Practical Nursing


For all questions related to Non-Academic Requirements, please contact
Deborah Long
TEL: (705) 749-5530 ext. 1860 ext. 1860

Kimberley Bell
Program Coordinator
TEL: 705-749-5530 ext. 1609
TEL: (705) 749-5514
TFN: 1-866-353-6464 ext. 1514

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.


Fall 2016
Program Status: Waitlisted
Program Code: PN
Location: Peterborough
Coordinator: Kimberley Bell Email
Credential: Ontario College Diploma
Start Dates: September 06, 2016
Tuition and Ancillary Fees (Domestic): $3,871.97 per semester*
Tuition and Ancillary Fees (International): $8,966.35 per semester*
* Tuition and fees subject to change.
Winter 2017
Program Status: Waitlisted
Program Code: PN
Location: Peterborough
Coordinator: Kimberley Bell Email
Credential: Ontario College Diploma
Start Dates: January 09, 2017
Tuition and Ancillary Fees (Domestic): $3,702.47 per semester*
Tuition and Ancillary Fees (International): $8,856.85 per semester*
* Tuition and fees subject to change.

Program Highlights

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:

  • citizenship
  • 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

Please be sure to read the Requisite Skills and Abilities document from the College of Nurses of Ontario.

Success Stories

"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.

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

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.

Work Experience

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.

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:

  • integrity
  • empathy
  • compassion
  • emotional maturity
  • good listening skills
  • commitment
  • accountability
  • flexibility
  • 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.


Career Opportunities

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.)

Health and Non Academic Requirements

Students need to be in good health. Independent physical mobility and manual dexterity are essential in nursing. Please consult the program Coordinator if there is concern regarding the physical expectations of the program. A cognitive analysis may also be required.

  • Immunization Requirements: Your program has mandatory immunization requirements that include a "pre-entry" deadline date for submission. For more information, and to print a copy of the immunization form, please see the Immunization Information page.
  • Non Academic Requirements: Your program has mandatory requirements which may include a criminal reference check, first aid, CPR-C, etc. For more information, please see the Non Academic Requirements page

Mature Students

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.

Related Programs

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.

Additional Costs

Plan on $1,800 for Semester 1 for books and supplies.

Transfer Agreements

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