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Practical Nursing

Credential: Diploma Program Code: 07041 Length: 4 semesters

Programs Starting Between:

To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent




  • Results of mandatory admission testing for senior-level biology, chemistry, writing and math. Test fees will apply. View sample Math Pre-Admission Tests.

The following courses will assist applicants with the admission test:

    • Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U or equivalent) 
    • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Biology (SBI3C, SBI3U or SBI4U or equivalent) 
    • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Chemistry (SCH3U, SCH4C or SCH4U or equivalent)
    • Grade 12 Mathematics (MAP4C, MCT4C, MDM4U, MCB4U, MGA4U, MCV4U or MHF4U or equivalent)

All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

Mature Applicants

An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older (21 or older for degree programs) as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U level or equivalent.

College Transfer Applicants

An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber will use your college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. You may also be eligible for transfer credit if you are admitted to a Humber program.

University Transfer Applicants

An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber will use your university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. You may also be eligible for transfer credit if you are admitted to a Humber program.

Selection Includes Secondary Requirements:

Admission selection is based on the academic criteria indicated and the result of the evaluation of additional secondary requirements. Secondary requirements may include a portfolio, audition, letter of intent, references, etc., and vary by program. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission.

Post-Admission Requirements:

Upon acceptance into the program, the following additional requirements must be completed:

  • Complete immunization record (will need to be updated regularly)
  • Valid Standard First Aid (renewed every three years)
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation for Health Care Provider’s Level HCP
  • Police Record Check: Students in programs or occupations involving direct contact with vulnerable persons are required to undergo a police record check. Refer to the Admission Information. Successful completion of clinical placement is a requirement for graduation from the Practical Nursing program. Agencies that provide placement opportunities require you to have a clear Police Records Check for Service with the Vulnerable Sector (PRCSVS). Your acceptance for placement is at the discretion of the agency. If you register in the program without a clear PRCSVS and as a result are unable to participate in placement, you will not be able to graduate. Practical Nursing students are not required to submit a police record check until the second semester of the program. The police record check may have to be renewed every three to six months thereafter.
  • Mask Fit Testing (renewed every two years)
  • ASIST Workshop (prior to clinical placement) 

Required documents including immunizations, police record checks, standard first aid and CPR, and how to validate these requirements can be found in student support.

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Date Location Availability International Student Availability
September 2017NorthOpenClosed

The 2017-2018 fee for 2 semesters is:

  • domestic: TBD (refer to 2016-2017 for estimate)
  • international: $14,626.00

Fees are subject to change.

Additional Costs

Health clearance; Canadian Red Cross CPR – HCP, Standard First Aid; A.S.I.S.T. course; C.R.C.; Mask Fit testing; immunizations; transportation and parking (varies). The first theory course will include the e-textbooks and lab software package. The first clinical course will include the lab kit and uniforms. ASI Predictor Test (preparation test for the Canadian Practical Nursing Registration Exam).


Fees by Semester 


Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

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Humber Degree Pathways

Complete your degree with us. Humber's degrees are designed with our diploma graduates in mind. We'll give you credit for what you’ve already learned and help you take the next step in less time.

Graduates may be considered for admission to:

Nursing - Regular, Bachelor of 

Graduates of Humber’s Practical Nursing program with an overall program GPA of 74% or higher may be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Nursing program. Bridging courses will be required. Applicants must be in good standing with the College of Nurses of Ontario prior to the start of class.

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Transferring from Another College or University

Details on transferring credits or credentials from another college or university or how to apply for credit based on prior work or life experience.

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Future Study Options

Humber has a number of transfer agreements with other postsecondary institutions (within Canada and around the world) that enables students and graduates to use their Humber credential to gain advanced standing in another program.

Bachelor of Applied Management 

Credential Opportunity: Diploma to Degree
Location: Saint John, NB
Institution(s): University of New Brunswick

Graduates of any two-year diploma program at Humber who have attained a cumulative grade point average of 70% or greater will be eligible to enter year three of the 4-yr Bachelor of Applied Management (BAM) at the University of New Brunswick. Depending on the diploma program, students may be exempted from study in certain courses and therefore, requested to take alternate courses offered by the Faculty of Business.

For further information, contact:

Anne Marie Stephen

Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner post-secondary institution. Please contact the institution for detailed admission requirements.

Bachelor of Health 

Credential Opportunity: Diploma to Degree
Location: Kamloops, BC
Institution(s): Thompson Rivers University

Successful graduates of Humber's Diploma programs in:

  • Occupational Therapist Assistant/Physiotherapist Assistant
  • Paramedic
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Practical Nursing

may apply to Thompson Rivers University's Bachelor of Health degree program. Students are required to provide original documentation showing their full post secondary academic history along with graduation with a relevant certificate and/or diploma. A block transfer of up to 54 credits may be granted with an additional 66 credits required for program completion. 

Students may inquire about completing the Bachelor of Health degree on campus or by distance.

