Be ready for new opportunities when you continue your career as a License Practical Nurse. In this program, you’ll join students just like you who are refreshing their knowledge and skills, that will well position you to be ready to return to healthcare and care for others.

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Ready to return to the work you loved? Lethbridge College’s 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.

The health care field is ready and waiting for you. Apply to the Practical Nurse Refresher program today!

License Practical Nurses find career opportunities in:

  • acute care facilities
  • community health agencies
  • continuing care facilities
  • primary care clinics
  • physician offices
  • educational institutions
  • assisted living centres
  • occupational health departments
Starts In: September & March
Application Deadlines:

For current application status, terms being processed and application deadlines visit the Program Application Status page.

Duration: 6 months
Credential: Certificate
Delivery Format

Learning does not occur at the same time or same place. Instructor provides materials including online readings, recorded lectures or presentations, posted lecture notes, video content, assignments and exams for online completion. Students access the course materials within a flexible timeframe prescribed by the instructor.

Fully DL asynchronous program

Term 1

PNR 2252 Nursing Foundations and Professionalism 3

PNR 2250 Acute and Chronic Nursing Care 3

PNR 2251 Nursing Care in Specialty Settings 3

PNR 2253 Nursing Practice Theory 3

PNR 2254 Nursing Refresher Skills Lab 3

Term 2

PNR 2270 Comprehensive Practicum 6

New intakes are in September and April of each year.

General admission requirements

Applicants to this program must satisfy the following specific requirements: Letter of Eligibility provided by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta

Academic requirements

All referrals to the Practical Nurse Refresher program will come through the office of the Registrar, or CLPNA if previously registered in Alberta.

Students required to repeat any PNR (nursing) course must meet with the program chair to discuss a progress plan.

English language proficiency requirements for Practical Nurse Refresher program

In addition to the academic requirements, if English is not your first language, you must demonstrate English Language Proficiency (ELP) within the last two years prior to the application. Acceptable evidence of ELP may be one of the following:

  • IELTS Academic with a minimum band score of 6.5 in speaking, 6.5 in listening, 6.0 in reading and 6.5 in writing
  • TOEFL internet-based test score with a minimum score of 22 in speaking, 23 in listening, 21 in reading and 25 in writing
  • Transcripts demonstrating successful completion of three years of full-time secondary education at a school where English was the principal language of instruction
  • Transcripts demonstrating successful completion of one year of full-time post-secondary education at a school where English was the principal language of instruction

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 PBE setting.  As part of this process, it may be necessary to collaborate with PBE 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 PBE placement and opportunities for success in the PBE setting.

To participate in a WIL placement, 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 placement 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 placement and graduation from a certain program do not guarantee 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.

Prior learning assessment (PLA)

If you have experience working in this field of study, you may be eligible for prior learning assessment. Review our Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition Candidate Guide  for information on requirements for PLA for the Practical Nursing program.

Important notes

  • Students seeking Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) should contact the program chair immediately upon accepted admission to the program to allow sufficient time for assessment.
  • Students receive a program handbook upon acceptance into the program outlining the program’s policies and expectations. It is very important for learners to review and understand these requirements.


All theory and lab course must be successfully completed to advance to the preceptorship.

To remain in good standing, students must attain a minimum term grade point average (GPA) of 2.3 in all courses.

A final minimum grade of C is required in all PNR (nursing) courses to pass. A student who receives a grade of C- or lower must repeat the course prior to proceeding in the program.

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, students are awarded a Practical Nursing Refresher Certificate.

Academic Year Tuition Fees Books & Supplies
Year 1 $4,105.00 $752.00 $500.00

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