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Program Status Definitions
|Open:||Program is currently accepting applications.|
|Limited:||Program is accepting applications and reserving seats for select student populations. Applications will be considered for a waitlist.|
|Waitlist:||Program is currently at capacity and accepting applications for a waitlist. If you are on the waitlist, seats often become available one week prior to the start of the term and during the first week of classes, and can be filled by students who are able to attend on short notice. Check your MyMail regularly so you don’t miss an opportunity.|
|Full:||Program is at capacity, and is no longer accepting applications.|
|Upcoming:||Program is not yet accepting applications.|
- Instructor-led classroom
- Instructor-led clinical practice for NPRT 1001, NPRT 2101, and NPRT 2102 occurs in Edmonton or surrounding areas. Days are Monday to Friday, and hours may be between 6:00 am and 10:30 pm.
- Preceptor-led clinical practice courses may be arranged in or close to your own community. These schedules follow the preceptor’s schedule and may include day, evening, or night shifts on any day of the week, including weekends and holidays.
The hybrid delivery provides students with an opportunity to take the Practical Nurse program by attending online real-time theory classes, working through course content online and through self-study attending nursing skill labs, and participating in clinical practice.
- Offered at Edmonton Downtown, Drayton Valley, Wetaskiwin, and Whitecourt, campuses
- Instructor-led online classes are attended online in real time via Moodle, NorQuest’s online learning management system
- Instructor-led in-person labs at your campus
- Three instructor-led clinical practice courses. These schedules may include days or evenings (eight or 12 hours)
- Final clinical practice course is preceptored and may be arranged in or close to your own community. These schedules follow the preceptor’s schedule and may include day, evening, and night shifts on any day of the week including weekends and holidays.
Online delivery provides a flexible option for students to take the theory portion of the Practical Nurse program at their own pace and in their own location subject to their individual course end date. Students can work at an accelerated rate or can take one course at a time depending on their personal situation and learning goals. This online learning option removes the barriers of physical location. It has the flexibility to enable learners to integrate other aspects of their lives such as work and family commitments and still advance their career goals. Students have up to five years to complete the Practical Nurse online program.
Dedicated instructors are available to support and guide learners as they work through online courses to acquire the nursing knowledge, nursing skills, clinical judgment, and communication skills required to become a proficient practical nurse.
The Practical Nurse online delivery provides interactive online learning experiences, open practice labs, nursing labs, and clinical orientation designed to meet online student needs. Students must travel to Edmonton for the nursing labs and instructor-led clinical practice courses.
This program has five main components:
- university transfer courses (online)
- nursing theory courses (online)
- lab courses (online, with approximately 10 non-consecutive lab days at NorQuest College)
- three instructor-led clinical practices in the Edmonton area
- one preceptor-led clinical practice, in your community and/or surrounding area, if available. These schedules follow the preceptor's schedule and may include day, evening, and night shifts (eight, 10 and 12 hours) on any day of the week, including weekends and holidays.
There are two separate listings for online intakes per term for this program:
- one intake for the Practical Nurse program, open to all prospective students
- one intake for the Practical Nurse for HCAs program, open only to applicants working as a health care aide
For online deliveries, lab instruction will be at the Edmonton Downtown Campus.
Note: Students may be required to do labs and/or clinical in another location due to clinical site availability, instructor availability, and the number of students
Program Notes for Online Learners
- Self-paced study (theory course work that you may complete in your own home).
- Courses start monthly, excluding December, April, July, and August.
- Courses are 14 weeks long from your start date. All components and assessments must be completed within this time. There are no course extensions.
- Grades are entered on the course completion date.
- You have up to five years to complete the program.
- An online orientation course is compulsory, and you must remain enrolled in this course for the duration of the program. All program updates and announcements will be communicated through this course.
- Open lab practices are offered in Edmonton; all lab skill assessments must be completed in Edmonton.
- Clinical practice for NPRT 1001, NPRT 2101, and NPRT 2102 occur in Edmonton or surrounding areas. Days are Monday to Friday, and hours may be between 6:00 am and 10:30 pm.
- The final clinical practice course, NPRT 2200 is preceptored and may be arranged in or close to your own community. The times for this course follow the preceptors schedule and may include day, evening or night shifts on any day of the week, including weekends and holidays.
- Instructors are available for help via email or by telephone.
- Required course print materials, skills videos, and course outlines are available through Moodle, NorQuest's online learning management system. Skills practice kits and textbooks are available from the NorQuest College bookstore.
Practical Nurse for Health Care Aides - Online Delivery
This program prepares the individual who has acquired a Health Care Aide certificate to become a professional practical nurse, educated to give high-quality care to clients in a variety of health-care settings. Students are eligible to challenge two designated courses once they have been accepted into the program: HEED 1000 and NCOM 1000.