Practical Nursing, Advanced Diploma | Online (optional) | Saskatchewan Polytechnic | Saskatoon, Canada
Advanced Diploma On Campus Online

Practical Nursing

24 months
20000 CAD/year
11000 CAD/year
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Practical Nursing is a two-year diploma program offered at Saskatchewan Polytechnic 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.


About this Degree

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.

The Practical Nursing program at Saskatchewan Polytechnic 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.

Programme Structure


  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Health Assessment and Praxis
  • Professional Practice and Communication
  • Pharmacology
  • Variations in Health
  • Foundations of Sociology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Grade 12 with a minimum overall average of 65% in the following five subjects: English Language Arts A30, English Language Arts B30, Foundations of Math 30 or Pre-Calculus 30 or Workplace and Apprenticeship Math 30*; one of Biology 30, Chemistry 30 or Physics 30; and one of Social Studies 30, History 30 or Native Studies 30
  • English Language Requirement Specific to Practical Nursing (see Program-Specific ELP Requirements section)


  • Please indicate on your application form whether you are applying to the on-campus or online program.
  • Applicants should have the Requisite Skills and Abilities (pdf) to become a Licensed Practical Nurse in Canada.
  • Proof of current Standard First Aid and Heart and Stroke Foundation CPR is required prior to entry into the clinical practicum. The required course for CPR is Basic Life Support – Health Care Provider (BLS-HCP). The cost of Standard First Aid and CPR is your responsibility.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    20000 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 20000 CAD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    11000 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11000 CAD per year during 24 months.
  • Year 1 National (Online program) - $10,870

Living costs for Saskatoon

1279 - 1865 CAD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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