Health & Community Studies

Indigenous Practical Nursing


Program Description

The Indigenous Practical Nursing (IPN) two year diploma program will prepare students to become culturally responsive, compassionate, effective and professional care providers. The IPN graduate will provide care to individuals, families and communities at multiple life stages and in a variety of practice settings. Over the two year span students will develop into a competent, confident, practical nurses capable of making a positive difference in the health and well-being for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations.

Upon successful completion of the Indigenous Practical Nursing diploma program and the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam (CPNRE), graduates will be eligible for licensure with the Saskatchewan Association of Licensed Practical Nurses (SALPN).

Admission Requirements


Regular Admission Requirement

  • Regular Grade 12/ Adult 12
  • Minimum overall average of 65% in the following 5 classes:
    • ELA A 30
    • ELA B 30
      • One Of:
        • Foundations of Mathematics 30
        • Pre-Calculus 30
        • Calculus 30
      • One Of:
        • Biology 30
        • Chemistry 30
        • Physics 30
      • One Of:
        • Social Studies 30: Canadian Studies
          Native Studies 30: Canadian Studies

Non-Academic Requirements

  • Immunization records
  • Criminal Record Check
  • Vulnerable Sector Check
  • Class 5 Drivers License
  • Applicants should be physically and personally suited to perform required duties.

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Delivery Method

Delivery method will include general classroom time, along with extensive lab work to provide the opportunity to perform and utilize classroom learning. Students will also be completing four practicums (one for each semester). Students will also be required and expected to complete independent learning (homework and/or readings) and group work based on instructor preference. Clinical experience is also included during this course.

Clinical Practicums

Instructor supervised clinical practice courses Practicum I (Continuing Care), practicum II (Acute Care, Medicine), practicum III (Acute Care – Surgery) and practicum IV (Pediatrics/Labor & Delivery) will be held in long term care facilities and hospitals in Saskatoon and surrounding areas. Students are required to travel to various locations in order to complete their clinical practice experiences. Access to a vehicle may be required as some clinical placements in year 2 may be located outside of Saskatoon campus.


  • Applicants should be physically and personally suited to perform required duties.
  • As per Saskatchewan Health Authority Clinical Placement safety requirements, the following certifications must be completed and/or updated prior to entering practicum I (January 6, 2020):
    • PART – Nov 21 & 22
    • WHMIS for healthcare providers (online) – Sept 26
    • FIT testing – Dec 5
    • TLR – Jan 3
    • CPR C with AED – date to be determined
    • For applicants who have the required certifications, a copy of valid certification(s) must be submitted within the first 2 weeks of the program for review by the program coordinator.
    • For applicants who do not have the required certifications, these will be offered during the first semester. Failure to successfully complete the certificate training will result in mandatory withdraw from the program. Note: Certification dates are preset and will not be re-booked for students who are absent.

Tuition and Fees

Year One
Tuition Textbook Compulsory
$8,200 $1,750 $1,175 $11,125
Please note: All fees are subject to change.
*Total amount does not include the required UPass Transit Bus Pass for Saskatoon & Regina students.
Year Two
Tuition Textbook Compulsory
$8,200 $1,700 $575 $10,475
Please note: All fees are subject to change.
*Total amount does not include the required UPass Transit Bus Pass for Saskatoon & Regina students.
U-Pass - Saskatoon and Regina Transit Bus Passes

$260 per year

$130 per semester

The U-Pass is a City Transit bus pass for students that allow you to save on transportation costs. The U-Pass fee is a provided at a reduced cost compared to a standard monthly City Transit pass and is mandatory for most SIIT students in Saskatoon and Regina. You may use the U-Pass as many times as you would like during the academic term. Students who meet certain requirements can opt-out of the U-Pass, please contact the Admissions department for more information.
Please note: U-Pass fees are subject to change.


