Term 1 (13 weeks)

PRAN 100 Professional Practice 1

This theory course provides an introduction to the profession of practical nursing. Legislation that informs PN practice within British Columbia will be introduced. The history of nursing and specifically, the evolution of practical nursing within the Canadian health care system are discussed. The philosophy and foundational concepts of the provincial
Prerequisite: Admission to PN program
Co-requisite: PRAN 110, PRAN 112, PRAN 115, PRAN 118, PRAN 150.
1.5 CR / (25 lecture hours total)

PRAN 110 Professional Communication 1

This course provides students with the foundational knowledge for caring and professional communication in nursing. It uses an experiential and self-reflective approach to develop self-awareness and interpersonal communication skills in the context of safe, competent, and collaborative nursing practice. Communication theory, the nurse-client relationship, therapeutic communication, cross-cultural communication, and effective teamwork will be covered.
Prerequisite: Admission to PN program
Co-requisite: PRAN 100, PRAN 112, PRAN 115, PRAN 118, PRAN 150
2 CR / (35 lecture hours total)

PRAN 112 Variations in Health 1

This introductory course provides the student with the foundations of disease and illness across the lifespan. Students gain an understanding of pathophysiological alterations of body systems. Nursing management of disease and illness across the lifespan with an emphasis on interventions and treatment is also discussed. Cultural diversity in healing practices will be explored as well as the incorporation of evidenced informed practice.
Prerequisite: Admission to PN program
Co-requisite: PRAN 100, PRAN 110, PRAN 115, PRAN 118, PRAN 150
3 CR / (40 lecture hours total)

PRAN 115 Health Promotion 1

Health promotion by definition includes: health enhancement, health protection, disease prevention, health restoration/recovery, care, and support. Health promotion is the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health. It moves beyond a focus on individual behaviour towards a wide range of social and environmental interventions (WHO, 2010). This course introduces the student to the concepts of health promotion, discusses the determinants of health, health inequities and develops a beginning knowledge of normal growth and development
Prerequisite: Admission to PN program
Co-requisite: PRAN 100, PRAN 110, PRAN 112, PRAN 118, PRAN 150 2 CR / (30 lecture hours total)/p>

PRAN 118 Pharmacology 1

This introductory course examines the principles of pharmacology required to administer medications in a safe and professional manner. Medication administration requires the application of the nursing process for clinical decision-making. Various routes of medication administration are introduced and complementary, indigenous, alternative remedies, and polypharmacy across the lifespan are also explored.
Prerequisite: Admission to PN program
Corequisites: PRAN 100, PRAN 110, PRAN 112, PRAN 115, PRAN 150
2 CR / (30 lecture hours total)

PRAN 150 Integrated Nursing Practice 1

This course emphasizes the art and science of nursing, focusing on the development of basic nursing care and assessment. Students apply nursing knowledge through the practice of clinical decision making, nursing assessment skills, and nursing interventions aimed at the promotion of health, independence, and comfort. Classroom, laboratory, simulation, and other practice experiences will assist students to integrate theory from other Level 1 courses.
Prerequisites: Admission to PN program
Corequisites: PRAN 100, PRAN 110, PRAN 112, PRAN 115, PRAN 118
4 CR / (45 lecture hours, 90 lab hours total)

PRAN 190 Consolidated Practice Experience CPE 1

This first clinical experience provides the student with an opportunity to integrate theory from Level 1 coursework into practice. Students gain experience in various settings with a focus on the healthy client. Learning the role of the practical nurse, personal care skills, organization of care, focused assessment, beginning medication administration and professional communication are emphasized in this course.
Prerequisites: PRAN 100, PRAN 110, PRAN 112, PRAN 115, PRAN 118 with 80% or higher in theory and 100% in math, PRAN 150 with “Satisfactory” grade
3 CR / (90 clinic hours total)

Term 2 (15 weeks)

PRAN 101 Professional Practice 2

This course examines the legislation influencing PN practice with clients experiencing chronic illness and with those in residential care settings. Specific professional issues such as responsibility, accountability, ethical practice, and leadership relevant to the PN role in residential care will be explored. Critical thinking and decision making specific to the care of the chronically ill and inter-professional practice are also addressed.
Prerequisites: PRAN 100, PRAN 110, PRAN 112, PRAN 115, PRAN 118 with 80% or higher in theory and 100% in math, PRAN 150 and PRAN 190 with “Satisfactory” grade
Corequisites: PRAN 120, PRAN 122, PRAN 125, PRAN 128, PRAN 155
1 CR / (20 lecture hours total)

