• Description

    If a career where you can provide care and help to improve the lives of others is your passion, then you should consider becoming a Registered Practical Nurse (RPN). This popular program, which is accredited by the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO), gives you hands-on practical experience, individual attention due to smaller class sizes, and plenty of placement opportunities. Students can practice clinical skills in Cambrian’s high-tech nursing lab, work with patients in the fully operational on-campus medical clinic, and enhance their skills by working alongside and learning from healthcare professionals in the community.

    Graduates of this program can apply for the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) certification exam, and on passing the exam are eligible to apply for registration as a Registered Practical Nurse(RPN) in Ontario.

    In Cambrian’s On-campus Medical Clinic, you can work under the supervision of physicians to provide care for clients. Working at the Clinic will give you hands-on experience and the opportunity to truly experience what you will be doing in the real world of healthcare.

  • Admission Criteria

    For graduates of the new curriculum (OSS): Ontario Secondary School Diploma (30 credits) or equivalent or mature student status, including:

    • Any grade 12 English (C), (U), or (M)
    • Any grade 11 or 12 biology (C) or (U)
    • Any grade 11 or 12 chemistry (C) or (U)
    • Any grade 11 or 12 mathematics (C), (U) or (M)

    Please note: A minimum of 70% is required in each prerequisite course


    • Computer competency in relevant software

    Note: Cambrian College’s Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees (PHPG) program is the designated preferred preparatory program for admission to Cambrian College’s limited enrolment Health Sciences programs. Limited enrolment programs are identified within the detailed program descriptions. The minimum GPA and grades required for successful admission will be determined by the quality and quantity of the applicant pool.

    Additional Requirements

    • Current Basic Cardiac Life Support Certificate Level (HCP) Health Care Provider (must be current for entire program)
    • Current Standard First Aid Certificate (must be current for entire program)
    • Mask testing (for N-95 mask)
    • Criminal record check
    • WHMIS certification Proof of immunization status at registration for the following:
    • Two-step TB test
    • Immunizations: Measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, polio
    • Current tetanus – diphtheria vaccination
    • Current influenza immunization (when available for season)
    • Hepatitis B vaccination
    • If born after 1970, must have 2 measles vaccinations
    • Hepatitis A vaccination is recommended but not require

    Note: Criminal record check, influenza immunization, TB skin test ,WHMIS and Basic Cardiac Life Support certificates MUST be renewed on an annual basis – there is a fee required for these renewals. Proof of previous varicella infection (chickenpox) must be supplied if not immunized for this disease.

  • Course outcome

    Cambrian’s program is currently approved (Category 1) by the College of Nurses of Ontario.

    Graduates of this course can work as Registered Practical Nurses in hospitals, community agencies and long term care facilities.

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  • Duration

    2 years(4 semesters)

  • University / Institution

    Cambrian College

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