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Practical Nursing Diploma

Post-Secondary Education - Health Care

Sask Polytech Diploma

Study the principles of health care, anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, administration of medications, health and healing, health challenges, health assessment and praxis and more. Learn how to integrate theory into practice and bring a holistic, humanistic approach to patient care. Standard First Aid/CPR Healthcare Provider ‘C’ AED, TLR and WHMIS along with clinical practice and practicums are included. Graduates are eligible to write the Canadian Practical Nursing Registration Exam.

Employment opportunities for licensed practical nurses are excellent. Most LPNs work in acute-care or rehabilitation hospitals, medical centres, long-term care and homecare.

This program is approximately 76 weeks long, offered over two years.

The following courses are offered:

BIOL 100 - Human Anatomy and Physiology 1

You will study the human body, how it is constructed and how it functions to maintain homeostasis. You will focus on the interaction between the structures of the body cells, tissues, organs and organ systems. You will learn about levels of organization of the human body, cells, and tissues. You will examine integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, and sensory systems.

Credit Units: 3     Course Hours: 45.0

CLIN 103 - Health Assessment and Praxis 1

You will demonstrate, at an introductory level, the assessments and skills associated with the care of adult and geriatric patients. Your experiential learning will provide opportunities to practice your skills and abilities for patients in long term care environments. You will apply the nursing process and principles of patient teaching and practice documentation.

Credit Units: 10     Course Hours: 150.0

NURS 163 - Professional Practice and Communication 1

You will explore the concept of self in relation to others. You will illustrate the role of caring in the practice of nursing and begin to develop reflective practice and critical thinking skills. You will demonstrate principles of verbal and non-verbal professional communication and explore the professional image of nursing.

Credit Units: 3     Course Hours: 45.0

NURS 171 - Foundations 1 - Foundations of Health

You will discuss the metaparadigm of nursing in the context of nursing theories and philosophies. You will describe health determinants, primary health care and health care delivery in Canada. You will discuss law and ethics as they pertain to the nursing profession. You will describe critical thinking and apply key elements of patient safety. You will describe the concepts of culture and ethnicity with a focus on Indigenous and other predominant cultures in Saskatchewan.

Credit Units: 3     Course Hours: 45.0

NURS 172 - Variations in Health 1

You will begin to apply critical thinking skills, explaining the physiological and psychological health changes of the ageing adult. With guidance, you will apply the nursing process and describe evidence informed practice related to the ageing adult patient. You will describe specific health variations using a systems approach and recognize health promotion strategies in gerontological care.

Credit Units: 3     Course Hours: 45.0

PHAR 101 - Pharmacology 1

You will identify Canadian medication systems, medication classifications and names. You will identify the principles and nursing responsibilities for competent medication calculation and administration. You will demonstrate evidenced informed care and knowledge of medication actions, differentiating medication actions and effects in the body, and examining strategies for safe administration. Your theoretical learning will focus on vitamins, complementary medications, antihistamines and drugs affecting the gastrointestinal system.

Credit Units: 3     Course Hours: 45.0

BIOL 101 - Human Anatomy and Physiology 2

You will continue to study the anatomy and physiology of the human body. You will learn about fluids, electrolytes, and acid-base balance. You will examine structures and functions of the cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, endocrine, and reproductive systems.

Credit Units: 3     Course Hours: 45.0     Prerequisites(s): BIOL 100

CLIN 104 - Health Assessment and Praxis 2

You will practice assessments and skills associated with rehabilitative and supportive care. Your experiential learning will provide opportunities for assessment and care of adults with chronic health challenges. You will demonstrate the concepts of patient safety, critical thinking, and evidence informed practice in the delivery of patient care and teaching.

Credit Units: 9     Course Hours: 135.0     Prerequisites(s): BIOL 100, CLIN 103, NURS 163, NURS 171, NURS 172, PHAR 101     Corequisites(s): PHAR 102

NURS 176 - Foundations 2 - Mental Health

You will describe mental health concepts, legal and ethical considerations, and social stigmas related to mental health disorders. You will examine the role of nursing in relation to mental health and describe evidence informed nursing practice for patients and their families. You will promote mental health for patients and their families using the metaparadigm of nursing, demonstrating critical thinking and inquiry in your application of the nursing process. You will examine specific mental health disorders and examine strategies to promote safety in the context of mental health.

Credit Units: 3     Course Hours: 45.0     Prerequisites(s): BIOL 100, CLIN 103, NURS 163, NURS 171, NURS 172, PHAR 101

NURS 240 - Professional Practice and Communications 2

You will examine therapeutic relationships with an emphasis on caring, advocacy, diversity, and managing ethical dilemmas. You will examine trends and issues in Canadian nursing practice and identify the scope of professional practice for the practical nurse.

