Bow Valley College Licensed Practical Nurse Diploma Program

The Aboriginal Practical Nurse Diploma Program is our newest edition to Old Sun Community College. This unique program caters to the Aboriginal community by preparing its graduates not only with the necessary knowledge and skills required as a Practical Nurse but, incorporates Aboriginal culture, values, spirituality, and traditional methods of healing into the curriculum. This exceptional program gives graduates the opportunity to expand their horizons by providing high quality nursing in a variety of care settings.

Students are advised that the Practical Nurse program is extremely demanding. We advise that it is best to enroll in Anatomy and Physiology courses and the Interpersonal Communication Course through Bow Valley College's Continuing Education department prior to starting the Practical Nurse program.

Practical Nurse Diploma

Students who successfully complete the program will recieve a diploma and be eligible to write the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE).

Program Dates and Fees

Visit the Bow Valley College website at www.bowvalleycollege.ca or call Health & Community Care at (403) 410-1470 for more information about our next program start date and tuition.

Program Description

The program is divided into five semesters including a work experiences component. Each semester provides classroom and simulated nursing laboratory learning sessions on campus. In addition, there are clinical experiences provided in long term care, acute care and community settings. The program runs over approximately 68 weeks (including breaks).

Hours:          Full Time Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Location:     Old Sun Community College Siksika, AB

Admission Requirements:

Applicanats must have:

  • Minimum 60% in English 30-1 or 70% in English 30-2 (33)
  • Minimum 60% in Pure Math 20, Math 20, 70% in Applied Math 20.
  • Minimum 60% in Biology30 or 60% in Bow Valley Colllege's Anatomy and Physiology course (via Old Sun Community College).
English as a Second Language (ESL) - Applicants
Must present a minimum score of 560 written, or 220 on the computer, on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam: or Complete the Bow Valley College EAP Program with a grade of 'B'.
Additional Requirements
  • Up-to-date immunizations
  • Proof of current CPR Health Care Provided Level
  • Proof of current Security Clearance (absence of a criminal record)
  • Commitment and affiliation to an Aboriginal community

For full program details, including courses descriptions, see our Course Guide or visit the Bow Valley College web site at www.bowvalleycollege.ca