Location
Start Dates

  • January 08 2018
  • May 03 2018
  • August 30 2018
  • January 07 2019
Duration

4Terms

Course Delivery

  • In Class
  • Blended
  • Real-time Online
Tuition & Fees

Domestic: CAD $9,891
International: CAD $29,594

*Due to the high volume of applications, Bow Valley College will no longer be accepting applications for the January, May, or August 2018 intakes.

Check the Applying page for application open dates, closure dates, and document submission deadlines.

Start Dates

  • August 30 2018
Duration

4Terms

Course Delivery

  • Real-time Online
  • Off-Campus
Tuition & Fees

Domestic: CAD $9,891
International: CAD $29,594

Start Dates

  • August 30 2018
Duration

4Terms

Course Delivery

  • Real-time Online
  • Off-Campus
Tuition & Fees

Domestic: CAD $9,891
International: CAD $29,594

Start Dates

  • August 30 2018
Duration

4Terms

Course Delivery

  • Real-time Online
  • Off-Campus
Tuition & Fees

Domestic: CAD $9,891
International: CAD $29,594

Program Description

There are several exciting areas where you can give care as a Practical Nurse. They include child care, maternity nursing, community health, mental wellness, seniors care, and medicine. You can start this program in the  winter, spring or fall for a duration of less than two years to a maximum of four years. Want flexibility in the learning? On- and off-campus locations, classroom, online courses, lab settings, and a variety of care facilities are included in the program. To learn about options for scheduling and course load, contact Academic Advising.

After Graduation

When you graduate, you’ll be eligible to become licensed with the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta. You need to pass the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam to become licensed.   

There are many opportunities for continued studies after your graduate. A few of these are: 

  • Athabasca University: Post LPN Bachelor of Nursing Program
  • Thompson Rivers University Open Learning Division: Bachelor of Health Science (57 credits) and Bachelor of General Studies (60 credits)
  • University of Calgary: Graduates of two-year Bow Valley College Diploma programs will be awarded up to five full course junior open options
  • University of Lethbridge: Post-Diploma Bachelor of Health Sciences, Public Health
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Prospective Student Centre

Room S1111, South Campus
345 - 6 Avenue SE
403-410-1402
Toll-free: 1-866-428-2669
info@bowvalleycollege.ca

For regional applications*, please contact:

Airdrie Campus
(403) 355-1910
bvcairdrie@bowvalleycollege.ca

Okotoks Campus
(
403) 476-2233
bvcokotoks@bowvalleycollege.ca

Strathmore Campus
(403) 462-2550
bvcstrathmore@bowvalleycollege.ca

*For all Heath and Wellness programs, learners must live in the same area as their preferred course.


Admission Requirements

Academic requirements
  • 60% or higher in English 30-1 or 70% in English 30-2 or the equivalent
  • Credit in Math 20-1 or a minimum final mark of 60% in Math 20-2 or the equivalent
  • Minimum final mark of 60% in Biology 30 or 60% in Anatomy and Physiology (ANAT1101) at Bow Valley College or equivalent
English Proficiency requirements
Transfer credits

If you are a health care aide care provider, you can get credit for a limited number of courses. Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) is another option if you have worked in a related health care field and believe that you have the understanding of a particular course. 

If you have a 64% or higher in equivalent anatomy training, you can request a Transfer Credit Form to the Registrar's Office. It must be submitted one month before the first day of classes.

While you wait

If you’ve been accepted into the Practical Nurse program, you can complete some courses (if available) while you wait for your program to begin. 

  •  Anatomy and Physiology (ANAT1101)
  • English: Composition (ENGL1201)
  • Human Growth and Development Across the Lifespan (PSYC1201)
  • Interpersonal Relationships and Communication Skills (COMM1101)
  • Sociology of Aging (SOCI1301)

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Prospective Student Centre

Room S1111, South Campus
345 - 6 Avenue SE
403-410-1402
Toll-free: 1-866-428-2669
info@bowvalleycollege.ca

Course Listing


Curriculum subject to change.

Term 1

Required CoursesCredit

The study of the structure and function of the twelve body systems and how the systems work together to maintain homeostasis in the human body. The course progresses from the cellular level to organ systems. Learners receive a foundation in anatomical terminology.

