Health & Community Studies

Indigenous Practical Nursing


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Program Description

Do you enjoy helping people? Are you interested in nursing? Would you like to provide culturally responsive care? SIIT’s unique Indigenous Practical Nursing Program might be the first step in a rewarding career journey!

The Indigenous Practical Nursing (IPN) program is a full time two year diploma program. It will prepare you to become a culturally responsive and professional care provider- with an understanding of western and Indigenous approaches to health and wellness. Classroom, technologically enhanced lab, and practicum activities will help you to develop the skills needed to make a positive difference in the health and well-being of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations. This program is delivered at SIIT’s Saskatoon Campus location.

Upon successful completion of SIIT’s 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). As a Licensed Practical Nurse (NOC 3233), the IPN graduate will provide care to individuals, families and communities at multiple life stages and in a variety of practice settings. Most employers require criminal record and vulnerable sector checks.

Admission Requirements

  • 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.

Acceptance Policy

Strong preference is given to applicants who are Status First Nations, but SIIT programs are open to anyone.

English Language Benchmark

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

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

Fall 2020 - Indigenous Practical Nursing - Year 2 - Saskatoon

Program Length: 10 months
Start Date: 09/01/2020
Division: Health and Community Studies
Campus: Saskatoon
Location: Saskatoon Campus
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Must have successfully completed SIIT Indigenous Practical Nurse Year 1 requirements.

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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  

Tuition and Fees

Year One
Tuition Textbook Compulsory
$8,200 $1,750 $1,175 $11,125
Please note: All tuition and fees are subject to change.
*Compulsory fees may include: student fees, field trip and/or practicum fees, laboratory fees, apprenticeship fees, PPE & other equipment, exam fees, online fees, consumables, safety and first aid training, and tools.
*Total amount does not include the required UPass Transit Bus Pass for Saskatoon & Regina students.
Year Two
Tuition Textbook Compulsory
$8,200 $600 $1,687 $9,747
Please note: All tuition and fees are subject to change.
*Compulsory fees may include: student fees, field trip and/or practicum fees, laboratory fees, apprenticeship fees, PPE & other equipment, exam fees, online fees, consumables, safety and first aid training, and tools.
*Total amount does not include the required UPass Transit Bus Pass for Saskatoon & Regina students.
Additional Fees- 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 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.

Depending on your status, different forms of financial assistance are available to you. Please click here to explore options for funding. If you require assistance finding funding, please contact

What to Expect

Day to Day

Delivery Method
  • Time in the classroom- along with extensive lab work- will provide the opportunity for learners to demonstrate skills in a practical setting.
  • Students will have the opportunity to complete four practicums (one in each semester) and clinical experience. You must provide a current criminal record and vulnerable sector check and have up to date immunization records to participate.
  • 5-10 hours per week of independent and group learning (homework learning).
  • Clinical experience is also included.
  • Additional Safety and Wellness Training is provided (see below).
Work Integrated Learning

Students in the Indigenous Practical Nursing Program have the opportunity to complete several practicums and clinical experience.

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.

Note- In order to participate in clinical practicums, with Saskatchewan Health Authority, students must:

  • Be physically and personally suited to perform required duties.
  • Complete or update the following certifications as per Saskatchewan Health Authority Clinical Placement Safety Requirements, prior to entering practicum I (January):
    • Immunization records (September)
    • PART – (November)
    • WHMIS for healthcare providers (online) – (September)
    • FIT testing – (December)
    • TLR – (Prior to January)
    • CPR C with AED – (Prior to January)

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.

Attendance Policy

Regular attendance is essential for academic success. Each program has specific attendance requirements that must be adhered to in order to graduate.

If you have been approved for funding, you must maintain the attendance required by your sponsoring agency to remain eligible to receive payment.

Graduation Requirements and Credential

You must maintain a GPA of 60% average and successfully pass all clinical placements to graduate. Graduates will receive an Indigenous Practical Nursing Diploma and an SIIT Transcript.

Additional Licensing Required for Employment

Some required safety certificates are completed during the course, including:

  • PART
  • WHMIS for healthcare providers
  • FIT testing
  • TLR
  • CPR C with AED

Following successful completion of the diploma program, graduates must obtain licensure with the Saskatchewan Association of Licensed Practical Nurses (SALPN) in order to practice. Graduates must first pass the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE) and apply for licensure with (SALPN).

*Please be advised that some employment opportunities may require additional training and/or certification. In some cases, an appropriate class of driver’s license may be required.

Career Path

Career Opportunities & Salaries

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 health care environments as Licensed Practical Nurses (NOC 3233).

Licensed practical nurses provide nursing care usually under the direction of medical practitioners, registered nurses or other health team members. Licensed practical nurses are employed in hospitals, nursing homes, extended care facilities, rehabilitation centres, doctors’ offices, clinics, companies, private homes and community health centres.

In Saskatchewan, Licensed Practical Nurses are in high demand. The average annual salary for LPN’s is $77,700. (

For assistance finding employment, please contact your local SIIT Career Centre.

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