For further information, contact:

Coordinator, External Agreements
1.800.663.9711 x 6839

Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner post-secondary institution. Please contact the institution for detailed admission requirements.

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Program Contact(s)

Year 1
Vasanthy Harnanan
Program Co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 4635

Year 2
Judy Martin
Program Co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 4099



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Phone 1-416-675-5067

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In order to continue with your application for Practical Nursing, you must complete this step in the application process. Applicant selection is based on academic criteria and results of mandatory admission testing. This document contains all the information you need to prepare for this test.

Applicants must meet both academic and secondary requirements in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility does not guarantee an offer of admission. Please refer to the program page at to verify this program’s academic admission requirements. If you have any questions, please contact Admissions.

Secondary Requirements

Applicants are required to complete mandatory admission testing in senior-level biology, chemistry, writing, and math. A $50 assessment fee will be charged at the time of registration.

Applicants may prepare for the tests by reviewing The Complete Preparation Guide – Health Occupation Entrance Exams, published by Learning Express (ISBN 1-57685-7166).

The following courses will assist applicants with the admission test:

  • Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U or equivalent)
  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Biology (SBI3C, SBI3U or SBI4U or equivalent)
  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Chemistry (SCH3U, SCH4C or SCH4U or equivalent)
  • Grade 12 Mathematics (MAP4C, MCT4C, MDM4U, MCB4U, MGA4U, MCV4U or MHF4U or equivalent)

For additional resources to help you improve your math skills and/or prepare for the math placement test, please visit:

Registration Instructions

Applicants must register to attend this admissions event. Log-in to MyHumber to register:

  1. Log-in to MyHumber
  2. Select the Applicant tab
  3. Select the Applied Programs tab
  4. Select your Year and Applicant Number from the drop-down menu, then click Submit
  5. Click on “Do I Have Any Missing Requirements”
  6. Click on “Book an Event” (located under the “Link” section, near the bottom right of the page)
  7. Choose from a list of available assessment dates and follow the prompts

All secondary requirements will be evaluated and a score will be calculated by the academic school.

Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.

Fees by Semester

Semester 1Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-TuitionTBD$450.45


Semester 2Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-TuitionTBD$450.45


Semester 3Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-TuitionTBD$450.45


Semester 4Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-TuitionTBD$450.45

*Plus Mandatory Health Insurance fee once per academic year: Fall start - $375 Winter start - $250 Summer start - $125

Our Program

Humber’s Practical Nursing diploma program provides the skills and knowledge needed to become a registered practical nurse (RPN).

You will develop, practise and refine your skills in our state-of-the-art clinical simulation, computer and bioscience labs with direct clinical practice and simulated laboratory experiences. Students will be required to complete a pre-grad placement in their final semester. This is a fulltime unpaid preceptored placement. Students must follow their preceptors rotation of days, evenings and nights equivalent to 40 hours per week.

Courses Program Standards

Work Placement

You will participate in a total of 1,035 hours of unpaid clinical placements over the course of the program, which take place over each semester and give you valuable hands-on experience. The school arranges and communicates with all placements.

Throughout the first year of the program, we offer you a unique community-service learning placement of your choice in a variety of community resources. In your second semester, you will work in a long-term care setting, while semester three takes place in rehabilitation, complex or acute-care settings. In semester two and three, you will also participate in clinical simulation and/or Stilwell (a virtual learning community designed to represent a typical Canadian neighbourhood). In semester four, you will complete a preceptored (one-on-one placement alongside a registered practical nurse) pre-graduate clinical practice.

Please refer to the Admission Requirements tab above for mandatory Post-Admission Requirements related to work placements in this program. 

Why Choose Humber

Humber is a leading-edge facility in every respect. This program has been awarded the highest rating for accreditation - a testament to its excellence. Practice and learn in our bioscience and health science laboratories – including clinical simulation labs that provide hands-on learning in a controlled environment. Continuous placement in a range of clinical settings enhances your ability to apply in-classroom education to real-life situations.

We Know What It Takes

The practical nurse is an integral part of the health care team, working at the bedside with patients in acute-care, long term care, obstetrics, psychiatry and long term care settings. Emphasis throughout this program is on developing competence in the theory and practice of nursing. Experts in their respective fields of health care, instructors know how to prepare you for the challenges ahead. Not only are they dedicated to scholarly teaching, they offer students real world guidance and expert classroom instruction drawn from first-hand experience. Class sizes are small giving you a quality education. Classes are divided into theory and practical groups to help you develop support systems, networks, and friends.

More For You at Humber

Humber is a leading-edge facility in every respect. This program has been awarded the highest rating for accreditation - a testament to its excellence. Practice and learn in our bioscience and health science laboratories – including clinical simulation labs that provide hands-on learning in a controlled environment. Continuous placement in a range of clinical settings enhances your ability to apply in-classroom education to real-life situations.

