Bachelor of Science in Nursing


The Bachelor of Science of Nursing program at Algonquin College is offered in collaboration with the University of Ottawa, educating nurses at the undergraduate level.

Degree
4 Year(s)

Program Code: 0616X01FWO
Academic Year: 2016/2017


Our Program

This is a four-year program offered in collaboration with the University of Ottawa.  Students have the opportunity to experience classroom laboratory and clinical learning in a wide variety of settings. The program prepares graduates to take on the role of Registered Nurses, offering quality care within the healthcare system.  Key program outcomes include developing critical thinking and communication skills, as students become professional nurses dedicated to lifelong learning and using information to solve problems as  part of healthcare teams.   Students may select the University of Ottawa, Algonquin (Ottawa) or Algonquin (Pembroke) site for their studies.  Students studying at Algonquin Ottawa take some of their courses in 1st year at the Ottawa University site. Students studying at Algonquin Pembroke take all of their courses in Pembroke.  Upon completion, all students graduate with a BScN from the University of Ottawa. Furthermore, graduates of the program are prepared to pursue graduate studies (Masters, Nurse Practitioner).

Acting within the context of an interprofessional team, BScN graduates are in high demand and may work in hospitals, community health agencies, long-term care facilities and a variety of other settings across Canada and around the world.

SUCCESS FACTORS

This program is well-suited for students who:
  • Enjoy the challenges of working with people of all ages, developmental stages and diverse backgrounds.
  • Possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Like working with others as a member of a team or in a leadership role.
  • Have strong problem-solving and analytical skills.
  • Are dedicated patient advocates.
  • Are able to handle physically demanding situations.
  • Are mature, flexible and accepting.

Your Career

Employment settings: hospitals, rehabilitation centres, long-term care, public health departments, community agencies, home care, schools, private industry, government, developing countries and disaster-relief areas.

The legislated Scope of Practice for nurses from the College of Nurses of Ontario is: The practice of nursing is the promotion of health, and the assessment of, the provision of care for, and the treatment of health conditions by supportive, preventive, therapeutic, palliative and rehabilitative means in order to attain or maintain optimal function (Nursing Act 1991, as cited in CNO 2011).

