NURLF-NA Nursing - Licensed Practical Nurse to BN Pathway

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Overview

  • LPN’s will attend for approximately 22 months of the 32-month Nursing degree program (equivalent of four academic years) including a senior practicum of 450 hours
  • Each year of study is 10 months long and includes theory and clinical practice concurrently; a senior practicum follows the final 10-month year
  • August, November, and March entry dates
  • Offered in three locations:
    • Notre Dame Campus, Winnipeg, MB
      • Due to high demand, this funded program is open to Manitoba residents only. Applications received from non-Manitoba residents for this program will be cancelled and the application fee will not be refunded.
      • Three annual start dates in fall, winter, and spring, however only the fall intake will be advertised for application and all applicants will apply to the fall intake.
      • The College will determine which start date will be offered to successful applicants. 
    • Portage Campus, Portage la Prairie, MB and Winkler Campus, Winkler, MB
      • One start date every three years.
      • Next start date will be 2022.
      • Application deadline is April 15, 2022
      • Seats are open to residents of Manitoba’s Southern Health Region only. Applications and supporting documentation received for these locations indicating a home address outside of the Southern Health Region will be cancelled and the application fee will not be refunded.
      • Students will be required to attend in Winnipeg approximately 2 to 3 days per term.
  • If you have a criminal record you may not be able to complete the BN program. If you are listed on a Child Abuse Registry or Adult Abuse Registry you will not be able to complete the Nursing program. See Admission Requirements for more info. 

Description
This pathway is for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN’s) wishing to apply to the Nursing program. Upon completion, graduates are eligible to apply for licensure as a Registered Nurse. You must be a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to apply to this pathway. 

If you successfully meet the Nursing - LPN to BN pathway admission requirements, you will be placed on a waitlist. Available spaces for LPNs in the Nursing program varies from term to term. Once a space becomes available, you will be admitted into the Nursing program and may receive credit for up to one year of the program.

Prior to starting the Nursing program, you will be invited to attend a program overview information session.

Nursing program courses use a variety of learning methodologies including blended learning. For program content, course descriptions, etc. please see the Nursing program.

Following successful completion of the Nursing program, you will receive a Bachelor of Nursing (BN) degree from Red River College (RRC) and will be eligible to apply to write the NCLEX-RN® (National Council Licensure Examination - Registered Nurse).  If you successfully complete this national exam, you will be eligible to apply to become a member of the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba (CRNM) and legally use the designation Registered Nurse (RN).


Admission Requirements

If your academic history includes any of the following, please visit me.rrc.mb.ca/Catalogue/Information/MyEducation for important information: post-secondary studies at an institution other than Red River College; Modified (M), English as an Additional Language (E), or GED high school courses; or home schooling.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS ARE DUE WITHIN 30 DAYS OF APPLYING (unless otherwise noted below).

Your application will be cancelled without a refund of the non-refundable/non-transferable application fee if you apply while still enrolled in the academic requirements or before completing the other admission requirements and cannot provide proof of completion within 30 days.