Credit Units: 3     Course Hours: 45.0     Prerequisites(s): BIOL 100, CLIN 103, NURS 163, NURS 171, NURS 172, PHAR 101

NURS 293 - Variations in Health 2

You will examine variations in health and common chronic conditions diagnosed in the adult population. You will apply knowledge of anatomy and pathophysiology to explore health challenges affecting body systems. You will examine the diagnostic findings, nursing interventions and treatments associated with specific health challenges. With guidance, you will apply the nursing process, promote safety, and use critical thinking and evidence informed practice to deliver holistic nursing care.

Credit Units: 3     Course Hours: 45.0     Prerequisites(s): BIOL 100, CLIN 103, NURS 163, NURS 171, NURS 172, PHAR 101

PHAR 102 - Pharmacology 2

You will demonstrate skills and abilities required for medication administration to pediatric and adult populations. You will prepare and administer medications through enteral, percutaneous and parenteral routes. You will examine medication classifications for the cardiovascular, endocrine, immune, and central nervous and autonomic nervous systems, and demonstrate evidenced informed practice in applying principles of safe medication administration.

Credit Units: 4     Course Hours: 60.0     Prerequisites(s): BIOL 100, CLIN 103, NURS 163, NURS 171, NURS 172, PHAR 101     Corequisites(s): CLIN 104

CLIN 105 - Integrated Clinical Practice 1

You will apply your knowledge and skills related to holistic nursing care of patients. Your experiential learning will focus on rehabilitative and supportive care for patients experiencing a variety of health challenges. With faculty guidance, you will demonstrate the principles of health teaching and perform complete and focused health assessments. You will demonstrate professional behaviour and practice collaborative relationships with patients and the interprofessional team to deliver safe, competent, and ethical patient care.

Credit Units: 8     Course Hours: 120.0     Prerequisites(s): BIOL 101, CLIN 104, NURS 176, NURS 240, NURS 293, PHAR 102     Equivalent Course(s): PRAC 260

SOCI 160 - Foundations of Sociology

Using your sociological imagination, you will examine how to practice sociology, and learn about the importance of culture, socialization, and the family. You will discuss social inequality in Canada, as well as explore the concepts of social control and deviance. Your studies will also include issues related to the power of mass media, the dualism of sex and gender, and race and ethnicity. You will have an opportunity to examine collective behavior, social movements, social change, and globalization.

Credit Units: 3     Course Hours: 45.0     Equivalent Course(s): SOCI 160CE, SOCI 184

CLIN 240 - Health Assessment and Praxis 3

You will apply knowledge and skills associated with curative and restorative care and perform focused health assessments. Your experiential learning will include organizing care for adult patients with acute health challenges in the context of medical and surgical environments. You will plan patient-centred care, prepare patient teaching, and apply concepts of patient safety and critical thinking supported by your use of evidence informed practice.

Credit Units: 13     Course Hours: 195.0     Prerequisites(s): CLIN 105

NRSG 257 - Professional Practice and Communications

You will examine the professional roles, ethical responsibilities and relationships of the practical nurse. You will explore nursing standards of practice, and concepts of professional development and reflective practice in the context of life-long learning. You will analyze conflict resolution in relation to personal and professional relationships, and examine nursing informatics and skills for professional employment.

Credit Units: 3     Course Hours: 45.0     Prerequisites(s): CLIN 105

NRSG 258 - Addictions

You will examine substance abuse and the physiological and psychological risks related to addiction. You will describe the processes of withdrawal and detoxification and examine the principles and application of the harm reduction model. You will examine addictions treatment models and describe the challenges of addictions treatment for patients with concurrent disorders. You will apply critical thinking and inquiry throughout the nursing process in addictions care.

Credit Units: 3     Course Hours: 45.0     Prerequisites(s): CLIN 105, SOCI 160

NURS 294 - Variations in Health 3

You will examine the concepts of holistic nursing care related to acute variations in health for the adult patient. You will interpret laboratory and diagnostic findings in the context of acute health challenges. You will interdependently use the nursing process to deliver competent care; applying concepts of safety, critical thinking, and evidence informed practice. You will compare specific surgical treatments and apply concepts related to preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative nursing care.

Credit Units: 3     Course Hours: 45.0     Prerequisites(s): CLIN 105

SOCI 201 - Culture and Diversity in Health Sciences

You will explore the cultural diversity of Canadian society. You will discuss immigration trends, cultural values and the implications to the provision of health services. Cultural safety in healthcare and the role of the health care professional will be discussed in context.

