Post Graduate Diploma in Nursing Practice with Co-op

Program Overview

This 85-week PGDNP program is designed to prepare Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) to adapt to Canadian health care setting combining theory and skills based on the entry-level competencies for Registered Nurses (RNs), Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), Scope of Practice and Code of Ethics. Furthermore, it will help learners to advance the knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary to function effectively as Health Care Assistants (HCAs), LPN and/or RN as well as to develop critical thinking skills and acquire knowledge in becoming a culturally competent nurse while providing care. It will also prepare IENs for Canadian English Language Benchmark Assessment for Nurses (CELBAN), Additional Assessment, National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE).

Post Graduate Diploma in Nursing Practice with Co-op was reviewed and approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.

Program Duration

Total 1760 hours over 85 weeks

  • Year 1: 960 Hours over 45 weeks 

  • Year 2: 800 Hours over 40 weeks

Admission Requirements

Please click here for admission requirements.


Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to obtain:

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Nursing Practice with Co-op

  • Emergency First Aid & CPR Level C Certificate issued by Red Cross

  • FoodSafe Certificate issued by BC FOODSAFE

  • WHMIS Certificate

  • Provincial Violence Prevention Certificate

  • 80 hours of Work Experience (Clinical Placement)

  • 800 hours Paid Co-op Work  Experience


Course List
  • CELBAN Preparation

  • BCHCA Assessment Preparation

  • PGDNP: Clinical Placement

  • Professional Practice

  • Physical Assessment

  • Pharmacology

  • Medical Surgical Nursing

  • Canadian Nursing Exam Preparation

  • PGDNP: Co-op

  • Emergency First Aid & CPR Level C

  • FoodSafe



Start Date

Three times per year (January, May, and September)


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