Regular Admission Requirements

  1. LPN Post-Secondary Education
    • Submit proof of successful completion of a post-secondary LPN program
    • Post-secondary transcripts must have been issued within 6 months prior to your application date, and submitted in a sealed envelope directly from the post-secondary institution.
    • If you are required to complete an English language assessment, do not submit your transcripts until requested to do so.  See Regular Admission Requirement 5 for more information.
    • If you are a graduate of the ACC or UCN LPN program, you will enter year 2 of the Nursing program
    • Graduates of other LPN programs - your credentials will be reviewed by the RRC Nursing Department to determine if you need to obtain further academic pre-requisites prior to entering the Nursing program
      and
  2. Nutrition Course
    • Submit proof of successful completion of one of the following Nutrition courses:
      • University of Manitoba: HNSC 1210 – Nutrition for Health and Changing Lifestyles
      • University of Winnipeg: KIN 2501/3 – Nutrition for Health and Wellness
      • Assiniboine Community College: HLTH-0236 - Nutrition
      • Brandon University: 71.153 – Nutrition and Health Promotion
      • Athabasca University: NUTR 330 – Introductory Nutrition
      • Athabasca University: NUTR 331 – Nutrition for Health
    • If you successfully completed the two-year ACC LPN Diploma program including the HLTH-0236 - Nutrition, you do not need to complete another nutrition course
    • Post-secondary transcripts must have been issued within 6 months prior to your application date, and submitted in a sealed envelope directly from the post-secondary institution.
      and
  3. Scholarly Writing Course
    • Successfully complete RRC's NRSG-1501 Scholarly Writing course with a minimum grade of 65% or C+ 
    • This online course is a 20-hour (1 credit) course
    • 30 days after your application is received, the College will internally verify if you have successfully completed this course. If you have not, your application will be cancelled.
    • A grade of 64% or less (grade C or less) is considered a failing grade.
    • As per Nursing program policies, applicants/students who fail a course are permitted to repeat that course once only. Applicants who repeat and fail this course a second time will not be eligible to apply to the LPN to BN Pathway.
    • As per Nursing program policies, applicants/students are allowed only one voluntary withdrawal per course.  Applicants who voluntarily withdraw more than once from this course will not be eligible to apply to the LPN to BN Pathway.
      and
  4. Pathophysiology 1 Course
    • Successfully complete RRC's ZOOL-1073 Pathophysiology 1 course with a minimum grade of 65% or C+
    • This online course is a 40-hour (3 credit) course
    • 30 days after your application is received, the College will internally verify if you have successfully completed this course. If you have not, your application will be cancelled.
    • A grade of 64% or less (grade C or less) is considered a failing grade
    • As per Nursing program policies, applicants/students who fail a course are permitted to repeat that course once only. Applicants who repeat and fail this course a second time will not be eligible to apply to the LPN to BN Pathway.
    • As per Nursing program policies, applicants/students are allowed only one voluntary withdrawal per course.  Applicants who voluntarily withdraw more than once from this course will not be eligible to apply to the LPN to BN Pathway.
      and
  5. Reading Skills or English Language Proficiency Assessment
    • Before applying, determine which assessment (DRP or ELA) is appropriate for your situation
    • We strongly advise you complete the assessment before submitting your application to ensure you meet required levels
    • Assessment results must be dated no more than two years prior to your application date
    • Have you successfully completed the equivalent of three years of full-time secondary (high school) education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country where English was the language of instruction? To view a list of ELR exempt countries click here.
      • If yes, you appear to meet English language requirements.
        • Before applying, register for and successfully complete the Degrees of Reading Power (DRP) assessment. The minimum DRP score required for this program is 73.
        • After applying, submit your transcripts for verification purposes.
          or
      • If no, you are required to meet English Language Requirements.
      • If you completed all of your education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country in English but did not complete three years of high school, submit your transcripts for verification purposes and complete the Degrees of Reading Power (DRP) assessment.
        and
  6. Related Clinical Experience
  7. Applicant Declaration for Check Documents Form
  8. First Aid Course
    • Submit proof of current certification in the appropriate First Aid course.  To confirm which course you need to complete for this program click here
      and
  9. LPN License
    • You must have a current, active practicing license from the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Manitoba
    • You do not need to submit documentation to meet this admission requirement. We will verify your license through the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Manitoba.
      and
  10. Rural LPN to BN Pathway - Memorandum Of Understanding Form

Program Progression Requirements
Program progression requirements are not due within 30 days of applying. These requirements have expiration dates and should be completed close to your program start date. Further information will be provided by the College at a later date.

