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Enhanced Nursing Practice - Clinical and Critical Care

Credential:
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Program Code:
1312
School:
Health & Life Sciences and Community Services
Academic Year:
2018 / 2019
Accelerated Delivery?
No

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About the Program

This one-year graduate certificate program is geared to experienced internationally educated nurses holding a four-year bachelor's degree in nursing. Through theory, labs, simulation, and supervised clinical practice, this program focuses on caring for the client in an acute clinical setting. It allows students to develop skills in critical thinking, decision making, nursing diagnosis, care planning, implementation, and evaluation of care. In addition, course content will cover the philosophy, culture, communication skills, ethics and practice of professional nursing in Canada. Selected courses within the graduate critical-care certificate program are included in semester two. The program includes extensive clinical experience in an acute-care setting.

Program Information

Length: One-year Ontario College Graduate Certificate program
Delivery Sequence: Doon (Kitchener) - September/2018 - Fall | Winter
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
Start: September, January and May
First-Year Capacity: 36

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

Domestic fees are currently unavailable; please check back at a later time.

International fee details for the 2017-2018 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 (2017 / 2018) for
Enhanced Nursing Practice - Clinical and Critical Care - Program # 1312


Doon - Fall 2017 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2017-09-05)
Description Fall 2017 Winter 2018
International Program Tuition $0.00 $0.00
Student Priority Fee $49.95 $49.95
Recreation/Athletics Fee $69.55 $69.55
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $28.10 $28.10
Administration Fee $25.55 $25.55
Technology Enhancement Fee $140.80 $140.80
CSI Capital Development Fee $70.54 $70.54
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
Certificate Program Tuition Fee $5950.00 $5950.00
Health Documentation Fee $105.00 $0.00
ISR $375.00 $375.00
International Health Fee $485.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.60 $12.60
eText Fee $349.00 $227.00
Session Total $7775.65 $7063.65
Year Total   $14839.30

Doon - Fall 2017 Level 2 (Program Start: 2017-05-08)
Description Fall 2017
International Program Tuition $0.00
Student Priority Fee $49.95
Recreation/Athletics Fee $69.55
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $28.10
Administration Fee $25.55
Technology Enhancement Fee $140.80
CSI Capital Development Fee $70.54
CSI Association Fee $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56
Certificate Program Tuition Fee $5950.00
Health Documentation Fee $0.00
ISR $375.00
International Health Fee $485.00
ONE Card Fee $12.60
Session Total $7321.65
Year Total $7321.65

Doon - Winter 2018 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2018-01-08)
Description Winter 2018 Spring 2018
International Program Tuition $0.00 $0.00
Student Priority Fee $49.95 $49.95
Recreation/Athletics Fee $69.55 $69.55
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $28.10 $28.10
Administration Fee $25.55 $25.55
Technology Enhancement Fee $140.80 $140.80
CSI Capital Development Fee $70.54 $70.54
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
Certificate Program Tuition Fee $5950.00 $5950.00
Health Documentation Fee $105.00 $0.00
ISR $375.00 $375.00
International Health Fee $324.95 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.60 $12.60
eText Fee $349.00 $227.00
Session Total $7615.60 $7063.65
Year Total   $14679.25

Doon - Spring 2018 Level 1 (Program Start: 2018-05-07)
Description Spring 2018
International Program Tuition $0.00
Student Priority Fee $49.95
Recreation/Athletics Fee $69.55
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $28.10
Administration Fee $25.55
Technology Enhancement Fee $140.80
CSI Capital Development Fee $70.54
CSI Association Fee $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56
Certificate Program Tuition Fee $5950.00
Health Documentation Fee $105.00
ISR $375.00
International Health Fee $160.05
ONE Card Fee $12.60
eText Fee $349.00
Session Total $7450.70
Year Total $7450.70

Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance is not available for this program.

Students who successfully complete the Enhanced Nursing Practice - Clinical and Critical Care (Graduate Certificate) program will be eligible to apply for a scholarship of $1,000 towards tuition for the second program, Enhanced Professional Practice - Gerontology and Chronic Illness (Graduate Certificate).

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates of this program will gain the knowledge and authentic 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 general internal medicine, surgery, cardiac and coronary care, emergency and ambulatory care.

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 (1312)
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
COMM1085 College Reading & Writing Skills

Description: This course focuses on the reading, writing and critical thinking skills needed for academic and workplace success. Students will analyse, summarize, and discuss a variety of readings and apply the steps of planning, writing, and revising in response to written prompts. This course prepares students for post-secondary writing tasks, research, and documentation.
Hours: 42
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: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

NURS8027 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: 56
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

NURS8033 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: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites: NURS8815

NURS8665 Clinical Care Lab and Simulation

Description: This 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 the 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: 56
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites: NURS8815

NURS8815 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: 76
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

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 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 employed. 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 employers.
Hours: 14
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Level 2
NURS1370 Critical Care Lab and Simulation

Description: The focus in the ENP Critical Care Lab and Simulation is the expansion of knowledge, refinement of skills, and the development of critical thinking and clinical decision making related to the care of complex medical-surgical and less acute critical care patients. All phases of the Nursing Process (assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation) as supported by the College of Nurses (CNO) Professional and Practice Standards and the Canadian Association of Critical Care Nurses (CACCN) will be emphasized during learning activities in the case- based scenarios and focused learning stations.
Hours: 42
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: NURS8665, NURS8815
CoRequisites: NURS1455, NURS1457

NURS1457 Clinical Experience - Acute Care II

Description: The student is provided with further 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. The student will be encouraged to strive to practice autonomously and will be given the opportunity to utilize theory and practice from the preceding semesters to perform comprehensive assessments of individuals throughout the lifespan. Effective communication techniques will be expected to help foster a caring environment. Expanded knowledge and incorporation of all phases of the nursing process in the prevention of illness and the promotion, maintenance and restoration of health along the continuum of wellness continues to be addressed. Student participation as an active member of the interprofessional team and will be under the guidance 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 as a beginning practitioner. Experiences will be provided on a medical or surgical unit.
Hours: 176
Credits: 9
Pre-Requisites: NURS8015, NURS8027, NURS8033, NURS8665, NURS8815, OHS1320
CoRequisites:

NURS8012 Cardiorespiratory Nursing

Description: The student will analyze the physiology and pathophysiology of disorders related to both pulmonary and cardiovascular systems. Each unit will include a discussion of pathological processes, diagnostic tools and assessment, medical treatment and nursing management.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

NURS8643 Pharmacology II

Description: Building on the learners previous knowledge of pharmacology, this course is designed to further explore an in-depth understanding 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 application. Age-related considerations will be discussed.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: NURS8018 or NURS8027
CoRequisites:

NURS8675 Pathophysiological Concepts of Critical Care

Description: This course is an introduction to the theoretical body systems and clinical components that follow in the Critical Care Nursing Program. Topics covered will include: homeostasis, acid-base balance, blood gases, shock, endocrinology, blood components and immunology. Normal physiology and common pathophysiological conditions will be reviewed.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

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Program Status (Domestic)
Start DateCampusStatus**
SEP, 2017 Doon Closed
JAN, 2018 Doon Closed
MAY, 2018 Doon Open
SEP, 2018 Doon Open
** Status applicable to domestic students
Program status for international students

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