Year 1 | Semester 1 – (Sept 3. – Jan. 13)
Code Course Title Hours Credits
IPNDV 110 Indigenous Personal Development I 30 2
IPNHW 111 Introduction to Indigenous Health & Wellness 30 2
IPNPH 112 Pharmacology I 45 3
IPNAP 113 Anatomy & Physiology I 45 3
IPNNC 115 Nursing Communications I 30 3
IPNHC 117 Health Challenges of Elders 30 2
IPNIP 118 Health Assessment Integrated Practice I 135 9
IPNPR 119 Practicum I 80 5
Year 1 | Semester 2 – (Jan. 20 – June 26)
Code Course title Hours Credits
IPNHP 121 Introduction to Indigenous Models of Healing 30 2
IPNAP 123 Anatomy & Physiology II 45 2
IPNNC 125 Nursing Communications II 30 2
IPNPH 122 Pharmacology II 45 3
IPNIC 120 Introduction to Indigenous Communications 30 2
IPNNP 126 Professional Nursing Practice II 60 4
IPNHC 127 Health Challenges for Adults II 56 4
IPNIP 128 Health Assessment Integrated Practice II 180 12
IPNPR 129 Practicum II – Acute Care Medicine 120 8
Year 2 | Semester 3 – (Sept. – Dec.)
Code Course title Hours Credits
IPNSN 214 Sociology Foundations for Nursing 45 3
IPNDV 210 Indigenous Personal Development II 30 2
IPNNP 216 Professional Nursing Practice III 30 2
IPNPH 217 Health Challenges III Perioperative Client 45 3
IPNIP 218 Health Assessment Integrated Practice III 250 17
IPNPR 219 Practicum III – Acute Care Surgery 120 8
Year 2 | Semester 4 – (Jan. – May)
Code Course Title Hours Credits
IPNNP 226 Professional Nursing Practice IV 45 3
IPNIP 228 Health assessment Integrated Practice IV 100 7
IPNPR 229 Practicum IV – Pediatrics, Labor & Delivery 65 4
IPNGN 227 Transition to Graduate Nurse 30 2
IPNPR Practicum V – Consolidated Practice 260 17
N/A Comprehensive Final Prep N/A  

Graduation Requirements

In order to successfully graduate from this program, students will need to maintain and pass all courses with a minimum of 60% average and successfully pass all clinical placements.

Attendance Policy

Attendance is a component for success in any educational program. To ensure student success within our IPN program, full attendance is always required and must remain above 90%.

Career Possibilities

Successful graduates who have also completed and passed the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam (CPNRE), and have been licensed with the Saskatchewan Association of Licensed Practical Nurses (SALPN) can expect to find employment with competitive wages and/or salaries in a variety of work environments that are specific to health care.
By incorporating First Nations culture into the IPN curriculum, graduates will have the skills and knowledge to provide necessary care, responsibility and understanding in a more holistic approach to their patient(s).
LPN’s provide general nursing care, usually under the direction of Registered Nurses and/or Medical practitioners.

Opportunities can include but are not limited to:

  • Public and Private Health care sectors
  • Hospitals
  • Mental Health facilities/Practitioners
  • Nursing homes (which can include Elder Lodges)
  • Home Care, Palliative Care, Acute Care, Maternity Care, Surgical Nursing and Gerontology
  • Community Health Centres and programs (including on-reserve)
  • Rehabilitation Centres,
  • Pediatric Care,
  • Medical Centres/Walk-in Clinics

*Please be advised that some employment opportunities may require additional training and/or certification.

For more information on wage/salaries, please visit the link below: 

International Students

SIIT is currently not legislated to accept International Students. You must be a Canadian resident to apply.

English Language Benchmark

To be admitted into this program you must be able to understand and communicate in English (Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment of six – CLB6).

Please note: For eligibility of licensure with SALPN, those whose first language is not English are required to complete a written and spoken test of English with the following acceptable tests: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and Canadian English Language Benchmark Assessment for Nurses (Celban).  See link for more information.

Acceptance Policy

Strong preference is given to those who are status First Nation but programs are open to anyone.

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