Practical Nursing

Program: PNRS
Credential: Ontario College Diploma
Delivery: Full-time
Work Integrated Learning: Clinical Placements
Length: 5 Semesters
Duration: 2.5 Years
Effective: Fall 2017, Winter 2018
Location: Barrie (Fall, Winter), Orangeville (Winter), Owen Sound (Fall, Winter)


The Georgian College Nursing Program philosophy and curriculum incorporate and utilize the concepts of caring as the basis of nursing practice. The students and faculty work together to explore nursing knowledge and caring theory. In the classroom, students in collaborative groups, work through learning activities and focus on the lived experiences of individuals, families, and groups. Knowledge from the program courses is integrated into the care of clients, families, and groups in a variety of settings.

In order to provide quality practicum placements, students will be placed in a variety of agencies in the region serviced by the campus. Students are required to provide their own transportation.

Career Opportunities

The graduate may find employment opportunities in general hospitals, special hospitals, nursing homes, homes for the aged, clinics or community health services.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • care for populations including persons, families, and groups from a variety of cultures, by establishing caring relationships that foster trust, respect, collaboration and empowerment;
  • promote health and healing for persons in situations with varying levels of complexity acting independently and in consultation with client, family and health team;
  • practice nursing based on the concept of praxis (praxis refers to how theoretical knowledge and the practice of nursing inform and shape each other and are guided by the morality of caring);
  • function effectively in the practical nurse's unique role as a member within the multi-disciplinary team;
  • apply generic skills for life-long learning and for personal and professional growth;
  • provide safe, effective and ethical nursing care that meets the current Professional Standards for Registered Nurses and Registered Practical Nurses in Ontario;
  • participate in society as an informed citizen and pursue an enriched personal and professional life;
  • develop social entrepreneur skills to foster positive social change in the community while being environmentally sensitive.

External Recognition

Upon graduation from this program you will be recommended to the College of Nurses to write the registration examinations. Successful completion of these examinations and compliance with the Regulated Health Professions Act will entitle you to become a Registered Practical Nurse and thus a member of the College of Nurses of Ontario. Please note: The College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO), the body responsible for regulating nursing in Ontario, sets entry to practice requirements that nurses and practical nurses must meet to become registered in Ontario. CNO's mission is to regulate nursing to protect the public interest. Among CNO's entry to practice requirements are provisions specifically intended to enhance public safety. These provisions require that applicants for registration in Ontario:

  1. have not been found guilty of a criminal offence or an offence under the Narcotic Control Act (Canada) and the Foods and Drug Act (Canada);
  2. not have been the subject of a finding of professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity, whether in Ontario or in another jurisdiction and whether in relation to the nursing profession or another health profession;
  3. not currently be the subject of proceedings for professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity, whether in Ontario or in another jurisdiction and whether in relation to the nursing profession or another health profession;
  4. not be suffering from a physical or mental condition that makes it desirable to the public interest that he or she not practice.

An applicant for registration who does not meet one or more of these requirements must inform CNO and provide details about the incident or situation. The applicant will not be necessarily refused registration because CNO's Registration Committee will review information about the incident or situation to determine if an exemption from the requirement(s) will be granted. An applicant for registration who does not inform CNO, may have the application for registration cancelled, or any certification of registration which may have been issued revoked.

Applicants who apply for registration with CNO on, or after, January 1, 2005 require a Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) Criminal Record Synopsis as part of the registration process. The CPIC check provides evidence that an applicant has met the requirements of registration related to good character and suitability to practice.

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If you have any questions about these registration requirements, please contact CNO at (416) 928-0900, or 1-800-387-5526, ext. 6249.

You are encouraged to become a member of the professional organization, the Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario.

The Program Progression

Fall Intake - Barrie, Owen Sound

  • Sem 1: Fall 2017
  • Sem 2: Winter 2018
  • Sem 3: Fall 2018
  • Sem 4: Winter 2019
  • Sem 5: Summer 2019

Winter Intake - Barrie, Owen Sound

  • Sem 1: Winter 2018
  • Sem 2: Summer 2018
  • Sem 3: Winter 2019
  • Sem 4: Summer 2019
  • Sem 5: Fall 2019

Winter Intake - Orangeville

  • Sem 1: Winter 2018
  • Sem 2: Summer 2018
  • Sem 3: Fall 2018
  • Sem 4: Winter 2019
  • Sem 5: Summer 2019


