Practical Nursing - 715

Ontario College Diploma
Two years
Become a Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) and pursue an exciting health care career that offers diverse opportunities.
Overview

Program Highlights

  • Collaborative learning environment where you and your peers will experience simulated and real-life opportunities in state-of-the-art classrooms and labs.
  • Complete the program in 16 consecutive months and have a variety of academic pathways for further education and training.

The Practical Nurse Program at Mohawk College is approved 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. 

 

What you'll learn

  • Interact with faculty members who provide structure and act as facilitators through consultation, assisting with group collaborative activities and providing feedback.
  • Acquire the professional knowledge, skills, accountability and responsibility for nursing practice through curriculum that is grounded in the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) RPN Entry-to-Practice Competencies.

Program Length

16 calendar months (continuous over 4 semesters)


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Applied and have questions?
The admissions team is available to help, you can contact them via Admissions or by phone at 1-844-767-6871.

 

Haven’t applied and need help?
Contact us or phone 905-575-2460.


Program delivery

Learn more about virtual and remote learning and how programs will be delivered.

 

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Tuition and Fees

2020 - 2021 Domestic Tuition and Fees

  Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3
Compulsory Ancillary Fees $753.47 $698.20 $562.71
Co-op Fees N/A N/A N/A
Compulsory Program Fees $0.00 $105.00 $0.00
Domestic Tuition $1,661.81 $1,661.81 $1,661.81
Total Domestic Charges Per Semester $2,415.28 $2,465.01 $2,224.52
Total 1st Year Fees $7,104.81

Above fees based on full-time September program start date. Contact Student Services to confirm fees for other start dates or semesters.

2020 - 2021 International Tuition and Fees

  Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3
Total Tuition & Ancillary Fee $8,376.00 $8,432.00 $8,432.00
Co-op Fees N/A N/A N/A
Program Compulsory Fees $0.00 $105.00 $0.00
International Tax Recovery $450.00 $375.00 $375.00
Total International Per Semester $8,826.00 $8,912.00 $8,807.00
Total 1st Year Fees $26,545.00

If you pay by wire transfer, please note your bank might charge you a fee to transfer money. Make sure your transfer includes the Mohawk payment and the wire transfer fee. This applies to each wire transfer payment you make.

Additional Information

Admission

Equal Consideration Fall:  February 1
Equal Consideration Winter:  June 1


Academic Requirements

  • 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 in biology, chemistry, or physics
  • 85% - 88% recommended cumulative average in the required courses to be competitive

HOAE – Health Occupation Aptitude Examination

  • Effective for the Fall 2021 entry and moving forward, the HOAE is no longer required for admissions purposes. 


Language Requirements for Internationally Educated Students:

  • See below for accepted equivalents for Grade 12 English: 
    • Successful completion of GAS-EAP (478) Program Level 8
    • TOEFL minimum score of 560 (83 Internet based)
    • or IELTS Academic minimum score of 6.5 overall with no band less than 6.0
    • CAEL 70, no sub-test band score less than 60
    • PTE Academic 60 overall with a minimum score of 60 in Writing and Speaking

Other Information

  • The waitlist for SNP is integrated with the IAHS campus waitlist
  • 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
  • Good working knowledge of computers including Microsoft Office applications recommended
  • This program may require students to bring their own mobile computer devices (BYOD) to classes
  • The Practical Nursing program is not offered on a part-time basis
  • Is Nursing For You? (Opens PDF, 176 kb)

Options are available for mature applicants.

Don't have the necessary requirements?

Experiential Learning

How you'll gain skills

  • Apply concepts from nursing and related disciplines to your experiences in the classroom, laboratory and clinical placement.
  • Through simulation using both high-tech equipment and standardized patients.
  • Foster social responsibility and leadership through a Service Learning opportunity.

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.

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.

For more information regarding the Practical Nursing 700 hour clinical placement, please contact diana.powell [at] mohawkcollege.ca (subject: Clinical%20Placement%20Inquiry, body: Hello%20Diana%2C) (the clinical placement specialist.)

To learn more, please visit the Centre for Experiential Learning. 

Opportunities

Opportunities

 

Mohawk Pathways 

Mohawk offers a diverse range of programs to further your studies**: Students that graduate from any of the following Ontario College Certificate programs are eligible to enroll into the Practical Nursing program: 

Graduates from the Practical Nursing program are eligible to enroll into the following Degree programs:

 

View our internal pathways map PDF. This Pathways map shows how the identified program can lead to future program choices within Mohawk.

Your future career options

  • Registered Practical Nurse

Where you could work includes:

  • Hospitals, Physicians’ Offices, Retirement Homes, Community Agencies, and Long-Term Care Homes
  • Research and Policy, Occupational Health
  • Business and Industry: Corrections/Forensics, Laser and Cosmetic Clinics, Pharmaceuticals for Health Care Products
  • Foot Care, and Private Duty Nurse

Opportunities for grads

  • Upon graduation and successful completion of the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) licensing exams, you will become a member of this regulated profession.
  • Membership with the Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario (RPNAO).

Course Overview & Descriptions

Click on the course title for a course description.

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 Colleges and Universities (MCU) 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.

Additional Information

Technical requirements for courses in the PN Program

Minimum technical and software requirements for Online Learning courses.

Computer and Internet Connection:
You will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection. High speed broadband access (LAN, Cable or DSL) is highly recommended for the optimal learning experience. Some courses have more advanced system requirements.


Software:
Individual courses may have additional software requirements. This may include video or audio playing software or a specific software application.

  • Most courses require word processing software.
  • In some instances, it may be necessary for some users to upgrade their Flash or Java versions.

The following items are also be required for some courses:

  • Speakers/Headphones.
  • Web Camera and Microphone.

Program Coordinator

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Contact International
Email: intl.representatives@mohawkcollege.ca
Phone: 1-905-575-2254
Toll free phone numbers:
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North China: 10-800-714-2521
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Brazil: 0800-022-7408
Philippines: 180011102544

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Phone: 1-905-575-2254

*Not all programs are international eligible. Please see our programs available for international students.

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Student Success Advisors

Student Success Advisors

  • Student Success Advisors assist current students to transition to college life, co-creating an academic success plan, advice on course selection, changing programs, or referrals to specialized support services. If you need help applying to Mohawk, contact Admissions (for International Students, please contact International Admissions).

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