The LPNABC is providing information for LPN’s around conference, workshop and educational opportunities. The LPNABC does not endorse or support any particular conference, workshop or course. This is for INFORMATION only

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Lab Values and their Meanings

Free Learning

Brain Tumor Foundation of Canada Free Webinars
View past webinars and learn about new webinars.

Canadian Gerontological Nursing Association Webinars
Starting on January 15, 2015, CGNA will launch a series of new live webinars. Announcements on the CGNA website homepage. What is a LIVE Webinar? A webinar or web conference, allows a presenter(s) to share their knowledge over the web. Participants will be able to view the slides on their computer through a web program and listen to the presentation through an audio conference line. Presenters are selected based on their expertise in the field of gerontological nursing. Participants will be able to ask questions on line at the end of the webinar. Webinars are free for CGNA members.

InspireNet Free Webinars
InspireNet teams convene webinars which are recorded for future viewing. Webinars are open to different audiences. Some are open to: the general public InspireNet members InspireNet’s Action Team members

CNA Webinars

Community Health Nurses of Canada

PN access to BsN

  • University of Fraser Valley – they have only 8 seats for access and the intake is once a year in the fall
  • North Island and Vancouver Island University – they alternate years between these two universities
  • Camosun College – once a year intake
  • College of Rockies – they do not offer the Access Program but they will assess individually and give you credits towards entering the BsN program
  • CNC Prince George – same as College of Rockies
  • Vancouver Community College – intake once a year

Education Planner Search for PN Programs in BC. “Education Building Options” lists the bridging mechanisms currently in place to registered nursing programs on a number of institutional sites. Check it out today


Canadian Association of Foot Care Nurses Conference was May 22-24, 2015 in Winnipeg


Acne & Youth Education June 8, 2015

Jack Hirose Workshops

RPNAO E-learning

History of BC LPN Curriculum

History of BC Practical Nursing Curriculum-2009

Courses for LPNs

North Island College Foot Care

North Island College is pleased to be offering the Nursing Foot Care course at the Port Alberni Campus of North Island College. FTC-010 – Nursing Foot Care This seven day course is for currently licensed to practice RNs and LPNs. Students MUST present written proof of current licensure on the first day. Course runs Monday to Friday of Week 1 and Monday and Tuesday of Week 2. From a holistic approach, you will gain theoretical instruction and clinical practice in nursing foot care. Topics include prevention and treatment of foot care disorders, factors affecting foot health, preparation to provide nursing foot care services within a health care setting and in private practice. Participants must complete a clinical practice component and an open-book examination (70% mark required). Do NOT purchase instruments or supplies prior to the course. Bring two hand towels, a bath towel, a foot basin and skin lotion. You will practice on each other and are requested not to cut your toenails for three to four weeks prior to the course and to remove nail polish.
Prerequisite(s): Proof of RN or LPN current, practicing registration/licensure.

    Section: FTC 010 – CVS1
    Location: Port Alberni Campus
    Dates: July 6-14, 2015 Cost: $895.00
    For more information contact Susan Billie at or phone 250-334-5005


BCCDC LPN Online Immunization Course
In collaboration with the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC), CLPNBC has established the BCCDC LPN Online Immunization Course as the requirement for LPNs in British Columbia to prepare for the administration of immunizations.

Palliative Care

Life and Death Matters – Online Courses for Nurses
Life and Death Matters provides excellent training in hospice and palliative care skills and strategies in their online program. Palliative care courses are offered once per year and are limited to 20 participants per course. Training is suitable for practical nurses, health care workers, counselors, hospice volunteers, as well as other professional that work with the dying. Continuing Education credits may be applicable, depending upon location.

Compassionate Care for the Terminally Ill
Grant MacEwan University, Alberta
Gain the knowledge and skills to caring for the terminally ill in an institutional or home setting. This online certificate will increase your awareness and understanding of the physical, social, emotional, and spiritual aspects of palliative care.
These courses are appropriate for licensed practical nurses, pastoral care providers, human service workers, volunteers and the families of patients receiving palliative care.

Foot Care

Advanced Foot Care:
This 30-hour course, offered at Okanagan College in Kelowna BC, is designed for RNs and LPNs who wish to further their foot care skills for use in clinical and community settings. Please call 250-762-5445 ex 4589 for more information.

Foot Care Nursing (HLTH 1190) – Vancouver Community College
The Foot Care Nursing program is a 40-hour course providing basic and advanced education and training in the care of the middle-aged and elderly foot. This course includes 24 hours of didactic education and 16 hours of hands-on clinical experience. Students will typically work on 8-10 feet during the course (80-100 toes). In addition to education for providing basic and advanced foot care, the student will learn the basics of private practice nursing and operating a small business. Students receive a Document of Completion and upon completion, the nurse may use the title “Advanced Foot Care Nurse”.

