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Program length

Up to 5 years

Credential

Diploma

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ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

  • graduate of a Practical Nurse program in Canada, or graduate of an RN/Bachelor of Nursing program outside of Canada

Contact the Office of the Registrar, Admissions at admissions@norquest.ca if verification is not available; your academic background may be deemed acceptable.

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Course Listing

Course CodeTitleCredit

ESL PN refresher program language courses - Mandatory for students who are granted provisional admission

ESLG1700
This course is designed to enhance the reading proficiency of second-language learners, enabling them to better prepare to meet the reading requirements of LPN programs and workplaces.
  • 50 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
2
ESLG1701
This course is designed to enhance the writing proficiency of second-language learners enabling them to better prepare to meet the writing requirements of LPN programs and workplaces. Through task-based instruction, learners will develop the language skills and strategies needed for effective written communication.
  • 50 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
2
ESLG1702
This course is designed to enhance the listening proficiency of second-language learners, enabling them to better prepare to meet the listening requirements of LPN programs and workplaces. The course will help learners develop listening skills and strategies required for effective communication in a health-care setting.
  • 50 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
2
ESLG1703
This course is designed to enhance the speaking proficiency of second-language learners, enabling them to better prepare to meet the speaking requirements of LPN programs and workplaces. This is a highly interactive course in which learners will have an opportunity to practise their speaking skills in a nursing context.
  • 50 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
2
ESLG1704
This course is designed to equip learners with vocabulary learning strategies as well as the meaning, spelling, and pronunciation of medical vocabulary in English. Slang and idiomatic expressions associated with medical terminology will also be taught.
  • 50 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
2

Mandatory Program Workshops

NURS1501
Workshop 1 will provide you with the resources to be successful in the program and gives opportunity to practise using those resources. You will be orientated to the practical nurse program, course materials, exams and assignments, and expectations. This is an opportunity to learn about the program and establish a support network.
  • 11 Lecture
  • 4 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
1
NURS1502
Workshop 2 will provide you with an overview of the assessments used in the PN program including written assignments, multiple-choice questions, challenge exams, and lab demonstration assessments. It is an opportunity to learn about the way nurses are educated in Canada, and to prepare you for the evaluative process by learning about successful exam strategies.
  • 11 Lecture
  • 4 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
1
NURS1503
Workshop 3 will provide you with an overview of the clinical experience. It is an opportunity to learn about the expectations for success as a nursing student and to prepare you for the role of the PN in Canada. The focus of the clinical experience is to work as a member of the interdisciplinary health-care team and to practise patient-focused care.
  • 11 Lecture
  • 4 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
1
NURS1504
Workshop 4 will provide you with an overview of the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam and will review successful exam strategies.
  • 11 Lecture
  • 4 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
1

Mandatory Courses Not Subject to Challenge or PLAR

ENGL2550 (O)
The course has a strong focus on essay composition and analysis. The assignments are designed to encourage critical and analytical reading, thinking, and writing. This course also introduces and demonstrates the APA method of citation. Prerequisites: 60% in English Language Arts 30-1 or 70% in English Language Arts 30-2 or equivalent.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
NPRT1001
This nursing practice course provides opportunities for the learner to gain experience as a member of the interdisciplinary health-care team by providing safe, holistic, and evidence-informed nursing care in a continuing care setting, following the standards of practice for a practical nurse.
  • 0 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 145 Work Experience
5
NPRT2006
This acute care practicum consists of 4 weeks of clinical practice in an acute care medical unit.
  • 0 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 160 Work Experience
4
NPRT2007
This acute care practicum consists of 4 weeks of clinical practice in an acute care surgical unit.
  • 0 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 160 Work Experience
4
PSYC1060 (O)
This course introduces the scientific study of behaviour and human development. You will learn terminology and theoretical concepts common to psychology. You will learn about the dominant theories in psychology today and the scientific process. You will also learn about human development across the lifespan; processes of the mind including consciousness, learning, and memory, cognition and intelligence, emotion and motivation; and social behaviour. The concepts of stress and health and psychological health and illness are introduced.  Note: Students with credit in another introductory psychology course may not be eligible for credit in this course. Please check with the Program Chair.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
SOCI1000 (O)
Explore introductory sociology through the study of social relations, community, and society. Learn about the institutions of Canadian society, such as family, politics, ethnicity, education, and religion.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
ESLG1705
Designed for internationally educated nurses, this 14-hour online course will help students develop foundational skills in intercultural competence. After building awareness of their own “normal” and how it affects their professional practice, participants will learn the skills to navigate and communicate more effectively in the Canadian workplace.
  • 14 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
1

