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Access to Practical Nursing | Diploma


PNAC 115Professional Practice A1.5
PNAC 121Professional Communication A1.5
PNAC 135Variations in Health A2
PNAC 144Health Promotion A1
PNAC 145Pharmacology A2
PNAC 151Integrated Nursing Practice A6
PNAC 175Consolidated Practice Experience A4
PNUR 215Professional Practice 32.0
PNUR 225Professional Communication 32.0
PNUR 235Variations in Heath 32.0
PNUR 244Health Promotion 31.0
PNUR 245Integrated Nursing Practice 34.0
PNUR 275Consolidated Practice Experience,Consolidated Practice Experience 32.0
PNUR 217Professional Practice 41.0
PNUR 227Professional Communication 41.0
PNUR 237Variations in Health 41.5
PNUR 246Health Promotion 41.0
PNUR 247Integrated Nursing Practice 46.0
PNUR 277Consolidated Practice Experience 46.0
PNUR 287Transition to Preceptorship1.0
PNUR 297Preceptorship6.0
Total Credits54.5

Becoming a Practical Nurse in British Columbia- Requisite Skills and Abilities 

Admission requirements

Students are accepted into the program once all Step 1 documentation has been received, on a first come –first serve basis and will be invited to register. Prior to the first day of classes, students are expected to submit all Step 2 documents. Step 2 documentation is required for practice education experiences; students who fail to submit any Step 2 documentation will be prohibited from attending practice education experiences.

Step 1: Required for admission and registration

  • BC Grade 12 or equivalent
  • Foundations of Math 11, Pre-Calculus 11, Advanced Level - Business and Technical (Math 046), or equivalent with a minimum grade of 60% or equivalent;
  • Biology 12, Anatomy and Physiology 12, or equivalent with a minimum grade of 60%;
  • English Studies 12 or First Peoples English 12 or equivalent with a grade of minimum grade of 65%; International English Language Testing System (IELTS) as per the BCCNP with minimum scores of: Speaking: 7.0, Listening: 7.5, Reading: 6.5, Writing: 7.0, Overall Band Score: 7.0; Second language applicants who have taken an upgrading English course must also demonstrate three years of full-time, face-to-face secondary or post-secondary education at an accredited institution where English is the medium of instruction and is also one of the country’s official languages;
  • PNUR 103 Anatomy and Physiology for Practical Nurses or equivalent with a grade of 65% or better, taken within the last 5 years;
  • A certificate in one of the following programs: Health Care Assistant (HCA) or Resident Care Attendant (RCA) or a combined Home Support/Resident Care Attendant (HS/RCA).
  • Minimum 600 Hours of work experience, within the last two years, in a care facility where care is provided to a group of Gerontology clients. Work experience must be verified by an official employer letter. Individualized home care experience is not acceptable.

Step 2: Required for practice education experiences. Students who fail to submit any Step 2 documentation will be prohibited from attending practice education experiences.

  • Current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certificate as outlined in the Practice Education Guidelines (
  • Criminal record check (including advanced vulnerable populations) under the Criminal Records Review Act and the Ministry of Justice process for educational institutions. Applicants should only initiate their criminal record check when instructed by Admissions.
  • Immunizations as outlined in the Practice Education Guidelines and recommended by the BC Centre for Disease Control (2009): diphtheria and tetanus, polio, hepatitis B, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), varicella and influenza. 
  • Negative TB skin test or chest x-ray  
  • *Students who do not meet the immunization requirements may be prohibited from attending practice education experiences.

Residency requirements 

Students must complete a minimum of 50% of the program hours at Coast Mountain College.

Graduation requirements 

Students must achieve a minimum accumulative GPA of 2.67 and a CR in each Consolidated Practice Experience and Preceptorship to graduate from the Access to Practical Nursing Program. Students who receive a grade of less than 70% in any course may be placed on a learning contract.

Program fees

Fees Domestic International
Full-time: 52 Credits 52 Credits
Tuition: $8,816.60 $37,471.20
Student Union Fees:1 $141.90 $141.90
Mandatory fees: $393.12 $432.44
Lab Fees: $717.28 $717.28
Health and Dental Insurance:2 $250.00 $548.75
Tuition Total: $10,318.90 $39,311.57
Additional Costs:1
$2,000 $2,000
Uniforms and Supplies:
$500.00 $500.00
Total Program Cost: $12,818.90 $41,811.57

Fees effective August 1, 2021 for the 2021/22 academic year and are estimated based on a full course load.


Additional costs are approximate and may vary.

The Coast Mountain Students Union (CMSU) is pleased to announce that Extended Health and Dental Insurance has been approved by student referendum held in March 2021. Additional information will be provided by CMSU July 2021, including details of the coverage and directions for the opt out process for students with equivalent coverage. For any inquiries about the plan or referendum, please contact Golnoosh Namazi,

Basic Health insurance is mandatory for all international students. Health insurance costs will be charged every term until students provide proof of MSP.


Career opportunities 

Upon successful completion of the program and certification exam, Licensed Practical Nurses can work in a variety of settings included, but not limited to the following:

  • Hospitals
  • Community group homes
  • Residential and long term care facilities
  • Schools
  • Public and private medical clinics
  • Home care agencies
  • Rehabilitation centres