Practical Nursing and Practical Nursing with Aboriginal Communities - 715

Ontario College Diploma
Two years
With a focus on community support and understanding, this program is delivered using collaborative learning

Practical Nursing is an Ontario College Diploma program offered at Mohawk's Institute for Applied Health Sciences, located on the McMaster University campus in Hamilton, Ontario. The Practical Nursing program runs continuously for 16 calendar months over four semesters. 

  • Practical Nursing is offered twice a year, every year in September and January
  • Practical Nursing with Aboriginal Communities, an Ontario College Diploma program, is offered every other year at Six Nations Polytechnic

Degree awarded by McMaster University.

Non-aboriginal applicants who have applied to the Practical Nursing with Aboriginal Communities Six Nations program must have also applied to the Institute for Applied Health Sciences program by February 1st 2016 to be considered. Six Nations non-aboriginal applicants will be selected from the waitlist of the Institute for Applied Health Sciences program pending seat availability.

Program Highlights

Experience collaborative learning - the learning methodology used where you are responsible for your own learning and for contributing to the learning of your peers. Faculty members provide structure and act as facilitators through consultation, assisting with group collaborative activities and providing feedback.

Program Approval Status

The Practical Nursing and Practical Nursing with Aboriginal Communities Program at Mohawk College is currently approved (Category 1) by the College of Nurses of Ontario (opens in a new tab). Current graduates from this program are eligible to apply for registration as a Registered Practical Nurse in Ontario.

Clinical placements

Clinical placements may occur at locations that are not accessible by public transit. Students should expect to either have access to a car or the ability to supply their own transportation when attending clinical placements in our catchment area that includes Hamilton, Brantford, Halton, Niagara, Norfolk and surrounding regions.

Students are responsible for their own travel and costs to clinical placements.

Minimum requirements for admission to the Practical Nursing Diploma & Practical Nursing Aboriginal Communities Diploma program

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Deadline to apply for January is no later than June 1st

NOTE: This is a limited enrolment program. Possession of the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.

  • OSSD or equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) including:
    • Grade 12 English, C or U or equivalent
    • Grade 11 or 12 Mathematics, C, M or U level (M or U recommended)
    • 2 Grade 11 or 12 Sciences, C or U level
  • It is recommended that all applicants have a good working knowledge of computers including Microsoft Office applications
  • An English language proficiency test may be required as it is essential that applicants demonstrate the English language writing and speaking skills to successfully cope with academic and clinical placement components of the program
  • In addition to the successful completion of all admission requirements, all applicants to this program must complete a mandatory standardized Health Occupation Aptitude Examination (HOAE) as part of the selection process. There is a fee of $50.00 for this test
  • Effective January 2005, the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) requires all applicants for registration or reinstatement from within Canada to provide a recent Police Criminal Record Check (PCRC) as part of the registration process
  • Offers of admission to this highly competitive program will be made based on a combination of HOAE test results (50%) and ranking of academic history (50%)

Option are available for mature applicants.

Note: This program may require students to bring their own mobile computer devices (BYOD) to classes.

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions and Pre-Admission Testing-HOAE for more information.

Registration to Practice Nursing

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).

Pre-Clinical Requirements

All accepted applicants are required to complete certain requirements prior to clinical placement and are responsible for the associated costs. Details about pre-placement requirements will be emailed to you once you accept your offer of admission.

To be eligible for field/clinical placement, you must not have been convicted of any offence for which you have not been pardoned. If your Police Check is 'not clear', your acceptance and suitability for placement is at the discretion of the agency. Mohawk College cannot guarantee placement changes if refused by the agency.

Note: this is a Competitive Program

Apply by February 1st.

Read more about Competitive Programs.

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Career Opportunities

Nursing careers may involve the following:

Industries of Employment:

  • Hospitals, Physicians' Offices, Retirement Homes, Community Agencies, Nursing Homes and Long Term Care Homes
  • Business and Industry

Occupational Categories:

  • Registered Practical Nurse

Graduate Opportunities

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).

Course Overview & Descriptions

Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes, often referred to as ‘Program Standards', set out the essential learning that a student must achieve before being deemed ready to graduate.

In many cases these program learning outcomes were developed by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) in consultation with employers and educators who are experts in the program field. To ensure the outcomes remain current and in line with industry needs, we invite our employers, graduates working in the field and current students to re-examine and update them during regular, ongoing program review focus groups.


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