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

Credential:
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Program Code:
1313
School:
Health & Life Sciences and Community Services
Academic Year:
2015 / 2016
Accelerated Delivery?
No

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 fee details for the 2014-2015 year are listed below. Fees for the next academic year are unavailable at this time. Books and supplies are additional.

Domestic Fees

Estimated fees based upon the previous academic year (2014 / 2015) for Enhanced Nursing Practice - Gerontology and Chronic Illness (Graduate Certificate) - Program # 1313

Doon - Fall 2014 Level 2
Description Fall 2014
Student Priority Fee $47.90
Recreation/Athletics Fee $66.60
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $26.95
Administration Fee $25.05
Technology Enhancement Fee $123.46
Program Services Fee $0.00
CSI Capital Development Fee $55.60
CSI Association Fee $105.00
CSI - CSA $4.50
Certificate Program Tuition Fee $1300.00
CSI Health Plan Fee $0.00
Health Documentation Fee $0.00
Session Total $1755.06

Year Total $1755.06


International fee details for the 2014-2015 year are listed below. Fees for the next academic year are unavailable at this time. Books and supplies are additional.

International Fees

Estimated International fees based upon the previous academic year (2014 / 2015) for
Enhanced Nursing Practice - Gerontology and Chronic Illness (Graduate Certificate) - Program # 1313


Doon - Fall 2014 Level 2
Description Fall 2014
International Program Tuition $5250.00
Student Priority Fee $47.90
Recreation/Athletics Fee $66.60
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $26.95
Administration Fee $25.05
Technology Enhancement Fee $123.46
Program Services Fee $0.00
CSI Capital Development Fee $55.60
CSI Association Fee $105.00
CSI - CSA $4.50
Health Documentation Fee $0.00
ISR $375.00
International Health Insurance $0.00
International Health Fee $550.00
Session Total $6630.06

Year Total $6630.06

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: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca

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.

Learn more about PLAR.

Program Courses

Course Details
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
ELS1335 Intercultural Health Issues: Health Care

Description: This course provides an overview of the cultural aspects of Canadian health care. Life stages and culturally conditioned expectations related to each stage will be examined. Students will explore perceptions and expectations with regard to the health care system in terms of both prevention and intervention. Cultural expectations around roles within the health care system will be analyzed. Students will develop a working knowledge of idiomatic expressions used to express support, care, and concern around health care issues.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

MATH1490 Mathematics Foundations for Health Care

Description: The focus of this course is to review the mathematical knowledge that is required for the foundation of pharmacology and safe medication administration in health care. This course will review the manipulation of numbers as fractions, decimals and ratios.
Hours: 18
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

NURS1365 Clinical Experience - Acute Care I

Description: The student is provided with opportunities to apply and consolidate the knowledge, skills and abilities gained in previous nursing theoretical and practical courses to provide professional entry-level competencies for safe, competent, and ethical care. Integrated assessment provides the student with the opportunity to utilize theory and practice to complete comprehensive assessments of individuals. Effective communication techniques will be employed fostering a caring environment. All phases of the nursing process in the prevention of illness and the promotion, maintenance and restoration of health along the continuum of wellness will be addressed. Student participation as a contributing member of the interprofessional health care team will be under the supervision of a registered practitioner. These experiences will support and harmonize the transition from the role of a post graduate international student to the role of a Canadian registered nurse
Hours: 96
Credits: 5
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

NURS8004 Medical/Surgical Skills Theory and Lab

Description: The Medical/Surgical Skills Theory & Lab course will provide the student with the opportunity to apply theoretical learning to a practice setting. The theoretical basis, associated assessments, and performance of basic nursing skills are a focus of this course. All phases of the nursing process are applied to facilitate the provision of nursing care to clients. Each student will participate in simulated client situations incorporating all skills. Assessment and planning with scenarios during skill practice assist in the development of critical thinking skills.
Hours: 48
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

NURS8006 Advanced Medical/Surgical Skills Theory and Lab

Description: The theoretical basis, associated assessments, and performance of advanced nursing skills are a focus of this course. Theoretical concepts are discussed in a classroom setting followed by the opportunity to observe and practice advanced nursing skills such as advanced wound care, airway management, trach care, post partum care, suctioning, tube feeding, colostomy care, s/c ports in a simulated practice environment.
Hours: 48
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

NURS8015 Professional Nursing Practice in the Canadian Health Care System

Description: During this course, the student will explore the role of the Registered Nurse in various settings within the Canadian Health Care System. The student will examine the interrelationships within the Circle of Caring and with other members of the health team. Concepts of role knowledge in practice (role of others), intraprofessional and interprofessional practice and reflection will enhance the ability to function within a multidisciplinary team. Throughout this course, concepts in human relations and communication are discussed. The roles and responsibilities of the Registered Nurse are stressed with the introduction of the Canadian Professional Nursing Organizations. The Nursing Process is also discussed. The principles and legalities of documentation within the Canadian Health Care System are explained.
Hours: 48
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

