Practical Nursing Program

The Centre for Nursing Studies (CNS) is the lead institution for practical nursing education in Newfoundland and Labrador. The mission of the Practical Nursing (PN) Program is to prepare caring and professional practical nurses to practice in a wellness-oriented, client-focused and consumer-sensitive health care system. The program is delivered over 16 months and leads to a diploma as a PN graduate. Graduates are required to write the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination.

CNS also offers its program throughout the province through a brokering agreement with some College of the North Atlantic Campuses.

Practical Nurses:

  • Highly skilled nurses capable of fulfilling critical responsibilities
  • Educationally prepared to provide nursing services to people in diverse settings
  • Essential part of the family of nursing and health care team

This program is designed to prepare practical nurses who are effective care-givers, client advocates, therapeutic communicators, collaborative team members and acceptable practitioners.

Classroom, lab and clinical instructions are provided in an environment which promotes intellectual and personal development through lifelong learning.

In 2013, the Practical Nursing Program was granted a 5 year approval, the maximum approval period possible, from the College for Licensed Practical Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Department of Health and Community Services: Bursaries and Incentives for Licensed Practical Nurses and Person Care Attendants

Department of Advanced Education and Skills: Skills Development Funding

LPN Job Opportunities

Department of Health and Community Services LPN Brochure

All students in the Practical Nursing Program must demonstrate their capacity to meet the entry-level practical nurse competencies. Please review the CLPNNL Becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse in Canada: Requisite Skills and Abilities document at The purpose of this document is to provide potential practical nursing students with information on the requisite skills and abilities of a Licensed Practical Nurse.  


 BN (Collaborative) Program LPN Bridging Option