Practical Nurse Access Program

A nurse in an examination room.
Practical Nurse Access students get credit for previous healthcare experience

Take Your HCA or RCA Training to the Next Level & Get Certified as a Practical Nurse in Less Time

If you’re a trained medical professional with experience as Health Care Assistant or Registered Care Aide (professional title may vary by province) and you’re interested in moving into practical nursing, the Practical Nurse Access program can be you bridge to a nursing career in less time.

Get credit for your previous education and experience and graduate in less time.

This program has been reviewed and approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.

Get Qualified as a Practical Nurse

The Practical Nurse Access program was initiated in response to the need for recognizing past education, training, and work experience of applicants to the Practical Nursing program. This program credits applicants for their previous British Columbia HCA, RCA, or RHCA education.

The program is led by experienced healthcare professionals who know what it takes to succeed in this field. Skills include:

Professional Communication
Variations in Health
Health Promotion
Integrated Nursing Practice
Human Anatomy and Physiology
Consolidated Practice Experience

On-the-Job Training – Preceptorship

Nursing is a hands-on profession and at Discovery we believe that’s the way it should be taught. As a Nursing Access student you’ll gain real-world, on-the-job experience in a variety of healthcare facilities. You’ll provide care to patients and their families, under the supervision of experienced healthcare providers.

Each level of this program is supported by a Consolidated Practice Experience (CPE). The program culminates in a final practice experience to prepare the learner as an entry to practice graduate.

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Is a Practical Nursing Career Right for You? Take the Discovery College "Practical Nursing Career Training Readiness Quiz"

This fun, online quiz takes 3 minutes to complete and you’ll get a personalized report. Identify your strengths and social style plus the training and positions you’re best suited for. Get your Practical Nursing career training readiness score now >>

Professional Licensing

As a graduate of this program, you will be fully prepared for the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam. Upon successfully passing this exam you will earn the title of Licensed Practical Nurse and will be able to add the letters LPN after your name. These credentials, coupled with the direct-to-patient, on-the-job experience you’ll gain during your time at Discovery, will make you a highly attractive candidate to potential employers.

With career-focused training and dedicated support from Discovery Community College you could be working in a rewarding Practical Nursing career in less than less than 2 years.

The best way to see if Discovery Community College is the right fit for you is to see it for yourself. You can tour our facilities, get all your questions answered, and meet with both students and instructors. Schedule a Tour Now or Get more info >>

“I was able to practice skills in the classroom due to the small class size and found employment right out of graduation.”
– Lee Smith, Practical Nurse Access Graduate

Is the Practical Nurse Access Program Right For You? Get More Info…

If you’re interested in learning more about the Practical Nurse Access Program and exploring whether this might be the path for you, fill out the form on this page to receive more information and a FREE Career Info Kit.

Our friendly and knowledgeable Admissions Representatives are happy to answer any questions you may have and can help with everything from courses to financial aid.

To speak with an Admissions Advisor right away, give us a call at 1-877-315-5241.

Curriculum Guide – Practical Nurse Access Program