Post Graduate Diploma in Canadian Nursing (PGDCN)

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Delivery Method: In-class
Starts: Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall
Duration: 82 weeks

Practicum: 5 weeks (1.25 months)
Co-op: 10 weeks (2.5 months)
Credential: HCA Diploma and Post-Graduate Diploma 

Program Overview

This program prepares internationally educated nurses (IENs) to become a Registered Nurse (RN) or Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Canada. Learn interpersonal communication, Canadian medical terminology and gain a minimum of 335 hours of hands-on experience through clinical placements, practicums, and co-op. We fully prepare, guide, and assist you to meet each requirement of the regulatory process with the BC College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP).

Designation: The first 19 weeks of the program will prepare you to register and work as a Health Care Assistant. Upon completion, graduates will be able to meet baseline competency (entry to practice) requirements set out by the BCCNM and excel in the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE) Licensing Exam or the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX). 

Employment Outcomes: 98% of Stenberg College graduates are working in their field of study within 6 months of program completion.

Admission Requirements


  • Bachelor’s degree in Nursing *Diploma in nursing may be considered if work experience is 4+ years of employment as a nurse. 
  • Current Registration as an RN from the country of origin or last country where majority of work experience is completed. 
  • Minimum 2 years full-time work (30hrs/week), or the part-time equivalent, as a Registered Nurse within last 10 years. 900 hours of that work must be within the last 5 years. Clinical nursing practice hours are admissible. 
  • International students must provide a police certificate from country of origin. 

Language Proficiency Requirements:

Overall IELTS Academic or General Test score* of 6.0 with no component less than 6.0 in Speaking and Listening and no component less than 5.5 in Reading and Writing. Must be within the last 2 years. *Other English assessments are acceptable.

Program Courses

  • Orientation and Student Success Skills 
  • Personal and Professional Development Certificate 
  • Health 1: Interpersonal Communications 
  • Clinical Prerequisite Certifications • Introduction to Practice 
  • Health and Healing: Concepts of Practice 
  • Healing 1: Caring for Individuals Experiencing Common Health Challenges 
  • Health 2: Lifestyle & Choices 
  • Healing 2: Caring for Individuals Experiencing Cognitive or Mental Challenges 
  • Healing 3: Personal Care and Assistance 
  • Clinical Placement: Multi-Level/Complex Care 
  • Home Support/Assisted Living Simulation Prep 
  • Home Support/Assisted Living Practicum 
  • Career & Workplace Preparation 
  • Cooperative Work Experience 
  • Medical Terminology in the Canadian Healthcare Setting 
  • Regulation of Professional Practice 
  • Canadian Nursing Workplace Communications 
  • Foundations of the Nursing Process 
  • Introduction to Pharmacology 
  • Introduction to Medical Surgical Nursing 
  • Foundations of Maternity Nursing 
  • Foundations of Pediatric Nursing 
  • CELBAN Test Preparation 
  • Nursing Licensing Examination Prep (NCLEX, CPNRE)

Program Careers

As an RN or LPN, you can find work in various settings such as public hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health facilities, mental health organizations, home care and home support agencies, assisted living facilities, hospice care and more.

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