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Practical Nursing

Practical Nursing Ontario College Diploma

What is Practical Nursing?

The Georgian College Nursing Program philosophy and curriculum incorporate and utilize the concepts of caring as the basis of nursing practice. The students and faculty work together to explore nursing knowledge and caring theory. In the classroom, students in collaborative groups, work through learning activities and focus on the lived experiences of individuals, families, and groups. Knowledge from the program courses is integrated into the care of clients, families, and groups in a variety of settings.

In order to provide quality practicum placements, students will be placed in a variety of agencies in the region serviced by the campus. Students are required to provide their own transportation.

This program is highly competitive. Learn about admission requirements for highly competitive programs.

The Practical Nursing program at Georgian College is currently approved (Category 1) by the College of Nurses of Ontario. Current graduates of this program are eligible to apply for registration as Registered Practical Nurses in Ontario.

Program Outline 2016-2017

Major:
PNRS
Length:
2.5 Years
Effective Dates:
2016-2017
Delivery:
5 Semesters
Credential:
Ontario College Diploma
Location:
Barrie, Orangeville, Owen Sound
Start:

Fall - Barrie, Owen Sound

Winter - Barrie, Orangeville, Owen Sound

Contact:
Barrie:

Casey Wilson

705-728-1968 ext. 1444

Owen Sound:

Nicole Graham

705-728-1968 ext. 2019

Orangeville:

Siobhan Bell

705-728-1968 ext. 5669

The Georgian College Nursing Program philosophy and curriculum incorporate and utilize the concepts of caring as the basis of nursing practice. The students and faculty work together to explore nursing knowledge and caring theory. In the classroom, students in collaborative groups, work through learning activities and focus on the lived experiences of individuals, families, and groups. Knowledge from the program courses is integrated into the care of clients, families, and groups in a variety of settings.

In order to provide quality practicum placements, students will be placed in a variety of agencies in the region serviced by the campus. Students are required to provide their own transportation.

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • care for populations including persons, families, and groups from a variety of cultures, by establishing caring relationships that foster trust, respect, collaboration and empowerment


  • promote health and healing for persons in situations with varying levels of complexity acting independently and in consultation with client, family and health team


  • practice nursing based on the concept of praxis (praxis refers to how theoretical knowledge and the practice of nursing inform and shape each other and are guided by the morality of caring)


  • function effectively in the practical nurse's unique role as a member within the multi-disciplinary team


  • apply generic skills for life-long learning and for personal and professional growth


  • provide safe, effective and ethical nursing care that meets the current Professional Standards for Registered Nurses and Registered Practical Nurses in Ontario


  • participate in society as an informed citizen and pursue an enriched personal and professional life


  • develop social entrepreneur skills to foster positive social change in the community while being environmentally sensitive.
Fall Intake - Barrie, Owen Sound

Sem 1 | Sem 2 | Sem 3 | Sem 4 | Sem 5

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Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter | Summer

2016 | 2017 | 2017 | 2018 | 2018

Winter Intake - Barrie, Owen Sound

Sem 1 | Sem 2 | Sem 3 | Sem 4 | Sem 5

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Winter | Summer | Winter | Summer | Fall

2017 | 2017 | 2018 | 2018 | 2018

Winter Intake - Orangeville

Sem 1 | Sem 2 | Sem 3 | Sem 4 | Sem 5

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Winter | Summer | Fall | Winter | Summer

2017 | 2017 | 2017 | 2018 | 2018

Upon graduation from this program you will be recommended to the College of Nurses to

write the registration examinations. Successful completion of these examinations and compliance with the Regulated Health Professions Act will entitle you to become a Registered Practical Nurse and thus a member of the College of Nurses of Ontario. Please note: The College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO), the body responsible for regulating nursing in Ontario, sets entry to practice requirements that nurses and practical nurses must meet to become registered in Ontario. CNO's mission is to regulate nursing to protect the public interest. Among CNO's entry to practice requirements are provisions specifically intended to enhance public safety. These provisions require that applicants for registration in Ontario:

a) have not been found guilty of a criminal offence or an offence under the Narcotic

Control Act (Canada) and the Foods and Drug Act (Canada);

b) not have been the subject of a finding of professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity, whether in Ontario or in another jurisdiction and whether in relation to the nursing profession or another health profession;

c) not currently be the subject of proceedings for professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity, whether in Ontario or in another jurisdiction and whether in relation to the nursing profession or another health profession;

d) not be suffering from a physical or mental condition that makes it desirable to the public interest that he or she not practice.

