Diploma in Practical Nursing

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CDI College's Practical Nursing diploma program is designed to teach you the skills you need to pursue an entry-level nursing career in the health care industry. Learn more about this program here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

As a student in the Diploma in Practical Nursing program offered through CDI College, you will be introduced to fundamental topics in nursing and learn how to work in collaboration with other members of a health care team. You will have the opportunity to study how to provide care to a range of clients in multiple types of practice settings. Courses incorporate classroom lectures, laboratories, simulations, and other practical experiences to cover topics such as clinical decision making, patient care and assessment, health promotion, growth and development, and human anatomy. You can also learn to provide care to patients with chronic illnesses, mental health issues, acute illnesses, and more. Your program also includes four work experience opportunities in a range of health care settings and a final preceptorship at the end of the program. The curriculum of CDI College's Practical Nursing program is designed to meet all competencies and standards set out by the College of Licensed Practical Nursing British Columbia (CLPNBC).

What Are the Prerequisites?

Prior to enrolling in CDI College's Practical Nursing diploma program, you should be interested in a career where you provide care to a variety of populations. You may also have compassion and patience and be able to stand for long periods of time. All CDI College applicants must be high school graduates or equivalent, though some programs or campuses may have additional requirements.

What Are the Course Requirements?

Specific course requirements vary by campus, but could include the following topics. Contact CDI College to confirm the most up-to-date information before enrolling in a program.

Common Course Topics

  • Integrated nursing practice
  • Health promotion
  • Variations in health
  • Professional practice
  • Professional communication
  • Pharmacology
  • Transition to preceptorship
  • Preceptorship
  • Consolidated practice experiences

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

Once you have completed the education requirements of the Practical Nursing diploma program and meet registration requirements, you could pursue entry-level practical nursing positions in a variety of health care facilities. For instance, you may consider jobs in hospitals, group homes, long-term care settings, schools, and doctor's offices. In these positions, your duties could include assisting in basic patient care, promoting health and wellness, and assisting patients with other health issues and personal tasks.