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

Courses

Programs at Algonquin College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided an Algonquin email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.
Level: 01 Hours
ANP1105 Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 An introduction to tissue and cell morphology, biochemistry of the cell and physiological concepts including diffusion, osmosis and membrane transport mechanisms. Anatomy and physiology of cardiovascular, blood, lymphatic and respiratory systems. Introduction to the control mechanisms: concepts of homeostasis, nervous and endocrine systems. (3 Credits). Prerequisites: OAC or 4U biology. (Previously ANP1101 and ANP1303). 39.0
ENG1100C Workshop in Essay Writing Intensive practice in academic essay writing. Emphasis on grammatical and well-reasoned expository writing, essay organization, preparation of research papers and proper acknowledgment of sources. Frequent written exercises and development of composition skills. Use of Writing Centre resources required outside regular class hours. (3 credits) 39.0
HSS1101 Determinants of Health Introduction to Health Sciences including models and concepts of health and wellness, illness and disease. Biological, psychobehavioral, socio-political and environmental determinants of health will be examined. (3 credits) 39.0
NSG1001 Bscn Elective Level 1 A course from another program of study which is approved by the Nursing department as an appropriate elective for the BScN program. (3 credits) 39.0
PSY1101 Introduction to Psychology: Foundations Object and method of psychology. Historical perspective. Nervous system, consciousness. Sensory processes, perception, cognition, memory, language and thought. Emotions, motivation. Learning. (Previously PSY1200) (3 credits) 39.0
Level: 02 Hours
ANP1106 Human Anatomy and Physiology II Anatomy of the skeleton, including the axial and appendicular skeleton. Anatomy and physiology of skeletal muscles of the trunk and limbs. Anatomy and physiology of the nervous system including receptors, the sensory and motor pathways, the lower and higher functions of the central nervous system (3 credits). Previously ANP1102. Prerequisites OAC or 4U biology. 39.0
ANP1107 Human Anatomy and Physiology III Anatomy and physiology of the endocrine regulation of metabolism, the digestive system, the reproductive system, and the urinary system; acid/base and water balance. (3 credits) Previously ANP1304. Prerequisites OAC or 4U biology. 39.0
HSS1100 Microbiology and Immunology This course provides a foundation of infectious diseases. Basic microbiology, virology and immunology will be introduced within an interdisciplinary health context. (Previously BAC2100) (3 credits) 39.0
NSG2001 Bscn Elective Level 2 A course from another program of study which is approved by the Nursing department as an appropriate elective for the BScN program. (3 credits) 39.0
PHI1370 Philosophical Issues in Healthcare Basic philosophical questions and theories about the nature of human beings and the meaning of life. Special emphasis on how such questions arise in the context of the healthcare professions. Readings from classical and contemporary sources. (3 credits) 39.0
Level: 03 Hours
HSS2381 Quantitative Methods in Health Sciences I Introduction to measurement and data analysis in health sciences. Use of computer applications to analyze, manage and present scientific data. Focus on application of such concepts as central tendency, variability, measuring association and testing hypotheses, within the health sciences. (3 credits) 45.0
NSG2113C Introduction to Nursing Science (C) Introduction to the discipline of nursing and to the profession in the Canadian healthcare context. Focus on concepts related to nursing science, as well as professional nursing roles and responsibilities in primary healthcare. Prerequisite: 24 university credits including ANP1105, ANP1106, ANP1107 or admission to second entry program. Previously NSG1100, NSG1120. 39.0
NSG2317L Health Assessment (Lab) Principles and application of holistic health assessment. Emphasis in norms and risk factors for children, adult and seniors. Clinical practice in simulation environment. Prerequisites: 24 university credits including ANP1105, ANP1106, ANP1107 or admission to the nursing second entry program.(previously NSG1315, NSG1316). 39.0
NSG2317T Health Assessment (Theory) Principles and application of holistic health assessment. Emphasis in norms and risk factors for children, adult and seniors. Clinical practice in simulation environment. Theory. Prerequisites: 24 university credits including ANP1105, ANP1106, ANP1107 or admission to the nursing second entry program. (Previously NSG1315, NSG1316.) 29.0
PHS4300 Pathophysiology Etiology of disease states, causes and mechanisms of pathology, preventive measures and corrective therapies. (3 credits) Prerequisites: ANP1105, ANP1106, and ANP1107. 39.0
PSY2114 Lifespan Psychology Developmental psychology from birth to old age. (3 credits) The courses PSY2114, PSY2105 cannot be combined for credits. Course reserved for students registered in Nursing and Occupational Therapy and Biomedical Sciences.

Prerequisites: PSY1101
39.0
Level: 04 Hours
NSG2313L Introduction to Nursing Practice (L) Health assessment of individuals in simulation environments and selected health care settings. Selection, implementation and evaluation of individualized health promotion interventions across the lifespan. (Previously NSG1135.) Prerequisites NSG2113C, NSG2317L and NSG2317T. Co-requisites: NSG2313M and NSG2313P. (3 credits include NSG2313M and NSG2313P)

Prerequisites: NSG2113C and NSG2317L and NSG2317T

Co-requisites: NSG2313M and NSG2313P
39.0
NSG2313M Introduction to Nursing Practice (M) Health assessment of individuals in simulation environments and selected health care settings. Selection, implementation and evaluation of individualized health promotion interventions across the lifespan. (Previously NSG1135.) Prerequisites: NSG2113C, NSG2317L and NSG2317T. Co-requisites: NSG2313L, NSG2313P and NSG2113S. (3 credits include NSG2313L and NSG2313P)

