Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN)

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Program Title: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN)
Credential Earned Bachelor of Science Nursing Degree
Delivery: Full Time
Program Length: 8 Semesters
Program Status: See program codes

Program Codes
Program codes are for September intakes except those that are indicated differently.
NORT – H112 (PC) Timmins Campus – Open
NORT – H152 (KL) Kirkland Lake – Available in 2016
(Classes offered via video delivery)

Program Specific Information and Forms
Below are requirements or forms that have to be completed before the start of the semester or the date specified.

Requirements, Forms and/or Additional Information


Program Description
Nursing is a profession that provides opportunities for specialization, team work, leadership and personal growth. Nursing promotes partnerships with other health care professionals in caring for clients and families across the lifespan through a variety of health care settings. Northern College is one of the partners in the Laurentian University BScN Collaborative Program and, as part of this partnership with Laurentian University, our nursing students are able to complete all four years of the BScN program at Northern.

Northern’s Nursing program provides opportunities for students to practice nursing skills in state of the art nursing practice labs equipped with integrative simulation equipment. This latest technology will assist in preparing students for actual client care through simulated medical scenarios. Our nursing program also incorporates new technologies, such as specialized software packages and web-based tools, many of which are used in health-care settings. Learning experiences will be enhanced through cooperation and consultation with faculty and peers through shared activities. Northern also utilizes its on site Family Health Team clinic, to provide an excellent opportunity for nursing students to experience community-based nursing first hand while working within an interdisciplinary health care team.

Although we make every effort to accommodate your preference of clinical placement location, you should be aware that you may be placed in a community outside of the district or county where you currently reside. In any event, you are responsible for transportation to and from clinical agencies as well as any and all costs associated with the clinical placement. Also note that clinical days may include weekends and start/end times often occur outside of normal business hours.


NOTE:  Students who are unsuccessful in a course may be required to travel to a different campus to retake course(s) as deemed necessary for program completion.


Career Opportunities
Graduates may find employment in acute and long-term care agencies, public health, community agencies, doctors’ offices, clinics, mental health services, traveling health agencies and with individuals and/or families.

Contact Information
Johanne Carbonneau
Tel: 705-235-3211 x2288
carbonneauj@northern.on.ca

Joan Martin-Saarinen
Tel: 705-235-3211 x2262
saarinenj@northern.on.ca

Admission Requirements
This program is oversubscribed and receives more than enough qualified applicants to fill the seats available. Applicants accepted into oversubscribed programs confirm their offer and pay their fees early to reserve a place in the program.

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
Six Grade 12 U credits including:
Grade 12 Math (U)
Grade 12 English (U)
Grade 12 Biology (U)
Grade 12 Chemistry (U)
Any two additional Grade 12 courses (4U)

Important
2015-16 applicants to the BScN will be required to have a Gr. 12 (U) MATH credit in addition to the prerequisite courses listed above.

4M credits will be accepted for the elective credit requirements only. Minimum overall average of 75% (average of all six courses combined). A general Math course is strongly recommended. Northern College does not offer academic testing for the Science equivalencies.

The successful completion of Northern’s two semester Pre-Health Science program (2014 or later, with a minimum GPA of 3.0) will provide students with the admission requirements for entry into the BScN program.

Although we make every effort to accommodate your preference of clinical placement location, you should be aware that you may be placed in a community outside of the district or county where you currently reside. In any event, you are responsible for transportation to and from clinical agencies as well as any and all costs associated with the clinical placement. Also note that clinical days may include weekends and start/end times often occur outside of normal business hours.

Or mature student status as defined by Laurentian University (an applicant who does not have a high school diploma or equivalent, and will have reached the age of 21 years on or before December 31 in the academic year). Admission for mature students will be in accordance with the policy at Laurentian University. Please contact Northern College’s Admissions Office at 705-235-7222 for more information.

