Practical Nursing (RPN) Programs

One of the ways the College of Nurses of Ontario protects the public is by making sure practical nursing programs in Ontario prepare graduates with the entry-to-practice competencies required to practise as a Registered Practical Nurse (RPN). We do this by reviewing and approving all Ontario practical nursing programs.

The approval process includes a review of the program’s curriculum according to the entry-to-practice competencies. We review this every five years. We also do an annual review of the program’s key performance indicators (KPIs). These include:

  • students’ and graduates’ satisfaction with the program
  • graduation rates
  • graduates’ performance on the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE).

Based on these reviews, a program may fall into one of three categories:

Approved (Category 1)

A program is Approved when it meets expectations for the following program approval indicators:

  • entry-to-practice competencies are evidenced in the program’s curriculum with no competency gaps
  • KPI results are within or above the provincial average
  • CPNRE results are within or above the provincial average.

Approved with Conditions (Category 2)

A program is Approved with Conditions when it has failed to meet expectations for one or more of the following program approval indicators:

  • competency gaps are identified in the program curriculum
  • KPI results are below the provincial average for two consecutive years
  • CPNRE results are below the provincial average for two consecutive years.

Not Approved (Category 3)

A program is Not Approved when it has failed to meet expectations for one or more program approval indicators, with no improvement in any one of the following:

  • competency gaps are identified in the program curriculum for three consecutive submissions
  • CPNRE results are below the provincial average for three consecutive years.

As of March 2017, the College has granted the following statuses to the programs listed below. Contact the institutions directly to learn about the program's admission requirements.

Institution

Program

Category

Algonquin College Practical Nurse Diploma Approved 
Cambrian College Practical Nurse Diploma Approved 
Canadore College Practical Nurse Diploma Approved 
Centennial College Practical Nurse Diploma Approved with Conditions
Centennial College Practical Nurse Diploma
for Internationally Educated Nurses
Approved with Conditions
Collège Boréal Practical Nurse Diploma Approved with Conditions
Confederation College Practical Nurse Diploma Approved 
Conestoga College Practical Nurse Diploma Approved 
Durham College Practical Nurse Diploma Approved 
Fanshawe College Practical Nurse Diploma Approved 
Fleming College  Practical Nurse Diploma Approved 
George Brown College  Practical Nurse Diploma Approved with Conditions
Georgian College Practical Nurse Diploma Approved 
Humber College  Practical Nurse Diploma Approved
La Cité Collégiale Practical Nurse Diploma Approved with Conditions1
Lambton College  Practical Nurse Diploma Approved 
Loyalist College  Practical Nurse Diploma Approved
Mohawk College  Practical Nurse Diploma Approved
Niagara College  Practical Nurse Diploma Approved
Northern College  Practical Nurse Diploma Approved 
Sault College  Practical Nurse Diploma Approved 
Seneca College  Practical Nurse Diploma Decisions deferred until June 20172
Sheridan College  Practical Nurse Diploma Approved
St. Clair College  Practical Nurse Diploma Approved 
St. Lawrence College  Practical Nurse Diploma Approved 
1 La Cité Collégiale’s new Practical Nurse Diploma program will remain Approved with Conditions until the first cohort of graduates in 2019. We will evaluate and approve the new program once all KPI and CPNRE results are available.
2 The College has deferred the decision for Seneca College’s Practical Nurse Diploma program until June 2017. Seneca College is not accepting new admissions or transfers into its Practical Nurse Diploma program, as of March 9, 2017. Existing students who successfully complete all program requirements will be eligible to apply for registration as a Registered Practical Nurse in Ontario.
Page last reviewed March 13, 2017