Practical Nursing


Practical Nursing Diploma  Program Approval Status

Category 1 Approved Status

Status Duration: 5 years

Full Review March 12, 2015

The Practical Nursing program at Algonquin College consists of theory classes, and laboratory and clinical practice experiences, culminating in a final preceptorship experience in the workplace.

 

Mobile DeviceBring Your Own Device (BYOD): As a student in this on-campus program, you will require a mobile computing device that meets the specifications outlined by your program at http://algonquincollege.com/byod

(Please note this was previously referred to as a Mobile Learning Program)

Another Mobile Device ImageeTextbooks: As a student in a program that has adopted etextbooks, your required texts and digital resources will be provided to you at the beginning of each term (with the exception of general education electives). For more information and associated fees, go to http://www.algonquincollege.com/etextbooks/

Ontario College Diploma
2 Year(s)

Program Code: 1704X01FWO
Academic Year: 2015/2016


Our Program

This two-year Ontario College Diploma program prepares students with the knowledge and skills to work as a practical nurse in the healthcare system and to write the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination in Ontario.

Students learn the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation tools required to provide caring and therapeutic nursing care to individuals of all age groups and social settings. The curriculum covers classroom theory, laboratory techniques, practical experience and independent study. Most importantly, students gain hands-on experience in a variety of healthcare facilities and participate in clinical placements that may require evening, overnight and weekend shift work.

For more information on the Nursing Profession, please review the Fact Sheet Requisite Skills and Abilities for Nursing Practice in Ontario, available on the CNO website.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD): Students are expected to have and use a laptop or mobile computing device when registered in this on-campus program. Hardware and software specifications required by your program are outlined at http://algonquincollege.com/byod. Mobile devices/laptops and supplies can be purchased directly from Algonquin`s New Technology Store at educational rates.


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.
  • Have 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.
  • Can handle physically demanding situations.
  • Are mature and flexible.

Your Career

Registered Practical Nurses work closely with healthcare teams in a variety of community clinics, private homes, nursing homes, homes for the aged and geriatric, rehabilitative, medical, surgical and obstetrical units.

Graduates must be licensed by the College of Nurses of Ontario in order to practise 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
BIO5200 An understanding of human biology is essential to nurses. Learners are introduced to the human body and its functions. Learners build foundational knowledge of basic chemistry, anatomy, cells, tissues, and body membranes and medical terminology. This knowledge is applied to the anatomy and physiology of the skeletal, muscular, circulatory (blood), cardiovascular, respiratory, integumentary and nervous systems. Through a combination of face-to-face and/or online lectures, exercises, and independent study, students learn differing anatomy and physiology concepts. Anatomy and Physiology 1 An understanding of human biology is essential to nurses. Learners are introduced to the human body and its functions. Learners build foundational knowledge of basic chemistry, anatomy, cells, tissues, and body membranes and medical terminology. This knowledge is applied to the anatomy and physiology of the skeletal, muscular, circulatory (blood), cardiovascular, respiratory, integumentary and nervous systems. Through a combination of face-to-face and/or online lectures, exercises, and independent study, students learn differing anatomy and physiology concepts. 60.0
ENL1813S Communication remains an essential skill sought by employers, regardless of discipline or field of study. Using a practical, vocation-oriented approach, students focus on meeting the requirements of effective communication. Students practise writing, speaking, reading, listening, locating and documenting information, and using technology to communicate professionally. Students develop and strengthen communication skills that contribute to success in both educational and workplace environments. Communications I Communication remains an essential skill sought by employers, regardless of discipline or field of study. Using a practical, vocation-oriented approach, students focus on meeting the requirements of effective communication. Students practise writing, speaking, reading, listening, locating and documenting information, and using technology to communicate professionally. Students develop and strengthen communication skills that contribute to success in both educational and workplace environments. 45.0
NSG5110 Nursing is a dynamic and challenging profession that involves caring for persons across a continuum of age and diverse environments with varying levels of complexity. Understanding theoretical concepts and developing critical-thinking skills are foundational to becoming a nurse. Learners are introduced to theoretical principles of nursing science promoting person-centred care. Focus is on development of critical thinking skills grounded in nursing concepts and theories of practice.