  • Criminal Record and Adult and Child Abuse Checks
    • Prior to registration into your clinical/practicum placement(s) and progression to term 2, you will be required to submit the following:
      • An original official Adult Criminal Record Check including Vulnerable Sector Search (ACRVS)
      • An original official Child Abuse Registry (CAR) Check (provincial)
      • An original official Adult Abuse Registry (AAR) Check (provincial)
    • If you have a criminal record you may not be able to complete the program
    • If you are listed on either the Child Abuse Registry or Adult Abuse Registry you will not be able to complete the program.
    • For more information, visit https://www.rrc.ca/supports/student-records/criminal-record-checks/
    • Link to the Winnipeg Police Services - Police Records
      and
  • Immunizations and Testing

English Language Assessments

English Language AssessmentMinimum Required Levels
L - Listening, S - Speaking, R - Reading, W - WritingLSRW
CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language)
70707070
CanTEST (Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees)
RRC Institutional or Official CanTEST accepted EXCEPT for the Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) program. The MLS program requires the Official CanTEST (the RRC Institutional CanTEST will not be accepted).
4.54.54.54.5
Communication for Health Professionals (RRC Pathway)
Canadian Citizens: LINC programs are not available.
8888
Communication for Internationally Educ Health Prof (RRC Pathway)
Canadian Citizens: LINC programs are not available.
8888
IELTS - Academic (International English Language Testing System)
7.07.07.07.0
TOEFL-iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language - internet Based Test)
24232427

Who Should Enrol?

Nursing is an art and science that focuses on providing health care to individuals, families, groups, and communities. Professional nurses must be able to act independently, responsibly, and with integrity. They must be skillful decision makers, communicators, and coordinators of care. As well, they must be able to speak and act assertively on behalf of their clients and their profession. Professional nurses view health holistically, and are a pivotal component of the modern health care system.

If you would describe yourself as a person who…

  • has both an analytical mind and a caring disposition
  • has mathematical and scientific ability
  • has physical stamina and dexterity
  • can communicate effectively with a variety of people
  • is comfortable working in multicultural settings
  • is organized and efficient
  • acts responsibly and with integrity
  • can think critically and independently
  • can make decisions based on evidence
  • can be assertive and advocate for others
  • is calm in stressful situations
    ... then professional nursing may be the career for you.

There are a number of fundamental skills and abilities that a nursing student must possess in order to engage in the types of activities in which nursing students will engage. This information can be used by prospective students in order to determine whether they are able to meet the demands of this career. The following list is an elaboration of the above characteristics, organized in five categories, with examples of entry-level registered nursing activities to illustrate the requisite. The examples are not exhaustive and offered only for the purpose of illustration.

  1. Cognitive
    Ability to perform skills which demonstrate thinking capacity:
    - recall information over time
    - demonstrate complex computation skills
    - demonstrate critical inquiry skills
    - priorize tasks
    - demonstrate concentration skills
    - demonstrate problem-solving skills
    Example: In administering pain medication, critically analyzes assessment data, chooses from possible interventions, calculates correct dosage, safely administers medication, recognizes untoward effects and intervenes. 
  2. Communication
    Ability to express and receive written, verbal or non-verbal information and the ability to interact with others in a clear, respectful and professional manner:
    - English language proficiency (reading, writing, listening, speaking)
    - recognizing own non-verbal communication and the ability to interpret non-verbal communication of others
    - ability to document and understand information, in writing as well as electronically, in the patient's chart/health record
    Example: Able to elicit and attend to information from a client during an assessment and communicate findings verbally and in writing to other health-care providers.
  3. Behavioral
    Ability to conduct oneself in a professional manner:
    - accept individual differences
    - take direction
    - behave in a professional manner
    - practice in a manner consistent with established patient safety policies and procedures
    - provide care in an unpredictable environment
    - manage time and establish timelines
    Example: Sets priorities in the face of multiple demands.  Maintains a calm presence regardless of a client's behavior.
  4. Sensory
    Ability to perceive with each of the following senses well enough to provide care and participate in educational activities:
    - sight
    - touch
    - hearing
    - smell
    - hand-eye coordination (manual dexterity)
    Example: Possess the sensory capacity to see well enough to read numbers on a syringe, feel a pulse, hear alarms, recognize odours and prepare a medication.
  5. Physical
    Ability to perform each of the following requisites well enough to provide client care and participate in educational activities:
    - lift
    - carry
    - stand and maintain balance
    - perform repetitive actions
    - pull and push
    - climb
    - bend
    - reach
    - walk
    - move within confined spaces
    Example: Able to provide CPR, carry a baby and reposition an adult client in bed.

