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Graduate Certificate Enhanced Nursing Practice - Clinical and Critical Care

Graduate Certificate Enhanced Nursing Practice - Clinical and Critical Care

Conestoga College, Canada

About This Program

This is a ONE-year graduate certificate program for internationally educated nurses (IENs) holding a four-year bachelor's degree in nursing. From the title of the program, you can expect extensive clinical experience in an acute-care setting.

Course content covers several areas of professional nursing in Canada:

  • Philosophy;
  • Culture;
  • Communication skills;
  • Ethics and practice of nursing in the country.

If you do decide to enroll, you will be developing skills in:

  • Critical thinking;
  • Decision making;
  • Nursing diagnosis;
  • Care planning;
  • Implementation; and
  • Evaluation of care.

And if you successfully complete the Enhanced Nursing Practice - Clinical and Critical program and want further studies, you will be eligible to apply for a scholarship of CAD1,000 towards the tuition fee of the second graduate certificate program, Enhanced Professional Practice - Gerontology and Chronic Illness.

 

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If you are a Filipino Citizen, there is no need to sit for any Secure English Language Test such as the IELTS or PTE if you are going to enroll in Conestoga College UNLESS:

  • The program explicitly requires it OR;
  • You intend to apply under the Study Direct Stream procedure.

Course Delivery

This Enhanced Nursing Practice - Clinical and Critical Care is offered at the Doon (Kitchener) Campus of Conestoga College.

This graduate certificate program focuses on caring for patients in an acute clinical setting. You'll be learning through theory, laboratory work, simulation and supervised clinical practice.

Careers

With the appropriate registration, you will gain knowledge and Canadian experience to enable you to enter the Canadian healthcare workforce.  The skills you learn will help you find work as a nurse in areas such as, but not limited to:

  • General internal medicine
  • Surgery
  • Cardiac and coronary care
  • Emergency and ambulatory care

 

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Learning Outcomes

Upon course completion, you will be able to:

  • Integrate theory, principles, nursing concepts, anatomy physiology, and pathophysiology within the context of the patient and family into competent nursing practice in an acute care environment within the Canadian Health Care system;
  • Perform more comprehensive assessments and interpretation of subjective and objective data using skills such as observation, interviewing, history taking, and physical assessment.
    • You will be able to implement evidence informed decision making to optimize a patient's outcomes within the Canadian Health Care system;
    • Recognize the clinical presentation and related diagnostic findings of various pathological conditions.
  • Demonstrate professional behaviors and actions to meet the therapeutic needs of the clients, family, interprofessional team and community such as:
    • Recognizing the clinical presentation and related diagnostic findings of various pathological conditions;
    • Providing the essential elements of nursing care that will meet the needs of clients with multiple system problems;
    • Delivering person centered care considering the impact of the acute care environment on clients and family members;
    • Complying with legislation and regulations governing nursing practice within the Canadian Health Care system;
    • Using self-regulation and reflective practice to function ethically and competently within the parameters of the Canadian RN's scope of practice;
    • Communicating in a variety of ways to collaborate effectively with clients, families, communities and other members of the interprofessional team.

 

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Course Outline

LEVEL ONE

Course Code Course Title and Description
COMM1085 College Reading & Writing Skills
FPLT8120 Field Placement I (Enhanced Nursing Practice Clinical & Critical Care)
NURSE8016 Professional Nursing Practice in the Canadian Health Care System
NURS8027 Pharmacology
NURS8033 Enriched Assessment Skills
NURS8665 Clinical Care Lab and Simulation
OHS1320 Safety in the Workplace

 

LEVEL TWO

Course Code Course Title and Description
FPLT8130 Field Placement II (Enhanced Nursing Practice Clinical & Critical Care)
NURS8012 Cardiorespiratory Nursing
NURS8643 Pharmacology II
NURS1370 Critical Care Lab and Simulation
NURS8675 Pathophysiological Concepts of Critical Care

 

Recognition of Prior Learning

Conestoga College recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses.

If you are interested in having prior learning recognized to be granted advanced standing or exemption, you may have to undergo assessment such as, but not limited to challenge exams, portfolio development. Once you have successfully completed the assessment, your official course credit will be recorded on your Conestoga transcript.

Course Info

Course Code : 1312

College : Health and Life Sciences

Duration : One year

Qualifications Level : Graduate Certificate

Fees :

All fees listed below are quoted in Canadian Dollar (CAD). The actual costs for 2019/2020 are still being determined. The costs below are for 2018/2019 and for estimation purposes only.

Doon Campus for Fall 2018. Program start was 4-September-2018

Cost

Level 1

Level 2

Total Fees due per Level

8,153.40

7,124.00

International Program Tuition

6,000

6,000

Student Priority Fee

50.65

50.65

Recreation/Athletics Fee

70.50

70.50

Graduation/Alumni Services Fee

28.45

28.45

Administration Fee

25.90

25.90

Technology Enhancement Fee

142.75

142.75

CSI Capital Development Fee

72.65

72.65

CSI Association Fee

110.00

110.00

CSI - Advocacy Fee

5.75

5.75

Certificate Program Tuition Fee

0.00

0.00

CSI Health Plan Fee

295.00

0.00

Health Documentation Fee

106.00

0.00

ISR

375.00

375.00

ONE Card Fee

12.75

12.75

CSI Legal Protection

28.00

0.00

CSI International Health Fee

485.00

0.00

YEAR TOTAL

15,277.80

 

Doon Campus. Level 2 for students who enrolled in the spring semester and started on 7-May-2018.

