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Practical Nursing Diploma

Post-Secondary Education - Health Care

Sask Polytech Diploma

Making a difference in people’s lives can be very rewarding. The Sask Polytech Practical Nursing Diploma Program will help you gain the knowledge and skills you need to develop into a competent, confident healthcare practitioner.

Study the principles of primary health care, anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, administration of medications, health and healing, health challenges, health assessment and praxis and sociology, then integrate theory into practice while providing holistic nursing care to individuals requiring curative and restorative nursing care. Standard First Aid and CPR Healthcare Provider ‘C’ AED or equivalents and Transferring, Lifting and Repositioning (TLR) certification along with clinical practice and practicums are included in this program. Graduates are eligible to write the Canadian Practical Nursing Registration Exam, which is necessary to become licensed as a practical nurse.

Employment opportunities for licensed practical nurses are excellent. Most LPNs work in acute-care or rehabilitation hospitals, medical centres, long-term care and homecare. They work in areas such as gerontology, maternal-child, medical, mental health, palliative, pediatric, rehabilitation or surgical nursing.

This program is approximately 69 weeks offered over two years.

The following courses are offered:

APHY 162 - Anatomy and Physiology 1

You will develop an understanding of the human body, its structures and how it functions to maintain homeostasis. You will acquire knowledge of the interactions of the body's structures including cells, tissues, organs, and certain organ systems. You will learn the structures and functions of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, and respiratory systems.

Credit Units: 4  Course Hours: 62.0  Equivalent Course(s): ANAT 160, APHY 162CE, NURS 111

NURS 175 - Health Assessment and Praxis 1

You will focus on the assessments and skills that support health promotion and illness prevention for the adult client population. Your experiential learning will focus on assessing the concerns of older adults and the support they require to remain independent.

Credit Units: 7  Course Hours: 105.0  Prerequisites(s): APHY 162(concurrent), NURS 163(concurrent), NURS 171(concurrent), NURS 172(concurrent), SOCI 160(concurrent)  Equivalent Course(s): NEPS 115, NURS 161, NURS 170

NURS 163 - Personal and Professional Relationships 1

You will explore the concept of self in relation to others. You will develop basic therapeutic communication skills. Through reflection and understanding your nature, you will experience awareness, personal growth and development of critical thinking skills. You will also explore verbal, nonverbal, written and technological communication.

Credit Units: 3  Course Hours: 48.0  Equivalent Course(s): NEPS 112, NURS 112

NURS 171 - Health and Healing 1

You will be introduced to the concept of health as it applies to yourself and others, within a caring holistic context. You will explore the concept of primary healthcare and discuss health services delivery and determinants. You will examine health promotion activities and explore community resources.

Credit Units: 3  Course Hours: 46.0  Prerequisites(s): NURS 163(concurrent), APHY 162(concurrent), SOCI 160(concurrent)  Equivalent Course(s): NURS 173

NURS 172 - Health Challenges 1

Your studies will focus on the concepts of holistic nursing care related to specific health challenges of the older adult. You will discuss the concepts related to growth and development of the adult and older adult, and examine the concept of polypharmacy in the older adult. You will also discuss the introductory concepts of microbiology and selected specific microorganisms. You will explore the chain of infection and learn about emerging infections in Canadian communities.

Credit Units: 3  Course Hours: 44.0  Prerequisites(s): NURS 171(concurrent), APHY 162(concurrent)  Equivalent Course(s): NURS 174

SOCI 160 - Sociology 1

You will examine how to practice sociology, and learn about the importance of culture and socialization. You wil discuss social inequality in Canada, the power of mass media and the dualism of sex and gender. You will examine race, ethnicity, social control, and deviance. Your studies will also include a discussion of collective behaviour, social movements, and social change.

Credit Units: 3  Course Hours: 39.0  Equivalent Course(s): SOCI 160CE, SOCI 184

PRAC 162 - Practicum 1

You will have the opportunity to integrate theory and practice in holistic nursing care of individuals who require assistance with activities of daily living in the context of partnership with the client.

Credit Units: 5  Course Hours: 70.0  Prerequisites(s): (NURS 175 or NURS 170), NURS 163, (NURS 171 or NURS 173), (NURS 172 or NURS 174), APHY 162, SOCI 160

APHY 262 - Anatomy and Physiology 2

You will continue to study the human body, building on the information you learned in APHY 162 (Anatomy and Physiology 1). You will learn the structures and functions of the endocrine, urinary, nervous, digestive, sensory, and reproductive systems.

