Practical Nursing | St. Clair College
Program Code: K963
Status: Open
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Two Year - Ontario College Diploma
(5 semesters)
Starts: September

Emergency Alternate Delivery Plan:
Fall 2021 Emergency Alternate Delivery

Windsor (Year 1)
Eva Beattie
519-972-2727 ext. 4622
Windsor (Year 2)
Linda Watson
519-972-2727 ext. 3233
Chatham (Year 1)
Heather DeWagner
519-354-9714 ext. 3286
Chatham (Year 2)
Cindy Pallister
519-354-9100 ext. 3281

This is to make you aware that many of our clinical placement sites are requiring students to have their first COVID vaccine, as a minimum, to be eligible to attend clinical placement. Please note that COVID vaccinations status will become a part of the clinical placement clearance requirements for fall 2021. A COVID vaccination is not a requirement to attend St. Clair College, however a vaccination will be required prior to attending clinical placement.

Students without their vaccinations cannot be guaranteed a clinical placement for their program and therefore will not be able to complete their programs.

The Health Centre at St. Clair College can provide the physical exam and all other vaccinations except for the COVID vaccine. To obtain the COVID vaccination, Students must arrange an appointment through Public Health, a participating pharmacy, or their health care provider.

If you have any questions, please contact our St. Clair College Health Centre at 519-972-2727 ext. 4484 (in Windsor) or 519-354-9100 ext. 3729 (in Chatham)

Program Overview

The curriculum is comprised of theoretical and clinical experiences utilizing the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) conceptual framework and nursing process. This strong foundation prepares students to practice safely, competently and ethically in situations of health and illness with individuals, families, groups and communities across the lifespan. The overall program goals and objectives are aligned with the current College Of Nurses Entry to Practice Competencies for the Registered Practical Nurse.

Program Highlights

  • The program is fully accredited by the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO).
  • Small, personal class sizes.
  • Hands-on training in a state of the art nursing lab with simulation technology.
  • Peer mentorship and tutor support.
  • Comprehensive, clinical placement experiences with a preceptor in a hospital and/or community settings (10 weeks in total).
  • After successful completion of the Practical Nursing diploma program, graduates are eligible to write the Canadian Registered Practical Nurse Examination (CRPNE) which is administered by the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO).

Specific Program Information

Career Opportunities

There are a wide variety of employment opportunities including hospitals, long-term care facilities, community health care agencies, physician offices and clinics, private homes and in private practice.

Admission Requirements

OSSD with the majority of courses at the College (C), University (U), University/College (M) or Open (O) level plus:

  • Grade 12 English - ENG4U, ENG4C, EAE4C or EAE4U
  • Grade 12 Math (C) or (U)
  • Senior Level Chemistry (C) or (U)
  • Senior Level Biology (C) or (U)


  • Equivalent courses from the Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees program or the Academic and Career Entrance program.

Mature students - See Admission Procedures for details.

Important Information

This is an OVERSUBSCRIBED program. Apply by February 1 to be considered for this program. See Admission Procedures for details.

Field/Clinical Placements

  • Student clinical placements are assigned. Student personal requests for placement cannot be accommodated

    • Windsor students may be placed anywhere in Windsor and Essex County
    • Chatham students may be placed anywhere in Chatham and Kent County
  • Students are responsible for their own travel and costs to clinical placements
  • Students are responsible for the cost of scrub uniforms/footwear and equipment such as a stethoscope, a watch with a second hand and other incidentals as required
  • Clinical placements schedules may include shifts on days, afternoons, weekends and holidays throughout the program based on clinical need and agency availability

Selection Procedure

For high school applicants, all of your Grade 11 courses and the first semester of your Grade 12 courses will be averaged and ranked in order to make the selection for acceptance into this program. When final grades are released applicants must meet the minimum requirement in mandatory courses.

Health/Clinical Placement Requirements

Entering Year 1
Mandatory Medical Requirements - Section A
Mandatory Non-Medical Requirements - Section B
  • Current CPR BLS with AED (annual renewal is required regardless of the expiry date on the card)
  • Standard First Aid
  • N95 Mask Fit Testing (completed every two years)
  • Vulnerable Sector Police Check (annual) AND Photo ID required with birthdate (e.g. Driver's License)
  • Annual Police Clearance Requirements
Returning Year 2
Mandatory Medical Requirements - Section A
  • Tuberculosis Screening - 1 step if you can produce prior documentation of having 2 step screening done; otherwise 2 step is required
Mandatory Non-Medical Requirements - Section B
  • Current CPR BLS with AED (annual renewal is required regardless of the expiry date on the card)
  • N95 Mask Fit Testing (completed every two years)
  • Vulnerable Sector Police Check (annual) AND Photo ID required with birthdate (e.g. Driver's License)
  • Annual Police Clearance Requirements

English Language Proficiency

 The College of Nurses of Ontario requires fluency in written and spoken English.


The curriculum below is for incoming students:

Semester 1
Code Title Credits
Introduction To The Practice Of Nursing
Nursing Clinical I
Anatomy, Physiology & Pathophysiology
Choose 1 Elective Course
Semester 2
Code Title Credits
Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Health Assessment
Nursing Theory IIA
Nursing Theory IIB
Nursing Clinical II
Semester 3
Code Title Credits
Nursing Theory III A
Nursing Theory III B
Community Health
Nursing Clinical III
Choose 1 Elective Course
Choose 1 Elective Course
Semester 4
Code Title Credits
Management Leadership & Research
Nursing Theory IV A
Nursing Theory Ivb
Nursing Clinical IV
Semester 5
Code Title Credits
Comprehensive Clinical Experience

Your Investment

The standard tuition and compulsory fees for the current academic year:

For programs with Experiential Learning (Work Placement/Internship): Costs for accommodation, if needed, travel and related expenses is at the student's own expense. It is recommended for most programs, that students have access to a laptop or desktop computer while away from home during experiential learning periods.

Textbooks and other materials are in addition to Tuition Fees. Textbook prices may be found through the Bookstore website.

Please be aware that tuition and compulsory fees are subject to adjustment each year. The College reserves the right to change, amend or alter fees as necessary without notice or prejudice.

Program Physical Demands Analysis

Program Vocational Learning Outcomes

Practical Nursing (Ontario College Diploma) (MTCU Code 51407)

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Communicate therapeutically with clients and members of the healthcare team.
  2. Assess clients across the lifespan, in a systematic and holistic manner.
  3. Plan safe and competent nursing care, based on a thorough analysis of available data and evidence-informed practice guidelines.
  4. Select and perform nursing interventions using clinical judgment, in collaboration with the client and, where appropriate, the health care team, that promote health and well-being, prevent disease and injury, maintain and/or restore health, promote rehabilitation, and/or provide palliation.
  5. Evaluate the outcomes resulting from all interventions in the nurse-client interaction and modify the plan of care as required.
  6. Act equitably and justly with clients and members of the healthcare team.
  7. Adapt to a variety of health care settings, using different leadership skills and styles as appropriate to each setting.
  8. Contribute to creating a healthy and safe work environment in a variety of healthcare settings.
  9. Practice in a self-regulated, professional and ethical manner, complying with relevant legislation and with the standards of both the regulatory body and the practice setting to provide safe and competent client care.

Important Information for Prospective Students

In order to successfully progress through the curriculum and function as a practical nurse, prospective students should review the following information regarding general demands and performance expectations for a career in nursing:

Additional Information