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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 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

For our next intake scheduled January 2023, the theory portion of this program will be offered through Distributed Learning where we use various tools that may include email, web-conferencing platforms, online videos, social media, textbooks, print modules, local contexts and experiential tasks. Learn more about Distributed Learning at CMTN. Lab and clinical courses will require in person attendance and are currently scheduled as follows:  May 9th, 2023- Aug 3rd, October 23, 2023- December 15, 2023 and March 18th 2024- June 27, 2024.  Please indicate on your application which location (Terrace or Prince Rupert) you will be attending for the Lab and clinical portions. 

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 lab, 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 BCCNM with minimum scores of: Speaking: 7.0, Listening: 7.5, Reading: 6.5, Writing: 7.0, Overall Band Score: 7.0, must be completed in-person; or Canadian English Language Benchmark Assessment for Nurses (CELBAN) as per the BCCNM with minimum scores of: Speaking 08, Listening: 10, Reading 08, Writing 07, can be completed in-person, virtual interview, or via online computer based exam.
  • 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 hospital or residential care facility where care is provided to a group of clients. Experience must include providing care to multiple patients/residents at one time whereby prioritizing and critical thinking are required. Experience must be verified by an official employer letter. Working in a home care environment where you are caring for one person at a time will not meet the 600 hour requirement.


Successful completion of a provincial standardized competency-based theory and skill entrance exam that includes (but is not limited to) the following: Practical Skills, Critical Thinking, Organizational Skills, Prioritizing Skills, Communication Skills, and Collaboration and Teamwork.

Step 2: Required for practice education experiences. Students who fail to submit any Step 2 documentation will 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. Students must receive 70% in each course and a CR in each Lab, Consolidated Practice Experience and Preceptorship to graduate from the Access to Practical Nursing Program. 

Program fees

Fees Domestic International
Full-time: 52 Credits 52 Credits
Tuition: $8,993.40 $38,220.52
Student Union Fees:1 $146.85 $146.85
Mandatory fees: $400.92 $473.82
Lab Fees: $731.68 $731.68
Health and Dental Insurance:2 $262.50 $567.23
Tuition Total: $10,535.35 $40,140.10
Additional Costs:1
$2,000.00 $2,000.00
Uniforms and Supplies:
$500.00 $500.00
Total Program Cost: $13,035.35 $42,640.10

Fees effective August 1, 2022 for the 2022/23 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 offer Extended Health and Dental Insurance to all qualifying members. The plan is mandatory for all students enrolled in 6 or more credits or a trades program of 26 weeks or longer. Some students, including those studying overseas and those with existing extended health coverage, are eligible to opt out. Visit to learn more about the plan or request to opt out. You will also receive a detailed introductory email no later than 6 weeks after your semester starts. For any inquiries about the plan, please contact the Students’ Union Organiser : 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