An applicant for registration who does not meet one or more of these requirements must inform CNO and provide details about the incident or situation. The applicant will not be necessarily refused registration because CNO's Registration Committee will review information about the incident or situation to determine if an exemption from the requirement(s) will be granted. An applicant for registration who does not inform CNO, may have the application for registration cancelled, or any certification of registration which may have been issued revoked.

Applicants who apply for registration with CNO on, or after, January 1, 2005 require a Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) Criminal Record Synopsis as part of the registration process. The CPIC check provides evidence that an applicant has met the requirements of registration related to good character and suitability to practice.

For more information see

If you have any questions about these registration requirements, please contact CNO at

(416) 928-0900, or 1-800-387-5526, ext. 6249.

You are encouraged to become a member of the professional organization, the Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario.

OSSD or equivalent with

- Grade 12 English (C or U)

- Grade 12 Mathematics (C or U)

- Grade 11 or 12 Biology (C or U)

- Grade 12 (C) or Grade 11 or 12 (U) Chemistry

OR Grade 12 (C) or Grade 11 or 12 (U) Physics

You must meet ONE of the following requirements to be eligible for admission to these programs:

Secondary school applicants:

- OSS Curriculum: OSSD or equivalent with Grade 12 English (C), or (U), (ENG4C, ENG4U); plus any Grade 12 College Mathematics (MAP4C or MCT4C) or any Grade 12 University Mathematics; plus Grade 11 College or Grade 11 or 12 University Biology (SBI3C, SBI3U, SBI4U); plus Grade 12 College or Grade 11 or 12 University Chemistry (SCH4C, SCH4U, SCH3U) OR Grade 12 College or Grade 11 or 12 University Physics (SPH3U, SPH4C, SPH4U)

Non-Secondary school applicants (19 years or older):

- Any credit Communication course and most credit mathematics, and biology and chemistry or physics courses taken at Georgian College

- College preparatory programs including those taken at Georgian College: Pre-health Sciences*

- Equivalent courses in English and mathematics, and biology and chemistry or physics taken through secondary school or Independent Learning Centres (at the general, advanced, college or university level)

- Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) program with communications and mathematics, and biology and chemistry or physics

- Mature student testing in English and mathematics, and testing/challenge exam in biology and chemistry or physics that meets the minimum standards for admission (available through most testing services)*

- Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED) plus biology and chemistry or physics

- English, Literature or Communication and mathematics credit courses and most biology and chemistry or physics credit courses from accredited colleges/universities

- If home schooled, applicants can write the mature student testing in English and mathematics, and testing/challenge exam in biology and chemistry or physics that meets the minimum standards for admission (available through testing services)*

* available from Georgian College. For a complete listing please contact the Office of the Registrar.

Please note that this is a highly competitive program. Recommended minimum grade in required courses is 75%.

24 Mandatory Courses

2 Communications Courses

3 General Education Courses

Applicants will be assessed and ranked based on academic grades. A minimum grade of 75% in each pre-requisite subject is recommended.

To graduate from this program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, from year to year, and to graduate is 60%. Additionally, a student must attain a minimum of 50% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester unless otherwise stated on the course outline.

