Registered Nurse - Cardiac Care (Part-time)
- Ontario College Graduate Certificate
- Program Code:
- Health & Life Sciences
About the ProgramThis program focuses on the care of the adult client with acute cardiac problems. Emphasis is on the anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system, arrhythmia interpretation, assessment skills, advanced cardiac monitoring, and client care including prevention, management and rehabilitation.
Note: All courses require College of Nurses registration. RPN's are eligible to take individual courses but they are not eligible to register or complete the program certificate at this time.
Program InformationAll courses must be completed within 5 years of acceptance into the program.
- Current College of Nurses Certificate of Registration as an RN
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.
- Mandatory practicum health and safety requirements must be completed by students prior to student field/clinical placements. Clinical placements are only available to students registered in the program and must be arranged by the Placement Office. Successful placement completion is required for students to progress to program completion. To qualify for field/clinical placement learning experiences, students must present the following:
- A complete immunization record including MMR, Tdap, Varicella, and Hepatitis B. Seasonal flu vaccination is required during flu season (October - March).
- TB Testing: Evidence of current 2-step or previous 2-step + current 1-step if more than one year has passed since 2-step testing.
- Standard First Aid and CPR - HCP level
- An annual Police Check for Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS). Police Checks must be clear of any unpardoned criminal offences. An unclear criminal record may result in the inability to participate in field placement/clinical which will jeopardize progress in the program. Acceptance for placement is at the discretion of the agency; some agencies may request students to provide a VSS completed within six months of placement start date. Students with criminal records are advised to meet with the program chair for academic counselling to determine program suitability.
- Applicants are advised that a latex-free environment in the College or clinical setting is NOT guaranteed.
- Travel within the program: Students are responsible for arranging their own travel to and from assigned learning settings external to the College and for covering any costs incurred. The location of these learning sites could be anywhere within a one hour's drive of the Doon campus.
- Applicants should display integrity, reliability, maturity, self-direction, self-discipline, determination, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, poise and leadership attributes.
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
- Apply his/her knowledge of anatomy and physiology to cardiovascular pathological disorders and disease processes.
- Interpret basic and more complex arrhythmias.
- Recognize changes in 12 and 15 Lead ECG and know how it relates to cardiovascular disease.
- Use the nursing process in the management of clients with cardiac disorders.
- Discuss appropriate pharmacological interventions necessary for effective client care.
- Assist cardiac clients develop individualized rehabilitation programs.
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|
|NURS8115||Basic Cardiac Arrhythmias
Description: Diseases of the heart affect a large percentage of the North American population. Members of health care professions need to maintain up-to-date knowledge of the most common cardiac arrhythmias to practice effectively. This course provides an introduction to common cardiac arrhythmias covering topics such as cardiac physiology, lead placement, identification of sinus rhythms, mechanisms of common arrhythmias, pacemaker rhythms and life-threatening arrhythmias. Significant nursing interventions to deal with these arrhythmias will be addressed. This course is a foundation for the Cardiac Care, Critical Care and Emergency Nursing certificate programs.
|NURS8150||Coronary Care Nursing
Description: Admission: Current Certificate of Registration - RN. Anatomy and physiology are studied in detail with emphasis on myocardial contraction, electrophysiology, control mechanisms of the heart and cardiac output. Topics will include the pathophysiology of coronary artery disease, angina, myocardial infarction and associated implications, hypertension and heart failure, as well as cardiomyopathies and traumatic injury of the heart. Each of these units will include a discussion of pathological processes, diagnostic tools and assessment, medical treatment and nursing management. This course is part of the Cardiac Care and Critical Care programs.
Description: Admission: RN, RPN, EMCA, ECG Technicians. (The pre-requisite of NURS8115 is not required for EMCA.) Enhance your assessment skills by learning to read ECGs. This course will introduce you to the basic principles of the 12 Lead ECG. Time will also be spent on recognizing ischemia and myocardial infarctions on the electrocardiogram. This course is part of the Cardiac Care and Emergency Nursing programs.
Description: This course focuses on key aspects and principles of hemodynamic monitoring. The cardiovascular system will be reviewed. Hemodynamic monitoring equipment, interpretation of normal and abnormal waveforms, and troubleshooting will be addressed. Assessment, application and utilization of pharmacologic agents will be explored in connection with the clinical nursing management of a client being monitored using invasive techniques.
|NURS8180||Advanced Cardiac Arrhythmia
Description: Admission: RN, EMCA. So, you have been working with monitored clients and feel comfortable with the basic arrhythmias you see on a daily basis. Often you find yourself being puzzled by a complex rhythm strip or have heard about less common arrhythmias and want to find out more about them. If so, this is the course for you. Topics include: mechanisms of arrhythmias, aberrancy vs. ectopy, how certain cardiac drugs and eletroytes affect the ECG, rhythms involving accessory pathways, i.e. WPW or Lown-Ganong-Levine, differentiating narrows vs. wide complex tachycardias. Pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatment of these arrhythmias will be discussed. Finally, this course will review methods of cardiac pacing, discuss cardioversion vs. defibrillation and review principles of internal cardiac defibrillators (ICD). This course is part of the Cardiac Care program.
|NURS8190||Clinical Practicum - Cardiac Care
Description: The theory that you have learned in the prerequisite courses will merge together in this practicum. The clinical area in which the student is placed is negotiated by the student and the Placement Coordinator and should meet the student's individual learning objectives. The arears that might be considered include a CCU, CVICU, Cardiac Step Down Unit, Cardiology, Cardiac Surgery, Echo Lab, Cardiac Catheterization Lab, Stress Lab, Heart Function Clinic, Pacemaker Clinic or Cardiac Rehab. The preceptorship model is used to assist the learner in gaining specific experiences which enable him/her to develop and enhance competencies in Cardiac Care. The student will develop his/her own objectives and the placement should facilitate the meeting of these objectives.
Pre-Requisites: NURS8115, NURS8150, NURS8170, NURS8180, NURS8605, OHS1320, NURS8160
|NURS8605||Medication Management of Cardiovascular Emergencies
Description: Admission: Current Certificate of RN, RPN, or EMCA. Convulsions! Cardiac-Respiratory Arrest! Hyperthermia! Overdose! Shock! Congestive Heart Failure! Remember the last time a client experienced these and other emergencies in front of you? Did you know why the drugs were ordered? Did you know what effects to look for? This course will help you update your knowledge and skills in the administration of the more commonly used emergency drugs. Drug interactions, compatabilities and relevant interventions will be reviewed. Learn to reduce your stress level in a crisis situation by knowing these drugs and how to administer them. This course is part of the Cardiac Care program.
|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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