Practical Nursing

Practical Nursing

Practical Nursing (2016-2017)

How to Apply

Program Code



Program Length

Four semesters, beginning in September, plus an additional community placement in May during semester two


Practical Nursing

Contact Information

Year 1, full-time and part-time students:
Wendy Chow, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 4282

Year 2, full-time and part-time students:
Judy Martin, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 4099

Part-time inquiries:
Donnaree Thompson
416.675.6622 ext. 4137


The 2015/2016 fee for two semesters was
– domestic $4,277.82
– international $14,200.
Amounts listed were the total of tuition, lab/lab kit and material fees, e-textbooks and lab software for NURS courses, two Humber College uniforms, student service and auxiliary fees for the first two semesters of the 2015/2016 academic year.

Health clearance; Canadian Red Cross CPR – HCP, Standard First Aid; A.S.I.S.T. course, C.R.C., Mask Fit testing, immunizations, transportation and parking (varies). Students in the part-time Practical Nursing program register and pay for two courses per semester based on the predetermined schedule. The first theory course will include the e-textbooks and lab software package. The first clinical course will include the lab kit and uniforms. Fees are subject to change.


Start DatesAvailability
2015 SeptemberClosed
2016 SeptemberOpen

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:
• Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent
• Mature student status
• College or university transfer status
• Results of mandatory admission testing for senior-level biology, chemistry, writing and math. Test fees will apply.

The following courses will assist applicants with the admission test:
– Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U or equivalent)
– Grade 11 or Grade 12 Biology (SBI3C, SBI3U or SBI4U or equivalent)
– Grade 11 or Grade 12 Chemistry (SCH3U, SCH4C or SCH4U or equivalent)
– Grade 12 Mathematics (MAP4C, MCT4C, MDM4U, MCB4U, MGA4U, MCV4U or MHF4U or equivalent)

All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

Selection: Selection is based on the results of mandatory admission testing.

Additional Requirements

• Complete immunization record (will need to be updated regularly)
• Valid Standard First Aid (renewed every two years)
• Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)-C for Health Care Provider (HCP) certificates (renewed annually)
• Police Record Check: Students in programs or occupations involving direct contact with vulnerable persons are required to undergo a police record check. Refer to the Admission Information. Humber reserves the right to deny admission to this program based on an unpardoned criminal record that would be relevant to the academic or placement requirements of the program. It will need to be updated annually.
• Mask Fit Testing (renewed every two years)
• ASIST Workshop (prior to clinical placement)

The additional requirements must be completed upon acceptance into the program. Details outlining the process for fulfilling these requirements can be found at

Our Program

Humber’s Practical Nursing diploma program provides the skills and knowledge needed to become a registered practical nurse (RPN) over four academic semesters.

You will develop, practise and refine your skills in our state-of-the-art clinical simulation, computer and bioscience labs, with direct clinical practice and simulated laboratory experiences occurring throughout your program. Full- and part-time study options are available. (Full-time students complete the program in two calendar years; part-time students complete the program in three years and four months.) Part-time students take courses in the evening, and clinical rotations take place on Sundays and Mondays. Both part-time and full-time students will be required to complete a full-time pre-grad placement in their final semester. This is a full-time unpaid preceptored placement. Students must follow their preceptors rotation of days, evenings and nights equivalent to 40 hours per week.

List of Courses

Your Career

According to Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, nursing is seen as a high-growth career option, with more than 14,000 openings projected annually until at least 2020.

As a graduate of our Practical Nursing program, you will be able to work in various healthcare settings including acute-care hospitals, long-term care, rehabilitation services, community services, psychiatry, homes for the aging, public health units, community nursing agencies, clinics, private practices, schools and child-care centres.

Many of our graduates go on to complete postgraduate advanced-skills education, used in specialty disciplines such as surgery, dialysis, cardiology and emergency.

Professional Accreditation, Endorsement and Recognition

Graduates of the Humber Practical Nursing program will be required to write the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE) in Ontario to practice. The Practical Nursing diploma program is approved by the College of Nurses of Ontario.

Note: Graduates wishing to register with the College of Nurses of Ontario must sign a declaration of their status regarding citizenship, permanent residence, immigration, convictions of a criminal offence under the Narcotic Control Act/Food and Drug Act; involvement with respect to professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity in Ontario in another health profession; and/or any mental or physical disorder, which makes it desirable in the public interest that the person not practise nursing. These conditions also apply throughout the program.

Our Industry Partnerships

Humber’s external partners include Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care, Extendicare, Leisureworld Caregiving Centres, Humber River Regional Hospital, Mackenzie Health, North York General Hospital, Sunnybrook Health Sciences, The Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario, The Scarborough Hospital, Toronto Homes for the Aged, Trillium Health Partners, UHN Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, William Osler Health System, Halton Healthcare Services and numerous nursing homes and community agencies.

Partners provide placement opportunities for Humber students and input into the Practical Nursing curriculum, ensuring our content is current and relevant.

Work Placement

You will participate in a total of 1,035 hours of unpaid clinical placements over the course of the program, which take place over each semester and give you valuable hands-on experience. The school arranges and communicates with all placements.

Throughout the first year of the program, we offer you a unique community-service learning placement of your choice in a variety of community resources. In your second semester, you will work in a long-term care setting, while semester three takes place in rehabilitation, complex or acute-care settings. In semester two and three, you will also participate in clinical simulation and/or Stilwell (a virtual learning community designed to represent a typical Canadian neighbourhood). In semester four, you will complete a preceptored (one-on-one placement alongside a registered practical nurse) pre-graduate clinical practice.

For further information, visit Field/Clinical Placement.


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