Prerequisites: NSG2113C and NSG2317L and NSG2317T

Co-requisites: NSG2313L and NSG2313P
18.0
NSG2313P Introduction to Nursing Practice (P) Health assessment of individuals in simulation environments and selected health care settings. Selection, implementation and evaluation of individualized health promotion interventions across the lifespan. (Previously NSG1135.) Prerequisites: NSG2113C, NSG2317L and NSG2317T. Co-requisites: NSG2313M, NSG2313L and NSG2113S. (3 credits include NSG2313M and NSG2313L)

Prerequisites: NSG2113C and NSG2317L and NSG2317T

Co-requisites: NSG2313L and NSG2313M
60.0
NSG3301 Research in Nursing Introduction to nursing research paradigms and nursing research methodologies. Selection of research relevant to nursing practice. Introduction to critical appraisal of published nursing research studies. Strategies for knowledge transfer. (3 credits) Prerequisites or corequisites: HSS2381 (Previously NSG3302.) Courses NSG3301 and HSS3101 cannot be combined for credits.

Prerequisites: HSS2381
39.0
NSG4400 Bscn Elective Level 4 A course from another program of study which is approved by the Nursing department as an appropriate elective for the BScN program. (3 credits) 39.0
NSG4401 Bscn Elective Level 4 A course from another program of study which is approved by the Nursing department as an appropriate elective for the BScN program. (3 credits) 39.0
PHA3112 Clinical Pharmacology This course is a comprehensive study of drugs with instruction on their action on the human organism, as well as their toxicities and their method of administration. Particular emphasis is placed on the observations incumbent on nurses and problems of drug administration. (3 credits)

Prerequisites: ANP1105 and ANP1106 and ANP1107
39.0
Level: 05 Hours
NSG3107 Family-Centered Care of Children with Acute and Chronic Illness Concepts and principles of nursing care of children with acute and chronic illness. Emphasis on family-centered care, assessment and nursing management of children at home and across health care settings. (Previously NSG3131, NSG3132) (3 credits)

Prerequisites: NSG2113C and NSG2313L and NSG2313M and NSG2313P and PHA3112 and PHS4300

Co-requisites: NSG3307L and NSG3307P
39.0
NSG3111 Care of the Childbearing Family Theoretical and research-based nursing care of childbearing families in hospital, home and community settings. Emphasis on maternal-infant care in situations of normality and risk. Concepts include family-centered perinatal health care, transitions to parenthood, family adaptation, coping and resources. (3 credits). (Previously NSG2301).

Prerequisites: NSG2113C and NSG2313L and NSG2313M and NSG2313P and PHA3112 and PHS4300

Co-requisites: NSG3311L and NSG3311P and NSG3311S
39.0
NSG3127 Nursing Professionalism & Ethics Scope and standards of nursing practice. In-depth examination of ethical and legal practice situations and dilemmas. Emphasis on values clarification, professional image, professional socialization and interprofessional practice. (3 credits)

Prerequisites: NSG2113C and NSG2313L and NSG2313M and NSG2313P
39.0
NSG3307L Practicum: Family-Centered Care of Children with Acute and Chronic Illness Family-centered care of children experiencing acute and chronic illness. Practice in healthcare and simulation settings. Lab portion. (Previously NSG3135 and NSG3136).

Prerequisites: NSG2313L and NSG2313M and NSG2313P

Co-requisites: NSG3107 and NSG3307P
21.0
NSG3307P Practicum: Family-Centered Care of Children with Acute and Chronic Illness Family-centered care of children experiencing acute and chronic illness. Practice in healthcare and simulation settings. Practicum portion. (3 credits includes NSG3307L)

Prerequisites: NSG2313L and NSG2313M and NSG2313P

Co-requisites: NSG3107 and NSG3307L
96.0
NSG3311L Practicum: Childbearing Family (L) Nursing care of childbearing families in different settings, such as hospitals, public health, community-based agencies, home or simulation environments. Lab portion. (Previously NSG2135, NSG2136)

Prerequisites: NSG2317L and NSG2317T

Co-requisites: NSG3111 and NSG3311P and NSG3311S
24.0
NSG3311P Practicum: Childbearing Family Nursing care of childbearing families in different settings, such as hospitals, public health, community-based agencies, home or simulation environments. Practicum portion. (3 credits includes NSG3311L and NSG3311S).

