FULL-TIME | WINNIPEG LOCATIONS NURLF-NA Nursing - Licensed Practical Nurse to BN Pathway

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  • 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 2025.
      • Application deadline is April 15, 2025
      • 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. 

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 Polytechnic (RRC Polytech) 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

Your Academic History
If your academic history includes any of the following, please visit My Education for important information: post-secondary studies at an institution other than Red River College Polytechnic; Modified (M), English as an Additional Language (E), or GED high school courses; or home schooling; international secondary (high school) studies.


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Internationally Educated Applicants - visit www.rrc.ca/credentials for credential assessment information.

Submission of required documentation indicating proof of completion of admission requirements is due within 15 days of applying unless otherwise noted in the program's admission requirements.

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 15 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
  2. Nutrition Course
    • Submit proof of successful completion of one of the following Nutrition courses:
      • Red River College Polytechnic: NUTR 1000 - Human Nutrition and Lifestyle
      • 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.
  3. Scholarly Writing Course
    • Successfully complete RRC Polytech's NRSG-1501 Scholarly Writing course with a minimum grade of 65% or C+ 
    • This online course is a 20-hour (1 credit) course
    • 15 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
  4. Pathophysiology 1 Course
    • Successfully complete RRC Polytech's ZOOL-1073 Pathophysiology 1 course with a minimum grade of 65% or C+
    • This online course is a 40-hour (3 credit) course
    • 15 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
    • This course has pre-requisite courses. However, if you are currently working as an LPN in Manitoba or completed your LPN program at Assiniboine Community College (ACC) you will not be required to complete the pre-requisite courses.  All other LPNs will need to either complete the pre-requisite courses or contact RRC’s Nursing department to confirm if courses similar to the pre-requisites were completed in their LPN program.
    • 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 Pathwa
  5. English Language Assessment 
      • Answer this question to determine if you meet this program’s ELRs:
        Have I successfully completed 3 years of full-time high school (secondary) education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country where English was the language of instruction?
        • If YES, you meet English language requirements.  Apply and then submit your transcripts* for review
        • If NO, submit proof of meeting an ELRs option.  If you choose the English language assessment option, review this program's approved assessments and required levels.
        • If you completed all of your education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country in English but you did not graduate high school, submit your transcripts* for review. 
      • * If your transcripts are from the USA or an ELR exempt country, we will assess an International Credentials Assessment Fee to be paid before your transcripts will be reviewe
      • and
    • Related Clinical Experience
    • Applicant Declaration for Check Documents Form
    • 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
    • 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.
    • Rural LPN to BN Pathway - Memorandum Of Understanding Form

    Program Progression Requirements
    Program progression requirements are not due within 15 days of applying and should be submitted after you start classes.

    • Criminal Record and Adult and Child Abuse Checks
      • This program requires students to submit current original/official versions of one or more of the following checks:
        • Adult Criminal Record Check including Vulnerable Sector Search (ACRVS) 
        • Provincial Child Abuse Registry Check (CAR)
        • Adult Abuse Registry Check (AAR)
      • If you have a criminal record you may not be able to complete the program
      • If you are listed on an Abuse Registry you will not be able to complete the program
      • For details on this program's requirements, when to obtain and submit the documents, review the Applicant Declaration for Check Documents Form
      • These documents have expiration dates and should not be obtained prior to timeline indicated on the Applicant Declaration for Check Documents form
      • For general information on why RRC requires these checks and for links to check providers such as the Winnipeg Police, visit our Criminal Record Checks webpage
      • Submit your check documents to the RRC program contact listed on the Contact Information section of your program
    • Immunizations and Testing

    English Language Assessments

    English Language AssessmentMinimum Required Levels
    L - Listening, S - Speaking, R - Reading, W - WritingLSRW
    CAEL and CAEL Online (Canadian Academic English Language)
    CELBAN (Canadian English Language Benchmark Assessment for Nurses)
    Communication for Health Professions (RRC Pathway)
    Canadian Citizens: LINC programs are not available.
    Communication for Internationally Educ Health Prof (RRC Pathway)
    Canadian Citizens: LINC programs are not available.
    IELTS - Academic (International English Language Testing System)
    Please Note: 3 year expiry date for Nursing Program Applicants
    PTE - Academic Online Assessment (Pearson Test of English)
    Password Skills (An in person English Language Assessment hosted by RRC Polytech)
    This in-person, computer-based test is composed of four test modules: reading, writing, listening and speaking. The test takes 3 hours and 5 minutes to complete and is conducted in two parts. The first part assesses reading, listening, and writing, and the second part assesses speaking in a separate room. Password Skills costs $139 to take through RRC Polytech. Password Skills is hosted by the RRC Polytech Testing and Assessment Centre: E440, Manitou a bi Bii Daziigae building, on the fourth floor. If you wish to do Password Skills remotely (not in-person), Password Skills Plus can be taken online. RRC Polytech does not offer Password Skills Plus, but we do accept the results for entry into program.
    Password Skills Plus (Password Skills Plus is an online assessment that can be taken instead of Password Skills. )
    TOEFL-iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language - internet Based Test)
    To meet the needs of students who are unable to take the TOEFL iBT® test at a test center due to public health concerns, ETS is temporarily offering the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test in selected areas.

    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
      - prioritize 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 25, 2025 Apply Now
    Portage La Prairie Campus Aug 25, 2025 Apply Now
    Winkler Campus Aug 25, 2025 Apply Now

    Costs (estimates only; subject to change)

    Program/Student Fees
    Year 2
    Year 3
    Year 4
    Books and Supplies
    Year 2
    Year 3
    Other Fees
    Year 2
    Year 3
    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 Polytechnic 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.

    Computer/Laptop Requirements

    Online learning is a critical component of course delivery in all Red River College Polytechnic programs. To ensure each student has the tools they need to achieve their academic goals, all Red River College Polytechnic students require, at minimum:

    1.  Off-campus access to a current computer with a webcam

    2.  A high speed internet connection

    • Recommended minimum speed: 10 mbps for download, 3 mbps for upload
    • Slower internet connection speeds may result in audio and video issues. Please keep in mind that if others in your home are using the same internet connection at the same time as you are, you may also experience audio and video issues.
    • Please refer to https://www.rrc.ca/future-students/computer-requirements/ for further information on Computer Requirements for Students.

    Please note that any anticipated costs are not included in Books and Supplies estimates.

    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 Polytech - 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 Polytech - 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 Polytech 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.

    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.
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