Course Delivery:
Real-time Online Any-time Online In Class

The uniqueness of person and the inherent traits and skills required to function as a professional nurse will be presented within the context of the determinants of health. The fundamentals of professional nursing - nursing process, communication, ethics, critical thinking, and the health care environment are presented.

Course Delivery:
Real-time Online In Class

This course provides a foundation for the principles underlying nursing actions and decision-making required to plan and provide safe, holistic nursing care to patients requiring assistance with basic needs. Nursing competencies introduced in the classroom are practiced and assessed in the nursing laboratory.
Prerequisites: NURS1101*
(*may be taken as a pre- or co-requisite)

Course Delivery:
Real-time Online In Class

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.

Course Delivery:
In Class

Learners explore principles of interpersonal relationships and communication, considering the roles of culture, perception, and listening therein. They practice verbal, nonverbal, conversational, and computer-mediated messaging necessary for effective communication within personal and professional contexts.

Course Delivery:
Blended

This first-year composition course provides students with a solid grounding in the processes that writers use to communicate clearly in the academic context. By reading and analyzing texts from a broad spectrum of purposes, cultures, historical periods, and disciplines, students develop strategies to communicate their own ideas and integrate them with those of others. Students learn to quote, paraphrase, and summarize the work of other authors, prepare documents according to APA format, and write research papers.

Course Delivery:
Real-time Online Blended Combined Online In Class

Term 2

Required CoursesCredit

Learners will practice holistic adult health assessment techniques in an organized, safe manner, researching appropriate data sources. Emphasis will be on analyzing findings and responding appropriately. A nursing lab component requires learners to demonstrate beginning competency in head-to-toe assessments. Please contact department for details.
Prerequisites: ANAT1101

Course Delivery:
In Class

Holistic interdisciplinary care is emphasized within the framework of professional nursing. Focus is on the principles underlying nursing actions and decision making required for planning and providing safe nursing care to clients using a body system approach. Nursing competencies introduced in the classroom are practiced and assessed in the nursing laboratory.
Prerequisites: ANAT1101, NURS1102*, NURS1103*, NURS1201*, NURS1202, NURS1301
(*may be taken as a pre- or co-requisite)

Course Delivery:
Blended In Class

The pharmacokinetics of medications, the rationale for their use and the expected results of therapy are discussed, along with the development of critical thinking skills to assess the need for, and client response to medication. Practical nurse competencies, scope of practice and legal responsibilities are also emphasized.
Prerequisites: ANAT1101

Course Delivery:
In Class

The knowledge of anatomy and physiology is related to the causes, treatment, and usual courses of illness. Learners are provided with a body systems approach to common health care issues, focusing on physiological changes that occur with alterations in biological health.
Prerequisites: ANAT1101

Course Delivery:
Blended In Class

Learners will implement research skills to provide safe, organized nursing care focusing on activities of daily living and health assessments in a long term care setting which includes an understanding of the medications ordered. Working with a variety of health team members and communication with clients and staff will be emphasized.
Prerequisites: ANAT1101, COMM1101, NURS1101, NURS1102*, NURS1103*, NURS1201, NURS1202, NURS1203, NURS1301
(*may be taken as a pre- or co-requisite)

Course Delivery:
In Class

An overview, within the context of community and the Canadian Health Care System, of the physical, social, mental, environmental, and spiritual aspects of personal health and wellness. Learners will develop healthy lifestyle strategies, as well as become advocates for the health of others.
Prerequisite: ENGL1201

Course Delivery:
Real-time Online Blended Any-time Online In Class

Term 3

Required CoursesCredit

Holistic interdisciplinary nursing care and skills are emphasized within the framework of the nursing process. Focus is on the principles underlying nursing knowledge required to care for clients in the medical/surgical environment. Nursing competencies introduced in the classroom are practiced and assessed in the nursing laboratory.
Prerequisites: NURS1102, NURS1103, NURS1201, NURS1203, NURS1401

