Practical Nursing

Practical Nursing Diploma  Program Approval Status

Category 1 Approved Status

Status Duration: 5 years

Full Review March 6 2014

The Practical Nursing program at Algonquin College consists of theory classes, and laboratory and clinical practice experiences, culminating in a final preceptorship experience in the workplace.

For the programs starting Fall 2011, PSW, ONO_RN and RPN and PN the process of medical and non-medical pre-clinical requirements has changed.

These requirements will now be tracked by Paramed. Please download Paramed’s Student Communication package and the Pre-Placement forms. Please use the Student Communication package for an explanation as to how to complete the pre-clinical requirements. Please print the Pre-Placement forms. These forms can be completed by Algonquin College Health Services or your family physician. Download the package and placement form here >>

Mobile DeviceBring Your Own Device (BYOD): As a student in this on-campus program, you will require a mobile computing device that meets the specifications outlined by your program at

(Please note this was previously referred to as a Mobile Learning Program)

Another Mobile Device ImageeTextbooks: As a student in a program that has adopted etextbooks, your required texts and digital resources will be provided to you at the beginning of each term (with the exception of general education electives). For more information and associated fees, go to

Ontario College Diploma
2 Year(s)

Program Code: 1704X01FWO
Academic Year: 2014/2015

Our Program

This two-year Ontario College Diploma program prepares students with the knowledge and skills to work as a practical nurse in the healthcare system and to write the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination in Ontario.

Students learn the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation tools required to provide caring and therapeutic nursing care to individuals of all age groups and social settings. The curriculum covers classroom theory, laboratory techniques, practical experience and independent study. Most importantly, students gain hands-on experience in a variety of healthcare facilities and participate in clinical placements that may require evening, overnight and weekend shift work.

For more information on the Nursing Profession, please review Fact Sheet Requisite Skills and Abilities for Nursing Practice in Ontario, available on the CNO website.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD): Students are expected to have and use a laptop or mobile computing device when registered in this on-campus program. Hardware and software specifications required by your program are outlined at Mobile devices/laptops and supplies can be purchased directly from Algonquin's New Technology Store at educational rates.


This program is well-suited for students who: