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Diploma of Practical Nursing
Diploma of Practical Nursing

Diploma of Practical Nursing

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  • Level:2-Year Undergraduate Diploma
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* Health Science Pre-Admission Testing Charge, Identification Card

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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements:

Program Eligibility

Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent, including these required courses:

  • One English, Grade 12


  • One Mathematics, Grade 12 with a minimum of 70%
  • Biology, Grade 11
  • Chemistry, Grade 12 or Chemistry, Grade 11 (U)


Mature student status.

English requirements:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), 80 (20L,W,S,R) iBT (Internet-based TOEFL) or 550 Paper-based

  • TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition**, 80 (20L,W,S,R)

  • iTEP Academic**, 3.7

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Academic Module, 6 – Overall Band Score with no Band below 5.5

  • PTE A (Pearson Test of English Academic), 58 - Overall Minimum Score  (49L,W,S,R)

  • FCE (Cambridge English First), 174 - Cambridge English Scale or FCE B

  • CAE (Cambridge English: Advanced), 180 - Cambridge English Scale or CAE C

  • CPE (Cambridge English Proficiency), 200 - Cambridge English Scale or CPE C

  • Sheridan EAP (English for Academic Purposes), 70%

  • Sheridan EPA (English Proficiency Assessment), 4.0 – Listening Band 4.0 – Reading Combined Band CLB 7 - Writing

Other requirements:

  • Applicant Selection

  • Eligible applicants will be selected on the results of the Health Occupations Aptitude Exam (HOAE) and on the basis of their previous academic achievement (the average of their six highest senior-level credits, including required courses).

  • All applicants will be required to complete a mandatory standardized Health Occupations Aptitude Exam (HOAE) as part of the selection process. HOAE scores are valid for one year from the date the test was written. The HOAE cannot be completed more than once in a calendar year.

  • Applicants who do not meet the admission requirements for this program will be assessed and advised individually and may be considered for other, related programs.

  • Criminal Record Check

  • Sheridan field placement agencies require a police record check for vulnerable sector persons and a current record of immunization. Students will be required to provide this documentation directly to their field placement prior to the start of the placement and at their own expense. Students who cannot meet these requirements may have limited field placement opportunities. 

Course Information

Sheridan’s Practical Nursing program is your first step to becoming a Registered Practical Nurse in Ontario.

Approved by the College of Nurses of Ontario

Sheridan's four-semester Practical Nursing diploma program is approved (Category 1) by the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO). When you graduate from this program, you'll be eligible to apply to take the Canadian Practical Nursing Registration Examination (CPNRE). When you’ve successfully completed the CPNRE, you’ll be issued a license to practice as a Registered Practical Nurse in Ontario.

Prepare for a career as a practical nurse

In this program, you’ll learn to:

  • Help clients with nutrition, elimination, medication, safety, ambulation and hygiene.

  • Chart patients’ progress and assess their conditions.

  • Care for wounds, change dressings and give medication.

  • Educate clients and promote health and wellbeing.

  • Care for patients through all stages of a disease, including palliative care.

Clinical placements: Get hands-on experience

Hands-on experience is essential to prepare you for a career as a practical nurse. In this program, you’ll have clinical placements in long-term care facilities, acute and chronic care hospitals and more — starting in your first semester. In your final semester, you’ll participate in a 450-hour clinical placement, gaining on-the-job experience that will boost your resume and build your confidence.

Your placements will be within 150 kilometres of Sheridan College. You’ll need to provide your own transportation to your clinical placements.

State-of-the-art education

Our Nursing Lab is modelled after a real hospital ward. It comes complete with high- and low-fidelity simulation mannequins that can be programmed to display various symptoms. In the lab, you’ll become better prepared to handle real-life situations.

You’ll learn from highly qualified Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners. Our professors have extensive specialized experience in family care, maternity care, emergency response, mental health, medical intervention and long-term care.

Complete your Practical Nursing diploma sooner

If you’re interested in fast-tracking your studies, you can choose to complete all four semesters back-to-back. This will allow you to earn your Practical Nursing diploma in just 16 months.

Explore your future lab

In Practical Nursing at Sheridan, you'll work in classrooms and labs designed to imitate real-world workplaces. 

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • 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.

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Semester 1

  • NURS 17013, The Self and The Profession, 3

  • NURS 19469, Fundamentals of Practical Nursing, 3

  • NURS 11325 , Lab 1, 4

  • SCIE 18420, Human Anatomy and Physiology for Nurses 1, 3

  • COMM 19999, Essential Communication Skills, 3

  • MATH 14310, Mathematics for Nurses, 3

  • NURS 10016, Human Growth and Development Through the Lifespan, 3

  • TOTAL:, 22

Semester 2

  • NURS 14178, Nursing Care 1, 3

  • NURS 17271, Health Assessment, 3

  • NURS 27721, Nursing Clinical 2, 6

  • PHAR 13672, Pharmacology for Nurses, 3

  • GNED, General Education Elective, 3

  • NURS 10082, Lab 2, 3

  • SCIE 16428, Human Anatomy & Physiology for Nurses 2, 3

  • TOTAL:, 24

Semester 3

  • NURS 24998, Issues and Trends in Nursing and Health Care, 3

  • NURS 20009, Nursing Care 2, 3

  • NURS 24717, Nursing Clinical 3, 6

  • GNED, General Education Elective, 3

  • NURS 28263, Lab 3, 3

  • NURS 21323, Mental Health Nursing, 3

  • NURS 26367, Family Care Nursing, 3

  • TOTAL:, 24

Semester 4

  • NURS 23921, The Realities of Practice, 2

  • NURS 29798, Lab 4, 1

  • GNED, General Education Elective, 3

  • NURS 20065, Pre-graduate Clinical, 14

  • TOTAL:, 20

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

When you complete your Practical Nursing diploma program at Sheridan, you'll be ready to join a health-care team in any setting where nursing is practiced.

Here are some places you might work:

  • Hospitals

  • Clinics

  • Community Health Centres

  • Family Health Teams

  • Independent practices

  • Long-term care facilities

  • Medical equipment companies

Ability to settle

Overseas Student Health Cover

Health and Dental Plan - International: 580CAD/ per year

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