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Registered Practical Nurse - Perioperative Nursing

2019/20 | Conestoga College

Program Code: 1119
School of Health & Life Sciences

Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

This is a companion document to the current Conestoga College Student Guide

Program Handbook Guidelines

The purpose of this handbook is to provide students with program-specific details and other important information. The material in this handbook is accurate at the date of posting, and is applicable for the current academic year. Students will be informed of handbook changes that occur, if any, through college email. Program handbooks are updated yearly and students must check their program handbook for the current edition.

Welcome

To the School of Health & Life Sciences

Your Bridge to Practice

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What does this mean for you?

  • The opportunity to become the professional you aspire to be.
  • The opportunity to learn in specialized settings with real-life scenarios,.
  • The opportunity to acquire skills and knowledge in a unique inter-professional environment.
  • The opportunity to take advantage of state-of-the-art facilities, social and study spaces in our Cowan Health Sciences Centre, as well as other unique learning resources such as the Motz Emergency Service Bays in the Regional of Waterloo Paramedic Services Station, the WeConnect Agora, and the Simulation Centres in the Living Classrooms.
  • The opportunity to become a "preferred graduate", selected by your future employers. 

Top 5 Expectations of You

1.    Use MyConestoga to connect to:

  • Your Conestoga Email: (e.g. John Smith, Student Number 1234567, jsmith4567@conestogac.on.ca): This is the official communication channel for everything related to your academic requirements. Communication with faculty and staff should only happen through your Conestoga email account. Communication via other accounts may not be responded to. Check MyConestoga regularly and respond as requested.
  • eConestoga: This is your resource for all course-based program activity and information, as well as course-based communication with the faculty.
  • Student Portal: You will find your final grade information, college tuition invoices, class schedules and absence reporting on this portal.
  • Placement Health Requirements: This service provides you with the requirements to enter into practice settings.

2. Know and plan around your academic schedule

  • Course Schedule: Your course schedule provides an overview of the required courses to be completed per semester. Classes can be scheduled in the daytime, evening and weekends depending on your particular program or course.
  • Academic Schedule: Please check with your instructors for information related to your academic dates for your courses.

3. Be the professional you wish to become:

  • Act respectfully and professionally, as these behaviours are the key to your learning experiences.
  • Present in professional dress and conduct: See Professional Conduct section for professionalism expectations for your program. The college's Student Guide provides you with the Student Rights and REsponsibilities at Conestoga.
  • Pre-placement Health Requirements: Pay attention to the deadlines listed on your documents. Complete the tasks as required; as without these, you will not be able to progress to your placement and program completion will be in jeopardy. 
  • Social Media: Use responsibly and respectfully. See Standards of Conduct section of the Handbook.

4. Attend classes and labs to enhance your success:

  • Attendance Expectations: Attendance for class, labs and placement are in place to support your learning and experiences as a future professional. See Attendance and Student Success Strategies section in the Handbook.
  • Absence from Evaluations: Must be reported in the Student Portal before your scheduled evaluation time. See Attendance for Evaluation section in the Handbook.
  • Request for Accommodation for Religious Holidays: Request must be submitted to your Program Coordinator as per course schedule. See Religious Holidays sections in the Handbook.

5. Take responsibility for your academic status:

  • Student Records: For any questions concerning your student record, academic status and/or program withdrawals, please contact your Program Coordinator.
  • Fee Payments: Payment is required to attend classes. Check your Student Portal for invoices.
  • Credit Transfer/Exemptions: Conestoga supports the transferability of academic credits between programs and educational institutions through recognized transfer pathways, articulation agreements and course-to-course equivalences. Please refer to the Student Guide for more information.
  • Student Forms: To access forms, please go to the Student Forms page.
  • Academic Policies and Procedures: Are found under Policies and Procedures. Please review the Rights and Responsibilities website. 
  • Student Affairs Policies and Procedures: Are found on the Student Affairs page.


Top 5 Resources for You

1. Your teaching team 

  • Contact Information: Is posted on eConestoga and in your Handbook (Relationships section).
  • Appointments: Book appointments (in person, by phone, email) to ensure resources are available.
  • Email Inquiries: will be answered within two business days.
  • Urgent help: Program Assistants are available to help you reach a member of the teaching team (contact information in Relationships section of the Handbook).

2. Counselling and services

  • College Counselling: Professional counsellors can help you achieve your educational goals, and provide support related to stress management, anxiety, depression, transition issues, family issues, and other concerns. Counselling is free, voluntary and confidential.  To make an appointment, please refer to the Counselling services website.
  • Good2Talk: Confidential 24-hour phone line for stresses, big and small (1-866-925-5454).
  • Conestoga Security: Provides safety and security services. Refer to the Student Guide for Conestoga's Safety and Security Services and procedures.
  • Student Financial Services: Student Financial Services  provides you with options to finance your post-secondary education. Students in need of emergency financial assistance, please follow this link for more information. 
  • CSI Food Bank: The CSI Food Bank is an emergency food relief program for Conestoga students. Please follow this link.
  • Health Services: These services include a family doctor and a nurse. Please follow this link.
  • Facility Information: Refer to the Student Guide for information on after-hours parking, classroom and computer labs.

3. Accessibility services

  • Students with Documented Disabilities are encouraged to book an appointment with Accessibility Services to access accommodations. Disability-related documentation will be required to book an appointment. Please refer to the Accessibility Services webpage for more information.
  • Adaptive Technology Aids and Special Facilities: Adaptive Aids are arranged through Accessibility Services. Accessible washrooms are located throughout the campus. Contact the Adaptive Technology Lab for more information on adaptive technology aids. 

4. Student study spaces and general supports

Cowan Health Sciences Centre (F-wing)

  • Student Lounge Space on each floor. Outlets and charging stations are located throughout these areas.
  • Student Meeting Room Space:  For more information on availability, please connect with the Interprofessional Resources Office (2F16).
  • Access to computers, photocopier and printers: on the 1st Floor—in the student lounge area , or on the 2nd Floor—at the Customer Service Desk and kiosk area.
  • Open Access Lab, 2nd Floor, 2F18: available on a come and go basis for students in health and pre-health programs. Book with an Open Access Staff. 
  • Tech Bar: Drop by the Tech Bar for one-on-one assistance. Information can be found on the Library Services website.  

