Practical Nursing (2015/16 Program)

Program Code: 
Program Length: 

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

Contact Information: 

Year 1, Full-time students
John Stone
Program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 4282

Year 2, Full-time students
Judy Martin
Program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 4099

Part-time students
John Stone
Program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 4282

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

• Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including these required courses:


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: The admission requirements of this program are based solely upon the results of the admission testing.

Secondary Admission Requirements: 
Additional Requirements

• Complete immunization record

• Valid Standard First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)-C for Health Care Provider (HCP) certificates

• 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

• Mask Fit Testing

• ASIST Workshop

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


The 2015/2016 fee for two semesters is
– domestic $4,277.82
– international $14,200.

Amounts listed are the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first two semesters of the 2015/2016 academic year.

Students in the part-time Practical Nursing program register and pay for two courses per semester based on the predetermined schedule.

Fees are subject to change. Refer to our detailed fee information.

Additional Costs

Books; clinical uniforms; a health clearance; Canadian Red Cross CPR – HCP, Standard First Aid; transportation and parking (varies).

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, practice 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.

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 practice 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, Halton Healthcare, 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 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 where you will work with faculty to find experiences 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.

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