- Ontario College Diploma
- College Code:
- Health & Life Sciences
- Program Code:
- Accelerated Delivery:
- DO, WA
- Academic Year:
- 2017 / 2018
About the ProgramPractical Nursing is a career-focused program where the student will gain the knowledge, skills and experience required to become a member of the nursing profession and health-care team.
The foundational knowledge for practical nursing is based on scientific theory from nursing, the physical and psychosocial sciences and humanities. Person-centred, population-focused care is learned in context through real-life experiences and career-related placements. Seniors care is given special attention to meet the demands of an aging population.
The Nursing Act
The Nursing Act requires that all graduate practical nurses wishing to work in Ontario must be registered with the College of Nurses of Ontario. The Nursing Act also states graduates must not have been convicted of:
- a criminal offence; or
- an offence under the Narcotic Control Act (Canada) or the Food and Drugs Act (Canada).
In addition to the above, the Nursing Act also identifies a number of other abilities and requirements that must be met in order to practice nursing in the province of Ontario. Please see detailed information about these requirements at the following website: http://www.e-laws.gov.on.ca/html/regs/english/elaws_regs_940275_e.htm
The College of Nurses of Ontario
Graduate Practical Nurses wishing to register with the College of Nurses of Ontario must sign a declaration of their status regarding: citizenship; permanent residence; immigration; convictions of a criminal offence under the Narcotic Control Act/Food and Drug Act; involvement with respect to professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity in Ontario in another health profession; any mental or physical disorder, which makes it desirable in the public interest that the person not practice nursing. These conditions also apply throughout the program. We encourage applicants to consider these carefully as part of the preparation to pursue a nursing career: http://www.cno.org/Global/docs/reg/41078%20SkillAbilities%204pager-Final.pdf
Program InformationLength: Two-year Ontario College Diploma program
Doon (Kitchener) - September/2017 - Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter
Doon (Kitchener) - January/2018 - Winter | Fall | Winter | Fall
Waterloo - September/2017 - Fall | Winter | Spring/Summer | Fall
Location: Doon (Kitchener) and Waterloo (Schlegel Village of University Gates, Waterloo)
Start: September (Doon and Waterloo) and January (Doon)
First-Year Capacity: 120 (Doon, September and January) 48 (Waterloo, September)
- This is a highly competitive program. Apply by February 1 (for September), June 1 (for January).
- Admission requirements for this program may be met by completing Conestoga's Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Certificates and Diplomas.
- International students interested in studying in the Practical Nursing program are required to successfully complete the Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Certificates and Diplomas: http://www.conestogac.on.ca/fulltime/1306.jsp. Direct entry into the Practical Nursing program is not available. Students must apply to the Practical Nursing program for admission consideration after successful completion of the Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Certificates and Diplomas program.
Admission to Practical Nursing after completion of the Pre-Health Pathway program is not guaranteed.
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, or 19 years of age or older with mature student status (See Mature Student definition for details.)
- Grade 12 compulsory English, C or U, or equivalent, OR Conestoga College Preparatory Communications (COMM1270)
- Grade 12 Mathematics, C or U, or equivalent, OR Conestoga College Preparatory Mathematics (MATH1395)
- Grade 11 or 12 Biology, C or U, or equivalent, OR Conestoga College Preparatory Biology (SCIE1010)
- Grade 11 or 12 Physics or Chemistry, C or U, or equivalent, or Grade 11 or 12 Science (SNC3M or SNC4M), OR Conestoga College Preparatory Chemistry (SCIE1030)
- For more information on preparatory programs, visit Academic Upgrading
Note re: Admission Requirements
- It is recommended that Biology be completed within five years prior to the start date of the program.
- An academic strength is calculated by averaging the submitted marks of required subjects. If more than one mark is received for a required subject, the highest mark will be used in the calculation.
- Ten (10) additional marks are added to each Advanced level, OAC, U, U/C, and post-secondary course used in the calculation of academic strength.
- Applicants meeting minimum academic requirements (75%) are invited to begin the selection process which requires them to:
- Write the Health Occupations Aptitude Examination (HOAE).
- Final selection is made using a formula which considers academic strength, the results on the HOAE, and an assessment of any completed post-secondary health-related academic credentials the applicant may possess. Such credentials may include, but are not limited to, completed programs in Respiratory Therapy, OTA&PTA, Personal Support Worker, Paramedic, Dietetic Technician, and/or others.
- A sound mathematical and English background is important for success in this program and is considered during the admission selection process. Minimum cutoffs may apply.
- Mandatory practicum health and safety requirements must be completed by students prior to student field/clinical placements (these are required on day one to attend Living Classroom programs at University Gates or Riverside Glen). Successful placement completion is required for students to progress to program completion. 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 provided by the College:
- A complete immunization record including MMR, Tdap, Varicella, and Hepatitis B. Seasonal flu vaccination is required during flu season (October - March).
- TB Testing: Evidence of current 2-step or previous 2-step + current 1-step if more than one year has passed since 2-step testing.
