Licensed Practical Nurse

OCCUPATION INFORMATION YOU NEED TO KNOW:

 

Who is the licensing body responsible for Licensed Practical Nurses in Alberta?

In Alberta, you must be registered with the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) to practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). Only registered members may call themselves Licensed Practical Nurses.

What are the licensure requirements for internationally educated Licensed Practical Nurses?

Note: CLPNA compares international education and experience to Canadian standards.

For complete information on the registration requirements for Internationally Educated Licensed Practical Nurses, visit the Internationally Educated Nurses page on the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta website.

Internationally Educated Nurses must:

1. Ensure that your English skills meet CLPNA’s proficiency requirements. Go to English Language Testing Standards.

2. Ensure that you meet the training requirements before applying to the National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS) for assessment.

3. Apply to the National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS).

Note: The National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS) Applicant Handbook provides the official steps to completing the NNAS application.

4. Once you have received your advisory report from NNAS, create an online profile and submit your application form and fee to CLPNA.

5. CLPNA will review your advisory report and assess your eligibility for registration to become a Licensed Practical Nurse in Alberta.

6. If no further upgrading and no further assessment is required, you will complete CLPNA’s Registration process.

7. If further training is required, you will be advised of the requirements by CLPNA.

What are the educational requirements for Licensed Practical Nurses in Alberta?

Note: Licensing bodies compare international education and experience to Canadian standards.

In Alberta, licensed practical nurses must be graduates of approved practical nursing education programs or have equivalent training. Practical nursing programs consist of a combination of classroom and laboratory instruction and clinical experience in various health care settings.

The following Alberta post-secondary institutions offer full-time and/or part-time practical nursing programs:

Bow Valley College in Calgary and various locations
Columbia College in Calgary
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Keyano College in Fort McMurray
Lethbridge College in Lethbridge
Medicine Hat College in Brooks
Northern Lakes College in Athabasca, Barrhead, Fairview, Grande Prairie, High Level, High Prairie, McLennan (Smoky River), Slave Lake and Westlock
NorQuest College in Edmonton and various locations
Portage College in Cold Lake
Red Deer College in Red Deer


What training programs or services are available for internationally educated Licensed Practical Nurses?

Bow Valley College in Calgary offers a Practical Nurse Diploma for Internationally Educated Nurses.

NorQuest College in Edmonton offers a
Practical Nurse Refresher program.

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What are the accepted English language proficiency tests and where can I be tested?

Applicants must successfully achieve the required passing score on one of the CLPNA-approved English Language Proficiency exams. This includes CELBAN and IELTS. To learn more about where to take an English language proficiency test in Alberta, visit English Language Proficiency Tests and Locations.

What information resources are available for Licensed Practical Nurses in Alberta?

College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta

National Nursing Assessment Service


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