Approved by the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO), the Practical Nursing full-time program teaches the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to practice as a safe, competent and professional practical nurse, within the province of Ontario, Canada.
Applying the concept of caring as the basis of nursing, you will develop knowledge, skills and judgment in assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating nursing care for all age groups as they experience various health challenges. A particular focus is placed on the ability to communicate in a caring and therapeutic manner.
With a strong emphasis on practical hands-on experience, you will apply theory gained in the classroom and simulated lab practice to environments including:
- Long-term care.
- Mental health.
Upon completion of your program, you must successfully complete the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE) to become a registered practical nurse (RPN) in Ontario and a member of the CNO*.
*Please note: In Ontario the following conditions are laid out by the Nursing Act to be registered as a practical nurse. These conditions may affect your ability to register with CNO as an RPN after graduation.
PROGRAM APPROVAL STATUS
In accordance with the mandate of the CNO to communicate Practical Nursing program approval status with current and prospective students please note that:
The Practical Nurse Diploma Program at Durham College is currently approved (Category 1) by the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO). Current graduates from this program are eligible to apply for registration as a registered practical nurse in Ontario.
To register as an RPN in Ontario you must meet the CNO requirements.
*CNO Fact Sheet Legislation and Regulation, An Introduction to the Nursing Act . This legislation for all individuals requesting registration should be reviewed by students applying to nursing programs. For information on how the legislation may affect you, please call the CNO at 1.800.387.5526.
WHO SHOULD APPLY?
The Practical Nursing for Internationally Educated Nurses program is designed to meet the needs of:
- Nurses educated outside of Canada who have a College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) letter and are interested in working as registered practical nurses (RPNs) in the province of Ontario.