Credit Units: 4  Course Hours: 62.0  Prerequisites(s): APHY 162  Equivalent Course(s): ANAT 265, APHY 262CE, NURS 111

NURS 238 - Health Assessment and Praxis 2

You will focus on the assessments and skills associated with rehabilitative and supportive care of the adult client. Your experiential learning will emphasize assessing and caring for adults with chronic health challenges.

Credit Units: 10  Course Hours: 152.0  Prerequisites(s): PRAC 162, NURS 240(concurrent), NURS 291(concurrent), NURS 293(concurrent), APHY 262(concurrent), PHAR 160(concurrent), PHAR 264(concurrent)  Equivalent Course(s): NURS 201

NURS 240 - Personal and Professional Relationships 2

You will focus on therapeutic relationships with an emphasis on caring, advocacy and diversity. You will explore trends and issues in nursing. You will discuss the scope of professional practice for the practical nurse.

Credit Units: 3  Course Hours: 45.0  Prerequisites(s): PRAC 162

NURS 291 - Health and Healing 2

You will explore principles of teaching and learning, palliative care, and rehabilitation. You will examine mental health nursing and the services that are available in Saskatchewan. You will focus on client self-determination and holistic wellness.

Credit Units: 3  Course Hours: 41.0  Prerequisites(s): PRAC 162, NURS 240(concurrent), APHY 262(concurrent), PHAR 264(concurrent)  Equivalent Course(s): NURS 239

NURS 293 - Health Challenges 2

Your studies will focus on the concepts of holistic nursing care related to specific health challenges of the adult. Using the primary health care approach, you will explore acute and chronic health challenges specific to various body systems.

Credit Units: 3  Course Hours: 43.0  Prerequisites(s): PRAC 162, NURS 291(concurrent), APHY 262(concurrent)

PHAR 160 - Introductory Pharmacology

You will study the basic concepts of pharmacology and related nursing responsibilities in the context of patient safety. Your studies will focus on medication classifications, preparations, as well as medication interactions in the human body. You will receive information about Canadian laws pertaining to medications. You will study and research selected medication classifications in depth. You will examine patient safety principles at the systems level and the practitioner level.

Credit Units: 3  Course Hours: 46.0  Prerequisites(s): APHY 262(concurrent)  Equivalent Course(s): NURS 213

PHAR 264 - Administration of Medications

You will focus on the administration of medications throughout the lifespan in the context of systems and patient safety. Your studies will include aspects of the metric system essential for the calculation of medication dosages for adults and children. You will explore the principles concerning safe administration of medications and learn how to prepare and safely administer medications via the enteral, percutaneous and parenteral (subcutaneous, intramuscular and intradermal) routes.

Credit Units: 3  Course Hours: 43.0  Prerequisites(s): (PRAC 162, PHAR 160(concurrent)) or PHAR 201

PRAC 260 - Practicum 2

You will have the opportunity to integrate theory and practice in holistic nursing care of individuals requiring rehabilitative and/or supportive nursing care with the client as a partner.

Credit Units: 7  Course Hours: 110.0  Prerequisites(s): NURS 238, NURS 240, NURS 291, NURS 293, APHY 262, PHAR 160, PHAR 264  Equivalent Course(s): NURS 233

NURS 241 - Health Assessment and Praxis 3

You will focus on the assessments and skills associated with curative and restorative care of the adult client and beginning assessments and skills associated with post-partum newborn and pediatric clients. Your experiential learning will include assessing and caring for adult clients with acute health challenges as well as post-partum, newborn and pediatric clients.

Credit Units: 17  Course Hours: 249.0  Prerequisites(s): PRAC 260, NURS 243(concurrent), NURS 292(concurrent), NURS 294(concurrent), SOCI 260(concurrent)

NURS 243 - Personal and Professional Relationships 3

You will reflect upon the professional roles, responsibilities and relationships of the practical nurse, within the context of your own evolving nursing experience and your role as a team member.

