Practical Nursing

Program: PNRS
Credential: Ontario College Diploma
Delivery: Full-time + Part-time
Work Integrated Learning: 5 Clinical Placements
Length: 5 Semesters
Duration: 2.5 Years
Effective: Fall 2021, Winter 2022
Location: Barrie (Fall, Winter), Owen Sound (Fall, Winter), Orangeville (Winter)

Description

Students engage with philosophy and curriculum that incorporates and utilizes the concept of caring as the basis of nursing practice. Students work with experienced, caring faculty to gain the knowledge, skills and judgment required to work in today’s complex health care system. Students learn how to engage in safe, competent professional practice with high expectations of accountability, collegiality, collaboration, leadership and ethical care.  

Students experience high-quality, innovative nursing education both in the classroom and simulation laboratory settings. Engaging in a mix of individual and team learning activities, students focus on the lived experiences of individuals, families, groups and communities. Through our partnerships, clinical experiences in diverse healthcare settings are offered in all five semesters and allow students to integrate their knowledge into the care of clients across the lifespan. In order to provide quality practicum placements, students have the opportunity to be placed in a variety of agencies in the region. 

The Practical Nursing program is currently approved (Category 1, the highest ranking) by the College of Nurses of Ontario. Current graduates of this program are eligible to apply for registration as Registered Practical Nurses in Ontario.

Career Opportunities

The graduate may find employment opportunities in hospitals, long-term care settings, clinics or community health services.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. care for populations including persons, families, and groups from a variety of cultures, by establishing caring relationships that foster trust, respect, collaboration and empowerment;
  2. promote health and healing for persons in situations with varying levels of complexity acting independently and in consultation with client, family and health team;
  3. practice nursing based on the concept of praxis (praxis refers to how theoretical knowledge and the practice of nursing inform and shape each other and are guided by the morality of caring);
  4. function effectively in the practical nurse's unique role as a member within the multi-disciplinary team;
  5. apply generic skills for life-long learning and for personal and professional growth;
  6. provide safe, effective and ethical nursing care that meets the current Professional Standards for Registered Nurses and Registered Practical Nurses in Ontario;
  7. participate in society as an informed citizen and pursue an enriched personal and professional life;
  8. develop social entrepreneur skills to foster positive social change in the community while being environmentally sensitive.

External Recognition

Upon graduation from this program students can apply to the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) to write the provincial registration examination for practical nurses. The CNO’s mission is to regulate nursing to protect the public interest and they set entry to practice requirements that nurses must meet to become registered in Ontario.  They assess each applicant and determine if they meet registration requirements.  Details related to these requirements can be found on the CNO website (http://www.cno.org/en/become-a-nurse/new-applicants1/ontario/registration-requirements-for-rns-and-rpns/)

For further information about these registration requirements, please contact CNO directly at (416) 928-0900, or 1-800-387-5526, ext. 6249.

Students and graduates are encouraged to become members of the professional organization, the Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario.

Program Progression 

The following reflects the planned progression for full-time offerings of the program.

Fall Intake - Barrie, Owen Sound

  • Sem 1: Fall 2021
  • Sem 2: Winter 2022
  • Sem 3: Fall 2022
  • Sem 4: Winter 2023
  • Sem 5: Summer 2023

Winter Intake - Barrie, Owen Sound

  • Sem 1: Winter 2022
  • Sem 2: Summer 2022
  • Sem 3: Winter 2023
  • Sem 4: Summer 2023
  • Sem 5: Fall 2023

Winter Intake - Orangeville

  • Sem 1: Winter 2022
  • Sem 2: Summer 2022
  • Sem 3: Fall 2022
  • Sem 4: Winter 2023
  • Sem 5: Summer 2023

Articulation

A number of articulation agreements have been negotiated with universities and other institutions across Canada, North America and internationally. These agreements are assessed, revised and updated on a regular basis. Please contact the program co-ordinator for specific details if you are interested in pursuing such an option. Additional information can be found on our website at http://www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/credit-transfer/

Admission Requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 12 Mathematics (C or U)
  • Grade 11 or 12 Biology (C or U)
  • Grade 12 (C) or Grade 11 or 12 (U) Chemistry OR Grade 12 (C) or Grade 11 or 12 (U) Physics

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to: www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/policies-procedures/

Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:
www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/credit-transfer/

Selection Process

Applicants will be assessed and ranked based on academic grades. A minimum grade of 75% in each pre-requisite subject is recommended.

Criminal Reference/Vulnerable Sector Check

Placement agencies require an up-to-date clear criminal reference check and vulnerable sector check prior to going out on placement. Students should obtain their criminal reference three months prior to placement; checks conducted earlier may not be considered current. As some jurisdictions require longer lead-time for processing, please check with the program coordinator to ensure you allow for sufficient turn-around time. It is the student's responsibility to provide the completed document prior to placement start.

