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
NS1004 Nursing Praxis and Professional Caring I
NS1056 Professional Growth I
NS1206 Relational Practice I
BN2105 Human Anatomy and Physiology

Semester 2
NS1007 Health and Healing I
NS1094 Nursing Praxis and Professional Caring II
NS1207 Relational Practice II
BN2105 Human Anatomy and Physiology

Semester 3
NS2084 Nursing Praxis and Professional Caring III
NS2006 Health and Healing II
BN2036 Microbiology for Health Sciences
BN2220 Clinical Chemistry

Semester 4
NS2144 Nursing Praxis and Professional Caring IV
NS2057 Professional Growth II
NS2107 Health and Healing III
BN2220 Clinical Chemistry

Semester 5
NS3005 Health and Healing IV
NS3084 Nursing Praxis and Professional Caring V
NS3056 Professional Growth III
NS3406 Nursing Inquiry and Praxis I

Semester 6
NS3066 Professional Growth IV
NS3094 Nursing Praxis and Professional Caring VI
NS3416 Nursing Inquiry and Praxis II

Semester 7
NS4056 Professional Growth V
NS4084 Nursing Praxis and Professional Caring VII
NS4206 Relational Practice IV
NS4416 Nursing Inquiry and Praxis III

Semester 8
BN4057 Professional Growth VI
NS4094 Nursing Praxis and Professional Caring VIII


Semester 1

NS1004 Nursing Praxis and Professional Caring I
This course introduces the concept of health in nursing. Opportunities are provided to apply the nursing process in multiple educational contexts with an emphasis on safe and ethical care with older adults and families. Learners are required to integrate concurrent learning.

NS1056 Professional Growth I
This course focuses on an introduction to the profession of nursing. Opportunities are provided for learners to explore the evolution of nursing and professional standards within a Canadian context. Nursing knowledge is introduced in terms of relationships between theory, practice, and research. Learners are required to integrate concurrent learning.

NS1206 Relational Practice I
This course focuses on the learner’s discovery of self as nurse and self in relation to others. Opportunities are provided to engage in structured reflection guided by the literature and interaction with others. Emphasis is placed on understanding how select concepts relate to and impact on experiences with self and others. Learners are required to integrate concurrent learning.

BN2105 Human Anatomy and Physiology

Semester 2
NS1007 Health and Healing I
This course focuses on developing an understanding of family experiences with chronic health challenges. Opportunities are provided for learners to explore literature related to models of family assessment and chronicity as well as concepts relevant to health and healing. Learners are required to integrate new and prior learning. PREREQ: NURS 1004, NURS 1206, NURS 1056

NS1094 Nursing Praxis and Professional Caring II
This course focuses on health assessment of individuals across the lifespan with an emphasis on well adults. Opportunities are provided to apply the nursing process and demonstrate clinical decision-making within a practice setting. Learners are required to integrate new and prior learning. PREREQ: NURS 1004, NURS 1056, NURS 1206.

NS1207 Relational Practice II
This course introduces therapeutic use of knowledge and skills in relation to others in the context of professional relationships. Opportunities are provided to develop beginning competencies in the establishment of respectful and safe engagement for client-centred care. Learners are required to integrate new and prior learning. Learners are required to integrate new and prior learning. PREREQ: NURS 1004, NURS 1056, NURS 1206.

BN2105 Human Anatomy and Physiology

Semester 3
NS2084 Nursing Praxis and Professional Caring III
This course focuses on the application of integrated pharmacological knowledge and interventions within nursing process. Opportunities are provided to develop caring practice with patients experiencing health challenges. Learners are required to integrate new and prior learning. PREREQ: NURS 1094, NURS 1007, NURS 1207, BIOL 2105.

NS2006 Health and Healing II
This course focuses on the nurse’s role in meeting the health care needs of generative families. Opportunities are provided to develop an understanding of human growth and development and nursing care of the perinatal, newborn, and pediatric client. Learners are required to integrate new and prior learning. . PREREQ: NURS 1007, NURS 1094, NURS 1207, BIOL 2105

BN2036 Microbiology for Health Sciences

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.

Semester 4
NS2144 Nursing Praxis and Professional Caring IV
This course focuses on experiences with healing in relation to complex health challenges. Opportunities are provided to apply the nursing process, demonstrate pattern recognition, increase self-directedness, and participate in delivery of comprehensive care of patients. Learners are required to integrate new and prior learning. PREREQ: NURS 2084, NURS 2006, BIOL 2036.

NS2057 Professional Growth II
This course focuses on complex issues inherent in the delivery of nursing care from a Canadian perspective. Opportunities are provided for learners to examine moral, professional, ethical, and legal nursing knowledge in relation to current practice. Learners are required to integrate new and prior learning. PREREQ: NURS 2084, NURS 2006, BIOL 2036

NS2107 Health and Healing III
This course focuses on human pathophysiology. Opportunities are provided to translate knowledge of such science to inform nursing practice. Learners are required to integrate new and prior learning. PREREQ: NURS 2084, NURS 2006, BIOL 2036.

