Learn to care for patients in a fast-paced and complex medical environment in this partnership program with Red Deer Polytechnic.
Our nursing program is where your faith meets your career. The program combines an accredited biblical/theological foundation from Prairie College with accredited practical nurse training.
Learners will graduate in two years (23 full months) with a Diploma in Ministry (from Prairie College) and a Diploma in Practical Nursing (from Red Deer Polytechnic) and are prepared to write the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam.
Our on-campus program allows you the benefit of community life including chapel, small group, athletics and other co-curricular activities.
Smaller class sizes ensure all learners are known by the Practical Nurse faculty and have regular access to our fully functional 16 bed hospital lab and simulation lab.
A highlight for many of our students is the international preceptorship. In past years our students have travelled to Mozambique and India. Students may apply for the international preceptorship in their second year of study. The preceptorship is offered based on the interest of the students and international partnership availability. The cost of the international preceptorship is not included in the tuition or program fees.
Graduates of this program receive a Diploma in Ministry from Prairie College and a Practical Nurse Diploma from Red Deer Polytechnic.
Practical Nurse Schedule: (Year 1 & 2)
To view this years schedule please see the course timetables on the Registrars page.
Diploma in Ministry (61 credits)
All courses are three credits unless shown otherwise.
Bible and Theology Core (12 credits)
NT 112 Reading the Gospels and Acts
OT 112 Reading the Torah
ST 100 The Christian Life
TH 100 Introduction to Christian Theology
Arts and Sciences Core (6 credits)
HF 110 Written Composition
SS 311 Lifespan Development
Intercultural Studies Courses (4 credits)
CM 367 Cross-cultural Practicum
IS 151 Preparation for Intercultural Ministry (1 credit)
For course descriptions, see our catalogue here.
Red Deer Polytechnic PN Program Requirements
NURS 215 Anatomy
NURS 230 Human Physiology and Pathophysiology I
PN 278 Leadership
PN 252 Nursing Foundations I
PN 235 Health Promotion I (2 credits)
PN 276 Foundations for Success in Nursing (4 credits)
PN 259 Nursing Foundations II (5 credits)
PN 260 Health Promotion II (2 credits)
PN 277 Pharmacology
NURS 231 Human Physiology and Pathophysiology II
PN 263 Practical Experience: Residential Care (4 credits)
PN 265 Nursing Foundations III (5 credits)
PN 266 Health Promotion III
PN 267 Advanced Pharmacology (1 credit)
PN 268 Practical Experience III: Acute Care (6 credits)
PN 270 Nursing Foundations IV (5 credits)
PN 271 Health Promotion IV (4 credits)
PN 275 Practical Experience V: Comprehensive Practicum (6 credits)
PN 279 Inter-professional Leadership
You may want visit RDP’s PN program page for additional information.
Upon successful completion of the Practical Nurse Diploma program students are eligible to write the national licensing exam. The Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam (CPNRE) is offered in each province/territory. 100% of our graduates in the last five years have passed the national exam.
Graduates are prepared to provide high-quality nursing care in the areas of medical, surgical, pediatric, maternity, mental health, and geriatric care. Trained LPNs are able to work in hospitals, physician’s offices, nursing facilities, home health care services, camp ministry and/or missions/overseas.
Graduates may transfer into one of Prairie’s 4-year programs. Those who have completed both the Diploma in Ministry and Practical Nurse diploma can earn the Bachelor of Marketplace Ministries degree with an additional 33 credits (11 courses). These courses are available via Prairie Online Education.
Graduates who would like to continue their nursing education can complete a Bachelor of Nursing program through Athabasca University.
In addition to our regular Admissions requirements, students must meet the following Red Deer Polytechnic requirements:
Non-Academic Post- Acceptance Requirements
Transfer Credit Request
If you have already completed college or university courses you may apply for transfer credit. Any nursing courses that were completed more than four years ago will not qualify. For complete details please contact the Admissions Office.
For our Tuition & Fee rates as well as Room and Board please see Fees & Financial Aid
Program Specific Costs:
Applications for Fall 2023 (September start), Winter 2024 (January start) and Online Education (start anytime) are open.
Prairie welcomes applications from individuals all around the world! To begin the International Student Application please click the link below.
If you are applying for the Master of Leadership in Global Christian Education and need more information visit the program page.
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