Co-requisites: BIO5200 and ENL1813S and NSG5112L and NSG5112P and NSG5113 and PSY5609
Nursing I Theory Nursing is a dynamic and challenging profession that involves caring for persons across a continuum of age and diverse environments with varying levels of complexity. Understanding theoretical concepts and developing critical-thinking skills are foundational to becoming a nurse. Learners are introduced to theoretical principles of nursing science promoting person-centred care. Focus is on development of critical thinking skills grounded in nursing concepts and theories of practice.

Co-requisites: BIO5200 and ENL1813S and NSG5112L and NSG5112P and NSG5113 and PSY5609
60.0
NSG5112L Nurses care for persons across the lifespan promoting healthy living that is person-centred. Learners apply basic therapeutic communication and basic care interventions. Demonstrations, scenarios and hands-on learning activities focus on the skills required to provide basic nursing care.

Co-requisites: BIO5200 and ENL1813S and NSG5110 and NSG5112P and NSG5113 and PSY5609
Nursing I Practicum (L) Nurses care for persons across the lifespan promoting healthy living that is person-centred. Learners apply basic therapeutic communication and basic care interventions. Demonstrations, scenarios and hands-on learning activities focus on the skills required to provide basic nursing care.

Co-requisites: BIO5200 and ENL1813S and NSG5110 and NSG5112P and NSG5113 and PSY5609
45.0
NSG5112P Nurses care for persons across the lifespan promoting healthy living that is person-centred. Learners gain practical experience applying knowledge and skills while also developing critical thinking skills required to safely and effectively providing care in the long-term care environment. Learners practise and adapt to a variety of gerontological care needs. Learners are guided by an on-site instructor via a group teaching-learning model. This practicum experience requires travel to an off-campus long-term care environment.

Co-requisites: BIO5200 and ENL1813S and NSG5110 and NSG5112L and NSG5113 and PSY5609
Nursing I Practicum (P) Nurses care for persons across the lifespan promoting healthy living that is person-centred. Learners gain practical experience applying knowledge and skills while also developing critical thinking skills required to safely and effectively providing care in the long-term care environment. Learners practise and adapt to a variety of gerontological care needs. Learners are guided by an on-site instructor via a group teaching-learning model. This practicum experience requires travel to an off-campus long-term care environment.

Co-requisites: BIO5200 and ENL1813S and NSG5110 and NSG5112L and NSG5113 and PSY5609
117.0
NSG5113 Person-centred care is imperative in the delivery of quality healthcare. Learners are introduced to theoretical models that support critical thinking while interacting with the healthcare consumer, using specific strategies, such as learning-teaching, facilitating and promoting change. Learners apply strategies in the context of nursing through group work, presentations, case studies and lectures. The delivery model includes both classroom and online learning. Healthcare Consumer Person-centred care is imperative in the delivery of quality healthcare. Learners are introduced to theoretical models that support critical thinking while interacting with the healthcare consumer, using specific strategies, such as learning-teaching, facilitating and promoting change. Learners apply strategies in the context of nursing through group work, presentations, case studies and lectures. The delivery model includes both classroom and online learning. 30.0
PSY5609 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. 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. 45.0
Level: 02 Hours
BIO5201 An understanding of human biology is essential to nurses. Learners build on previous foundational knowledge in human anatomy and physiology. Learners focus on reproductive, endocrine, lymphatic, digestive and urinary systems. Integration of all body systems in maintaining normal human functioning are explored.

Prerequisites: BIO5200
Anatomy and Physiology 2 An understanding of human biology is essential to nurses. Learners build on previous foundational knowledge in human anatomy and physiology. Learners focus on reproductive, endocrine, lymphatic, digestive and urinary systems. Integration of all body systems in maintaining normal human functioning are explored.

Prerequisites: BIO5200
30.0
ENL5645 Given the variety and complexity of interactions in which nurses regularly engage, their verbal communication skills must be adaptable to numerous situations and contexts. Furthermore, nurses must write legal documents, and this necessitates a high level of competency with regard to written communication. Students examine and apply verbal and non-verbal techniques that assist them in managing interprofessional conflict, bullying and the demands of a client-centred care environment. In addition, students apply critical-thinking skills and the guidelines mandated by the College of Nurses of Ontario in the composition of vocation-specific written assignments.

Prerequisites: ENL1813S
Communication Skills for the Practical Nurse Given the variety and complexity of interactions in which nurses regularly engage, their verbal communication skills must be adaptable to numerous situations and contexts. Furthermore, nurses must write legal documents, and this necessitates a high level of competency with regard to written communication. Students examine and apply verbal and non-verbal techniques that assist them in managing interprofessional conflict, bullying and the demands of a client-centred care environment. In addition, students apply critical-thinking skills and the guidelines mandated by the College of Nurses of Ontario in the composition of vocation-specific written assignments.