5. Services for students

  • ONE Card: This is your official identification card designed to access all on-campus services. Visit the eligibility on this website
  • Library Resource Centre: Located on 2nd Floor B Wing. Visit the Library Resource Centre page for more information.
  • International Education Office: Visit the International Education Office for services available to you.
  • Learning Commons: Academic services and resources, including resources for math, writing, peer tutors and resources for APA. Visit the website or access through MyConestoga.
  • Student Engagement: Get involved and visit the Student Engagement page or connect to MyConestoga for your Co-Curricular Record.
  • Student Financial Services: Your resource to apply for student awards, bursaries, and scholarships. If you are in a financial crisis, please see the Emergency Assistance website for more information. 
  • Bookstore: Your location to buy books, clothing and general supplies (A-wing) .
  • Co-op and Career Advising: Your resource for Co-op placements , summer jobs or future careers. Visit the Co-op and Career Services site for more information.
  • Lockers are available with your tuition. Visit this link to find more information.
  • Information Technology: provides supports and general assistance with college-related needs such as Email, Network accounts, connectivity and wireless printing. Visit the Web IT Service Desk for more information.

Letter to Students

Dear Perioperative Nursing Students,

Welcome to the Perioperative Nursing Certificate Program.

This handbook has been prepared to provide further information about academic standards, guidelines and processes specific to the Perioperative Nursing Certificate Program. Reading, understanding and following the information in this handbook is an important first step in your continued success in this program and your chosen profession. The handbook has been compiled with careful consideration for your personal and professional growth during your Perioperative Program at the college. If you do not understand any of the information in this handbook, please ask the faculty, Program Coordinator or Chair for an explanation.

Use the index in this handbook as your guide and the contents as your continuous reference as you proceed through the program. The Perioperative Nursing Certificate faculty will refer to the handbook often, but the responsibility for knowing the program standards is ultimately yours.

In addition to the Perioperative Nursing Program Handbook, the Conestoga Student Guide outlines important policies and procedures for you to follow. The Perioperative Nursing Certificate Program Standards and Procedures Handbook is a supplement to, but not a replacement for, the Conestoga Student Guide.

We are here to help you successfully complete this post-graduate program. Should you experience difficulty or need assistance in any area of your studies, please come and speak with us, and we will work with you to help you reach your career goals.

All the very best to you in your studies.

Sincerely,

Samantha Brandt, Associate Chair, Nursing Post-Graduate Programs

Jane Holmberg, Perioperative Nursing Coordinator/Faculty

Program Overview

Program Description

This graduate, certificate program will provide the RN with the knowledge and skills to function effectively in Perioperative (Preoperative, Intraoperative and Postoperative) Nursing. In addition to theoretical knowledge the program provides the student with the technical skills required as a surgical team member.  The theoretical portion will be offered in a hybrid approach with in-class and online components.  Lab days and clinical experience are integrated throughout the program. A consolidated clinical placement is taken at the end of the program.

Admission to this program occurs every September. The program takes 10 months to complete. In-class sessions are held on Wednesday evenings and Saturdays.

Program Outcomes

  • Identify and meet the individual needs of the surgical patient throughout the perioperative experience based on the role of a Registered Practical Nurse.
  • Develop a specialized body of knowledge and skills including anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, aseptic technique, instrument care and handling and sterilization principles.
  • Communicate effectively to establish a professional working relationship within the multidisciplinary health care team.
  • Use evidence-based practice to integrate theory, principles and standards into competent perioperative nursing.
  • Prioritize and organize nursing care to respond to the changing needs of the perioperative patient based on assessment and evaluation of care in the intraoperative period.
  • Develop a professional, responsible and accountable practice that recognizes the legal and ethical framework for the provision of safe patient care in the perioperative setting.

Program Design – 2019/2020

Course Code/Version Course Name Hours
NURS8566 Intraoperative Nursing I Theory/Lab/Practice 96
NURS8085 Intraoperative Nursing II Theory/Lab/Practice 76
NURS8570 Intraoperative Nursing III Theory/Lab/Practice 56
PNUR8505 Anaesthesia and Postoperative Nursing Theory/Lab 22
OHS1320  Safety in the Workplace 14
FPLT8270 Field Placement (RPN Perioperative Nursing) 225
  Total Program Hours 489

Program Design for your Cohort

Students can find their program design on the student Portal by following the steps below:

  1. Log in to Student Portal
  2. Click on 'My Courses' tab
  3. Select 'View Progress Report' button

Courses are listed by level/semester. Students can also view courses for the most current program design for this academic year on the Conestoga College website. To find these courses, students need to scroll down the page to the 'Program Courses'.

Pathways and Further Post-secondary Education Opportunities

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.

There are a number of different opportunities available to students who want to continue studying at Conestoga. Whether you wish to transfer to another program or apply to a new program after graduation, Conestoga has established pathways to help you meet your goals. Conestoga Pathways information is available on Conestoga’s website.

  

Relationships

Communication and Contact Information

Faculty Commitment to Success

To ensure your success in the program, it is important you become familiar with those who are here to support and help you along your way. If you have any day-to-day questions about your program, courses or school work in general do not hesitate to contact your Program Coordinator, faculty, Chair or Dean.

Contact Information

Name Extension Email
Samantha Brandt
Associate Chair, Nursing Post-Graduate Programs
Ext. 2503 sbrandt@conestogac.on.ca
Jane Holmberg
Co-ordinator, Perioperative Program
8216 jholmberg@conestogac.on.ca
Kim Myre
Program Assistant
Ext. 3445 kmyre@conestogac.on.ca

Contacting Program Staff

When contacting program staff outside of class time it is advisable to use email or telephone.

