies: $1100

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