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Registered Nurse - Oncology Nursing (Part-time)

Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Program Code:
Continuing Education

About the Program

This post-diploma program develops and enhances the nurse's oncology knowledge and skill, and assists the RN preparing to write the national CNA certification exam in Oncology Nursing. All courses in the program are offered online except the Clinical Practicum. The courses provide a theoretical knowledge base in Oncology Nursing and are followed by a clinical placement targeted at the application of concepts learned throughout the program.

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

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.

Learn more about PLAR.

Graduate Opportunities

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Program Courses

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Course Information
Course Code Course Title Status
FPLT8240 Field Placement (RN Oncology Nursing)
Description: Apply theory to the clinical setting(s) which best suits your needs. With instructor assistance, goals and strategies are identified to meet your learning needs.
Hours: 60
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: OHS71320, OHS1320, NURS8850
NURS8810 Oncology Nursing 1 RN Clinical Aspects & Supportive Therapy
Description: Clinical aspects of cancer and supportive therapies include pathophysiology, genetics, prevention, screening and detection, diagnosis and staging, fatigue, care settings, resources, nutrition, pain, protective, psychosocial, sexual, quality-of-life issues.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
NURS8820 Oncology Nursing 2 RN Clinical Management of Major Cancer Diseases
Description: Topics include nursing management of major cancer diseases including cancer of the brain and CNS, breast, colon/rectal, GI and GU regions, gynecologic, head and neck, HIV related cancers, leukemia, lung, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, skin and pediatric cancers. NURS8810 is nornally a prerequisite for this course, however, it can be taken concurrently with NURS8810 if you have significant experience in oncology.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
NURS8830 Oncology Nursing 3 RN Cancer Treatment Modalities and Oncologic Complications
Description: This course covers 10 oncologic complications, cancer treatment modalities of surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, biotherapy, bone marrow transplant, cancer clinical trials and unproven therapies.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
NURS8840 Oncology Nursing 4 RN Cancer Supportive Therapies and Symptom Management
Description: Cancer supportive therapies and symptom management include skin integrity, bone marrow suppression, oral mucositis, functional status, patient education, palliative care, family caregiving, ethical considerations, dyspnea, sleep disturbances, nausea, hot flashes.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
NURS8850 Oncology Nursing 5 - Comprehensive Review
Description: A comprehensive review of all four oncology courses. This course will also prepare the RN to write the national certification exam in Oncology Nursing.
Hours: 75
Credits: 5
Pre-Requisites: NURS8810, NURS8820, NURS8830, NURS8840
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


The College reserves the right to alter information including requirements and fees and to cancel at any time a program, course, or program major or option; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies in the job market or for budgetary reasons; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations, over-acceptance of offers of admission, budgetary constraints, or for other such reasons. In the event the College exercises such a right, the College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to the College.

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.


Program Contact

Debbie Richardson,, (519) 748-5220 ext. 2488

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