Ready to return to the work you loved? The Practical Nurse Refresher program provides you with the education to meet the Entry to Practice Competencies required upon entry into the Licensed Practical Nurse profession, as identified by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta. This program is designed to equip you with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to support meeting the requirements necessary for practice as outlined in the current Licensed Practical Nurse Profession Regulation, all applicable Standards of Practice for Licensed Practical Nurses in Alberta, and the current Competency Profile for Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta.

The program will provide you with an opportunity to acquire the analytical, conceptual, and critical thinking skills necessary to care for individuals, families, and communities across the lifespan while working in diverse health settings. The focus is on the collaborative partnership approach nursing care model.

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Career Opportunities

Upon successful completion of your certificate and registration with College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta, career opportunities exist in a variety of health care settings such as acute care, long-term care, and community agencies. Practical Nurses are part of an inter-professional collaborative health care team and play a primary role in providing safe, competent and ethical care to the public.

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percentage of LC program grads who pass the Canadian Practical Nursing Registration exams (provincial average: 88%)

6 months

is all it takes to complete the Practical Nurse Refresher program and get back into the career you love


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6 months

Application Deadlines

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Program Availability

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New students are accepted into this program for the Fall (September) term and the Winter term with a March start date.

Academic Requirements

Applicants to this program must also satisfy the following specific requirements:

  • Letter of Eligibility provided by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta
English Language Requirements for Practical Nurse Refresher Program

In addition to the academic requirements, if English is not your first language, English Language Proficiency (ELP) must be demonstrated within the last two (2) years prior to the application.

Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) Pre-Placement Requirements

This program has a required Work-Integrated Learning Pre-Placement Requirements (WIL) component. The College dictates the legal terms and conditions governing the WIL.

Students must meet and maintain certain requirements to participate in the WIL setting as determined by programs, practice agencies and/or legislated by government bodies. These may include health (e.g. immunizations, screening tests, etc.), privacy and security (e.g. police information check, IT access, etc.), and OH&S requirements (e.g. CPR certification, Fire Safety, WHMIS, Mask Fit-testing, etc.).

Workers' Compensation Board (WCB) coverage - WIL placement agencies and employers usually require WCB coverage on behalf of the student.  Students enrolled in post-secondary institutions in Alberta are deemed to be employees of the Province of Alberta and, as such, provided WCB coverage.  In certain instances for students outside of Alberta, WCB coverage may not be provided (e.g. non-Alberta residents taking a course solely through distance learning with a WIL placement outside of Alberta).  These students are advised to contact the program prior to application.

Students with disabilities who may require accommodations must schedule an appointment with Accessibility Services at Lethbridge College preferably upon acceptance to the program and no later than the Add/Drop deadline to identify potential impacts of their disabilities in the WIL setting. As part of this process, it may be necessary to collaborate with WIL supervisors to determine appropriate accommodations that do not compromise the health and safety of clients, essential placement requirements, or mandatory licensing processes. Failure to consult with Accessibility Services in a timely fashion may compromise the student's WIL placement and opportunities for success in the WIL setting.

In order to participate in a WIL, a student may be required to complete a Police Information Check or other type of Security Clearance to the satisfaction of Lethbridge College and the WIL organization. Completion of a WIL does not guarantee employment with a WIL organization. Many disciplines are provincially or otherwise regulated (e.g. health professions under Alberta's Health Professions Act); such regulation is beyond Lethbridge College's control. Completion of a WIL and graduation from a certain program do not guarantee one's licensure or admission into a regulatory body. Prospective students are encouraged to consult with a representative of the relevant regulatory body if they have concerns.

WIL sites will include Lethbridge and may include surrounding rural communities. WIL’s may include day, evening, and/or weekend schedules. Students will be expected to travel to assigned sites and will be responsible for arranging travel and any associated costs.

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Delivery Formats

The Practical Nurse Refresher program is available through the following delivery methods.

Online – Asynchronous

This program is offered in an online asynchronous format meaning learning does not occur at the same time or same place. Instructors provide materials for online completion, including online readings, recorded lectures or presentations, posted lecture notes, video content, assignments and exams. Students access course materials within a flexible timeframe prescribed by the instructor.


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Course Title Credits
Year 1
Term I
PNR-2250 Acute and Chronic Nursing Care 3
PNR-2251 Nursing Care in Specialty Settings 3
PNR-2252 Nursing Foundations and Professionalism 3
PNR-2253 Nursing Practice - Theory 3
PNR-2254 Nursing Refresher Skills 3
  Credits 15
Term II
PNR-2270 Comprehensive Practicum 6
  Credits 6
  Total Credits 21
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Tuition and Fees

Title Tuition Fees Books/Supplies
Year 1
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Costs for supplies may vary considerably depending on what students already have or where they purchased their supplies; cost provided is on the moderately high end.

Students will be charged a medical/dental benefit fee unless they opt out by demonstrating alternative coverage prior to the end of the first week of class.

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