Practical Nursing Diploma
The UFV Practical Nursing program is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills and professional values necessary to function within the scope of practice of a Licensed Practical Nurse. The program will prepare graduates for employment in selected health care settings within hospitals, long-term care facilities, and the community.
This diploma program has been approved by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of B.C. (CLPNBC). Graduates will be eligible to write the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam (CPNRE). The UFV Practical Nursing program is based on the provincial Practical Nursing (PN) curriculum. The PN curriculum has been revised (2011) to better prepare LPNs to meet the changing expectations in the workplace.
The UFV Practical Nursing program is a 19-month full-time program offered over 21 months. The program is comprised of three semesters followed by a preceptorship experience. Program courses are delivered in a variety of formats such as group work, multi-media approaches, lecture, lab simulation, and skill mastery.
Clinical experiences include placements in hospitals, long-term care facilities, and selected community agencies. The clinical experiences encompass supervised practice, preceptorships and observational experiences.
Classroom experiences may include evening scheduling. Clinical experiences may include extended work days, evening and night shifts, and weekends.
The Practical Nursing program is very demanding. Students will not have time to work either full-time or part-time. Effective time-management skills, computer skills, and study skills are critical to success.
Note: Practical Nursing Access to the BSN program provides an opportunity for Licensed Practical Nurses to bridge into the BSN program.
Campus: Chilliwack (CEP)
Program Length: 21 months
Program Start: September
Program Certification: Diploma