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Practical Nursing (LPN) Diploma


Intake
  • Fall
  • Winter

Study Options
  • Work
    Experience
  • Program Start Date
    September, January
  • Campuses
    Broadway

    Resources

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    City of Vancouver
  • Length
    16 months
  • Tuition Estimate
    (domestic students)
    $18,100 (Total)
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    $2,500 (Total)
  • Credential Granted
    Diploma
  • Learning Method Options
    • Face-to-Face
    • Off-site

Learning Method Option:

  • Face-to-Face: Program is fully delivered in class with face-to-face interaction
  • Online: Program is fully delivered online
  • Blended (Face-to-Face + Online): Program is delivered using a combination of face-to-face and online learning
  • Off-site: All or part of program is delivered in a physical location away from regular classroom/campus

Looking for ways to fund your education? Check out VCC's financial aid and awards page.

Application Deadline Advice

Applications should be submitted as early as possible. Qualified applicants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

International students may refer to the VCC International page for details on admission deadlines. 

Application Fee: $35

1) Program Admission Requirements

Academic (minimum grade)
1. High school graduation or equivalent
2. English 12 (B)
3. English Language Proficiency
One of:

  • Three years of full-time, face-to-face secondary or post-secondary education at an accredited institution where English is the language of instruction and is also one of the country’s official languages. English as Additional Language courses is not included in this three-year calculation, or

  • IELTS Academic = at least 7.0 overall, and Speaking 7.0, Listening 7.5, Reading 6.5, Writing 7.0, or

  • CELBAN (Canadian English Language Benchmarks Assessment for Nurses)* with at least Speaking 8.0, Listening 10.0, Reading 8.0, Writing 7.0

Note: CELBAN is only suitable for those who have studied nursing in a country other than Canada

4. Pre-calculus 11 (C) or equivalent
5. VCC Health Sciences Math Assessment (80% overall score) or completion of MATH 1054 Math for Health Sciences (80%)
6. Biology 12 (C) or equivalent
7. BIOL 1602


Non-Academic

1. The following will be required, upon acceptance into the program:

  • Criminal Record Check (CRC) through the Ministry of Justice (you are responsible for the cost of the CRC)
  • Current CPR-C certificate, including
    • Adult/Child/Baby CPR – one rescuer
    • Adult/Child CPR – two-rescuer
    • Adult/Child/Baby – choking
  • Negative TB test or chest x-ray
  • Updated immunization record; the following immunizations are recommended and may be required for practicum placement:
    • Pertussis/Diphtheria/Tetanus
    • Polio
    • Measles/Mumps/Rubella
    • Hepatitis B
    • Influenza
    • Chicken Pox
  • Properly fitted for an N95 respiratory mask (see information)


Admission Advice
1. Information about equivalency of courses taken in BC post-secondary schools can be found at BC Transfer Guide.

2. If your educational documents are not from a Canadian or American institution you must complete a comprehensive evaluation of education from International Credential Education Service (ICES) in addition to the above admissions requirements.

3. It is recommended that you have:

  • a caring attitude;
  • have a sincere interest in people of all ages who require all levels of care. This includes individuals who are: mentally or physically disabled, experiencing life threatening situations, confused or requiring rehabilitation;
  • good command of oral and written English;
  • good manual dexterity;
  • supportive courses in human biology, psychology, sociology, First Aid or previous related work experience or education would be an asset;
  • a basic foundation in mathematical calculations of decimals, fractions and metric conversions;
  • flexibility to adjust to early morning and evening practicum shifts at a variety of Metro Vancouver locations.

4. Clinical facilities may decline individual students for their placement if a student is unable to provide proof of immunizations, satisfactory serum titers and TB screening.


 

2) Institution Admission Requirements

Applicants also have to satisfy VCC's institution admission requirements as listed below.

English Language Requirements

All applicants are required to demonstrate the appropriate level of English language proficiency to function successfully in an English-speaking classroom. 

Option A: 
If you have completed three years of full-time high school or post-secondary education an a recognized Canadian institution where English is the language of instruction, the following is required:
Duolingo English test = at least 120 overall. 

OR 

Option B. 
If you have not completed three years of full-time high school or post-secondary education at an accredited Canadian institution where English is the language of instruction, one of the following is required:

  • TOEFL iBT, Internet-based = at least 91 overall, with Speaking 23, Writing 25, Reading 22, Listening 21
  • IELTS Academic = 7.0 overall, with Speaking 7, Writing 7, Reading 6.5, Listening 7.5

Note: the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) and the College of Pharmacists of BC only accepts the TOEFL and IELTS as proof of English Language Proficiency for students in this category. 


Be sure to check your program admissions requirements for the level of English required. Requirements are detailed within each program profile in EducationPlannerBC's Undergraduate Program Search Database for VCC.

Verify with the institution directly

 

General Admission Requirements (All Students)

There are three types of requirements that applicants to VCC need to meet:

  • General requirements (completion of high school or be at least 16 years of age)
  • English language proficiency requirements
  • Program requirements (detailed within each program profile in EducationPlannerBC's Undergraduate Program Search Database for VCC)
Verify information directly with VCC.

BC Secondary School (or equivalent)

You must meet the admission requirements of your intended program of study at VCC. Program-specific admission requirements are detailed within each program profile in EducationPlannerBC's Undergraduate Program Search Database for VCC)

Verify information directly with VCC.

 

 

Out-of-Province

You must meet the admission requirements of your intended program of study at VCC. Program-specific admission requirements are detailed within each program profile in EducationPlannerBC's Undergraduate Program Search Database for VCC)

Verify information directly with VCC.

 

BC Transfer Student

Students transferring between post-secondary institutions in BC may refer to the BC Transfer Guide to search course transferability.

If you have completed some post-secondary education at another institution, you can possibly earn transfer credits toward your program at VCC. Students are responsible for initiating the transfer credit process by submitting a formal request (an Approval for Transfer Credit form) to Registrar's Office attaching all required documents. 

Out-of-Province Transfer Student

If you have completed some post-secondary education at another institution, you can possibly earn transfer credits toward your program at VCC. Students are responsible for initiating the transfer credit process by submitting a formal request (an Approval for Transfer Credit form) to Registrar's Office attaching all required documents. 

Mature Student

You must be at least 18 years old (unless you have graduated from Secondary School) to meet the general admission requirement for VCC. In addition, specific program admission requirements must also be met.

Special Note: The admission requirements for all VCC programs are detailed separately in Education Planner.

 

International Student

VCC International provides helpful information for International Students. It includes information on admission requirements, application procedures and much more.

Other Student (including Special Consideration)

Not Applicable

How to Apply

Click here for details about applying to VCC.

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