Location
Start Dates

Duration

5Terms

Course Delivery

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

Domestic: CAD $10,203

Start Dates

Duration

5Terms

Course Delivery

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

Domestic: CAD $10,203

Start Dates

Duration

5Terms

Course Delivery

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

Domestic: CAD $10,203

Start Dates

  • January 07, 2020
  • May 04, 2020
Duration

5Terms

Course Delivery

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

Domestic: CAD $10,203

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

We are no longer accepting applications for the January 2020 intake.

We are no longer accepting applications for the May 2020 intake.

This program is not open to international applicants.

Program Description

This intensive five-term program takes place over a continuous 20-month period.

There are several exciting areas where you can provide care as a Practical Nurse. Some areas include child care, maternity nursing, community health, mental wellness, seniors care, and medicine. You can start this program in the winter, spring or fall terms. A duration of five terms or a longer nine term option is offered to provide you time to focus on nursing content and allows for consolidation of learning. Knowledge and experience is gained through the classroom, online courses, lab setting, and a variety of care facilities throughout the program.

The structured program delivery and time table are intended to support successful learning. Enrolment in this program indicates your commitment to education as a priority over any personal or work obligations.

 

Do you live in a rural community? There is another option! The Practical Nursing program is also offered in regional communities. Please see the web site for locations and schedules. 


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
Course Listings Request More Information
Domestic Applicants

Prospective Student Centre
South Campus – Main Floor
info@bowvalleycollege.ca
403-410-1402

International Learner Applicants

International Education
North Campus – Third Floor
international@bowvalleycollege.ca
403-410-3476

 
For regional applications*, please contact:

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

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

Strathmore Campus
403-983-1221
bvcstrathmore@bowvalleycollege.ca

Cochrane Campus
403-851-0463
bvccochrane@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

or

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 have been accepted into the Practical Nurse program, you can complete some courses (if available, click here for the current schedule) while you wait for your program to begin, through Open Studies. Required courses that may be available include:

  •   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)

Preparing for Clinical Placements

It is highly recommended that you participate in New Student Orientation as important information will be discussed and you will have an opportunity to ask questions. Documents required for clinical placements will be requested after you start the program and before you start your first clinical. 

Documentation required prior to your first clinical placement:

  •   Your Police Information Check (PIC) should be requested no sooner than 90 days prior to the start of your program. 
  •   Rubella vaccination is mandatory.  All other immunizations are highly recommended.
  •   You can ensure your CPR certification is up to date by taking FACP9101 Basic Life Support CPR (Healthcare provider level) through Continuing Education. You can see the current schedule and register online by clicking here. This certificate must be renewed every year.
  •   You will have an opportunity to get an N95 mask fitting, at our downtown campus, before you begin your first placement.  You will be able to register for this course (SAFT9406 N95 Mask Fitting) through MyBVC (or your regional administrator) once your program begins.

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Course Listings Request More Information
Domestic Applicants

Prospective Student Centre
South Campus – Main Floor
info@bowvalleycollege.ca
403-410-1402

International Learner Applicants

International Education
North Campus – Third Floor
international@bowvalleycollege.ca
403-410-3476

Course Listing


Curriculum subject to change.

Term 1

Required CoursesCredit

This first-year composition course introduces learners to academic writing and critical thinking. They read and analyze sociopolitical, cultural, and gender issues in texts with an emphasis on experiences of people whose voices were historically silenced, particularly those of Indigenous communities in Canada. Learners develop strategies to communicate their own ideas and integrate them with those of others by quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing source material. Learners present their written assignments professionally according to APA formatting guidelines.

