Practical Nursing (Part-time studies)

School of Nursing Diploma

Program Overview

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. On February 15, paper applications are accepted until 4:30 p.m., and online applications are accepted until 11:59 p.m. (Saskatchewan times). All supporting documentation is required by 4:30 p.m. (Saskatchewan time) on March 1.

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.

Practical Nursing is a two-year diploma program offered at Sask Polytech Saskatoon Campus, Regina Campus, and Prince Albert Campus, with online distance learning options. Onsite labs and community-based clinical practice education experiences let you apply nursing knowledge, theory and skills in a variety of environments.

The program is a sequential 6-semester program allowing the concepts from one semester to be built on in subsequent semesters. The 6 semesters run over 76 weeks, over a 2-year period. Classes are designed to meet diverse learning styles.

Our experienced faculty help you grow into a competent, confident nurse capable of bringing a holistic, humanistic approach to patient care. You'll study:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Foundations of health
  • Pharmacology
  • Health assessment through the lifespan
  • Long-term and rehabilitative care
  • Medical and surgical care
  • Obstetrics and pediatrics
  • Mental health and addictions
  • Community
  • Sociology

Instructional methods include seminars, observational experiences, pre- and post-clinical conferences, small group presentations, lectures, demonstrations, role-playing, storytelling, discussion, reflective thinking and writing, and simulation lab experiences.

Opportunities for critical reflection about caring-based practice, development of employability skills and understanding the role and scope of practice of the licensed practical nurse (LPN) are blended into the program's learning activities.

The clinical practice education courses are integrative in nature, and, as such, the evaluation of your performance in the clinical setting involves evaluating the application of the theoretical concepts learned in all other courses. This is what ultimately determines your progress toward achieving the competencies of the beginning practical nurse.

The focus of each semester is as follows:

  • Semester 1 - Health Promotion/Illness Prevention
  • Semester 2 - Rehabilitative and Supportive Care
  • Semester 3 - Restorative and Curative Care
  • Semester 4 - Acute Medical and Surgical Care
  • Semester 5 - Acute Medical Surgical Care/Maternal-Child Health/Community
  • Semester 6 - Transition from Student to Graduate

Selected courses from this program are available through Flexible Learning, prior to being enrolled as a student in the full-time program. These courses are: BIOL 102, BIOL 103 and SOCI 160. For more information on these course offerings, please refer to the Flexible Learning part-time delivery for this program.

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).

If you have questions about this program, please email

Why Saskatchewan Polytechnic?

Sask Polytech 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.

Extensive Hands-on Learning

Apply what you learn in class and gain real-world experience in actual health-care settings.

  • Lab and Simulation – Application of your nursing knowledge and skills will occur in Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s state-of-the-art lab and high-fidelity simulation centres.
  • Clinical Practice Education – Each semester contains a clinical experience that gives you the opportunity to put theory into practice. Clinical is completed in a variety of practice settings: long-term care, rehabilitation, acute care, community, and more.
  • Experience with Preceptors - In the final experience of the program, you will be preceptored with a practicing LPN who is licensed with the SALPN. This time will assist in your transition from student nurse to practicing nurse.

Study Close to Home

You can enrol in Sask Polytech'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 practice education experiences can only be completed in Regina or Saskatoon, with eight designated clinical spots for each. All labs are mandatory at Sask Polytech Regina Campus, on designated weekends each semester.

Earn Your Professional Credentials

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.  

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Anatomy and Physiology 1 (BIOL-102CE)
Health Assessment and Praxis 1 (CLIN-103CE)
Professional Practice and Communication 1 (NURS-163CE)
Foundations 1 – Foundations of Health (NURS-171CE)
Variations in Health 1 (NURS-172CE)
Pharmacology 1 (PHAR-101CE)
Anatomy and Physiology 2 (BIOL-103CE)
Health Assessment and Praxis 2 (CLIN-104CE)
Foundations 2 - Mental Health (NURS-176CE)
Professional Practice and Communication 2 (NURS-240CE)
Variations in Health 2 (NURS-293CE)
Pharmacology 2 (PHAR-102CE)
Integrated Clinical Practice 1 (CLIN-105CE)
Foundations of Sociology (SOCI-160CE)
Health Assessment and Praxis 3 (CLIN-240CE)
Professional Practice and Communication 3 (NRSG-257CE)
Addictions (NRSG-258CE)
Variations in Health 3 (NURS-294CE)
Culture and Diversity in Health Sciences (SOCI-201CE)
Health Assessment and Praxis 4 (CLIN-241CE)
Foundations 4 - Community Health (NRSG-298CE)
Variations in Health 4 (NRSG-299CE)
Foundations 3 – Maternal Child Health (NURS-292CE)
Pharmacology 3 (PHAR-215CE)
Integrated Clinical Practice 2 (CLIN-242CE)