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Enhanced Nursing Practice - Gerontology and Chronic Illness (Graduate Certificate)

Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Program Code:
Health & Life Sciences and Community Services
Academic Year:
2015 / 2016
Accelerated Delivery?

About the Program

This one-year program is geared to experienced internationally educated nurses holding a four-year bachelor's degree in nursing. Through theoretical and clinical learning and supervised clinical practice, this program focuses on caring for seniors throughout the continuum of care in a diversity of settings. It allows students to develop skills in care planning, nursing diagnosis, critical thinking, and decision making with seniors (who are living with chronic illness) and their families. In addition, course content will cover the philosophy, culture, communication skills, ethics and gerontological practice of nursing in Canada.

Program Information

Length: One-year Ontario College Graduate Certificate program
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
Start: November
First-Year Capacity: 60

Admission Requirements

A bachelor's degree in nursing and registration as a registered nurse in the applicant's country of nursing education

Note re: Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

Final selection is made following an assessment of the admission requirements.

Program Requirements

Tuition & Fees

Tuition: Fees are currently unavailable; please check back at a later time.
*Fees are higher for international students on a Student Visa. International Fees are currently unavailable; please check back at a later time.
*Books and supplies are additional.

Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance is not available for this program.

Graduate Opportunities

This program will provide graduates with the knowledge and experience necessary to enter confidently into the Canadian health-care workforce. Students will learn the skills necessary to work as a nurse in the areas of long-term care, community-based care and general internal medicine.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website:

Pathways & Credit Transfer

Conestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions. View the transfer agreement opportunities for this program.

Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

For more information on the PLAR process, please visit the testing website.

Course Information
Course # Courses
Level One
ELS1335 Intercultural Health Issues: Health Care
MATH1490 Mathematics Foundations for Health Care
NURS1365 Clinical Experience - Acute Care I
NURS8004 Medical/Surgical Skills Theory and Lab
NURS8006 Advanced Medical/Surgical Skills Theory and Lab
NURS8015 Professional Nursing Practice in the Canadian Health Care System
NURS8018 Pharmacology
NURS8023 Enriched Assessment Skills
Level Two
NURS1440 Nursing Research
NURS8370 Introduction to the NCLEX Evaluation Entry to Practice RN
NURS8685 Seniors Care in the Canadian Health Care System
NURS8697 Physical Challenges in Older Adults
NURS8705 Cognitive Challenges in Older Adults
NURS8725 Living With Chronic Illness
NURS8745 Leadership in Caring for Seniors
NURS8755 Professional Practice Applications in Seniors Care
NURS8785 Clinical Practicum - Gerontology I
NURS8805 Clinical Practicum - Gerontology II

Program Outcomes

Program Advisory Committees

The College appoints Program Advisory Committee members for diploma, degree, certificate and apprenticeship programs. Committees are composed of employers, practitioners and recent program graduates. College representatives (students, faculty, and administrators) are resource persons. Each committee advises the Board on the development of new programs, the monitoring of existing programs and community acceptance of programs.

For a list of the current members, please visit our Program Advisory Committees.

How to Apply to the Program

Domestic students should apply using a Conestoga College Program Application Form. This form can be obtained from any Conestoga College campus OR by writing directly to the Registrar's Office OR by using the College website at

Send completed applications to:
Conestoga College
Admissions Office
299 Doon Valley Dr.
Kitchener, Ontario
Canada N2G 4M4

International students should apply online using a Conestoga College International Application Form. Please note: not all programs are open to international students. Interested students should check the listing of open programs on our international students web page before applying.

For program information, call the Information Centre at 519-748-5220 ext 3656.

Disclaimer The College reserves the right to alter information including requirements and fees and to cancel at any time a program, course, or program major or option; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies in the job market or for budgetary reasons; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations, over-acceptance of offers of admission, budgetary constraints, or for other such reasons. In the event the College exercises such a right, the College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to the College.
Program Status
Start DateCampusStatus**
JAN, 2015 Doon Suspended
MAY, 2015 Doon Suspended
** Status applicable to domestic students

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