Practical Nursing (PN) Programs

One of the ways the College of Nurses of Ontario protects the public is by making sure practical nursing programs in Ontario prepare graduates with the entry-to-practice competencies required to practise as a Registered Practical Nurse (RPN). We do this by reviewing and approving all Ontario practical nursing programs.

The approval process includes a review of the program’s curriculum according to the entry-to-practice competencies. We review this every five years. We also do an annual review of the program’s key performance indicators (KPIs). These include:

  • students’ and graduates’ satisfaction with the program
  • graduation rates
  • graduates’ performance on the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE).

Based on these reviews, a program may fall into one of three categories:

Approved (Category 1)

A program is Approved when it meets expectations for the following program approval indicators:

  • entry-to-practice competencies are evidenced in the program’s curriculum with no competency gaps
  • KPI results are within or above the provincial average
  • CPNRE results are within or above the provincial average.

Approved with Conditions (Category 2)

A program is Approved with Conditions when it has failed to meet expectations for one or more of the following program approval indicators:

  • competency gaps are identified in the program curriculum
  • KPI results are below the provincial average for two consecutive years
  • CPNRE results are below the provincial average for two consecutive years.

Not Approved (Category 3)

A program is Not Approved when it has failed to meet expectations for one or more program approval indicators, with no improvement in any one of the following:

  • competency gaps are identified in the program curriculum for three consecutive submissions
  • CPNRE results are below the provincial average for three consecutive years.

As of June 2018, the College has granted the following statuses to the programs listed below. 

The programs with an (*) were part of CNO’s pilot Program Approval process. These programs were approved by Council on March 2018.

Please contact the schools directly if you have any questions about their nursing programs.

School

Nursing Program

CNO Program Category

Approval Status

Algonquin College Practical Nurse Diploma Direct-entry full Category 1
Cambrian College Practical Nurse Diploma Direct-entry full Category 1
Canadore College Practical Nurse Diploma Direct-entry full Category 1
Centennial College Practical Nurse Diploma Direct-entry full Category 2
Centennial College Practical Nurse Diploma
for Internationally Educated Nurses
Direct-entry full Category 2
Collège Boréal Practical Nurse Diploma Direct-entry full Category 2
Confederation College Practical Nurse Diploma Direct-entry full Category 1
Conestoga College Practical Nurse Diploma Direct-entry full Category 1
Durham College Practical Nurse Diploma Direct-entry full Category 1
Fanshawe College Practical Nurse Diploma Direct-entry full  Category 1
Fleming College  Practical Nurse Diploma Direct-entry full Category 1
George Brown College Practical Nurse Diploma Direct-entry full Category 1
Georgian College* Practical Nurse Diploma Direct-entry full Category 1
Humber College  Practical Nurse Diploma Direct-entry full Category 1
La Cité Collégiale Practical Nurse Diploma Direct-entry full Category 21
Lambton College  Practical Nurse Diploma Direct-entry full Category 1
Loyalist College  Practical Nurse Diploma Direct-entry full Category 1
Mohawk College  Practical Nurse Diploma Direct-entry full Category 1
Niagara College  Practical Nurse Diploma Direct-entry full Category 1
Northern College  Practical Nurse Diploma Direct-entry full Category 1
Sault College  Practical Nurse Diploma Direct-entry full Category 1
Seneca College  Practical Nurse Diploma Direct-entry full Category 21
Sheridan College  Practical Nurse Diploma Direct-entry full Category 1
St. Clair College  Practical Nurse Diploma Direct-entry full Category 1
St. Lawrence College  Practical Nurse Diploma Direct-entry full Category 1
1 La Cité Collégiale’s Practical Nurse Diploma program and Seneca College’s Practical Nurse Diploma program will remain Approved with Conditions until the first cohort of graduates in 2019. We will evaluate and approve the new program once all KPI and CPNRE results are available.
Page last reviewed June 22, 2018