About this Program

Credential Awarded:Ontario College Diploma
Campus:Welland Campus
Length:Six Terms

Program Highlights

  • Course instruction delivered on evenings and weekends.
  • Over 140 hours of hands-on experiential learning in state-of-the-art simulation labs.
  • Over 800 hours of clinical placement experience in a variety of agencies, culminating in an eight-week practicum.
  • Unique interprofessional education course designed to strengthen collaboration skills for members of the health care team.
  • Eligible graduates may write the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination, and if successful, may work as a registered practical nurse (RPNs) regulated by the College of Nurses of Ontario.

Career Opportunities

  • Business/industry
  • Clinic/medical centre
  • Community agency
  • Correctional facility
  • Acute-care hospital
  • Long-term care agency
  • Mental health service

Advanced Standing Option

This program offers Advanced Standing/Advanced Entry to NC graduates of the Personal Support Worker program—learn more.

2 Year Option

This program may alternatively be completed in 2 years through Practical Nursing.

Approved by the College of Nurses of Ontario

The Practical Nursing program at Niagara College is currently approved (Category 1) by the . Current graduates from this program are eligible to apply for registration as a Registered Practical Nurse in Ontario.

Start Dates

Ontario College Diploma
#0930 - Six Terms Welland
Starting In Availability
September 2018Closed
January 2019Waitlisted (What's this?)
May 2019Open
September 2019Open
January 2020Open
May 2020Open

Future Study Options


We offer a range of future study options for NC graduates. Visit vnmanga.info/pathways for details.

Transfer Credits

For information about transfer credits, exemptions and prior learning recognition visit vnmanga.info/transfercredit.