Practical Nursing Curriculum

Waitlisted for January 2019

See curriculum for: May 2019 September 2019
Credential: Ontario College Diploma ( 5 semesters )
Classes begin:
January 07, 2019
Offered at:
Sutherland Campus
Program code:
PRN
Tuition & Ancillary Fees:
Domestic:
$3,500.69 per semester*
International:
$9,824.63 per semester*
* Tuition and fees subject to change.

Courses and Descriptions

Semester 1

SCIE 157
Units/ Hours: 60

This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. It will begin with an introduction to the organization and the cellular/tissue basis of the human body. The systems that will be focused on in this course are: integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous and special senses.

COMM 201
Units/ Hours: 45

Communications I is an introductory course that provides a foundation in college-level communications by teaching students to read critically, write appropriately for a variety of audiences, conduct and cite research, and revise for clarity and correctness. In seminars and labs, students will engage in both independent and collaborative activities, including the development of a digital portfolio designed to help them become more effective communicators in academic and professional environments.

NRSG 152
Units/ Hours: 7

This course is intended to support student learning and retention by preparing students for the rigorous academic demands of the practical nursing program by enhancing study skills, test-taking abilities and critical thinking skills. It is also intended to prepare students for clinical placement by optimizing sensitivity and caring required when interacting with individuals in the health care system. The following theoretical beliefs and approaches to nursing practice are integrated throughout: humanistic caring, reflective practice and therapeutic use of self.

NRSG 61
Units/ Hours: 30

This course is designed to provide the student with theoretical concepts required to provide nursing care to clients in a variety of settings. Case studies and group discussions will form the basis of this course. Humanistic caring, reflective practice and therapeutic use of self-care are the theoretical approaches to nursing practice that are integrated throughout the course.

Co-Requisites
COMP 579
Units/ Hours: 15

Working in the Windows 7 environment, this computer course introduces the student to computer basics (e-mail, file management) and the application and use of word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software using Microsoft Office 2016. Through the extensive use of hands-on activities, students will gain sufficient knowledge and experience to make productive use of computers as a tool in the college and workplace environments.

NRSG 222
Units/ Hours: 30

This course prepares the Practical Nursing Student to use numerical skills in the administration of nursing care including the administration of medication and intravenous solution, fluid balance and other numerical calculations applicable to safe nursing care. This course will provide review and practice of basic mathematical calculations of whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percentages, ratio and proportions and, conversions. Included will be Systems of Measurement with a focus on S.I. Metric System and common conversions. Practice of numerical skills and out of class assignments will be a major component of the course with a focus on the importance of consistency in accuracy. Students will be successful in passing this course with a grade of 70%.

NRSG 149
Units/ Hours: 30

This course is designed to provide the student with the theory and practical skills required to provide nursing care to clients in long term care settings. Simulated patient care situations, case studies and hands-on application of specific nursing skills will form the basis of this course. The following theoretical beliefs and approaches to nursing practice are integrated throughout: humanistic caring, reflective practice and therapeutic use of self.

Co-Requisites
NRSG 11
Units/ Hours: 48

This course is designed to give the student an opportunity to apply the knowledge of theory, principles and skills explored in Practical Nursing Theory I, Health Theory, Introductory Pharmacology, and Nursing Skill Labs I. The following theoretical beliefs and approaches to Nursing Practice are integrated throughout: humanistic caring, reflective practice, therapeutic use of self and health promotion. Clinical assignments will include: Nursing Homes and Extended Care Facilities.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
NRSG 91
Units/ Hours: 30

This course introduces the student to the foundational concepts and principles fundamental to the nursing discipline: Nursing, CNO Standards of Practice, Therapeutic Communication/Interpersonal Skills and the Nursing Process. The following theoretical beliefs and approaches to Nursing Practice are integrated throughout: humanistic caring, reflective practice, therapeutic use of self and health promotion.

Co-Requisites
SOCI 233
Units/ Hours: 45

Human development across the lifespan will be studied by exploring the interrelationship between biological, psychological and sociocultural influences from conception to end of life. Upon completion of the course, learners will have an understanding of individual development, in addition to the impact of lifespan development on families and communities. Learners will have the opportunity to follow an individual's development throughout the lifespan, using a variety of biopsychosocial factors.

Semester 2

SCIE 158
Units/ Hours: 60

This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of human anatomy and physiology as they pertain to the following systems: Cardiovascular, Lymphatic, Endocrine, Immune, Respiratory, Urinary, Fluids & Electrolytes/Acid-Base and Reproductive.

Pre-Requisites
COMM 202
Units/ Hours: 45

Communications II, building on the foundation of Communications I, is a blended course that teaches students to write and communicate for a variety of professional situations. In seminars, labs and online modules, students will develop a professional portfolio that demonstrates their abilities to meet the challenges of a changing workplace.

