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Nursing – Licensed Practical Nurse to BN Pathway

Advance your career with a Nursing degree from RRC Polytech.

As a licensed practical nurse, you have in-depth knowledge and experience in your field. With a Nursing degree from RRC Polytech, you can take your career to the next level.

This pathway is designed for licensed practical nurses (LPNs) applying to the Nursing program. Upon completion, graduates can apply to obtain a licence as a registered nurse.

Through this program, you will earn a Bachelor of Nursing (BN) degree and become eligible to write the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN® exam). After completing the national exam and successfully becoming a member of the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba (CRNM) you will be able to legally use the registered nurse (RN) designation.

Space for LPNs in the Nursing program varies from term to term. If you successfully meet the admission requirements for Nursing – Licensed Practical Nurse to BN Pathway you will join a waitlist. You will be admitted into the Nursing program once a space becomes available and may receive credits equivalent to a maximum of one year of programming.

  • Program Type
  • Credential
  • Program Delivery
  • In-person Locations
    Notre Dame Campus, Portage Campus and Winkler Campus
  • Intakes
    Fall, Winter and Spring
  • Program Length
    22-32 months
  • Total Tuition / Fees for Courses
    $20,000 – $22,100
  • How to Enrol
    Application required
  • Application Type
    Regular admission
  • Work-Integrated Learning
    Gain hands-on experience with real work opportunities

Experience a Polytechnic Education

Full-time Delivery: Something New Every Term

Through this pathway program, you may be eligible to receive credits for the first three terms (first year) of the Nursing program, bypass the first three terms listed below and join the regular Nursing program in Term 4.


Explore community health, diagnostics and health assessment. Practice what you’ve learned through a clinical practice focused on older adults and long-term care.


Build on your training in pathophysiology, microbiology and chronic illness. Gain practical experience in medicine through a clinical practice course.


Explore acute conditions and family nursing topics. Develop your knowledge of surgery through a clinical practice course.


Study family health and Indigenous wellness and develop leadership skills through a clinical practice course focused on pediatrics and maternity.


Advance your knowledge of mental health and epidemiology and pursue specialized electives. Complete a clinical practice course focused on mental health.


Study palliative care, community health and professional policies and complete a clinical practice course focused on palliative care.


Concentrate and practise your knowledge, under the guidance of a preceptor, in a focused practicum experience.

Employment Potential

Prepare yourself for career success

Potential Grad CAREERS

  • Medicine programs
  • Surgery programs
  • Emergency programs
  • Intensive care programs
  • Pediatrics programs
  • Maternity programs
  • Mental health programs
  • Tertiary hospitals
  • Community hospitals
  • Rehabilitation hospitals
  • Gerontology and long-term care
  • Palliative care
  • Public health
  • Community health
  • Urban areas
  • Rural areas


What to Expect in This Program

Get Prepared for the Future of Work

Excel with small class sizes, practical learning and experienced instructors, all focused on your success. With an employer-driven education, you won’t just be ready for a career – you’ll be prepared to stay in front of what’s ahead.

Explore a diverse range of career pathways and workplaces through various electives and clinical practice courses.
Put your training into practice and get experience working in various hospitals and health care settings through clinical practice courses.
Take advantage of small class sizes to collaborate with peers and expert instructors to solve real industry challenges.
Gain practical experience with the same state-of-the-art equipment and tools you’ll find in the workplace.
Build your confidence and learn industry best practices under the guidance of passionate instructors in our campus’s simulated health care facilities.
Our industry-leading instructors are experts in their fields and eager to share their knowledge with you.
Develop professional communication and collaboration skills in a safe and inclusive environment.
Join RRC Polytech’s largest community and meet thousands of students engaged in hundreds of fields and industries at the Notre Dame Campus.

Graduate Success

Nursing grads are highly skilled, adaptable and ready to lead from day one. They find success in a variety of health care settings and are a valuable part of any team.

The statistics below represent the opinions and employment statuses of this program’s recent grads. They were retrieved from the 2019-2020 RRC Polytech Graduate Satisfaction and Employment Report.


There is a high demand for nurses in Manitoba, and nursing graduates often obtain a job in their area of choice. Once employed, our grads have numerous opportunities to acquire specialized skills, enhance their career mobility and pursue new positions.


Our students graduate feeling confident, career-ready and prepared to lead because of our program’s commitment to experiential learning, practical work experience and student-focused networking.


RRC Polytech programs are developed in consultation with industry leaders, organizations and employers to ensure the skills you learn are practical, up-to-date and fulfill market demand. As you build these skills, student services are here to support your growth and help you reach your career goals.

“The well-rounded curriculum and ample clinical practice gave me the foundational knowledge and confidence to enter the workforce as a graduate nurse.”

Luke Stoughton – Graduate

Who Should Enrol?

Turn your talents into academic success

As a licensed practical nurse, you are a caring person who speaks and acts assertively on behalf of others. You communicate professionally, make decisions skillfully and work responsibly and with integrity. As a professional nurse, you will learn to view health holistically and play a vital role in our modern health-care system.

Students that excel in this program often share these interests, skills and personality traits.


  • Adaptable
  • Challenge-driven
  • Critical thinker
  • Detail-oriented
  • Empathetic


  • Communication
  • Lifelong learning
  • Mathematics
  • Prioritizing


  • Health care
  • Medicine
  • Patient care
  • Mental health
  • Anatomy
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology

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Your future is within reach, and we’re here to help you achieve it. Experience industry-focused opportunities available at RRC Polytech and develop the knowledge and skills to grow, lead and excel in your future career.

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