Prerequisites: NSG2317L and NSG2317T

Co-requisites: NSG3111 and NSG3311L and NSG3311S
86.0
NSG3311S Practicum: Childbearing Family (s) Nursing care of childbearing families in different settings, such as hospitals, public health, community-based agencies, home or simulation environments. This takes place in a classroom setting.

Prerequisites: NSG2317L and NSG2317T

Co-requisites: NSG3111 and NSG3311L and NSG3311P
7.0
Level: 06 Hours
NSG3103C Theory in Nursing Theory structure, evaluation, philosophical underpinnings and use in explaining phenomena of interest to the discipline are explored. A variety of theories and models, as well as their relevance and implications for nursing practice are emphasized throughout the course. (3 credits)

Prerequisites: NSG2113C and PHI1370
39.0
NSG3105 Care of Adults Experiencing Illness Concepts and principles for nursing care of adults experiencing acute and chronic illnesses with stable or predictable outcomes, across health care settings and throughout the care continuum. (3 credits)

Prerequisites: NSG2113C and NSG2313L and NSG2313M and NSG2313P and PHA3112 and PHS4300

Co-requisites: NSG3305L and NSG3305P
39.0
NSG3137L Practicum: Mental Health Nursing (Lab) Care of individuals with mental health issues. Application of therapeutic interaction, relationship skills, family assessment and support in simulation environments and healthcare settings. Lab portion.

Prerequisites: NSG2313L and NSG2313M and NSG2313P

Co-requisites: NSG3137P and NSG3320
21.0
NSG3137P Practicum: Mental Health (P) Care of individuals with mental health issues. Application of therapeutic interaction, relationship skills, family assessment and support in simulation environments and healthcare settings. (3 credits, includes NSG3137L).

Prerequisites: NSG2313L and NSG2313M and NSG2313P

Co-requisites: NSG3137L and NSG3320
96.0
NSG3305L Practicum: Care of Adults Experiencing Illness (Lab) Clinical practice focused on care of adults, experiencing acute and chronic illnesses with stable or predictable outcomes, throughout the care continuum and across settings (simulation and healthcare). Lab portion.

Prerequisites: NSG2317L and NSG2317T

Co-requisites: NSG3105 and NSG3305P
21.0
NSG3305P Practicum: Care of Adults Experiencing Illness Clinical practice focused on care of adults, experiencing acute and chronic illnesses with stable or predictable outcomes, throughout the care continuum and across settings (simulation and healthcare). Practicum portion. (3 credits includes NSG3305L)

Prerequisites: NSG2317L and NSG2317T

Co-requisites: NSG3105 and NSG3305L
96.0
NSG3320 Mental Health Nursing Theoretical foundations of the nursing care of individuals with mental health issues and mental disorders. Emphasis is placed on the development of therapeutic communication skills and relationships, family support and community resources. (3 credits)

Prerequisites: NSG2113C and NSG2313L and NSG2313M and NSG2313P

Co-requisites: NSG3137P and NSG3137W
39.0
Level: 07 Hours
NSG3123 Community Health Nursing Introduction to theory, principles and practice of community health nursing, including health promotion, maintenance, prevention and epidemiology. Encompasses community-based assessment, planning, intervention and evaluation with individuals, families and community-as-client. (3 credits)

Prerequisites: NSG2113C and NSG2313L and NSG2313M and NSG2313P

Co-requisites: NSG3323L and NSG3323P
39.0
NSG3323L Practicum: Community Health Nursing Nursing practice with individuals, families, and communities-as-client in a variety of community health nursing roles and settings. Emphasis on community engagement, partnership, and working in collaboration to assess, plan, implement and evaluate community health interventions. Note that NSG3323L (labs) includes NSG3323P (practicum)

Prerequisites: NSG2313L and NSG2313M and NSG2313P

Co-requisites: NSG3123 and NSG3323P
21.0
NSG3323P Practicum: Community Health Nursing Nursing practice with individuals, families, and communities-as-client in a variety of community health nursing roles and settings. Emphasis on community engagement, partnership, and working in collaboration to assess, plan, implement and evaluate community health interventions. (3 credits) Note that NSG3323P (practicum) includes NSG3323L (labs).

