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Introduction to the Canadian Health Care System and Nursing in Canada – For LPNs* (PNUR 9035)*

All summer 2021 classes will be delivered remotely. In order to meet the requirements of remote delivery, students registering in summer 2021 term courses will need to have an electronic device, and access to the internet via WIFI or other source, to complete courses and access KPU services.  Please note: cellphones are not an option for video-conferencing, ipad/tablet or laptop with video capabilities required.


Course Description

This course is an intensive, tutor supported, fully online, self-paced course for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) which provides a strong foundation for LPN nursing in the context of the Canadian health care environment.  This course is designed for learners who have, or have had a LPN licensure designation in Canada.  This course reviews the expanded scope of practice for LPNs in Canada that affects the nature of practical nursing in a variety of practice settings.

Learners gain an understanding of the structure of the Canadian health care system, the Canadian health care team, and the regulation of practical nursing in BC.  Learners have an opportunity to look at the influence of culture, values and bias and how these shape perspectives.  Emphasis will be on how to implement this knowledge while adhering to legal requirements.  Learners will examine the concepts of what it means to be a LPN in relation to leadership roles (both formal and informal) and explore ethical considerations.

Learners will focus on time management for organization and safety for improved patient care and learn the concepts of critical thinking and how to further develop this concept for practical application.  Learners will update their knowledge and understanding of the professional, legal and ethical requirements for reporting and recording patient care (documentation) within the Canadian Health care system.

Please note:  Applicants intending to register for any Consolidated Clinical are required to show proof of English proficiency.  Please see the various Consolidated Clinical websites for full details.


Course Format

This fully on-line, self-paced course includes online activities, exams and web searches.  This course can be completed in approximately fifty (50) - sixty (60) hours online, though learners may require additional time for study, dependent upon whether this information is a review, or new knowledge acquisition.

Introduction to the Canadian Healthcare & Nursing in Canada for LPNs is offered every semester.  Note: Late registrants do not receive the full fourteen (14) weeks.  There are no course extensions available.


Course Cost

$500.00 CAD, plus GST  (Please note: All Faculty of Health, Professional Studies course fees are non-refundable/non-transferrable.)


Course Grade

Successful grade for this course is Mastery.

Learners who are not successful in PNUR 9035, Introduction to the Canadian Health Care System and Nursing in Canada for LPNs may attempt the course for a second time. Learners requesting a second attempt are required to seek permission from the Director, in writing. Learners are advised to contact their Canadian Nursing Regulatory Body for advisement if they are not successful after a second attempt. No exceptions. Please note, there is no appeal mechanism within KPU for students receiving non-mastery.


Entrance Requirements

To be eligible to register, applicants must have the following:

  • Current Licensed Practical Nurse licensure (pre/post licensure)
  • Foundational LPN knowledge
  • Access to a computer/internet


How to Register

Registration is completed via Elevate.  The course to search is PNUR 9035. 


Registration Deadline

Registration for this course closes four (4) weeks prior to the end of semester to ensure learners have sufficient time to complete the course.


Current Course Schedule

Current course schedules are available on Elevate by searching for PNUR 9035 and on our home page under "Upcoming Courses". 


Text Books (optional)/Course Materials

Reliable Internet access required.  Wi-Fi technology not recommended for quiz/exams.  Online course modality may not be fully functional when utilizing iPads &/or android devices.



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