Application process

The number of students admitted to the Practical Nursing Program is determined annually by the provincial human resource needs for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs). The application and selection process is competitive.

Applications to the program at the Centre for Nursing Studies (CNS) are reviewed for admission once all documentation has been received. Incomplete applications will not be processed. Please download and complete the  PN-Program-Application-Fall-2024 (PDF) before submitting your documentation.

Check list:

  • Application form
  • Application processing fee
  • Personal statement
  • A copy of your official birth certificate
  • An official high school transcript from the Department of Education or equivalency certificate (If still in high school submit most recent grades including grade 11).
  • An official post-secondary transcript(s) of all post-secondary courses/programs
  • Two references (Please forward references directly to the Practical Nursing Admissions – Registrar, Catherine Rice, either by mail, fax, or email)
  • If applying as an Indigenous applicant, please submit a letter of request with your application and provide documentation of Indigenous ancestry.

Please note: Photocopies or photographs of transcripts will not be accepted

Reference guidelines

International Applicant

If you are an international applicant but have a permanent residency card or Canadian citizenship, please provide documents.

Personal Statement Guidelines

Applicant must complete a personal statement by answering the questions outlined on the Personal Statement Form.

Please remove the two applicant reference forms from your application package and give to your referees. Referees should forward the references directly to Catherine Rice, Registrar, Non-Degree Programs.

Your references should be provided by individuals that you have had a professional relationship with, such as previous or current employers and/or teachers or professors. If you have been involved in a significant capacity with a volunteer organization, a formal representative from that organization may also be an appropriate reference. It is recommended that you do not obtain references from friends, co-workers, or your health-care provider.

Application deadline

The Application deadline is March 29, 2024.

Payments can be made online at or by electronic fund transfer (EFT), by emailing

All correspondence regarding your application will be provided through the email address you list on the application.


Please note the Registrar’s Office is available to the public by appointment only. To request an appointment please email

Catherine Rice,
Registrar, Non-Degree Programs
Centre for Nursing Studies
Office 1007, Southcott Hall
100 Forest Road
St. John’s, NL A1A 1E5

Tel: 709-777-8174

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Last updated: 2024-03-05