Prerequisites: NSG2313L and NSG2313M and NSG2313P

Co-requisites: NSG3123 and NSG3323L
96.0
NSG4330 Complex Nursing Care Focus on an in-depth examination of complex nursing practice situations with selected populations. Exploration of the independent and interdependent nursing roles in the care of individuals/groups/communities with complex needs. (3 credits) Prerequisite and/or Corequisites: NSG3123.

Prerequisites: NSG3105 and NSG3107 and NSG3111 and NSG3320
39.0
NSG4430L Practicum: Complex Nursing Care (L) Nursing practice in complex care situations with individuals, groups and/or communities. Nursing management of complex health, family, community or social issues in community, primary or tertiary care settings. Prerequisite and/or corequisite NSG3323P, NSG3323L (courses may have been taken in previous levels).

Prerequisites: NSG3137P and NSG3137W and NSG3305L and NSG3305P and NSG3307L and NSG3307P and NSG3311L and NSG3311P and NSG3311S

Co-requisites: NSG4330 and NSG4430P
39.0
NSG4430P Practicum: Complex Nursing Care Nursing practice in complex care situations with individuals, groups and/or communities. Nursing management of complex health, family, community or social issues in community, primary or tertiary care settings. (6 credits - Note that NSG4430P includes NSG4430L). Prerequisite and/or corequisite NSG3323P, NSG3323L (courses may have been taken in previous levels).

Prerequisites: NSG3137P and NSG3137W and NSG3305L and NSG3305P and NSG3307L and NSG3307P and NSG3311L and NSG3311P and NSG3311S

Co-requisites: NSG4330 and NSG4430L
195.0
Level: 08 Hours
NSG4134A Political and Economic Contexts of Health Care Historic, political, social and economic influences of nursing practice. Leadership and change theories are analyzed and strategies to influence policy and foster change in the healthcare system are examined. (3 credits) Prerequisites: 12 credits of NSG courses at the 3000 level and above. 39.0
NSG4245 Practicum: Consolidation Promotes transition from student to beginning practitioner role through intensive practice in a selected practice are of interest to the student. Final clinical course emphasizing integration and synthesis of previously acquired knowledge and skill, and application of theory and research to nursing practice. (9 credits)

Prerequisites: NSG4330 and NSG4430L and NSG4430P
351.0
SAI4120 IntERProfessional Health Care Practice Examination of clinical situations using case-based scenarios in interprofessional groups in class and simulation environments. Emphasis is on identifying concepts and practicing competencies for interprofessional team work. Links to improved patient safety and clinical outcomes. (previously HSS4120) (3 credits) Prerequisites: 81 university credits. 39.0

Fees & Expenses   

2016/2017 Academic Year

For information about fees, please see the University of Ottawa website at www.registrar.uottawa.ca/Default.aspx?tabid=4168

Students should budget for additional costs to cover nursing uniforms, shoes, stethoscope and travel including parking at clinical agencies during their practicum experiences. Much of the program of study requires the use of online resources and a computer at home would be beneficial. Books and supplies can be purchased in the Woodroffe Campus store.

The NCLEX - RN Examination fee set by the College of Nurses of Ontario is approximately $550. The jurisprudence examination fee set by the College of Nurses of Ontario is approximately $40.

