Delivery Method: Hybrid model (includes online, in-class, labs & clinical practice)
Duration: 74 weeks, including 23 weeks of hands-on experience
Start: February, June & October
Wages: $28.43-$34.37/hour (BCNU April 2021)
Regulated By: British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM)
Credit Transfer (Articulation): Becoming an LPN may be your fastest route to becoming a Registered Nurse (RN). Graduates of Stenberg’s Practical Nursing program are eligible for entry to Athabasca University’s Bachelor of Nursing (Post LPN) program.

About the Career

The British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives provides the following definition of Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs): “LPNs are health care professionals. Most work as frontline nurses caring for a wide range of clients at all stages of life. LPNs provide nursing services ranging from health pr​omotion, to acute care, to long-term and palliative care.

LPNs work in collaboration with other members of the health care team. Their education and practice — while rooted in the same body of knowledge as other nurses — focuses on foundational competencies within the LPN scope of practice and ​standards.” –

To learn more about the role of a Licensed Practical Nurse in Canada, visit

What is the difference between a Registered Nurse and a Licensed Practical Nurse? 

The British Columbia Ministry of Health explains: 

“Both RNs and LPNs work autonomously within their professional scope of practice and level of competence, and as part of a collaborative team, to support safe, competent and ethical care for patients, families, and communities. Although both RNs and LPNs take similarly titled foundation courses, there is a difference in both the depth and breadth of knowledge covered, in the competencies developed, and expectations for clinical practice. 

LPNs care for individuals at all life stages, with a focus on stable or predictable states of health. In specific settings, LPNs may be able to care for those with more complex care needs if they have additional education and/or training and/or supervision. As RNs have more comprehensive education, they have a more in-depth and broader knowledge base to draw upon in areas such as clinical practice, advanced clinical decision-making, and utilization of health research. RNs can provide care for any type of individual including those with complex, unstable or unpredictable conditions.” –

If your dream is to become an RN but long waitlists are holding you back, starting your career as an LPN is a great option. You can start building your seniority in the hospital, which you will keep if you become an RN!

Potential employers:

  • Public hospitals
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Public health facilities like veterans’ hospitals
  • Centres for individuals with developmental disabilities
  • Mental health facilities
  • Home care and home support agencies
  • Assisted living facilities
  • Hospice care facilities

About the Program

Our Practical Nursing program follows the B.C. provincial curriculum and is approved by the British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM). 

Theory is delivered in a hybrid format that combines online and in-class delivery. In addition, students receive 23 weeks of hands-on experience in our state-of-the-art nursing labs and clinical placements. 

You will be taught by working Nurse Educators who are committed to your success. The curriculum focuses on the competencies that are required to successfully complete the Regulatory Exam – Practical Nurse (REx-PN), previously the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE). There are 79 entry-level competencies, organized into five categories: 1) professional practice, 2) legal practice, 3) ethical practice, 4) foundations of practice, and 5) collaborative practice. To learn more about the entry-level competencies of LPNs, click here.

This program includes the following certifications: Workplace Hazardous Materials Information SystemRed Cross Workplace SFA/CPR-HCP-AEDFOODSAFE Level 1, and Provincial Violence Prevention Certification.

After term two, you will be registered as a Health Care Assistant by the B.C. Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry. This will allow you to work in extended care facilities while completing your studies.

Admission Requirements


  • Grade 12 graduation (or equivalent), or mature student status as defined by the educational institution*
  • English 12 with a minimum grade of C+ or Technical Communications 12 with a minimum grade of B+ or equivalent
  • Math 11 Principles with a minimum grade of C (current BC curriculum) OR Math 11 Foundations with a minimum grade of C (commencing 2012) or equivalent*
  • Biology 12 (human biology) with a minimum grade of C or equivalent*
  • Completion of Criminal Record Consent Form under the Criminal Record Review Act

Stenberg College Practical Nursing applicants may write challenge exams or take free upgrading courses to meet admission requirements for Math 11, English 12 and Bio 12.

* Entrance requirements can be met with evidence of alternate assessments such as Challenge Exams, or acceptable standardized English equivalency tests as per the Stenberg College language proficiency chart. Evidence of post-secondary studies at an equivalent level where English was the first language is acceptable.


As English is the language of study in B.C., students must meet English language proficiency at an appropriate level to be accepted into the provincial Practical Nursing program. These requirements can be satisfied through three years of full-time, face-to-face secondary or post-secondary education at an accredited institution where English is the medium of instruction and is also one of the country’s official languages. English as a Second Language/Additional Language courses are not included in this three-year calculation. Those not meeting this requirement must achieve scores identified in alternate acceptable tests.

In addition to the admission requirements above, applicants with English as an additional language must also meet one of the following language requirements:


Program Courses

Post-Graduation Pathways

Athabasca University Post-LPN Bachelor of Nursing
Becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) may be your fastest route to becoming a Registered Nurse (RN). Graduates of Stenberg’s Practical Nursing program are eligible for entry to Athabasca University’s Bachelor of Nursing (Post LPN) program.

LPN Program Articulation to Athabasca University

Stenberg College Practical Nursing Diploma Program

74 Weeks

Athabasca University Post-LPN Bachelor of Nursing Degree Program

3+ years

Athabasca University Master of Nursing - Generalist or Nurse Practitioner (optional)

33 credits (11 courses)

Graduates from Athabasca’s Post-LPN Bachelor of Nursing degree then have the option to enrol in Athabasca’s Master of Nursing – Generalist or Nurse Practitioner program.

Our Faculty

Accreditation and Recognition

Stenberg College is designated by the BC government’s Ministry of Advanced Education through the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB). PTIB is responsible for setting standards of quality and ensuring consumer protection. Stenberg College has also received the BC government’s Education Quality Assurance (EQA) designation, which is BC’s brand or “seal” of quality post-secondary education for public and private institutions. This program is also approved by the Registrar. 

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