Practical Nurse Diploma
Learn to care for patients in a fast-paced and complex medical environment in this partnership program with Red Deer Polytechnic.
Learners will graduate in two years with a Diploma in Ministry (from Prairie College) and a Diploma in Practical Nursing (from Red Deer Polytechnic).
“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!”
Program at a Glance
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 Red Deer Polytechnic.
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.
Our Students Say
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.
You may want visit RDP’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 Red Deer Polytechnic.
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 100 Introduction to Christian Theology
Arts and Sciences Core (6 credits)
HF 110 Written Composition
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.
Red Deer Polytechnic PN Program Requirements
NURS 215 Anatomy
NURS 230 Human Physiology and Pathophysiology I
PN 278 Leadership
PN 252 Nursing Foundations I
PN 235 Health Promotion I (2 credits)
PN 276 Foundations for Success in Nursing (4 credits)
PN 259 Nursing Foundations II (5 credits)
PN 260 Health Promotion II (2 credits)
PN 277 Pharmacology
NURS 231 Human Physiology and Pathophysiology II
PN 263 Practical Experience: Residential Care (4 credits)
PN 265 Nursing Foundations III (5 credits)
PN 266 Health Promotion III
PN 267 Advanced Pharmacology (1 credit)
PN 268 Practical Experience III: Acute Care (6 credits)
PN 270 Nursing Foundations IV (5 credits)
PN 271 Health Promotion IV (4 credits)
PN 275 Practical Experience V: Comprehensive Practicum (6 credits)
PN 279 Inter-professional Leadership
- Practice safe, respectful, holistic and competent nursing care using evidence based creative problem solving, critical thinking skills and clinical judgement when planning appropriate client care.
- Demonstrate competence within current legislation for Licensed Practical Nurses based on the current Competency Profile, Standards of Practice, Policies and Practice Guidelines and the Code of Ethics.
- Provide safe, culturally sensitive, patient centered care to diverse populations across the lifespan.
- Engage in continuous learning and reflection to meet and maintain one’s own personal and professional accountability to safe practice.
- Provide leadership and supervision when working with unregulated health care providers as appropriate.
- Practice interprofessional collaboration and teamwork to meet the collective needs of client care.
- Employ therapeutic communication techniques to develp therapeutic relationships that support client care.
- Practice safe and ethical technology use when providing client care.
In addition to our regular Admissions requirements, students must meet the following Red Deer Polytechnic requirements:
- 60% in ELA 30-1
- 60% in Biology 30
- 50% in Math 30-1 or 30-2 OR 60% in Math 30 Applied or 20-1 OR 70% in Math 20-
- Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency in addition to the program admission requirements.
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 in the spring.
- 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.
- Students should ensure that they have a laptop computer that is compatible with the Respondus LockDown browser. This browser is only compatible with Windows and Mac computers and Apple iPads. It is not compatible with smartphones, Chromebooks, or Android tablets. For more information on this browser, click here.
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.