Prerequisites: ENL1813S
45.0
NSG5120 Nursing is a dynamic and challenging profession that involves caring for persons across a continuum of age and diverse environments with varying levels of complexity Nursing concepts and theories that promote healthy growth and development across the lifespan are explored. Emphasis is placed on person-centred care to promote healthy living. Focus is on growth and development concepts through the lifespan.

Prerequisites: BIO5200 and ENL1813S and NSG5110 and NSG5112L and NSG5112P and NSG5113 and PSY5609

Co-requisites: BIO5201 and ENL5645 and NSG5122L and NSG5122M and NSG5122S and NSG5123 and NSG5125
Nursing II Theory Nursing is a dynamic and challenging profession that involves caring for persons across a continuum of age and diverse environments with varying levels of complexity Nursing concepts and theories that promote healthy growth and development across the lifespan are explored. Emphasis is placed on person-centred care to promote healthy living. Focus is on growth and development concepts through the lifespan.

Prerequisites: BIO5200 and ENL1813S and NSG5110 and NSG5112L and NSG5112P and NSG5113 and PSY5609

Co-requisites: BIO5201 and ENL5645 and NSG5122L and NSG5122M and NSG5122S and NSG5123 and NSG5125
75.0
NSG5122L Nurses care for persons across the lifespan promoting healthy living that is person-centred. Learners are introduced to the childbearing family and concepts related to maternity nursing, the care given to the expectant family before, during and after the birth and the care of the newborn. Learners implement the nursing process using strategies, such as interviewing, assessing and learning-teaching. Completing pre-lab preparation and participating in group work, simulations and applied learning activities, the learner focuses on maternal-newborn caring assessments and interventions.

Prerequisites: BIO5200 and ENL1813S and NSG5110 and NSG5112L and NSG5112P and NSG5113 and PSY5609

Co-requisites: BIO5201 and ENL5645 and NSG5120 and NSG5122M and NSG5122S and NSG5123 and NSG5125
Nursing II Practicum (L) Nurses care for persons across the lifespan promoting healthy living that is person-centred. Learners are introduced to the childbearing family and concepts related to maternity nursing, the care given to the expectant family before, during and after the birth and the care of the newborn. Learners implement the nursing process using strategies, such as interviewing, assessing and learning-teaching. Completing pre-lab preparation and participating in group work, simulations and applied learning activities, the learner focuses on maternal-newborn caring assessments and interventions.

Prerequisites: BIO5200 and ENL1813S and NSG5110 and NSG5112L and NSG5112P and NSG5113 and PSY5609

Co-requisites: BIO5201 and ENL5645 and NSG5120 and NSG5122M and NSG5122S and NSG5123 and NSG5125
10.0
NSG5122M Nurses care for persons across the lifespan promoting healthy living that is person-centred. Learners apply health promotion through interviewing, assessing, learning-teaching and providing caring interventions while working with persons and/or families. Through goal planning, group discussion, and applied assignments in practicum placement, learners practise and adapt to various clinical experiences effectively. Learners are guided by an on-site instructor via a group teaching-learning model. This practicum experience requires travel to an off-campus location.

Prerequisites: BIO5200 and ENL1813S and NSG5110 and NSG5112L and NSG5112P and NSG5113 and PSY5609

Co-requisites: BIO5201 and ENL5645 and NSG5120 and NSG5122L and NSG5122S and NSG5123 and NSG5125
Nursing II Practicum (M) Nurses care for persons across the lifespan promoting healthy living that is person-centred. Learners apply health promotion through interviewing, assessing, learning-teaching and providing caring interventions while working with persons and/or families. Through goal planning, group discussion, and applied assignments in practicum placement, learners practise and adapt to various clinical experiences effectively. Learners are guided by an on-site instructor via a group teaching-learning model. This practicum experience requires travel to an off-campus location.

Prerequisites: BIO5200 and ENL1813S and NSG5110 and NSG5112L and NSG5112P and NSG5113 and PSY5609

Co-requisites: BIO5201 and ENL5645 and NSG5120 and NSG5122L and NSG5122S and NSG5123 and NSG5125
78.0
NSG5122S Nurses care for children promoting healthy living that is person-centred. Learners apply health promotion using principles of learning-teaching for children. Learners implement the nursing process using strategies such as interviewing, assessing and learning-teaching. Learners practise and adapt to various clinical experiences effectively. Learners are guided by an on-site instructor via a group teaching-learning model. This practicum experience requires travel to an off-campus location.

