Program codes are for September intakes except those that are indicated differently.
Open Learning (OL) offers monthly intakes.
|Program Title:||Practical Nursing||Program Status:||Open|
|Credential Earned:||Ontario College Diploma||Delivery:||Full-Time|
|Program Codes:||NORT – H117 (PC) Status Program Waitlisted||Program Length:||4 Semesters|
|NORT – H129 (HL)|
|NORT – H118 (KL)|
|NORT – H127 (JB)*|
|* (offered based on community need)|
Note: Revisions may be made to the program format and curriculum as a result of the College’s collaboration within the Northern Partners in Practical Nursing Education (NPPNE).
Northern’s Practical Nursing program holds as its philosophy a set of beliefs and values based on five key concepts: the client, health, caring, nursing, and the role that teaching and learning play in enabling individuals and their families and groups to achieve health outcomes. These concepts are derived from the scope of practice described in the Nursing Act 1991 and are interrelated, interdependent and integrated throughout the curriculum. Registered Practical Nurses work with individuals, families and groups (autonomously or in consultation with nursing and other team members) to plan, implement, and evaluate outcomes-based nursing care, services and programs that promote health and rehabilitation, prevent injury and disease, maintain and restore health, and provide palliation.
Graduates may find employment opportunities in acute/long term care centers (hospitals), community agencies, industry, prisons, mental health services, and doctors’ offices.
Grade 12 English (C, U) (Minimum 65%)
Grade 11 or 12 Biology (C, U) (Minimum 65%)
Grade 11 or 12 Chemistry (C, U) (Minimum 65%)
Grade 11 Math (C, M, U) (Minimum 65%)
Or mature student status (an applicant who does not have a high school diploma or equivalent, and will have reached the age of 19 years on or before the start of the program). Mature students must undergo academic testing prior to admission into a program. Call the Admissions Office at 705-235-7222 for more details. Note: Academic prerequisites for this program may be obtained free of charge through Academic Upgrading. Refer to the Postsecondary Preparation section in this calendar for more details.
Additional Admission Requirements
- Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office (word processing, 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 at http://northernc.on.ca/assessmenttool
- Physician’s medical report as per guide supplied by the College.
- Proof of current immunization*, including Hepatitis B; 2-step Mantoux (with follow-up chest x-ray if the Mantoux test is positive), flu vaccine, tetanus diphteria.
- Current Basic Cardiac Life Support Certificate (C.P.R. – C with HCP content) 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 3 months) is required prior to the start of Semester II (3 originals).***
- AODA certificate (may complete via link on Northern College's main web site).
* Note: 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 required for graduation from the program.
**Note: CPR re-certification, criminal reference checks and immunization updates are required annually and must be completed prior to the start of classes each fall for students to be able to participate in required clinical placements.
***Note: To be eligible for participation in clinical practice, 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 will prevent the student from graduating.
**** Note: 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 (including a minimum of 65% in core Nursing courses), the student is eligible to write the examination for Registered Practical 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. Beginning in 2009, a pre-registration exam predictor test will be administered to fourth-semester students two months prior to graduation. The cost of the predictor test will be the responsibility of the student.
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 check) as part of the registration process. The CPIC check registration requirement enhances public protection by allowing CNO to identify those who have criminal records that could affect their suitability to practice nursing.
Note: A criminal record may impede your ability to write the National Registration Exams required for nursing employment in Canada.
Program of Studies:
BI1003 Anatomy and Physiology I
CM1913 Communications I - Model B
PN1004 Nursing Practice I
PN1033 Human Relationships
PN1063 Professional Growth I
PN1073 Nursing Theory I
PS1163 Developmental Psychology (Elective)
BI2013 Anatomy and Physiology II
CM2913 Communications II - Model B
PN2017 Nursing Practice II
PN2023 Health Assessment
PN2043 Nursing Theory II
PS1004 Introduction to Psychology
PN1014 Pathophysiology I
PN1053 Pharmacology I
PN3016 Nursing Practice III
PN3023 Professional Growth II
PN3033 Nursing Theory III
PN2014 Pathophysiology II
PN2033 Pharmacology II
PN4004 Nursing Theory IV
PN4019 Nursing Practice IV
PN5010 Nursing Practice V
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