Practical Nursing Program (PN)

The Centre for Nursing Studies (CNS) is the lead institution for practical nursing education in Newfoundland and Labrador. The mission of the Practical Nursing (PN)

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Program is to prepare caring and professional practical nurses to practice in a wellness-oriented, client-focused and consumer-sensitive health-care system. The program is delivered over 5 semesters and leads to a diploma as a PN graduate. Graduates are required to write the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination.

All students in the Practical Nursing Program must demonstrate their capacity to meet the entry-level practical nurse competencies. Please review the CLPNNL Becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse in Canada: Requisite Skills and Abilities (PDF). The purpose of this document is to provide potential practical nursing students with information on the requisite skills and abilities of a Licensed Practical Nurse.

Current and new students

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