Your message should include the following information:

  • first and last name
  • course and level
  • brief description of reason for contact
  • telephone number where you can be reached

Student Email

All students are supplied with a college email address. Use the college email address or eConestoga email only when communicating with faculty. Non – college email addresses (e.g. Hotmail) are not acceptable. Students are expected to check their college and eConestoga email accounts regularly as most official communication will be via this method.

Student Engagement

Student Concerns/Issues

If concerns or issues arise during your learning experience, or main goal is to collaborate with students, faculty and staff to resolve situations of concerns quickly and to learn and improve situations.

To achieve this goal, we work with an effective problem-solving strategy:

1. When a situation of concern arises, inform those involved in timely manner.

2. Please see the Student Rights and Responsibilities Policy in the Student Guide for further details on informal and formal procedures for the resolution of concerns and issues.

3. Issues and concerns related to a placement site, or its employees should first be brought to the attention of the Conestoga Field Placement Supervisor or Program Coordinator, subject to the additional procedures outlined in the sections on "Professionalism" and "Concerns Regarding Safety or Care/Service for Clients during a Field Placement" of your handbook. 

Student Representation

Conestoga Students Inc. (CSI) and Conestoga College agree that a student has the right to invite a member of CSI to a student/faculty meeting, provided that 24 hours advance notice is given to faculty. This advance notice will ensure that all parties will have an opportunity to adequately prepare for the meeting.

PAC (Program Advisory Committee)

Each program at Conestoga has a Program Advisory Committee (PAC), which consists of industry and academic representatives, as well as current students. The PAC meets several times a year to discuss the future priorities of  that industry and any adjustments that can be made to keep the college program.

At the beginning of each academic year, the Program Coordinator will invite students to volunteer on the PAC. Student attendees are important members of the PAC and are expected to be present at the meetings, and prepare and submit a report based on guidelines provided by the Program Coordinator.

WIHSC (Waterloo Interprofessional Health & Community Student Collaborative)

Conestoga College offers many unique and exciting opportunities for personal and professional growth. Conestoga hosts exciting extra-curricular opportunities that add to the culture of the college. WIHSC (Waterloo Interprofessional Health & Community Student Collaborative) is one such group whose members strive to 'learn with, from, and about' each other.

Membership is comprised of students enrolled in health, community, and social sciences programs. Some of the most popular initiatives that this group regularly engages in are interactive simulation exercises, peer-mentoring, guest speakers, paper case studies and monthly meetings. To find out more about this opportunity, please visit the WIHSC website. 

Student Feedback

Student feedback is an essential component of our continuous improvement process. Our opportunities for student feedback include:

Key Performance Indicators

All college programs in the province are evaluated using Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) through the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU). This survey is conducted each academic year in select classes. Strategic goals to improve the programs are developed from these results. This data and other data specific to the campus and the program/school are collected so that Conestoga College can continually improve quality.

Student Appraisal of Teaching

The Student Appraisal of Teaching (SAT) allows direct feedback from students on teaching for a particular course. Completion of the SAT forms give teachers and academic managers valuable information to use for the improvement of teaching at Conestoga.

The SAT process has two components: Quick-SAT and Full-SAT. The Quick-SAT is 5 questions, occurs during week 5 of classes and provides early feedback to faculty about the student experience within their classroom. The Full-SAT is 44 questions and occurs late in the semester; a summary of the results goes to the academic manager to be shared with the faculty member. Typically about one-quarter of the faculty is appraised per term. All full-time faculty have a SAT review at least once every two years. Part-time faculty may be reviewed more frequently. Continuing Education students may have an opportunity to complete a SAT form during their Continuing Education course.


Class Cancellations

Class cancellations due to faculty absence

Class cancellations due to faculty absences will be posted on the Student Portal.

Faculty may also elect to post any absences on eConestoga. 

Class cancellations due to inclement weather

College closure due to inclement weather will be announced on local radio stations and posted on the College's website. A message will be recorded on the campus switchboard after office hours.

Personal notifications of class cancellations

Students have the option of receiving special emails or SMS text messages notifying them of class cancellations due to faculty absences. To receive these notifications, students must subscribe to this service. Please visit the Student Portal, and select notifications. 

Standards of Conduct and Professional Practice

The Perioperative Nursing Certificate Program provides both academic study and professional training to prepare students for careers working in the field of Perioperative Nursing. Throughout the program, students are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and to apply themselves to academic achievement. Professionals function in an independent and interdependent environment. The fundamental responsibility of the student is to gain additional knowledge and skills to be a competent Perioperative Nursing provider upon graduation. As professionals, it is imperative that behaviours and attitudes reflect standards that are endorsed by Conestoga College and your chosen profession. As a Conestoga College Perioperative Nursing Certificate student, there are three areas of conduct you are expected to follow; Academic Conduct, Professional Conduct, and Social/Behavioural Conduct.

As a student of Conestoga College you are a member of the college community and as such you have received a Conestoga Student Guide that includes Student Rights and Responsibilities. Student Rights include the right to learn, be safe, be informed be heard and to appeal.  The Student Responsibilities section includes detailed information regarding respect for persons, respect for college learning and working environment and respect for property, facilities and college reputation. It is essential that you review this section and familiarize yourself with these Responsibilities. It is expected that your conduct as a student will be reflective of the responsibilities listed. If you have any questions regarding any of them, please contact your Program Coordinator.

In addition to all Student Responsibilities found in the Conestoga Student Guide, Perioperative Nursing Certificate students have the following obligations:

  • Complete the learning objectives, tests, assignments and all other forms of student work, with honesty and professional integrity
  • Attend class and Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) experience as scheduled
  • Demonstrate ethical and professional behaviour while attending class & clinical placements
  • Protect the integrity of the Program and the College
  • Maintain the confidentiality of all classroom and WIL experiences
  • Seek clarification from faculty/administration when unsure of any of these standards

Academic Offences and Plagiarism

Academic honesty is expected and required of all Conestoga students. It is critical that you familiarize yourself with the Academic Offences Policy found in the Conestoga Student Guide. The Academic Offences Policy provides a detailed description of the following:

  • Scope of academic integrity,
  • What academic integrity means,
  • What types of behaviours constitute a breach of academic integrity, and
  • The penalties associated with breaching academic integrity.

