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Practical Nurse Diploma

The program combines an accredited biblical/theological foundation from Prairie with accredited practical nurse training provided by Bow Valley College.

Students complete the classroom courses and labs on Prairie’s campus. This makes possible a student experience that includes chapel, ministry opportunities, small groups, sports and other co-curricular activities. The clinical and preceptorship components are completed at various health care facilities.

Integrating the faith nurturing experience with nurse training requires a consecutive two-year program, with only intermittent short breaks.

Credentials Awarded

Diploma in Ministry from Prairie College and a Practical Nurse Diploma from Bow Valley College.

You may want visit BVC’s PN program page for additional information.

  1. Help learners acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to provide safe, highly skilled, quality nursing care in hospitals, other health care agencies and in the community.
  2. Assist learners to be actively involved in their own learning, to realistically self-assess strengths, limitations and needs as they relate to meeting program expectations, and to collaboratively establish strategies that will affect appropriate change.
  3. Encourage learners to develop greater autonomy in the making of decisions related to meeting individualized learning needs while achieving the program standards of performance within the time frames provided.
  4. Prepare learners to write the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam (CPRNE).

Diploma in Ministry (61 credits)

All courses are three credits unless shown otherwise.

Bible and Theology Core (12 credits)

NT 112 Reading the Gospels and Acts
OT 112 Reading the Torah
ST 100 The Christian Life
TH 105 Theology in Vocation

Arts and Sciences Core (12 credits)

HF 110 Written Composition
SS 150 Interpersonal Communication
SS 222 Sociology of Aging
SS 311 Lifespan Development

Intercultural Studies Courses (4 credits)

CM 367 Cross-cultural Practicum
IS 151 Preparation for Intercultural Ministry (1 credit)

For course descriptions, see our catalogue here.


Bow Valley College PN Program Requirements

ANAT1101 Anatomy and Physiology (6 credits)
NURS1101 Nursing Arts
NURS1102 Applied Pharmacology
NURS1103 Pathophysiology
NURS1201 Adult Health Assessment
NURS1202 Nursing Foundations I
NURS1203 Nursing Foundations 2 (6 credits)
NURS1301 Mathematical Principles of Medication Administration
NURS1302 Health Education: Personal Health and Wellness
NURS1401 Clinical 1: Foundational (4 credits)
NURS2204 Nursing Foundations 3 (6 credits)
NURS2303 Nursing Trends and Issues
NURS2402 Clinical 2: Medical/Surgical (8 credits)
NURS2403 Clinical 3: Medical/Surgical (4 credits)
NURS2501 Maternity Nursing
NURS2502 Pediatric Nursing
NURS2503 Mental Health Nursing
NURS2504 Community Nursing
NURS2995 Professional Preceptorship (4 credits)

After completion of all other program requirements students have a required preceptorship experience to complete their program. Students may apply for an international preceptorship, when it is offered, to fulfill a component of the preceptorship requirement. The preceptorship is offered based on interest of the students and international partnership availability. The cost of the international preceptorship is not included in the tuition or program fees. Students will be assessed a one-time fee dependent on the cost of the specific preceptorship.

  • Minimum final mark of 60% in English 30-1 or 70% in English 30-2 or equivalent
  • Credit in Math 20-1 or a minimum final mark of 60% in Math 20-2 or equivalent. If your math is not from Alberta, please contact the Admissions Office.
  • Minimum final mark of 60% in Biology 30 or a minimum final mark of 60% in Anatomy and Physiology (ANPH 150) at Bow Valley College or equivalent course.
  • All applicants educated outside of Canada must also demonstrate that they have successfully completed the English Language, Mathematics and Science academic requirements specified above. Foreign transcripts (outside Canada and US) must be assessed by the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS).
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must present a minimum score of 560 written, or 220 on the computer, on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam. An assessment of applicants’ skills in listening and speaking English may also be required. Alternatively, you may complete the Bow Valley College EAP program with a grade of “B”.

Non-Academic Admission Requirements

  • Up-to-date immunizations required. For detailed information please review the immunization requirements here.
  • Minimum of 18 years of age.
  • CPR Healthcare Provider Level Certificate. This must be the course provided by the Heart and Stroke Foundation and it must be updated every 12 months. It is available for students at the beginning of the fall semester.
  • Police Information Check (PIC) with a Vulnerable Sector Search. PICs are valid for the duration of the PN Program, however, students are responsible to inform faculty of any changes to their PICs during the PN program. The PIC must be dated no earlier than ninety (90) days prior to the start of the PN Program.
  • The Practical Nurse program is very demanding and requires that you have the mental and physical stamina to: work shifts and weekends; be on your feet for extended periods of time; use your knees, back and arms to move clients who have minimal strength; function effectively in stressful situations; work unassisted to perform skills.

Transfer Credit Request

If you have already completed college or university courses you may apply for transfer credit. Any nursing courses that were completed more than four years ago will not qualify. For complete details please contact the Admissions Office.

Students take the required Bible, theology, and support courses in the sequence scheduled for their cohort if they have not completed them before. Failure to maintain a 2.0 g.p.a. in these courses (including any transferred from other institutions) subjects them to a one-year academic suspension from the DIM and PN programs.

Upon successful completion of the Practical Nurse Diploma program students are eligible to write the national licensing exam. The Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam (CPNRE) is offered in each province/territory.

Graduates are prepared to provide high-quality nursing care in the areas of medical, surgical, pediatric, maternity, mental health, and geriatric care. Trained LPNs are able to work in hospitals, physician’s offices, nursing facilities, home health care services, camp ministry and/or missions/overseas.

This program has an excellent track record of preparing students well. 100% of graduates in the last five years have passed the national exam.


Graduates may transfer into one of Prairie’s 4-year programs. Those who have completed both the Diploma in Ministry and Practical Nurse diploma can earn the Bachelor of Marketplace Ministries degree with an additional 33 credits (11 courses). These courses are available via Prairie Online Education.

Graduates may complete a Bachelor of Nursing program through Athabasca University.

For yearly costs and breakdown of fees click here.
Variations in costs are dependent on scholarships, number of tuition credits taken and transfer credits.

On this schedule tuition fees are based on 18 credits for each Fall semester, 10 credits for each Winter semester and 9 credits for each Spring semester.

The program fee includes exam courier costs, clinical travel, lab kits, blood pressure cuff, and stethoscope. However, the fee does not include the Bow Valley College scrubs, PIC, shoes, watch, textbooks, CPNRE fee, preceptorship travel/living costs or CPR re-certification course.


All textbooks for nursing courses are required to be purchased from Prairie. Textbooks for non-Bow Valley courses may be purchased from Prairie or other supplier.