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.
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.
For further information, visit healthsciences.humber.ca/resources/pre-placement-requirements/fieldclinical-placement.