The following physical demands are/will be placed upon the students throughout this program, and are essential to successful completion/clinical/graduation:

Activity Frequency Definition Example
Walking half-day walking up to four hours during an eight hour shift walking on flat areas in building for a distance equal to a city block
Standing quarter – day standing up to two hours during eight hour shift standing to administer medications at a cart/process lab specimens
Sitting minimal sits less than two hours during eight hour shift sitting at desk to document
Bending moderate bending is required on a regular basis changing bed linens; turning and repositioning patients; transferring patients; assisting patient in and out of chair
Lifting heavy normally lifting and/or carrying objects weighing up to 50 lbs two man transfer of resident in and out of bed; lifting linen out of carts, positioning clients for lab processes
Pushing/Pulling repetitive pushing/pulling objects and persons along flat surfaces pushing mechanical lift; pushing resident in wheelchair, pulling carts; pushing/pulling furniture
Use of Equipment moderate operating mechanical aids which replace physical force using mechanical lifts
Hand/Eye coordination average able to perform tasks which require average degree of hand coordination. No vision impairment. reading labels on bottles-labs vials; administering medications; operating mechanical lift; writing reports/documents

Any questions regarding the above requirements may be directed to your health care provider and/or kinesiologist/physiotherapist.

Admission Requirements for Clinical Placements

  • Completed Immunization/Communicable Disease Testing Requirements forms, supplied by the College.
  • Current Basic Cardiac Life Support Certificate (C.P.R. – HCP Level).
  • Standard First Aid Certificate (or equivalent).
  • WHMIS Certificate (may be obtained at a minimal cost through the College).
  • A recent criminal reference/vulnerable sector check – (within 6 months) is required prior to the start of the fall Semester (1 original copy).
  • Mask Fit testing (offered in September, on campus by the Nurse Training Officers)
  • AODA certificate (free of charge, access via link on Northern College’s main website)

A criminal record may impede your ability to write the National Registration Exams required for nursing employment in Canada.

Students who do not comply with the immunization requirements will not be allowed into the practice settings and as such will not be able to complete the Practicum requird to graduate from the program. CPR re-certification, police record search, and immunization updates are required annually and are to be completed prior to the fall semester.

To be eligible for participation in clinical training, students must not have been convicted of any criminal offence for which that person has not been pardoned. An unpardoned criminal record will result in inability to participate in clinical practice courses and could prevent the student from graduating.

As of January 1, 2005, the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) requires all applicants for registration or reinstatement from within Canada to provide a recent Canadian Police Information Centre Criminal Record Synopsis (CPIC or OESC check) as part of the registration process. The criminal record check registration requirement enhances public protection by allowing CNO to identify those who have criminal records that could affect their suitability to practice nursing.

A criminal record will impede your ability to write the National Registration Exams required for nursing employment in Canada. Any costs for these tests/certifications will be the responsibility of the applicant.

Students are responsible for the cost of appropriate uniforms and equipment (e.g. stethoscope, watch, pen, etc.) required for the clinical area as well as transportation to practicum placements. Mask fit testing will be provided by the College prior to clinical practice. Upon successful completion of all courses outlined in the program of study, the student is eligible to write the examination for Registered Nurse credentialing as set out by the College of Nurses of Ontario. Students will be informed of the cost of this examination and it is their responsibility to pay this fee by the designated dates.

Additional Admission Requirements
Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office (word processing, powerpoint, spreadsheets), web search engines and e-mail systems. Students may assess whether or not they meet the computer proficiency expectations for this program by taking the free online assessment.

Semester 1
BN1004 Self and Family Health
BN1013 First Year Orientation
BN1056 Professional Growth I
BN1206 Self and Others I
BN2105 Human Anatomy and Physiology
EL1003 Elective

Semester 2
BN1007 Family Experience of a Chronic Health Challenge
BN1094 Introduction to Nursing Practice
BN1207 Self & Others II
BN2105 Human Anatomy and Physiology
EL1003 Elective

Semester 3
BN2006 Healing I: Episodic Health Challenges
BN2026 Introduction to Microbiology
BN2084 Nursing Practice II
BN2220 Clinical Chemistry
EL1003 Elective