PRAN 120 Professional Communication 2

This course provides the student with an opportunity to develop professional communication skills with the older adult, and clients requiring end of life care. Interprofessional communication is further developed.
Prerequisites: PRAN 100, PRAN 110, PRAN 112, PRAN 115, PRAN 118 with 80% or higher in theory and 100% in math, PRAN 150 and PRAN 190 with “Satisfactory” grade
Corequisites: PRAN 101, PRAN 122, PRAN 125, PRAN 128, PRAN 155
2 CR / (30 lecture hours total)

PRAN 122 Variations in Health 2

This course increases the student’s understanding of pathophysiology as it relates to the aging process and selected chronic illness. The main focus of this course is on the care of the older adult experiencing a health challenge. Cultural diversity in healing practices will be explored as well as evidence informed research and practice.
Prerequisites: PRAN 100, PRAN 110, PRAN 112, PRAN 115, PRAN 118 with 80% or higher in theory and 100% in math, PRAN 150 and PRAN 190 with “Satisfactory” grade
Corequisites: PRAN 101, PRAN 120, PRAN 125, PRAN 128, PRAN 155
3 CR / (45 lecture hours total)

PRAN 125 Health Promotion 2

This course focuses on health promotion as it relates to the aging process. Health promotion activities are aimed at supporting clients in maintaining their health. The concepts of health promotion, physical and mental wellness, normal aging changes and continued independence are examined.
Prerequisites: PRAN 100, PRAN 110, PRAN 112, PRAN 115, PRAN 118 with 80% or higher in theory and 100% in math, PRAN 150 and PRAN 190 with “Satisfactory” grade
Corequisites: PRAN 101, PRAN 120, PRAN 122, PRAN 128, PRAN 155
2 CR / (30 lecture hours total)

PRAN 128 Pharmacology 2

This course builds on Pharmacology 1 to increase the student’s understanding of pharmacotherapeutics prescribed for illness across the lifespan.
Prerequisites: PRAN 100, PRAN 110, PRAN 112, PRAN 115, PRAN 118 with 80% or higher in theory and 100% in math, PRAN 150 and PRAN 190 with “Satisfactory” grade
Corequisites: PRAN 101, PRAN 120, PRAN 122, PRAN 125, PRAN 155
2 CR / (30 lecture hours total)

PRAN 155 Integrated Nursing Practice 2

This practical course builds on the foundation of Level 1 and emphasizes the development of clinical decision making, nursing assessments, and interventions to promote the health of older adults. Classroom, laboratory, simulation, and other practice experiences help students to integrate theory from Level 1 and Level 2 courses to provide safe, competent, and ethical nursing care with older adults.
Prerequisites: PRAN 100, PRAN 110, PRAN 112, PRAN 115, PRAN 118 with 80% or higher in theory and 100% in math, PRAN 150 and PRAN 190 with “Satisfactory” grade
Corequisites: PRAN 101, PRAN 120, PRAN 122, PRAN 125, PRAN 128
5 CR / (60 lecture hours, 120 lab hours total)

PRAN 191 Consolidated Practice Experience CPE 2

This clinical experience provides students with the opportunity to integrate theory from Level 1 and 2 courses into practice. Students practise with aging clients and/or those with chronic illness in residential care settings. Medication administration, nursing care, organization, comprehensive health assessment, wound care and introduction to leadership are emphasized in this course.
Prerequisites: PRAN 101, PRAN 120, PRAN 122, PRAN 125, PRAN 128 with “C+” grade or higher; PRAN 155 with “Satisfactory” grade
4 CR / (120 clinic hours)

Term 3 (12 weeks)

