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Access to Practical Nursing

This full-time thirteen (13) month diploma was initiated in response to the need for recognizing past education, training and work experience of applicants to the Practical Nursing program. If applicants have achieved a certificate in the following programs: (Health Care Assistant (HCA) or Resident Care Attendant (RCA) or a combined Home Support/Resident Care Attendant (HS/RCA) they may be admitted to the access semester of the Practical Nursing program.

This program credits applicants for their previous B.C. public post secondary institution RCA or HSA/RCA certificate. Those entering with an education other than from a B.C. public post secondary institution (HCA; RCA or HS/RCA Certificate) will need to demonstrate their eligibility prior to entrance.

This full-time program prepares graduates to provide nursing care in partnership with other health care professionals. Graduates will be able to care for selected clients chosen on the basis of acuity and complexity in a variety of settings. Upon successful completion of the program, learners will possess the competencies to successfully complete the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam (CPNRE).

Program Status: Accepting applications Accepting applications for 2016

Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
September 13 months Diploma Broadway Full-time

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Program Description

Program Description

Graduates of the diploma will have acquired the knowledge and abilities to:

  • Apply the Entry to Practice Competencies for Licensed Practical Nurses (2013) to provide safe, competent, culturally safe and ethical care
  • Practice within relevant legislation, Standards of Practice Framework: Scope of Practice Standards; Professional Standards; and Practice Standards (2014) as set out by the Health Professions Act of British Columbia and the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of British Columbia.
  • Value and engage in continuous learning to maintain and enhance competence
  • Practice in collaboration with other members of the health care team to meet the collective needs of their clients
  • Facilitate and participate in interprofessional problem solving and decision making processes
  • Advocate for and facilitate change reflecting evidence-informed practice
  • Make systematic practice decisions that are client specific and consider client acuity, complexity, variability, and available resources
  • Use critical thinking, clinical judgment and knowledge of assessment to plan, implement, and evaluate the agreed upon plan of care
  • Provide a caring environment for clients by connecting, sharing and exploring with them in a collaborative relationship
  • Provide person-centered care across the lifespan that recognizes and respects the uniqueness of each individual and is sensitive to culture and diversity
  • Provide leadership, direction, assignment, and supervision of unregulated care providers as appropriate
  • Identify one’s own values, biases, and assumptions on interactions with clients and other members of the health care team

Instructional Activities and Design

This diploma program is offered on a full time basis and is divided into three levels. Each level must be successfully completed before the next one can be started. A major emphasis of this program is active student participation. Throughout the program the instructors will encourage the students to become increasingly more self-directed and responsible for their own learning. Students are expected to come to class well prepared for active participation in classroom, nursing lab and clinical activities.

Course guides provide direction of learning in preparation, in course activities and reflection of the content. The instructor acts as facilitator and expert to promote an environment conducive for learning through activities such as guided discussion, debate, audio-visual presentation, group activities, skill building exercises and simulation. Several courses are offered in a mixed delivery mode including in-class as well as online activities. Level Access provides the foundation for the development of nursing practice and introduces the learner to the healthy adult, the older adult and concepts related to ageing and chronic illness in various settings.

Level three examines a continuum of care in the community health setting and applies concepts form level one, two and three in the management of stable clients across the lifespan.

Level four integrates knowledge from previous levels and examines concepts related to the care of the medical/surgical client.

Each level is supported by a Consolidated Practice Experience (CPE) which reinforces the learning that has taken place within each level.

Eligibility to enter the Consolidated Practice Experience at the end of each level is dependent upon the successful completion of all of the other courses within that level.

Each level must be successfully completed before the next one can be attempted.

A final practice experience or preceptorship prepares the learner for the role and expectations of the graduate.


Program Duration

The Practical Nursing Access diploma is thirteen (13) months in length.

Students must complete the diploma within two (2) years from the initial start date to the completion date.

Credential

Upon successful completion, students will receive a VCC Diploma. Graduates are then eligible to write the Canadian Practical Nursing Registration Examination (CPNRE), and to apply for licensure as a Licensed Practical Nurse in British Columbia. Licensing is required before being able to work as an LPN in BC.


