Practical Nurse Diploma – 5 Term Program – Bow Valley College

Program Info

School: Bow Valley College
Faculty: School of Health and Wellness
Degree: Diploma; University Transfer
Field of Study: Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Description: This intensive five-term program takes place over a continuous 20-month period. The structured program delivery and time table are intended to support successful learning. Enrolment in this program indicates your commitment to education as a priority over any personal or work obligations.

There are several exciting areas where you can provide care as a Practical Nurse. Some areas include child care, maternity nursing, community health, mental wellness, seniors care, and medicine. You can start this program in the winter, spring or fall terms. A duration of five terms or a longer nine term option is offered to provide you time to focus on nursing content and allows for consolidation of learning. Knowledge and experience is gained through the classroom, online courses, lab setting, and a variety of care facilities throughout the program.

URL: Practical Nurse Diploma – 5 Term Program at Bow Valley College
Length: 20 Month(s)
Careers: Nurses Aides and Orderlies



LOCATION: Calgary, Alberta

ENTRANCE DATES: January, May, September


TELEPHONE: (403) 410-3476
FAX: (403) 297-3984
ADDRESS: 345 6 Avenue SE, Calgary, Alberta, Canada


Additional Admission Requirements: Bow Valley College requires that Practical Nurse learners have a current Police Information Check (PIC). Applicants must also have up-to-date immunizations. As clinical experiences require learners to travel to various locations in Calgary and surrounding communities, accessibility to transportation is advisable. Due to the popularity of this program, it is recommended to apply at least twelve months prior to the program start date.


Bow Valley College is a renowned institution known for its commitment to international education, reflecting Canada’s diverse population and the increasing global interdependence of economies, education, and information technologies. The college aims to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and intercultural understanding necessary to excel in the global workforce and become global citizens within their own communities.

Programs and Expertise:

  • Bow Valley College’s International Education program is regarded as one of the best in Canada, offering academic excellence, caring instructors and staff, and a friendly atmosphere.
  • The college specializes in adult education, focusing on three distinct areas: Career Development, Academic Upgrading, and English as a Second Language.
  • Programs and courses are tailored to the specific needs of learners and the demands of their employment environments.
  • Bow Valley College acknowledges prior learning experiences, provides individualized instruction plans, and offers quick customization of training for businesses.


  • Bow Valley College does not provide on-site housing facilities.
  • Learners may be eligible to apply for student housing at SAIT and Ambrose University, located off-campus.

Student Services:

  • Bow Valley College takes pride in its comprehensive campus services, recognizing their importance in helping students succeed in their field of study.
  • Services include counseling, health services, academic accommodation for learners with disabilities, learning resource services, a bookstore, a cafeteria, and more.

Career Planning:

  • The college offers professional counselors who provide guidance on educational, career, and personal concerns, including accommodations for special needs.
  • Career counselors assist students in exploring suitable programs and career paths, ensuring confidentiality throughout the process.

Activities and Clubs:

  • Bow Valley College is dedicated to preparing students for the workforce, providing comprehensive resources to support their success.
  • Students can engage in various on-campus and off-campus events and social activities to immerse themselves in Canadian culture.
  • The Bow Valley College Student Association (BVCSA) represents student concerns and offers services such as student health and dental support, extracurricular activities, and student handbooks.
  • The BVCSA organizes cultural, social, and recreational activities throughout the year to promote collegiality and provide educational and fun experiences.

Information Technology:

  • Bow Valley College boasts state-of-the-art campus technology, computer labs, computer-managed learning, and internet access for all students.

International Engagement:

  • The college hosts over 1,300 international learners annually, fostering a truly global experience with students from more than 148 countries.
  • Bow Valley College promotes intercultural engagement and collaboration within and outside the classroom.
  • The college is actively involved in international community development work and overseas training, emphasizing the importance of cross-border skill development.

Campus Tour:

  • Prospective students can schedule a campus tour upon request to explore Bow Valley College’s facilities and resources.

Special Services:

  • Bow Valley College offers special services to accommodate students with disabilities, including wheelchair accessibility, counseling services, health services, and specialized support.
  • Learner Support Services provide integrated assistance through technology, tutors, and resources, with computer stations and various learning tools available.

Affiliated Institutions:

  • Bow Valley College maintains an affiliation with the University of Lethbridge.

Other Student Services:

  • The International Education Office at Bow Valley College is dedicated to supporting international learners throughout their BVC journey.
  • The office assists students with enrollment, academics, learning pathways, living abroad, health insurance, work eligibility, visas, and other uncertainties.
  • Students have access to discounted memberships at a nearby fitness center, counseling and nursing services, a cafeteria and lounge, tutoring and learning support, and computer facilities.
  • Programs are offered in full-time, part-time, self-directed study, and online formats to cater to the diverse population.

For more information and to explore the college’s offerings, please visit Bow Valley College’s website at

Fees & Scholarships

Tuition and Fees

  • Domestic Students:
    • Tuition: Varies per program
    • Supplementary fees:
      • Student Services Fee: $50 – $100
      • Students Association Fee: $54 – $108
      • Confirmation Deposit: $250
      • Material Fee: $45 – $90
      • Student Health and Dental Plan Fee: $143 – $280
  • International Students:
    • Tuition: $27,200
    • Supplementary fees:
      • Student Services Fee: $50 – $100
      • Students Association Fee: $54 – $108
      • Confirmation Deposit: $1,500
      • Material Fee: $45 – $90
      • Student Health and Dental Plan Fee: $143 – $280


Bow Valley College offers a variety of scholarships to students who demonstrate academic excellence, financial need, or community involvement. Scholarships are available to both domestic and international students.

To learn more about scholarships, please visit the Bow Valley College website.


  • Tuition and fees are subject to change.
  • Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis.
  • All students are required to pay a confirmation deposit to secure their place in a program.

How to Pay

Tuition and fees can be paid online, by mail, or in person at the Bow Valley College cashier’s office.

For More Information

Please visit the Bow Valley College website or contact the admissions office for more information about tuition and fees, scholarships, and how to pay.

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