TIMMINS, ON: Northern College’s signature Practical Nursing program has received top-marks from the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO). Northern received the highest possible rating during the CNO’s latest review of the program, earning the program a Category 1: Approved status.
All practical nursing programs in Ontario require CNO approval in order to operate. The process ensures that colleges across the province are delivering programming that meets or exceeds the standards established by the CNO. These competencies assure employers that all practical nursing graduates in the province possess the same knowledge and skills, regardless of where they have studied. All approved programs must be re-approved every five years.
The CNO program approval review process includes an in-depth analysis of a program’s curriculum and some key performance indicators. Indicators include graduation rate, graduate satisfaction rate and student satisfaction rate. Northern’s program met CNO expectations in all areas of review.
Northern’s Practical Nursing program has a history of high achievement. Over the past three years, nearly every Practical Nursing graduate from the Timmins, Moosonee, Kirkland Lake and Haileybury campuses has passed the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination.
In October 2013, program coordinator and professor Mireille Walsh received the Canadian Association of Practical Nurse Educators Award for Innovation in Practical Nursing Education. Walsh received the award in recognition of her work in the development of unique patient care simulation scenarios utilizing Northern College’s state-of-the-art, high-fidelity patient simulation labs.
“Our high approval rating can be attributed to the dedication and hard work of our faculty, the exceptional college labs, placement opportunities within our health care agencies, and through the vision, leadership and commitment to nursing excellence of our coordinator, Mireille Walsh,” says Judy Rantala, Director of Health Sciences and Community and Emergency Services at Northern College.
Practical Nursing is part of Northern College’s suite of Signature Programs, which also includes Electrical Engineering Technician, Haileybury School of Mines Mining Engineering Technician, Veterinary Technician and Welding Engineering Technology.
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