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Enhanced Professional Practice - Gerontology and Chronic Illness

Credential:
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Program Code:
1362
School:
Health & Life Sciences and Community Services
Academic Year:
2018 / 2019
Accelerated Delivery?
No

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About the Program

This one-year graduate certificate program is geared to experienced internationally educated nurses holding a four-year bachelor's degree in nursing. Through theory, labs, simulation, and clinical practice, this program focuses on caring for seniors throughout the continuum of care in a variety of settings. It allows students to deepen their capability to care for seniors who are living with chronic illness and their families. Nursing excellence across the domains of practice is optimized within the context of the Canadian health-care system. A professional socialization framework will be emphasized.

Program Information

Length: One-year Ontario College Graduate Certificate program
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
Start: September, January and May
First-Year Capacity: 36

Admission Requirements

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Program Requirements

Tuition & Fees

Domestic fees are currently unavailable; please check back at a later time.

International fee details for the 2017-2018 year are listed below. Fees for the next academic year are unavailable at this time. Books and supplies are additional.

International Fees

Estimated International fees based upon the previous academic year (2017 / 2018) for
Enhanced Professional Practice - Gerontology and Chronic Illness - Program # 1362


Doon - Fall 2017 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2017-09-05)
Description Fall 2017 Winter 2018
International Program Tuition $5950.00 $5950.00
Student Priority Fee $49.95 $49.95
Recreation/Athletics Fee $69.55 $69.55
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $28.10 $28.10
Administration Fee $25.55 $25.55
Technology Enhancement Fee $140.80 $140.80
Program Supply Fee $0.00 $75.00
CSI Capital Development Fee $70.54 $70.54
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
Health Documentation Fee $79.00 $0.00
ISR $375.00 $375.00
International Health Fee $485.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.60 $12.60
eText Fee $120.00 $0.00
Session Total $7520.65 $6911.65
Year Total   $14432.30

Doon - Fall 2017 Level 2 (Program Start: 2017-05-08)
Description Fall 2017
International Program Tuition $5950.00
Student Priority Fee $49.95
Recreation/Athletics Fee $69.55
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $28.10
Administration Fee $25.55
Technology Enhancement Fee $140.80
Program Supply Fee $75.00
CSI Capital Development Fee $70.54
CSI Association Fee $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56
Health Documentation Fee $0.00
ISR $375.00
International Health Fee $485.00
ONE Card Fee $12.60
Session Total $7396.65
Year Total $7396.65

Doon - Winter 2018 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2018-01-08)
Description Winter 2018 Spring 2018
International Program Tuition $5950.00 $5950.00
Student Priority Fee $49.95 $49.95
Recreation/Athletics Fee $69.55 $69.55
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $28.10 $28.10
Administration Fee $25.55 $25.55
Technology Enhancement Fee $140.80 $140.80
Program Supply Fee $0.00 $75.00
CSI Capital Development Fee $70.54 $70.54
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
Health Documentation Fee $79.00 $0.00
ISR $375.00 $375.00
International Health Fee $324.95 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.60 $12.60
eText Fee $120.00 $0.00
Session Total $7360.60 $6911.65
Year Total   $14272.25

Doon - Spring 2018 Level 1 (Program Start: 2018-05-07)
Description Spring 2018
International Program Tuition $5950.00
Student Priority Fee $49.95
Recreation/Athletics Fee $69.55
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $28.10
Administration Fee $25.55
Technology Enhancement Fee $140.80
Program Supply Fee $0.00
CSI Capital Development Fee $70.54
CSI Association Fee $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56
Health Documentation Fee $79.00
ISR $375.00
International Health Fee $160.05
ONE Card Fee $12.60
eText Fee $120.00
Session Total $7195.70
Year Total $7195.70

Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance is not available for this program.

Students who successfully complete the Enhanced Nursing Practice - Clinical and Critical Care (Graduate Certificate) program will be eligible to apply for a scholarship of $1,000 towards tuition for the second program, Enhanced Professional Practice - Gerontology and Chronic Illness (Graduate Certificate).

Graduate Opportunities

This program will prepare graduates with the knowledge and authentic experience necessary for them to enter confidently into the Canadian health-care workforce. Equip yourself with the capabilities to work as a nurse in the areas of long-term care, community-based care and general internal medicine.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca

Pathways & Credit Transfer

Conestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions.

Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga 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. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

Learn more about PLAR.

Program Courses

Course Details (1362)
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
COMM8210 Professional Communication and Conduct

Description: This course emphasizes professionalism as a key foundation for nursing practice in Canada, in order to provide safe, effective and ethical care. Professional standards such as communication, advocacy, conflict of interest, consent and privacy and confidentiality are reinforced.
Hours: 21
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

HEAL1895 Gentle Persuasive Approaches (GPA)

Description: GPA Basics is an innovative, 4-module dementia-care curriculum based on a person-centred approach to care. The curriculum is evidence-based, interactive, and practical. The program guides participants to fully understand responsive behaviours, in order to be able to respond effectively and appropriately in a workplace setting. GPA Basics also includes respectful self-protective and gentle redirection techniques for use when catastrophic behaviours do occur.
Hours: 8
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

NURS1445 Nursing Theory and Research

Description: This course will build upon previous knowledge of nursing theory and strengthen students' abilities to apply theories in various contexts. The process of research through comparative analysis of research evidence in the health sciences literature will be reinforced. This course will assist students to examine basic principles of research, the needs of the research consumer and the development of critical appraisal and assessment. Students will learn research skills regarding methods to: evaluating research designs, efficiently searching for evidence and developing the skills necessary to critically appraise/assess the strengths and weaknesses of a particular piece of evidence
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
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NURS8587 Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment

Description: The student will examine the physical and cognitive challenges of an older adult, through gaining knowledge of a holistic comprehensive geriatric assessment and geriatric syndromes. Students will learn how to care for older adults and how to support their families through application of the nursing process, utilizing case studies to enhance learning.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
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NURS8615 Professional Practice Applications in Seniors Care

Description: The role of the professional nurse will be examined utilizing simulation, application scenarios, and case based learning. The concepts of ageism and stereotyping related to older adults will be examined. Comprehensive geriatric assessments will focus on therapeutic communication, time management, priority setting, decision making/problem solving, and critical thinking.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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NURS8645 Clinical Practicum - Gerontology I

Description: The student is provided with opportunities to build on their first clinical experience with added gerontology-based knowledge of theory and skills to continue to provide professional entry-level competencies for safe, competent, and ethical care. This clinical setting will support the integration of knowledge for individual planning, intervention, and evaluation to supports older adults through health programs that span across rehabilitation, restoration, and chronic/complex continuing care. The focus will be on chronic illness management, supports, and advancements in treatment options available to older adults and their family for individual functioning/ability, improved quality of life/well-being, and return/integration to the community.
Hours: 85
Credits: 3
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NURS8686 Seniors Care in the Canadian Health Care System

Description: Students will gain a greater understanding of the role of the professional nurse and the interprofessional team when caring for seniors and their families in the Canadian health care system. Concepts of healthy aging and aging in society will be examined. Other topics to be addressed include individual and family care and relationships, cultural competencies, economic and legal issues, and documentation methods.
Hours: 21
Credits: 1
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NURS8725 Living With Chronic Illness

Description: This course will focus on older adults living with chronic illness. Students will examine the quality of life and well-being of seniors who live with chronic illnesses such as visual/auditory changes, bone and joint disorders, pain, diabetes, cardiac/respiratory disorders, stroke and Parkinson's disease. Promoting effective learning/communication, quality, and continuity of care within the health care continuum will be supported as students gain a greater understanding of community resources to support chronic illness and exacerbation as they occur.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2
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OHS1320 Safety in the Workplace

Description: This course focuses on developing awareness and skills for the student to safely manage and conduct him or herself within a variety of employment settings. Through the nine units of the course, participants will have the opportunity to enhance their understanding and knowledge of General Health and Safety guidelines, including WHMIS, Fire Safety and Workplace Violence. The unit on Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act will instruct the student on the requirements for Accessible Customer Service and Integrated Accessibility Standard Regulations. General information on Safe Driving, Privacy of Information and Hand Washing will be addressed as well. The course also provides participants with critical information regarding their insurance coverage (WSIB or other) while employed. As well as guidelines to follow in the event of an injury. Participants will receive a printable Record of Completion upon successful conclusion of this course, in order to demonstrate awareness of safe working practices to their employers.
Hours: 14
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Level 2
HEAL1810 Mental Health First Aid

