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Ontario College Diploma | 4 semesters | Barrydowne | Limited Enrolment

If providing care and helping to improve the lives of others is your passion, consider a career as a registered practical nurse (RPN). Cambrian's program, which is accredited by the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO), offers you hands-on experience, smaller class sizes, and unique placement opportunities. You'll practice clinical skills in our high-tech nursing lab, help patients in Cambrian's fully operating medical clinic, and advance your skills by working alongside healthcare professionals in the community.

Program Highlights
  • 2 years – 4 semesters
  • 5 placements, including a 8-week clinical placement in semester four
  • Hands-on training in Cambrian's high-tech nursing lab
  • Graduates can apply to write the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) certification exam

Cambrian's program is currently approved (Category 1) by the College of Nurses of Ontario ( Current graduates from this program are eligible to apply for registration as a Registered Practical Nurse in Ontario. 

Limited Enrolment – 80 seats available

Please note that possession of the requirements does not guarantee admission. If the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of places available in the program, the College reserves the right to select from among those applicants. All students applying by February 1 will be given equal consideration. Preference will be given to Ontario residents. Please see the Limited Enrolment F.A.Q.'s on our website under "How to Apply" for further details.

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Health Sciences, Nursing, and Emergency Services

Admission Requirements

For graduates of the new curriculum (OSS): Ontario Secondary School Diploma (30 credits) or equivalent or mature student status, including:

  • Any grade 12 English (C), (U), or (M)
  • Any grade 11 or 12 biology (C) or (U)
  • Any grade 11 or 12 chemistry (C) or (U)
  • Any grade 11 or 12 mathematics (C), (U) or (M)

Please note: A minimum of 70% is required in each prerequisite course


  • Computer competency in relevant software

Note: Cambrian College's Pre-Health Sciences (HLPG) program is the designated preferred preparatory program for admission to Cambrian College's limited enrolment Health Sciences programs. Limited enrolment programs are identified within the detailed program descriptions. The minimum GPA and grades required for successful admission will be determined by the quality and quantity of the applicant pool.

Additional Requirements
  • Current Basic Cardiac Life Support Certificate Level C (must be current for entire program)
  • Current Standard First Aid Certificate (must be current for entire program)
  • Mask testing (for N-95 mask)
  • Criminal record check
  • WHMIS certification Proof of immunization status at registration for the following:
  • Two-step TB test
  • Immunizations: Measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, polio
  • Current tetanus - diphtheria vaccination
  • Current influenza immunization (when available for season)
  • Hepatitis B vaccination
  • If born after 1970, must have 2 measles vaccinations
  • Hepatitis A vaccination is recommended but not require

Note: Criminal record check, influenza immunization, TB skin test ,WHMIS and Basic Cardiac Life Support certificates MUST be renewed on an annual basis - there is a fee required for these renewals. Proof of previous varicella infection (chickenpox) must be supplied if not immunized for this disease.


Program Delivery

This program will be delivered in the following terms:


Fall Term Start

For specific term start/end dates and other key dates/deadlines, please see the 2017-18 Academic Schedule which will be posted on our website in early 2017.

Program of Study

Semester 1Credits
BIO 1107Anatomy Physiology I 3
ENG 1121Research Writing/Health Sciences 3
PND 1001Technical Concepts Health Care 3
PND 1002Nursing Practice I 4
PND 1003Nursing Theory I 3
PND 1004Professional Growth I 3
PND 1105Human Relations 3
One of the following General Education courses:  3
Personal Finance 3
Health Wellness 3
 Term Credits: 25
Semester 2
BIO 1207Anatomy Physiology II 3
HEA 1028Indigenous Health Approaches 3
PND 1000Health Assessment 4
PND 1005Nursing Theory II 3
PND 1211Nursing Practice II 16
One of the following General Education courses:  3
Rock Music, Culture Technology 3
Thinking, Reasoning, Relating 3
 Term Credits: 32
Semester 3
BIO 1014Pathophysiology I 4
PND 1006Nursing Practice III 16
PND 1007Nursing Theory III 4
PND 1008Pharmacology I 3
PND 2325Professional Growth II 3
One of the following General Education courses:  3
Positive Psychology 3
Thinking, Reasoning, Relating 3
 Term Credits: 33
Semester 4
BIO 1015Pathophysiology II 3
PND 1009Nursing Practice IV 16
PND 1010Nursing Theory IV 4
PND 1011Pharmacology II 3
PND 2426Nursing Practice V 16
 Term Credits: 42
 Total Credits: 132
Tuition and Ancillary Fees

Please see our fees page for the breakdown of tuition and mandatory ancillary fees by program and semester for both domestic and international students.

Books & Supplies

The cost of books and supplies for Year 1 for the 2016-2017 Academic year is approximately $2,000. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates may seek employment opportunities in:

  • Hospitals
  • Community
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Health care facilities, services, and programs
University Degree Opportunities

Graduates from this program may continue their studies at university and may receive credit for their prior College education.

Refer to College/University Agreements for further information.

Please note: Cambrian College strives to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website. Please note that the academic curriculum is continually reviewed and revised to ensure that Cambrian's programs and courses remain relevant. The College reserves the right to cancel or make changes to any course or program, fee, procedure, or campus location at any time.

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