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Ontario College Diploma

Practical Nursing

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Davis Campus

(Brampton)

For the Spring/Summer 2021 semester, this program will be delivered through a hybrid model that combines remote and in-person learning. View delivery modes for all programs.

Prepare for a career in the growing field of health care.

Program Overview

Approved by the College of Nurses of Ontario

Sheridan's four-semester Practical Nursing diploma program is approved (Category 1) by the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO). When you graduate from this program, you'll be eligible to apply to take the Canadian Practical Nursing Registration Examination (CPNRE). When you’ve successfully completed the CPNRE, you’ll be issued a license to practice as a Registered Practical Nurse in Ontario.

Prepare for a career as a practical nurse

In this program, you’ll learn to:

  • Help clients with nutrition, elimination, medication, safety, ambulation and hygiene.
  • Chart patients’ progress and assess their conditions.
  • Care for wounds, change dressings and give medication.
  • Educate clients and promote health and wellbeing.
  • Care for patients through all stages of a disease, including palliative care.

Clinical placements: Get hands-on experience

Hands-on experience is essential to prepare you for a career as a practical nurse. In this program, you’ll have clinical placements in long-term care facilities, acute and chronic care hospitals and more — starting in your first semester. In your final semester, you’ll participate in a 450-hour clinical placement, gaining on-the-job experience that will boost your resume and build your confidence.

Your placements will be within 150 kilometres of Sheridan College. You’ll need to provide your own transportation to your clinical placements.

State-of-the-art education

Our Nursing Lab is modelled after a real hospital ward. It comes complete with high- and low-fidelity simulation mannequins that can be programmed to display various symptoms. In the lab, you’ll become better prepared to handle real-life situations.

You’ll learn from highly qualified Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners. Our professors have extensive specialized experience in family care, maternity care, emergency response, mental health, medical intervention and long-term care.

Complete your Practical Nursing diploma sooner

If you’re interested in fast-tracking your studies, you can choose to complete all four semesters back-to-back. This will allow you to earn your Practical Nursing diploma in just 16 months.

Explore your future lab

In Practical Nursing at Sheridan, you'll work in classrooms and labs designed to imitate real-world workplaces. Curious to see what's inside? Take a virtual tour of our Nursing Lab and our Scenario Lab, which you'll use as a Practical Nursing student.

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Faculty

Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

Designation

Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Davis Campus

7899 McLaughlin Road,  Brampton


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Program Summary

Degree Entrance Scholarship Available

Once you’ve applied for admission to this program, we’ll automatically consider you for this award.

International Student?

This program is part of our new two-year graduate certificate bundles! You may be able to qualify for a three-year post-grad work permit.

Courses

Creative, innovative learning is at the core of all Sheridan’s courses. Here are the courses you’ll take in this program.

Note: Some courses offer an online component and require one week in class and one week out of class with independent online assignments. Approximately 25% of your courses are lab courses held in our state-of-the-art clinic.

  • CODETITLECREDITS
    NURS 17013The Self and The Profession3
    NURS 19469 Fundamentals of Practical Nursing 3
    NURS 11325 Lab 1 4
    SCIE 18420Human Anatomy and Physiology for Nurses 13
    COMM 19999 Essential Communication Skills 3
    MATH 14310Mathematics for Nurses3
    NURS 10016Human Growth and Development Through the Lifespan3
    Total:22
  • CODETITLECREDITS
    NURS 14178Nursing Care 13
    NURS 17271Health Assessment3
    NURS 27721Nursing Clinical 26
    PHAR 13672Pharmacology for Nurses3
    GNEDGeneral Education Elective3
    NURS 10082Lab 23
    SCIE 16428Human Anatomy & Physiology for Nurses 23
    Total:24
  • CODETITLECREDITS
    NURS 24998Issues and Trends in Nursing and Health Care 3
    NURS 20009Nursing Care 23
    NURS 24717Nursing Clinical 36
    GNEDGeneral Education Elective3
    NURS 28263Lab 33
    NURS 21323Mental Health Nursing3
    NURS 26367Family Care Nursing3
    Total:24
  • CODETITLECREDITS
    NURS 23921The Realities of Practice2
    NURS 29798Lab 41
    GNEDGeneral Education Elective3
    NURS 20065Pre-graduate Clinical14
    Total:20

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Faculty

Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

Designation

Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Davis Campus

7899 McLaughlin Road,  Brampton


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Program Summary

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility

Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent, including these required courses:

  • One English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or ENG4U)

plus

  • One Mathematics, Grade 12 (C or U) with a minimum of 70%
  • Biology, Grade 11 (C or U)
  • Chemistry, Grade 12 (C or U) or Chemistry, Grade 11 (U)

or

Mature student status.