Please speak with a faculty member or your Program Coordinator if you have any further questions after reviewing the policy. Please note that maintaining academic integrity is very important, and that it is your responsibility to know the Academic Offences Policy .

Below are a few examples to help you avoid breaching academic integrity.

  • Make sure that you recognize information that requires referencing.
  • Whenever you refer to material from another source, whether book, journal article, video, newspaper, or electronic publications, you must acknowledge your source using proper citations and references. Please visit the Conestoga Learning Commons for assistance with the formatting and referencing.
  • If you work collaboratively with others on an assignment, make sure that you do not copy words or ideas from others intentionally or by accident.
  • Make sure that you read the Academic Offences Policy located in the Conestoga Student Guide, and that you fully understand it. The policy describes additional behaviours that represent a breach of academic integrity.
  • Information can be found on the Academic Integrity website

Copyright – What you need to know

Photocopying and scanning at Conestoga College are governed by the Copyright Act, an agreement with Access Copyright, and the Association of Canadian Community Colleges' Fair Dealing Policy.

Under the terms of Conestoga's Access Copyright, you can photocopy or scan the following:

  • Up to 10% of most published works.
  • One chapter that is greater than 10%, but no more than 20% of the book.
  • One article, short story, play, poem or essay from a book, magazine or journal issue containing other works.
  • One newspaper article or page.
  • One entry from an encyclopedia, dictionary, annotated bibliography or similar reference work.
  • One drawing, sculpture, painting, print, architectural work of art or work of artistic craftsmanship from a larger volume containing other works.

Cumulative Copying

Cumulative copying consists of copy more than 10% over time. This is not allowed. The copy limits apply to an entire academic year, so once you reach the limit for an item, you can not copy from this source anymore until the next academic year.

You cannot copy or scan the following:

  • Workbooks or study guides that are intended for one-time use.
  • Instruction manuals.
  • Sheet music and original artistic works including photographs or prints.
  • Advertisements.
  • Business cases.
  • Full textbooks.
  • Any of the items on the Access Copyright Exclusions list.

You can find this information and more on the Copyright for Students web page.

Student Protection Acknowledgement

A Student Protection Acknowledgement confirmation pop-up will appear when a student logs into the Student Portal on a yearly basis. This will direct students to policies and procedures relevant to their academic responsibilities. All Conestoga College wide academic policies and procedures are listed on the college website under "About Conestoga", "Policies and Procedures". 

Students are advised to review and comply with all policies and procedures, including the following:         

  • Academic Credential Procedure 
  • Academic Dispute and Resolution Policy & Procedure
  • Academic Offences Policy & Procedure 
  • Academic Recognition Policy
  • Clearance of Academic Deficiency Policy & Procedure
  • Co-operative Education Policy
  • Discontinuance Policy & Procedure
  • Evaluation of Student Learning Policy & Procedure
  • Grading Procedure
  • Graduation Requirements and Convocation Procedure
  • Program Withdrawal and Refund Procedure
  • Student Rights and Responsibilities Policy & Procedure
  • Student Feedback Policy
  • Student Fees Policy & Student Fee Invoicing and Payment Procedure

Students must follow all of the policies and procedures for Conestoga College and it is expected that faculty will accept, fulfil and enforce these standards.

 

Professional Conduct - Use of social media and cell phones

To support a respectful learning environment both in the classroom and in field placements, the use of cell phones and laptops for social networking should only occur during break times, before and after class, and during formal break time in field placement.

Laptops and other forms of technology may be used in the classroom when the use pertains to the content and processes of learning facilitated by the faculty or instructor. If your technology use is disruptive to the class, we may ask you to leave the class until such time that you are able to re-engage in the learning process. 

Social Media Policy

  • As a student and future professional, it is essential to maintain your professional boundaries in all communication, including social media.

Important for you to know is that:

According to the Ontario College of Teachers (2011), "Electronic messages are not anonymous. They can be tracked, misdirected, manipulated and live forever on the internet." The same organization also indicates "Online identities and actions are visible to the public and can result in serious repercussions or embarrassment."Many types of social media encourage instantaneous, casual dialogue. It is important to remember that even an innocent comments may be easily misunderstood.

  • Assume that information you post or send can be accessed or altered by anyone.
  • Consider whether any posting may reflect poorly on you, your school, or your profession.
  • Avoid online criticism of other students, colleagues, faculty or field placements.
  • Avoid impulsive, inappropriate or heated comments.
  • Pictures should not be taken, posted to social media sites or shared without the expressed permission of all individuals involved.
  • Make sure your on-line name and email reflect professionalism.
Maintain privacy of all care and service activities when in practical work experiences:
  • Do not take or post any pictures while on placement or involved in lab activities.
  • Maintain client-provider relationships and boundaries. The addition of a client to a 'friendship" status online is unacceptable.

Ontario College of Teachers. (2011). Professional Advisory-Use of Electronic Communication and Social Media. Retrieved May 12, 2015, from https://www.oct.ca/resources/advisories/use-of-electronic-communication-and-social-media

Cell Phone Policy

Students should respect their instructors, faculty and staff by not using their cell phones for personal use during class time.

Students can not bring their cell phone or technology device(s) into a test or examination, unless required for the examination and approved by the faculty. 

In the event of an urgent need to keep your cell phone with you during a test, please speak to your faculty as soon as you enter the examination room. 


Attendance and Student Success Strategies

 

Religious Holidays

Students are permitted by Conestoga policy to be absent from class to observe a recognized religious holiday. Any student who is unable to attend classes or participate in an examination, study, or work requirement on some particular day(s) because of religious beliefs will be given the opportunity to make up the work that was missed or complete alternate work/examinations subject to timely notification.

Conestoga recognizes all religious holidays as defined by the College Employer Council.

It is your responsibility to:

  • Plan ahead and be aware of the dates of all examinations and other course obligations;
  • Advise the faculty member that you will be seeking accommodation to observe a recognized religious holiday. You will also make a request in writing to your Program Coordinator within the first three weeks of the semester and prior to the date of assessment that falls on the religious holiday. Exceptions based on extenuating circumstances must be approved by the Program Chair.

