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Practical Nurse

Oulton-College- Practical Nursing Website Bannner

“Nurses are the heart of health care” Donna Wilt Cardillo

You are:

  • Caring & dedicated
  • Professional
  • Looking to make a difference in the world
  • Heavily interested in health & wellness

Our 2-year Practical Nurse Program is the first private college program in New Brunswick and has full accreditation status awarded by the Association of New Brunswick Licensed Practical Nurses (ANBLPN). Oulton College has the only accredited private Practical Nurse program in the Maritimes.

Your training involves classroom sessions, as well as hands-on learning in our new on-site Nursing lab. You will also participate in approximately 15-weeks of Clinical & Practicum experience in health care settings that will help you perfect the skills necessary to deliver care and enhance your resume.

If you are passionate about caring for others and are committed to making a difference in the well-being of others, then the Practical Nurse Program may be just the program for you.

What exactly is a Practical Nurse?

Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) are responsible for providing care to individuals and families using a wide range of skills within an extensive scope of practice. LPNs work in collaboration with many different interdisciplinary teams such as Registered Nurses, Respiratory Therapists and physicians. For more information on becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse in Canada, please visit the Canadian Council for Practical Nurse Regulators website at www.ccpnr.ca.

What kinds of skills will I learn?

Our Practical Nurse Program provides hands-on practical experience and training in:

  • Adult Physical Assessment: the assessment of individuals with chronic and acute illnesses; health promotion for individuals and families, and implementation of nursing care plans.
  • Pharmacology: medication administration/IV initiation
  • Charting and Documentation
  • Communications and Interpersonal Skills
  • Standards of Practice, Entry Level Competencies, and Code of Ethics
  • Specialties: long-term care, and acute care competencies such as: maternity and emergency departments

Note: Approximately 17 weeks of clinical and practicum placements as well as approximately 30 community placement hours.

What kind of hands-on training will I receive?

Along with classroom sessions, you will have the opportunity to train and practice skills learned in the classroom in our state-of-the-art Nursing lab – equipped with all the tools you need to make you the best you can be. You will also participate in up to 15 weeks of clinical & practicum experience in health care settings that will help you perfect the skills necessary to deliver care and enhance your resume.

Is the program accredited?

Our Practical Nurse Program is the first private college program in New Brunswick and the only private college in the Maritimes to have full accreditation status awarded by the Association of New Brunswick Licensed Practical Nurses (ANBLPN).

Read about the requisites and skills required to become an LPN in Canada.

September Start

  • Term (Year 1): Sept – Aug
  • Term (Year 2): Sept – May
  • Practicum / Clinicals: 15 weeks

February Start

  • Term (Year 1): Feb – Feb
  • Term (Year 2): Feb – Oct
  • Practicum / Clinicals: 15 weeks

You Will Learn

  • Adult Physical Assessment: assessment, implementation and health promotion for patients and residents.
  • Phlebotomy
  • Medication Administration/IV Initiation
  • Charting and Documentation
  • Communications & Interpersonal Skills
  • Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics
  • Specialties: Long-term and acute care competencies.
  • Grade 12 Diploma, Adult Diploma or GED
  • Grade 11 or 12 Biology* with a minimum 65% average
  • Grade 11 or 12 English* with a minimum 65% average
  • Grade 11 or 12 Academic Math with a minimum 65% average
  • Meeting with an Admissions Advisor
  • Completion of Faculty Interview
  • Completion of the pre-admission aptitude test
  • Acceptance by the Admissions Committee
  • Completion of the Post-Admissions Package

*Level II or University Preparatory courses are required based on New Brunswick Anglophone High School Curriculum. For other provincial or international requirements please contact us directly.

Unless they have completed a minimum of three years of study at a school where English is the language of instruction, international students whose first language is not English must submit proof of English language proficiency. 

  • IELTS – 6.0, with no individual score lower than 5.5 
  • TOEFL (IBT) – 80, with no individual score lower than 18 
  • Duolinguo – minimum score of 90 with no subject test score less than 90 
  • Cambridge English – minimum score of 169 
  • CAEL – minimum score of 60 
  • Pearson Test of English – minimum score of 55 
  • MELAB – minimum score of 80 
  • Pearson Test of English – minimum score of 55 
  • MELAB – minimum score of 80 

Please see the international application process here.