Foot Care course – Vancouver Island University
The Foot Care Nursing course provides basic and advanced education and training in the care of the middle-aged and elderly foot. This course includes in-class instruction, self-study and hands-on clinical experience. Students will typically work on 8-10 feet during the course. In addition to education for providing basic and advanced foot care, the student will learn the basics of private practice nursing and operating a small business, as well as the current best practices for cleaning, disinfecting and sterilizing foot care tools. Prerequisite: Proof of current BC LPN or RN license required to register. Call to register: 1-866-734-6252.

PEDEd Online Advanced Nursing Foot Care Course:
PEDEd offers an online Advanced Nursing Foot Care course to meet the needs of the active and enterprising nurse looking for a new career! Our PEDEd course is comprised of a comprehensive on-line theory course followed by our clinical tailored to meet your needs, putting all the theory and knowledge together. For practicing foot care nurses, our course is a great refresher to update your knowledge and skills! Email for more information.

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Perioperative Nursing

MacEwan University – Alberta
Are you a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) looking to expand your skills in a challenging new direction? The Perioperative Licensed Practical Nurse functions in a number of diverse roles in the surgical environment including scrubbing, circulating, management of patient care and conducting research.
The Program – The Perioperative Nursing for Licensed Practical Nurses program is approved by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta. It is designed for LPNs who are interested in pursuing a career in surgical nursing. Nurses in the perioperative field provide care and support to patients before, during, and after surgery. LPNs are responsible for maintaining a sterile environment in the operating room, monitoring the patient during surgery and providing care throughout the process.
Distance Delivery – Online distance delivery and in-person labs, provide LPNs with the hands-on skills required to work alongside surgeons and other health care professionals in a challenging, fast-paced and team-oriented environment – the operating room.

Perioperative Nursing Advanced Certificate
– online or home study courses, Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology, Saskatchewan. Perioperative Nursing/LPN is a/an advanced certificate program. It provides licensed practical nurses with the specialized knowledge and skill development needed to work in an operating room, ambulatory surgery centre, free standing clinic or other perioperative settings.

IV Therapy

IV Therapy
This online and face to face course covers IV fluid administration and IV fluid therapy management. Through the completion of realistic, case-based lessons and interactive self-assessment exercises, participants will learn course material at their own pace, reviewing as often as they like. Videos and animations demonstrate best practices for techniques and procedures.

IV Therapy and Insertion (HLTH 1403) – Vancouver Community College
This course is designed to prepare the Registered and Licensed Practical Nurse (RN/LPN) to initiate and maintain peripheral intravenous infusions. Through a combination of theory instruction and lab practice, students will develop their skills in IV insertion and maintenance, learn how to minimize patient discomfort and complications and increase insertion success rates. Students will gain knowledge in locating sites, selecting equipment, insertion, adjusting flow rates, identifying complications, and selecting interventions for the adult patient receiving IV therapy. After successful completion of this course, the participant will develop proficiency in this skill with clinical experience in their health care facility. Prerequisite: Current RN/RPN/LPN Licensure, any province of Canada.

Distance IV Therapy for LPN (HLTH 1315) – Vancouver Community College
For students unable to attend on campus (HLTH 1185), this distance option offers the same theory content and the ability to work at your own pace. Registrants need practicing license and employer’s ability to certify skills in workplace. Proof of current BC LPN or RN licensure is required to register. (6 hrs)


Basic Venipuncture

Phlebotomy Course
This course was designed to provide health professionals with additional skills that will allow them to draw blood as an added skill within their existing profession. This additional training may also provide opportunity for movement within an individual’s existing career.


Advanced Education in Orthopedics for LPNs

NorQuest College, Edmonton. Expand your scope of practice by learning special orthopaedic procedures. This program prepares you to work in a cast room, emergency department, orthopaedic physician’s office, or orthopaedic patient care unit.

LPN to RN Programs

Post LPN Bachelor of Science in Nursing
– Online courses, Athabasca University, Alberta. The post-LPN BN program is designed to provide licensed practical nurses with the opportunity to further their nursing education in a baccalaureate program that offers flexible modes of course delivery and opportunities to develop a clinical focus. Graduates of the post-LPN BN program are eligible to write the Canadian Registered Nurse Examinations.

LPN Access to BSN
– UBC Okanagan School of Nursing. UBC Okanagan offers access to the second year of our BSN program for LPN graduates who have some work experience. This program will help you upgrade your credential and take the next step in your nursing career.


Advanced Leadership Skills for Licensed Practical Nurses
This 10 week course has been designed specifically to support LPNs in making the transition from front line care providers to leaders/managers. It is intended to prepare LPNs to take on leadership roles in varied health care settings, with a focus on the residential care context.