 

Test Procedures

  • Once a test begins, students may not leave the test room for 30 minutes. If they finish a test before that time, they may review their answers but are expected to sit QUIETLY and not disturb others. Once students leave the room they may only re-enter when invited back by Faculty.
  • Any student found cheating during the course of an examination/test will be addressed according to procedures found in Conestoga Student Guide.
  • Faculty is responsible to advise as to the material permitted in the testing room. Personal items and learning materials will be left in an area identified by the Faculty.
  • Faculty will advise as to the seating arrangements of students.
  • During open book tests, students must bring their own course materials (books, notes, Learning Packages etc.) for individual use only. Students may not share any of these materials. Electronic devices, such as, iPod, text messaging, cell phones, translators, will not be permitted.

Importance of Test and Presentation Dates

Test and assignment dates are scheduled at the beginning of each semester. Unplanned extenuating circumstances involving the college, the program, or the faculty may require changes to the course schedule. If this occurs, students will be notified.

Students are required to write all tests during the scheduled in-class test times. Students who make personal commitments that conflict with meeting test and assignment deadlines do so at their own risk. There will be no special arrangements made for students with personal conflicts (e.g. work, family commitments or vacation plans). Students who wish to reschedule a test or presentation because of a religious holiday are required to discuss the situation with faculty at the beginning of the semester.

Academic accommodations are provided to students with documented disabilities through the Accessibility Services Office.

Assignment Policies

Submitting Assignments

It is expected that students will submit all assignments on time, on the date they are due. Late marks will be deducted from assignments not submitted when requested by faculty.

Students with extenuating circumstances that prevent them from submitting assignments on time should discuss their circumstance prior to the due date. They should negotiate with the course faculty alternative arrangements regarding due dates, in person, one week prior to the scheduled date. A form entitled Student Request for Variance Form Course Schedule and Evaluation Methods will be completed and kept on file. Students who initiate this process will not experience the loss of late marks.

If students do not negotiate a variance, they risk having late marks deducted from the final grade. Late marks will be deducted at a rate of 10% per day, including weekends, from the total percent value of the assignment.

Under typical circumstances, late assignments will be accepted until that assignment has been marked and returned to the class. No assignments will be accepted after the last day of the semester.

Steps to Follow to Submit Assignments Outside of Class Time

While assignments should be submitted in class on the day they are due, if circumstances require that they be submitted outside a scheduled class, the following procedure should be followed:

  1. Provide an electronic copy of your assignment to the faculty as per faculty instructions.

Steps to Follow when Missing a Test, Presentation or Workshop

  1. Email the faculty who teaches the relevant course. (This email is made preferably before class but must be made within 24 hours of the class by the student).
  2. Students may be asked to present documentation to validate the absence. This documentation must address the day of the absence confirming your inability to participate and attend class.
  3. Arrange with faculty for alternative presentation/workshop arrangements.
  4. Tests will be made up In the College Testing Centre on the following Thursday, or by individual arrangement with program faculty.

Important Points to Remember:

  • It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with faculty to make alternate arrangements for missed tests, presentations, and workshops.
  • Students who utilize three or more rescheduled evaluation methods may be required to meet with Program Coordinator to discuss program success.
  • Students will be asked to show their student cards in the College Testing Centre before they are permitted to write the test.

Faculty Returning Tests and Assignments

In order to support student success, students will be given continual feedback on their progress throughout the semester. Individual faculty will inform students in class how/when tests and assignments and/or marks on them will be returned. Please note that some tests will be returned to students and some may be retained by faculty. Under no circumstances are students to enter the offices of faculty or look through papers on a desk without a faculty present. Students who have questions about tests/assignments/grades should follow the process outlined below:

  • At least 24 hours after receiving the mark and within seven days, write a note to the faculty, indicating the area(s) of clarification required,
  • Initiate a meeting with the faculty to discuss,
  • Bring pertinent information (assignment, mark sheet, etc.) to the appointment.

General Guidelines for Quality of Written Work

In the Perioperative Nursing Certificate program, there are some requirements for written work in a variety of formats (papers, assignments, forms and plans, handouts, etc.). It is expected that all students will meet the standard of English required within the profession. Faculty will identify students who are having difficulty in this area and will approach students to discuss the need for improvement. Students may be referred to the Learning Commons to help them improve the quality of their written work. 

General Guidelines for Submitting Written Work

For specific course requirements, refer to the Course Schedule and Evaluation Methods information provided. If you are not clear about course requirements, discuss with individual faculty. Students are encouraged to use spell-check and grammar-check to assist with the editing of written work. The Learning Centre will be an invaluable resource to students who require assistance in organizing and writing an assignment with correct spelling and grammar.

Unless otherwise indicated by professors, generally, assignments should be:

  • Word processed
  • Double spaced and one sided
  • Submitted using font size of 12 dpi, if word processed and proper margins
  • Written in a grammatically correct manner (use spell and grammar check)
  • Handed in securely fastened with a cover page indicating the course name, faculty's name, student's name, section and date submitted
  • Handed in at the beginning of class on the designated due date in class, unless otherwise indicated by professor
  • Handed in using the APA@Conestoga format if references are required

NOTE: Faculty does not assume responsibility for assignments not given directly to them in hard copy at the beginning of the relevant course. Students should avoid handing in assignments outside the regularly scheduled class time and should make every effort to hand assignments in to the professor in person.

Academic Progress Through the Program

Academic Standing and Promotion

The Conestoga Student Guide is your first source for information concerning academic regulations, policies and procedures. The Conestoga Student Guide is available on the college website and by visiting the "Student Guide" tab in your Student Portal.

In addition to the Academic Regulations found in the Conestoga Student Guide, the following apply to the Perioperative Nursing Certificate Program:

Achievement:

  • Students must attain a minimum "B+" in all Perioperative courses. 