Semester 4
BN2057 Professional Growth II
BN2107 Nursing Pathophysiology
BN2144 Nursing Practice III: Complex Health Challenges
BN2220 Clinical Chemistry

Semester 5
BN3005 Health III – Primary Health Care and Health Promotion
BN3056 Professional Growth III
BN3084 Nursing Practice IV
BN3206 Self & Others III: Helping Relationships
BN3406 Nursing Inquiry

Semester 6
BN3005 Health III – Primary Health Care and Health Promotion
BN3066 Professional Growth IV: Empowerment
BN3094 Nursing Practice V
BN3416 Nursing Research I
EL2003 Elective

Semester 7
BN4056 Professional Growth V
BN4084 Nursing Practice VI
BN4206 Self and Others IV: Group Process
BN4416 Nursing Research II
EL1003 Elective

Semester 8
BN4057 Professional Growth VI
BN4094 Nursing Practice VII

Semester 1
BN1004 Self and Family Health
Emphasizes the personal meaning of health, health-related assessments and health maintenance. Learners examine significant theoretical and conceptual frameworks of health in relation to self and family. A clinical experience takes place in healthcare settings with a focus on the well elderly. A community clinical experience takes place in the context of a resource family. By reflecting on and reconstructing personal and professional experiences, learners have an opportunity to identify resources and challenges that influence health and recognize the complexity of the change process as related to health promotion and caring. Total of 34 clinical hrs. (lec 3, lab 2, exp) cr 4.

BN1013 First Year Orientation
This course in an orientation to the essential tools required in order to facilitate successful completion of course tests, exams and assignments. You will learn how to effectuate searches, adhere to expected written guidelines, maximize in-class attendance, and develop studying and stress management skills.

BN1056 Professional Growth I
An introduction to the profession of nursing. The philosophy and constructs of the nursing program are examined, and the role of nursing and its evolution in society are explored, as is the relationship between theory, practice and research. Learners are introduced to the processes of critical reflection and reflective learning, and opportunities are provided for them to experience professional practice (nursing work) in a variety of settings.

BN1206 Self and Others I
This course focuses on the learner’s personal discovery of self as nurse and self in relation to others. Through interaction and structured reflection, emphasis is placed on understanding how select concepts relate to and impact on our experiences with self and others.

BN2105 Human Anatomy and Physiology
This course describes human anatomy and physiology at the cellular, tissue, organ and system levels of organization. It concentrates on the clinical applications of anatomy and physiology.

EL1003 Elective
Students may choose a post-secondary course from a program they are working towards or a regular General Arts and Science course as an elective. Notes: Students cannot take post-secondary courses which require prerequisites. Certain programs such as, BSc. Nursing, Law Clerk and others, have predetermined electives. A list of eligible elective courses for these programs will be provided by the program coordinator at the beginning of each semester in which an elective is required.

Semester 2
BN1007 Family Experience of a Chronic Health Challenge
This course focuses on concepts related to the family’s lived experience with a chronic health challenge, health promotion and the determinants of health. Emphasis is placed on the development of critical thinking skills in relation to critiquing the literature. Learners will participate in health assessment of individuals and families following a recognized framework in order to explore the meanings of health for individuals and their family members. A variety of activities related to the nurse’s role in promoting and maintaining health in lives complicated by chronic health challenges will be provided.

BN1094 Introduction to Nursing Practice
This nursing practice experience will provide the opportunity to develop professional caring practice with individuals and families at various stages of the lifecycle with an emphasis on health assessment. The experience takes place in healthcare settings and focuses on chronic health challenges. Learning experiences are designed to promote the integration and consolidation of new and prior learning.

BN1207 Self & Others II
This course is designed to enhance caring interpersonal communication, which essentially involves the learner’s therapeutic use of self and the understanding and application of interpersonal skills. These abilities are considered from the perspectives of contextual awareness, decision making, confidence and performance.

BN2105 Human Anatomy and Physiology
This course describes human anatomy and physiology at the cellular, tissue, organ and system levels of organization. It concentrates on the clinical applications of anatomy and physiology.

