Practical Nursing (Certificate to Diploma)

Ontario College Diploma (8 courses) Part-time On Campus
Program Code: 1704B02PWO Academic Year: 2016/2017


This program is listed under the following fields of study:

Our Program

Do you have a Registered Practical Nursing certificate and want to upgrade your career to current College of Nurses of Ontario entry-level for practice? If so, this program prepares you to meet those entry to practice competencies and gain a Practical Nursing Diploma.

To qualify for this certificate, you must complete the program within four years.

Success Factors

This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Enjoy the challenges of working with and accepting people of all ages and stages of development and of varying backgrounds.
  • Possess good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Enjoy working with others as a member of a team or in a leadership role.
  • Possess strong problem-solving and analytical skills.
  • Are dedicated patient advocates.
  • Possess ability to handle physically demanding situations.
  • Possess maturity and are flexible.

Your Career

Registered Practical Nurses work closely with healthcare teams in a variety of settings including long term care, acute care and community establishments, such as nursing homes, retirement homes and/or non-profit agencies.

Graduates must be licensed by the College of Nurses of Ontario in order to practise in Ontario.

Fees & Expenses

Fees for part-time programs are charged on a course-by-course basis and are published on each individual course page. For questions related to fees, please call the Registrar's Office at 613-727-0002.

Graduation Fee

Once you have completed all the courses in the program, it is the responsibility of the student to contact the Registrar's Office to obtain a certificate/diploma application. A graduation fee of $40 will be charged when the application is submitted. When your certificate/diploma application has been approved, you will be invited to Spring or Fall Convocation.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility
  • Current Registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario.
  • Employment in a clinical setting as an RPN within the past five years. Administration of Medications Certificate (if not within your basic program).
Program Eligibility
  • Current Registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario.
  • Employment in a clinical setting as an RPN within the past five years. Administration of Medications Certificate (if not within your basic program).

Notes

Not all courses are available each term. Therefore, you should make every effort to enrol in courses when they are offered.

Courses: NSG5613 Nursing of Children (Theory) and NSG5780 Maternal Infant Nursing are offered only online with one class at Algonquin College-Woodroffe Campus.

Course PFP1020 is offered online and may be taken as a substitute to course PSY5609.
Course PFP1030 is offered online and may be taken as a substitute to course SOC5605.

Course NSG0026 is taken to ensure the RPN is currently practising up to their scope of practise. Format of this course depends on the current employment status of the student. Please contact the coordinator of the program for further details. Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) may be used for this course if certain conditions are met. Please discuss with the coordinator.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact Coordinator Mary Jane Burrows at burrowm@algonquincollege.com or 613-727-4723 ext. 5085.

Courses

On campus: On Campus
Course
Number
HoursCourse NameSummer
NSG005660.0Health Assessment for Rns and RPNsOn Campus
SOC560545.0Principles of Sociology

SOC5605 Principles of Sociology

Sociology is the study of human society and social behaviour. Learners explore Canadian perspectives related to sociological concepts, such as the sociological approach, society, culture, socialization, groups, social stratification, and social class and social change. Focus is on exploring sociology concepts in the Canadian context.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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PSY560945.0Introduction to Psychology

PSY5609 Introduction to Psychology

With its applications to behaviour and personality, psychology extends its reach into many aspects of our personal lives. The broad applications of this social science in both an applied and theoretical context are premised on a number of fundamental principles. Students explore research that defines the current boundaries of the discipline and interact with a number of the foundational concepts that resonate throughout daily life and popular culture. Focus is on differing schools of thought in psychology.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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NSG512330.0Nursing Research

NSG5123 Nursing Research

Nursing practice is informed by a variety of evidence. Learners are introduced to differing aspects of knowledge, skill and judgement necessary to support evidence-informed practice. Emphasis is placed on valuing nursing research and evidence-informed practice. Focus is on exploring aspects, such as finding differing types of evidence and critical evaluation including ethics and rigour.

Pre-requisites: BIO5200 and ENL1813S and NSG5110 and NSG5112L and NSG5112P and NSG5113 and PSY5609

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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NSG680430.0Nursing in Geriatric Mental Health

NSG6804 Nursing in Geriatric Mental Health

Participants explore socio-cultural factors impacting on the geriatric client/family and significant others. They gain an understanding of the normal aging process, characteristics of aging and common reactions to stress in old age. Various mental disorders of the elderly are examined. Participants use the nursing process to plan care relating to mental disorders and dementia. Specific interventions are identified, as well as community resources available to meet the needs of persons with a geriatric mental health issue and their families.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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NSG578045.0Maternal Infant Nursing (Theory)On Campus
NSG561345.0Nursing of Children (Theory)On Campus
NSG002690.0Lab/Practicum

NSG0026 Lab/Practicum

Students demonstrate that they are current in their scope of practice as an RPN. This can be validated by PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment Recognition). Before attempting this clinical you must have; current CNO registration, CPR Level C, criminal record check for the vulnerable sector (PRCSV) and completed Algonquin College Health Assessment Form and/or Immunization Form. A seasonal flu shot is required.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

NSG0056 Health Assessment for Rns and RPNs

RNs or RPNs develop basic skills in the physical assessment of adults. Focus is on normal vs. abnormal findings in physical assessment. Focus is also on history-taking, health promotion and physical assessment of all body systems.

SOC5605 Principles of Sociology

Sociology is the study of human society and social behaviour. Learners explore Canadian perspectives related to sociological concepts, such as the sociological approach, society, culture, socialization, groups, social stratification, and social class and social change. Focus is on exploring sociology concepts in the Canadian context.

PSY5609 Introduction to Psychology

With its applications to behaviour and personality, psychology extends its reach into many aspects of our personal lives. The broad applications of this social science in both an applied and theoretical context are premised on a number of fundamental principles. Students explore research that defines the current boundaries of the discipline and interact with a number of the foundational concepts that resonate throughout daily life and popular culture. Focus is on differing schools of thought in psychology.

NSG5123 Nursing Research

Nursing practice is informed by a variety of evidence. Learners are introduced to differing aspects of knowledge, skill and judgement necessary to support evidence-informed practice. Emphasis is placed on valuing nursing research and evidence-informed practice. Focus is on exploring aspects, such as finding differing types of evidence and critical evaluation including ethics and rigour.

Pre-requisites: BIO5200 and ENL1813S and NSG5110 and NSG5112L and NSG5112P and NSG5113 and PSY5609

NSG6804 Nursing in Geriatric Mental Health

Participants explore socio-cultural factors impacting on the geriatric client/family and significant others. They gain an understanding of the normal aging process, characteristics of aging and common reactions to stress in old age. Various mental disorders of the elderly are examined. Participants use the nursing process to plan care relating to mental disorders and dementia. Specific interventions are identified, as well as community resources available to meet the needs of persons with a geriatric mental health issue and their families.

NSG5780 Maternal Infant Nursing (Theory)

Designed to examine the current assessment and planning needs required to nurse patients in: pregnancy, labour, delivery and puerperium and high risk pregnancy.

NSG5613 Nursing of Children (Theory)

Students are introduced to current assessment, planning, and nursing interventions utilized for children from toddler to adolescence. Emphasis is placed on the nursing process as the student learns about normal growth and development, as well as nursing and medical interventions for common illnesses.

NSG0026 Lab/Practicum

Students demonstrate that they are current in their scope of practice as an RPN. This can be validated by PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment Recognition). Before attempting this clinical you must have; current CNO registration, CPR Level C, criminal record check for the vulnerable sector (PRCSV) and completed Algonquin College Health Assessment Form and/or Immunization Form. A seasonal flu shot is required.