Pre-Requisites
NRSG 153
Units/ Hours: 45

This course introduces the student to the theoretical knowledge necessary to assess the physical, psychological, socio-cultural and spiritual experience of individuals across the lifespan. The student will use skills of observation, interviewing, inspection, auscultation and palpation to collect data. The student will have an opportunity to demonstrate and practice the specific health assessment concepts and/or skills in a lab setting. The following theoretical beliefs and approaches to nursing practice are integrated throughout: humanistic caring, reflective practice, therapeutic use of self, health promotion and adaptation.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
NRSG 150
Units/ Hours: 30

This course is designed to provide the student with the theory and practical skills required to provide nursing care for patients in complex continuing care and medical settings. Simulated patient care situations, case studies and application of specific nursing skills will form the basis of this course. The following theoretical beliefs and approaches to nursing practice are integrated throughout: humanistic caring, reflective practice, therapeutic use of self, health promotion and adaptation.

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NRSG 199
Units/ Hours: 144

This clinical course will to give the student an opportunity to apply the knowledge of theory, principles and skills explored in Practical Nursing Theory I and II, Nursing Skill Labs I and II, Introductory Pharmacology and Pharmacology Applications and Health Assessment/Labs. The following theoretical beliefs and approaches to nursing practice are integrated throughout: humanistic caring, reflective practice, therapeutic use of self, health promotion and adaptation. Clinical assignment will include: complex continuing care and medical units in hospital settings.

Pre-Requisites
NRSG 86
Units/ Hours: 30

This course introduces the Practical Nursing Student to the currently accepted pharmacological principles to enable safe and competent administration of medication in the clinical setting. This course will focus on the application of the nursing process and provides the theoretical foundation for administration of medication which the student encounters in the clinical setting (BD1), skills lab and other Practical Nursing courses. This course will introduce the Canadian Drug Legislation governing prescription, over-the-counter and natural health products as well as the related College of Nurses of Ontario Standards. This course will explore pharmacokinetics and demonstrate the impact on related laboratory studies, expected and therapeutic outcomes in the client with predictable, less-complex conditions with a low risk of negative outcomes. All routes and forms of medication will be incorporated with a focus on clients with a predictable outcome with a low risk of negative outcomes.

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NRSG 92
Units/ Hours: 45

This course builds on the students' learning of the nursing process. The student will apply the nursing process at a novice* level in all health care settings with clients with a wide range of health problems and functional disabilities. Through application of the nursing process in care planning and evaluation, students understand the relationship between medical and nursing diagnoses, and assessment findings and nursing diagnoses. Students learn to incorporate evidence-informed decision-making and client and nurse safety in their plans. This course prepares the students for the nursing skills laboratories through learning the theory behind the skills.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
GNED 49
Units/ Hours: 45

This course is an introduction to the study of Indigenous (First Nations, Metis, and Inuit) peoples in Canada. Students will explore the complex historical and contemporary relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. The course will also guide students to begin to understand the diversity and depth of Indigenous societies, worldviews, and knowledge through a multi-disciplinary lens.

Semester 3

NRSG 67
Units/ Hours: 45

This course is designed to provide the student with the theory to provide nursing care to families. The content will include: the childbearing family, the family in crisis, and common health problems in childhood. The following concepts are integrated throughout: professional responsibility and accountability, ethical practice, and service to the public.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
NRSG 78
Units/ Hours: 30

This course is designed to provide the student with the theory and practical skills required to provide nursing care to medical/surgical and newborn/pediatric patients. Simulated patient care situations, case studies and hands on application of specific nursing skills will form the basis of this course. The following theoretical beliefs and approaches to nursing practice are integrated throughout: humanistic caring, reflective practice, therapeutic use of self, health promotion and adaptation.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
NRSG 198
Units/ Hours: 144

This course is designed to give the student an opportunity to apply the knowledge of theory, principles and skills explored in Practical Nursing Theory I, II and III, Nursing Skills Labs I, II and III, and Health Assessment/Labs. The following theoretical beliefs and approaches to nursing practice are integrated throughout: humanistic caring, reflective practice, therapeutic use of self, health promotion and adaptation. Clinical assignment will include one of the following: mental health, medicine, surgery, rehabilitation and palliative.