EL1003 Elective
Students may choose a post-secondary course from a program they are working towards or a regular General Arts and Science course as an elective. Notes: Students cannot take post-secondary courses which require prerequisites. Certain programs such as, BSc. Nursing, Law Clerk and others, have predetermined electives. A list of eligible elective courses for these programs will be provided by the program coordinator at the beginning of each semester in which an elective is required.

Semester 3
BN2006 Healing I: Episodic Health Challenges
Focuses on people’s experiences with healing, with particular reference to health restoration within episodic health challenges. Learners integrate concepts of healing as they relate to health restoration and develop a repertoire of skills that promote healing.

BN2026 Introduction to Microbiology
An introduction to microbiology (offered to students of Nursing). The topics covered include morphology and structure, classification, microbiology techniques, microbial nutrition, growth, environmental effects on microbes, mutation and genetic recombination, sterilization and disinfection, and antimicrobial chemotherapeutic agents.

BN2084 Nursing Practice II
This nursing practice experience will emphasize the use of the nursing process integrated with pharmacological knowledge and provide the opportunity to develop caring practice with people experiencing episodic health challenges. Experiences will include nursing individuals and families in a variety of care contexts.

BN2220 Clinical Chemistry
A course designed to develop nursing students’ understanding of the relationship between disease, the underlying biochemical causes and the methodology for diagnosis.

EL1003 Elective
Students may choose a post-secondary course from a program they are working towards or a regular General Arts and Science course as an elective. Notes: Students cannot take post-secondary courses which require prerequisites. Certain programs such as, BSc. Nursing, Law Clerk and others, have predetermined electives. A list of eligible elective courses for these programs will be provided by the program coordinator at the beginning of each semester in which an elective is required.

Semester 4
BN2057 Professional Growth II
Builds on the philosophy and concepts examined in NURS 1056, and examines and explores the professional practice of nursing. Particular emphasis is placed on standards for the practice, responsibility and accountability of professional nurses

BN2107 Nursing Pathophysiology
The focus of this course is the study of functional changes in cells, tissues and organs altered by disease and/or injury. Using a case study approach the learner will explore how pathophysiology bridges basic sciences and clinical nursing practice. Emphasis will be placed on how understanding pathophysiology processes can explain clinical manifestations, guide client care, and inform nursing judgment.

BN2144 Nursing Practice II : Complex Health Challenges
This course focuses on peoples’ (individual and family) experience with healing, specifically related to a variety of complex health challenges. Using a concept approach and the nursing process, learners will continue to develop their repertoire of cognitive practice skills, interpersonal skills, and organizational skills to promote healing. Pattern recognition, critical decision making and increased self-directness will be emphasized. Through clinical experience in both the community and a health care agency, students will refine their clinical judgment by exploring and utilizing the expertise of a variety of health team
members.BN2220 Clinical Chemistry

Semester 5
BN3005 Health III: Primary Health Care and Health Promotion
This course is grounded in a primary health care framework. Basic concepts, principles and theoretical frameworks informing community health nursing in the context of prevention, health protection and health promotion are explored. Health will be examined from the population health promotion perspective. Through class discussion, small group activities and course assignments, students will develop their understanding of community as client and partner and develop their repertoire of strategies for prevention, health promotion, and health protection in the community setting

BN3056 Professional Growth III: Teaching / Learning in Professional Nursing Practice
Learners examine assumptions underlying a variety of teaching and learning perspectives and methodologies. Through reflection, learners explore personal beliefs and values in relation to these assumptions. Through praxis and building on concepts in Professional Growth I and II, learners experience teaching/learning opportunities with a focus on health protection.BN3084 Nursing Practice IV

BN3206 Self and Others III: Helping Relationships
Provides an opportunity for learners to develop a conceptual and experiential understanding of effective interpersonal relationships. Opportunities are provided for learners to become aware of their interpersonal style as it affects their relationships with clients and colleagues. Through integration of the principles of effective communication, learners participate in initiating, maintaining and bringing to closure caring interpersonal relationships.