- Standard First Aid and CPR - HCP level
- An annual Police Check for Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS). Police Checks must be clear of any unpardoned criminal offences. An unclear criminal record may result in the inability to participate in field placement/clinical which will jeopardize progress in the program. Acceptance for placement is at the discretion of the agency; some agencies may request students to 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.
- Non-Violence Crisis Intervention (NVCI) and Gentle Persuasive Approaches (GPA) Certification Students will be required to complete the Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (NVCI) and Gentle Persuasive Approaches (GPA) certifications prior to or concurrently with their first participation in an unpaid education placement. NCVI prepares students to defuse challenging and disruptive behaviours prior to an incident escalating to a crisis situation. GPA is a person-centered approach to care that teaches students gentle redirection techniques to assist them in appropriately managing difficult workplace situations. The fees for these mandatory courses are in addition to a student's tuition fees.
- 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 assigned learning settings external to the College and for covering any costs incurred. The location of these learning sites could be anywhere within a one hour's drive of the Doon campus.
- 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
Tuition fee details for the 2017-2018 year are listed below. Books and supplies are additional.
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 are prepared to function as members of an interprofessional team in accordance with the Standards of Nursing Practice published by the College of Nurses of Ontario. Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to write the National Registration examination for registration by the College of Nurses of Ontario as a Registered Practical Nurse. Graduates find employment in nursing homes, acute and chronic care hospitals, residential homes for the older adult, and other community health-care settings.
On average, 90% of graduates from the last three years (2013 to 2015) found employment within six months of graduation.
For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/home
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|
|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.
|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.
|PNUR1128||Nursing Concepts 1: Assessment
Description: The student will gain the necessary knowledge and anticipatory judgment to perform assessments, promote health and wellbeing. The student will recognize health as a holistic experience determined by the complex interaction of psychosocial, economic and environmental factors and the individual. Gordon's functional health patterns will provide the framework for discussing health, its promotion and planning care. Concepts in human physiology will be integrated as part of nursing assessments.
Description: In this course, the student will examine the normal anatomy and physiology of the human body system. The student will establish a solid foundation for more detailed study of pathology and disease.
|PNUR1153||Introduction to Pharmacotherapeutics 1
Description: The student will prepare for safe administration of medication. The necessary terminology, dosage calculations and the rights for medication administration will be employed. Introductory concepts in pharmacotherapeutics and pharmacokinetics will also be examined.
|PNUR1157||Professional Nursing 1
Description: The student will begin to develop the necessary attitudes, skills and abilities required for professionalism in nursing, therapeutic relationships and caring in person-centred practice. The role of the Practical Nurse will be defined with the introduction of Professional Nursing Organizations and corresponding accountabilities and responsibilities.
|PNUR1165||Adult Development and Aging
Description: The psychosocial needs, physiological and physical changes that occur throughout the adult years are discussed. Developmental tasks and challenges throughout aging are explored. The student will prepare to relate their theoretical knowledge of aging to any practice setting. Concepts including the promotion, prevention, maintenance, rehabilitation and palliation of health and well-being will be integrated to address the functional and psychosocial needs of the older adult. The capabilities and expectations of older adults and their families are explored.
|PNUR1175||Information and Communication Technologies
Description: This online course will provide a foundation for using electronic media in health care and as a nursing professional. The student will discover the basic functions of electronic media as well as the more complex professional, legal, and ethical aspects of electronic communication. Concepts in Health Informatics and Health Literacy will be examined.
|PNUR1180||Nursing Lab and Practice 1
Description: The student will apply theory to practice while developing clinical skills required to assist with activities of daily living (bathing, feeding, toileting, ambulating) and physical assessment including interviewing. The student will be expected to establish and maintain a safe environment for themselves and their clients and reflect on their professional development. There will be opportunity to demonstrate newly learned skills in simulated and real-life settings.
Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
|PNUR1228||Nursing Concepts 2
Description: Nursing theory and evidence-informed practices will be utilized to plan person-centred care for individuals requiring rehabilitation (restorative care). The student will also identify the needs of individuals and their families requiring end-of-life care.
|PNUR1243||Pathophysiology and Pharmacotherapeutics 2
Description: Building on the concepts of Human Physiology, the student will explore more in-depth physiology and pathophysiology of the immune, respiratory and nervous systems. The acute and chronic implication of wound healing, diabetes and musculoskeletal disorders will also be identified. Pharmacotherapeutics will be integrated to coincide with the health challenge being discussed.
|PNUR1257||Professional Nursing 2
Description: Building on previous learning in Professional Nursing 1, the student will examine the dynamics and function of the interprofessional team and the impact of diversity on person-centred care. Personal and group reflection will be utilized to evaluate team effectiveness. The student will also critique nursing research to verify evidence-informed practice.
|PNUR1265||Human Development and Health Promotion
Description: The student will utilize theories of physical growth and cognitive and social development to examine human development from the infant to middle adult. Population risk factors and health promotion strategies will also be incorporated.
|PNUR1277||Nursing Lab 2
Description: In this lab students will develop the skills necessary to safely administer parenteral and non-parenteral medications; demonstrate surgical technique and infection control and added precautions. Technical skills will be developed through a process of application of theory to practice, self-reflection and feedback.
|PNUR1285||Nursing Practice 2
Description: In this practicum the student will demonstrate knowledge, skill and judgment while providing care in the medical or long-term care setting. The focus is person-centred care for patients with less acute conditions and predictable outcomes. The student will also participate in campus clinical experiences to integrate previous learning and develop clinical judgment in simulated environments. The student will utilize reflective practice to consider their personal development of professional role and responsibilities.
Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
|PNUR2325||Nursing Concepts 3: Acute Care
Description: The student will explore the theoretical concepts and nursing strategies for clients experiencing acute health challenges. Skills in care planning and utilization of research and best-practices will be further developed.
|PNUR2330||Nursing Concepts for Family
Description: The student will explore the role of the practical nurse in promoting family-centred care in hospitals or communities. The physiological and emotional changes experienced with pregnancy, birth and postpartum will be examined with a view to health promotion in prenatal, antenatal and postnatal care. The student will also recognize the care needs of children and adolescents with physical and /or emotional challenges.
|PNUR2340||Pathophysiology and Pharmacotherapeutics 3
Description: The student will analyze the physiology and pathophysiology of acute health conditions and disorders including those involving cardiovascular, fluid and electrolyte, gastrointestinal and renal and urinary issues. Genetics and common childhood disorders will also be examined. Pharmacotherapeutics will be integrated to coincide with the health challenge being discussed.
|PNUR2350||Professional Nursing 3: Foundations for Community Practice
Description: The student will be able to extrapolate the essential components of ethical decision making population health and community nursing to develop strategies for enhancing individual and community capacity. The student will also explore concepts in mental health promotion and recovery.
|PNUR2360||Nursing Practice 3
Description: In this practicum the student will demonstrate knowledge, skill and judgment while providing care in the perioperative environment. The student will also continue to expand their role within the Interprofessional team.
Description: With a focus on maternal-infant and pediatric care, students will expand their nursing skills in life-like situations while caring for individuals and their families. Students will explore the actions necessary and resources available to plan safe and effective care transitions in community-based nursing. Students will also examine factors impacting health for various populations in community visits.
|PNUR2380||Nursing Lab 3
Description: This lab will provide the opportunity to relate theoretical concepts to further develop clinical skills necessary for acute care with a focus on maintenance and regulation of body fluids. In simulated care environments, technical skills will be developed, demonstrated and assessed.
Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
|PNUR2450||Professional Nursing 4: Leadership
Description: The student will develop essential skills for successful nurse leaders and managers such as effective coaching, delegating, change management, quality assurance, and more. Political influences affecting today's health care system and organizations will also be analyzed. The student will demonstrate preparedness for the transition to the role of graduate nurse.
Description: This course is designed to expand the student's previous learning in gerontology with a purposeful, integrated focus on the older adult from a holistic perspective. The student will distinguish and appraise leadership, communication and assessment skills in the care of the older adult with complex geriatric conditions. Issues impacting nursing care, including co-morbidities, polypharmacy, and psychological, social and environmental risks that challenge nursing care delivery and influence interventions will be analyzed and integrated across care settings.
|PNUR2480||Nursing Practice 4: Consolidation
Description: This practicum will allow the student to amalgamate nursing knowledge and abilities while participating as contributing members of the health care team. Under skilled preceptors, the student will demonstrate comprehensive client care and develop leadership while transitioning to a graduate practical nurse and beginning practitioner.
|PNUR2495||Campus Clinical: Consolidation
Description: Through campus clinical experiences, students will analyze their practice-readiness in complex situations such as crisis management, mental health conditions and end-of-life care. Students will be challenged to justify care decisions and further develop team and leadership abilities in collaborative learning environments. Evaluation of individual and team effectiveness on the provision of care will also be articulated.
- Achieve the Entry to Practice Competencies of the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) and the Program Standards of the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges & Universities (MTCU).
- Communicate with clients, families and communities to enhance person-centred care.
- Manage information within a professional, legal, and ethical framework using technology appropriately.
- Demonstrate collaborative practice and leadership supportive of care delivery and team effectiveness.
- Conduct equitable and just relationships with clients and members of the health care team.
- Assess clients across the life span, in a systematic and holistic manner.
- Plan safe and competent nursing care, based upon a thorough analysis of available data and evidence-informed practice guidelines.
- Select and perform nursing interventions using clinical judgment, in collaboration with the client and, where appropriate, the health care team that promote health and well-being, prevent disease and injury, maintain and/or restore health, promote rehabilitation, and/or provide palliation.
- Evaluate the outcomes resulting from all interventions in the nurse-client interaction and modify the plan of care as required.
- Promote healthy and safe work environments in a variety of health care settings.
- Practice in a self-regulated, professional and ethical manner, complying with relevant legislation and with the standards of both the regulatory body and the practice setting to provide safe and competent client care.
Program Related Resources
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.
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