Prerequisites: BIO5200 and ENL1813S and NSG5110 and NSG5112L and NSG5112P and NSG5113 and PSY5609

Co-requisites: BIO5201 and ENL5645 and NSG5120 and NSG5122L and NSG5122M and NSG5123 and NSG5125
Nursing II Practicum (s) Nurses care for children promoting healthy living that is person-centred. Learners apply health promotion using principles of learning-teaching for children. Learners implement the nursing process using strategies such as interviewing, assessing and learning-teaching. Learners practise and adapt to various clinical experiences effectively. Learners are guided by an on-site instructor via a group teaching-learning model. This practicum experience requires travel to an off-campus location.

Prerequisites: BIO5200 and ENL1813S and NSG5110 and NSG5112L and NSG5112P and NSG5113 and PSY5609

Co-requisites: BIO5201 and ENL5645 and NSG5120 and NSG5122L and NSG5122M and NSG5123 and NSG5125
66.0
NSG5123 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. 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. 30.0
NSG5124 Nurses care for persons across the lifespan promoting healthy living that is person-centred. Learners apply health promotion through interviewing, assessing, learning-teaching and providing caring interventions while working with persons and/or families living with complex care needs. Learners practise and adapt to various clinical experiences effectively. Learners are guided by an onsite instructor via a group teaching-learning model. This practicum experience requires travel to an off-campus location.

Co-requisites: BIO5201 and ENL5645 and NSG5120 and NSG5122L and NSG5122M and NSG5122S and NSG5123 and NSG5125
Consolidation I - Clinical Nurses care for persons across the lifespan promoting healthy living that is person-centred. Learners apply health promotion through interviewing, assessing, learning-teaching and providing caring interventions while working with persons and/or families living with complex care needs. Learners practise and adapt to various clinical experiences effectively. Learners are guided by an onsite instructor via a group teaching-learning model. This practicum experience requires travel to an off-campus location.

Co-requisites: BIO5201 and ENL5645 and NSG5120 and NSG5122L and NSG5122M and NSG5122S and NSG5123 and NSG5125
75.0
NSG5125 Holistic health assessment knowledge, skills and judgement are essential when providing nursing care for persons and/or families across the lifespan. Learners apply a systematic and person-centred approach to health assessment. Emphasis is placed on health promotion concepts. Learners apply knowledge and skills in the lab to hone their abilities and critical-thinking skills.

Prerequisites: BIO5200 and ENL1813S and NSG5110 and NSG5112L and NSG5112P and NSG5113 and PSY5609

Co-requisites: BIO5201 and ENL5645 and NSG5120 and NSG5122L and NSG5122M and NSG5122S
Health Assessment Holistic health assessment knowledge, skills and judgement are essential when providing nursing care for persons and/or families across the lifespan. Learners apply a systematic and person-centred approach to health assessment. Emphasis is placed on health promotion concepts. Learners apply knowledge and skills in the lab to hone their abilities and critical-thinking skills.

Prerequisites: BIO5200 and ENL1813S and NSG5110 and NSG5112L and NSG5112P and NSG5113 and PSY5609

Co-requisites: BIO5201 and ENL5645 and NSG5120 and NSG5122L and NSG5122M and NSG5122S
60.0
Level: 03 Hours
BIO5202 The human body is vulnerable to acute, degenerative and chronic health changes. Learners study the effects of inflammation, infection and immunity on human functioning. Learners explore disease processes affecting all major systems in the body.

Prerequisites: BIO5201
Pathophysiology The human body is vulnerable to acute, degenerative and chronic health changes. Learners study the effects of inflammation, infection and immunity on human functioning. Learners explore disease processes affecting all major systems in the body.

Prerequisites: BIO5201
30.0
NSG5130 Nursing is a dynamic and challenging profession that involves caring for persons across a continuum of age and diverse environments with varying levels of complexity. Building on NSG5110 and NSG5120 nursing concepts and theories that promote healthy living across the lifespan are explored. Focus is on growth and development concepts through the lifespan.

