Oncology Nursing - Registered Practical Nurse (Graduate Certificate) (Part-time)
- Ontario College Graduate Certificate
- Program Code:
- Continuing Education
About the ProgramThis fully online, post-diploma program is designed to provide the RPN with a theoretical knowledge base in Oncology Nursing and develop increased competence within the RPN scope of practice.
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.
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
Send completed applications to:
299 Doon Valley Dr
Canada N2G 4M4
How to Register for CoursesGo 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.
Learn more about PLAR.
Graduate OpportunitiesFor more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca
Program Related Resources
- Respond to the psycho-social impact of cancer on the patient and his/her family.
- Utilize knowledge of the concepts of incidence trends, prevention and detection measures and diagnosis and treatment of cancer within the RPN's scope of practice.
- Use appropriate supportive care symptom management strategies for the cancer patient within the RPN's scope of practice.
- Identify and support clinical and nursing management of the most common cancers including pediatric cancers within the RPN scope of practice.
- Outline the relationship between the development and spread of cancer as they relate to the RPN scope of practice
- Use patient teaching techniques to convey necessary information to patients and families
- Identify oncologic complications from the RPN's perspective.
- Identify and articulate ethical issues related to the RPN scope pf practice within oncology nursing care.
- Outline the relationship between current diagnostic tests and cancer therapies as they relate to the RPN scope of practice.
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|
|PNUR8400||Oncology Nursing 1 RPN Cancer and Its Supportive Care
Description: Learn the fundamentals of how cancer develops and spreads and its incidence and prevalence. Supportive care for the cancer patient is also covered and includes topics such as lack of energy, care settings, feedings, suffering relief, emotional challenges and intimacy.
|PNUR8410||Oncology Nursing 2 RPN: Cancer Diseases and Specific Care
Description: The pathophysiology and clinical and nursing management of the most common cancers are discussed. Pediatric cancers are included. PNUR8400 is nornally a prerequisite for this course, however, it can be taken concurrently with PNUR8400 if you have significant experience in oncology.
|PNUR8420||Oncology Nursing 3 RPN: Cancer Therapies
Description: Principles and roles of various cancer therapies are covered including surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, biotherapy, bone marrow transplantation and cancer clinical trials. Oncologic complications are explained from the practical nurse's perspective.
|PNUR8430||Oncology Nursing 4 RPN: Cancer Support Therapies and Symptom Management
Description: Cancer supportive therapies and symptom management within the RPN scope of practice include skin barriers, immune suppressions, oral mucous membranes, altered functioning, teaching, palliation, care giving by family, ethics, breathing problems, sleep disorders, nausea and vomiting. Ethical issues in oncologic nursing and the role of teaching the patient and family within the scope of the practical nurse are discussed.
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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.