BN3406 Nursing Inquiry
In this course, various models of nursing inquiry will be addressed. Some of these include scientific, philosophical and historical models. Relationships between practice, theory and research will be explored. Past and present contributions to nursing knowledge will be discussed.

Semester 6
BN3005 Health III – Primary Health Care and Health Promotion
This course is grounded in a primary health care framework. Basic concepts, principles and theoretical frameworks informing community health nursing in the context of prevention, health protection and health promotion are explored. Health will be examined from the population health promotion perspective. Through class discussion, small group activities and course assignments, students will develop their understanding of community as client and partner and develop their repertoire of strategies for prevention, health promotion, and health protection in the community setting

BN3066 Professional Growth IV: Empowerment
Focuses on empowerment/enabling. Utilizing concepts from Professional Growth I, II, and III, learners explore ways of empowering self, clients, families and communities.

BN3094 Nursing Practice V
This nursing practice course focuses on the nature of community health nursing practice from the perspective of health promotion and health protection. A case study approach, group work, class discussions, online discourse and presentations support learner understanding and transfer of knowledge to the practice setting. The practice settings learning experiences take place in are hospital and community settings with an emphasis on the nurse as a leader and a proficient provider of client care.

BN3416 Nursing Research I
In this theory-based course, learners discover ways to transform personal inquisitiveness into a process of posing, exploring and answering researchable questions. Using both quantitative and qualitative analysis, learners experience ways of critically examining the research process.

EL2003 Elective
Description: N/A

Semester 7
BN4056 Professional Growth V: Nurses Influencing Change
Explores the ways nurses can influence clients, the nursing profession, the healthcare system and society, generally, to facilitate the creation of a healthy environment. Emphasis is on strategies for enhancing nursing influence.

BN4084 Nursing Practice VI
This course focuses on the actualization of the nurse as a professional. By critically reflecting on clinical experiences, learners experience the significance of their role as generators and disseminators of nursing knowledge in shaping and responding to the challenges of healthcare in our society.
BN4206 Self and Others IV: Group Process
This course focuses on the theories and concepts of group process from a multi-disciplinary perspective. Learners have the opportunity to experience and critically reflect on group process. The examination of self in relation to group process is an essential component.

BN4416 Nursing Research II
This course builds on skills acquired in BN3406, 3416 and 4057. This course strives to enhance nurses’ ability to work as scholars. Through praxis, learners experience ways to critically examine relevant knowledge and explore ways to generate new nursing knowledge

EL1003 Elective
Students may choose a post-secondary course from a program they are working towards or a regular General Arts and Science course as an elective. Notes: Students cannot take post-secondary courses which require prerequisites. Certain programs such as, BSc. Nursing, Law Clerk and others, have predetermined electives. A list of eligible elective courses for these programs will be provided by the program coordinator at the beginning of each semester in which an elective is required.

Semester 8
BN4057 Professional Growth VI
This course provides a forum for learners to reflect on and analyze the conceptual understandings of the content of current and past nursing courses. By sharing with peers, learning about self and others will be enhanced.

BN4094 Nursing Practice VII
In this nursing praxis experience, learners choose an area of clinical focus. Learning experiences will build upon and balance previous learning.

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Articulation Agreements – Universities
Program Degree at Receiving University
Massage Therapy Brock (Ontario)
Bachelor of Arts Community Health
Paramedic University of Ontario Institute of Technology (Ontario)
Practical Nursing Bachelor of Allied Health Science (Honours)
Medical Laboratory Technician
Pre-Health Sciences Algoma (Ontario)
Bachelor of Science in Biology
Practical Nursing University of Ontario Institute of Technology (Ontario)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Honours)
Lakehead (Ontario)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Algoma (Ontario)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – RPN Bridging Program
Ryerson (Ontario)
Bachelor of Health Administration Health Information Management or Bachelor of Health Administration Health Services Management
 
Practical Nursing Thompson Rivers (BC)
Paramedic Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Honours)
Massage Therapy  
   

Note 1: The information above is subject to change without notice at the institution’s discretion.
Note 2: Ryerson University may ask applicants to complete two or three university level liberal studies courses prior to admission.