NURS8018 Pharmacology

Description: This course is designed to review and update skills and knowledge of the RN in the area of pharmacology and medication administration. Emphasis is placed on the knowledge of the drug groups in terms of actions, uses, adverse reactions, special considerations and the application of the nursing process. An overview of complementary therapies is also included.
Hours: 40
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

NURS8023 Enriched Assessment Skills

Description: The course begins by refreshing nursing knowledge in the basic concepts and skills of interviewing, health history taking and physical examination of the client. Examination techniques and assessment findings will then be discussed in relation to variations in age of clients, and differentiation between normal aging and illness. The significance of history and assessment findings will be illustrated by example illnesses or disease. This course will emphasize the application of assessment skills to a variety of clinical settings and nursing roles. Learning activities will include lecture format, videotapes or films, demonstrations, supervised "hands-on" practice and role playing. Learners will be required to review anatomy and physiology relevant to the topics of this course.
Hours: 32
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Level 2
NURS1440 Nursing Research

Description: This course will provide an introduction to the process of research through comparative analysis of research evidence in the health sciences literature. It assists students to examine basic principles of research, the needs of the research consumer and the development of critical appraisal and assessment. Students will learn research skills regarding methods to: evaluating research designs, efficiently searching for evidence and developing the skills necessary to critically appraise / assess the strengths and weaknesses of a particular piece of evidence.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

NURS8370 Introduction to the NCLEX Evaluation Entry to Practice RN

Description: This course addresses the competencies required for entry to practice as an RN under the categories of professional responsibility and accountability, knowledge-based practice, ethical practice, service to the public and self-regulations. Students will review the 100 competencies expected of a registered nurse for 'Entry to Practice' and perform practice testing for the NCLEX exam.
Hours: 20
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

NURS8685 Seniors Care in the Canadian Health Care System

Description: The student will gain a greater understanding of the role of the professional nurse and the interprofessional team when caring for seniors and their families in the Canadian health care system. Concepts of healthy aging and aging in society will be examined. Other topics that will be addressed include legal and financial issues, power of attorney and decision making, cultural competencies, family care giving, end of life care and ethics as it relates to seniors. Documentation tools such as MDS RAI and HOBIC will be discussed.
Hours: 20
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

NURS8697 Physical Challenges in Older Adults

Description: The student will examine the physical challenges facing seniors. Through the application of the nursing process the common concerns of older adults of falls, nutrition, hydration, incontinence and constipation, pain, polypharmacy and skin integrity will be discussed in detail. Through the application of theory into practice using case studies, the students will learn how to care for older adults in all care settings.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

NURS8705 Cognitive Challenges in Older Adults

Description: The students will gain knowledge of delirium, dementia and depression and relate it to caring for seniors. Other topics that are relevant to seniors will include substance misuse/abuse, isolation and restraints. The assessments, interventions and strategies, and evaluations to support seniors and their families dealing with cognitive challenges will be explored.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

NURS8725 Living With Chronic Illness

Description: This course will focus on older adults with chronic illness living in the community. Students will learn to examine the quality of life and well being of seniors who live with such chronic illness as pain, COPD, diabetes, arthritis, CHF and visual/auditory changes. Promoting quality and continuity of care within the health care continuum will be supported as the students gain a great understanding of community resources and support with chronic illness and exacerbation when they occur.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

NURS8745 Leadership in Caring for Seniors

Description: This course will give the students the foundational knowledge on policy and procedure development and standards of practice when caring for seniors. While caring for seniors and their families nurses take on many aspects of leadership. This course will support growing leaders with topics to include informed decision making, professional accountability, advocacy, risk determination, coordination of care planning, team work and conflict resolution. Application of theory with case scenarios and strategies will be examined for all types of care settings.
Hours: 35
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

NURS8755 Professional Practice Applications in Seniors Care

Description: The application of the role of the professional nurse will be examined utilizing simulation and case based scenarios. Topics to be addressed within the simulations will include therapeutic communication, decision making, time management, priority setting, problem solving, critical thinking and geriatric assessment. This course will also explore the issues of ageism and stereotyping when caring for seniors.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

NURS8785 Clinical Practicum - Gerontology I

Description: The student is provided with opportunities to build on their first clinical experience with added knowledge of theory and skills to continue to provide professional entry-level competencies for safe, competent, and ethical care. This clinical setting will support the integration of knowledge and intervention planning and evaluation around seniors in diverse settings. . The focus will be on chronic illness management and supports and advancements in treatment options available to seniors and their family for improved quality of life and well being.
Hours: 60
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

NURS8805 Clinical Practicum - Gerontology II

Description: The student is provided with opportunities to apply and consolidate the knowledge, skills and abilities gained in previous nursing theoretical and practical courses when caring for seniors in both the community and other settings. All phases of the nursing process will be applied including the prevention of illness and the promotion, maintenance and restoration of health for seniors.
Hours: 80
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Program Outcomes

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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 www.conestogac.on.ca/admissions/forms.

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**
MAY, 2015 Doon Suspended
** Status applicable to domestic students

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