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Ready to become a hero? CDI College’s Practical Nursing program is a British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP)-recognized program designed to prepare you for a professional career as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).

BC Practical Nursing Courses

The practical nursing courses at CDI College provide you with opportunities to develop, integrate, and demonstrate knowledge, skills, and judgement. Upon graduation, you’ll have the skills to efficiently deliver patient-centred, culturally sensitive care to individuals, families, and groups of all ages.


During the program, you will participate in four work experience opportunities in a range of healthcare settings so you’re prepared to hit the ground running in your new career. You’ll also take part in a final preceptorship at the end of the program.


Licensed Practical Nurse

Practical nursing is the second largest nursing group in Canada, after Registered Nurses (RNs). LPNs treat health conditions, promote health, prevent illness and assist patients to achieve optimal levels of health and wellness. They work with a team of doctors and RNs to deliver the best possible care to patients in hospitals, long-term care facilities, doctor’s offices, schools, and other healthcare settings.


After completing every course in the Practical Nursing program, you’ll be eligible to apply to become an LPN through BCCNP.



Apply to become a Practical Nurse today and fill out the form to your right.



Admissions Requirements


Students must meet all of the pre-requisites listed below, meet their financial obligations with the college, and acknowledge their understanding of the college’s policies and procedures provided in the student handbook, prior to starting classes.

  • High school graduation or equivalent.
  • Criminal record check (in accordance with the Criminal Records Review Act).
  • Immunization report (form provided by the College) as required by clinical partner sites and recommended by the B.C. Centre for Disease Control (2009): diphtheria and tetanus, polio, hepatitis B, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), varicella, and influenza. Students who fail to comply with immunization requirements may be prohibited from attending practice education experiences by the health authority and clinical partner site policy.
  • Negative TB skin test or chest x-ray.
  • English 12 with a grade of C+ or Technical Communications 12 with a grade of B+.
  • Math 11 Principles with a grade of C (current B.C. curriculum) or Math 11 Foundations with a grade of C (commencing 2012).
  • Biology 12 (Human Biology) with a grade of C.
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology for Practical Nurses with a minimum grade of C+ or equivalent must be completed by the start of specified courses.


English as an Additional Language


Applicants with English as an additional language must meet the language requirements set by the CLPNBC (2011), and be successful in one of the following:


International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – Academic Version with minimum scores of:


  • Overall band score: 7.0
  • Speaking: 7.0
  • Listening: 7.5 o Reading: 6.5
  • Writing: 7.0


Canadian English Language Benchmarks Assessment for Nurses (CELBAN) with minimum scores of:


  • Speaking: 8
  • Listening: 10
  • Reading: 8
  • Writing: 7


NOTE: Please view the CLPNBC current English requirements at the following site:


  • Where applicable, submission of an international credential evaluation service report (e.g. ICES).
  • Successful interview with the PN program coordinator.
  • Signing of the PN Statement of Understanding.


Additional Requirement:


  • CPR Level ‘C’ training is a requirement of this program and will be provided during the first semester.



This program has been approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.

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