Licensed practical nurses are a vital part of today’s health care team—in acute hospital care, long-term care and in the community. They provide compassionate, professional nursing care to individuals throughout the human lifespan, infants to seniors.
If this sounds interesting to you, explore Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Practical Nursing program. In just two years, we’ll help you develop into a competent, confident nurse capable of making a positive difference in the health and well-being of individuals, their families and our communities.
This program is subject to the high-demand admission process. It opens for application on October 1, and closes on February 15, each academic year. All supporting documentation is required by 4:30 p.m. (Saskatchewan time) on February 28(29).
International applicants are not currently considered for admission to this high-demand program.
Practical Nursing is a two-year diploma program offered at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Saskatoon Campus, Regina Campus, and Prince Albert Campus, with online distance learning options. Onsite labs and community-based clinical experiences let you apply nursing knowledge, theory and skills in a variety of environments. Our experienced faculty help you grow into a competent, confident nurse capable of bringing a holistic, humanistic approach to patient care. You’ll study:
For more information about the program, including the admission process and program requirements, refer to the Admission Requirements and Selection Criteria sections below, and to our program Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).
Selected courses from this program are available through continuing education, prior to being enrolled as a student in the full-time program. These courses are: APHY 162, APHY 262, SOCI 160, SOCI 260 and SOCI 261. For more information on these course offerings, please refer to the Continuing Education Calendar.
If you have questions about this program, please contact:
Saskatchewan Polytechnic is one of the most respected providers of nursing education in Canada. Our small class sizes mean more opportunities to interact with faculty. High-tech simulation centres use near-life scenarios to give you hands-on practice. Clinical practice education lets you transfer your nursing knowledge and skills into the real world.
Apply what you learn in class and gain real-world experience in actual health-care settings.
You can enrol in Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Practical Nursing diploma program while staying close to home. We offer the program in partnership with regional colleges and Dumont Technical institutes around the province.
You can also enrol in the full-time online program. Keep in mind that clinical and practicum components can only be completed in Prince Albert, Regina or Saskatoon. All labs are mandatory at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Regina Campus, on designated weekends each semester.
The Practical Nursing program meets the approval of the Saskatchewan Association of Licensed Practical Nurses (SALPN). Graduates are eligible to write the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam (CPNRE), which is necessary to become licensed as a practical nurse.
Employment opportunities for licensed practical nurses are excellent. Most LPNs work in acute care hospitals, rehabilitation hospitals, medical centres and long-term care facilities. Choose an area that interests you - gerontology, maternal-child, medical, mental health, palliative, pediatric, rehabilitation or surgical nursing.
You also can pursue a career in a community setting: a nursing clinic, home care agency, private nursing agency, community health centre or physician's office.
Saskatchewan Polytechnic Practical Nursing graduates enjoy national reciprocity, which means you can work in any province in Canada or the Northwest Territories. Our graduates have also found jobs in the United States and overseas.
|Sample Job Title||NOC Classification1||Earning Potential2|
|Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)||Licensed Practical Nurses (3233)||$44,500 - $83,300|
Year 1 - 36 weeks; Year 2 - 32 weeks
*Previous Saskatchewan mathematics requirement also accepted:
High-demand programs consistently have more applicants than spaces available at each Saskatchewan Polytechnic location at which they are offered. High-demand programs have admission requirements plus additional selection criteria. The application period for high-demand programs is October 1 to February 15, each academic year. All supporting documentation is required by 4:30 p.m. (Saskatchewan time), February 28(29).
See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.
If a specific relevant Saskatchewan Polytechnic course is used to meet an admission requirement, it will not be re-used under selection criteria for additional points.
Year 1 - $8,400
Year 2 - $6,000
Note: A 12 week summer break follows Semester 2.
Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training. A detailed Candidate Guide, which includes a self-audit for all PLAR-ready courses, has been developed for this program. This information guides a candidate through all steps in the PLAR process.
Many Saskatchewan Polytechnic students benefit from transferring credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. To learn more, visit our transfer credit web page.
Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.
Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. You don't have to be a brainiac to receive a student award. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.