College nursing program offer theory and practical experience
College Nursing Program Offer Theory and Practical Experience“We have a strong clinical component to our practical nursing programs,” says Steven Jacobs,coordinator of the Nursing program at Centennial College. “Students take many science courses such asAnatomy and Physiology, Pathophysiology and many nursing courses. The mannequins [we have in ourlabs] breathe, speak, and are able to do breath sounds. So, our vital simulation lab is really state-of-the-art and really assists our students in learning a lot of the nursing skills they need to know. Once ourstudents graduate, we have a 98% pass rate on the College of Nurses exam.” Erica, a students in theNursing program, offers her perspective: “I think it’s real interesting to work with the figures that theyhave that mimic human vital signs and impulses so I have an idea of what it means to work with patients.So I’m not going in there with cold feet and hands. I’m actually prepared.”These glowing testimonials offer a great overview of the Practical Nursing program, which takes two yearsto complete. In order to apply, students must have completed at least an Ontario Secondary SchoolDiploma (OSSD) or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. Also required are: Compulsory English 12Cor U or equivalent, Math 11M or U, or 12C or U, or equivalent, Biology 11C, or U, or 12C, or U, orequivalent and one of the following sciences chemistry or physics 11U, or 12C, or U, or equivalent.Meanwhile, non-academic requirements include English proficiency, official transcripts of upgradedcourses (if required), Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR), where applicable; Canadiancitizenship, permanent residence of Canada or authorization under the Immigration Act (Canada); nocriminal convictions including those under the Narcotic Control or Food and Drugs Acts; no subject ofproceedings, with respect to professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity in another healthprofession in Ontario, or in nursing in another jurisdiction; no suffering from a mental or physical disorderthat makes it desirable in the public interest that you not practice; annual clear vulnerable police checkprior to clinical placement, a completed immunization review form; successful completion of a currentrecognized course in CPR Level HCP (Health Care Provider) and standard first aid and a mask fit testing.The Practical Nursing program reflects the 2009 Entry-to-Practice Competencies from the College ofNurses of Ontario. These competencies reflect the evolving and expanding role of the Practical Nurse asprovided by the Nursing Act and the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA). In addition, students aretaught in small groups in clinical and laboratory settings utilizing the latest technology, such ascomputerized simulation, by a faculty group that has extensive clinical expertise. Specific courses in thiscollege nursing program include: Practical Nursing Theory (three levels), Anatomy & Physiology,Developmental Psychology, Practical Nursing Professional Growth (three levels), Practical Nursing ClinicalApplication (three levels), and more. Classroom instruction is supplemented by independent study,multimedia support and on-going clinical experience. In addition, students partake in a field placementthat sees them working in hospitals, long-term care facilities, and community settings to apply what theyhave learned and obtain new practical knowledge.Graduates of this specific registered practical nursing may pursue further study in CentennialContinuing Education programs: RPN - Perioperative Nursing or RPN - Advanced Mental Health. Inaddition, they may pursue further study a Bachelor of Science in Nursing through Centennial’s innovativeBridging program.