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Practical Nursing Certificate to Diploma

Practical Nursing, through Continuing Education offers bridging courses to Licensed Practical Nurses who graduated from Saskatchewan Polytechnic before June 2008 with a Practical Nursing certificate. These bridging courses offer an opportunity to bridge to the current diploma credential. As a Saskatchewan Polytechnic Practical Nursing certificate graduate, once you complete these courses you may apply to the registrar to graduate with a diploma.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) and transfer credit may be options for receiving credit. For further information see the PLAR candidate guide (pdf) or the transfer credit page.

Those who have successfully completed LEAD 1604, NURS 1639, and NURS 1664 will receive credit toward bridging to the Saskatchewan Polytechnic diploma credential through a Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) process.

These classes are all offered through distance education.

If you graduated with a Saskatchewan Polytechnic Practical Nursing Certificate, reference this information (pdf) for the classes for you to achieve a Practical Nursing diploma.


You will focus your studies on concepts that relate to community nursing. You will review the principles of primary health care and explore emerging community health trends in Saskatchewan. In addition, you will discuss concepts, challenges and nursing care related to community mental health, public health and home care.

Prerequisites: Must be LPN


Additional costs: Manual
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
January 9, 2017 - March 31, 2017
Registration deadline: December 23, 2016
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$399.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-822
March 27, 2017 - June 16, 2017
Registration deadline: March 17, 2017
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$399.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-664
The Health Assessment course for Licensed Practical Nurses will prepare you to perform a health history and physical examination of clients. You will enhance your assessment skills with a focus on a patient centered approach. You will apply critical thinking and evidenced informed nursing practice to health assessment. You will consider health assessment in various stages across the lifespan, with a focus on the older adult. Challenges related to aging are also explored. You will perform a health history and physical Revised Learning Outcomes examination with an older adult and document the findings in an assignment.

Additional costs: Text(s) and print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
January 9, 2017 - March 31, 2017
Registration deadline: December 23, 2016
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$809.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-711
March 27, 2017 - June 16, 2017
Registration deadline: March 17, 2017
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$809.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-713
May 8, 2017 - July 28, 2017
Registration deadline: April 28, 2017
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$809.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201604-106
You will develop knowledge and skill related to intravenous therapy, the initiation of intravenous lines, intravenous medications, the use of intermittent access devices, blood and blood products, and blood administration. Your studies will include self-study theory, review exercises, simulation practice labs, performance testing and a written exam.

Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
January 9, 2017 - March 3, 2017
Registration deadline: December 23, 2016
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$385.00OnlineCRN: 201603-914
March 6, 2017 - April 28, 2017
Registration deadline: February 24, 2017
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$385.00OnlineCRN: 201603-694
May 1, 2017 - June 23, 2017
Registration deadline: April 21, 2017
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$385.00OnlineCRN: 201604-105
You will enhance your leadership skills. You will study the changing roles in nursing, the professional concepts of leadership and management, and the significance of communication and conflict resolution to leadership and management. You will study how ethical and legal issues influence nursing; and how power and motivation relate to leadership and management. You will be able to demonstrate the basic skills necessary to be an effective team manager.

Prerequisites: LPN/RN or RPN


Additional costs: Text(s) and print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
January 9, 2017 - March 31, 2017
Registration deadline: December 23, 2016
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$495.00OnlineCRN: 201603-688
March 27, 2017 - June 16, 2017
Registration deadline: March 17, 2017
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$495.00OnlineCRN: 201603-689
May 8, 2017 - July 28, 2017
Registration deadline: April 28, 2017
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$495.00OnlineCRN: 201604-102
You will develop knowledge and skill in assessing a client with a nasogastric tube. You will learn the skill of insertion, maintenance and removal of a nasogastric tube. Your studies will include self-study theory, review exercises, simulation practice lab and a written exam.

Prerequisites: Must be LPN


Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
March 6, 2017 - April 27, 2017
Registration deadline: February 24, 2017
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$385.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-669
You will study the systems approach to patient safety related to medication safety, interdisciplinary team relationships and best nursing practices. You will study national and provincial organizations designed to facilitate the Canadian patient safety agenda. You will examine a regional risk management or quality improvement project focused on advancing patient safety.

Prerequisites: Must be LPN


Additional costs: Manual
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
January 9, 2017 - March 31, 2017
Registration deadline: December 23, 2016
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$419.00OnlineCRN: 201603-690
March 27, 2017 - June 16, 2017
Registration deadline: March 17, 2017
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$419.00OnlineCRN: 201603-691
May 8, 2017 - July 28, 2017
Registration deadline: April 28, 2017
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$419.00OnlineCRN: 201604-103
You will further explore the concepts of sociology by focusing on respectful interactions when caring for clients of all cultures. Emphasis will be given to providing culturally respectful care to clients of Aboriginal ancestry across the lifespan. Diversity within the Aboriginal culture will be explored.

Prerequisites: Sociology 1 (SOCI 160)


30 hours/12 weeks Additional costs: Text(s) and print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
January 4, 2017 - March 24, 2017
Registration deadline: January 6, 2017
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$450.00OnlineCRN: 201603-438
May 1, 2017 - July 7, 2017
Registration deadline: May 1, 2017
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$450.00OnlineCRN: 201604-58
January 4, 2017 - March 24, 2017
Registration deadline: January 6, 2017
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$450.00Web AssistedCRN: 201603-447
May 1, 2017 - July 7, 2017
Registration deadline: May 1, 2017
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$450.00Web AssistedCRN: 201604-63
You will develop knowledge and skill regarding tracheostomy care. You will demonstrate the knowledge and ability to perform the required care of a person with a tracheostomy. Your studies will include self-study theory, review exercises, simulation practice lab and a written exam.

Prerequisites: Must be LPN


Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
March 6, 2017 - April 28, 2017
Registration deadline: February 24, 2017
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$385.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-673
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