Course Delivery
Real-time Online A course delivery mode where learning activity takes place through scheduled interaction through the use of online communications technologies at locations of the learners own choosing. Learners ARE required to participate in online learning activities at scheduled times, and scheduled exams may be required. Blended A mixed course delivery mode where learning activity takes place through a blend of scheduled in-class and online delivery methods. Learners ARE required to participate in scheduled in-class learning activities and one or more forms of online activity. Scheduled exams may be required. Combined Online A course delivery mode that combines elements of any-time and real-time activity. Learners will be able to participate partly at times of their own choosing and are also required to participate in some scheduled online learning activities. Scheduled exams may be required. In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

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.

Course Delivery
Blended A mixed course delivery mode where learning activity takes place through a blend of scheduled in-class and online delivery methods. Learners ARE required to participate in scheduled in-class learning activities and one or more forms of online activity. Scheduled exams may be required.

This comprehensive course introduces the structure of the human body and its relationship to the function and integration of the twelve body systems as well as how they work to maintain homeostasis. Learners will gain an in depth understanding of the organization of the human body from the chemical and cellular level to the tissues, organs and organ systems. This course will also facilitate understanding of the terminology associated with the human body.

Course Delivery
Real-time Online A course delivery mode where learning activity takes place through scheduled interaction through the use of online communications technologies at locations of the learners own choosing. Learners ARE required to participate in online learning activities at scheduled times, and scheduled exams may be required. Any-time Online A course delivery mode where learning activity takes place at times and locations of the learners own choosing through the use of online communications technologies. Learners are NOT required to participate in any scheduled learning activities, but scheduled exams may be required. In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

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 A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

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 A course delivery mode where learning activity takes place through scheduled interaction through the use of online communications technologies at locations of the learners own choosing. Learners ARE required to participate in online learning activities at scheduled times, and scheduled exams may be required. In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

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 A course delivery mode where learning activity takes place through scheduled interaction through the use of online communications technologies at locations of the learners own choosing. Learners ARE required to participate in online learning activities at scheduled times, and scheduled exams may be required. In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

Term 2

Required CoursesCredit

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 A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

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 A mixed course delivery mode where learning activity takes place through a blend of scheduled in-class and online delivery methods. Learners ARE required to participate in scheduled in-class learning activities and one or more forms of online activity. Scheduled exams may be required. In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

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 A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

This course will prepare learners to gain knowledge and skills in providing care for the older adult. Through the examination of emerging and best practices in the field of elder care, learners will focus on meeting the complex physical, emotional and cognitive needs for this diverse population.
Through a holistic and culturally sensitive approach this course will discuss communication strategies, polypharmacy, pain, depression, cognitive changes and impairment that affect the older adult and their family.
Prerequisites: ENGL1201, COMM1101, ANAT1101, NURS1101, NURS1202, NURS1301

Course Delivery

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 A mixed course delivery mode where learning activity takes place through a blend of scheduled in-class and online delivery methods. Learners ARE required to participate in scheduled in-class learning activities and one or more forms of online activity. Scheduled exams may be required. In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

Term 3

Required CoursesCredit

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 A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

This course provides a comprehensive overview of human growth and development and typical behavioural responses throughout the life span. You will analyze human development across four domains: physical, cognitive, social, and emotional. Emphasis is placed upon the stages of development and their linkage to common events occurring during these stages.

Course Delivery
Real-time Online A course delivery mode where learning activity takes place through scheduled interaction through the use of online communications technologies at locations of the learners own choosing. Learners ARE required to participate in online learning activities at scheduled times, and scheduled exams may be required. Blended A mixed course delivery mode where learning activity takes place through a blend of scheduled in-class and online delivery methods. Learners ARE required to participate in scheduled in-class learning activities and one or more forms of online activity. Scheduled exams may be required. Combined Online A course delivery mode that combines elements of any-time and real-time activity. Learners will be able to participate partly at times of their own choosing and are also required to participate in some scheduled online learning activities. Scheduled exams may be required. In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

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, NURS1401, PSYC1201*
(*may be taken as a pre- or co-requisite)

