Practical Nursing - 715
- 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 Nursing Program at Mohawk College 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.
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.
16 calendar months (continuous over 4 semesters)
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Fall 2020 program delivery
Tuition and Fees
Tuition and Fees
2020 - 2021 Domestic Tuition and Fees
|Semester 1||Semester 2||Semester 3|
|Compulsory Ancillary Fees||$753.47||$698.20||$562.71|
|Compulsory Program Fees||$0.00||$105.00||$0.00|
|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.
- Awards: Scholarships and Bursaries
- OSAP Eligible. Learn about Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP).
- Full Cost Breakdown
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|
|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|
- International Scholarships and Bursaries
- OSAP not eligible for International Students
- Full Cost Breakdown
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Equal Consideration Fall: February 1
Equal Consideration Winter: June 1
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
Additional Mandatory Requirements
HOAE – Health Occupation Aptitude Examination
- All applicants to this program must complete a mandatory standardized Health Occupation Aptitude Examination (HOAE) as part of the selection process
- Offers of admission to this highly competitive program will be made based on a combination of HOAE test results and ranking of academic history
- Applicants who apply by equal consideration for the Fall term will be contacted to write HOAE in February
- Applicants who apply by equal consideration for the Winter term will be contacted to write HOAE in July
- Testing for the Winter 2021 intake will occur in September. Students who applied by Equal Consideration will be contacted in late August/early September for testing.
- For those who apply after the equal consideration date, should space permit in the program, the college may consider further rounds of testing
- For further details regarding the HOAE, visit our Pre-Admissions Testing site
- 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)
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.
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 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.
Where you can go next
- Mohawk offers a diverse range of programs to further your studies**:
- Once registered with the CNO, numerous certifications can be obtained through Mohawk Continuing Education (CE) including pediatric, perioperative and mental health nursing, as well as skin, wound and footcare management.
- View our internal pathways map PDF. This Pathways map shows how the identified program can lead to future program choices within Mohawk.
- See ontransfer.ca for additional opportunities at other colleges or universities in Ontario.
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).
Program of Studies
Course Overview & Descriptions
Click on the course title for a course description.
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.
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.
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:
- Web Camera and Microphone.
Domestic Canadian Students
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