Post Graduate Diploma in Nursing Practice

Description Description

The Post Graduate Diploma in Nursing Practice is a program for Internationally Educated Nurses (IEN) that provides the IEN with the skills and knowledge required to meet the Canadian standards and language requirements in preparation of achieving nursing licensing. The program assists IEN’s in the preparation to write the NCLEX exam and completing the National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS)*. The program is based on the BC College of Nursing Professions (BCCNP) Practice Standards for Nurses and the BCCNP Entry-Level Competencies for Nurses. The program will focus on the development of knowledge, critical thinking and communication skills through engaging learning activities (i.e., laboratory, case studies, etc.). Completion of the Post Graduate Diploma in Nursing Practice does NOT guarantee passing grade for the NCLEX-RN exam.

*NNAS – As part of becoming a Registered Nurse in Canada, all IEN’s must complete a competency assessment upon completion of the Post Graduate Diploma in Nursing Practice. The purpose of this assessment is to evaluate if the IEN is safe, ethical and competent to practice in Canada. This is a mandatory pre-requisite to writing the NCLEX exam. See the NNAS Handbook for detailed application process.

Job Opportunities Job Opportunities

Upon successful completion of the BCCNP registration process, possible nursing career pathway options:

  • Registered Nurse
  • Community Health Nurse
  • Home Care Nurse
  • Critical Care Nurse
  • Long-term Care Nurse

Wages Wages

Graduates of the program who obtain a nursing license can make up to $50 per hour 

Program Admission Requirements Program Admission Requirements

  1. Must be a licensed nurse in another country with supporting documents.
  2. Minimum CELBAN score of 5 in all areas or IELTS Academic score of 6*.

* The BCCNP English Language Proficiency requirements are higher than the admission requirements for this program.  For more details about the BCCNP English Language Proficiency requirements see this.

Students attending this program will be required to complete another language proficiency test if their admission score is below the required level for registration.  WCC provides English language proficiency support during the program and assists with the rewriting of the exam.  Though the English language proficiency score for admission to WCC is lower, WCC believes this score is sufficient for the IEN student to complete this program successfully and improve their language proficiency along the way.  It is extremely important for students work on their English communication and comprehension skills.  This is best achieved by speaking in English at all times while on the WCC campus and even outside schools setting. 

Prior to Clinical Experience Requirements 

  1. Up to date CPR- Level Health Care Provider (HCP) certification (yearly renewal)
  2. Up to date immunizations – Diphtheria, Tetanus, Polio, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Hepatitis B, Pertussis and Varicella (if no proof of immunity against chicken pox); Seasonal – annual influenza vaccine (Source:
  3. Completion of a negative TB test
  4. Clear British Columbia Criminal Record Check – Level Vulnerable Populations AND a clear Criminal Record Check – Level Vulnerable Populations from home country
  5. Completion of WHIMIS Certificate
  6. Completion of Food Safe Certificate

Program Duration Program Duration

2080 hours

Course Outline Course Outline

The following courses are listed in the order they will be delivered.

Course No.



NURS 400

Medical Terminology


NURS 100

Introduction to Canadian Health Practice


NURS 200

Communication in Nursing


NURS 300

Nursing Leadership, Management &Research


NURS 500

Safe and Effective Care Theory & Lab


NURS 410

CELBAN Preparation


NURS 550

Pharmacology Theory & Lab


NURS 510

Medical-Surgical Nursing Theory & Lab


NURS 520

Mental Health Nursing Theory & Lab


NURS 540

Maternity and Newborn Nursing Theory & Lab


NURS 530

Pediatric Nursing Theory & Lab


NURS 600

NCAS RN Preparation (with Lab)


NURS 700

NCLEX  Examination Preparation with practice exams


NURS 800

Clinical Experience



Fee Structure Fee Structure

1 Registration Fee $250 Domestic Students
2 Material Fee $700
3 Book Fee $500
4 Tuition Fee $11500
Total $12950
1 Registration Fee $250 International Students
2 Course Material Fee $700
3 Book Fee $500
4 Tuition Fee $16500
Total $17950

This program has been approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.

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