Admissions Requirements – French School System

  • Diplôme grade 12, diplôme adulte ou GED
  • Rencontre avec un Admission Advisor
  • Anglais 311 ou 411 ou 421 avec un minimum de 65%
  • Biologie 411 ou 421 avec un minimum de 65%
  • Math 311B ou 321B avec un minimum de 65%
  • Test Pré-Admission
  • Entrevue de Faculté
  • Des quotas géographiques peuvent être considérés

102/202/302/402/502 Clinical Practice

During this series of clinical courses, students will provide care, education and interventions in practice. Clinics may be held on site or in a variety of agency/clinical settings. Clinics will be sequenced appropriately based on theory material covered. Clinical practice will be experienced in settings including, but not limited to medical/surgical, maternal, geriatrics, pediatrics, mental health as well as a variety of community settings. *Although some clinic/lab sessions will be on site, students will be responsible for travel and costs associated with relocation, travel and other to access assigned clinical sites. Clinical rotations are scheduled throughout the program.

101 Basic Nursing Skills Lab

Through an interactive lab environment, students will practice through simulation and with fellow students to gain the skills and techniques required in providing optimum care in a geriatric environment.  Students will gain an in-depth understanding of nursing skills in an interactive, controlled environment while performing important procedures.  All laboratory skills must be passed in order to participate in the geriatric clinical experience.

103 Pre-Clinical Theory

Through an interactive classroom setting, students will gain knowledge of theory related to the Canadian Health Care System and the foundation of nursing.  Students will understand and practice the principles behind the skills that will be delivered at the bedside. As well, students will be able to use and understand the terminology used in nursing.

104 Anatomy and Physiology

This theory course discusses normal anatomy and physiology of the human body according to its levels of organization, from tissues to organs and major systems, with an overview of microbiology. Students will be introduced to medical terminology with focus on pronunciation, spelling and definitions. This knowledge will assist Practical Nursing students in developing evidence-informed strategies for the initial and on-going care of clients.

105 Communications and Interpersonal Skills

The student will gain the basic skills and techniques necessary for appropriate communication with staff, clients, family members and other health care providers.  The course focus will be from nursing theories that pertain to communication and basic human needs. This course will be delivered through interactive lecture, group activities, role-play and guest speakers.

106 Practice Standards for Health Care

Through an interactive classroom setting, students will actively engage in discussions regarding the practice of all types of care, as it relates to nursing.  Students will examine the roots of health care in Canada, the operations of primary health care and current challenges to the health care system.  Practice standards encompasses many topics including theoretical foundations, informatics, nursing care delivery models, legal responsibilities and ethics.  Professional nursing organizations, practice acts and Code of Ethics are discussed.  At the completion of this course, students will be able to describe and understand all aspects of practice standards for practical nurses in Canada and the impact of these standards on client care. 

107 Care of the Elderly

Through an interactive classroom setting, students will gain the knowledge of the physical, psychological, social, spiritual and cognitive changes that are part of the normal aging process.  Students will learn the unique needs of the aging population and how to best care and communicate with them.

201 Intermediate Nursing Skills Lab

Through an interactive lab environment, students will practice through simulation and with fellow students to gain the skills and techniques required in providing optimum care in a basic acute care environment.  Students will gain an in-depth understanding of nursing skills in an interactive, controlled environment while performing important procedures and maintaining sterility. All laboratory skills must be passed in order to participate in the basic acute care clinical experience.

203 Advanced Pre-Clinical Theory

Through an interactive classroom setting, students will build upon the knowledge and practical skills from the first term of the program.  Principles of asepsis, elimination, artificial airways and skin integrity are the main topics covered.  Students will understand the principles behind the skills that will be delivered at the bedside and be able to use and understand nursing terminology.

204 Pathophysiology

Applying knowledge gained from anatomy and physiology and other program courses to date, students will identify the etiology, signs and symptoms, diagnostic tests, nursing interventions and treatments for clients with health alterations. Common diseases and conditions are studied to illustrate disease processes.

205 Nursing Process of Care

The student will gain the skills and techniques necessary to communicate through proper documentation, reporting and charting. The focus will be on the importance of providing a clear portrait of the client and family through documentation, while meeting legal requirements. Students will learn the five steps in the nursing process and discover that it is a problem-solving approach to identifying, diagnosing, and treating the health issues of the client. This course will promote critical thinking and enable students to formulate a nursing diagnosis, implement interventions, and focus on client goals.  Students will also learn how to properly interview a client and incorporate their findings into a care plan.