Credit Units: 3     Course Hours: 45.0     Prerequisites(s): SOCI 160

CLIN 241 - Health Assessment and Praxis 4

You will perform assessments and skills with increasing proficiency for adult patients requiring curative and restorative medical and surgical care. You will plan holistic nursing care supported by evidence informed practice and critical thinking. Your experiential learning will provide opportunities to demonstrate knowledge and skills related to maternal, newborn and pediatric patients. You will examine medical emergencies and plan care with increased interdependence in collaboration with the health care team.

Credit Units: 15     Course Hours: 225.0     Prerequisites(s): CLIN 240, NURS 294, NRSG 257, NRSG 258, SOCI 201     Corequisites(s): PHAR 215

NRSG 298 - Foundations 4 - Community Health

You will examine the role of the practical nurse in the context of patient care in the community with a focus on Indigenous health. You will examine the health promotion model and apply the determinants of health through experiential learning with community agencies. You will examine the leadership role of the practical nurse and prepare for the transition from the role of student to that of a graduate practitioner. You will examine interprofessional collaboration and apply critical thinking and inquiry in the context of community health nursing.

Credit Units: 3     Course Hours: 45.0     Prerequisites(s): CLIN 240, NURS 294, NRSG 257, NRSG 258, SOCI 201

NRSG 299 - Variations in Health 4

You will examine the complex nursing care of patients with multi-system challenges and medical emergencies. You will plan ethical and competent holistic nursing care related to acute variations in health. You will apply concepts of safety critical thinking, and evidence informed practice in the delivery of patient care.

Credit Units: 2     Course Hours: 30.0     Prerequisites(s): CLIN 240, NURS 294(concurrent), NRSG 257, NRSG 258, SOCI 201

NURS 292 - Foundations 3 - Maternal Child Health

You will examine foundational assessments in the context of maternal, newborn and pediatric patient populations. You will identify growth and development milestones from newborn to adolescence with a focus on family-centred care. You will apply critical thinking and inquiry to examine common medical, surgical, nutritional, and mental health issues common in childhood and adolescents. You will examine health promotion, teaching and safety of these populations in a variety of contexts.

Credit Units: 3     Course Hours: 45.0     Prerequisites(s): CLIN 240, NURS 294, NRSG 257, NRSG 258, SOCI 201

PHAR 215 - Pharmocology 3

You will demonstrate skills and abilities required to safely prepare and administer medications through the intravenous route. You will interpret diagnostic tests and provide evidence informed patient care related to medication administration. You will recognize medications used in emergency patient care and examine traditional and alternative medications. You will identify the purpose and schedule for specific immunizations and plan patient teaching related to medication administration.

Credit Units: 2     Course Hours: 30.0     Prerequisites(s): CLIN 240, NURS 294, NRSG 257, NRSG 258, SOCI 201     Corequisites(s): CLIN 241

CLIN 242 - Integrated Clinical Practice 2

You will plan safe, competent patient care working in partnership with a licensed practical nurse. You will manage patient care with increased interdependence and confidence, demonstrating enhanced organization, decision-making, and critical thinking abilities. You will examine the leadership role of the practical nurse in the context of the health care team. You will examine the value of reflective practice in relation to lifelong learning. You will establish collaborative relationships, using professional communication, and demonstrate respect for diversity and ethical practice.

Credit Units: 11     Course Hours: 165.0     Prerequisites(s): CLIN 241, NURS 292, NRSG 298, NRSG 299, PHAR 215

Prerequisites:

Grade 12 with a minimum overall average of 65% in the following 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. Accepted applicants will be required to provide evidence of a Criminal Record Check, current immunization records to meet immunization requirements and evidence of N95 respirator mask testing. This program is considered a high-demand program; applicants are ranked in the order of entrance averages.

Application Fee:$ 45.00
Total: $ 45.00

Semester 1

Tuition & Fees:  $3,170 (2018 estimate and is subject to change without notice)

Books & Materials:  $1,700  (2018 estimate and is subject to change without notice)

Semester 2

Tuition & Fees:  $3,650  (2018 estimate and is subject to change without notice)

Books & Materials:  $550 (2018 estimate and is subject to change without notice)

Semester 3: 

Tuition & Fees:  $2,350  (2018 estimate and is subject to change without notice)

Books & Materials:  $350  (2018 estimate and is subject to change without notice)

Semester 4

Tuition & Fees:  $2,570  (2018 estimate and is subject to change without notice)

Books & Materials:  $142 (2018 estimate 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: COMPLETED

For More Information Contact Us At

306.946.2094