Locations, Dates and Fees

Next Estimated Term 1 Start Date (subject to change)

Location Start Date Apply Link
Notre Dame Campus Aug 31, 2020 Apply now
Portage La Prairie Campus Aug 29, 2022 Apply now
Winkler Campus Aug 29, 2022 Apply now

Costs (estimates only; subject to change)

Program/Student Fees
Year 2
$8,235.001
Year 3
$8,690.00
Year 4
$980.00
Books and Supplies
Year 2
$1,500.002
Year 3
$1,500.00
1Most LPN students enter year 2 of the Bachelor of Nursing program
2Students are responsible for all expenses associated with clinical practice settings in all communities, facilities, and in Winnipeg city including travel and accommodations.

Red River College is a participating institution in the HigherEdPoints program. Through this program, students are able to convert Aeroplan® Miles and TD Points into funds to help cover their tuition. Family members and friends can also contribute to a student’s education by converting their loyalty points - anyone can donate their points to an individual student.

Visit the HigherEdPoints website for more information about the program and/or to set up an account to convert your points.

Transfer Credit Opportunities

Prospective students interested in taking courses while waiting to get into Nursing - LPN to BN Pathway may take one of the following Nursing Microbiology courses and/or Statistics courses and request transfer credit.

A minimum grade of C+ must be attained to transfer one of the following Nursing Microbiology courses into the program.

  • RRC - MBIO-2000
  • U of M - MBIO 1220
  • U of W - no equivalency
  • Brandon University - 15.264
  • CMU - BIOL 1350
  • ACC - SCIE 0073

A minimum grade of C must be attained to transfer one of the following Statistics courses into the program.

  • RRC - MATH 1059 or MATH 1020 Business Statistics
  • U of M - STAT 1000
  • U of W - STAT 1501/3
  • Brandon University – 62.171
  • CMU – MATH 1000
  • ACC - MATH 0002

To register for RRC courses visit our list of Continuing Education courses.

For all other courses, please contact the institution for information on course schedules, delivery methods, fees, etc.

Graduates of the two-year Assiniboine Community College (ACC) LPN Diploma program may receive credit for MBIO-2000 Nursing Microbiology

Graduates of the University College of the North (UCN) LPN program may receive credit for ZOOL-2073 Pathophysiology 2

Complete a Course Credit/Grade Transfer Form

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process which documents and compares an individual's prior learning gained from prior education, work and life experiences and personal study to the learning outcomes in College courses/programs. For more information, please visit www.rrc.ca/rpl.

Graduate Employment Report

Red River College surveys its graduates on an annual basis to collect data related to the graduates’ employment status, salary, occupation and skill use. In addition, graduates are asked to indicate their level of satisfaction regarding the education they received at Red River College.

Visit www.rrc.ca/numbers/reports/graduate-satisfaction for graduate satisfaction and employment reports.

Employment Potential

Graduates of the Nursing program will have the educational credentials to be employed in all areas where the expertise of a professional RN is required.

Contact Information

For general information about this pathway, the Nursing program, or how to apply, contact Enrolment Services at 204-632-2327.

If you would like assistance with program selection or have many questions about the application process or admission requirements, we recommend you book an appointment with an Academic Advisor. Advising appointments are available Monday to Friday 8 am to 4 pm. Phone appointments can be arranged for your convenience. To book an appointment please visit one of the Student Service Centres, call 204-632-2327, or e-mail advisor@rrc.mb.ca

Admitted students may submit their criminal record and abuse registry check documents to:
Laurie-Ann Nichol
Room C517, Notre Dame Campus
204-632-2230
lanichol@rrc.ca

How to Apply

For information on how to apply to this program, follow the link below.

www.rrc.ca/howtoapply

Student Evaluation of Program

Every year Red River College surveys students, in all full-time programs, to learn more about their college experience. The questionnaire includes questions about students’ experiences with College programs, facilities, and services offered.

Visit www.rrc.ca/numbers/reports/student-evaluation-of-program for student evaluation of program reports.

College Support Services

Red River College is committed to student success and provides valuable support services to assist in helping students make the most of their time at RRC.

Visit www.rrc.ca/supports for more information.

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