Infusion Nursing (Part-time)
- Ontario College Graduate Certificate
- Program Code:
- Health & Life Sciences
About the ProgramAdvances in medical science have resulted in widespread use of infusion therapy in all health care settings. This program will provide the nurse with knowledge and skills in all aspects of infusion therapy in the adult population with special considerations for the older adult. The curriculum involves a review of pertinent anatomy and physiology.
Program InformationAll courses must be completed within 5 years of acceptance into the program.
- Current College of Nurses of Ontario Certificate of Registration as a Registered Practical Nurse, Registered Nurse OR documentation of status as a Regulated Health Professional with the permission of the coordinator.
Note re: Admission Requirements
- Applicants possessing degrees/diplomas from institutions where the language of instruction was not English will be required to provide test scores as evidence of their English language proficiency. Test scores, if required, would be a minimum of TOEFL iBT 88; IELTS 6.5 with no bands less than 6.0; CAEL 70 with no sub-test band scores less than 60; PTE Academic 58; Conestoga English Language Test (CELT) Band 6; or equivalent scores in other recognized standard tests of English.
- We offer a language program for students whose English language skills are below the standard required for admission but all other admission criteria have been met. An applicant will be eligible for admission to the graduate certificate program after completion of level 4 of the General Arts and Science - English Language Studies (ELS) program with an overall grade average of 80% and no grade less than 75%. Placement in the ELS program is determined by scores on an in-house English language test or TOEFL or IELTS.
- Submit a completed Conestoga College Program Application Form.
- Attach proof of Admission Requirements.
- Final selection is made following an assessment of the admission requirements.
How to ApplyStudents 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
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Program Related Resources
- Apply knowledge of anatomy and physiology to infusion therapy practice.
- Examine the legal and quality assurance aspects related to infusion therapy practices ensuring alignment with ethical and professional practice.
- Apply aseptic techniques in infusion therapy to prevent infection.
- Demonstrate psychomotor critical thinking skills to ensure effective nursing management for clients receiving infusion therapy and total parenteral nutrition.
- Explore the nurse's role in managing infusion therapy as it relates to the context and setting of care.
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 Code||Course Title||Status|
|NURS8231||Blood Component Therapy
Description: Admission: Current Certificate of Registration - RN or RPN. When is a blood transfusion indicated? What are the risks associated with transfusion therapy? This course will enable the participants to understand the basic concepts, equipment, complications and nursing care measures associated with patients receiving blood component therapy. This course will be of particular interest to those whose responsibilities include the administration and monitoring of blood transfusions. This course may serve also as a review for Registered Laboratory Technologists. This course is part of both the IV Therapy - Registered Nurse and Registered Practical Nurse program.
|NURS8266||Central Venous Lines
Description: Admission: Current Certificate of Registration - RN or RPN. Insertion and use of central venous lines as a specific application for Intravenous Therapy presents unique responsibilities for Health Care Professionals. Understanding of these responsibilities is developed in this course through a practical approach which describes insertion and care of these lines and the accompanying risks and complications. Scrubs/lab coat attire and closed shoes are expected during course. This course is part of both the IV Therapy - Registered Nurse and Registered Practical Nurse program.
|NURS8325||Troubleshooting Infusion Therapy
Description: This 10-hour course provides the learner with an opportunity to troubleshoot infusion lines in a simulated learning environment. A focus will be placed on skills development and best practices, featuring course objectives on safety, documentation, accountability, and communication.
Pre-Requisites: NURS8231, NURS8266, NURS8335, NURS8517, NURS8522, NURS8425
|NURS8335||Anatomy And Physiology For Infusion Therapy
Description: This course is designed to enable students to review the components of anatomy and physiology related to infusion therapy. Normal cellular homeostasis including maintenance of fluid, electrolytes and acid-base balance will be discussed and linked to types of crystalloid and colloid intravenous fluids commonly seen in clinical practice.
|NURS8425||Professional Practice in Infusion Therapy
Description: Advances in technology have altered and expanded the use of infusion therapy, both in the hospital and in the community. Healthcare professionals are responsible for the implementation and maintenance of this vital therapeutic tool. This course provides the student with knowledge of infusion therapy equipment and the legal responsibilities of the nurse when administering and maintaining infusion therapy. Case scenarios will be used to enhance the course content and assist students in applying information they have learnt.
|NURS8517||Starting Intravenous Lines and Venipuncture
Description: This 2 day course demonstrates best practices in intravenous insertion and venipuncture. Guidelines for vein selection, review of devices, infection control, insertion techniques and obtaining blood samples will be practiced in a lab setting. A focus will be placed on skills development, best practices, safety, accountability and documentation. This course may not provide sufficient clinical preparation to meet the requirements of all agencies; specific requirements must be obtained through the agency.
|NURS8522||Intravenous Drugs and Patient Controlled Analgesia
Description: This course is designed to provide the participant with the knowledge and principles of administering intravenous drugs through a variety of infusion techniques and managing patient controlled analgesia. The principles of compatibility, preparation, administration and responsibilities in administering intravenous drugs including patient controlled analgesia will be discussed. A focus will be placed on nursing assessment, patient and device monitoring, mathematical calculations, and client/family teaching.
|Electives: Program Option|
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Description: Admission: Current Certificate of Registration - RN or RPN. Cytotoxic drugs are recognized as primary treatment for malignant disease. Knowledge of the treatment goals, modes of action of chemotherapeutic agents, principles of tumour growth and cell kill, and administration protocol are all essential for the safe and effective use of these drugs. This course is part of both the IV Therapy - Registered Nurse and Registered Practical Nurse programs.
Description: This course provides an overview of parenteral nutrition (PN) and the general guidelines for nursing practice. Both the central and peripheral methods of parenteral nutrition are discussed including risk management and quality assurance as they are applied to hospital and home care settings.
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