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Bridge to Practical Nursing for Internationally Educated Health Professionals

Credential:
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
College Code:
CONS
School:
Health & Life Sciences and Community Services
Program Code:
1321
Accelerated Delivery:
No
Campus:
DO
Academic Year:
2015 / 2016

About the Program

The 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 Information

Length: 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

Admission Requirements

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Admission Procedures

Program Requirements

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Assistance

The 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 Opportunities

Graduates 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 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
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.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
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CoRequisites:

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.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
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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.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
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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
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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
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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
Hours: 15
Credits: 1
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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.
Hours: 24
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

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.
Hours: 12
Credits: 1
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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.
Hours: 24
Credits: 2
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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.
Hours: 36
Credits: 2
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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.
Hours: 60
Credits: 3
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Level 2
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.
Hours: 24
Credits: 2
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PNUR1112 Nursing Pharmacotherapeutics

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.
Hours: 18
Credits: 1
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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.
Hours: 24
Credits: 2
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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.
Hours: 36
Credits: 2
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CoRequisites:

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.
Hours: 80
Credits: 4
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Program Outcomes

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