Take the Lead (HLTH 1368) Vancouver Community College
Identify LPN leadership capabilities at the bedside and the leadership table. Focus on assessment and clinical decision-making models, and gain confidence by using effective communication tools. Review anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of the five body systems. Proof of current BC LPN or RN licensure is required to register. (21 hours)

Other Courses

BCEldercareBC Eldercare Massage Course – BC Eldercare Massage is offering courses for beginners or existing therapists to gain highly regarded specialized skills to one of the fastest GROWING massage businesses today.

Bone and Joint Care (HLTH 1397) Vancouver Community College When caring for adults we often identify or are questioned about bone and joint issues. This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to identify the risk factors and specific interventions for key issues. You will learn to work with and support the desired patient-partnership approach to Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis care while assisting your patients to live well with their disease.

Transcribing Orders (HLTH 1138) Vancouver Community College
A self-paced distance module training LPNs to receive and transcribe physician’s verbal and telephone orders. Proof of current BC LPN or RN licensure is required to register. (6 hours)

Pharmacology Review (HLTH 1295) Vancouver Community College
Are you a LPN or RN returning to nursing and requiring a pharmacology review? This distance course lets you practice math calculations and refresh your theory associated with administering medications. Once you have completed the theory, a skills checklist can be done at your work place with a full scope LPN/RN. Proof of current BC LPN or RN licensure is required to register.

Heightened Expectations: Residential (HLTH 1361) Vancouver Community College
For RNs and LPNs in residential care. Expand your knowledge of assessment in this three-day course. Practice skills associated with heart and lung sounds. Learn to identify the potential risks and intervene before a crisis. Stethoscope required. Proof of current BC LPN or RN licensure is required to register.(24 hours).

Heghtened Expectations: Acute (HLTH 1362) Vancouver Community College
For RNs and LPNs in acute care – expand your knowledge of assessment in this three-day course that combines theory and practice. Explore skills associated with heart and lung sounds. Identify potential risks and how to intervene before a crisis such as CHF, diabetes, hypertension, renal failure or stroke. Bring a stethoscope. Proof of current BC LPN or RN licensure is required to register. (24 hours)

Breastfeeding for Healthcare Professionals
– Douglas College. Designed for health care providers working with breastfeeding families, this comprehensive course covers all aspects of breastfeeding management and support. Through exploration of a wide range of topics, such as anatomy, physiology, breastfeeding management, and counselling skills, you will develop a well-rounded and evidence-based understanding of current optimal infant feeding practices. Over the thirteen weeks of the course, you will acquire or polish the foundational skills you need to confidently support and empower families to reach their breastfeeding goals.

Wound Management
– Grant MacEwan University distance courses specializing in assessment and management in the wound environment, management of chronic and problem acute wounds, and clinical application of wound management.

Mental Health
– Self-paced, distance education, Douglas College, New Westminster, Coquitlam. Developed for Licensed Practical Nurses wishing to enhance their knowledge about mental health issues.

Vancouver Island University: VIU offers courses for LPNs such as:

Foot Care

Essential Leadership In LPNs
Nursing Foot Care I And II
Interpersonal Skills For Health Care Workers
Leading Across Generations In Health Care
Person-Centered Care In Residential Care Settings
Agitation & Excessive Behaviours
Wound Care for Nurses (Apr start date)
Wound Care For Nurses (May start date)
Wound Care For HCAs
Managing In Changing Environments: Keeping Your Sanity
Activity Programming For Dementia
Activities And The Complex Care Resident

Click here to visit VIU’s website.

Camosun College Professional Development for Nurses: Camosun College is pleased to offer a range of short Continuing Education courses for health care providers. Courses are taught by nurse educators with specializations in their field.

Senior’s Health
Lifts and Transfers
Confusion in the Elderly *New
Basics of Medication
Musical Health *New

Health Promotion
Child Development through Creative Play *New
Healthy Weight Strategies for Kids *New
Outdoor Experiential Learning *New
Pelvic Floor Power *New
Your Digestive Health *New

Professional Development
Immunization Skills Workshop for LPNS *New
Microbiology for Nurses *New
Nursing Assessments
Nursing Psychomotor *Skills
Nursing Diagnostics

CPNRE Exam Prep Courses

Health Staffing International
offers exam prep based on 16 sessions, typically covered in an 8 week period. The participants have as many as 8 exam sessions to test their knowledge and preparedness. In addition there are opportunities for student-led study sessions each week, as well as access to text and computer resources. Students can take the full eight week review or choose sections that they feel they need help in.

CPNRE Prep for LPNs (HLTH 1360) Vancouver Community College
Helps those preparing to write the Canadian Practical Nurse registration exam. The instructor led sessions will cover the relevant information for the exam. (20 hours)