Educational institutions delivering practical nurse diploma programs and programs requiring Council approval with advanced authorization by the Registrar have their programs approved by the Council of the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) as mandated by the Health Professions Act (HPA). This process is administered by the Education Standards Advisory Committee (ESAC). All program approvals are done by the CLPNA Council.

Practical Nurse Program Approval Status

(UPDATED APRIL 2020 – Due to COVID-19 pandemic, upcoming Program Review Dates have been deferred.)

The practical nurse program is the basic education required in order to become a Licensed Practical Nurse in Alberta.

Below is a current list showing program status.

DOWNLOAD Policy: PN Program Approval Categories

Program. Main Delivery Site. Other Location(s)
Confirm with the Post Secondary Institution, as may vary.
Status. Next Review Date
Bow Valley College  Calgary Airdrie, Okotoks, Strathmore, Cochrane

Three Hills (Prairie College), Yukon Territory (Yukon College)

Full Approval Winter 2021
Columbia College   Calgary Full Approval Winter 2021
Keyano College Fort McMurray Full Approval Fall 2020
Lethbridge College Lethbridge Full Approval Fall 2022
Medicine Hat College  Brooks Campus Full Approval Winter 2021
NorQuest College  Edmonton Drayton Valley, Wetaskiwin, Whitecourt Full Approval Winter 2022
Northern Lakes College  Slave Lake Grande Prairie, Lloydminster, Peace River, High Level, High Prairie Full Approval Fall 2020
Portage College  Cold Lake Lac La Biche, St. Paul Full Approval Winter 2020
Red Deer College  Red Deer Stettler, Drumheller, Rocky Mountain House Full Approval Winter 2020

*Brokered = Post-Secondary Institutions that enter into agreements to deliver another institution’s approved program.

The program approval timeline is dependent on the approval status and is guided by the Standards for Diploma Program Approval of Practical Nurse Education (2019). This process includes an in-depth review of the curriculum and program delivery models, and site visits to the educational institution and clinical placement sites. The CLPNA’s Council makes the approval decision based on the results of the program review.

DOWNLOAD: Standards for Diploma Program Approval of Practical Nurse Education

For more info, contact the Education Standards Advisory Committee at Ask CLPNA,, 1-800-661-5877 (toll-free in Alberta), or 780-484-8886.