NOTE: Individuals who have been charged or convicted criminally and not pardoned will be prohibited from proceeding to a clinical or work placement.

Additional Information

It is required that students have a completed and verified Clinical Preparedness Permit in order to be eligible for practicum placements.  Requirements for the permit include:

  • A mask fit test, renewed every two years (will be done at the College in Semester One);

  • Level HCP CPR and Standard First Aid prior to commencing the program (On-line courses are not acceptable). It is the student's responsibility to renew their Level HCP CPR certification annually while in the program;

  • Up-to-date immunization records in compliance with the Public Hospitals Act. Completion and submission of this record is required during the first week of classes in order to ensure your placement in clinical and field placement facilities;

  • An up-to-date clear criminal reference check and vulnerable sector screen (renewed regularly so that it is never more than 6 months old).

Placement agencies require an up-to-date clear criminal reference check and vulnerable sector check prior to going out on placement. Students should obtain their criminal reference no more than three months prior to placement; checks conducted earlier may not be considered current. As some jurisdictions require longer lead-time for processing, please check with the program coordinator to ensure you allow for sufficient turn-around time. It is the student’s responsibility to provide the completed document prior to placement start.

NOTE: Individuals who have been charged or convicted criminally and not pardoned will be prohibited from proceeding to a clinical or work placement.

Applicants are encouraged to obtain volunteer or work experience in a health or human service field to assist them in making a career choice.

Re-application to Program

Suspended students must reapply for re-entry to this program and will be considered based on eligible space and likelihood of success. Please refer to the Georgian College Calendar for the Academic Policies and Procedures.

Graduation Requirements

20 Program Courses

5 Clinical Placements
2 Communications Courses
3 General Education Courses

Graduation Eligibility

To graduate from this program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, from year to year, and to graduate is 60%. Additionally, a student must attain a minimum of 50% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester unless otherwise stated on the course outline.

Program Tracking

The following reflects the planned course sequence for full-time offerings of the Fall intake of the program. Where more  than one intake is offered  contact the program co-ordinator for the program tracking.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
Program Courses  
BIOL 1001 Anatomy and Physiology - Introductory Concepts 42
NRSG 1004 Introduction to Health and Wellness 42
NRSG 1005 Profession of Nursing 1 42
NRSG 1025 Fundamental Healing Arts 98
NRSG 1026 Clinical Preparations 21
Clinical Placement  
NRSG 1024 Clinical Experience 1 42
Communications Course  
Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. 42
General Education Course  
Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. 42
 Hours371
Semester 2
Program Courses  
BIOL 1002 Anatomy and Physiology: Advanced Concepts 42
NRSG 1006 Gerontological Nursing Theory 42
NRSG 1013 Math for Meds 28
NRSG 1022 Advanced Healing Arts 84
NRSG 1027 Profession of Nursing 2 42
NRSG 2003 Health Assessment 70
Clinical Placement  
NRSG 1015 Clinical Experience 2 84
 Hours392
Semester 3
Program Courses  
NRSG 1014 Pharmacology 42
NRSG 2000 Profession of Nursing 3 42
NRSG 2002 Pathophysiology: Introductory Concepts 42
NRSG 2020 Maternal/Child Nursing Theory 28
NRSG 2021 Mental Health Nursing Theory 28
Clinical Placement  
NRSG 2005 Clinical Experience 3 168
Communications Course  
Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. 42
 Hours392
Semester 4
Program Courses  
NRSG 2001 Medical-Surgical Nursing Theory 42
NRSG 2006 Profession of Nursing 4 42
NRSG 2008 Pathophysiology: Advanced Concepts 42
NRSG 2009 Nursing in the Community 42
Clinical Placement  
NRSG 2004 Clinical Experience 4 168
General Education Courses  
Select 2 courses from the general education list during registration. 84
 Hours420
Semester 5
Clinical Placement  
NRSG 2010 Practical Nursing Praxis 450
 Hours450
 Total Hours2025

Graduation Window

Students unable to adhere to the program duration of two years (as stated above) may take a maximum of four years to complete their credential. After this time, students must be re-admitted into the program, and follow the curriculum in place at the time of re-admission.

Disclaimer: The information in this document is correct at the time of publication. Academic content of programs and courses is revised on an ongoing basis to ensure relevance to changing educational objectives and employment market needs. 

Program outlines may be subject to change in response to emerging situations, in order to facilitate student achievement of the learning outcomes required for graduation. Components such as courses, progression, coop work terms, placements, internships and other requirements may be delivered differently than published.

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