Practical Nursing - Summerside

Start Date: January
Length: 2 Years
Location: Summerside Waterfront Campus
Credential: Diploma, Practical Nurse
  • Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above the general level
  • Grade 12 academic English, minimum of 70%
  • Grade 11 and 12 academic biology, minimum of 70%
  • Grade 12 academic math, minimum of 65%
  • Grade 11 or 12 chemistry, minimum of 70%
  • Current Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems (WHMIS) Certificate
  • Criminal Record Check (Vulnerable Persons) with no findings of guilt
  • Two applicant reference forms from employers
  • Completion of Holland College Medical Form
  • Standard First Aid and CPR Level C from a recognized First Aid/CPR Provider.
  • Completion of Immunization Verification Form (required after acceptance)
  • Résumé including work and volunteer experience with applicable dates, membership in groups, associations or athletics, awards and distinctions, and any other information about yourself relevant to the program.

Note: Preference will be given to applicants who have completed university level introductory courses in English, biology or psychology. Clinical experience may be restricted if the student does not have a valid driver’s license.

International Student fee is an additional $3,930 per year (includes International Health Fee).

Tuition and Other Fees 1st Year 2nd Year
Tuition $ 5,362 $ 5,398
Student Union $ 168 $168
Health Insurance Fee $ 410 $ 410
Lab Fee $ – $ 200
Graduation Fee $ – $ 90
Total $ 5,940 $ 6,266
1stinstallment due upon first day of class $ 3,681 $ 3,503
2ndinstallment due Sept.3 $ 2,259 $ 2,763
Other Program Costs 1st Year 2nd Year
Books $1,400 $ 600
Materials/Supplies $ 250 $ –
Equipment/Uniforms/Teaching Aids $ 350 $ 200
Examinations/Memberships $ – $ 750
Total $ 2,000 $ 1,550
Graduates from this program may find employment with:
  • Long-term care
  • Nursing homes
  • Community care
  • Home care
  • Hospitals
  • Physicians’ offices

Degree Pathways

Many Holland College programs have degree pathways. For more information, see our Degree Pathways section.

Program Overview

As a practical nurse, you will provide routine care under the supervision of a registered nurse or a medical doctor to disabled, injured or sick patients. Your courses in anatomy and physiology, fundamentals of nursing, and pharmacology are supported through extensive clinical placements. At the end of the program, you’ll complete 160 hours of practicum in a clinical site with a licensed practical nurse as your preceptor, giving you real-world experience and important exposure to a potential employer.

Practical nurses must be licensed to work in Canada. Upon graduation, you’ll be ready to complete your Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam (CPNRE) to be eligible for initial licensure.

This program is also available at our Prince of Wales Campus in Charlottetown. 

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