Practical Nursing (715)

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Program Description

Become a Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) and pursue an exciting healthcare career that offers diverse opportunities. The PN program provides a collaborative learning environment where you and your peers will experience simulated and real-life opportunities in learning and simulation labs. A blended learning program offers online theory classes to support study-life balance. You can complete the program in 16 consecutive months and have a variety of academic pathways for further education and training.

Professional Practice placements

Clinical placements may occur at locations that are not accessible by public transit. Students should expect to either have access to a car or the ability to supply their own transportation when attending clinical placements in our catchment area that includes Hamilton, Brantford, Halton, Niagara, Norfolk, Haldimand, Dunnville, Peel, Wellington, and surrounding areas.

Placements are assigned using randomization software based on placement options and students indicating preferences. Unfortunately, not everyone gets placed where they want as it is not logistically possible. We do not move students after the randomization process has been completed.  

Students are responsible for their own travel and costs to clinical placements.

Students who miss the first 2 weeks of clinical placement (for any reason) will be removed from placement and the co-requisite courses.  There are mandatory onboarding sessions during weeks 1 and 2 of clinical placement that cannot be rescheduled if missed.

Successful completion of Professional Practice

Successful completion of Professional Practice clinical placement is a requirement for graduation from the Practical Nursing program. Professional Practice is an academic requirement across all semesters of the program. Agencies that provide placement opportunities require you to have a clear Police Records Check for Service with the Vulnerable Sector (PRCSVS). As such, to be eligible for placement, you must submit proof of a clear PRCSVS, which will be retained on your departmental file and used only for purposes related to your placement.

If you register in the program without a clear PRCSVS, and, as a result, are unable to participate in placement, you will not be able to progress in the program. A Clear PRCVS, completed within last 6 months and valid for full upcoming semester is required.

Preclearance requirements:

Please note that all requirements below must be valid for the full upcoming semester in order to start your clinical placement.

Clear PRCVS, completed within last 6 months and valid for full upcoming semester
Immunizations - Tdap, Varicella, Hep B, MMR
Tuberculin skin test
Flu (Recommended, mandatory in some clinical settings)
COVID-19 Vaccine (third vaccination dose mandatory in some clinical settings)
Standard first aid and CPR-Level BLS/HCP
Mask fit
WSIB Consent Links 
Fire safety
Workplace violence and workplace harassment
Worker health and safety awareness in 4 Steps - BILL 18
Student consent and waiver for clinical placements

To learn more, please visit the Centre for Experiential Learning

Program of Study


Semester 1

  • Professional Practice I (CLIN10109)
  • Essential Communication Skills for Nursing (COMM10400)
  • Professional Development I (NRSG10065)
  • PN Practicum Lab I (NRSG10143)
  • PN Structure and Function of the Human Body (NRSG10159)
  • Health, Healing and the Nursing Process I (NRSG10160)
  • Professional Practice Readiness (NRSG10161)

Semester 2

  • Indigenous Ways of Knowing PN (INDS10050)
  • Health, Healing and the Nursing Process II (NRSG10162)
  • Pharmacology and Math for PN I (NRSG10163)
  • Practicum II Lab (NRSG10170)
  • Introduction to Psychology (PSYCSS156)
  • Professional Practice II (WORK10087)


Term 3

  • Health, Healing and the Nursing Process III (NRSG10164)
  • Pharmacology and Math for PN II (NRSG101165)
  • Practicum III Lab (NRSG10171)
  • General Education Elective 1 (OPELXXXXX)
  • Introductory Sociology (SSCISS108)
  • Professional Practice III (WORK10103)

Term 4

  • Professional Practice Pre-Graduate Experience (NRSG10080)
  • Health, Healing and the Nursing Process IV (NRSG10166)
  • Entry to Practice Readiness (NRSG10168)
  • Practicum IV Lab (NRSG10172)
  • Pharmacology and Math for PN III (NRSG10173)


Admission Requirements
  • OSSD or equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) including:
    • Grade 12 English, C or U or equivalent
    • Grade 11 or 12 Mathematics, C, M or U level (M or U recommended)
    • 2 Grade 11 or 12 Sciences, C or U level in biology, chemistry, or physics
  • 85% - 88% recommended cumulative average in the required courses to be competitive.

Pre-clinical requirements

  • All accepted applicants are required to complete certain requirements prior to clinical placement and are responsible for the associated costs. Details about pre-placement requirements will be emailed to you once you accept your offer of admission.
  • To be eligible for field/clinical placement, you must not have been convicted of any offence for which you have not been pardoned.

1st year fees:
Total 1st Year Fees    $7,762.91
*Based on 2023-2024 domestic fees and subject to change.

Complete an application online through portal ($110.00 non-refundable application fee)

Career Paths
  • Registered Practical Nurse

Where you could work includes:

  • Hospitals, Physicians’ Offices, Retirement Homes, Community Agencies, and Long-Term Care Homes
  • Research and Policy, Occupational Health
  • Business and Industry: Corrections/Forensics, Laser and Cosmetic Clinics, Pharmaceuticals for Health Care Products
  • Foot Care, and Private Duty Nurse

Opportunities for Grads

  • Upon graduation and successful completion of the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) licensing exams, you will become a member of this regulated profession.
  • Membership with the Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario (RPNAO).

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Next Steps


Accrediting Institution
Mohawk College
Program Length
2 Years
Next Program Intake
May 2025
Brantford Campus
Credential Type
Ontario College Diploma


411 Elgin St.
Brantford, ON N3S 7P5

General Contact:

Program Contact
(519) 445-0023 ext. 6226