206 Introduction to Pharmacology

This course will examine pharmacology as it pertains to the Licensed Practical Nurse in a variety of health care settings. This interactive class will explore many topics including interpreting physician’s orders, the use of drug terminology for describing how and why medications are taken, drug classifications and documentation. Students will be evaluated by testing, assignments and a group project.   

207 Nutrition and Healthy Living

Through interactive lessons, students will recognize and apply the principles of nutrition when assisting clients with their nutritional needs.  Students will study the relationship of nutritional status with health and various diseases states.  Factors that influence nutritional status are examined along with nutritional management of various diseases.

208 Introduction to Adult Physical Assessment I

Students will gain the knowledge of skills and techniques used in obtaining a full patient health history.  Head to toe physical assessment involving all body systems is discussed along with possible abnormalities and documentation of such findings.  This course will be delivered through lecture, simulation, self-assessment, role playing, videos and practical demonstration.

301 Phlebotomy Nursing Skills

The student will safely demonstrate blood collection techniques using various types of blood collection equipment.  The student will apply the PN 303 Phlebotomy course theory to proper selection of collection site, equipment used, order of draw and specimen labeling.  10 successful venipunctures must be obtained.

303 Phlebotomy

The course will provide the practical nursing student with a theoretical and working knowledge of specimen collection techniques. The topics covered in this course include anatomy of the human blood circulation system, safety in phlebotomy, phlebotomy equipment, phlebotomy procedures, specimen considerations and special procedures.

304 Intro to Psych

Students will actively engage in discussions regarding the practice of all types of care, as it relates to nursing in mental health. This theory course covers aspects of mental health and psychiatric mental health nursing as pertains to the role of the Licensed Practical Nurse.  Theoretical models will be referenced as important factors in the development of therapeutic client relationships.  Assessment processes and nursing interventions will be compared for common clinical behaviors. At the completion of this course, students will be able to understand all aspects of psychiatric mental health in Canada, and how it affects client care.

305 Community/Leadership

Students will learn of the increasing importance of leadership in the health care field.  Students will learn how to manage difficult situations, have a keen awareness of personal and client values and develop the ability to make sound decisions. The development of health policy and the public health model in nursing are discussed and related to the role of public health and community nursing in Canada.  Students complete 12 hours of community placement during this course. 

PN 405 follows this course as a continuation of Community Nursing & Leadership.

306 Palliative Care

Students will explore the concepts of palliation within the support workers’ scope of practice, examining topics such as client and family needs, spirituality, culture, loss, grief and care giver support. 

307 Intro to Prenatal Care

This course is designed to introduce the student to the specialty of perinatal nursing, which focuses on promoting wellness in the care of women during their reproductive years. The course content emphasizes the “family-centered approach” which incorporates the importance of collaboration with both the woman and her family in order to provide optimal nursing care. During the course, we will address the changing needs of Canadian women during their childbearing years, focusing on cultural diversity and the Canadian health care system. A variety of women’s health issues will be discussed as well as the assessment and planning for pregnancy.

308 Adult Physical Assessment II

Through an interactive class, students will gain skills and techniques required in obtaining a full patient health history, performing head to toe physical assessments and investigating possible abnormalities that may be discovered. Focus will also be given to proper documentation of such findings.  This course will be delivered through lecture, simulation, self-assessments, role-playing, videos and practical demonstration.

401 Advanced Lab Skills

The student will gain the knowledge and practical skills to perform advanced nursing skills in addition to the skills previously attained in prior semesters.  The advanced nursing skills will better equip students to work in the health care field and to safely administer care.  This course will allow the student to practice skills in a laboratory setting on fellow classmates and simulation equipment. Skills will be practiced in the clinical experience.

403 Clinical Feedback

This course provides a regular forum for transfer of pertinent information among students and staff members regarding clinical practice. Students are encouraged to bring current issues that have an impact on health care provision or clinical practice for class discussion. Facilitation related to conflict resolution, inter-professional collaboration, national examination, noncompliant patients, ethical dilemmas and other subject matter of interest to students will be provided.  Time will also be dedicated to assist students in devising useful strategies for the Licensed Practical Nurse examination.