Cost

Level 2

Total Fees due for Level 2

7,932.40

International Program Tuition

6,000

Student Priority Fee

50.65

Recreation/Athletics Fee

70.50

Graduation/Alumni Services Fee

28.45

Administration Fee

25.90

Technology Enhancement Fee

142.75

CSI Capital Development Fee

72.65

CSI Association Fee

110.00

CSI - Advocacy Fee

5.75

Certificate Program Tuition Fee

0.00

CSI Health Plan Fee

295.00

Health Documentation Fee

0.00

ISR

375.00

International Health Fee

0.00

ONE Card Fee

12.75

eText Fee

230.00

CSI Legal Protection

28.00

CSI International Health Fee

485.00

Doon Campus. Levels 1 and 2 for those who enrolled in the Winter semester.  Program started 7-January-2019.

Cost

Level 1

Level 2

Total Fees due per Level

7,895.61

7,124.40

International Program Tuition

6,000

6,000

Student Priority Fee

50.65

50.65

Recreation/Athletics Fee

70.50

70.50

Graduation/Alumni Services Fee

28.45

28.45

Administration Fee

25.90

25.90

Technology Enhancement Fee

142.75

142.75

CSI Capital Development Fee

72.65

72.65

CSI Association Fee

110.00

110.00

CSI - Advocacy Fee

5.75

5.75

Certificate Program Tuition Fee

0.00

0.00

CSI Health Plan Fee

206.50

0.00

Health Documentation Fee

106.00

0.00

ISR

375.00

375.00

ONE Card Fee

12.75

12.75

eText Fee

345.00

230.00

CSI Legal Protection

18.76

0.00

CSI International Health Fee

324.95

0.00

YEAR TOTAL

15,020.01

Doon Campus. Level 1 for students who enrolled in the spring semester and started on 6-May-2019.

Cost

Level 1

Total Fees due for Level 1

7,639.26

International Program Tuition

6,000

Student Priority Fee

50.65

Recreation/Athletics Fee

70.50

Graduation/Alumni Services Fee

28.45

Administration Fee

25.90

Technology Enhancement Fee

142.75

CSI Capital Development Fee

72.65

CSI Association Fee

110.00

CSI - Advocacy Fee

5.75

Certificate Program Tuition Fee

0.00

CSI Health Plan Fee

115.05

Health Documentation Fee

106.00

ISR

375.00

International Health Fee

0.00

ONE Card Fee

12.75

eText Fee

345.00

CSI Legal Protection

18.76

CSI International Health Fee

160.00

Take note of the following:

  • The above figures represent what Conestoga College expects will be your reasonable international fees;
  • These fees are subject to change. The college will make every effort to provide you with as much advance notice as possible when fees change;
  • You will be responsible for your own transportation to complete externship, internship or practical lab requirements not listed above.



Intake Dates :

There are three intake dates every year:

  • January (Winter)
  • May (Summer)
  • September (Fall)

There are however, only 36 seats per year. As of February 20, 2019, all seats have been taken for all 2019 intakes.

IVC is currently accepting applications for an intake date 12 months before the start of classes.  This preparation period includes:

  • Ensuring you have a place in the program.
  • Review by the department/school for your eligibility;
  • Processing by the Admissions Office of the college;
  • Enrollment;
  • Processing of insurance;
  • Seeking accommodation;
  • Processing of your student visa application.

The long period will also allow you sufficient time to:

  • Review for the English language proficiency exam if you intend to apply under the SDS;
  • Collate your documents;
  • Put together funds for the initial Tuition Fee payment and maintenance funds.

So be sure you apply early!  After all, you deserve the best professional service we can offer.



Entry Criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations of Conestoga College:

  • You will need a bachelor's degree in nursing and registration as a Registered Nurse in the country where you completed your nursing education.
    • You should have practiced within the nursing profession in the last two (2) years.
    • Your application will be given preference if you have completed at least one year of clinical experience in your home country and are currently working within the nursing profession.
  • As an international student, you must be able to demonstrate a level of English competency. Your test must be from a SELT taken within the last two years prior to your application. You must therefore meet the minimum scores in ANY of the following tests:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 88 for the Internet-based test (iBT);
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.5 with no score less than 6.0 in any of the four bands;
    • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 70 with no score less than 60 in any of the sub-tests;
    • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 58;
    • Conestoga English Language Test (CELT) Band 6.
  • You must complete all mandatory practicum health and safety requirements must be completed  before the student field/clinical placements. Successful placement completion is a requirement to progress to program completion. You must present the following at the start of the program in accordance with pre-admission information provided by the College:
    • A complete immunization record including MMR, Tdap, Varicella, and Hepatitis B. Seasonal flu vaccination is required during flu season (October - March).
    • TB Testing: Evidence of current 2-step or previous 2-step + current 1-step if more than one year has passed since 2-step testing.
    • Standard First Aid and CPR - HCP level
    • An annual Police Check for Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS). Police Checks must be clear of any unpardoned criminal offences. An unclear criminal record may result in the inability to participate in field placement/clinical which will jeopardize progress in the program. Acceptance for placement is at the discretion of the agency; some agencies may request students to provide a VSS completed within six months of placement start date. Students with criminal records are advised to meet with the program chair for academic counselling to determine program suitability.
  • You will be responsible for costs associated respirator fit testing required for clinical practice.

Requirements are different if you intend to apply under the Study Direct Stream. Call our IVC Office at +63917 529 8472 to speak with a Migration Associate regarding this. 

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