Applicant Selection

Selection process for applicants for January/May/September 2021 and January/May 2022:

The HOAE requirement has been temporarily waived for applicants applying to January/May/September 2021 and January/May 2022. Admission decisions for these intakes will be based on the GPA of your top 6 grades, including the required courses.

Applicants who do not meet the admission requirements for this program will be assessed and advised individually and may be considered for other, related programs.

English Language Proficiency

All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Sheridan’s English proficiency requirements.

Articulation Agreement

The following Articulation Agreement applies only to students enrolled in the Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees program, starting at Sheridan in September 2019 or later.

Applicants who do not possess the necessary admission requirements to this program at Sheridan who complete the Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees program will be granted admission, contingent on space in the program (in the semester that they are applying for), if they fulfill the following criteria:

  • An overall GPA of 3.0;
  • A minimum of 70% in required science and math courses for the program(s) to which the student is seeking admission; and
  • A minimum grade of 60% in both English courses (ENG 10102 and ENG 17889) for students seeking admission to Sheridan's health science degrees (excluding diplomas) included under this agreement.

For the courses with minimum grade thresholds, as specified above, students may only have a maximum of two graded attempts. Withdrawals without Academic Penalty (i.e., "W" grades) are not included.

Where space is not available in the semester for which an applicant has applied and the applicant meets all the requirements of this agreement, admission to a later intake of the program will be granted.

Applicants from the Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees certificate program must also complete all other pre-admission requirements for their chosen programs (including volunteer hours for the Honours Bachelor of Applied Health Sciences – Athletic Therapy program), and should be aware of program-specific requirements such as criminal record checks, immunization documentation, etc.

Applicants who meet the admission requirements above and who successfully complete the Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees program are not required to complete the HOAE (Health Occupations Aptitude Exam), an admission requirement for Practical Nursing and Veterinary Technician.

Prospective students should ensure that they meet the eligibility criteria for registration, such as English language proficiency in the program for which this transfer process is being applied.

Criminal Record Check

Sheridan field placement agencies require a police record check for vulnerable sector persons and a current record of immunization. Students will be required to provide this documentation directly to their field placement prior to the start of the placement and at their own expense. Students who cannot meet these requirements may have limited field placement opportunities.

Additional Information

Before undertaking this program, you should be aware that under the provisions of the Regulated Health Profession and Nursing Acts, to qualify to write the RPN registration exams, you must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen, or a permanent resident of Canada or be authorized under the Immigration Act.
  • Prior to commencing the practicum, and at individual expense, students must obtain a certification in CPR Level C and Standard First Aid for adults, children and infants.

*Course duration for September starts is two academic years. Course duration for January and May starts is 16 months continuous, pending space availability.

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Faculty

Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

Designation

Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Davis Campus

7899 McLaughlin Road,  Brampton


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Program Summary

Career Opportunities

When you complete your Practical Nursing diploma program at Sheridan, you'll be ready to join a health-care team in any setting where nursing is practiced.

Here are some places you might work:

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Community Health Centres
  • Family Health Teams
  • Independent practices
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Medical equipment companies

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Faculty

Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

Designation

Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Davis Campus

7899 McLaughlin Road,  Brampton


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Co-op

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Faculty

Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

Designation

Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Davis Campus

7899 McLaughlin Road,  Brampton


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Program Summary

Degree Completion

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Faculty

Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

Designation

Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Davis Campus

7899 McLaughlin Road,  Brampton


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Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • Communicate therapeutically with clients and members of the health care team.
  • Assess clients across the life span, in a systematic and holistic manner.
  • Plan safe and competent nursing care, based upon a thorough analysis of available data and evidence-informed practice guidelines.
  • Select and perform nursing interventions using clinical judgment, in collaboration with the client and, where appropriate, the health care team, that promote health and well-being, prevent disease and injury, maintain and/or restore health, promote rehabilitation, and/or provide palliation.
  • Evaluate the outcomes resulting from all interventions in the nurse-client interaction and modify the plan of care as required.
  • Act equitably and justly with clients and members of the health care team.
  • Adapt to a variety of health care settings, using different leadership skills and styles as appropriate to each setting.
  • Contribute to creating a healthy and safe work environment in a variety of health care settings.
  • Practise in a self-regulated, professional and ethical manner, complying with relevant legislation and with the standards of both the regulatory body and the practice.

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Faculty

Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

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Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Davis Campus

7899 McLaughlin Road,  Brampton


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Internship

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Faculty

Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

Designation

Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Davis Campus

7899 McLaughlin Road,  Brampton


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Program Fees

Fees shown here are estimates only. Fees are in Canadian dollars and include tuition, health insurance and ancillary charges.

The fees shown here are for the 2021–2022 academic year, and are subject to change. The fees displayed are for the first two (2) academic terms of study at Sheridan unless otherwise noted; fees for subsequent terms are not reflected on this website.

Program Fees

Fees for this program are paid to the University of Toronto Mississauga.