404 Mental Health

Through an interactive classroom setting, students will actively engage in discussions regarding the practice of all types of care, as it relates to mental health nursing.  Mental health disorders, vulnerable populations, intervention strategies and various methods of therapeutic communication are studied.  Psychopharmacology, mental health assessment and the fostering of therapeutic environments in the hospital and community are also discussed.  At the completion of this course, students will understand aspects of mental health in Canada, and their effect on client care in the practical nursing scope of practice. 

405 Community Nursing & Leadership Clinical Partnership

In this course, students will gain experience educating, caring and providing support to a variety of community agencies that may include; extra mural hospital, childcare centre and other community agencies based on the student’s interest.  Students will apply their knowledge of the public health model of nursing, leadership, values and professionalism in the community health settings.  Student will perform health assessments, health education and advocate for their profession as part of the community experiences.  This course is the follow-up to the PN 305-Community Nursing and Leadership theory course.

406 Medication Administration I

In this interactive course, students will study basic pharmacological principles as they relate to the role of the practical nurse in the and the safe administration of medications and the care of patients with central lines. Safe handling and disposal of medications, accurate processing of medication orders, medication classifications, characteristics, common outcomes, nursing interventions, and side effects. Administration of medications via the percutaneous routes, as well as education of the client and family are covered.

407 Maternal Child

This theory course discusses the care of women during their childbearing years, the healthcare of children and pediatric development. Students are introduced to maternal and postpartum assessments as well as the care of newborns and their families. The course content emphasizes the “family-centered approach” which incorporates the importance of collaboration with the woman, child and their family in order to provide optimal nursing care. The PN student will be able to demonstrate critical thinking skills pertinent to the care of the woman and child that reflects the role of the Practical Nurse. This class is interactive and includes Power Points Presentations, videos, group discussions, individual assignments and tests.

408 Care of the Surgical Patient

This theory course discusses care of the surgical patient in Canada and the LPN role in overall knowledge of surgical nursing, pre-operative care, peri-operative teaching, post-operative care, wounds, tubing, drains, staples, and sutures removal. This class is an interactive class which includes power points, group discussions, individual and group projects, tests and quizzes.

501 Advanced Acute Care Laboratory

The student will gain the knowledge and practical skills to perform advanced nursing skills in addition to the skills previously attained in prior semesters.  The advanced nursing skills will better equip students to work in the health care field and to safely administer care.  This course will allow the student to practice skills in a laboratory setting on fellow classmates as well as on simulation equipment. Skills will be practiced in clinical experiences.

503 Research

This course will examine research in health care as it pertains to the Licensed Practical Nurse. This interactive class will explore many topics including the basics of statistics, the use of research methods, analyzing data collection and evaluating published articles. Students will be required to complete assignments, critique research literature and prepare an evidence-based presentation to the class.

505/506 Medication Administration II

This interactive course will explore the advanced methodology of medication administration. The students will review medication administration modules from PN 406 and learn the following about various medications: classifications, characteristics, nursing interventions, side effects, routes of administration as well as client and family teaching.  Students will combine theory and practical skills by applying their knowledge in both a lab and clinical setting.  Students will be evaluated by class participation, assignments, tests and site observation. 

507 Care of Child

This theory course discusses the specialized care of children with chronic conditions or illnesses and the effect on pediatric development.  The course content emphasizes the “family-centered approach” which incorporates the importance of collaboration with the ill or disabled child and their siblings, parents and caregivers in order to provide optimal nursing care.  The development of critical thinking skills pertinent to the care of the child that reflects the role of the practical nurse.  This class is interactive and includes movies, group discussions, individual assignments and tests.

601 Practicum

This five-week (180 hours) practicum experience will provide students with the opportunity to integrate themselves into a health care facility, working as a member of that “team”.  They will perform tasks as designated by the nurse manager, providing professional care for clients while working within the practical nursing scope of practice, and utilizing skills they have learned during the practical nurse program. 

*Content is subject to change by administration as required to meet program and profession standards.

Cost Breakdown

Please refer to your contract for the detailed cost/ tuition breakdown. Costs vary by year, so please ensure you are referring to the correct dates.

Career Choices:

The need for health care is on the rise and as a result the demand for professionals in every sector of the industry is rapidly increasing. Licensed Practical Nurses work under the direction of physician and registered nurses, in order to provide care for the sick, injured and disabled

  • Long Term Care
  • Acute Care
  • Community-Based Nursing
  • Specialty Clinics
  • Education