Practical Nursing


Practical Nursing Diploma  Program Approval Status

Category 1 Approved Status

Status Duration: 5 years

Full Review March 6 2014

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.

For the programs starting Fall 2011, PSW, ONO_RN and RPN and PN the process of medical and non-medical pre-clinical requirements has changed.

These requirements will now be tracked by Paramed. Please download Paramed’s Student Communication package and the Pre-Placement forms. Please use the Student Communication package for an explanation as to how to complete the pre-clinical requirements. Please print the Pre-Placement forms. These forms can be completed by Algonquin College Health Services or your family physician. Download the package and placement form here >>

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 Years

Program Code: 1704X01FWO
Academic Year: 2014/2015


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 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 www.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.
  • 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 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 Students are introduced to the human body and its functions. Topics include the study of the medical terminology, language of anatomy, the cell, cell transport mechanisms, tissues, membranes and skin. Students also study the anatomy and physiology of the skeletal, muscular, circulatory (blood), cardiac, vascular, respiratory and nervous systems. Anatomy and Physiology 1 Students are introduced to the human body and its functions. Topics include the study of the medical terminology, language of anatomy, the cell, cell transport mechanisms, tissues, membranes and skin. Students also study the anatomy and physiology of the skeletal, muscular, circulatory (blood), cardiac, vascular, respiratory and nervous systems. 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. Through a combination of lectures, exercises, and independent learning, 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. Through a combination of lectures, exercises, and independent learning, 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 Students become socialized into the profession of nursing. The themes of critical thinking, caring and health promotion are introduced. The Roy Adaptation Model for Nursing is used as a framework for the nursing process by which basic human needs are studied.

Co-requisites: BIO5200 and ENL1813S and NSG5112L and NSG5112P and NSG5113 and PSY5609
Nursing I Theory Students become socialized into the profession of nursing. The themes of critical thinking, caring and health promotion are introduced. The Roy Adaptation Model for Nursing is used as a framework for the nursing process by which basic human needs are studied.

Co-requisites: BIO5200 and ENL1813S and NSG5112L and NSG5112P and NSG5113 and PSY5609
60.0
NSG5112L At a beginning level, students learn to promote adaptation through the practice and implementation of selected skills. Students apply Roy's Adaptation Model for Nursing in the laboratory and client care setting. Practice settings include lab and designated clinical sites.

Co-requisites: BIO5200 and ENL1813S and NSG5110 and NSG5112P and NSG5113 and PSY5609
Nursing I Practicum (L) At a beginning level, students learn to promote adaptation through the practice and implementation of selected skills. Students apply Roy's Adaptation Model for Nursing in the laboratory and client care setting. Practice settings include lab and designated clinical sites.

Co-requisites: BIO5200 and ENL1813S and NSG5110 and NSG5112P and NSG5113 and PSY5609
45.0
NSG5112P At a beginning level, students learn to promote adaptation through the practice and implementation of selected skills. Students apply Roy's Adaptation Model for Nursing in the laboratory and client care setting. Practice settings include lab and designated clinical sites.

Co-requisites: BIO5200 and ENL1813S and NSG5110 and NSG5112L and NSG5113 and PSY5609
Nursing I Practicum (P) At a beginning level, students learn to promote adaptation through the practice and implementation of selected skills. Students apply Roy's Adaptation Model for Nursing in the laboratory and client care setting. Practice settings include lab and designated clinical sites.

Co-requisites: BIO5200 and ENL1813S and NSG5110 and NSG5112L and NSG5113 and PSY5609
117.0
NSG5113 The student is introduced to theoretical models that support critical thinking while interacting with the healthcare consumer, utilizing specific techniques, such as teaching, facilitating and promoting change. The role function mode (from Roy's Adaptation Model) serves as the framework for this course of study. Healthcare Consumer The student is introduced to theoretical models that support critical thinking while interacting with the healthcare consumer, utilizing specific techniques, such as teaching, facilitating and promoting change. The role function mode (from Roy's Adaptation Model) serves as the framework for this course of study. 30.0
PSY5609 The following important concepts are examined: the biological basics of behaviour, sensation and perception, consciousness, learning, memory, thought and language development, motivation and emotion, personality, intelligence and assessment, health, stress and coping, psychological disorders, approaches to treatment and social psychology. Introduction to Psychology The following important concepts are examined: the biological basics of behaviour, sensation and perception, consciousness, learning, memory, thought and language development, motivation and emotion, personality, intelligence and assessment, health, stress and coping, psychological disorders, approaches to treatment and social psychology. 45.0
Level: 02 Hours
BIO5201 Students are introduced to the human body and its functions. The main focus is on the role hormones play in regulating cellular functions, metabolism, reproduction, lactation and composition of blood through urine formation. Students also study the anatomy and physiology of the reproductive, endocrine, lymphatic, digestive and urinary systems.