PRAN 200 Professional Practice 3

This course integrates the concepts from previous professional practice courses and introduces the student to practice in the community. The role of the practical nurse as leader is emphasized in interactions with clients, families and other health care providers.
Prerequisites: PRAN 101, PRAN 120, PRAN 122, PRAN 125, PRAN 128 with 80% or higher in theory and 100% in math, PRAN 155 and PRAN 191 with “Satisfactory” grade
Corequisites: PRAN 210, PRAN 212, PRAN 215, PRAN 250
1 CR / (20 lecture hours total)

PRAN 210 Professional Communication 3

This course focuses on specific professional communication skills used with clients and care providers across the lifespan requiring care in the community.
Prerequisites: PRAN 101, PRAN 120, PRAN 122, PRAN 125, PRAN 128 with 80% or higher in theory and 100% in math, PRAN 155 and 191 with “Satisfactory” grade
Corequisites: PRAN 200, PRAN 212, PRAN 215, PRAN 250
1 CR / (20 lecture hours total)

PRAN 212 Variations in Health 3

This course focuses on the continuum of care and the development of knowledge related to health challenges managed in the community setting. Pathophysiology and nursing management of clients requiring home health care, rehabilitation, and supportive services such as community living and disabilities will be explored. Cultural diversity in healing approaches is explored as well as the incorporation of evidence informed research and practice.
Prerequisites: PRAN 101, PRAN 120, PRAN 122, PRAN 125, PRAN 128 with 80% or higher in theory and 100% in math, PRAN 155 and PRAN 191 with “Satisfactory” grade
Corequisites: PRAN 200, PRAN 210, PRAN 215, PRAN 250
3 CR / (45 lecture hours total)

PRAN 215 Health Promotion 3

This course is focused on health promotion as it relates to the continuum of care across the lifespan. Health promotion in the context of mental illness, physical and developmental disabilities and maternal/child health is highlighted. Normal growth and development from conception to middle adulthood is addressed.
Prerequisites: PRAN 101, PRAN 120, PRAN 122, PRAN 125, PRAN 128 with 80% or higher in theory and 100% in math, PRAN 155 and PRAN 191 with “Satisfactory” grade
Corequisites: PRAN 200, PRAN 210, PRAN 212, PRAN 250
2 CR / (36 lecture hours total)

PRAN 250 Integrated Nursing Practice 3

This practical course builds on the theory and practice from Level 1 and Level 2. Through classroom, laboratory, simulation, and other practice experiences, students continue to develop and practice comprehensive nursing assessment, planning and develop knowledge and interventions for clients experiencing multiple health challenges.
Prerequisites: PRAN 101, PRAN 120, PRAN 122, PRAN 125, PRAN 128 with 80% or higher in theory and 100% in math, PRAN 155 and PRAN 191 with “Satisfactory” grade
Corequisites: PRAN 200, PRAN 210, PRAN 212, PRAN 215
3 CR / (40 theory hours, 80 lab hours total)

PRAN 290 Consolidated Practice Experience CPE 3

This clinical experience introduces students to community practice and gives them an opportunity to apply and adapt the knowledge gained in Levels 1, 2, and 3 within a continuum of care for clients across their lifespan. Students may gain experience through simulation and in a variety of community and residential care agencies and settings. These hours may be offered as CPE 3 or integrated into the Integrated Nursing Practice 3 course as practice hours.
Prerequisites: PRAN 200, PRAN 210, PRAN 212, PRAN 215 with “C+” grade or higher; PRAN 250 with “Satisfactory” grade
2 CR / (65 clinic hours total)

Term 4 (17 weeks)

PRAN 201 Professional Practice 4

This course prepares the student for the role of the practical nurse in managing clients with acute presentation of illness. Legislation influencing PN practice, specific professional practice issues and ethical practice pertinent to PN practice in acute care environments will be explored. Practice issues that occur across the lifespan will be considered. Collaborative practice with other health care team members and, specifically, the working partnership with RNs in the acute care setting will be explored.
Prerequisites: PRAN 200, PRAN 210, PRAN 212, PRAN 215 with “C+” grade or higher; PRAN 250 and PRAN 290 with “Satisfactory” grade
Corequisites: PRAN 220, PRAN 222, PRAN 225, PRAN 255
1 CR / (20 theory hours total)

