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).
|Start||Length||Credentials||Campus||Part- or Full-time|
|Online||Fax / Mail||In Person|
|If you're ready and know the program you want, apply now.||Download and complete the (PDF) application/registration form and fax to 604.443.8450||Visit us at one of our campus locations.|
After you apply, you can check application status to see if all of the requirements have been met or to update contact information. Please use the temporary login ID and Personal Identification Number (PIN) that you used to complete your original online application.
Graduates of the diploma will have acquired the knowledge and abilities to:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.
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.
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
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:
Measles, Mumps, and Rubella
Influenza (required on an annual basis)
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.
Fees and Other costs
|Student Union Fee||$88.00|
|College Initiative Fee||$131.00|
|Student Union Health Plan Fee||$ 183.0|
|Student Union Dental Plan Fee||$ 183.0|
|U-Pass Fee||$ 514|
|Other Costs|| $21.00 - Graduation Fees
$1800 - Textbooks, supplies, uniforms
$552.00 - Lab Kit
$468.00 - Campus Resource Fee
Contact Us/Request Info
Contact Us/Request Info
Before you send us an email, please ensure you have reviewed
As well, if you meet any of the following criteria, please follow the links for more information, instead of sending the form:
|Professional Communication A (NURS 2101)||1.5 credits||course outline|
|Professional Practice A (NURS 2102)||1.5 credits||course outline|
|Health Promotion A (NURS 2103)||1.0 credits||course outline|
|Variations in Health A (NURS 2104)||2.0 credits||course outline|
|Pharmacology A (NURS 2105)||2.0 credits||course outline|
|Integrated Nursing Practice A (NURS 2106)||6.0 credits||course outline|
|Consolidated Practice (NURS 2107)||4.0 credits||course outline|
|Professional Communication 3 (NURS 3001)||1.0 credits||course outline|
|Professional Practice 3 (NURS 3002)||1.0 credits||course outline|
|Health Promotion 3 (NURS 3003)||1.0 credits||course outline|
|Variations in Health 3 (NURS 3004)||1.5 credits||course outline|
|Integrated Nursing Practice 3 (NURS 3005)||4.0 credits||course outline|
|Consolidated Practice 3 (NURS 3006)||2.0 credits||course outline|
|Professional Communication 4 (NURS 4001)||1.0 credits||course outline|
|Professional Practice 4 (NURS 4002)||1.0 credits||course outline|
|Health Promotion 4 (NURS 4003)||1.0 credits||course outline|
|Variations in Health 4 (NURS 4004)||2.0 credits||course outline|
|Integrated Nursing Practice 4 (NURS 4005)||6.0 credits||course outline|
|Consolidated Practice 4 (NURS 4006)||6.5 credits||course outline|
|Transition to Preceptorship (NURS 4007)||1.0 credits||course outline|
|Preceptorship (NURS 4008)||6.0 credits||course outline|