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Registered Practical Nurse - Oncology Nursing (Part-time)

Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Program Code:
Continuing Education

About the Program

This 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 Information

All courses must be completed within 3 years of acceptance into the program.

Admission Requirements

Note re: Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

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 Outcomes

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
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.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3


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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