Mandatory Courses

BIOL1001 Anatomy and Physiology - Introductory Concepts
BIOL1002 Anatomy and Physiology: Advanced Concepts
NRSG1004 Health and Healing
NRSG1005 Development of Self as Nurse
NRSG1006 Health and Healing: Life Transition
NRSG1013 Math for Meds
NRSG1014 Math/Pharmacology
NRSG1015 Nursing Professional Practice: Life Transition Agency Experience
NRSG1019 Nursing Professional Practice: Life Transition Community
NRSG1022 Nursing Professional Practice: Advanced Healing Arts
NRSG1023 Nursing Professional Practice: Community Experience
NRSG1024 Nursing Professional Practice: Agency Experience
NRSG1025 Nursing Professional Practice: Fundamental Healing Arts
NRSG2000 Development of the Professional Self
NRSG2001 P.N. Health and Healing: Medical-Surgical Theory
NRSG2002 Processes of Human Disease: Introductory Concepts
NRSG2003 Health Assessment
NRSG2004 P.N. Professional Practice: Medical-Surgical Clinical
NRSG2005 PN Professional Practice: Mental Health and Maternal Child Clinical
NRSG2006 Development of Nurse Within the Profession
NRSG2007 PN Health and Healing: Mental Health and Maternal Child Theory
NRSG2008 Processes of Human Disease: Advanced Concepts
NRSG2009 Nursing in the Community
NRSG2010 Practical Nursing Praxis
Communications Courses

To be selected at time of registration from the College list, as determined by testing.
General Education Courses

To be selected from College list

It is required that students have Level HCP CPR and Standard First Aid prior to commencing the program (On-line courses are not acceptable). It is the student's responsibility to renew their Level HCP CPR certification annually while in the Program. Students are asked to submit a copy of their current Level HCP CPR and Standard First Aid certificate to the program coordinator during the first week of classes.

Applicants must have up-to-date immunization records (Clinical Preparedness Permit) in compliance with the Public Hospitals Act. Completion and submission of this record is required during the first week of classes in order to ensure your placement in clinical and field placement facilities.

Applicants are encouraged to obtain volunteer or work experience in a health or human service field to assist them in making a career choice.

To be eligible for all practicum placements, students must also have a completed

Clinical Preparedness Permit and a record of mask fit test, renewed every two years (will be done at the College in Semester One.

Re-application to Program

Suspended students must reapply for re-entry to this program and will be considered based on eligible space and likelihood of success. Please refer to the Georgian College Calendar for the Academic Policies and Procedures.

** CRIMINAL REFERENCE CHECK **

Placement agencies require an up-to-date clear criminal reference check and vulnerable sector check prior to going out on placement. Students should obtain their criminal reference three months prior to placement; checks conducted earlier may not be considered current. As some jurisdictions require longer lead-time for processing, please check with the program coordinator to ensure you allow for sufficient turn-around time. It is the students responsibility to provide the completed document prior to placement start.

NOTE: Individuals who have been charged or convicted criminally and not pardoned will be prohibited from proceeding to a clinical or work placement.

View the Practical Nursing articulations on the Credit Transfer Centre page.

Lynsey receives her prize from Dr. Catherine Drea, Vice President, Student Engagement and University Partnerships.

Practical Nursing student wins $1,500 toward tuition

Lynsey Vanden Pol, a first-semester student in Georgian’s Practical Nursing program, recently won $1,500 toward her tuition. Lynsey completed the online Georgian Profile Survey (GPS) during the fall semester and was randomly chosen as the lucky recipient of the grand prize. Read more...

Smiling alumna Dianne Martin

Dianne Martin

Executive Director, Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario

Program:

Practical Nursing

Year:

1998


During my time at Georgian, I received a great education which fully prepared me for both the workplace and for ongoing learning. The informal one-to-one time that I had with my nursing instructors was unexpected and created a situation where success was assured. Read more...

Lynsey receives her prize from Dr. Catherine Drea, Vice President, Student Engagement and University Partnerships.

Practical Nursing student wins $1,500 toward tuition

Lynsey Vanden Pol, a first-semester student in Georgian’s Practical Nursing program, recently won $1,500 toward her tuition. Lynsey completed the online Georgian Profile Survey (GPS) during the fall semester and was randomly chosen as the lucky recipient of the grand prize. Read more...

Nursing student Kristy Freund on stage with Kim Mitchell

Georgian Dream Gala raises $145,000 for student scholarships

At Georgian’s Dream Gala, guests celebrated student and faculty innovation while raising $145,000 for awards and scholarships for Georgian students. Practical Nursing student and aspiring country singer Kristy Freund (pictured with Juno Award-winning musician Kim Mitchell) won a scholarship. Read more...

