Practical Nursing
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Centre of Applied Health Sciences, Windsor
  • Program Length:
  • Two Year - Ontario College Diploma (5 Semesters)
  • Starts:
  • South Campus - Windsor: September 2015 and January 2016
    Thames Campus - Chatham: Septemeber 2015

Program Vocational Learning Outcomes

To all NEW (entering) and RETURNING students:

All new and returning students need to be cleared for attendance in the clinical setting. This clearance involves meeting both medical and non-medical requirements. Please see the box below outlining the clearance that is required per semester of your program. Your medical and non-medical documents will be reviewed with you to ensure you meet the requirements to attend clinical at our placement sites. Please check back to this website for more details regarding dates and times by June 15th, 2016.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
OSSD with the majority of courses at the College (C), University (U), University/College (M) or Open (O) level plus:
  • Grade 12 English - ENG4U, ENG4C, EAE4C or EAE4U
  • Grade 12 Math (C) or (U)
  • Senior Level Chemistry (C) or (U)
  • Senior Level Biology (C) or (U)

Mature students - See Admission Procedures for details.

IMPORTANT NOTE - This is an OVERSUBSCRIBED program. Important information about how applicants are ranked for entry into this program can be found here.

SELECTION PROCEDURE
For high school applicants, all of your Grade 11 courses and the first semester of your Grade 12 courses will be averaged and ranked in order to make the selection for acceptance into this program. When final grades are released applicants must meet the minimum requirement in mandatory courses.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY
The College of Nurses of Ontario requires fluency in written and spoken English.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW
This 2 year Practical Nursing diploma program is fully accredited by the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO).

Program Approval Review Summary (PDF)

The curriculum is comprised of theoretical and clinical experiences utilizing the CNO conceptual framework and nursing process. This strong foundation prepares students to practice safely, competently and ethically in situations of health and illness with individuals, families, groups and communities across the lifespan.

The overall program goals and objectives are aligned with the current College Of Nurses Entry to Practice Competencies for the Registered Practical Nurse. Clinical experiences are provided throughout Windsor and Essex County/Chatham and Kent County in health care agencies such as hospitals, long term care facilities, clinics and community settings.

After successful completion of the Practical Nursing diploma program, graduates are eligible to write the Canadian Registered Practical Nurse Examination (CRPNE) which is administered by the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO). Please visit the CNO website for more detailed information at www.cno.org/en/.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
  • Small, personal class sizes
  • Hands on training in a state of the art nursing lab with simulation technology
  • Peer mentorship and tutor support
  • Comprehensive, clinical placement experiences with a preceptor in hospital and/or community settings (10 weeks in total)

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
There are a wide variety of employment opportunities in a number of diverse settings in which a graduate can practice. This includes hospitals, long term care facilities, community health care agencies, physician offices and clinics, private homes and practice.

PROSPECTIVE STUDENT CONSIDERATIONS
In order to successfully progress thorugh the curriculum and function as a practical nurse, prospective students should review the following information regarding general demands and performance expectations for a career in nursing:
  • Requisite Skills and Abilities for nursing practice in Ontario
  • Program Physical Demands Analysis: H863 / K963
  • Students are responsible for their own travel and costs to clinical placements
  • Students are required to submit all medical/non-medical documentation to Paramed for clinical clearance at their own cost
  • Students are responsible for the cost of scrub uniforms/footwear and equipment such as stethoscope, a watch with a second hand and other incidentals as required
  • Clinical placements schedules may include shifts on days, afternoons, weekends and holidays throughout the program based on clinical need and agency availability

Health/Clinical Placement Requirements

YOUR INVESTMENT
The standard tuition and compulsory fees for the current academic year:

2016-2017 Tuition Fees

For programs with Experiential Learning (Work Placement/Internship): Costs for accommodation, if needed, travel and related expenses is at the student's own expense. It is recommended for most programs, that students have access to a laptop or desktop computer while away from home during experiential learning periods.

Textbooks and other materials are in addition to Tuition Fees. Textbook prices may be found through the Bookstore website.

Please be aware that tuition and compulsory fees are subject to adjustment each year. The College reserves the right to change, amend or alter fees as necessary without notice or prejudice.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
For students starting their program in January, semester delivery is scheduled as follows:

Semester One Winter
Semester Two Spring/Summer
Semester Break / No Classes Fall
Semester Three Winter
Semester Four Spring/Summer
Semester Five / Pre-Grad Fall

Convocation for a January intake of graduates will take place in June of the year following Semester Five.

DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS


Code
Credit
Course Name
Semester 1
PNR116
6
Intro to the Practice of Nursing
PNR125
6
Nursing Clinical I
BIO126
7
Anatomy, Physiology & Pathophysiology
ELEC1030
3
General Education Elective

Semester 2
PNR217
2
Pharmacology and Therapeutics
PNR218
3
Health Assessment (2+1 Lab)
PNR220
2
Nursing Theory IIA
PNR221
2
Nursing Theory IIB
PNR225
8
Nursing Clinical II
Code
Credit
Course Name
Semester 3
PNR308
2
Nursing Theory IIIA
PNR309
3
Nursing Theory IIIB
PNR315
2
Community Health
PNR311
4
Nursing Clinical IIIA
PNR 312
4
Nursing Clinical IIIB
ELEC1030
3
General Education Elective
ELEC1030
3
General Education Elective

Semester 4
PNR415
2
Management Leadership & Research
PNR408
3
Nursing Theory IVA
PNR409
3
Nursing Theory IV B
PRN411
12
Nursing Clinical IV

Semester 5
PNR515
5
Comprehensive Clinical Experience I *
PNR516
21
Comprehensive Clinical Experience II

* This clinical experience will occur at the discretion of the Chair as it will occur after semester 2 in Windsor and after semester 4 in Chatham.