Evaluation of Student Learning

Students’ progress in the classroom, nursing lab and clinical setting will be evaluated. Theoretical concepts may be evaluated through multiple choice exams, case studies and written assignments. Assessment of clinical practice will be based on mid-term and final evaluations.

The passing grade for all courses is 68% with exception of Pharmacology Theory at 80% and Math at 100%; and Integrated Nursing Practice at 75%.

If a student fails a course, there is an opportunity to write a comprehensive supplemental exam for a passing grade of 68%. Students are only eligible to write a supplemental exam if they are within 4% of the passing grade i.e. if the passing grade is 68% then failing grades between 64-67% are eligible to write a supplemental. No supplemental exam is allowed for a grade of lower than 64%. A total of two supplemental exams are permitted.

If a course is not completed satisfactorily, a student may apply to repeat the course the next time it is offered, providing there is space available and the Department Head's approval is granted. Prior to returning, the student may be required by the PN Progressions Committee to complete one of the Success in the PN Program courses.

In the Practical Nursing Diploma program, a student may repeat only two courses throughout the entire program. If a student fails two courses, he/she will exit the program. If there are extenuating circumstances, a nursing student may appeal to have this policy waived to allow for a third registration.

Note: All of the above is monitored by the Practical Nursing Department.


Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

General

VCC welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 18 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.

Please note that you must submit official transcripts and educational documents to support your application; unfortunately, we cannot accept photocopies or fax versions.

Program Specific

Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.
  • Grade 12 graduation or equivalent
  • Successful completion of HCA, RCA, or HS/RCA certificate
  • Anatomy and Physiology NURS 1602 or equivalent - 68% (Biology 12 with a C grade is required for entry into NURS 1602)
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency and English 12 with a B
  • VCC Health Sciences Math Assessment http://www.vcc.ca/assessments with 80%
  • 600 Hours of work experience, within the last two years, in a care facility where care is provided to a group of Gerontology clients. Work experience must be verified by an official employer letter. Individualized home care experience is not acceptable
  • Knowledge Assessment Examination with a minimum grade of 68%
    • Practicing HCAs, RCAs, HS/RCAs with a certificate from the BC Public Post Secondary System are exempt from this examination.
    • Practicing HCAs, RCAs, HS/RCAs not from the BC Public Post Secondary System will be required to take an examination to validate equivalency to Vancouver Community College 's HCA program outcomes.
      • If applicants are unsuccessful on the exam the first time, they may rewrite the exam once
Upon Acceptance:
  • A Criminal Record Check (CRC) is required in accordance with the Criminal Records Review Act. All individuals who work with vulnerable adults and/or children must complete a Criminal Records Check through the Ministry of Justice. After submitting an admissions application, applicants will receive by email a web link and unique college access code to apply and pay for a Criminal Record Check online. Applicants to the program are responsible for any costs incurred in the Criminal Record Check.
  • Current CPR Level C – CPR Level C includes the following
    • Adult/Child/Baby CPR – one rescuer
    • Adult/Child CPR –two rescuer
    • Adult/Child/Baby – choking
    • CPR certificates other than CPR Level C must be accompanied by documentation indicating the certificate includes the above.

      Please note that in Health Care your CPR expires one year from the date of issue. Current status is required for all clinical and practicum experiences.

  • Submission of a negative TB skin test. If the skin test is positive, proof of a negative TB chest x-ray is required.
  • VCC School of Health Sciences Immunization Record must be completed.
    • Immunizations in the following are strongly recommended.
    • Diphtheria/Tetanus
    • Polio
    • Measles, Mumps, and Rubella
    • Hepatitis B
    • Influenza (required on an annual basis)
    • Chicken Pox
    • Pertussis

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

  • Regulations stipulate that a properly fitted respiratory mask must be used when providing care to patients with suspected, known, or probable cases of acute respiratory infections. The respiratory mask must be a N95 respirator that is individually fitted by a trained and certified person. This individual mask fitting should be done just prior to beginning your program and is good for one year and must be performed annually. The original certificate must be presented to your program during the first week of classes. Please view online list of approved fit test service providers

  • Note: If your educational documents are not from a Canadian or American institution, contact the International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES).

All requests for transfer credits or course exemptions for all courses in the program must be submitted with application to the program. Click here for Request for Transfer Credit (PDF) form. No PLAR is available for this program.

