Practical Nurse Diploma

Learn to care for patients in a fast-paced and complex medical environment in this partnership program with Bow Valley College.

Learners will graduate in two years with a Diploma in Ministry (from Prairie College) and a Diploma in Practical Nursing (from Bow Valley College).

Student Spotlight

Madison Redekopp

“After the Nursing program I felt equipped and excited to finally be able to work in the field after two years of studying, preparing, and falling more in love with the profession each day!”

at a Glance

Partnered with Bow Valley College



100% of graduates passed national exam

International Practicum

What Makes This Program Different

Our nursing program is where your faith meets your career. The program combines an accredited biblical/theological foundation from Prairie College with accredited practical nurse training provided by Bow Valley College.

Our on-campus program allows you the benefit of community life including chapel, small group, athletics and other co-curricular activities.

A highlight for many of our students is the international preceptorship. In past years our students have travelled to Mozambique and India. Students may apply for the international preceptorship in their second year of study. The preceptorship is offered based on the interest of the students and international partnership availability. The cost of the international preceptorship is not included in the tuition or program fees.

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Career Opportunities

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. 100% of our graduates in the last five years have passed the national exam.

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.

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 who would like to continue their nursing education can complete a Bachelor of Nursing program through Athabasca University.

Program Details

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

Graduates of this program receive a Diploma in Ministry from Prairie College and a Practical Nurse Diploma from Bow Valley College.

Practical Nurse Schedule: (Year 1 & 2)
Fall Semester: September – December
Winter Semester: January – April 
Spring Semester: May – July 

To view this years schedule please see the course timetables on the Registrars page


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)

  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).

In addition to our regular Admissions requirements, students must meet the following Bow Valley College requirements: 

  • 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.
  • 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 Post- Acceptance 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.

Program Tuition and Fees

Tuition Fees
PN Year 1 – Students will be charged for 12 Prairie Credits ($330 per credit) & 37 Bow Valley College credits ($283 per credit)
PN Year 2 – Students will be charged for 13 Prairie Credits ($330 per credit) & 37 Bow Valley College credits ($283 per credit)

College Service Fees
PN students will be charged based on 30 credits ($60 per credit) for College Service Fees.

Room & Meal Plan
Please see Fees & Financial Aid for Fall and Winter Semester costs.

Spring Semester PN Year 1 Room – $1,123.30 Meal Plan – $1,753.44
Spring Semester PN Year 2 Room – $345 Meal Plan – $380.80

Program Fees
PN Year 1 – $836 ($71 charged Winter semester, $765 charged Spring semester)
PN Year 2 – $1,085 ($145 charged Fall semester, $590 charge Winter semester, $350 charged 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.

* Please note that all fees represented are for the 2019-2020 and are subject to change for the upcoming year.

Program Partnership

We are pleased to offer our program in partnership with Bow Valley College.