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October 26, 2016

Belleville, Ontario, October 26, 2016 — Loyalist College Practical Nursing graduates who wrote the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam (CPNRE) in May and June were 100 percent successful. 

“We are incredibly proud of the accomplishments of our Practical Nursing students,” said Dean of Health, Human and Justice Studies June MacDonald-Jenkins. “The faculty goes above and beyond to provide a highly engaging and inspiring learning environment with personalized instruction in clinical labs and groups. Their real-world methodology and mentorship prepare students for a rigorous eight-week integrated clinical practicum where they demonstrate critical thinking, practise judgment and decision making, and apply all the aspects of care associated with the RPN role in Ontario.”

The registration exam must be taken in order for a nurse to practise in Ontario. All 21 Loyalist candidates scored at or above the provincial and national averages in each category assessed.

Over the course of their two-year Ontario College Diploma program, Practical Nursing students are routinely tested. They take a four-hour comprehensive mock-exam, consisting of 200 multiple choice questions, which mimics the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam. This exam is written three times a year.

Due to demand, Loyalist is now accepting January intake applications for its Practical Nursing program. For more information, visit

About Loyalist College’s Practical Nursing program
In March 2014, Loyalist received a Category 1, five-year program approval — the highest attainable rating – from the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO). Ninety-six percent of graduates were working within six months of graduation.* They provide care to clients and their caregivers in hospital settings, including medical-surgical, maternal child, mental health and emergency departments. Loyalist grads work as Registered Practical Nurses at Quinte Healthcare Corporation; Hastings Manor Long Term Care Facility; Lennox and Addington County General Hospital; Kingston General Hospital; and Victorian Order of Nurses, among other healthcare locations.

 *Source: KPI Survey 2015, Forum Research Inc. for Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development

 About Loyalist College

We put you to work™. When it comes to grads getting jobs, 87.4 percent of the College’s most recent graduates found employment within six months of graduation compared to the provincial average of 83.6 percent, according to Provincial Key Performance Indicator (KPI) results released in April 2016. Located on more than 200 acres in the beautiful Bay of Quinte region, Loyalist College is a close-knit community where students and their success come first. Loyalist provides personalized attention in small classes, rewarding field placements and superior student services. To prepare students for in-demand careers, Loyalist offers more than 60 full-time programs; apprenticeships; and hundreds of online, distance and in-class courses, as well as opportunities for continuing education through more than 70 university transfer agreements. The College’s wide selection of advanced diplomas, diplomas and certificates aligns with market-driven disciplines including applied sciences, biosciences, building sciences, business and management studies, health sciences, human studies, justice studies, media, arts and design, and skills and technology. In Ontario, the College’s new Digital Media Centre and The Bay of Quinte Skills Centre, which is LEED® Silver certified, are training centres of choice for students, as well as College business and industry partners. The College is a key driver of the social and economic health and prosperity of the area and contributes 5.4 percent to the Gross Regional Product. This represents an overall effect on the regional economy of $530 million – based on a 2014 Report by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). For more information on the College’s Belleville and Bancroft campuses, visit

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Contact:  Kerry Lorimer, Director of Marketing and Communications, Loyalist College,, (613) 969-1913, ext. 2536