Program Fees

Fees for this program are paid to Brock University.

Program Fees

Fees shown here are estimates only. Fees are in Canadian dollars and include tuition, health insurance and ancillary charges.

For Canadian Students

The fees shown here are for the 2021-2022 academic year, and are subject to change. The fees displayed are for the first two (2) academic terms of study at Sheridan unless otherwise noted; fees for subsequent terms are not reflected on this website. For English Language Studies, depending on your level placement, your program completion time may differ.

For International Students

The fees shown here are for Fall 2021, and are subject to change. The English Language Studies program is offered to international students in 7-week sessions. The fees displayed are for each 7-week session and include tuition and health insurance. Depending on your level placement, your program completion time may differ.

Fees For Canadian Students

Fees for Canadian students

$5,963.45
Fees for International Students

Fees for International students

$22,802.45

Financial Aid & Awards

Your education is a big investment, and we're here to help! Keep an eye on our Financial Aid & Awards page for regular updates, and check out these important links:

All new international students beginning their studies in the Fall 2021 or Winter 2022 semesters will receive an entrance scholarship ranging from $1,000 to $2,000.

Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship

Sheridan is pleased to provide an entrance scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to select applicants in this degree program. View Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship details for eligibility criteria and more.

Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship

Sheridan is pleased to provide an entrance scholarship in the amount of $1,500 to select applicants in this degree program. View Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship details for eligibility criteria and more.

Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship

Sheridan is pleased to provide an entrance scholarship in the amount of $2,500 to select applicants in this degree program. View Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship details for eligibility criteria and more.

Bursaries for Grade 12 Students Pursuing Studies Toward a Career in Law

The annual Bursary Program for grade 12 students pursuing careers in the justice sector at an Ontario university or college is now open! Bursaries are offered by the Association of Justices of the Peace of Ontario (AJPO), the Association of Ontario Judges (AOJ) and the Ontario Superior Court Judges’ Association (OSCJA). Each association offers one bursary per year in each of their judicial regions for a total of 22 bursaries province-wide!

Applications close on May 26. Spread the word to students! Visit the Bursary web page for more information.

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Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

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Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Davis Campus

7899 McLaughlin Road,  Brampton


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Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Davis Campus

7899 McLaughlin Road,  Brampton


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Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Davis Campus

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Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

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Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

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Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Davis Campus

7899 McLaughlin Road,  Brampton


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Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

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Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Davis Campus

7899 McLaughlin Road,  Brampton


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Clinical Placements

Semester 1

  • Placement location: Long-term care facility within 150 km of Sheridan
  • Placement hours per week: One day per week for 5 weeks, starting in Week 9
  • Total hours: 30 hours

Semester 2

  • Placement location: Long-term care facility within 150 km of Sheridan
  • Placement hours per week: Two days per week for 14 weeks
  • Total hours: 168 hours

Semester 3

  • Placement location: Acute and chronic care hospital within 150 km of Sheridan
  • Placement hours per week: Two days per week for 14 weeks
  • Total hours: 168 hours

Semester 4

  • Placement location: For your pre-graduate clinical placement, you’ll have the opportunity to identify up to three preferred placement locations. You’ll be matched with a placement based on availability of space.
  • Placement hours per week: Four days per week for 14 weeks
  • Total hours: 450 hours

Clinical placement requirements

Note: You’ll be required to provide documentation for the following items directly to your clinical placement. You must provide this documentation before the start of your placement, and at your own expense. If you can’t meet these requirements, you may not be able to participate in clinical placements, which will jeopardize your progress in the program.

1. Police clearance for Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS)

Sheridan Practical Nursing clinical placement agencies require a police clearance for vulnerable sector persons every six months. You must maintain this clearance throughout the program.

2. Immunization

You’ll also need to have up-to-date immunization (including MMR, Tdap, Varicella, Hepatitis B, flu shot, and TB) before you can participate in a clinical placement. Please refer to Sheridan’s Health Services’ immunization information online for details, or visit one of our campus health centres.

3. CPR

You’re required to have Standard First Aid and CPR Level C or Health Care Provider (HCP). You’ll need to be re-certified for CPR annually.

4. Mask Fit Test

You’ll be Mask Fit Tested by our laboratory staff within the first few weeks of Semester 1.

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Faculty

Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

Designation

Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Davis Campus

7899 McLaughlin Road,  Brampton


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Program Summary

Articulation Agreements

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Faculty

Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

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Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Davis Campus

7899 McLaughlin Road,  Brampton


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Program availability

Ontario College Diploma

Full-time 2 years Program code: PPNSG

Ontario College Diploma
Start date Campus Status
Jan 2022 Davis Campus (Brampton) Available
May 2022 Davis Campus (Brampton) Available
May 2021 Davis Campus (Brampton) Closed
Sep 2021 Davis Campus (Brampton) Closed

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