Description: Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Just as physical first aid is administered to an injured person before medical treatment can be obtained, MHFA is given until appropriate treatment is found or until the crisis is resolved. This course aims to improve mental health literacy, and provide the skills and knowledge to help people better manage potential or developing mental health problems in themselves, a family member, a friend or a colleague.
Anyone can benefit from MHFA training. It is open to members of the general public. Families affected by mental health problems, teachers, health service providers, emergency workers, frontline workers who deal with the public, volunteers, human resources professionals, employers and community groups are just a few of the groups who have benefited from MHFA.
Hours: 12
Credits: 1
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NURS8375 NCLEX Preparation

Description: This course addresses the competencies required for entry to practice as a Registered Nurses (RN) in the Canadian Health Care System under the categories of professional responsibility and accountability, knowledge-based practice, ethical practice, service to the public and self-regulations. Students will review entry to practice competencies expected of a RN and be provided with NCLEX exam preparation opportunities through simulated testing.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2
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NURS8580 Achieving Success in Your Health Care Career

Description: This course will prepare professional nursing students to transition into entry to practice, specifically examining essential employability skills and professional career development. Students will focus on developing oneself as the professional nurse including caregiver and self-care strategies. Professional communication and behaviours will be examined. Application of professional practices related to seeking, selecting, and securing employment opportunities will occur through participation in simulated employment procedures.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2
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NURS8660 Clinical Practicum - Gerontology II

Description: The student is provided with opportunities to apply and consolidate knowledge, skills and abilities gained in previous nursing theoretical and practical courses while caring for older adults in a long term care setting. Students will be provided the opportunity to explore various roles which contribute to care for the older adult such as the family of nursing, interprofessional team members, and leadership roles. Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care legislation will be explored and applied.
Hours: 65
Credits: 2
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NURS8747 Nursing Leadership and Management

Description: Nurses take on various aspects of leadership and management. This course will support growing learners while transitioning into the professional nursing role. Professional socialization will be examined, with topics to include professional accountability/responsibility, coordination of care, team work and conflict resolution within the contexts of interprofessional collaboration and the Canadian health-care system.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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NURS8945 Policy & Advocacy: Throughout the Lifespan and Across the Continuum of Care

Description: In partnership with Canadians, registered nurses play a pivotal role in setting the stage for equitable access to factors that predetermine health and wellness. This course will explore the role of the registered nurse in influencing healthy public policy at the community and population levels in Canada. Students will ground their learning in the fundamental role that nurses play in our health system with respect to reducing conditions that predispose individuals, families, communities and population to vulnerability.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2
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NURS8955 Practical Foundations of Community Service

Description: This course provides the student with opportunities to learn about and devise strategies to address community defined needs while promoting students' sense of civic engagement and social responsibility. Working with agencies within the community service sector, students will apply critical thinking, problem-solving and communication skills and explore opportunities related to community leadership. Students will acquire knowledge related to the effective functioning of communities and their inter-relationships with agencies and the people who live there. Therapeutic communication for assessment and teaching of groups and communities is incorporated. The promotion, restoration and maintenance of health for individuals and families are stressed during community-based experiences.
Hours: 42
Credits: 2
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NURS8965 Care of the Person and Family at the End of Life

Description: This course will examine the role and value of the registered nurse within interprofessional collaborative palliative/end-of-life care delivery models. Holistic approaches to the care of the dying person and family will be emphasized. This course deepens the learners understanding of authentic therapeutic relationships within the context of death, dying and diversity. A person- and family-centered approach will be emphasized as foundational. Emerging trends and issues will be explored.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2
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NURS8975 Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) Preparation

Description: This course introduces Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), a performance-based testing methodology used to measure students' clinical competence. Students are provided with opportunities to care for standardized patients (SPs) through a series of stations. Students will apply all aspects of the nursing processed while being observed and evaluated. Scenarios are designed to bear similarity to that actual practice environment. Emphasis will be placed on person- and family-centered care throughout the lifespan
Hours: 28
Credits: 2
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Start DateCampusStatus**
SEP, 2017 Doon Open
JAN, 2018 Doon Open
MAY, 2018 Doon Open
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