Prerequisites: BIO5200
Anatomy and Physiology 2 Students are introduced to the human body and its functions. The main focus is on the role hormones play in regulating cellular functions, metabolism, reproduction, lactation and composition of blood through urine formation. Students also study the anatomy and physiology of the reproductive, endocrine, lymphatic, digestive and urinary systems.

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 The three processes of maturation, reproduction, and degeneration influence an individual's growth and development across the lifecycle are explored. Learners use a holistic view of the person and the nursing process to assess the achievement of physiological, psychological and social milestones necessary for healthy adaptation. Nursing interventions to support adaptation are explored with an emphasis on considering the client's culture and lifestyle, as well as teaching in the form of anticipatory guidance. Learners generate a portfolio of learning as direct evidence of their understanding of the nurse's role in promoting healthy growth and development.

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 The three processes of maturation, reproduction, and degeneration influence an individual's growth and development across the lifecycle are explored. Learners use a holistic view of the person and the nursing process to assess the achievement of physiological, psychological and social milestones necessary for healthy adaptation. Nursing interventions to support adaptation are explored with an emphasis on considering the client's culture and lifestyle, as well as teaching in the form of anticipatory guidance. Learners generate a portfolio of learning as direct evidence of their understanding of the nurse's role in promoting healthy growth and development.

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 As a developing, caring professional, the student assists clients (individuals and families) to meet their needs using health promotion and anticipatory guidance throughout the lifespan. Practice settings include lab and clinical settings involving various age groups.

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) As a developing, caring professional, the student assists clients (individuals and families) to meet their needs using health promotion and anticipatory guidance throughout the lifespan. Practice settings include lab and clinical settings involving various age groups.

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 As a developing, caring professional, the student assists clients (individuals and families) to meet their needs using health promotion and anticipatory guidance throughout the lifespan. Practice settings include lab and clinical settings involving various age groups.

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 Practical (M) As a developing, caring professional, the student assists clients (individuals and families) to meet their needs using health promotion and anticipatory guidance throughout the lifespan. Practice settings include lab and clinical settings involving various age groups.

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 As a developing, caring professional, the student assists clients (individuals and families) to meet their needs using health promotion and anticipatory guidance throughout the lifespan. Practice settings include lab and clinical settings involving various age groups.

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) As a developing, caring professional, the student assists clients (individuals and families) to meet their needs using health promotion and anticipatory guidance throughout the lifespan. Practice settings include lab and clinical settings involving various age groups.

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 Through the use of technology and human resources, the student is introduced to the knowledge and skills necessary to support the development of evidence-based practice. The delivery model includes both classroom and online learning. Nursing Research Through the use of technology and human resources, the student is introduced to the knowledge and skills necessary to support the development of evidence-based practice. The delivery model includes both classroom and online learning. 30.0
NSG5124 The student is provided with an opportunity to integrate previously acquired skills and knowledge in a variety of settings. The focus is on health assessment and organizational and communication skills.

Co-requisites: BIO5201 and ENL5645 and NSG5120 and NSG5122L and NSG5122M and NSG5122S and NSG5123 and NSG5125
Consolidation I - Clinical The student is provided with an opportunity to integrate previously acquired skills and knowledge in a variety of settings. The focus is on health assessment and organizational and communication skills.

Co-requisites: BIO5201 and ENL5645 and NSG5120 and NSG5122L and NSG5122M and NSG5122S and NSG5123 and NSG5125
75.0
NSG5125 Students acquire the knowledge and skills to perform a health history and head-to-toe physical assessment of clients across the lifespan. The health history includes physiological, psychosocial, developmental, and environmental data and risk screening tools. The lab component provides the opportunity to practise the collection of data through the skills of interviewing, observation, auscultation, and percussion and documentation of findings.

