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.
Length: One-year Ontario College Graduate Certificate program
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
First-Year Capacity: 60
A bachelor's degree in nursing and registration as a registered nurse in the applicant's country of nursing education
Note re: Admission Requirements
- Preference is given to students who have at least one year of clinical experience in their home country.
- Applicants possessing degrees/diplomas from institutions where the language of instruction was not English will be required to provide test scores as evidence of their English language proficiency. Test scores, if required, would be a minimum of TOEFL 580 with a TWE of 4.5 or iBT 88; IELTS 6.5 with no bands less than 6.0; CAEL 70 with no sub-test band scores less than 60; CAAT D at 65%; or equivalent scores in other recognized standard tests of English.
- We offer a language program for students whose English language skills are below the standard required for admission but all other admission criteria have been met. An applicant will be eligible for admission to the graduate certificate program after completion of level 4 of the General Arts and Science - English Language Studies (ELS) program with an overall grade average of 80% and no grade less than 75%. Placement in the ELS program is determined by scores on an in-house English language test or TOEFL or IELTS.
Final selection is made following an assessment of the admission requirements.
- Practicum health and/or safety requirements must be completed in order for students to attend the practicum experience. This placement is mandatory for the completion of the program. Students who do not attend field/clinical placement will not be promoted to the next semester, which will ultimately result in non-completion of the program.
To qualify for field/clinical placement learning experiences, students must present the following at the start of the program in accordance with pre-admission information which will be provided by the College:
- a clear (no criminal offences) Police Check for Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS), completed annually
- completed immunization records
- Standard First Aid and CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation)/AED (Automated External Defibrillator) HCP (Health Care Provider) certification
- completed mask fit testing for infection prevention and control
- Criminal Screening: To be eligible for practicum, students must not have been convicted of any criminal offence for which they have not been pardoned. An unpardoned criminal record may result in the inability to participate in field placement/clinical and will jeopardize progress in the program. Acceptance for placement is at the discretion of the agency; some agencies may request students provide a VSS completed within six months of placement start date. Students with criminal records are advised to meet with the program chair for academic counselling to determine program suitability. Offences under the Criminal Code and the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act of Canada:
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 AssistanceFinancial Assistance is not available for this program.
Graduate OpportunitiesThis 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.
For more information on the PLAR process, please visit the testing website.
- Integrate theory, principles, nursing concepts, anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology within the context of the older adult and family into competent and professional gerontological nursing practice within the Canadian Health Care system.
- Differentiate between normal age related changes and pathological changes in the older adult.
- Conduct comprehensive geriatric assessments and interpretation of subjective and objective data using the skills of observation, interviewing, history taking, and physical assessment.
- Implement evidence informed decision making to optimize the client's health outcomes within the Canadian Health Care system.
- Comply with legislation and regulations governing nursing practice within the Canadian Health Care system.
- Use self regulation and reflective practice to function competently and ethically within the parameters of the Canadian RN?'s scope of practice.
- Demonstrate professional behaviours and actions to meet the therapeutic needs of the clients, family, interprofessional team and community.
- Communicate in a variety of ways with all members of the interprofessional team and community to support the older adults transition across the health care continuum
- Use valid and reliable tools to assess the functional, cognitive, psychological, social and spiritual status of older adults.
- Apply person centered care based upon recognition of the complex interactions of acute and chronic conditions common to older adults.
Program Advisory CommitteesThe 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 ProgramDomestic 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:
299 Doon Valley Dr.
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.