Required Courses - Students may apply for Challenge, PLAR, or transfer credits

ANPH1001 (O)
Study the organization of the human body and the structures and functions of the body systems that provide support and movement, coordination, and regulation. Learn how body systems work together to maintain homeostasis. Terminology used by health professionals will be introduced. In the Practical Nurse program, a final mark of C- is required to progress to PATH 1000.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
ANPH1002 (O)
Study the organization of the human body and the structures and functions of the body systems that provide transport and protection; absorption, diffusion, and excretion; and reproduction. Learn how body systems work together to maintain homeostasis. Terminology used by health professionals and theory and principles related to microbiology will be introduced. In the Practical Nurse program, a final mark of C- is required to progress to PATH 1000.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
HEAS1000
Learn and practise procedures based on best evidence for obtaining a health history and conducting a physical examination on a healthy adult. Examine assessment findings for normal structures and functions of the human body. In the laboratory component of this course, apply your newly acquired knowledge. Practise obtaining a health history and demonstrate your physical assessment skills.
  • 30 Lecture
  • 30 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
4
HEED1000 (O)
Gain an overview of the physical, social, psychological, environmental, and spiritual aspects of personal health and wellness within the context of the community, the Canadian health-care system, and the global environment. Lifestyle choices are introduced as physical and social determinants affecting personal health and the health of others. Learn how to take responsibility for your own health and to advocate for the health of others.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
NCOM1000
Examine the fundamentals of communication and the development of interpersonal, therapeutic nurse-patient, and professional relationships with members of the interdisciplinary health-care team. Examine factors that influence our ability to communicate effectively and discover communication strategies that can improve our interactions with others. Discover the connections between effective communication, patient safety, and safe, high-quality care. Learn about theories related to communication climates, groups, teams, conflict and conflict management, and intimidation behaviour.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
NFDN1001
This first nursing foundations course of the Practical Nurse diploma program introduces several concepts and processes that will be further developed and applied throughout the program. The course introduces the learner to nursing by exploring health care in Canada, the history of nursing, and the evolving role of the practical nurse. Values, ethics, legalities, and legislation that affect nursing practice in Alberta are also introduced. The learner will relate the roles and responsibilities of the practical nurse to the direction of the professional association and standards of nursing practice. The nursing metaparadigm and nursing theory are explained as major concepts in nursing. Learners explore the holistic approach to client-centred care. Critical thinking skills are developed as the learner applies nursing knowledge to the delivery of safe, quality nursing care.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 15 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
4
NFDN1002
This second nursing foundations course builds on the theory and skills learned in Semester I, with a focus on the client and the nurse-client relationship. The primary purpose of this course is to prepare the student practical nurse for the continuing care practicum. Topics include the metaparadigm of nursing, safety, professionalism, and leadership, but the focus shifts from the applying these concepts to self to applying them to the client. Emphasis will be placed on using the nursing process, demonstrating critical thinking, applying the concept of self-care, and setting priorities. Students will develop nursing care plans tailored to client needs and will demonstrate effective documentation, mathematical calculations, communication, and client-teaching skills. In the lab setting, students will apply theory, practise skills, and competently perform the selected nursing skills required for the continuing-care practicum.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 60 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
7
NFDN2003
This nursing course focuses on nursing care and related skills based on evidence-informed medical-surgical nursing practice. The learner builds upon previous nursing knowledge and related theory in adapting the nursing approach to the care of the medical-surgical client using the nursing metaparadigm and the nursing process. The learner continues to develop leadership skills through the experience of mentorship. A laboratory component is included in which learners apply theory and practise nursing skills related to medical-surgical nursing, including parenteral medication administration.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 90 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