Admission Requirements   

2017/2018 Academic Year

Program Eligibility

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with a minimum of six Grade 12 4U or 4M courses. A minimum overall average of 70% is required.
  • Prerequisites are: English 4U, Biology 4U, Chemistry 4U, and one of the following: Functions 3M or Functions 3U or one Mathematics 4U course.
  • Additional requirements: A minimum average of 65% is required in both the Chemistry and Biology prerequisite courses.
  • Mature students please refer to the U Ottawa mature student information at http://www.registrar.uottawa.ca/Default.aspx?tabid=4595

    For information regarding undergraduate admission please follow links from the U Ottawa website http://www.registrar.uottawa.ca/Default.aspx?tabid=4535

    Prerequisites are listed on the U Ottawa website: http://www.registrar.uottawa.ca/Default.aspx?tabid=4578

    1. These are minimum requirements only and are subject to change. Admission is not guaranteed. Entrance averages increase based on number of applicants to the program.
    2. For this program, interested students must apply through the University Application Centre. Applications are available online at www.ouac.on.ca/applications.

Application Information

Application for admission to an Ontario University for Ontario Secondary School students - For applicants presently registered full-time in an Ontario high school, this application is available only at Ontario high schools.

Application for admission to an Ontario University - For applicants who wish to apply to an undergraduate program for full-time studies and who have never taken courses at University of Ottawa, this application is available online at ouac.on.ca form 105D and is used by all Canadian, permanent residents and all others who live in Canada.

Application for admission to an Ontario University - International applicants - For non-Canadian applicants outside Canada who are applying to an undergraduate program for full-time studies, this application is available online at uottawa.ca/international/ Canadians outside the country use ouac.on.ca form 105D.

For further information regarding admissions, contact the InfoAdmission department at the University of Ottawa at 613-562-5315 or toll free at 1-877-868-8292 ext. 5315 or admissions@uottawa.ca.

Additional Information

This Full-time program is offered on the Woodroffe and Pembroke Campuses, as well as the University of Ottawa Campus.

Note 1: The program highly recommends all prospective students review the Fact Sheet Requisite Skills and Abilities for Nursing Practice in Ontario available at the College of Nurses of Ontario website http://www.cno.org/Global/docs/reg/41078SkillAbilities4pager-Final.pdf. The document describes reasonable skill and ability requirements for entry level practice in Ontario and includes examples of activities expected of a student once they become an RN and enter into typical entry-level nursing practice.

Note 2: Upon admission to the program, students are required to submit documentation of an entry immunization record, police records check including vulnerable sector and Level C CPR. In subsequent years, clinical requirements including N95 mask fit testing, TB test, seasonal influenza vaccine and repeat police records check and CPR re-certification must be submitted to the Office of Risk Management. Please refer to the University of Ottawa website: www.uottawa.ca/services/ehss/CPRM.html. During the program, completion of additional requirements (mandated by the university, clinical agencies, external government regulations) will be required (e.g. WHMIS, OWHSA, NVCI). Please note that some of these may require a cost to the student.

Note 3: Clinical placements receive large numbers of health science students and there are times during your program of study that require you to attend evening and weekend clinical experiences. In some cases clinical placement occurs during the University study break. Clinical placements may be within the city or the region and students may be required to travel accordingly.

Note 4: Students who have been out of clinical practice for six months or more must successfully complete a clinical update program before they can proceed to a practicum course. An additional course fee applies.

Note 5: In order to meet the suitability to practice requirements of the College of Nurses of Ontario, an applicant has to provide a clear original Canadian Police Information Centre Criminal Records Check that has been completed in the last six months. If you don`t meet this requirement then your application may be referred to the Registration Committee for further consideration, with no guarantee that it will be approved. For more information on the requirements to become a practicing RN/RPN, go to the College of Nurses of Ontario website at: www.cno.org/en/become-a-nurse/new-applicants/ontario1/requirements-for- becoming-a-nurse-in-ontario.

Every attempt is made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication. The College reserves the right to modify or cancel any course, program, fee, timetable, or campus location at any time