Prerequisites: BIO5201 and ENL5645 and NSG5120 and NSG5122L and NSG5122M and NSG5122S and NSG5123 and NSG5124 and NSG5125 and PSY5609

Co-requisites: BIO5202 and NSG5132L and NSG5132P and PHA5100
Nursing III Theory Nursing is a dynamic and challenging profession that involves caring for persons across a continuum of age and diverse environments with varying levels of complexity. Building on NSG5110 and NSG5120 nursing concepts and theories that promote healthy living across the lifespan are explored. Focus is on growth and development concepts through the lifespan.

Prerequisites: BIO5201 and ENL5645 and NSG5120 and NSG5122L and NSG5122M and NSG5122S and NSG5123 and NSG5124 and NSG5125 and PSY5609

Co-requisites: BIO5202 and NSG5132L and NSG5132P and PHA5100
75.0
NSG5132L Nurses care for persons across the lifespan promoting healthy living that is person-centred. Systematically analyzing information and implementing fundamental caring interventions based on evidence-informed practice learners participate in this lab to hone knowledge, skill and judgement. The learner focuses on more medication administration and math proficiency, along with other caring interventions.

Prerequisites: BIO5201 and ENL5645 and NSG5120 and NSG5122L and NSG5122M and NSG5122S and NSG5123 and NSG5124 and NSG5125 and PSY5609

Co-requisites: BIO5202 and NSG5130 and NSG5132P and PHA5100
Nursing III Practicum (L) Nurses care for persons across the lifespan promoting healthy living that is person-centred. Systematically analyzing information and implementing fundamental caring interventions based on evidence-informed practice learners participate in this lab to hone knowledge, skill and judgement. The learner focuses on more medication administration and math proficiency, along with other caring interventions.

Prerequisites: BIO5201 and ENL5645 and NSG5120 and NSG5122L and NSG5122M and NSG5122S and NSG5123 and NSG5124 and NSG5125 and PSY5609

Co-requisites: BIO5202 and NSG5130 and NSG5132P and PHA5100
30.0
NSG5132P Persons living with acute and chronic illness rely on nurses to promote healthy living. This course provides learners with the opportunity to apply differing holistic nursing care activities. Learners are responsible for caring activities, such as assessment, interviewing, nursing interventions and documentation for individuals and/or families in off campus settings such as hospitals, agencies or home care. Under the guidance and supervision of a clinical instructor the learner provides care, develops goals, participates in group discussion and reflective practice in order to be able to adapt to various clinical experiences effectively.

Prerequisites: BIO5201 and ENL5645 and NSG5120 and NSG5122L and NSG5122M and NSG5122S and NSG5123 and NSG5124 and NSG5125 and PSY5609

Co-requisites: BIO5202 and NSG5130 and NSG5132L and PHA5100
Nursing III Practicum (P) Persons living with acute and chronic illness rely on nurses to promote healthy living. This course provides learners with the opportunity to apply differing holistic nursing care activities. Learners are responsible for caring activities, such as assessment, interviewing, nursing interventions and documentation for individuals and/or families in off campus settings such as hospitals, agencies or home care. Under the guidance and supervision of a clinical instructor the learner provides care, develops goals, participates in group discussion and reflective practice in order to be able to adapt to various clinical experiences effectively.

Prerequisites: BIO5201 and ENL5645 and NSG5120 and NSG5122L and NSG5122M and NSG5122S and NSG5123 and NSG5124 and NSG5125 and PSY5609

Co-requisites: BIO5202 and NSG5130 and NSG5132L and PHA5100
182.0
PHA5100 Pharmacology is an integral part of nursing care and nurses play a critical role in medication management in various settings within the healthcare system. Learners examine differing pharmacotherapeutic agents used in the prevention, maintenance and/or treatment of illness. Focus is on pharmacological concepts through the lifespan.

Prerequisites: BIO5201 and NSG5120 and NSG5122L and NSG5122M and NSG5122S and NSG5123 and NSG5124 and NSG5125
Pharmacology Pharmacology is an integral part of nursing care and nurses play a critical role in medication management in various settings within the healthcare system. Learners examine differing pharmacotherapeutic agents used in the prevention, maintenance and/or treatment of illness. Focus is on pharmacological concepts through the lifespan.

Prerequisites: BIO5201 and NSG5120 and NSG5122L and NSG5122M and NSG5122S and NSG5123 and NSG5124 and NSG5125
45.0
Choose one from equivalencies: Hours
GED0704 Students choose one course, from a group of general education electives, which meets one of the following five theme requirements: Arts in Society, Civic Life, Social and Cultural Understanding, Personal Understanding, and Science and Technology.

