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International Students Can Now Become A Practical Nurse This Fall At Coast Mountain College 

International Students Can Now Become A Practical Nurse This Fall At Coast Mountain College 

Practical nurses (LPNs) are in high demand due to Canada’s increasing aging population and the current shortage of healthcare workers. The healthcare sector is constantly growing, providing job stability for practical nurses who can find employment in various settings such as hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, and home healthcare. 

Practical nursing programs can also serve as a foundation for further nursing education, allowing LPNs to later pursue RN or BSN degrees, which offer higher pay and greater career opportunities. 

What is the Practical Nursing Program? 

The Practical Nursing Program is a nursing program designed to enable graduates to care for people at various life stages and in a range of practice settings. This program provides students with an integrated, professional, collaborative, and culturally sensitive learning experience to meet the requirements of the British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM). 

Coast Mountain College is excited to announce that they are bringing back their Practical Nursing Program for Fall 2024 (October) at both the Terrace and Prince Rupert campuses (pending approval from the BC College of Nurses & Midwives). Domestic and international students are urged to apply for the Fall 2024 intake. Graduates of this program are eligible to complete the NCLEX-PN exam, and become certified as an LPN. 

Program Duration: 2 years 

Fall 2024 Intake: Terrace & Prince Rupert Campus Location 

Fall 2026 Intake: Terrace & Smithers Campus Location 

Tuition & Fees: click here for an updated fee breakdown

Program Format: Most components are in a scheduled online format. Lab components are in-person at the CMTN Terrace or Prince Rupert campus. 

What is the Difference Between a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) & A Registered Nurse (RN)? 

There are many differences between LPN’s and RN’s, such as their education level, and duties. LPN’s require a diploma or certificate from a practical nursing program which usually takes around 12-18 months to complete. This education focuses on basic nursing skills and direct patient care. RN’s have a more extensive educational journey, where they either need an Associate Degree in nursing (2-3 years) or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (4 years). This education focuses on broader and more advanced nursing knowledge, including research, clinical skills, and leadership. Both careers require students to take a National Licensure Exam, with LPN’s needing to pass the NCLEX-PN exam, and RN’s needing to pass the NCLEX-RN exam. 

Scope of Practice: 

LPN’s work under the supervision of RNs and physicians with their duties including basic patient care such as monitoring vitals, administering medications, helping with personal hygiene and assisting with daily activities. LPN’s are limited in performing complex medical procedures or making independent decisions. LPN’s are commonly found in long-term care facilities, nursing homes, outpatient clinics, and sometimes hospitals. 

RN’s work as part of a healthcare team, supervising LPNs and nursing assistants. They also have the ability to work independently. Their duties include performing diagnostic tests, analyzing results, creating patient care plans, administering more complex medications and treatments, and providing education to patients and their families. RN’s are found in a wider variety of settings, including hospitals, clinics, community health organizations, schools, and specialized medical units. 

Admission Requirements: 

International applicants are urged to begin completing the admission and practical requirements for this program NOW. These requirements include: 

Educational Requirements: 

  • Completion of Senior Secondary Education 
  • Senior Secondary Math (minimum grade 60%)
  • English 12 or Equivalent (minimum grade 65%)
  • Senior Secondary Biology (minimum grade 60%) 
  • Completion of CMTN Supplementary Course (PNUR 103– Human Anatomy & Physiology for Practical Nurses), or equivalent (minimum grade 65%)  

English Requirements: 

  • Successful Completion of IELTS or CELBAN (Canadian English Language Benchmarks Assessment for Nurses)
    • IELTS: Speaking 7.0, Listening 7.5, Reading 6.5, Writing 7.0, Overall 7.0 
    • CELBAN: Speaking 8.0, Listening 10.0, Reading 8.0, Writing 7.0 

Other Requirements: 

  • Criminal Record Check 
  • Immunization Records 
  • Negative TB Skin Test or X-ray 
  • CPR Level-C 

Be sure to read the admission and practicum requirements. Refer to CMTN’s website for the full program information

For information on how to apply, or if you have any questions, contact us at 

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