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Registered Nurse - Critical Care Nursing (Part-time)

Credential:
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Program Code:
0479
School:
Health & Life Sciences and Community Services

About the Program

Through theory and supervised clinical practice using the nursing process, this program focuses on stabilizing and caring for the critically ill adult client. Because the program has a flexible curriculum design, it will meet the needs of both the experienced critical care nurse and the nurse who wants to move into this specialty area.
Note: All courses require College of Nurses registration. RPN's are eligible to take individual courses but they are not eligible to register or complete the program certificate at this time.
Note: All courses require College of Nurses registration.

Program Information

All courses must be completed within 5 years of acceptance into the program.

Admission Requirements

Note re: Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

Program Requirements

How to Apply

Students may obtain a Conestoga College Program Application Form from any Conestoga College campus, OR by writing directly to the Registrar's Office, OR by using the college website at www.conestogac.on.ca/admissions/forms

Send completed applications to:
Conestoga College
Admissions Office
299 Doon Valley Dr
Kitchener, Ontario
Canada N2G 4M4

How to Register for Courses

Go to How to Register for detailed registration information.

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.

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Graduate Opportunities

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Program Courses

Click on the course code or title below for a full description of the course. If available for registration, clicking on "Details" in the status column will open a new browser tab or window in the Student Portal.

Course Information
Course Code Course Title Status
NURS8115 Basic Cardiac Arrhythmias
Description: Diseases of the heart affect a large percentage of the North American population. Members of health care professions need to maintain up-to-date knowledge of the most common cardiac arrhythmias to practice effectively. This course provides an introduction to common cardiac arrhythmias covering topics such as cardiac physiology, lead placement, identification of sinus rhythms, mechanisms of common arrhythmias, pacemaker rhythms and life-threatening arrhythmias. Significant nursing interventions to deal with these arrhythmias will be addressed. This course is a foundation for the Cardiac Care, Critical Care and Emergency Nursing certificate programs.
Hours: 21
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Details
NURS8150 Coronary Care Nursing
Description: Admission: Current Certificate of Registration - RN. Anatomy and physiology are studied in detail with emphasis on myocardial contraction, electrophysiology, control mechanisms of the heart and cardiac output. Topics will include the pathophysiology of coronary artery disease, angina, myocardial infarction and associated implications, hypertension and heart failure, as well as cardiomyopathies and traumatic injury of the heart. Each of these units will include a discussion of pathological processes, diagnostic tools and assessment, medical treatment and nursing management. This course is part of the Cardiac Care and Critical Care programs.
Hours: 36
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: NURS8115
CoRequisites:
Closed
NURS8170 Hemodynamic Monitoring
Description: This course focuses on key aspects and principles of hemodynamic monitoring. The cardiovascular system will be reviewed. Hemodynamic monitoring equipment, interpretation of normal and abnormal waveforms, and troubleshooting will be addressed. Assessment, application and utilization of pharmacologic agents will be explored in connection with the clinical nursing management of a client being monitored using invasive techniques.
Hours: 12
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites: NURS8115
CoRequisites:
Details
NURS8395 Professional Issues in Critical Care
Description: Admission: Current Certificate of Registration - RN. This course will be a thread through the entire Critical Care Program. It will bring in such topics as leadership, professionalism, legalities, crisis management, ethics and communication skills.
Hours: 36
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
NURS8405 Gastrointestinal Nursing
Description: Admission: Current Certificate of Registration - RN This course will review the anatomy and physiology of the gastrointestinal tract, including accessory organs and their relationship to the mechanisms involved in food digestion and absorption. Specific gastrointestinal ailments will be discussed using the criteria of etiology, pathophysiology, clinical manifestation, medical management and nursing management. Common diagnostic and laboratory tests will be reviewed. The role of pharmocology and total parenteral nutrition will be incorporated. A general overview of multi-organ transplants will be covered as well as homeostasis and red blood cell formation. This course is part of the Critical Care program.
Hours: 24
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
NURS8410 Renal Nursing
Description: This course enables the student to understand the functioning of the renal system, the effects of renal dysfunction on other body systems and the manifestations of acute renal failure and end-stage renal disease. The course reviews treatment modalities including peritoneal dialysis, hemodialysis, continuous renal replacement therapies and renal transplantation. Nursing assessment, responsibilities and interventions will focus on critical care aspects as well as consider the impact of renal disease and its management on the patient and family. The importance of multidisciplinary team management is also emphasized.
Hours: 24
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Details
NURS8420 Neurological Nursing
Description: This course provides an overview of nervous system anatomy and physiology, neurological assessment and diagnostics, and the medical and nursing management of a variety of neurological disorders in critical care. In addition, legal and ethical issues commonly encountered in neurological nursing will be explored. The care of clients undergoing neurosurgery will be briefly reviewed. Associated pharmacological interventions will be explored.
Hours: 36
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
NURS8430 Physiological Concepts of Critical Care I
Description: This course provides a theoretical basis for the body systems and clinical components that follow in the Critical Care Nursing Program. Topics covered will include: hormones, endocrinology, blood components and immunology. Normal physiology and common pathophysiological conditions will be reviewed. NOTE: Physiological Concepts of Critical Care Nursing I and II have replaced Foundations of Critical Care NURS8400. Students who have taken the Foundations of Critical Care course are therefore exempt from taking Physiological Concepts of Critical Care Nursing I and II.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Details
NURS8440 Physiological Concepts of Critical Care II
Description: This course continues a basis for the theoretical body systems and clinical components that follow in the Critical Care Nursing Program. Topics covered will include cellular homeostasis, hematology, endocrinology and shock. Methods of invasive monitoring, measurement and equipment maintenance are included.
Hours: 21
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: NURS8430
CoRequisites:
Details
NURS8455 Clinical Practicum - Critical Care
Description: Experience gained in neurology, cardiovascular, respirology, gastrointestinal and renal nursing will provide opportunity for students to apply theory concepts to reality in the critical care setting. The student will develop his/her own learning objectives and the placement should facilitate meeting these objectives. The preceptorship model is used to assist the learner in gaining specific experiences which enable him/her to develop and enhance competencies in a critical care setting.
Hours: 120
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites: NURS8115, NURS8150, NURS8170, NURS8395, NURS8405, NURS8410, NURS8420, NURS8440, NURS8460, OHS1320
CoRequisites:
Closed
NURS8460 Pulmonary Nursing
Description: Pulmonary physiology and physiologic changes that occur in pathological states are studied, including respiratory failure, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, shock lung, pulmonary edema, and pulmonary embolus. The management of patients with acute respiratory failure, acute lung disease, and chronic pulmonary disease as well as the physiologic effects of ventilator therapy on the major body systems are emphasized in this critical care nursing course. Assessment of the patient with respiratory disease is reviewed, with emphasis on physiologic monitoring, measurement and assessment of the thorax and the lungs, and related systemic changes.
Hours: 36
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
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:
Closed

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Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.

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Jennifer Harrison, jjharrison@conestogac.on.ca, 519-748-5220 ext. 8034

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