A number of articulation agreements have been negotiated with universities and other institutions across Canada, North America and internationally. These agreements are assessed, revised and updated on a regular basis. Please contact the program co-ordinator for specific details if you are interested in pursuing such an option. Additional information can be found on our website at

Admission Requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 12 Mathematics (C or U)
  • Grade 11 or 12 Biology (C or U)
  • Grade 12 (C) or Grade 11 or 12 (U) Chemistry OR Grade 12 (C) or Grade 11 or 12 (U) Physics

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to:

Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:

Selection Process

Applicants will be assessed and ranked based on academic grades. A minimum grade of 75% in each pre-requisite subject is recommended.

Criminal Reference/Vulnerable Sector Check

Placement agencies require an up-to-date clear criminal reference check and vulnerable sector check prior to going out on placement. Students should obtain their criminal reference three months prior to placement; checks conducted earlier may not be considered current. As some jurisdictions require longer lead-time for processing, please check with the program coordinator to ensure you allow for sufficient turn-around time. It is the student's responsibility to provide the completed document prior to placement start.

NOTE: Individuals who have been charged or convicted criminally and not pardoned will be prohibited from proceeding to a clinical or work placement.

Additional Information

It is required that students have Level HCP CPR and Standard First Aid prior to commencing the program (On-line courses are not acceptable). It is the student's responsibility to renew their Level HCP CPR certification annually while in the Program. Students are asked to submit a copy of their current Level HCP CPR and Standard First Aid certificate to the program coordinator during the first week of classes.

Applicants must have up-to-date immunization records (Clinical Preparedness Permit) in compliance with the Public Hospitals Act. Completion and submission of this record is required during the first week of classes in order to ensure your placement in clinical and field placement facilities.

Applicants are encouraged to obtain volunteer or work experience in a health or human service field to assist them in making a career choice.

To be eligible for all practicum placements, students must also have a completed Clinical Preparedness Permit and a record of mask fit test, renewed every two years (will be done at the College in Semester One.

Re-application to Program

Suspended students must reapply for re-entry to this program and will be considered based on eligible space and likelihood of success. Please refer to the Georgian College Calendar for the Academic Policies and Procedures.

Graduation Requirements

24 Mandatory Courses
2 Communications Courses
3 General Education Courses

Graduation Eligibility

To graduate from this program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, from year to year, and to graduate is 60%. Additionally, a student must attain a minimum of 50% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester unless otherwise stated on the course outline.


Mandatory Courses
BIOL 1001Anatomy and Physiology - Introductory Concepts
BIOL 1002Anatomy and Physiology: Advanced Concepts
NRSG 1004Health and Healing
NRSG 1005Development of Self as Nurse
NRSG 1006Health and Healing: Life Transition
NRSG 1013Math for Meds
NRSG 1014Math/Pharmacology
NRSG 1015Nursing Professional Practice: Life Transition Agency Experience
NRSG 1019Nursing Professional Practice: Life Transition Community
NRSG 1022Nursing Professional Practice: Advanced Healing Arts
NRSG 1023Nursing Professional Practice: Community Experience
NRSG 1024Nursing Professional Practice: Agency Experience
NRSG 1025Nursing Professional Practice: Fundamental Healing Arts
NRSG 2000Development of the Professional Self
NRSG 2001P.N. Health and Healing: Medical-Surgical Theory
NRSG 2002Processes of Human Disease: Introductory Concepts
NRSG 2003Health Assessment
NRSG 2004P.N. Professional Practice: Medical-Surgical Clinical
NRSG 2005PN Professional Practice: Mental Health and Maternal Child Clinical
NRSG 2006Development of Nurse Within the Profession
NRSG 2007PN Health and Healing: Mental Health and Maternal Child Theory
NRSG 2008Processes of Human Disease: Advanced Concepts
NRSG 2009Nursing in the Community
NRSG 2010Practical Nursing Praxis
Communications Courses
Select 2 courses from the communications list during registration.
General Education Courses
Select 3 courses from the general education list during registration.

Information contained in College documents respecting programs is correct at the time of publication. Academic content of programs and courses is revised on an ongoing basis to ensure relevance to changing educational objectives and employment market needs. The college reserves the right to add or delete programs, options, courses, timetables or campus locations subject to sufficient enrolment, and the availability of courses.