9
NFDN2004
This course introduces the learner to the childbearing family and the practical nurse's role in promoting, restoring, and maintaining the health of the maternity client and her family. The learner will apply knowledge of the nursing process and the four concepts of the nursing metaparadigm to the care of the expectant family before, during, and after the birth of the baby. The learner will build upon previous nursing knowledge and related theory in adapting the nursing approach to the care and health promotion of the child-bearing family and learn how assessment of family strengths, coping abilities, and life experiences are key to the practical nurse's role in health promotion. The learner will apply the collaborative interdisciplinary team approach to maternity care. New developments in maternal and newborn care will be examined as trends and issues in maternity care are addressed.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
NFDN2005
This course builds on previous nursing knowledge and related theory and assists the student in adapting nursing care for pediatric clients and their families through the use of the nursing metaparadigm, nursing process, and growth and development theories. Theoretical concepts of assessment of the pediatric client related to growth and development are introduced. Pathophysiology, nursing care, communication, and health-teaching techniques specific to pediatric clients and their family are discussed.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
NFDN2006
This nursing course examines family and community theory, assisting the learner to acquire the knowledge and skill required to promote the health and well-being of families within the community. The course emphasizes the importance of collaboration among the interdisciplinary health-care team, families, and communities to achieve safe, evidence-informed community nursing practice. The learner will build upon previous nursing knowledge and related theory in adapting the nursing approach to the care and health promotion of the family and community using a nursing metaparadigm and nursing process. Trends and issues in the care of families and communities will also be explored.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
NFDN2007
This nursing course explores legal and ethical considerations and social stigmas related to mental health disorders. The learner will examine evidence-informed mental health nursing practice for clients and their families as they adjust to changes in functioning associated with mental health issues and related treatments. The learner will build upon previous knowledge and related theory in adapting the nursing approach to the care and health promotion of mental health clients and their families using the metaparadigm of nursing and nursing process. Trends and issues in mental health nursing will also be explored.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
PATH1000 (O)
This course builds upon previous knowledge of human anatomy and physiology by exploring the pathological processes underlying diseases and disorders that produce alterations in human physiological function. The etiology, pathophysiology, complications, and clinical manifestations of select acute and chronic alterations across the lifespan are examined to gain a basic understanding of these pathophysiological changes. Major concepts associated with disease are examined through a holistic lens.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
PHAR1000
Examine the physiological effects of drugs on humans, including therapeutic effects, side effects, adverse effects, and drug interactions. Study common drug classifications and selected medications, including herbal preparations, within each classification. Explore the pertinent legislation related to best evidenced in medication therapy.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3

Required Elective - Students must complete one of:

NFDN2008
The final theory course of the program prepares the learner for the transition from student to graduate practical nurse. The learner will explore working within the parameters of a health-care organization, labour relations, and the professional association. The learner will also study concepts surrounding power, empowerment, contributing to successful teams, types of management and leadership styles, professional development, continued competence, lifelong learning, and quality improvement, all of which contribute to becoming a professional practical nurse in today's health-care field.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3

Additional note

Electives

Elective options are currently under review for 2018/19. Check back for updates later this year.

Course notes

Courses available for Open Studies in PN Refresher are:
ENGL 2550
HEED 1000
PSYC 1060
SOCI 1000

Clinical requirements apply for:
NPRT 2006
NPRT 2007