Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, including the following required courses:
  • English - any Grade 12 (C) or (U), or equivalent
  • Mathematics - any Grade 11 (C), (U) or (M), or equivalent
  • Biology - Grade 11 (C) or (U) or Grade 12 (U)
  • Chemistry - Grade 11 (U) or Grade 12 (C) or (U)

Additional requirements for admission:

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Selection and Ranking Process

For competitive programs (the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of available places), selection will be based on the highest senior level final grade available at the time of ranking. Mid-term grades are not used for ranking purposes. Testing or other supplemental evaluation may be required.

Program Requirements What's this?

All students who participate in clinical placements are, without exception, required to meet the expectations mandated by the Ontario Hospitals Act and the Ontario Long Term Care Homes Act. These nonacademic requirements include: Criminal Reference Check with vulnerable sector screen (CRC) and the Confidential Communicable Disease Surveillance (CDS). These requirements must remain current for the student’s duration of the program subject to the Placement Agencies requirements.

Criminal Reference Check (CRC):
  • The CRC will be required, initially, at the beginning of Term 2. A CRC less than 6 months old must be available to be provided to the Placement Agency on the first day of the clinical placement, or as required by the Placement Agency.
  • All costs associated with the CRC are the responsibility of the student.
  • Niagara College does not adjudicate the CRC, but merely facilitates the paper work. It is the Placement Agency that adjudicates the clearance.
  • Students with criminal charges or convictions for which a pardon has not been granted will be significantly limited in clinical placement opportunities and employment opportunities in the health care field.
Health Requirements:
  • The confidential Communicable Disease Surveillance (CDS) form must be completed and submitted to Student Health Services prior to the start of Term 2. Please view your current CDS form and checklist for requirements.
  • Students are required to provide copies of their certification for Standard First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) at Level HCP (Health Care Provider).
  • Students are responsible for maintaining currency in Standard First Aid and CPR HCP for the duration of the program.
  • All costs associated with Standard First Aid and CPR HCP, vaccinations and /or verification, are the responsibility of the student.
  • All the above requirements must be met and remain current for the duration of the program or clinical placements at any time in the program may be denied and the student withdrawn from the Clinical Course.
Student Uniform:

A student dress code is in effect for clinical courses.

Requisite Skills and Abilities:

Please refer to the following website to gain an understanding of required skills and abilities for this profession:


Students are responsible for their own transportation in order to complete clinical placement requirements. Niagara College cannot guarantee placements that are readily accessible by public transportation. Students are responsible for all costs connected with such transportation and/or relocation, if necessary.

Eligibility for Registration for College of Nurses:

In Ontario, the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA) and the Nurses Act have conditions for provincial registration that impact Ontario students entering and completing the Practical Nursing program and writing the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE). These conditions require students to:

These conditions require students to:

  • be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada or authorized under the Immigration Act (Canada);
  • not have been convicted of a criminal offence or an offence under the Narcotic Control Act and the Food and Drug Act;
  • not have been the subject of a proceedings with respect to professional misconduct, incompetence, or incapacity in another health profession in Ontario or in nursing in another jurisdiction;
  • not be suffering from a mental or physical disorder which makes it desirable in the public interest that the person not practice.

Provided the conditions stated above are met, graduates of this program are eligible to write the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination. The College of Nurses of Ontario grants a certificate of registration to practice as a Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) to all candidates who succeed in the examination and meet the requirements of the RHPA and the Nursing Act (additional information: