Bridge to Practical Nursing for Internationally Educated Health Professionals
- Ontario College Graduate Certificate
- College Code:
- Health & Life Sciences and Community Services
- Program Code:
- Accelerated Delivery:
- Academic Year:
- 2015 / 2016
About the ProgramThe Bridge to Practical Nursing for Internationally Educated Health Professionals is designed specifically for internationally educated health-care professionals with an international credential (at the four-year degree level or higher) as a nurse or physician. Other applicants with four year degrees in health care with a distinct clinical focus, or nurses with a three-year diploma in nursing, may also be considered. The program reviews the theory and skill content of the first two semesters of Conestoga's Practical Nursing program, and provides students with supervised clinical experience in Canadian health care in an acute-care environment. In addition, the program incorporates English as a Second Language courses with a focus on oral and written communications in a health-care environment and cultural aspects of the Canadian health-care system.
Graduates of this program have automatic entry into the second year (third semester) of the Practical Nursing program.
Program InformationLength: 23-week Ontario College Graduate Certificate program
Delivery Sequence: Doon (Kitchener) - March/2016 (Suspended) - Winter | Spring/Summer
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
Start: July and March
First-Year Capacity: 32
- An international credential (at the four-year degree level or higher) as a nurse or physician Applicants with four-year degrees in health care with a distinct clinical focus or nurses with a three-year diploma in nursing may also be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- Applicants will be required to attend an interview with the Chair of Nursing. During the interview, the applicant will learn more about the program and his/her health-care knowledge and experience will be assessed.
Note re: Admission Requirements
- 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 iBT 88; IELTS 6.5 with no bands less than 6.0; CAEL 70 with no sub-test band scores less than 60; PTE Academic 58; Conestoga English Language Test (CELT) Band 6; 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.
- Submit proof of admission requirements.
- All applicants will be required to attend an interview with the Chair of Nursing. During the interview, the applicant will learn more about the program and his/her health-care knowledge and experience will be assessed. Applicants will be required to bring to the interview a letter of application and a resume outlining relevant experience. The letter should outline the applicant's interest in the program and provide a summary of his/her relevant education and experience to date.
- Please note: All domestic applicants using international credentials to meet program admission requirements must have those international credentials evaluated for equivalency at an approved provider of credential evaluation services. Further information about this process can be found on our How to Apply webpage.
- 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, which are to be maintained throughout the program
- Standard First Aid and CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) /AED (Automated External Defibrillator) HCP (Health Care Provider) certification; CPR is to be updated annually
- 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 will 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:
- Applicants are advised that a latex-free environment in the College or clinical setting is NOT guaranteed.
- Travel within the program: Students are responsible for arranging their own travel to and from learning settings external to the College and for covering any costs incurred.
- Applicants should display integrity, reliability, maturity, self-direction, self-discipline, determination, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, poise and leadership attributes.
- Applicants are advised that the program uses self-directed/independent and online study in the delivery of some courses and portions of other courses throughout the program.
Tuition & Fees
Domestic fees are currently unavailable; please check back at a later time.
Financial AssistanceThe Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs-based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website.
For more information, please visit Financial Services/Awards.
Graduate OpportunitiesGraduates of this program have automatic entry into the second year (3rd semester) of the PN program.
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 TransferConestoga 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.
|Course Code||Course Title and Description|
|ELS1305||Effective Writing Strategies: Health Care
Description: In this course students will focus on forming grammatically correct sentences which are linguistically appropriate for college and health care professional writing. Students will learn to produce effective reports, documentation (charting), basic research essays and health related correspondence in currently accepted academic and professional formats.
|ELS1315||Communication Skills: Health Care
Description: This course will prepare students to interview, instruct, and care for clients and their families, interact with colleagues, and contribute confidently in health care discussions. Students will present oral reports, take information from oral reports, give and take instructions and articulate clearly when giving formal and informal presentations, using clear and appropriate pronunciation, paralinguistics and register. Students will learn a variety of gambits and colloquial expressions for effective interaction with clients and colleagues in a Canadian multicultural health care setting.
|ELS1325||Reading For Success: Health Care
Description: This course focuses on the development of reading strategies and the acquisition of vocabulary related to health care disciplines. Students acquire skills such as skimming, scanning, predicting, making inferences, interpreting exam questions, and reading critically to comprehend reports, tables and graphs, and health-related articles. Students produce summaries and graphic organizers of their readings. The development of both technical and idiomatic vocabulary for care giving is approached through a systematic analysis of word formation and study of context clues.
|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.
|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.
|OHS1320||Safety in the Workplace
Description: This course focuses on developing awareness and skills for the student to safely manage and conduct him or herself while on an unpaid work placement within a variety of employment settings. Through the nine units of the course, participants will have the opportunity to enhance their understanding and knowledge of General Health and Safety guidelines, including WHMIS, Fire Safety and Workplace Violence. The unit on Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act will instruct the student on the requirements for Accessible Customer Service and Integrated Accessibility Standard Regulations. General information on Safe Driving, Privacy of Information and Hand Washing will be addressed as well. The course also provides participants with critical information regarding their insurance coverage (WSIB or other) while on unpaid work placements, as well as guidelines to follow in the event of an injury. Participants will receive a printable Record of Completion upon successful conclusion of this course, in order to demonstrate awareness of safe working practices to their Placement Employers. Participants in this course are required to provide informed consent regarding WSIB or other insurance coverage while on an unpaid work placement
|PNUR1101||Professional Nursing Practice in Canada Part A
Description: This course will examine the roles and responsibilities of the Practical Nurse through discussion of the nursing process and lays the foundation for professionalism in nursing. Throughout this course, concepts in human relations, communication skills, the nursing organizations in Ontario and evidence- informed practice are discussed. The principles and legalities of documentation are also discussed.
|PNUR1102||Introduction to Pharmacotherapeutics
Description: This course prepares the student for the safe administration of medications. Basic math concepts are reviewed and tested. Basic concepts of pharmacology are introduced including medication administration and the application of mathematical calculation to medication administration. Dosage calculations, the rights for medication administration, abbreviations and terminology necessary for administration of medications are reviewed.
|PNUR1103||Nursing Concepts Part A
Description: This course focuses on the activities that contribute to meeting the Healthy Living Needs of all persons. Following discussions of the measures which play a part in a person's daily life such as nutrition, activity and rest, safety and protection and elimination, the students will learn how to assist persons to meet their daily living needs. The theoretical component will be followed by application of the theory in the lab situation.
|PNUR1104||Skills Lab for Activities of Daily Living
Description: This course focuses on the activities that contribute to meeting the Healthy Living Needs of all persons, and the skills used to assist the body's defenses against health challenges. Through Inspection, Palpation, Auscultation and Interviewing, the student learns to assess the Healthy Living Needs and the Body Systems, and to differentiate between normal and abnormal findings. The assessment skills for each of the Healthy Living Needs are demonstrated and practiced, as are Technical skills such as hygienic care, vital signs, and the administration of oral medications. Assessment and planning with scenarios during skill practice assist in the development of critical thinking skills.
|PNUR1105||Nursing Practicum Part A
Description: The Nursing Practicum Part A will provide the student with the opportunity to apply theoretical learning to a practice setting. All phases of the nursing process are applied at a beginning level to facilitate the provision of nursing care to clients. Each student will also participate in simulated client situations to apply and integrate learning while demonstrating the required knowledge, skill and judgment. Clinical placements will include long-term care and rehabilitation settings.
|PNUR1111||Professional Nursing Practice in Canada Part B
Description: During this course, the student will explore the role of the Practical Nurse in various settings. Building on the learning from Professional Practice in Canada Part A, the student will examine the interrelationships within the Circle of Caring and with other members of the health team. The course content examines professional, legal and ethical issues within nursing practice and amongst the interprofessional 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.
Description: Building on the Introduction to Pharmacotherapeutics course, the basic concepts of pharmacology are reviewed in relation to the administration of parenteral medications and the application of the necessary mathematical calculations for safe administration of medications. The pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics and related nursing care are discussed for selected drug classifications which are indicated in the care of clients with physiological responses to health problems. Pharmacotherapeutic interventions and the related nursing responsibilities for common moderate to complex health problems in adults are examined.
|PNUR1113||Nursing Concepts Part B
Description: The focus of this course is how the body's reacts to physiological challenges, the change in assessment findings that accompany these challenges, and the requisite nursing care to address these challenges. The appropriate technological skills required for the nursing care are practiced in the laboratory setting and modelled in the clinical settings. Collaborative care with other health care personnel and the use of pharmaceutical preparations for each challenge is discussed. Examples of physiological challenges include physical injury, infection, fever, pain, disturbances in elimination and interference with respirations and metabolic function.
|PNUR1114||Skills Lab for Challenged Health
Description: This course focuses on the activities that contribute to meeting that Healthy Living Needs of persons with health challenges, and the skills used to assist the body's defense against health challenges. The assessment skills for each of the Healthy Living Needs are reviewed and practiced, together with technical skills such as administration of medication, dressing change, catheterization, oxygen administration and insulin administration. Assessment and planning with more complex scenarios during skill practice assist in the development of critical thinking skills.
|PNUR1115||Nursing Practicum Part B
Description: The Nursing Practicum Part B will provide the student with the opportunity to apply theoretical learning to a practice setting. All phases of the nursing process are applied to facilitate the provision of nursing care to clients with challenged health. Clinical placements will include long-term care, acute medical and rehabilitation settings. Each student will also participate in simulated client situations to apply and integrate learning while demonstrating the knowledge, skill and judgment.
- Assess, plan, implement and evaluate nursing interventions according to the nursing process, and in keeping with the current practice standards for a registered practical nurse.
- Use decision-making and critical thinking skills relevant to the current scope of practice for registered practical nurses.
- Integrate theoretical and practical knowledge and skills, and knowledge of evidence-informed practice, to provide care, and contribute to the healthy living needs of clients, within the scope of practice of practical nursing.
- Practice within the legal, ethical and professional scope of practice of nursing in the province of Ontario as a member of the health care team.
- Use appropriate technology to ensure safe, effective and efficient nursing practice.
- Administer medications in safe and competent manner.
- Discuss the value of own roles and contributions to person-centered practice.
- Communicate effectively with clients, peers and other members of the interprofessional health care team at the level required of a health care professional.
- Contribute to the maintenance of health-related documentation and reports at the level required of a health care professional.
- Respond in a culturally competent manner appropriate to the practice of health care in a Canadian context.
Program Related Resources
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