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Practical Nursing

Program Start: 8 February 2021
Location: Melfort
Credit Granting Institution: Sask Polytech
Length: 76 Weeks


Licensed practical Nurses are a vital part of today's health care team - in acute hospital care, long-term care and in the community. They provide compassionate, professional nursing care to individuals throughout the human lifespan, infants to seniors. In just two years, we’ll help you develop into a competent, confident nurse capable of making a positive difference in the health and well-being of individuals, their families and our communities.

Practical Nursing is a two-year diploma program offered at Cumberland College.  The program is a sequential 6-semester program over 76 weeks allowing the concepts from one semester to be built on in subsequent semesters.

Onsite labs and community-based clinical practice education experiences let you apply nursing knowledge, theory and skills in a variety of environments.  Our experienced faculty help you grow into a competent, confident nurse capable of bringing a holistic, humanistic approach to patient care.

You will study anatomy and physiology, foundations of health, pharmacology, health assessment through the lifespan, long-term and rehabilitative care, medical and surgical care, obstetrics and pediatrics, mental health and addictions, community, and sociology.

Instructional methods include seminars, observational experiences, pre- and post-clinical conferences, small group presentations, lectures, demonstrations, role-playing, storytelling, discussion, reflective thinking and writing, and simulation lab experiences.

As a graduate, you’re eligible to:

  • write the national licensure exam,
  • register with the Saskatchewan Association of Licensed Practical Nurses (SALPN), and
  • practice in any province or territory in Canada


Application deadline April 30, 2020

  • transcripts - high school and any post secondary transcripts
    • Grade 12 with a minimum overall average of 65% in English Language Arts A30 and B30, any 30-level Mathone of Biology 30, Chemistry 30 or Physics 30, and one of Social Studies 30, History 30 or Native Studies 30 
  • English language Requirement Specific to Practical Nursing (only required for internationally educated students)

After the application deadline:

This is a high demand program - ONLY complete applications will be assessed after the application deadline. Applicants who are selected will be notified of a conditional acceptance.

Students that receive a conditional acceptance will be required to provide documentation in order to receive a Full Acceptance.  This documentation may include, but may not be limited to the following:

Tuition: $12,000*
Books & Supplies: $4,000*
Student Fees: $170
Health & Dental Plan: $252*
*Note: Tuition, Books and Supplies, Health and Dental amounts are approximate, based on last year's program and may change at anytime.


  • Vulnerable Sector Check.  We will request this from you, and provide the request forms at the START of your program.  Please DO NOT get it completed before that time.   Your Vulnerable Sector Check must be clear (or Negative).  If you think there will be issues with your Vulnerable Sector Check – please discuss with Rebecca immediately at 306-862-8752.
  • Student Fees are calculated $85 per academic year.
  • Student Health Plan fees are $504 (calculated $252 per academic year).

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