Equivalencies: ARC9001 or DSN2001 or ENV0002 or FAM1218 or FIN2300 or GED1896 or GED5002 or GED5004 or GED5005 or GED5006 or GED5009 or GED5200 or GED5300 or GED6022 or GEN1001 or GEN1957 or GEN2000 or GEN2003 or GEN2007 or GEN2009 or HIS0001 or HIS2000 or HOS2228 or LIB1982 or MGT7330 or MVM8800 or PSI1702 or RAD2001 or SOC2003 or PSI0003
General Education Elective Students choose one course, from a group of general education electives, which meets one of the following five theme requirements: Arts in Society, Civic Life, Social and Cultural Understanding, Personal Understanding, and Science and Technology.

Equivalencies: ARC9001 or DSN2001 or ENV0002 or FAM1218 or FIN2300 or GED1896 or GED5002 or GED5004 or GED5005 or GED5006 or GED5009 or GED5200 or GED5300 or GED6022 or GEN1001 or GEN1957 or GEN2000 or GEN2003 or GEN2007 or GEN2009 or HIS0001 or HIS2000 or HOS2228 or LIB1982 or MGT7330 or MVM8800 or PSI1702 or RAD2001 or SOC2003 or PSI0003
45.0
Level: 04 Hours
NSG5140 Nursing is a dynamic and challenging profession that involves caring for persons across a continuum of age and diverse environments with varying levels of complexity. The learner develops the ability to assess, intervene and evaluate outcomes for persons experiencing complex health situations.

Prerequisites: BIO5202 and NSG5130 and NSG5132L and NSG5132P and PHA5100

Co-requisites: NSG5142L and NSG5142P
Nursing IV Theory Nursing is a dynamic and challenging profession that involves caring for persons across a continuum of age and diverse environments with varying levels of complexity. The learner develops the ability to assess, intervene and evaluate outcomes for persons experiencing complex health situations.

Prerequisites: BIO5202 and NSG5130 and NSG5132L and NSG5132P and PHA5100

Co-requisites: NSG5142L and NSG5142P
40.0
NSG5142L Nurses care for persons across the lifespan promoting healthy living that is person-centred. Systematically analyzing information and implementing caring interventions based on evidence-informed practice, learners participate in this lab to hone knowledge, skill and judgement. The learner focuses on more complex care activities.

Prerequisites: BIO5202 and NSG5130 and NSG5132L and NSG5132P and PHA5100

Co-requisites: NSG5140 and NSG5142P
Nursing IV Practicum (L) Nurses care for persons across the lifespan promoting healthy living that is person-centred. Systematically analyzing information and implementing caring interventions based on evidence-informed practice, learners participate in this lab to hone knowledge, skill and judgement. The learner focuses on more complex care activities.

Prerequisites: BIO5202 and NSG5130 and NSG5132L and NSG5132P and PHA5100

Co-requisites: NSG5140 and NSG5142P
20.0
NSG5142P Persons living with acute and chronic illness rely on nurses to promote healthy living. This course builds on learners' previous practicum experiences with the opportunity to apply differing holistic nursing care activities. Learners are responsible for caring activities such as assessment, interviewing, nursing interventions and documentation for individuals and/or families in off-campus settings such as hospitals, agencies or home care. Under the guidance and supervision of a clinical instructor, the learner provides care, develops goals, participates in group discussion and reflective practice in order to be able to adapt to various clinical experiences effectively.

Prerequisites: BIO5202 and NSG5130 and NSG5132L and NSG5132P and PHA5100

Co-requisites: NSG5140 and NSG5142L
Nursing IV Practicum (P) Persons living with acute and chronic illness rely on nurses to promote healthy living. This course builds on learners' previous practicum experiences with the opportunity to apply differing holistic nursing care activities. Learners are responsible for caring activities such as assessment, interviewing, nursing interventions and documentation for individuals and/or families in off-campus settings such as hospitals, agencies or home care. Under the guidance and supervision of a clinical instructor, the learner provides care, develops goals, participates in group discussion and reflective practice in order to be able to adapt to various clinical experiences effectively.

Prerequisites: BIO5202 and NSG5130 and NSG5132L and NSG5132P and PHA5100

Co-requisites: NSG5140 and NSG5142L
130.0
NSG5143 Concepts of professionalism, legal and ethical standards of practice are foundational to nursing. Practice standards and guidelines from the College of Nurses of Ontario are used to enable the learner to gain insight into the professional roles and responsibilities of the practical nurse. Focus is on preparing learners for clinical practice and the College of Nurses of Ontario Jurisprudence Exam.