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 Students acquire the knowledge and skills to perform a health history and head-to-toe physical assessment of clients across the lifespan. The health history includes physiological, psychosocial, developmental, and environmental data and risk screening tools. The lab component provides the opportunity to practise the collection of data through the skills of interviewing, observation, auscultation, and percussion and documentation of findings.

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 Students study the human body's reaction to and defences against disease. Particular focus is on immunity, inflammation, and infection and includes the nature of cancer. Students explore disease processes affecting major systems in the body.

Prerequisites: BIO5201
Pathophysiology Students study the human body's reaction to and defences against disease. Particular focus is on immunity, inflammation, and infection and includes the nature of cancer. Students explore disease processes affecting major systems in the body.

Prerequisites: BIO5201
30.0
NSG5130 Students study the individuals' and families' adaptation in response to common health problems as a stimulus in the four modes of the Roy Adaptation Model of Nursing. Students are introduced to the concepts of morbidity and mortality.

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 Students study the individuals' and families' adaptation in response to common health problems as a stimulus in the four modes of the Roy Adaptation Model of Nursing. Students are introduced to the concepts of morbidity and mortality.

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 Students learn and practise selected nursing skills which promote adaptation in the four modes, with the focus on individuals and families who are experiencing physical and mental health problems. Practice settings include lab, acute care and clinic settings.

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) Students learn and practise selected nursing skills which promote adaptation in the four modes, with the focus on individuals and families who are experiencing physical and mental health problems. Practice settings include lab, acute care and clinic settings.

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 Students learn and practise selected nursing skills which promote adaptation in the four modes, with the focus on individuals and families who are experiencing physical and mental health problems. Practice settings include lab, acute care and clinic settings.

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) Students learn and practise selected nursing skills which promote adaptation in the four modes, with the focus on individuals and families who are experiencing physical and mental health problems. Practice settings include lab, acute care and clinic settings.

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 Students are introduced to responsibilities surrounding the administration of medications. The major drug classifications, actions, desired and adverse effects and implications regarding nursing care are studied. In addition, selected drugs common to the major classifications are discussed. The practice of the administration of medication begins in Nursing III Practicum.

Prerequisites: BIO5201 and NSG5120 and NSG5122L and NSG5122M and NSG5122S and NSG5123 and NSG5124 and NSG5125
Pharmacology Students are introduced to responsibilities surrounding the administration of medications. The major drug classifications, actions, desired and adverse effects and implications regarding nursing care are studied. In addition, selected drugs common to the major classifications are discussed. The practice of the administration of medication begins in Nursing III Practicum.

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 Students study complex physical and mental problems with increasing morbidity and mortality.

Prerequisites: BIO5202 and NSG5130 and NSG5132L and NSG5132P and PHA5100

Co-requisites: NSG5142L and NSG5142P
Nursing IV Theory Students study complex physical and mental problems with increasing morbidity and mortality.

Prerequisites: BIO5202 and NSG5130 and NSG5132L and NSG5132P and PHA5100

Co-requisites: NSG5142L and NSG5142P
40.0
NSG5142L Students learn and practise selected nursing skills which promote adaptation in the four modes with individuals and families who are experiencing complex physical and mental health problems. Practice settings include lab, acute care and clinic settings. Opportunities to develop leadership skills are provided.

Prerequisites: BIO5202 and NSG5130 and NSG5132L and NSG5132P and PHA5100

Co-requisites: NSG5140 and NSG5142P
Nursing IV Practicum (L) Students learn and practise selected nursing skills which promote adaptation in the four modes with individuals and families who are experiencing complex physical and mental health problems. Practice settings include lab, acute care and clinic settings. Opportunities to develop leadership skills are provided.

Prerequisites: BIO5202 and NSG5130 and NSG5132L and NSG5132P and PHA5100

Co-requisites: NSG5140 and NSG5142P
20.0
NSG5142P Students learn and practise selected nursing skills which promote adaptation in the four modes with individuals and families who are experiencing complex physical and mental health problems. Practice settings include lab, acute care and clinic settings. Opportunities to develop leadership skills are provided.

