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Program Code: 07041 Credential: Diploma Program Length: 4 semesters Winter 2022 delivery can be view on Current Student Resources
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Program Overview

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

Curriculum includes both nursing theory and practice, and other topics such as anatomy, physiology, ethics, pharmacotherapeutics, patient safety and leadership concepts.

Humber is the only English speaking college in Ontario with access to an on-campus cadaver lab for nursing students. Combine that with small class sizes, leading-edge simulation labs, bioscience and anatomy labs, and extensive clinical work placement opportunities - Humber students have the competitive edge.

START-COMPLETION TIMELINE

January - Students beginning their studies in January are enrolled in a fast track option. This option allows for completion of the full diploma program in four consecutive semesters, including the Summer semester.

September - Students beginning their studies in September complete the program in two academic years with one summer break between the second and third semester.

Courses Program Standards

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  1. Communicate therapeutically with clients* and members of the health care team*.
  2. Assess clients* across the life span, in a systematic and holistic manner.
  3. Plan safe and competent nursing care, based upon a thorough analysis of available data and evidence-informed practice* guidelines.
  4. 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.
  5. Evaluate the outcomes resulting from all interventions in the nurse-client* interaction and modify the plan of care as required.
  6. Act equitably and justly with clients* and members of the health care team*.
  7. Adapt to a variety of health care settings, using different leadership skills and styles as appropriate to each setting.
  8. Contribute to creating a healthy and safe work environment in a variety of health care settings.
  9. 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 1,038 hours of unpaid clinical placements in each semester over the course of the program giving you valuable hands-on experience. The faculty has various partnerships and affiliations with clinical agencies. Placements are arranged and communicated with students by the faculty.

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 Semesters 2 and 3, you will also participate in clinical simulation activities. In Semester 4, you will complete a preceptored (one-on-one placement alongside a registered practical nurse) pre-graduate clinical practice.

The Humber Experience

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Student Testimonials

Practical Nursing with Hiroko Nakata

Watch the video to find out how Hiroko knew this was the right program for her.


"Humber has a very good reputation. Most of my friends that are successful today studied at Humber." – Nyarai

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"Humber College’s clinical placements prepare you for the real life nursing career that you will eventually have." – Burhan

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The Humber Advantage

State-of-the-art Labs

Well-equipped labs feature leading-edge equipment, multiple simulated nursing labs, bioscience and anatomy labs that help students prepare for nursing careers in all health care settings such as providing client care as health care providers, nurse educators and managers.


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 community 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, clinical instructors and faculty prepare you for the challenges ahead. Not only are they dedicated to scholarly teaching, they also 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 and networks.


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. Learn and practice in our bioscience and health science laboratories – which includes clinical simulation labs that provide hands-on learning in a monitored environment. Continuous placement in a range of clinical settings enhances your ability to apply in-classroom education to real-life situations.


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.

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 45 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 their work in post-secondary education. 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. 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.


Professional and Community Partnerships

Humber maintains strong partnerships with many reputable health care agencies and facilities.

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Professionalism in the Workplace

Our industry partners share what they look for in an employee and what professionalism means to them.

Patricia Geerlinks

Watch the video to hear Patricia Geerlinks discuss the importance of professionalism.

Joy Fitzgerald

Watch the video to find out what professionalism means to Joy Fitzgerald.

Dianne Martin

Watch the video to find out more about the Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario.

Mary McAllister

Watch the video to hear what Mary McAllister looks for when hiring a Registered Nurse.

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.

Math Proficiency

To assist in describing the level of math proficiency in this program, view the sample math questions. These samples are for the purposes for the Practical Nursing, Paramedic and Pharmacy Technician programs.


Go Abroad

Your Career

Graduates will be able to work in various health-care settings including:

  • acute-care hospitals
  • clinics and public health units
  • community nursing agencies and services
  • homes for the aging and long-term care facilities
  • private practices
  • psychiatry
  • rehabilitation services
  • schools and child-care centres

Many of our Practical Nursing graduates go on to complete their Bachelor of Science - Nursing degree with Humber, as well as RPN postgraduate advanced-skills education used in specialty disciplines such as surgery, dialysis, cardiology and emergency.

Humber is your partner for career learning. Our Continuous Professional Learning department offers many RPN postgraduate learning opportunities including certificates and individual courses.

Professional Accreditations & Recognition

College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO)

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 apply for registration as a Registered Practical Nurse in Ontario.

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.

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Program Availability

Start dates between Sept 2021 - Aug 2022
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January 2022 North Closed
Start dates between Sept 2022 - Aug 2023
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September 2022 North Open
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January 2022 North Not Available
Start dates between Sept 2022 - Aug 2023
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September 2022 North Waitlisted

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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

    Admission selection is based on the following 2 requirements:

    1. Academic

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

    • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent

    or

    or

    and

    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.

  • Registration Instructions

  • English Language Proficiency

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

  • International Credit Evaluation

    Canadian citizens or permanent residents with international education are required to provide a WES or ICAS evaluation.

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).