Course Delivery
Real-time Online A course delivery mode where learning activity takes place through scheduled interaction through the use of online communications technologies at locations of the learners own choosing. Learners ARE required to participate in online learning activities at scheduled times, and scheduled exams may be required. Any-time Online A course delivery mode where learning activity takes place at times and locations of the learners own choosing through the use of online communications technologies. Learners are NOT required to participate in any scheduled learning activities, but scheduled exams may be required. In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

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, NURS1401

Course Delivery
Real-time Online A course delivery mode where learning activity takes place through scheduled interaction through the use of online communications technologies at locations of the learners own choosing. Learners ARE required to participate in online learning activities at scheduled times, and scheduled exams may be required. Blended A mixed course delivery mode where learning activity takes place through a blend of scheduled in-class and online delivery methods. Learners ARE required to participate in scheduled in-class learning activities and one or more forms of online activity. Scheduled exams may be required. Any-time Online A course delivery mode where learning activity takes place at times and locations of the learners own choosing through the use of online communications technologies. Learners are NOT required to participate in any scheduled learning activities, but scheduled exams may be required. In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

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 A course delivery mode where learning activity takes place through scheduled interaction through the use of online communications technologies at locations of the learners own choosing. Learners ARE required to participate in online learning activities at scheduled times, and scheduled exams may be required. In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

Term 4

Required CoursesCredit

Aging, while an individual experience, is also an experience that is heavily influenced by social structures and social processes. Using the sociological perspective, this course explores contemporary aging by examining choices and experiences that transcend the individual and incorporate larger social groups and processes. In doing so, learners build a foundation in sociological concepts and theories to apply this knowledge to age-related issues. Learners consider demographic factors leading to population aging; the role of social structures and processes in shaping experiences of physical aging; as well as aging in relation to health systems, retirement, social engagement, and family in Canadian society.

Course Delivery
Combined Online A course delivery mode that combines elements of any-time and real-time activity. Learners will be able to participate partly at times of their own choosing and are also required to participate in some scheduled online learning activities. Scheduled exams may be required. In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

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 A course delivery mode where learning activity takes place through scheduled interaction through the use of online communications technologies at locations of the learners own choosing. Learners ARE required to participate in online learning activities at scheduled times, and scheduled exams may be required. Blended A mixed course delivery mode where learning activity takes place through a blend of scheduled in-class and online delivery methods. Learners ARE required to participate in scheduled in-class learning activities and one or more forms of online activity. Scheduled exams may be required. Any-time Online A course delivery mode where learning activity takes place at times and locations of the learners own choosing through the use of online communications technologies. Learners are NOT required to participate in any scheduled learning activities, but scheduled exams may be required. In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

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 A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

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 A course delivery mode where learning activity takes place through scheduled interaction through the use of online communications technologies at locations of the learners own choosing. Learners ARE required to participate in online learning activities at scheduled times, and scheduled exams may be required. Blended A mixed course delivery mode where learning activity takes place through a blend of scheduled in-class and online delivery methods. Learners ARE required to participate in scheduled in-class learning activities and one or more forms of online activity. Scheduled exams may be required. Any-time Online A course delivery mode where learning activity takes place at times and locations of the learners own choosing through the use of online communications technologies. Learners are NOT required to participate in any scheduled learning activities, but scheduled exams may be required. In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

Term 5

Required CoursesCredit

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 A course delivery mode where learning activity takes place through scheduled interaction through the use of online communications technologies at locations of the learners own choosing. Learners ARE required to participate in online learning activities at scheduled times, and scheduled exams may be required. Blended A mixed course delivery mode where learning activity takes place through a blend of scheduled in-class and online delivery methods. Learners ARE required to participate in scheduled in-class learning activities and one or more forms of online activity. Scheduled exams may be required. In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

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 A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

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: ENGL1201, NURS1302, NURS2303*, NURS2403, NURS2503, NURS2504, SOCI1101 (or SOCI1301) (* may be taken as a pre- or co-requisite)

Course Delivery
In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

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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