Prerequisites: BIO5202 and NSG5130 and NSG5132L and NSG5132P and PHA5100

Co-requisites: NSG5140 and NSG5142L
Nursing IV Practicum (P) Students learn and practise selected nursing skills which promote adaptation in the four modes with individuals and families who are experiencing complex physical and mental health problems. Practice settings include lab, acute care and clinic settings. Opportunities to develop leadership skills are provided.

Prerequisites: BIO5202 and NSG5130 and NSG5132L and NSG5132P and PHA5100

Co-requisites: NSG5140 and NSG5142L
130.0
NSG5143 Students build on previously introduced concepts of professionalism, as well as focus on the legal and ethical standards of practice for the Registered Practical Nurse. Nursing issues and trends are explored through a variety of learning methods.

Prerequisites: NSG5130

Co-requisites: NSG5140 and NSG5142L and NSG5142P
Current Issues Students build on previously introduced concepts of professionalism, as well as focus on the legal and ethical standards of practice for the Registered Practical Nurse. Nursing issues and trends are explored through a variety of learning methods.

Prerequisites: NSG5130

Co-requisites: NSG5140 and NSG5142L and NSG5142P
30.0
NSG5144A Students are provided with opportunities to integrate previously acquired knowledge and skills in a variety of settings. The focus is to help students make the role transition from student to graduate. Students must have completed all course requirements before entrance to NSG5144A.

Co-requisites: NSG5140 and NSG5142L and NSG5142P and NSG5143 and SOC5605
Consolidation II - Clinical (A) Students are provided with opportunities to integrate previously acquired knowledge and skills in a variety of settings. The focus is to help students make the role transition from student to graduate. Students must have completed all course requirements before entrance to NSG5144A.

Co-requisites: NSG5140 and NSG5142L and NSG5142P and NSG5143 and SOC5605
320.0
SOC5605 Students are introduced to the major concepts and theories of sociology which is the study of human society and social behaviour. The Canadian perspective is taken. Students study topics, such as the sociological approach, society, culture, socialization, groups, social stratification, and social class and social change. Principles of Sociology Students are introduced to the major concepts and theories of sociology which is the study of human society and social behaviour. The Canadian perspective is taken. Students study topics, such as the sociological approach, society, culture, socialization, groups, social stratification, and social class and social change. 45.0

Fees & Expenses

Tuition Fees: $1,679.86 per term.

Information Technology Fee: $86 per term. *

BYOD Fee: $150 per term. **

eTextbook Fees: see www.algonquincollege.com/etextbooks.

Student Activity/Sports Fee: $240.50 per term in Levels 01, 02 and 03 and $90.30 in Level 04.

Student Commons/Auditorium Fee: $22 per term in Levels 01, 02 and 03.

Student Centre Building Fee: $17.50 per term in Levels 01, 02 and 03.

Student Experience Fee: $17 per term.

Health Services Fee: $20 per term.

Health Plan Fee: $123.96 paid once annually. ***

A $40 graduation fee is payable in the final term.

A $20 transcript fee is payable in the first term a student attends Algonquin College.

International Students pay all relevant Canadian fees plus an International Premium of $4,775 per term.

* Students paying the Information Technology fee are provided with a network account, an email address, and Internet access. For more information please visit our website at www.algonquincollege.com/its/services/it_fee.htm.

** The BYOD Fee covers the costs associated with providing various services and software to students registered in a BYOD program.

*** Students who have coverage with another plan can request a refund by supplying the Students' Association with documentation supporting the request. This request will have to be made annually.

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.

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 will be charged.

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 HOAE assessment will be utilized to establish minimum eligibility and also ranked, with the highest ranked applicants given priority admission. The HOAE 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.

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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: 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.

 Fall 2013 Information:
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Fall 2012 Information:
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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 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: AskAlgonquin@algonquincollege.com

Additional Information

This Full-time day program is offered at both the Woodroffe and Pembroke Campuses. 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.

Note: As of the Spring 2011 term, NSG5122P is equivalent to NSG5122M and NSG5122S when combined.

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