Pre-Requisites
NRSG 195
Units/ Hours: 30

This course builds on Pharmacology Applications A. This course will connect knowledge related to pharmacotherapeutics with the learning outcomes associated with Nursing Theory 3 (BD2), Nursing care of Families, clinical and skills lab courses. This course will explore pharmacokinetics and demonstrate the impact on related laboratory studies, expected and therapeutic outcomes in the client with predictable, less-complex conditions with a low risk of negative outcomes. All routes and forms of medication will be incorporated with a focus on clients with a predictable outcome with a low risk of negative outcomes.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
NRSG 93
Units/ Hours: 60

This course begins the study of alterations in health within the context of the nursing process. The content concepts include alterations in health: mental, respiratory, cardiovascular, immune, endocrine, fluid and electrolytes and oncology. This course also explores related pharmacotherapeutics.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
NRSG 96
Units/ Hours: 15

This course assists the student in the exploration of the role of the practical nurse in the health care team. Students will continue to examine legal, ethical, cultural, social and professional issues. Analytical and interpersonal communication skills are embedded throughout. The following theoretical beliefs and approaches to nursing practice are integrated throughout: humanistic caring, reflective practice, therapeutic use of self, health promotion and adaptation.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
Units/ Hours: 45

All graduates of diploma programs require general education credits. These courses allow you to explore issues of societal concern by looking at the history, theory and contemporary applications of those issues.

Your program has designated some required general education courses. In addition, you have the opportunity to choose from a list of electives each semester.

Many of these courses and some other general education courses are also available through evening classes, by distance education, or on-line. See our Part-Time Studies Calendar for these opportunities.

You may already possess general education equivalencies from other colleges or universities. Please see the General Education Co-ordinators at the Peterborough and Lindsay locations for possible exemptions.

Semester 4

NRSG 79
Units/ Hours: 30

This course continues to provide the student with the theory and practical skills required to provide nursing care to medical/surgical and newborn/pediatric patients. Simulated case situations, case studies and hands-on application of specific nursing skills will form the basis of this course. The following theoretical beliefs and approaches to nursing practice are integrated throughout: humanistic caring, reflective practice, therapeutic use of self, health promotion, adaptation and critical thinking.

Pre-Requisites
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NRSG 73
Units/ Hours: 30

This course will introduce foundational aspects of community-based nursing and will build on the student's existing knowledge base and encourage the tranference of existing knowledge, skills and abilities to the community setting. Key components in this course include community-based nursing across the lifespan, cultural and family influences, assessing the target community, epidemiology, effective client teaching methodologies and case management. Students will participate in a variety of learning opportunities such as case studies and health promotion activities and through engagement with guest speakers. The following theoretical beliefs and approaches to nursing practice are integrated throughout: humanistic caring, reflective practice, therapeutic use of self, health promotion, adaptation and critical thinking.

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NRSG 23
Units/ Hours: 72

This course is designed to give the student an opportunity to apply the knowledge of theory, principles and skills explored in Nursig Theory I, II, III and IV, Nursing Skill Labs I, II, III and IV, and Health Assessment/Labs. The following theoretical beliefs and approaches to nursing practice are integrated throughout: human istic caring, reflective practice, therapeutic use of self, health promotion, adaptation and critical thinking. Clinical assignment will include one of the following: long term care, surgery, mental health or community. The successful student will demonstrate competence in medication administration, increasing independence and problem solving skills and basic leadership competencies.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
NRSG 24
Units/ Hours: 72

This course is designed to give the student an opportunity to apply the knowledge of theory, principles and skills explored in Nursing Theory I, II, III and IV, Nursing Skill Labs I, II, III and IV, and Health Assessment/Labs. The following theoretical beliefs and approaches to nursing practice are integrated throughout: human istic caring, reflective practice, therapeutic use of self, health promotion, adaptation and critical thinking. Clinical assignment will include one of the following: long term care, surgery, mental health or community. The successful student will demonstrate competence in medication administration, increasing independence and problem solving skills and basic leadership competencies.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
NRSG 94
Units/ Hours: 60

This course continues the study of alterations in health within the context of the nursing process. The content concepts include alterations in health: neurological, skin, sensory, orthopaedic, renal, gastrointestinal, reproductive and sexual. This course also explores related pharmacotherapeutics.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
NRSG 97
Units/ Hours: 30

This course assists the student to examine current trends and issues in the health care system. Students will have an opportunity to explore more complex legal, ethical, social and professional aspects of nursing. Analytical and professional interpersonal communication skills are embedded throughout. The following theoretical beliefs and approaches to nursing practice are integrated throughout: humanistic caring, reflective practice, therapeutic use of self, health promotion, adaptation and critical thinking.

Pre-Requisites

Semester 5

NRSG 154
Units/ Hours: 400

This placement experience facilitates the transition of the student to the role of the graduate Practical Nurse by providing opportunities to integrate program theory and clinical skills. The following theoretical beliefs and approaches to nursing practice are integrated throughout: humanistic caring, reflective practice, therapeutic use of self, health promotion, adaptation and critical thinking. A preceptorship model will be utilized for this assignment. One field placement experience will be offered in one of the following settings: long term care facilities, rehabilitation, palliative, medicine, surgery, maternal-child, mental health, community and/or complex continuing care.

Pre-Requisites

This semester runs Weeks 1-10 only.