Practical Nursing


About the Practical Nursing Program

Nanaimo and Cowichan Campus Start Dates and Application Deadlines.

The Practical Nursing Diploma Program prepares graduates to provide nursing care in a diverse range of employment settings including: hospitals, nursing homes, extended care facilities, rehabilitation centres, doctors’ offices, clinics, companies, private homes, educational institutions, and community health centres.

The two-year, credit-based program prepares individuals with the theory and skills required to work as a practical nurse, with the potential for career advancement and job mobility. This program is completed on a full time basis.

On recommendation of the program faculty, graduates of the Practical Nursing Diploma program may write the Regulatory Exam-Practical Nurse (Rex-PN) to become a Licensed Practical Nurse.

Re-entry Students

All VIU Practical Nursing (PN) program re-entry or transfer in students must apply to the PN program online before the deadline of March 31 each year.

In addition, students must also contact the PN Program Admissions and Registration Assistant Donna Kist to discuss re-entry or transfer-in to the VIU PN program.