Placement Requirements

The pre-requisite requirements must be fulfilled before the commencement of your first placement. Participation in placements will not be allowed if not all the pre-requisite requirements are met. Due to the variety of venues and possible changes in legislation, the requirements are subject to change. Please use the following link to find detailed information about your program’s placement pre-requisite requirements.

View Requirements

Equipment & Device Requirements

Semester 1

Details and Specifications Minimum Specifications Recommended Specifications
Processor Intel i5-8300H Intel i5-8300H
OS Windows 10 Windows 10
Memory 8GB of RAM 8GB of RAM
Storage 256GB 256GB
Monitor Laptop Laptop
Other Built-in microphone and webcam, Software: Adobe creative and Microsoft office Suite Built-in microphone and webcam, Software: Adobe creative and Microsoft office Suite

Contact Information

If you have questions about these Equipment & Device Requirements contact:

Vanessa Gorys, program support officer
416.675.6622 ext. 4396
vanessa.gorys@humber.ca

Fees

The 2021-2022 fee for two semesters was:

  • domestic: $5,996.30
  • international: $16,414.00

Fees are subject to change.

Fees by Semester

Domestic Fees International Fees

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).

Scholarships

Humber Scholarships

Find out more about scholarships and bursaries that you may be eligible for, visit Student Scholarships. International students can visit International Student Scholarships.

Humber Bursaries

Bursaries are available for Certificate, Diploma and Degree programs primarily based on financial need, visit Humber Bursaries.

External Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Find out more information about external scholarships and bursaries, visit External Awards.

Indigenous Student Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of bursaries and scholarships for Indigenous students, visit Indigenous Student Awards.

Pathways

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

PATHWAYS OUT TO ANOTHER PROGRAM:

WITHIN HUMBER

View Honours Degree 

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

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.

Apply for this degree starting in Winter >   

$2500.00 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.

TO A PARTNER INSTITUTION

Bachelor of Health Science

Humber and Thompson Rivers University (TRU) have entered into an agreement where graduates of the following Humber programs may receive block transfer into the Bachelor of Health Science:

  • Massage Therapy Advanced Diploma: maximum of 84 transfer credits
  • Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant Diploma: maximum of 54 transfer credits
  • Paramedic Diploma: maximum of 54 transfer credits
  • Pharmacy Technician Diploma: maximum of 54 transfer credits
  • Practical Nursing Diploma: maximum of 54 transfer credits

A total of 120 credits is required to graduate from the Bachelor of Health Sciences program. 

Students applying for admission to TRU are required to provide original documentation showing their full postsecondary academic history along with graduation with a relevant diploma from Humber.  

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.

For more information, contact: student@tru.ca 

Bachelor of Applied Management

Graduates of any two-year diploma program at Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning, who have attained a cumulative grade point average of 70% or greater will be eligible to enter year three of the four-year Bachelor of Applied Management (BAM) at the University of New Brunswick, Saint John. 

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. 

Please note:  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.

For more information please contact: admissions@unb.ca.

Honours Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies

Humber and Seneca Colleges have entered into an agreement that increases student opportunities for degree completion at both institutions.  Humber graduates may transfer into Seneca’s Honours Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies with entry into Semester 4, Year 2 of the program.    

Admissions:

All applicants to Seneca degree programs are required to have successfully completed the related Humber program with a minimum overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 (70%).

All applicants may apply through the Ontario College Application Service and must submit an official academic transcript for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.  The application must be received no later than the stated deadline for the given term being applied for in order to qualify for admission.

For further information, please contact:  academic.pathways@senecacollege.ca

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.

Law LLB

Humber students who have successfully completed a Diploma or Advanced Diploma in any field at Humber College and meet the requirements, will be considered for admission into the University of Gloucestershire's Bachelor of Law LLB program. 

International students should demonstrate and must provide evidence that they have attained a level of English equivalent to IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in writing. Alternative acceptable English Language qualifications can be found at: https://www.glos.ac.uk/international/

Students will be expected to attend an Academic Induction preceding entry to the program. Students admitted to the UoG program will pay the appropriate annual tuition fee rate. The definitive fees will be those published here: https://www.glos.ac.uk/international/

Students admitted to UoG from Humber will be eligible to receive the international bursary. This award, and its ruling terms and conditions, is subject to change on an annual basis. For September 2020/January 2021 entry, the applicable bursary is £3,000, and will be automatically applied against tuition for successful applicants from Humber. Please note that the bursary is only available to students who are studying full-time at the UoG on campus in the UK, and completing a full degree (not available for distance learning or master's stage students).

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.

Contact us for more information:

Shandin Rickard-Hughes
International Marketing & Student Recruitment Manager, Americas
srickardhughes@glos.ac.uk

Contact Us

Admissions Questions

Domestic Students  

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

International Students  

Contact the International Centre

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Contact Information

Aleena Shaah, program support officer
416.675.6622 ext. 4607
aleena.shah@humber.ca


Candace Crook, program support officer
416.675.6622 ext. 2101
candace.crook@humber.ca

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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