As a Practical Nurse, you are the heart of health care. You will play an integral part in health care by interacting and helping individuals across the life-span.
|Coordinator:||Emily Hughes Email|
|Credential:||Ontario College Diploma|
|Start Dates:||September 08, 2015|
|Tuition Fees:||$3,335.33 per semester*|
|* Tuition and fees subject to change.|
Practical Nurses have a role in society that offers a range of choices and opportunities. You will make a difference.
During the four semesters of the Practical Nursing program, you will learn the concepts and skills related to health and nursing. You will also learn nursing practices and interventions in specific health situations. In addition, you will have the opportunity to study courses such as anatomy and physiology, communication, introductory psychology and human growth and development. After successfully completing Fleming's four-semester diploma program, graduates are eligible to write the national examinations with the College of Nurses of Ontario and become registered to practice in Ontario as a Registered Practical Nurse. Graduates wishing to be registered with the College of Nurses of Ontario will be asked to sign a declaration of their status regarding:
- any conviction of a criminal offense under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act
- professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity in Ontario
- any mental or physical disorder which makes it desirable in the public interest that the person not practice nursing
Fleming’s Practical Nursing Program is one of only 7 programs in Ontario that has achieved Category 1 Status, "Approved" (through September 2018). Further information is available regarding the approval process from the College of Nurses of Ontario.
Please be sure to read the Requisite Skills and Abilities document from the College of Nurses of Ontario.
"After several career changes, I found the confidence to pursue my lifelong dream of a career in nursing. The program was challenging and gave me the building blocks of critical thinking and communication skills. Clinical placement was an experience unlike any other, and really opened up my eyes to the demands of this profession. I was fortunate to get my job through my placement, in the field of health care that I really enjoy."
Tonia Barber, RPN
Maternal/Child Care Unit, Peterborough Regional Health Centre
Why Choose Fleming
The Practical Nursing program has strong links with Peterborough and the surrounding community's health care facilities and organizations, ensuring students have excellent clinical opportunities to explore various aspects of nursing. Employers in the health care field have recognized Fleming's Practical Nursing program as an excellent program, producing knowledgeable and clinically well-prepared graduates.
Ninety-six percent of Fleming's Practical Nursing graduates in 2011 were successful in passing the national exam to become registered to practice in Ontario as a Registered Practical Nurse. This high standard of pass rate for the exam has been consistent since the inception of Fleming's Practical Nursing program in 2002.
You will have clinical experiences, chosen by faculty, in hospitals and/or community settings throughout the program. The final field practice assignment will enable you to consolidate your knowledge and skills for your role as a graduate of the Practical Nursing program. 3 weeks prior to the first clinical experience, all PN students MUST present the following Non Academic Field Requirements:
- A Standard First Aid Certificate (issued within the last 3 years of the clinical placement date)
- A CPR Level C Certificate (issued within 1 year of the clinical placement date)
- A Police Record Check, including the Vulnerable Sector Screening (issued within 6 months of the start of each clinical placement)
Is this You?
A love of working with people, as well as a desire to help them to attain their physical, emotional, mental and spiritual potential is critical to your success. As a vital member of the health care team, it is essential that you have the following personal and academic attributes:
- emotional maturity
- good listening skills
- respect for diversity
- competence in reading, writing and mathematics
- ability to be self-directed
Students would benefit by having basic computer and internet skills including e-mail, word processing, and file management.
As a graduate of the Fleming Practical Nursing diploma program, you will have the necessary knowledge and skills to care for individuals, families and groups across the life-span. You will be able to work in acute hospital care settings, community health agencies, industry, clinics, doctor's offices and long-term care facilities.
As a Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) you are able to practice independently in a variety of health care settings. You will seek the collaboration of other health care team members, including the RN, with complex health care issues. You will also have an opportunity to promote health and wellness and prevention of illness through educational programs.
Minimum Admission Requirements
OSSD with the majority of credits at the College (C) and Open (O) level, including:
- 2 College (C) English courses (Grade 11 or Grade 12)
- 2 different Grade 11 or Grade 12 College (C) Science courses (Biology, Chemistry or Physics)
When (C) is the minimum course level for admission, (U) or (U/C) courses are also accepted.
- Grade 11 College (C) Biology
(Although not required for admission, this course will help to prepare you for the program.)
If you are 19 years of age or older before classes start, and you do not possess an OSSD, you can write the Canadian Adult Achievement Test to assess your eligibility for admission. Additional testing or academic upgrading may be necessary to meet specific course requirements for this program. All applicants will be required to achieve course credit in the mandatory sciences, through Secondary School or through Academic Upgrading programs.
* Students starting in January are required to attend classes over the summer semester.
Still reviewing your options for a health care career? Depending on your previous education and experience you might also want to consider the Personal Support Worker, Occupational Therapist and Physiotherapist Assistant, or the Trent/Fleming - Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.
Trent University - New pathway for Practical Nursing students to earn Bachelor degree
Fleming College and Trent University have introduced a new pathway that will allow Fleming Practical Nursing graduates to seamlessly continue their education with the Trent/Fleming School of Nursing.
Qualified Fleming graduates will be given advanced standing equal to five credits in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) program. The graduates must have earned a 75% average or better in the Practical Nursing program to qualify.
The agreement is in place for Fleming graduates who want to continue at Trent to earn their degree. Past graduates of the Practical Nursing program are eligible to apply. For more information, see the Fleming College & Trent University articulation agreement and visit Trent’s website.
Students need to be in good health. Independent physical mobility and manual dexterity are essential in nursing. A physical demands analysis is available if there is concern regarding the physical expectations of the program. A cognitive analysis may also be required.
The Ontario Hospital Act requires all individuals working in hospitals to be free of communicable diseases. 3 weeks prior to the first clinical experience all students in the PN program MUST present the following:
A completed immunization record including a Two Step Mantoux Test and vaccination against Hepatitis B. For more information, and to print the required immunization form, please see the Immunization Information page.
Please Note:Immunization against the Seasonal Flu is strongly recommended prior to the first clinical component of the PN program.
- A N95 Mask Fit Testing clinic will be held within the first month of classes
Failure to provide any of the required Non Academic Field Requirements by the specified due date will result in an inability to participate in the mandatory placement components of the PN Program.
Plan on $1,800 for Semester 1 for books and supplies.
For more information see the Pathways to University page.
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