Course Add/Drop

You can add, change and drop courses from your portal depending on the dates and which program you are in:

  1. Log in to the Student Portal
  2. Click on the "My Courses" tab
  3. Scroll over the icons to the right of individual course listings. It is strongly recommended that students consult their program Coordinator/academic advisor prior to dropping a course.

Academic Probation

Students who have been unsuccessful in their field experience, have failed two or more academic courses, and/or have required considerable testing/assignment variances may be recommended for academic probation. Academic probation allows students to be promoted to the next level with a special timetable or with academic conditions. Special timetables and academic conditions are designed as part of written learning contract that the student and Program Coordinator create together. The goal of these measures is to allow students to continue in the program accompanied by a supportive plan for success.

Reason for Student Progress Being Reviewed by Promotion Committee

Students who fail to meet program standards will be reviewed by the Promotion Committee.

Reasons for presentation at Promotion Committee Meetings include:

  • Failure of a theory course and/or practice course.
  • Patterns of absence from online learning environment or WIL experience, which may affect achieving program standards.
  • Failure to follow through on previous Promotion Committee recommendations.

A student who has not met the standards will not be promoted to the next level of the program. The Promotions Committee may decide such a student should be discontinued or may require the student to complete one or more of the following, or an alternative as deemed appropriate:

  • Complete supplemental requirements for course failures (see criteria for writing of supplemental examinations). Following successful completion of supplemental work, the highest course grade that can be achieved is 65%.
  • Follow through with counselling (academic and/or personal).
  • Follow through with health measures as recommended.
  • Complete makeup work for missed learning experiences. Total time lost will be assessed on an individual basis. Additional time may be required to complete program objectives.
  • Complete the requirements of Probationary Status.
  • Complete compulsory practice remedial assignments.

Clearance of Academic Deficiency

A student that is unsuccessful in a course may be granted the opportunity to complete supplemental requirements. Students who are unsuccessful in a course and wish to discuss eligibility for supplemental opportunity must directly contact the program coordinator within 5 working days of receiving final course grade.

Please note that following the end of semester, contact with any student eligible to write a supplemental will be made either by phone or email. A specific date, time and room number will be given to each student. If a student cannot be reached or is unavailable at the specified date and time, the student forfeits the opportunity to write a supplemental. The maximum number of supplementals during the program is two per student.

Criteria for Eligibility to Write Supplemental Examinations

  1. No more than two supplementals throughout the program and no more than one supplemental per course will be offered.
  2. For the purposes of determining supplemental eligibility repeating a failed course counts as a supplemental in that course.
  3. The student must have passed at least one test/exam in the course.
  4. The student must have achieved a final course grade of 50% or within 10% of the required pass mark, whichever is the higher standard. Therefore, for courses with 65% pass, the student must have achieved 55%.
  5. A supplemental evaluation will not be granted for a course in which a student has received an academic offence. An academic incident resulting in a warning is not considered an academic offence.
  6. A student who attains a course grade of less than 55% for a vocational course will not be offered a supplemental in that course.

In addition, the following will also be considered by the committee:

  • Previous academic history
  • Current clinical practice performance
  • Demonstration of professional behaviour
  • Attendance in class, lab, and practice experiences

NOTE:

  • A fee is to be paid to the Registrar's Office for supplemental work.
  • If the student is successful in completing the supplemental work for the course, the failing course grade will be upgraded to the minimal passing grade of 65% for the course.

Failure to successfully complete requirements of the promotion committee will result in student repeating course or discontinuance from the program.

For more information visit the College Policies, Procedures, Practices and Guidelines webpage at https://www.conestogac.on.ca/policies/ then click on the Academic Administration side tab and search for the document entitled Clearance of Academic Deficiency.

Discontinuance

Students who fail to meet the program standards (academically, clinically, or ethically) will be discontinued from the program, based on the recommendation of the promotion committee and agreement from the program Chair. Students will be discontinued when they are no longer eligible to repeat a course based on academic regulations, or as a result of failure to meet program standards for behaviour or ethics. Such students will be entitled to appeal the discontinuance decision in accordance with the College's appeal process.

Withdrawal

Students not planning to return to the Perioperative Nursing Program the following semester are expected to complete a Withdrawal Form available from the program Coordinators, the registrar's office, or on the college website.

Program Transfer

Prior to transferring to another program, it is recommended that the student meet with the program Coordinator or academic advisor. Students who decide to change programs may do so by completing and submitting a program application form to the Registrar's Office. If considering transferring to a program outside the school in which they are currently enrolled in, students may want to discuss options with a career advisor. When a student moves from one Conestoga program to another and where courses numbers/codes are identical or equivalent, automatic credit is given if passing grades are met.

Appeal

Students have the right to appeal any academic decisions as set out in the Conestoga Student Guide. It is recommended that students begin this appeal process by first connecting with the faculty and/or Program Coordinator.

Graduation

Students are expected to respond to their invitation through their Student Portal. Convocation ceremonies are held in spring and fall of each academic year. Students, who take longer than the advertised program length, are responsible for completing any new or additional courses due to a program design change. Students who complete their program after the scheduled completion date are required to fill out an Application to Graduate form and submit it with payment to the registrar's office. Students who are discontinued or have withdrawn and then return to the college will be placed in the current program design and must meet all requirements to graduate.

General Education / Breadth Electives

School of Liberal Studies

The purpose of diploma General Education electives and Degree Breadth electives is to provide graduates with the skills and knowledge to succeed not just in their chosen career fields, but in all life paths. Working collaboratively with your program,  diploma General Education and degree Breadth elective courses cultivate critical and creative thinking skills, civic engagement and knowledge of the broader world of arts, culture and science that helps make you more reflective, creative, and effective in your own life.

All Ontario College Diploma, Ontario College Advanced Diploma, and Degree programs at Conestoga require students to complete general education electives / interdisciplinary breadth.

More information on these courses can be found at www.conestogac.on.ca/electives.

 

Maintaining Student Files

  1. Official records of each student's education are maintained electronically by the Registrar.
  2. Administrative records related to your experience in the Program are maintained to demonstrate compliance with external and college requirements. This information is as follows:
Administrative Records
Student Information (if applicable) File Location and Student Access Retention

Pre Placement Health Requirements

  • Copies of information received from student.