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.

Semester 5
NS3005 Health and Healing IV
This course focuses on concepts, principles, frameworks and standards of practice relevant to the community health nursing context in Canada. Opportunities are provided to engage in community health assessment and program planning with emphasis on health promotion. Learners are required to integrate new and prior learning. PREREQ: CHMI 2220, NURS 2144, NURS 2057, NURS 2107

NS3084 Nursing Praxis and Professional Caring V
This course focuses on health promotion and protection within the context of physiological, psychological, psychosexual, emotional, social, cultural, and spiritual health. Opportunities are provided to explore health and healing in relation to health-care delivery. Learners are required to integrate new and prior learning. PREREQ: CHMI 2220, NURS 2144, NURS 2057, NURS 2107

NS3056 Professional Growth III
This course focuses on the examination of teaching and learning theory and methods. Through critical reflection, learners explore current evidence, beliefs, and values as they apply the teaching and learning process. Opportunities are provided to experience teaching and learning in the context of health promotion and protection. Learners are required to integrate new and prior learning. PREREQ: CHMI 2220, NURS 2144, NURS 2057, NURS 2107

NS3406 Nursing Inquiry and Praxis I
This course focuses on the introduction of the foundations of nursing knowledge including philosophical, theoretical, and scientific underpinnings. Opportunities are provided to describe inter-relationships between theory and research grounded in clinical practice. Learning experiences require integration of new and prior learning. PREREQ: CHMI 2220, NURS 2144, NURS 2057, NURS 2107

Semester 6
NS3066 Professional Growth IV
This course focuses on the social construction of health inequities. Opportunities are provided to critically examine health outcomes of power inequities at the level of the individual, family, community, and professionally. Learners are required to integrate new and prior learning. PREREQ: NURS 3084, NURS 3056, NURS 3406, NURS 3206.

NS3094 Nursing Praxis and Professional Caring VI
This course focuses on health promotion and health protection within the context of diverse aggregates. Opportunities are provided to further explore health and healing in relation to health-care delivery. Learners are required to integrate new and prior learning. PREREQ: NURS 3084, NURS 3056, NURS 3406, NURS 3206.

NS3416 Nursing Inquiry and Praxis II
This course focuses on traditions of quantitative and qualitative nursing inquiry. Opportunities are provided to initiate nursing research praxis through the critical appraisal of published evidence. Learners are required to integrate new and prior learning. PREREQ: NURS 3084, NURS 3056, NURS 3406, NURS 3206

Semester 7
NS4056 Professional Growth V
This course focuses on the examination of the underpinnings of leadership in promoting and maintaining high quality health care services. Opportunities are provided for learners to explore ongoing and potential changes within the practice setting. Learners are required to integrate new and concurrent learning. PREREQ: NURS 3005, NURS 3066, NURS 3094, NURS 3416.

NS4084 Nursing Praxis and Professional Caring VII
This course focuses on critical examination of nursing knowledge related to complex health challenges. Opportunities are provided to identify, appraise, and integrate relevant nursing knowledge to understand praxis. Learning experiences require the integration of new and prior learning. PREREQ: NURS 3005, NURS 3066, NURS 3094, NURS 3416

NS4206 Relational Practice IV
This course focuses on the development of relational praxis including emerging health care trends and associated nursing responsibilities. Opportunities are provided to critically examine and appraise intraprofessional, interprofessional, and intersectoral relationships for client-centered care. Learners are required to integrate new and prior learning. PREREQ: PREREQ: NURS 3005, NURS 3066, NURS 3094, NURS 3416

NS4416 Nursing Inquiry and Praxis III
This course focuses on promoting critical rationality in relation to selected topics for nursing inquiry. Opportunities are provided to systematically examine a current nursing issue through the theoretical application of methodological and ethical knowledge. Learners are required to integrate new and prior learning. PREREQ: NURS 3005, NURS 3066, NURS 3094, NURS 3416

Semester 8
BN4057 Professional Growth VI
This course focuses on the critical examination of complex nursing practice issues. Opportunities are provided for learners to reflect upon their development as novice practitioners informed by evidence and standards of practice. Learners are required to integrate new and concurrent learning. PREREQ: NURS 4056, NURS 4206, NURS 4416, NURS 4084

NS4094 Nursing Praxis and Professional Caring VIII
This course focuses on the critical integration of theoretical, empirical, ethical, and professional knowledge. Opportunities are provided to demonstrate competent, safe, ethical, and evidence-informed practice as learners transition toward the role of a novice practitioner. Learning experiences require the integration of new and prior learning. PREREQ: NURS 4056, NURS 4084, NURS 4206, NURS 4416

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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.