Pathway to Nursing

Faced with an aging population, Atlantic Canada is struggling to fill positions for Acute and Long Term care facilities. Our Pathway to Nursing initiative will allow individuals who have always wanted a career as a health care professional achieve their goal.

     • Always wanted to work in the Nursing field yet dont know where to start? Missing requirements? Facing financial challenges? We have the solution for you.


Our Pathway to Nursing will allow individuals an opportunity to work in different levels of the nursing field. Our Health Care Support and Practical Nursing programs play a vital role in assuring care for patients in both acute and long term care facilities. 

This streamline will bridge the gap between the two professions.

  • Health Care Support or PSW -> Practical Nursing

Once you have completed the Health Care Support Program at Oulton College, you might later decide to continue your education into Practical Nursing. We support lifelong learning and therefore has the following option available to Oulton College graduates. 

  • Limited seats are reserved for qualified students form our Health Care Support Program
  • Be in good standing  in the Health Care support program
  • Apply for Practical Nursing prior to March 1st of the year you wish to enroll
  • Complete Health Care Support with honors standing
  • Interview process is waived
  • Be recommended with good clinical performance
  • Be exempt from the Practical Nurse pre requisites if you complete Health Care Support with:

Have a 75% or higher in the Anatomy course in the Health Care Support program and have academic high school Math and English at a 60% or higher. Mature Students will be considered also for exemptions.

*You must enroll within 2 years OR provide proof of work experience to validate Health Care Support competencies.

You will have credits for the following courses in Term 1 of Practical Nursing, giving you a part time schedule September- January:

  • Microsoft Office
  • Pre- Clinical Theory
  • Lab skills
  • Communications
  • Care of the Elderly

*You must enroll within 2 years OR provide proof of work experience to validate Health Care Support competencies.


Check out more info on our Health Care Support program and our Practical Nursing program.

Fun facts:

  • According Stats Canada, there are now more seniors than children under the age of 14.
    • Furthermore, Atlantic Canada has the highest proportion of seniors in the country.
  • 100% job placements in both Health Care Support and Practical Nursing fields. One of the highest in demand careers in Eastern Canada.

Pathway to Nursing

Faced with an aging population, Atlantic Canada is struggling to fill positions for Acute and Long Term care facilities. Our Pathway to Nursing initiative will allow individuals who have always wanted a career as a health care professional achieve their goal.

     • Always wanted to work in the Nursing field yet dont know where to start? Missing requirements? Facing financial challenges? We have the solution for you.


Our Pathway to Nursing will allow individuals an opportunity to work in different levels of the nursing field. Our Health Care Support and Practical Nursing programs play a vital role in assuring care for patients in both acute and long term care facilities. 

This streamline will bridge the gap between the two professions.

  • Health Care Support or PSW -> Practical Nursing

Once you have completed the Health Care Support Program at Oulton College, you might later decide to continue your education into Practical Nursing. We support lifelong learning and therefore has the following option available to Oulton College graduates. 

  • Limited seats are reserved for qualified students form our Health Care Support Program
  • Be in good standing  in the Health Care support program
  • Apply for Practical Nursing prior to March 1st of the year you wish to enroll
  • Complete Health Care Support with honors standing
  • Interview process is waived
  • Be recommended with good clinical performance
  • Be exempt from the Practical Nurse pre requisites if you complete Health Care Support with:

Have a 75% or higher in the Anatomy course in the Health Care Support program and have academic high school Math and English at a 60% or higher. Mature Students will be considered also for exemptions.

*You must enroll within 2 years OR provide proof of work experience to validate Health Care Support competencies.

You will have credits for the following courses in Term 1 of Practical Nursing, giving you a part time schedule September- January:

  • Microsoft Office
  • Pre- Clinical Theory
  • Lab skills
  • Communications
  • Care of the Elderly

*You must enroll within 2 years OR provide proof of work experience to validate Health Care Support competencies.


Check out more info on our Health Care Support program and our Practical Nursing program.

Fun facts:

  • According Stats Canada, there are now more seniors than children under the age of 14.
    • Furthermore, Atlantic Canada has the highest proportion of seniors in the country.
  • 100% job placements in both Health Care Support and Practical Nursing fields. One of the highest in demand careers in Eastern Canada.

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