Course Delivery:
Real-time Online In Class

This course focuses on a family-centered introduction to the needs and nursing care of childbearing families. Community resources and client teaching needs are addressed. Learning will be focused on the care of the mother and infant during pregnancy, labour and delivery, and the postpartum period within the context of the family.
Prerequisites: NURS1102, NURS1202

Course Delivery:
Real-time Online Blended Any-time Online In Class

This course is a family-centered introduction to the needs and nursing care of child rearing families. Community resources and client teaching are addressed. Learners will be provided an introduction to common health issues of children and related nursing care using a body system approach.
Prerequisites: NURS1102, NURS1103, NURS1203, PSYC1201*
(*may be taken as a pre- or co-requisite)

Course Delivery:
Real-time Online Any-time Online In Class

Critical thinking and reflective practice are emphasized within the framework of the nursing process. Learners will provide holistic care and plan for a client with complex health care issues to transition back into the community. Learners will also develop skills and competencies in interdisciplinary and primary health care models.
Prerequisites: NURS1203, NURS1302, NURS1401, NURS2204*
(*may be taken as a pre- or co-requisite)

Course Delivery:
In Class

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.

Course Delivery:
Real-time Online Blended Combined Online In Class

This course will use innovative and exciting methods to allow students to explore the sociological perspective of the aging process of the individual and of the population. It presents aging as a normal life process with the goal of maximizing the life potential of people at all ages. Learners will gain a better understanding and appreciation of the social impact of aging in a variety of contexts, mainly focusing on Canadian society. The biological, psychological, and social aspects of aging are explored in addition to the pros and cons of social programs and policies in Canada. The relationship of aging with our economy, health care system, and social programs will be examined in different contexts. Theories associated with Gerontology will be reviewed and the scientific method used to conduct studies will be analyzed. This course will also be interactive in that learners will have an opportunity to express their feelings and fears about the aging process of themselves and people close to them.

Course Delivery:
Combined Online In Class

Term 4

Required CoursesCredit

Learners are provided an introduction to the assessment, treatments, and nursing interventions for clients with psychiatric and mental health issues. Basic mental health concepts, therapeutic relationships, and assessment strategies are applied within the context of the nursing process, and legal and ethical practices.
Prerequisites: COMM1101, NURS1102, NURS1103, NURS1201, NURS1302

Course Delivery:
Real-time Online Blended Any-time Online In Class

Learners explore nursing roles and activities in varied practice settings within the community. The frameworks of population health, levels of prevention, primary health care, and determinants of health are used to identify populations at risk and formulate community health promotion strategies.
Prerequisites: NURS1102, NURS1103, NURS1201, NURS1302

Course Delivery:
Real-time Online Blended Any-time Online In Class

In this course, critical thinking and reflective practice will be emphasized as learners return to the acute care setting to provide holistic care and plan for transition back into the community for clients with complex health care needs. This experience will be used to consolidate knowledge and skills and move toward independent nursing practice.
Prerequisites: NURS2204, NURS2402, PSYC1201

Course Delivery:
In Class

Learners will work in a variety of care settings which provide opportunities to use evidence-informed practice to consolidate knowledge, nursing competencies, and critical thinking strategies in situations that challenge and nurture a novice nurse practitioner.
Prerequisites: ENGL1101, NURS1302, NURS2303*, NURS2403, NURS2503, NURS2504, SOCI1101 (* may be taken as a pre- or co-requisite)

Course Delivery:
In Class

Learners will consolidate personal and professional philosophy of nursing, exploring the role of the practical nurse in primary health care as client advocate, educator, leader and manager. Trends and issues in provincial, Canadian, and global health will be discussed within the context of the licensed practical nursing.
Prerequisites: NURS2204, NURS2402, NURS2501, NURS2502, PSYC1201

Course Delivery:
Real-time Online Blended In Class

Program FAQs

Alberta LPNs are often employed by Alberta Health Services, which has a Collective Agreement through the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees.

Practical Nurse students will be exposed to health care contacts and networking opportunities during their practicum placements. Bow Valley College Career Services provides graduates with access to Job Skills Videos and an online job board.

There is a strong correlation between energy and time dedicated to studying and success in the program. For every hour of class time, there is an estimated two to five hours of studying.

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