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Enhanced Nursing Practice - Clinical and Critical

Enhanced Nursing Practice - Clinical and Critical Care,Conestoga

Credential: Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Program Code: 1312
School: Health & Life Sciences and Community Services
Academic Year:2017 / 2018
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 supervised clinical practice, this program focuses on caring for the client in an acute clinical setting. It allows students to develop skills in critical thinking, decision making, nursing diagnosis, care planning, implementation, and evaluation of care. In addition, course content will cover the philosophy, culture, communication skills, ethics and practice of professional nursing in Canada. Selected courses within the graduate critical-care certificate program are included in semester two. The program includes extensive clinical experience in an acute-care setting.

Program Information

Length: One-year Ontario College Graduate Certificate program
Delivery Sequence:
         Doon (Kitchener) - September/2017 (Closed) - Fall | Winter
         Doon (Kitchener) - January/2018 (Open) - Winter | Spring/Summer
         Doon (Kitchener) - May/2018 (Open) - Spring/Summer | Fall
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
Start: September, January, and May
First-Year Capacity: 36

Admission Requirements

A bachelor's degree in nursing and registration as a registered nurse in the applicant's country of nursing education

Note re: Admission Requirements

•Preference is given to students who have at least one year of clinical experience in their home country and who are currently working within the nursing profession. Applicants should have practiced within the nursing profession in the last two (2) years.
•Applicants possessing degrees/diplomas from institutions where the language of instruction was not English will be required to provide test scores as evidence of their English language proficiency. Test scores, if required, would be a minimum of TOEFL iBT 88; IELTS 6.5 with no bands less than 6.0; CAEL 70 with no sub-test band scores less than 60; PTE Academic 58; Conestoga English Language Test (CELT) Band 6; or equivalent scores in other recognized standard tests of English.
•We offer a language program for students whose English language skills are below the standard required for admission but all other admission criteria have been met. You will be eligible for admission to the graduate certificate program after completion of level 4 of the General Arts and Science - English Language Studies (ELS) program with an overall grade average of 80% and no grade less than 75%. Your placement in the ELS program is determined by scores on an in-house English language test or TOEFL or IELTS.
Admission Procedures
Final selection is made following an assessment of the admission requirements.

Program Requirements

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•Mandatory practicum health and safety requirements must be completed by students prior to student field/clinical placements. Successful placement completion is required for students to progress to program completion. To qualify for field/clinical placement learning experiences, students must present the following at the start of the program in accordance with pre-admission information provided by the College:
oA complete immunization record including MMR, Tdap, Varicella, and Hepatitis B. Seasonal flu vaccination is required during flu season (October - March).
oTB Testing: Evidence of current 2-step or previous 2-step + current 1-step if more than one year has passed since 2-step testing.

oStandard First Aid and CPR - HCP level
oAn annual Police Check for Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS). Police Checks must be clear of any unpardoned criminal offences. An unclear criminal record may result in the inability to participate in field placement/clinical which will jeopardize progress in the program. Acceptance for placement is at the discretion of the agency; some agencies may request students to provide a VSS completed within six months of placement start date. Students with criminal records are advised to meet with the program chair for academic counselling to determine program suitability.

•Non-Violence Crisis Intervention (NVCI) and Gentle Persuasive Approaches (GPA) Certification Students will be required to complete the Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (NVCI) and Gentle Persuasive Approaches (GPA) certifications prior to or concurrently with their first participation in an unpaid education placement. NCVI prepares students to defuse challenging and disruptive behaviours prior to an incident escalating to a crisis situation. GPA is a person-centered approach to care that teaches students gentle redirection techniques to assist them in appropriately managing difficult workplace situations. The fees for these mandatory courses are in addition to a student's tuition fees.

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates of this program will gain the knowledge and authentic experience necessary to enter confidently into the Canadian health-care workforce. Students will learn the skills necessary to work as a nurse in the areas of general internal medicine, surgery, cardiac and coronary care, emergency and ambulatory care. 

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. View the transfer agreement opportunities for this program.

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. 

Program Courses

Course Details for 2017 / 2018
Course CodeCourse Title and Description

Level 1

College Reading & Writing Skills

Professional Nursing Practice in the Canadian Health Care System


Enriched Assessment Skills

Clinical Care Lab and Simulation

Clinical Experience - Acute Care I

Safety in the Workplace

Level 2

Critical Care Lab and Simulation

Clinical Experience - Acute Care II

Cardiorespiratory Nursing


Pharmacology II

Pathophysiological Concepts of Critical Care

Program Outcomes

•Integrate theory, principles, nursing concepts, anatomy physiology, and pathophysiology within the context of the patient and family into competent nursing practice in an acute care environment within the Canadian Health Care system.
•Conduct comprehensive assessments and interpretation of subjective and objective data using the skills of observation, interviewing, history taking, and physical assessment.
•Implement evidence informed decision making to optimize client's outcomes within the Canadian Health Care system.
•Comply with legislation and regulations governing nursing practice within the Canadian Health Care system.
•Use self-regulation and reflective practice to function ethically and competently within the parameters of the Canadian RN's scope of practice
•Demonstrate professional behaviours and actions to meet the therapeutic needs of the clients, family, interprofessional team and community.
•Communicate in a variety of ways to collaborate effectively with clients, families, communities and other members of the interprofessional team.
•Recognize the clinical presentation and related diagnostic findings of various pathological conditions.
•Provide the essential elements of nursing care that will meet the needs of clients with multiple system problems.
•Deliver person centered care considering the impact of the acute care environment on clients and family members.

Program Advisory Committees

The College appoints Program Advisory Committee members for diploma, degree, certificate and apprenticeship programs. Committees are composed of employers, practitioners and recent program graduates. College representatives (students, faculty, and administrators) are resource persons. Each committee advises the Board on the development of new programs, the monitoring of existing programs and community acceptance of programs. 

For a list of the current members, please visit our Program Advisory Committees.


The College reserves the right to alter information including requirements and fees and to cancel at any time a program, course, or program major or option; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies in the job market or for budgetary reasons; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations, over-acceptance of offers of admission, budgetary constraints, or for other such reasons. In the event the College exercises such a right, the College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to the College.
Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.

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