Seats are offered to applicants who have met all admission requirements, on a first-qualified, first-served basis


Recommended Characteristics:


  • A caring attitude;
  • 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;
  • Proficiency in the English language (reading/writing/listening/speaking) is essential;
  • Basic computer skills: email, word processing and internet searching;
  • Good manual dexterity;
  • Any 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, to a variety of clinical settings and locations within the Metro Vancouver area.

For more information, please review Becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse in Canada: Requisite Skills and Abilities. This document has been approved nationally by the Canadian Council for Practical Nurse Regulators and provincially by the College of Practical Nurses of BC.

Note: The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of British Columbia asks each licensing applicant about criminal offenses. If you have ever been convicted of a criminal offense (other than a minor traffic violation) you should consider whether your application for licensing would be accepted. Licensing is mandatory in B.C. for Licensed Practical Nurses.


Updated immunizations strongly recommended:
Diphtheria/Tetanus
Polio
Measles, Mumps, and Rubella
Hepatitis B
Influenza (required on an annual basis)
Chicken Pox
Clinical Facilities may decline individual students for their placement if a student is unable to provide proof of immunizations or satisfactory serum titers and TB screening. Please review Important Health Requirements for the VCC School of Health Sciences.

Regulations stipulate that a properly fitted respiratory mask must be used when providing care to patients with suspected, known, or probable cases of acute respiratory infections. The respiratory mask must be a N95 respirator that is individually fitted by a trained and certified person. This individual mask fitting should be done just prior to beginning your program and is good for one year and must be performed annually. The original certificate must be presented to your program during the first week of classes. Please view online list of approved fit test service providers.

Course Schedule

Courses Schedule

Fees and Other costs


Application Fee $35
Tuition Fee $11,703
Student Union Fee $88
College Initiative Fee $131
Student Union Health Plan Fee $183
Student Union Dental Plan Fee $183
U-Pass Fee $514
Other Costs
$21 - Graduation Fees
$468 - Campus Resource Fee
$552 - Lab Kit
$1800 - Approximate Textbooks, supplies, uniforms
At the time of acceptance, a $300 non-refundable deposit will be required to hold your seat if accepted more than two months before the start date of the program. Full payment of the first installment will be required within two months before the start date.


For book lists and prices, check Bookstore.


Fees are approximate and subject to change without notice. Students are responsible for any increase in fees if advanced payments are made. The application fee is non-refundable. Fees are refunded according to the refund policy. For further clarification, see withdrawals and refunds information page.

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Course Schedule

Courses Schedule

Term 1

Consolidated Practice (NURS 2107)
course schedule schedule
4.0 credits  course outline
Health Promotion A (NURS 2103)
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1.0 credits  course outline
Integrated Nursing Practice A (NURS 2106)
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6.0 credits  course outline
Pharmacology A (NURS 2105)
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2.0 credits  course outline
Professional Communication A (NURS 2101)
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1.5 credits  course outline
Professional Practice A (NURS 2102)
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1.5 credits  course outline
Variations in Health A (NURS 2104)
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2.0 credits  course outline


Term 2

Consolidated Practice 3 (NURS 3006)
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2.0 credits  course outline
Health Promotion 3 (NURS 3003)
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1.0 credits  course outline
Integrated Nursing Practice 3 (NURS 3005)
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4.0 credits  course outline
Professional Communication 3 (NURS 3001)
course schedule schedule
1.0 credits  course outline
Professional Practice 3 (NURS 3002)
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1.0 credits  course outline
Variations in Health 3 (NURS 3004)
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1.5 credits  course outline


Term 3

Consolidated Practice 4 (NURS 4006)
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6.5 credits  course outline
Health Promotion 4 (NURS 4003)
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1.0 credits  course outline
Integrated Nursing Practice 4 (NURS 4005)
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6.0 credits  course outline
Preceptorship (NURS 4008)
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6.0 credits  course outline
Professional Communication 4 (NURS 4001)
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1.0 credits  course outline
Professional Practice 4 (NURS 4002)
course schedule schedule
1.0 credits  course outline
Transition to Preceptorship (NURS 4007)
course schedule schedule
1.0 credits  course outline
Variations in Health 4 (NURS 4004)
course schedule schedule
2.0 credits  course outline