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Rural and Remote Nursing Graduate Certificate

Program Highlights:

This online program for Registered Nurses and Registered Practical Nurses focuses on skills to provide confident, competent and safe health care in remote and rural areas. The eight courses and capstone applied project course focus on lifespan primary health care, including mental health, chronic disease management, acute care, trauma management, professional practices and cultural approaches.

Participants will gain the essential knowledge and clinical skills needed to provide nursing care in a rural or remote practice.

Admission Requirements

A related College Diploma, Community College Advanced Diploma, a university degree in a related field, or the equivalent. This certificate is geared specifically to RN's and RPN's.

Courses can be taken in any order unless a prerequisite is indicated.

Some courses require additional textbooks and/or materials. Please visit your campus store in-person or online: Peterborough Campus Store or Lindsay Campus Store.


Certificates must be completed within five years. Once you have completed all certificate requirements, please contact us again for your official certification.

Courses in Rural and Remote Nursing Graduate Certificate

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Mandatory Courses

Rural & Remote Nursing: Foundations (NRSG213)

Examine the foundational components of rural and remote nursing focusing on historical context and the growing need for advanced expertise for Rural and Remote Nurses. We will also discuss geographic challenges, living and traveling in remote areas, collaboration within the health care team and funding for remote nursing stations.

Rural & Remote Nursing: Health Care for Indigenous People in Canada (NRSG214)

Examine your thinking and professional practice through the lens of historical, cultural and community perspectives of Indigenous Peoples, and develop awareness and skills to provide responsive healthcare.

Rural & Remote Nursing: Foundations of Rural & Remote Mental Health Practices (NRSG215)

Explore the unique care needs of those living with mental illness in rural and remote settings. You will develop knowledge and skills needed to provide effective mental health care in these settings. We will explore rural-specific aspects of substance abuse, mental health stigma, metal health emergency care, mental health in children, youth and the elder as well as homelessness.

There are no scheduled classes at this time, please call the Continuing Education office for future dates at 705 749-5530 ext. 1502.

Rural & Remote Nursing - Primary Health Care (NRSG216)

Explore the principles of primary health care with specific focus on the barriers and challenges of health care delivery in rural and remote areas. Health promotion and disease prevention will be discussed with a particular emphasis on cultural awareness and its influence on health outcomes. You will gain an understanding of both the complexity of working in rural and remote areas and the knowledge you need to provide quality care.

There are no scheduled classes at this time, please call the Continuing Education office for future dates at 705 749-5530 ext. 1502.

Rural & Remote Nursing: Professional Conduct & Issues (NRSG217)

Discover the challenges and opportunities related to creating a professional nursing practice and using health/nursing informatics in rural and remote areas. We will delve into understanding professionalism in a rural context, the nursing role in a rural and remote health care team, leadership and advocacy skills as well as social and professional networking. We will also examine confidentiality and security issues in informatics, social media as a change medium and the use of telemedicine for sole practitioners.

There are no scheduled classes at this time, please call the Continuing Education office for future dates at 705 749-5530 ext. 1502.

Rural & Remote Nursing: Provision of Chronic Disease Management (NRSG218)

Explore the concepts and practical applications of chronic disease management within a rural and remote context. You will gain an understanding for the prevalence of chronic disease and examine the unique challenges of managing chronic disease in rural and remote areas. You will also become familiar with related assessment and care planning skills.

There are no scheduled classes at this time, please call the Continuing Education office for future dates at 705 749-5530 ext. 1502.

Rural & Remote Nursing: Provision of Acute Care & Trauma Management (NRSG219)

Develop knowledge and skills to care for clients experiencing acute illness or traumatic events in rural and remote settings. You will gain the tools to appraise and interpret the challenges of managing acute events in rural and remote settings. We will discuss the RN's and RPN's role in managing traumatic events in rural and remote settings. Specific areas of focus will include women's health, perinatal care, pediatric care and domestic violence.

There are no scheduled classes at this time, please call the Continuing Education office for future dates at 705 749-5530 ext. 1502.

Rural & Remote Nursing: Cultural Approach to Care of Indigenous Population (NRSG220)

Explore the meaning of culture and health as it relates to Indigenous populations in rural and remote settings. You will study literature articulating the relationship between healthcare providers and Indigenous peoples in rural and remote settings. You will also develop communication, assessment and intervention strategies that reflect the Aboriginal experience in order to foster effective working relationships.

There are no scheduled classes at this time, please call the Continuing Education office for future dates at 705 749-5530 ext. 1502.

Rural & Remote Nursing: Applied Project (NRSG221)

Put the theory of previous courses into practice in this capstone course. You will create a feasible, well-researched and comprehensive plan that addresses health care deficits and incorporates strategies for successfully supporting individuals in a specific rural or remote community. This project is intended to focus on a direct application to your current work or future career goals that will benefit your target community.

There are no scheduled classes at this time, please call the Continuing Education office for future dates at 705 749-5530 ext. 1502.

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