Prerequisites: NSG5130

Co-requisites: NSG5140 and NSG5142L and NSG5142P
Current Issues Concepts of professionalism, legal and ethical standards of practice are foundational to nursing. Practice standards and guidelines from the College of Nurses of Ontario are used to enable the learner to gain insight into the professional roles and responsibilities of the practical nurse. Focus is on preparing learners for clinical practice and the College of Nurses of Ontario Jurisprudence Exam.

Prerequisites: NSG5130

Co-requisites: NSG5140 and NSG5142L and NSG5142P
30.0
NSG5144A Persons living with acute and chronic illness rely on nurses to promote healthy living. This course provides novice nursing students with the opportunity to focus on a clinical area of interest, consolidate prior learning, and develop their knowledge base and nursing practice expertise. Learners are responsible for caring activities, such as assessment, interviewing, nursing interventions and documentation for individuals and/or families in-off campus settings, such as hospitals, agencies or home care. In collaboration with a registered nursing preceptor the learner provides care, develops goals, and reflects on practice in order to be able to develop independence with various clinical experiences. An off-site instructor supervises progression in collaboration with the preceptor.

Co-requisites: NSG5140 and NSG5142L and NSG5142P and NSG5143 and SOC5605
Consolidation II - Clinical (A) Persons living with acute and chronic illness rely on nurses to promote healthy living. This course provides novice nursing students with the opportunity to focus on a clinical area of interest, consolidate prior learning, and develop their knowledge base and nursing practice expertise. Learners are responsible for caring activities, such as assessment, interviewing, nursing interventions and documentation for individuals and/or families in-off campus settings, such as hospitals, agencies or home care. In collaboration with a registered nursing preceptor the learner provides care, develops goals, and reflects on practice in order to be able to develop independence with various clinical experiences. An off-site instructor supervises progression in collaboration with the preceptor.

Co-requisites: NSG5140 and NSG5142L and NSG5142P and NSG5143 and SOC5605
320.0
SOC5605 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. 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. 45.0

Fees & Expenses

Total Fees for the first year of the program:

Domestic tuition/ancillary fees: $6,301.06. *

International tuition/ancillary Fees: $15,851.06. *

* Amounts include tuition fee, program specific lab and material fees, applicable eText fees, Students` Association fees and compulsory ancillary fees. Fees are subject to change. For detailed fees information please visit http://www.algonquincollege.com/ro/pay/tuition-and-expenses

Note: For further information regarding your books, please visit http://www.algonquincollege.com/etexts

Students should budget for additional costs to cover nursing uniforms, shoes, stethoscope and travel including parking at clinical agencies during their practicum experiences.

The cost of text books is approximately $2,000 in the first term and $1,000 in the succeeding terms. Some textbooks are optional and students can utilize those in the Resource Centre.

The fee for the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam, Jurisprudence Exam, Application process and Initial Registration is approximately $600.00.

Admission Requirements 

  • College Eligibility
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent. Applicants with an OSSD showing senior English and/or mathematics courses at the Basic Level, or with Workplace or Open courses, will be tested to determine their eligibility for admission; OR
  • Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) certificate; OR
  • General Educational Development (GED) certificate; OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without a high school diploma at the start of the program). Eligibility may be determined by academic achievement testing for which a fee of $50 (subject to change).
  • Program Eligibility
  • English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or equivalent).
  • Mathematics, Grade 12 (MAP4C or equivalent) with a grade of 65% or higher.
  • Biology, Grade 11 or 12 with a grade of 65% or higher.
  • Chemistry, Grade 11 or 12 with a grade of 65% or higher.
  • All applicants must complete an assessment through the Test Centre, and will be required to pay the current fee of $50 (subject to change). Results from the health program assessment will be utilized to establish minimum eligibility and also ranked, with the highest ranked applicants given priority admission. The health program assessment can only be written once per academic cycle.
  • Applicants with International transcripts must provide proof of the subject specific requirements noted above along with proof of either:

    IELTS-International English Language Testing Service-Overall band of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band.

