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Practical Nurse Diploma

Practical Nurse Students
  • 2 years
-Main Campus
The Program

Important note: For the Fall 2023 Term, the Practical Nurse Diploma will be taught in a temporary alternative three-year delivery model due to a shortage of Practical Nurse Diploma faculty. The temporary alternative delivery model will extend the traditional two-year diploma over three years. For more information on the alternative delivery model please connect with an Academic Advisor.

We will return to the two-year delivery model in the future.


Click here to see where the Practical Nurse diploma program is offered this year.

The RDP Practical Nurse program is available at Prairie College campus in Three Hills. Please contact Prairie College for information.

This program delivered over two academic years prepares the graduate to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) following graduation and successful completion of the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam. As a LPN, the graduate will provide nursing care in a variety of health care settings, such as hospitals, the community and other health care agencies.

Program Content

Year 1

  • PN 252 Nursing Foundations
  • PN 253 Health Promotion I
  • PN 276 Foundations for Success
  • PN 278 Leadership
  • NURS 215 Human Anatomy
  • NURS 230 Human Physiology and Pathophysiology
  • PN 259 Nursing Foundations II
  • PN 260 Health Promotions II
  • PN 277 Pharmacology 
  • NURS 231 Human Physiology and Pathophysiology II
  • INTD 370 Global Health
  • ENG 219 Essay Composition and Critical Reading
  • PN 263 Practical Experience: Residential Care

Year 2

  • PN 265 Nursing Foundations III
  • PN 267 Pharmacology II
  • PN 266 Health Promotion III
  • PN 268 Practical Experience III: Acute Care
  • PN 270 Nursing Foundations IV
  • PN 271 Health Promotion IV
  • PN 275 Practical Experience V: Comprehensive Practicum
  • PN 279 Interprofessional Leadership

Note: Students who withdraw or fail a clinical course in the Practical Nurse program (PN 263, PN 268, and PN 275) will be required to complete INTP 303 prior to the next attempt of the clinical course.

Visit RDP’s Course Catalogue/Timetable to read detailed course descriptions.

Program Admission Features

The Practical Nurse Diploma program at Red Deer Polytechnic recognizes the need to facilitate access to post-secondary education for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous learners.  In order to facilitate greater participation of Indigenous learners the Practical Nurse program has designated two seats per campus for applicants who are Status Indian/First Nations, Non-status Indian/First Nations, Metis or Inuit.  Should no Indigenous applicants apply and meet the admission requirements for the designated seats, they will be released after June 1st  for the Fall (September) term and October 1st for the Winter (January) term of each year to qualified applicants on the waitlist if one exists for the program.

In accordance with the Constitution Act, 1982, Part II, Section 35(2) the applicant must meet the definition of Indigenous as an Indian, Inuit, or Métis person of Canada, or a person who is accepted by one of the Indigenous peoples of Canada as a member of their community.

Indigenous applicants must meet the admission requirements for the program as outlined in the Academic Calendar and qualify for a designated seat by:

  • Self-identifying as an Indigenous applicant on the Application for Admission.
  • Providing proof of Indigenous ancestry.

Proof of Indigenous ancestry (one of the following):

  • Certified copy of a Status or Treaty card, Metis membership card, Nunavut Trust Certificate card, roll number or any other proof accepted by Inuit communities.
  • Proof that an ancestor’s name has been entered in: the Indian Register according to the Indian Act, band list of an individual band or the Inuit roll.
  • Written confirmation of Indigenous ancestry from Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada.
  • Statutory Declaration by an applicant attesting to Indigenous ancestry with supporting documentation.

Other forms of proof may also be considered at the discretion of the Registrar.

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