PRAN 220 Professional Communication 4

The focus of this course is on the advancement of professional communication within the acute care setting across the lifespan. The practice of collaboration with health care team members and clients is further developed.
Prerequisites: PRAN 200, PRAN 210, PRAN 212, PRAN 215 with “C+” grade or higher; PRAN 250 and PRAN 290 with “Satisfactory” grade
Corequisites: PRAN 201, PRAN 222, PRAN 225, PRAN 255
1 CR / (20 theory hours total)

PRAN 222 Variations in Health 4

This course increases the student’s understanding of pathophysiology as it relates to acute disease and illness for clients across the lifespan. The focus is on the care of the client experiencing acute illness including nursing interventions and treatment options. Acute disease and illness often occurs in individuals with existing chronic illnesses – the implications of these complexities will be addressed. Cultural diversity in healing practices is explored as well as evidenced informed research and practice.
Prerequisites: PRAN 200, PRAN 210, PRAN 212, PRAN 215 with “C+” grade or higher; PRAN 250 and PRAN 290 with “Satisfactory” grade
Corequisites: PRAN 201, PRAN 220, PRAN 225, PRAN 255
3 CR / (50 theory hours total)

PRAN 225 Health Promotion 4

This course focuses on health promotion for the client experiencing an acute exacerbation of chronic illness or an acute episode of illness. Relevant health-promoting strategies during hospitalization may improve or help maintain their health status after discharge. Students focus on preparing clients for discharge, through teaching and learning of health promoting strategies.
Prerequisites: PRAN 200, PRAN 210, PRAN 212, PRAN 215 with “C+” grade or higher; PRAN 250 and PRAN 290 with “Satisfactory” grade
Corequisites: PRAN 201, PRAN 220, PRAN 222, PRAN 255
1.5 CR / (24 theory hours total)

PRAN 255 Integrated Nursing Practice 4

This practical course emphasizes the development of nursing skills aimed at promoting health and healing with individuals experiencing acute health challenges across the lifespan. Classroom, laboratory, simulation, and integrated practice experiences will help students build on theory and practice from Levels 1, 2, and 3 to integrate new knowledge and skills relevant to the acute care setting.
Prerequisites: PRAN 200, PRAN 210, PRAN 212, PRAN 215 with “C+” grade or higher; PRAN 250 and PRAN 290 with “Satisfactory” grade
Corequisites: PRAN 201, PRAN 220, PRAN 222, PRAN 225
5 CR / (60 theory hours, 120 lab hours total)

PRAN 291 Consolidated Practice Experience CPE 4

This clinical experience provides students with the opportunity to integrate theory from all levels into the role of the practical nurse in the acute care setting and other clinical areas as appropriate. Students focus on clients with exacerbations of chronic illness and/or acute illness across the lifespan and will consolidate knowledge and skills such as post-operative care, surgical wound management, IV therapy, focused assessment, and clinical decision making in acute care settings.
Prerequisites: PRAN 201, PRAN 220, PRAN 222, PRAN 225 with “C+” grade or higher; PRAN 255 with “Satisfactory” grade.
4 CR / (200 clinic hours total)

Term 4 (9 weeks)

PRAN 295 Transition to Preceptorship

Transition to Preceptorship prepares the student for the final practice experience. Simulation experiences and self-directed learning will provide the student with increased competence and confidence.
Prerequisites: PRAN 201, PRAN 220, PRAN 222, PRAN 225 with “C+” grade or higher; PRAN 255 and PRAN 291 with “Satisfactory” grade.
2 CR / (30 theory hours total)

PRAN 299 Preceptorship

This final practice experience provides an opportunity for the student to demonstrate the integration and consolidation of knowledge, skills and abilities within the realities of the workplace and to become practice ready. This faculty monitored experience may occur through a variety of practice experience models, including the preceptorship model, under the immediate supervision of a single, fully qualified and experienced LPN or RN or RPN and/or within the context of a collaborative learning environment as a participating team member.
Prerequisites: PRAN 201, PRAN 220, PRAN 222, PRAN 225 with “C+” grade or higher; PRAN 255 and PRAN 291 with “Satisfactory” grade; PRAN 295 with “Satisfactory” grade
4 CR / (180 clinical placement hours total)

Practical Nurse Diploma

  • Credential: Diploma
  • Type: Full-time
  • Campus: Burns Lake, Prince George
  • Fees: $12,746
These fees are an estimate.