Registered Nurse - Oncology Nursing (Part-time)
- Ontario College Graduate Certificate
- Program Code:
- Continuing Education
About the ProgramThis 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 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 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.
- Students must be registered in the program to be eligible for the Clinical Practicum.
- Medical criteria must be met prior to beginning the Clinical Practicum.
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.
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Program Related Resources
- Use the nursing process to collect data, identify problems, plan interventions, evaluate the care of individuals with cancer and adapt accordingly.
- Acquire and use the knowledge of the concepts of epidemiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of cancer in the oncology nursing role.
- Utilize appropriate approaches to symptom management throughout the patient's phases of illness.
- Assess and respond to the psychosocial impact of cancer on the patient and his family throughout the phases of illness.
- Develop strategies for staff to cope with the impact of caring for cancer patients and their families.
- Utilize community and outreach resources for the care of the individual with cancer and his family.
- Implement a teaching plan for cancer patients and family based on sound teaching - learning principles and including all phases of diagnosis and treatment.
- Explain the prevention and detection measures as they relate to various cancer types/sites.
- Assess the role of patient rights in cancer care to optimize oncology nursing care.
- Analyze the nurse's role with respect to clinical trials and alternative therapies.
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|
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
Pre-Requisites: NURS8810, NURS8820, NURS8830, NURS8840
|NURS8860||Oncology Nursing Practicum RN
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.
Pre-Requisites: OHS1320, NURS8850
|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.
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