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November 13, 2015

Belleville, Ontario, November 12, 2015 — Loyalist College Practical Nursing graduates who recently wrote the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam (CPNRE) were 100 percent successful.

“Loyalist grads have historically scored above the provincial and national averages in all categories of the CPNRE,” said Dean of Health, Human and Justice Studies Karen Brooks-Cathcart. “To prepare our students to succeed, we offer personalized instruction through small clinical and lab groups, followed by an intensive eight-week clinical placement where they apply the skills they’ve learned.”

The registration exam is offered in September and must be taken in order for a nurse to practise in Ontario. All 39 Loyalist candidates scored at or above the provincial and national averages in each category assessed.

“Congratulations to the Practical Nursing program faculty and all staff who work diligently to facilitate excellence in nursing education,” said Loyalist College President & CEO Maureen Piercy. “Their dedication and commitment contribute to Loyalist’s leadership in health and human studies.”

Over the course of their two-year Ontario College Diploma program, 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. 

“We appreciate the hard work the students have done,” said Barb Remington, Coordinator of Loyalist’s Practical Nursing program. “Knowing that every single one of them passed this rigorous exam – it makes us very proud.”

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-five 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; Lennox and Addington General Hospital; Kingston General Hospital; and Victorian Order of Nurses, among other healthcare locations. For more information about Loyalist’s Practical Nursing program, visit
*Source: KPI Survey 2014, Forum Research Inc. for Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

About Loyalist College
When it comes to grads getting jobs, Loyalist College is the #1 College in Ontario. According to Provincial Key Performance Indicator (KPI) results released April 2015, 89.3 percent of the College’s most recent graduates found employment within six months of graduation compared to the provincial average of 84 per cent. 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 LEED® Silver certified Sustainable Skills, Technology and Life Sciences Centre are training centres of choice for students, as well as College business and industry partners. For more information on the College’s Belleville and Bancroft campuses, visit


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