In H.S Trax, by individual student access, accessed through My Conestoga

  • Each student has their own information on the Passport for provision to placement agencies.
  • For the duration of a student's stay in the Program.

Acknowledgement of WSIB understanding.

  • Signed electronically by student prior to the first field placements.
  • By Program, online.
  • For the duration of a student's stay in the Program.

Student Consents signed on admission electronically.

  • Student Consent for Release of Information.
  • Student Understanding of Professional Standards.
  • Student Understanding of Safety Requirements.
  • Filed electronically.
  • For the duration of a student's stay in the Program.
  1. Academic Files are set up as required for a student to document important matters relevant to a student's progress or to document and monitor resolution of concerns.
Academic Records
Student Information File Location and Student Access Retention

Documents related to academic progress

  • Correspondence regarding course equivalencies.
  • Correspondence regarding supplementary examinations.
  • Learning Contracts.
  • Disabilities Information and plans.
  • In Student File, maintained by the Program Coordinator, initially, and then filed during the student's stay in the Program – maintained by Program Assistant.
For 1 year following graduation or as required by accrediting body.
Records of Competency Attainment As above. As above.

Documents related to areas of concern

  • Interview records, supporting email documentation.
  • Student Rights and Responsibilities.
  • Incident reports.
  • Letters/emails of significant concern and replies.
  • Appeals .
As above. As above.
  1. Students may review the contents of their academic file by:
    • Requesting this in writing to the Program Coordinator.
    • Reviewing the file in the presence of the Program Coordinator.

Additional Information for Students

Below is information to supplement the information found in the Conestoga Student Guide.

  • Your Student Guide provides detailed information about dropping courses. If you are planning to drop a course, you must do so within the time period. If you have missed that time period, please see the Program Coordinator and she will advise you as to your options. Not attending does not constitute an official dropping of a course and will result in a grade of "F".

  • If you have completed courses from a college or university that you think may be very similar in content to courses in the Perioperative Nursing Certificate program you may be eligible for a course exemption. (Please note that to receive an exemption, courses must have been completed within the past 7 years and with a mark of at least 60 %.). If you would like to proceed with a request for exemptions, please contact the Credit Transfer Officer or your Program Coordinator. Please note that exemptions will not be processed until a student is registered in the Program. The exemption process will take some time (two-three weeks), and students should attend all scheduled courses until they receive the exemption as they will be responsible for all material covered in class should the exemption be denied. 

Work-Integrated Learning Experiences

Student Consent Forms

Students are required to complete program specific consent forms. To access the forms, students need to visit the WIL Document Services Community in myConestoga and click on the WIL Document Forms tab. 

Application to Program

All students must be accepted into the Program before partaking in Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) Experiences.

  • Submit a completed Conestoga College Program Application Form
  • Attach proof of admission requirements
  • Final selection is made following an assessment of the admission requirements

Pre-WIL Health and Safety Requirements

Mandatory work-integrated learning (WIL) health and safety requirements must be completed by students prior to student WIL experiences. Successful WIL completion is required for students to progress to program completion.  To qualify for WIL 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 TB testing
  • Standard First Aid and CPR (Level C, HCP, or BLS)
  • Mask fit completion
  • 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 WIL experiences which will jeopardize progress in the program. Acceptance for WIL is at the discretion of the agency; some agencies may request students to provide a VSS completed within six months of WIL start date. Students with criminal records are advised to meet with the program chair for academic counselling to determine program suitability.

Safety in the Workplace Course (OHS1320)

All students who participate in unpaid work-integrated learning (WIL) experiences during the course of their program will be required to successfully complete the mandatory Safety in the Workplace course prior to going out on WIL.  The course will provide students with an introduction to workplace hazards and general safety awareness. Students will receive a Record of Completion to provide evidence of this training to WIL experience sites and will consent to their workplace insurance coverage.

WSIB

Prior to your first WIL experience, you must electronically sign a Declaration of Understanding of WSIB Coverage related to Unpaid Clinical placements indicating you understand that WSIB coverage will be provided through the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities (MTCU) while you are on training WIL experiences. This Declaration will be placed in your student file. It is your responsibility to ensure that the Declaration of Understanding for WSIB Coverage as been electronically signed, in the Safety in the Workplace Course - OHS1320, and visible on your H.S. Trax home page to be eligible to attend your WIL experience.

Student Awards

Conestoga has more than 400 awards, bursaries, scholarships and academic grants available to Conestoga students. These funds are made available to our students through the partnerships we have established with local business and industry leaders. To be considered for an award, complete the General Application available through your Student Portal. Notifications and instructions to complete the application are sent to all full-time students’ email accounts in the fall semester (Deadline: First Friday in October) and winter semester (Deadline: First Friday in February). Visit the Student Financial Services on Conestoga’s website.

College Hours

Full-time courses at Conestoga are typically delivered during the following hours:

  • Monday to Thursday, 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM
  • Friday,  8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

In some instances, classes will be scheduled outside of this time frame to accommodate course, program, and college requirements.

Web-based Tools

Program courses may use web-based services with data centres outside of Canada. Students may be expected to complete assessments where information is transmitted outside of Canada. Students who do not wish to submit their information to other countries have the right to opt-out. It is the responsibility of the student to notify the instructor if they, in the first week of term or at the time assignment details are provided, wish to submit an alternate assignment.

Course examinations may be administered through a remote proctoring service to assure academic integrity. Ensure that you meet the system requirements that will allow the recording of your computer screen, webcam, and microphone.

Attendance at Evaluations

Working Together to Plan Your Success

Your success matters! As an emerging professional, it is important that you demonstrate the same professional attitude to your program that you will be required to demonstrate to your future workplace. Regular, punctual attendance, and active participation in scheduled classes, field and clinical placements, labs and any on-campus and off-campus activities scheduled by your program will help you to understand and master the learning complexities of your program.
If extenuating, unplanned circumstances require you to miss a class, please note that it is your responsibility to follow up with individual faculty members and to acquire any missed information.

