Post Graduate Diploma in Nursing Practice

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Program Overview

The Post Graduate Diploma in Nursing Practice is a program for Internationally Educated Nurses (IEN) that provides the IEN with the skills and knowledge required to meet the Canadian standards and language requirements in preparation of achieving nursing licensing. The program assists IEN’s in the preparation to write the NCLEX exam and completing the National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS)*. The program is based on the BC College of Nursing Professions (BCCNM) Practice Standards for Nurses and the BCCNM Entry-Level Competencies for Nurses. The program will focus on the development of knowledge, critical thinking and communication skills through engaging learning activities (i.e., laboratory, case studies, etc.). Completion of the Post Graduate Diploma in Nursing Practice does NOT guarantee passing grade for the NCLEX-RN exam.

*NNAS – As part of becoming a Registered Nurse in Canada, all IEN’s must complete a competency assessment upon completion of the Post Graduate Diploma in Nursing Practice. The purpose of this assessment is to evaluate if the IEN is safe, ethical and competent to practice in Canada. This is a mandatory pre-requisite to writing the NCLEX exam. See the NNAS Handbook for detailed application process.

Already a licensed nurse in your country and want to become a nurse in Canada? Get the skills and knowledge required to meet the Canadian standards and language requirements in preparation of achieving nursing licensing

Job Opportunities

Upon successful completion of the BCCNM registration process, possible nursing career pathway options:

  • Registered Nurse
  • Community Health Nurse
  • Home Care Nurse
  • Critical Care Nurse
  • Long-term Care Nurse

Wages

Graduates of the program who obtain a nursing license can make up to $50 per hour.
All wages taken from the Canada Job Bank

Program Admission Requirements

  1. Must be a licensed nurse in another country with supporting documents.
  2. Student must complete any of the following requirements to satisfy English language proficiency.
    • TOEFL — test must be within the last two years, IBT only: Overall score of 76 with no score lower than 20 in Speaking and Listening and no score lower than 18 in Reading and Writing.
    • IELTS Academic or General — test must be within the last two years: Overall score of 6 with a minimum of 6 in Speaking and Listening and no score lower than 5.5 in Reading and Writing.
    • CLBPT — test must be within the last one year: Listening 7, Speaking 7, Reading 6, and Writing.
    • CELPIP-General: test within the last two years listening 7, Speaking 7, Reading 6, and Writing
    • CAEL test within the last two years: Overall Score of 60, with no section less than 50.
    • CELBAN (testing with the last 2 years), the following minimum scores will be accepted: Speaking 7, Listening 7, Reading 6, Writing 6.
    • OR ANY OTHER ENGLISH TEST WITH AN EQUIVALENT SCORE

*Considering the limitation of English language testing centers during COVID-19 Pandemic, WCC is accepting score of Duolingo 95 (minimum) on an interim basis

* The BCCNM English Language Proficiency requirements are higher than the admission requirements for this program. For more details about the BCCNM English Language Proficiency requirements see https://www.bccnm.ca/LPN/applications_registration/how_to_apply/IENapplicant/Pages/English_proficiency.aspx

Prior to Clinical Experience Requirements.

  1. Up to date CPR- Level Health Care Provider (HCP) certification (yearly renewal)
  2. Up to date immunizations – Diphtheria, Tetanus, Polio, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Hepatitis B, Pertussis and Varicella (if no proof of immunity against chicken pox);
  3. Seasonal – annual influenza vaccine (Source: https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthlinkbcfiles/immunization-health-care-workers)
  4. Completion of a negative TB test
  5. Clear British Columbia Criminal Record Check – Level Vulnerable Populations AND a clear Criminal Record Check – Level Vulnerable Populations from home country

Program Duration

2080 hours

Course Outline

The following courses are listed in order they will be delivered.

Course No. Name Hours
NURS 400 Medical Terminology  30
NURS 100 Introduction to Canadian Health Practice 100
NURS 200 Communication in Nursing  90
NURS 300 Nursing Leadership, Management &Research 100
NURS 500 Safe and Effective Care Theory & Lab  60
NURS 410 CELBAN Preparation  60
NURS 550 Pharmacology Theory & Lab 100
NURS 510 Medical-Surgical Nursing Theory & Lab 150
NURS 520 Mental Health Nursing Theory & Lab  90
NURS 540 Maternity and Newborn Nursing Theory & Lab 100
NURS 530 Pediatric Nursing Theory & Lab 100
NURS 600 NCAS RN Preparation (with Lab) 100
NURS 700 NCLEX  Examination Preparation with practice exams 200
NURS 800 Clinical Experience 800

Fee Structure

# PARTICULARS FEE REMARKS
1 Registration Fee $250 Domestic Students
2 Material Fee $700
3 Book Fee $500
4 Tuition Fee $11500
Total $12950
1 Registration Fee $250 International Students
2 Course Material Fee $700
3 Book Fee $500
4 Tuition Fee $16500
Total $17950

This program has been approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.

Financial Assistance

Western Community College offers a variety of financial aid opportunities to ease students’ stress and allow them to focus on their studies. If you need extra support, we have flexible funding to accommodate all our students, no matter their financial situation.

  • BC Student Loan
  • In-house Financing
  • Student Line of Credit
  • Scholarships

Our dedicated Financial Aid Officers will help you every step of the way.

Why Study at Western Community College

  • Installment-based, low tuition fee.
  • 100% Practicum Placement
  • Weekday, weekend, and evening classes optionally available
  • Part-time or full-time class schedule
  • Free CLB preparation classes * Conditions Apply
  • Graduate employment rate: 97%

Admissions Contact Information

Mon – Sunday 9:00A.M. – 5:00P.M.

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