Credit Units: 1  Course Hours: 22.0  Prerequisites(s): PRAC 260

NURS 294 - Health Challenges 3

Your studies will focus on the concepts of holistic nursing care related to specific health challenges of the perioperative client. You will study specific types of surgical treatment and post-operative nursing care, applying concepts of patient safety. Using the primary health care approach, you will explore the concepts of holistic nursing care related to health challenges of the adult. You will discuss specific challenges to learning.

Credit Units: 3  Course Hours: 42.0  Prerequisites(s): PRAC 260, NURS 292(concurrent)

SOCI 260 - Sociology 2

This course examines changing family patterns in Canada, and analyzes how social factors influence family relationships. You will examine topics such as the functions and roles of families, changing definitions of the family, the development of intimate relationships, parenthood and child raising, how paid and unpaid work affect family life, divorce, and family violence.

Credit Units: 3  Course Hours: 39.0  Prerequisites(s): SOCI 160  Equivalent Course(s): FMLY 181, SOCI 260CE

NURS 295 - Nursing Transitions 4

You will integrate theory into your practice while providing holistic nursing care to individuals requiring curative and restorative nursing care. You will concentrate on the transition from the role of student to graduate practical nurse. You will be introduced to the leadership role in the health care system and the concept of patient safety from a systems approach. You will explore inter-professional collaboration in a health care team context. Your studies will also focus on intravenous therapy, including the administration of intravenous medications, the use of intermittent access devices and the initiation of intravenous lines.

Credit Units: 27  Course Hours: 400.0  Prerequisites(s): NURS 241, NURS 243, NURS 292, NURS 294, SOCI 260, SOCI 261(concurrent)

SOCI 261 - Sociology 3

You will further explore the concepts of sociology by focusing on respectful interactions when caring for clients of all cultures. Emphasis will be given to providing culturally respectful care to clients of Aboriginal ancestry across the lifespan. Diversity within the Aboriginal culture will be explored.

Credit Units: 2  Course Hours: 30.0  Prerequisites(s): SOCI 160  Equivalent Course(s): SOCI 261CE

NURS 292 - Health and Healing 3

You will focus on fundamental nursing concepts related to the curative and restorative care of children and adolescents. You will discuss family-centered perinatal nursing and the new family. You will also discuss growth and development from infancy to adolescence. You will explore the concepts of teaching and learning, and client education.

Credit Units: 3  Course Hours: 49.0  Prerequisites(s): PRAC 260, NURS 243(concurrent)  Equivalent Course(s): NURS 242

 

Prerequisites:

Grade 12 with a minimum overall average of 65% in the following five subjects: ELA A30, ELA B30, FDN MATH 30 or PRE CALC 30 or W&A MATH 30; one of BIO 30, CHEM 30 or PHYS 30; and one of SOC STU 30, HIS 30 or NS 30 & English Language Requirement (specific to Practical Nursing). Applicants should have the Requisite Skills and Abilities to become a Licensed Practical Nurse in Canada. Accepted applicants will be required to provide evidence of a Criminal Record Check upon admission into the program and current immunization records to meet Saskatchewan Polytechnic immunization requirements. Note: This program is considered a high-demand program and therefore, applicants are ranked in the order of the highest averages.

Total: $ 0.00

*Apply before December 31, 2017 and we'll waive the $45 application fee!

**Apply before June 15, 2018 and be entered to win a $1,000 scholarship!

Semester 1

Tuition & Fees - $2,755  (estimate based on 2017 tuition & fees and is subject to change without notice)

Books & Materials - $1,523  (estimate based on 2017 books & materials and is subject to change without notice)

Semester 2

Tuition & Fees - $3,108  (estimate based on 2017 tuition & fees and is subject to change without notice)

Books & Materials - $441  (estimate based on 2017 books & materials and is subject to change without notice)

Semester 3: 

Tuition & Fees - $2,705  (estimate based on 2017 tuition & fees and is subject to change without notice)

Books & Materials - $320  (estimate based on 2017 books & materials and is subject to change without notice)

Semester 4

Tuition & Fees - $2,835  (estimate based on 2017 tuition & fees and is subject to change without notice)

Books & Materials - $122  (estimate based on 2017 books & materials and is subject to change without notice)

 

 

Program Details

Location:WATROUS
Start Date:February 06, 2017
Dates & Times:

Program starts February 6, 2017.  Applications are closed.

Status: IN PROGRESS

For More Information Contact Us At

306.946.2094