- August 29, 2019
- In Class
In the first term of the pathway, you’ll be taking upgrading courses that have been specifically tailored to the health care field with a small group of classmates in a face-to-face program. The second term you will finish off your upgrading courses while taking post-secondary-level courses for credit in the PN program. These advanced credit courses mean that you will interact with current PN students, meet PN instructors, and get a head start on the nursing knowledge and skills you need.
Alberta Works funding is available to eligible learners.
- Credit in English Language Arts 10-1 or 65% English Language Arts 10-2
- 65% in Math 10C
- 65% in Science 10
- Successful completion of the General Educational Development (GED) test with a standard score of 500 in Language Arts: Reading and Writing and a standard score of 480 in Math
- 65% in Science 10
- Satisfactory results on the Bow Valley College Admissions test (in English Language Arts, Math and Science)
Note: Non-Canadian transcript holders must write the Admissions test.
English language proficiency requirements
In addition to the academic requirements listed above, applicants whose first language is not English would need to meet one of the following English language proficiency requirements:
- IELTS Academic: 6 with a minimum band score of 5.5
- TOEFL: 83
- Academic English 2 (Bow Valley College course) with a minimum of Grade B-
- CLB (Canadian Language Benchmarks): 8 in each strand
This course is the study of cellular structure and function beginning with orientation to cells and continuing through the tissues. An introduction to microbiology is included. Building a foundation of essential knowledge will support further courses dealing with specific topics in anatomy and physiology of the body.
The primary focus of this course is effective oral communication in the context of healthcare. Within this context, strategies and techniques for active and compassionate listening will be engaged alongside clear and concise oral communication. This course presents learners with skills training for communication in the healthcare field, with focus on frontline interactions between healthcare practitioner and patients, and healthcare practitioner and colleagues.
Learners in the course will master skills related to vocabulary, reading, writing, document use and critical thinking, specifically as they apply to the field of science.
This course will allow learners to learn and adapt skills for success for college and career. Emphasis is on application of personal management strategies, research-based learning and study skills, and critical thinking.
This course will provide learners with a broad overview of the Canadian healthcare system. Topics such as governmental roles, professionalism, culture, ethics, and current issues in healthcare will be explored through research, analysis, and presentation.
Required Courses including Advanced Credit courses
This course is the study of organ systems and organismic functions of the body. The following major organ systems will be examined: the integumentary system, the musculoskeletal system, the cardiovascular system, the respiratory system, the nervous system, the endocrine system, the urinary system and the reproductive system. Three unifying themes, the interrelationships of body organ systems, homeostasis, and the complementarity of structure and function, will provide the basis of understanding for the workings of the body.
This course will transition learners from the paragraph level of development in writing to critical essay writing with specific emphasis on critical reading skills to be able to synthesize the information read and translate it into writing a research paper. The overall outcome of the course will be to create a fully cited research paper.
Learners explore principles of interpersonal relationships and communication, considering the roles of culture, perception, and listening therein. They practice verbal, nonverbal, conversational, and technology-mediated messaging necessary for effective communication within personal and professional contexts.
Numeracy skills in drug dosage calculation are intrinsic to nursing practice. Learners need these skills to progress through their courses, clinical placements, and eventual licensed practical nurse practice. This course initially focuses on foundational mathematical concepts and operations as well as the documents integral to medication administration. The course covers oral and parenteral medication calculations, intravenous drug administration calculations, and calculations for special protocols. Proficiency in this course underpins safe practice.
This course provides a comprehensive overview of human growth and development and typical behavioural responses throughout the lifespan. You will analyze human development across three domains: biological, psychological, and sociological. Emphasis is placed upon the stages of development and their linkage to common events occurring during these stages.
High School Upgrading
Complete the high school courses you need for college or university. Choose from traditional classroom instruction or more flexible, self-directed learning. Study at our campus or at home through our online option.
Practical Nurse - 5 Term Pathway - Main
Want to become an effective and compassionate health care provider? The Bow Valley College Practical Nurse program is for you! This program prepares you to deliver professional nursing care in a complex medical system.