APPROVED PRACTICAL NURSE PROGRAMS

The following practical nurse education programs are approved by the Council of the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) as mandated by the Health Professions Act (HPA). The review process is administered by the Education Standards Advisory Committee (ESAC).

Practical Nurse Diploma Program Approval Status

(UPDATED March 2021 – Due to COVID-19 pandemic, upcoming Program Review Dates may be rescheduled as necessary.)

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

Below is a current list of CLPNA-approved programs.

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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 Brokered* Three Hills (Prairie College) Full Approval Winter 2021
Columbia College   Calgary Full Approval Winter 2021
Grande Prairie Regional College Grande Prairie Approval to implement Fall 2021
Keyano College Fort McMurray Full Approval Fall 2024
Lethbridge College Lethbridge Full Approval Fall 2022
Medicine Hat College  Brooks Campus Full Approval Winter 2021
NorQuest College  Edmonton Wetaskiwin Full Approval Winter 2022
Northern Lakes College  Slave Lake Lloydminster, Grande Prairie (Year 2), Home-Based (High Prairie), Peace River/High Level, Wabasca Conditional Approval Fall 2021
Portage College  Cold Lake Lac La Biche, St. Paul Full Approval Fall 2024
Red Deer College  Red Deer Drumheller and Ponoka (2021-2022), Rocky Mountain House and Stettler (2022-2023) Full Approval Winter 2024

(Table updated April 1, 2021.)

*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: Approval Standards for Practical Nurse Diploma Programs

Refresher Approval Status

Practical nurse refresher programs support a return to practice for individuals previously registered with the CLPNA on the general register but are no longer eligible for active registration.

Below is a current list of CLPNA-approved programs.

Program. Main Delivery Site. Other Location(s) *Confirm with the Post Secondary Institution, as may vary. . Status. Next Review Date
Lethbridge College Lethbridge (distance delivery) Approved to Implement Program Fall 2021

(Table updated March 2, 2021.)

ADVANCED AUTHORIZATION EDUCATION APPROVAL STATUS

To practice in areas of Advanced Practice, LPNs are required to complete CLPNA-approved advanced training or education in the areas of Advanced Practice Foot Care, Advanced Practice Perioperative Nursing, and Advanced Practice Orthopedic Nursing.

RELATED – Restricted Activities and Advanced Authorizations

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Below is a current list of CLPNA-approved programs.

Advanced Practice Foot Care Programs

Program. Main Delivery Site. Other Location(s) *Confirm with the Post Secondary Institution, as may vary. . Status. Next Review Date
Alberta Foot Care Academy Calgary Full Approval Spring 2023
Caritas College Calgary Interim Approval Spring 2021
Edmonton Foot Care Academy Edmonton Full Approval Spring 2023
NorQuest College Edmonton Approval to Implement Program TBA

(Table updated March 2, 2021.)

Advanced Practice Perioperative Nursing Programs

Program. Main Delivery Site. Other Location(s) *Confirm with the Post Secondary Institution, as may vary. . Status. Next Review Date
MacEwan University Edmonton Full Approval Spring 2023

(Table updated March 2, 2021.)

Advanced Practice Orthopedic Nursing Programs

Program. Main Delivery Site. Other Location(s) *Confirm with the Post Secondary Institution, as may vary. . Status. Next Review Date
NorQuest College Edmonton Full Program Spring 2023

(Table updated March 2, 2021.)

DOWNLOAD: Approval Standards for Advanced Practice Education Programs

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