Practical Nurse Refresher
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Practical Nurse Refresher

PROGRAM AT A GLANCE

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Program length

Up to 5 years

Credential

Diploma

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ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • graduate of a Practical Nurse program in Canada, or graduate of an RN/Bachelor of Nursing program outside of Canada
  • documentation from the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta or other provincial/national professional association verifying you were licensed with a professional body

Contact the Office of the Registrar, Admissions at 780.644.6000 if verification is not available; your academic background may be deemed acceptable.

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Overview

If you are a former Canadian-educated practical nurse or internationally educated nurse and wish to acquire your licence to work as an LPN, you can achieve your goal through a combination of:

  • ​recognition of your prior learning. This can include a combination of: transfer credit, prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR) portfolio, challenge exams, and
  • part-time online learning with NorQuest College.

You have up to five years to complete the Practical Nurse Refresher program.

The Practical Nurse Refresher program is intended for applicants whose previous licensure in Canada has lapsed, or for internationally educated nurses looking to obtain licensure as a practical nurse in Canada. Upon successful completion of the Practical Nurse Refresher program, you will receive a practical nurse diploma.

This program is not intended for active practicing licensed practical nurses or for graduates who have been unsuccessful in passing the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination three times.

Student Success

  • Read the Practical Nurse Refresher Candidate Guide and complete the self-audit.
  • Meet with the Practical Nurse Refresher advisor to identify the Practical Nurse Refresher program courses for which you may be eligible to obtain transfer credit, request PLAR by submitting a portfolio, or take a challenge course. Remaining courses will be taken for full credit.
  • If you receive a mark of less than 60% on any of the challenge courses, the failing mark will appear on your college transcript, and you will be required to take the full course.
  • All clinical components are mandatory. You cannot receive credit for these components through transfer credit, PLAR portfolio, or challenge courses.
  • You must have access to a computer with an Internet connection.
  • You will engage in online education, self-paced study, where your course work is completed within a set time period.

Practicum/Work Experience

You will participate in clinical practice in Edmonton or in your community, depending on the availability of appropriate health-care facilities. Clinical practice is a combination of a four-week instructor-led continuing care clinical practice and a seven-week preceptored full-time clinical practice.

Location

Online