WELLINGTON, PEI - July 2, 2013 – With the help of funding from Health Canada and partnerships with institutions belonging to the Consortium national de formation en santé (CNFS), Collège de l'Île is proud to announce the graduation on June 21, 2013, of the first class from its Licensed Practical Nurse program. All three graduates, Paula Arsenault, Brittany Savoie and Kathy Richard, are already working in their field.

"This is Collège de l'Île's first class of graduates from an accredited program. The graduates write a national exam that, when passed, gives them national certification so that they can work in care facilities across the country," explained Mr. Donald DesRoches, President of Collège de l'Île

"It was more complicated than we expected to get the Licensed Practical Nurse program accredited because it is taught in French. We are very grateful to the various partners who helped with accreditation of the program," Mr. DesRoches continued.

Graduates of the program receive diplomas from both Collège de l'Île and the Campbellton campus of the Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB). The Association of New Brunswick Licensed Practical Nurses allowed the students in the program to write the exam on May 15, 2013, in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Once they pass the exam, graduates receive their license to practice.

Collège de l'Île is appreciative of the collaboration it received from La Cité collégiale in Ottawa, which shared its curriculum with the Collège's Staff at the Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick worked closely with Collège de l'Île to ensure that the latter's program met the licensing requirements of the NB professional association. At the request of Island healthcare institutions, clinical placements were organized jointly with Holland College, strengthening collaboration between the two institutions.

"Under the skillful coordination of our lead instructor, Ms Mélanie Gallant, we offered a program that meets standards in our province so that our students' clinical experiences in the province's hospitals were very successful," said Mr. DesRoches in conclusion.

There are still a few seats available for a second class set to begin in January 2014. For more information on the Licensed Practical Nurse program, contact Christine Arsenault at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephone at (902) 854-3010. The number of seats is limited.