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Ontario College Diploma | 4 semesters | Barrydowne

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 approved 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 labs and advance your skills by working alongside healthcare professionals in the community.

Program Highlights

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

Program Approval

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. 

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

Please note: A minimum combined overall average of 70% is required in the prerequisite courses listed above.


  • Computer competency in relevant software

Note: Cambrian College's Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees (PHPG) 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 (HCP) Health Care Provider (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

  1. SEMESTER 1 Fall 2020
  2. SEMESTER 2 Winter 2021
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2021
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2022

For specific term start/end dates and other key dates/deadlines, please see the Academic Schedule on our website.

Program of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
ENG 1121 Research & Writing/Health Sciences 3
PND 1001 Technical Concepts Health Care 3
BIO 1182 Anatomy & Physiology I - Nursing 3
PND 1002 Nursing Practice I 4
PND 1003 Nursing Theory I 3
PND 1004 Professional Growth I 3
PND 1105 Human Relations 3
One General Education course. 1 3
Semester 2
HEA 1062 Ind Perspectives on Care 3
PND 1000 Health Assessment 4
BIO 1209 Anatomy & Physiology II - Nursing 3
PND 1005 Nursing Theory II 3
PND 1211 Nursing Practice II 16
One General Education course. 1 3
Semester 3
BIO 1014 Pathophysiology I 4
PND 1006 Nursing Practice III 16
PND 1007 Nursing Theory III 4
PND 1008 Pharmacology I 3
PND 2325 Professional Growth II 3
One General Education course. 1 3
Semester 4
PND 1009 Nursing Practice IV 16
BIO 1030 Pathophysiology II 4
PND 1010 Nursing Theory IV 4
PND 1011 Pharmacology II 3
PND 2426 Nursing Practice V 16
 Total Credits133


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 is approximately $2,000. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Graduate Options

Employment Opportunities

Graduates are prepared for employment opportunities in:

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

College/University Degree Opportunities

Graduates from this program may continue their studies at college/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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