Practical Nursing - Diploma

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions and answers for Practical Nursing program.

Updated: August 4, 2020

Yes, the Practical Nursing program has specific ELP requirements. Applicants whose first learned language is NOT English, must provide evidence of completing a minimum of two (2) years of full-time study in English in Canada or submit English Language Proficiency results from IELTS (Academic) or the CELBAN.

  • IELTS (Academic): must meet the minimum in each component in addition to meeting an overall of 7.
    • Writing - 7
    • Speaking - 7
    • Listening - 7.5
    • Reading - 6.5

  • CELBAN (only an option if an internationally educated nurse)
    • Writing - 7
    • Speaking - 8
    • Listening - 10
    • Reading - 8

There are no countries that are considered ELP exempt.


Letters of acceptance are sent out after the application period has ended. This typically would occur by the end of April.

No, the program is not available on a part-time basis.
No, we do not have an accelerated option to complete the program.

Courses are typically scheduled to occur on campus, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each week. Additionally there may be classes/labs/seminars that start earlier or end later than these times.

Clinical practice education experiences commence at a variety of times depending on the specific experience, (i.e. some shifts may begin as early as 6:30 a.m.).  Clinical shifts may vary and could include days, evenings, nights or weekend experiences.  The length of clinical shifts may vary as well, including eight-, ten- and twelve-hour shifts.  Learning experiences may also be scheduled on statutory holidays.

Information on purchasing textbooks and course manuals will be provided to when you are able to register for classes. Material is available for purchase online, by phone, or in person.
  • Travel to the Regina Campus is required at the beginning of Semester one for a two-day mandatory program orientation.
  • Mandatory lab and clinical components of the program can only be completed at the  Regina or Saskatoon Campus and will be scheduled throughout each semester. It will be at the  discretion of the Practical Nursing program to determine which campus (Regina or Saskatoon) online students will attend labs and clinical. Students home location will be taken into consideration when possible but preferences cannot always be accommodated.
  • Clinical practice education experiences can only be completed in Regina or Saskatoon with eight designated clinical spots in each.
  • If you do not live in Regina or Saskatoon, you may need to relocate to complete lab and/or a number of clinical elements of the program.
  • Students are responsible for all costs associated with travel and housing.

Distance education takes added time and energy, therefore it is suggested that you evaluate your readiness for learning via distance. Self-assessment tools to determine if online learning is right for you are available on the internet and on request from the program.

Personal attributes of the successful online learner are:

  • ability to assume responsibility for own learning
  • self-directed and motivated
  • persistent and confident
  • ability to problem solve and be active in their learning
  • effective time management skills
  • disciplined to study without external reminders

Basic technical skills that you need include:

  • basic computer literacy
  • word processing
  • searching on the internet
  • taking time to complete available online tutorials and use help screens

Saskatchewan Polytechnic has a wealth of tutorials and support tools to ensure your success. A successful online student searches out these tools and uses them. Courses are available if you are missing any of the ingredients to promote success.

Student success is also enhanced through family and employer support. Families can provide child care or assist with household chores. When employers allow flexible hours for school obligations or use of a computer at work, success is also enhanced. Some students have found that having a personal laptop that can be taken with them wherever they go enhances their success.

Upon successful completion of the Practical Nursing program, a student is eligible to write the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE).  The application fee for the CPNRE exam is just over $400 in addition to a scheduling fee of scheduling fee of approximately $100.

Additionally, in order to obtain licensure with the SALPN, a fee of approximately $500 is payable to the SALPN. 

For more information related to fees, please visit the SALPN website.

Yes. You will need to reapply to the Practical Nursing program on an annual basis, during the application period, and meet all admission requirements and selection criteria for the intake in which you are applying.