Professional and Community Partnerships

Humber maintains strong partnerships with many reputable health care agencies and facilities, including:

  • Baycrest Center for Geriatric Care
  • Extendicare
  • Humber River Regional Hospital
  • The Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario
  • Toronto Homes for the Aged
  • Trillium Health Center
  • William Osler Health Center
  • Numerous other Toronto nursing homes and community agencies

Student Diversity

Be part of the culturally diverse student population of Humber. The average age of students at Humber is 26 years old, but students range from recent high school graduates to students with children of high school age. There will always be students just like you with similar experiences and goals.

What Can I Expect?

What can you expect in the Humber programs that are exciting and interesting?

You will be part of a very culturally diverse student population. This will support you to increase your awareness of your own culture and the positive aspects of the other cultures. If you are concerned that "nobody will understand you" you will probably find that you will meet others who may share these worries and you can support each other.

In the first semester BN program there are 250 students and for the PN program there are 200 students. While this sounds very large, the class sizes are relatively small. There are approximately 40 students per theory section and 8-10 students per clinical group. Within those groups you will develop support systems, networks, and friends to help you.

You will have professors who are extremely well prepared academically and professionally. All nursing professors are registered nurses who have worked in the hospital / community settings before they became professors. In the clinical / practice settings you will have these same nursing teachers and nurses who are currently working in the agencies to teach you. The professors in your non-nursing courses (biology and humanities) are also well-educated and experienced in teaching students.

The goal of all the professors is to help you succeed in the program; however your success is a shared responsibility and you must do your part by attending classes and clinical, completing assignments on time, and studying for examinations.

The program includes many hours of clinical/field practice where you will have the opportunity to practice your newfound skills and knowledge with supervision. It is paced to match the level of knowledge you have gained from the theory courses. While your personal goal might be to work in specialty area, such as Emergency or Public Health, you will not start off there. Clinical experiences are diverse and cover a broad range of settings such as community agencies, schools, long term care and hospitals. Nursing takes place in more areas than the hospital. Humber has relationships with more than 100 agencies and makes every effort to give you the best possible experience in all the areas you could potentially work in after you have graduated.

The Practice of Nursing

The practice of nursing varies considerably from one country to another. In Canada, nursing has been a profession for many years and there are similarities in nursing education and practice between Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and the United States of America.

Helping Prevent Illness and Saving Lives

There are many images and public perceptions of nursing. Some are accurate and valid; some are based on misconceptions. For example, a common and inaccurate perception is that the Nurse's role is primarily to assist physicians and provide care to sick people. In fact, a great deal of Nursing work is directed to preventing illness and keeping people from becoming ill in the first place.

In Ontario the title "Nurse" is actually protected by law and a person can only use that title if s/he has successfully completed an accredited educational program and has successfully passed the national registration examinations after completion of the program. Humber's programs prepare you for these national exams.

In Ontario, there are actually two (2) classifications of nurse, the:

These are two separate programs. At Humber the program for the RN is the four (4) year Bachelor of Nursing degree program which is offered in collaboration with the University of New Brunswick. (Also related, see the Second Entry Preparation Program). The RPN program is a two (2) year diploma offered independently by Humber.

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State-of-the-art Labs

Well-equipped labs feature cutting-edge equipment, including four simulated nursing labs and bioscience and anatomy labs and help students prepare for nursing careers in all health care settings as practitioners, educators, and managers.

The Right Fit

Are you a leader who thrives in a collaborative environment? Are you adaptable? Can you think on your feet? If you’re interested in life sciences, therapeutic interaction and enjoy continuous learning you could have a very rewarding career in nursing ahead of you.

Your Career

According to Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, nursing is seen as a highgrowth career option with more than 14,000 openings projected annually until at least 2020.

As a graduate of our program, you will be able to work in various health-care settings including acute-care hospitals, long-term care, rehabilitation services, community services, psychiatry, homes for the aging, public health units, community nursing agencies, clinics, private practices, schools and child-care centres.

Many of our graduates go on to complete postgraduate advanced-skills education used in specialty disciplines such as surgery, dialysis, cardiology and emergency.

Professional Accreditations

The Practical Nursing Diploma program at Humber College is currently approved (Category 1) by the College of Nurses of Ontario. Current graduates from this program are eligible to appy for registration as a Registered Practical Nurse in Ontario. 

Graduates of the program must successfully complete the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE) and jurisprudence exam in order to practice in Ontario. 

Note: Graduates wishing to register with the College of Nurses of Ontario must sign a declaration of their status regarding citizenship, permanent residence, immigration, convictions of a criminal offence under the Narcotic Control Act/Food and Drug Act; graduates must also declare any involvement with respect to professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity in Ontario in another health profession, and/or any mental or physical disorder, which makes it desirable in the public interest that the person not practice nursing. These conditions also apply throughout the program.

Additional requirements may apply.

Note: The requirements for the additional credential(s) are determined by the granting body, which is independent from the College. Students are encouraged to obtain the specific requirements directly from the granting body before enrolling. 

This information is current as of December 2016. 

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