Attendance for Evaluations

Evaluations are critical components of each course and your overall success in your program. An evaluation is defined as a test, exam, presentation or any other formal assessment that contributes to your course mark that requires your presence, in class or on-line. Please note that in many programs across the College, every field placement, clinical day, and lab/shop day is considered crucial to your overall learning and success and the expectation is that you attend.  If you are in a program that includes field or clinical placements, labs/shops, or any other on or off campus activities, it is essential that you discuss attendance requirements with your program faculty in order to understand expectations and consequences.  
Your attendance for all evaluations is a requirement. If there is a concerning pattern of absence from evaluations across your program, you may be asked to meet with the Program Coordinator and/or Student Advisor to discuss strategies for success.
While circumstances such as religious holidays and academic accommodations may necessitate rescheduling of evaluations and will be accommodated, please note that there will be no special arrangements made for rescheduling evaluations due to personal conflicts such as work or vacation plans.  

In order to facilitate a smooth implementation for all scheduled evaluations, both you and your program faculty have responsibilities which are listed below:

Faculty Responsibilities

  • To communicate all course obligations to you at the beginning of each semester through the Instructional Plan, including evaluation and presentation dates.
  • To communicate, in writing, any unplanned extenuating circumstances involving the college, the program or the faculty members that may require changes to the course schedule.
  • To provide alternative evaluation arrangements for missed evaluations/work due to recognized religious holidays as defined by the College Employer Council and documented accommodations through the Accessibility Office.
  • To accept alternative evaluation requests in good faith and examine based on the unique circumstances and students' individual needs.
  • To facilitate alternative evaluation arrangements as described below.

Student Responsibilities

  • To be informed about all course obligations and due dates.
  • To inform your faculty member in writing of the need to reschedule evaluations due to a religious holiday as defined by the College Employer Council.
  • If you have to be absent from any scheduled evaluation, report your absence on the Student Portal using the procedure below. You must do this prior to the start of the evaluation or risk receiving a mark of zero.

How to Report Absences on the Student Portal

  1. Log into the Student Portal and click on the 'Absence tab'.
  2. Indicate whether or not there is an assessment scheduled on that day by clicking 'Yes or No', as well as the reason for the absence (illness or other).
  3. Click 'Continue' to report the absence.
  4. Click 'I agree' to confirm the absence.
  5. You will receive a confirmation email that your absence has been recorded.

Important! Please note the following:

  • The earliest you can record an absence for a particular day, is after 8:00 p.m. the day before. You must report each day you are absent.
  • The Absence Recording System will show you as being absent for the day, starting from the time that you recorded the absence. For example, if you record your absence on a specific day at 11:00 a.m., the system will show you as being absent for all classes starting after 11:00 a.m. that day.
  • If you are going to be present for any other classes on the day for which you recorded an absence, please let the faculty member know by attending or following up by eConestoga or college email.
  • When you return to campus, make eConestoga or email contact immediately with the faculty member associated with the evaluation you missed in order to arrange appropriate follow up.

Valid Absence from Scheduled Evaluations Less than 20%

Conestoga recognizes that unexpected circumstances such as brief illness do arise during the semester and that a visit to a health practitioner may not be necessary. A valid absence from a scheduled evaluation worth less than 20% of the final grade which is not documented through the Accessibility Office or previously arranged due to religious holidays, will be accommodated once per course during the semester, subject to proper communication as described in the Student Responsibilities section above. If the evaluation cannot be rescheduled, (for example an experiential activity, lab or participation in a group presentation) reallocation of marks to another evaluation item will be determined by faculty and communicated to student via email to their eConestoga or college email address, or documented on an interview record and signed off by both faculty member and student.

Absence from additional scheduled evaluations worth less than 20% in the same course may require documentation for verification.

Valid Absence from Scheduled Evaluations 20% or More

Absence from scheduled evaluations worth 20% or more of the final grade that are not documented through the Accessibility Office or arranged due to religious holidays, will require appropriate documentation for verification, subject to proper communication as described in the Student Responsibilities section above.

Alternative Evaluation Arrangements

  • Faculty members will determine alternative evaluation arrangements as appropriate.
  • Students will complete any necessary forms. 
  • Students are required to complete the alternative evaluation as scheduled. If an evaluation cannot be rescheduled (for example an experiential activity or participation in a group presentation) reallocation of marks will be determined by faculty and communicated to student via eConestoga or college email, or documented on an interview record and signed off by both faculty member and student.
  • Tests will be made up in the Conestoga Test Centre in the following week, or by individual arrangements with course faculty member.
  • If the evaluation is to be conducted in the Conestoga Test Centre, students will be asked to show their ONECard* before permitted to write the test.

* Students taking part-time courses or in programs where a OneCard is not provided may be asked to show alternate ID.

Program Handbook Revision Log

Last Revised By Whom
July 9, 2015 Nicole Dorscht
July 15, 2015 Lori Peppler-Beechey
June 22, 2016 Michelle Heyer
June 23, 2016 Jillian Grant
June 6, 2017 Brett Gibson
June 5, 2018 Kim Myre
July 5, 2019
Julia Rodricks

Accommodation Disclaimer

Conestoga College provides an equitable environment where all students have the opportunity to participate in College life. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and the Ontario Human Rights Code, Conestoga recognizes its responsibility and legal obligation to provide education, information and services in an accessible manner.

Conestoga's  Accessible Learning services provide support for students with permanent and temporary disabilities who feel they are encountering barriers to learning. They work with students to understand the impact of a disability in the college environment and will help develop a success plan that considers student goals and required academic accommodations. Accessible Learning will also communicate necessary accomodations to professors on behalf of the student. 

To consult with an Accessibility Advisor about accommodations please make an appointment by emailing  accessibility@conestogac.on.ca or calling 519-748-5220 ext. 3232.

Exceptions for non-accessiblity focused issues need to be consulted on with your professor. Final approval for exceptions unrelated to academic accomodations rests with the program chair.