About this Program

Credential Awarded:Ontario College Diploma
Campus:Welland Campus
Length:2 Years
Code:0926

Program Highlights

  • Students study in a state-of-the-art simulation lab at the Niagara College Applied Health Institute and enjoy a unique inter-professional learning experience with students from other School of Allied Health programs.
  • Students receive more than 1,000 hours of nursing practice in a variety of agencies.
  • Program culminates in a eight-week practicum experience.
  • The employment rate for RPNs (Registered Practical Nurses) is high in the Niagara Region and beyond.
  • Our partnership with six northern colleges enhances program accessibility and transferability of credits.

Career Opportunities

  • Business/industry
  • Clinics/medical centers
  • Community agencies
  • Correctional facilities
  • Hospitals
  • Long-term care agencies
  • Mental health services
  • Travelling health agencies
  • Some graduates go on to study nursing at the University level

Approved by the College of Nurses of Ontario

The Practical Nursing program at Niagara College is currently approved (Category 1) by the Colleges of Nurses of Ontario. Current graduates from this program are eligible to apply for registration as a Registered Practical Nurse in Ontario. Download the Program Approval Review Summary for details.

Alternative Delivery Option

This program may alternatively be completed in six consecutive terms through Practical Nursing – Alternative Delivery.

Start Dates

Ontario College Diploma
#0926 - 2 Years Welland
Starting In Availability
September 2015Closed
January 2016Closed
May 2016Closed
September 2016Closed
January 2017Open
May 2017Open

Future Study Options

Niagara College offers graduate certificate options in several study areas to qualified college and university graduates. These certificates can add to your existing credentials and prepare you for the world of work.


We maintain articulation agreements with other colleges and universities in Canada and around the world.


Some post-secondary credits can be transferred into any Niagara College program.