    OR

    TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT)-overall 80, with the minimum in each component: Reading 20; Listening: 20 Speaking: 20, Writing: 20

    International Applicants

    International applicants who meet the program eligibility requirements are required to complete preparatory courses (4-months in duration):
    Introduction to Canadian Health Studies (ICHS). Students who successfully complete the introduction will then proceed to their original health program of choice. The ICHS requires applicants to submit an academic IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band; OR TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT)-overall 90, with the minimum in each component: Reading 21; Listening: 20 Speaking: 27, Writing: 22.
    Please click this link for more information http://tinyurl.com/lb4zuex  

Accepted applicants must be in good health and submit a Health Assessment form and an Immunization form prior to registration. The annual influenza vaccine is required prior to clinical. A T.B. test is required prior to clinical in year 2.

A current Standard First Aid and CPR Level C certificate is required prior to registration. Students cannot attend clinical until this is completed. Annual CPR recertification is required.

Computer skills are required throughout the program.

Police Records Check Documentation

Though not an admission requirement, applicants must note important information listed below regarding Police Record Check program requirements.

Successful completion of clinical placement is a requirement for graduation from the Practical Nursing program. Agencies that provide placement opportunities require you to have a clear Police Records Check for Service with the Vulnerable Sector (PRCSVS). Your acceptance for placement is at the discretion of the agency. If you register in the program without a clear PRCSVS and as a result are unable to participate in placement, you will not be able to graduate.

Clinical Placement Eligibility

To be eligible for placement, you must submit proof of a clear PRCSVS, which will be retained on your departmental file and used only for purposes related to your placement. You will be required to disclose the contents of the PRCSVS, including all notations, to the placement agencies. It is your responsibility to obtain the PRCSVS from your local Police Department prior to the deadline identified by your Department and to pay any associated costs. It may take a long time to obtain this documentation; please submit your application as early as possible. Should you require further information, contact the Program Chair.

Application Information

Applications to full-time day programs must be submitted with official transcripts showing completion of the academic admission requirements through:

ontariocolleges.ca
60 Corporate Court
Guelph, Ontario
N1G 5J3
1-888-892-2228

Students currently enrolled in an Ontario secondary school should contact their Guidance Office to apply. For all other applicants, applications are available online at www.ontariocolleges.ca. A $95 fee applies.

Applications for Fall Term, Winter Term and Spring Term admission received by February 1 will be given equal consideration. Applications received after February 1 will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis as long as places are available.

International applicants applying from out-of-country can obtain the International Student Application Form at https://xweb.algonquincollege.com/FormIE/index.aspx or by contacting the Registrar`s Office.

For further information on the admissions process, contact:

Registrar`s Office
Algonquin College
1385 Woodroffe Ave, Room C150
Ottawa, ON K2G 1V8
Telephone: 613-727-0002
Toll-free: 1-800-565-4723
TTY: 613-727-7766
Fax: 613-727-7632
Email: AskUs@algonquincollege.com

Additional Information

This Full-time day program is also offered at the Pembroke Campus. While the learning outcomes at the Woodroffe and Pembroke Campuses are the same, the curriculum order and subject delivery are reflective of local circumstances which affect program delivery.

The Practical Nursing program highly recommends that all applicants review the CNO Fact Sheet - Requisite Skills and Abilities for Nursing Practice in Ontario - available at www.cno.org.

Registration requirements for RPNs are also found at the College of Nurses of Ontario website. They include but are not limited to, the following:

  • Complete the registration examination.
  • Complete the jurisprudence examination.
  • Demonstrate language proficiency in English or French.
  • Complete a Declaration of Registration Requirements.

A complete list of requirements can be found at www.cno.org. Specific information will be contained in the package you receive from the CNO prior to your exams.

Woodroffe Campus offers two intakes per year. In the Fall term, Levels 01 and 03 are offered. In the Winter term, Levels 01, 02, 03 and 04 are offered. During the Spring/Summer term, Levels 02 and 04 are offered. In the September intake, the terms are Fall, Winter, Fall, Winter. In the January intake, the terms are Winter, Spring/Summer, Winter, Spring/Summer.

Clinical placements receive large numbers of health science students and there may be times during your program of study that require you to attend weekend, evening and night clinical experiences. Clinical placements may be within the city or the region and students are required to travel accordingly.


For the Pembroke campus program please visit: http://www.algonquincollege.com/pembroke/program/practical-nursing/

For more information, contact Crystal O`Connell-Schauerte, Program Coordinator at 613-727-4723 ext. 5250 or email oconnec@algonquincollege.com.

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