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 application guide before submitting your documentation.

Check list:

  • Application form
  • Application processing fee
  • Personal statement
  • Official birth certificate
  • Official high school transcript from the Department of Education or equivalency certificate
  • 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).

Applicant must complete a personal statement by answering the questions outlined on the personal statement form.

Reference guidelines

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 on your behalf.

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

Applications must be received by March 15, 2021.

Due to the current Public Health Guidelines, the Practical Nursing Program will not be accepting any in-person applications or payments at this time. Please email your application to

Payments can be made online at or by wire transfer by emailing


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
Fax: 709-777-8176

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Last updated: 2021-02-23