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Practical Nursing

Credential: DiplomaProgram Code: 07041Length: 4 semestersProgram Starting Between:  

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet all the requirements below in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission. Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.

Admission selection is based on the following 3 requirements:

  • Academic

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

    • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent

    or

    or

    and

    • 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)

    Mature Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or attended postsecondary studies, and will be 21 or older as of the first day of classes. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U/M level or equivalent.

    College Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants must have an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent in the program. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

    University Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

  • English Language Proficiency

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

  • Mandatory Admission Testing

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

    Applicants may prepare for the Science portion of the tests by reviewing the following:

    • The Complete Preparation Guide – Health Occupation Entrance Exams, published by Learning Express (ISBN 1-57685-7166).
    • Sciencia: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Astronomy for All” by Walker and Company – ISBN 10:0802778992 or ISBN - 13:9780802778994

     For additional resources to help you improve your math skills please visit: 

    Registration Instructions

INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC EQUIVALENCY

Admission equivalencies for Humber depend on your country of study. Please enter your location or choose detect my location to see the requirements for your country below.

Post-Admission Requirements

Once you have been accepted, and have confirmed your offer, you may need to complete a further set of requirements related to your program (Post-Admission Requirements).

Additional 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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Fees

The 2018-2019 fee for two semesters was:

  • domestic: $5,877.24
  • international: $14,964.00

Fees are subject to change.

Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

Learn more >

Fees by Semester 

Fees by Semester

Semester 1Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$3,915.89$7,272.00
Tuition$1,501.57$4,857.68
Mandatory Non-Tuition$459.78$459.78
Lab/Materials$1,954.54$1,954.54
Co-op/Placement$0.00$0.00

 

Semester 2Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$1,961.35$7,272.00
Tuition$1,501.57$6,812.22
Mandatory Non-Tuition$459.78$459.78
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$0.00$0.00

 

Semester 3Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$1,961.35$7,272.00
Tuition$1,501.57$6,812.22
Mandatory Non-Tuition$459.78$459.78
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$0.00$0.00

 

Semester 4Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$1,961.35$7,272.00
Tuition$1,501.57$6,812.22
Mandatory Non-Tuition$459.78$459.78
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$0.00$0.00

*Plus Mandatory Health Insurance fee once per academic year: Fall start - $420 Winter start - $280 Summer start - $140

Additional Costs

Approximately $1,900 - 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); ASI Predictor Test (preparation test for the Canadian Practical Nursing Registration Exam).

 

Pathways

Pathways are academic routes that students can take to move from one credential to another.

PATHWAYS WITHIN HUMBER AFTER THIS PROGRAM

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.

Please note: Humber will notify qualified Humber Practical Nursing graduates of the admission process.

 
 

Diploma to Degree Transfer Student Scholarship

All students who have achieved a cumulative program grade point average (GPA) of 80% or better upon graduation of their Ontario college diploma will be automatically awarded a one-time scholarship of $2,500 in recognition of their academic achievement at the diploma level.

Graduates with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent or more may be considered for admission.  Graduates may then complete the degree with the equivalent of five semesters of full-time study plus a work term.  Successful applicants must also possess:

  • ENG4U or Humber’s WRIT 100 or 200 level course, or equivalent, with a minimum grade of 65 per cent
  • SBI4U ( Grade 12U Biology) or equivalent

Admission will be based on availability in the program.

*The advanced standing outlined is a general guideline. Diploma graduates may be required to take courses in lower semesters in order to meet the overall degree learning outcomes.

Diploma to Degree Transfer Student Scholarship

All students who have achieved a cumulative program grade point average (GPA) of 80% or better upon graduation of their Ontario college diploma will be automatically awarded a one-time scholarship of $2,500 in recognition of their academic achievement at the diploma level.

TRANSFER OPTIONS

Can't find a pathway? You can still get the credit you deserve from your previous education or your prior work or life experience.

Learn more >

Contact Us

Program Specific Questions

Year 1
Vasanthy Harnanan, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 4635
vasanthy.harnanan@humber.ca
healthsciences.humber.ca

Year 2
Manuela Carvalho, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 4074
manuela.carvalho@humber.ca
healthsciences.humber.ca

Admissions Questions

Domestic Students  

Phone: 416-675-5000
Email: enquiry@humber.ca

International Students  

Contact the International Centre

How to Apply

Applications to Humber are made through ontariocolleges.ca. Be sure to submit your application by the equal consideration deadline of February 1. You may apply after February 1, however, post-February 1 applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the availability of the space in the program. To check program availability refer to the Campus/Availability listing on Humber's program pages or ontariocolleges.ca.

Admissions Road Map >

Apply through Ontario Colleges >

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

If you’re an international student, you can apply directly to Humber via our International Centre.

Apply through the International Centre >

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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.

Courses Program Standards Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  • Communicate therapeutically with clients* and members of the health care team*.
  • Assess clients* across the life span, in a systematic and holistic manner.
  • Plan safe and competent nursing care, based upon a thorough analysis of available data and evidence-informed practice* guidelines.
  • Select and perform nursing interventions* using clinical judgment, in collaboration* with the client* and, where appropriate, the health care team*, that promote health and well-being, prevent disease and injury, maintain and/or restore health, promote rehabilitation, and/or provide palliation.
  • Evaluate the outcomes resulting from all interventions in the nurse-client* interaction and modify the plan of care as required.
  • Act equitably and justly with clients* and members of the health care team*.
  • Adapt to a variety of health care settings, using different leadership skills and styles as appropriate to each setting.
  • Contribute to creating a healthy and safe work environment in a variety of health care settings.
  • Practise in a self-regulated*, professional and ethical manner, complying with relevant legislation and with the standards of both the regulatory body and the practice setting to provide safe and competent client* care.


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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, you will participate in a unique community-service learning placement in a variety of community settings. In Semester 2, you will work in a long-term care setting, while Semester 3 takes place in rehabilitation, complex or acute-care settings. In Semester 2 and 3, you will also participate in clinical simulation and/or Stilwell (a virtual learning community designed to represent a typical Canadian neighbourhood). In Semester 4, you will complete a preceptored (one-on-one placement alongside a registered practical nurse) pre-graduate clinical practice.

 

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.

Program Availability

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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:

  • Extendicare
  • Humber River Regional Hospital
  • 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 of 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, long term care and hospitals. 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.

Program Approval Status

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

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 & Recognition

College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO)

This program is recognized by the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) having been awarded the status of Approved (Category 1). In order to practice in Ontario, graduates must successfully pass the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE). The program helps to prepare students to write this qualifying exam. Additional requirements (such as fees, exams, experience, etc.) will apply.

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; 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 practise nursing. These conditions also apply throughout the program.

Additional requirements and/or costs may apply.

Note: The requirements for licensure are determined by the granting body, which is independent from Humber College. Students are encouraged to obtain the specific requirements directly from the granting body before enrolling.

Sample Math Test

To assist in describing the level of math in the mandatory testing, view the following documents (pdf files) with sample questions.

Part A.
Part B.

These samples are for the purposes for the Practical Nursing, Paramedic and Pharmacy Technician programs.


Professionalism in the Workplace

Being a nurse means you need to look and act like a professional. Our industry partners share what they look for in an employee and what professionalism means to them.

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