Craig Cardiff, performing at the last class

Nursing students raise funds for Dominican mission

For more than 10 years, a small contingency of Georgian’s nursing students and faculty have provided volunteer health care to isolated communities in the Dominican Republic. Working alongside Medicines for Humanity, they set up mobile health clinics in small villages surrounding sugar cane fields. Read more...

Georgian nursing student recognized with police chief citation

Practical Nursing student Sarah Gray was honoured with the Owen Sound Police Chief’s Citation Award for her role assisting a cyclist who was struck by a car last spring. Sarah witnessed the accident and her instincts immediately took over. She got out of her car, directed bystanders and used first aid training to provide care and monitor the cyclist until paramedics arrived on scene. He sustained life-threatening injuries and still walks with crutches and a leg brace. Read more...

Two smiling girls hold a big cheque.

Owen Sound Health students support Alzheimer Society

Owen Sound Health, Wellness and Sciences students participated in the Alzheimer Society’s Coffee Break event. Staff, students and faculty enjoyed a morning of coffee, tea and treats for a donation. Read more...

Elder Abuse workshop raises awareness for Owen Sound students

More than 300 Georgian College students, faculty and community volunteers enjoyed an interactive workshop about the issue of elder abuse on Nov. 20 at the Bayshore Community Centre in Owen Sound. The workshop was sponsored by the Owen Sound Attack Hockey Organization and Georgian College. Read more...

A group of six women in nursing scrubs stand behind a table full of medications.

Nursing students help out in Dominican

Second-year Practical Nursing and Bachelor of Science in Nursing students provided care in the Dominican Republic during an interprofessional Health and Wellness trip this spring. Read more...

Practical Nursing graduate honoured with Governor General’s Medal

Hard work and dedication have paid off for Practical Nursing graduate Karin Stockwell. She received a 2013-2014 Governor General’s Academic Medal. The annual award recognizes the graduating student with the highest academic performance at Georgian. Karin received her medal during convocation. Read more...

Yvonne stands next to a life-sized duct tape torso

Health care simulation at home

Yvonne Galbraith has been working in simulation in Georgian’s Nursing programs for three years. She has combined her 36 years of nursing experience with her passion for art (she is an alumna of Georgian’s Fine Arts program, 2002) to create the Study Buddy. Read more...

Students stand on staircase holding large cheque

SAC presents cheque to local hospital foundation

The Students’ Administrative Council (SAC) at the Orangeville Campus presented a cheque to Headwaters Health Care Centre for $2,110 on April 8. Funds were raised by student reps in each class (pictured). Read more...

Smiling alumna Dianne Martin

Dianne Martin

Executive Director, Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario

Program:

Practical Nursing

Year:

1998


During my time at Georgian, I received a great education which fully prepared me for both the workplace and for ongoing learning. The informal one-to-one time that I had with my nursing instructors was unexpected and created a situation where success was assured. Read more...

Lisa Tamblyn

Lisa Tamblyn

Patient Representative, RVH

Program:

Practical Nursing

Year:

1985


I have 28 years of experience in health care as a Registered Nurse. The majority of my work has been at the Hospital for Sick Children in the Cardiac Program, Transplantation, Critical Care and Organ Donation. I helped to initiate the Organ Donation Program at Sick Kids. Read more...

Portrait of Alumnus Sheona Kloostra, smiling

Sheona Kloostra

CEO and Founder, Happy at Home Support Services Inc.

Program:

Nursing

Year:

2000


Sheona Kloostra has used her nursing education and the skills gained from a 17-year career in emergency and palliative hospital care to create a fast-growing, multi-service business catering to people with health issues who want to be cared for at home. Rapid demand for her service has resulted in 10 new franchise locations planned for the next two years. Read more...

Portrait of smiling alumnus Kris Voycey

Kris Voycey

Lead Operations Manager at Hotel-Dieu Grace Hospital, Windsor

Program:

Nursing

Year:

1997


Kris Voycey, a 1997 Nursing grad, is president of the Council of the College of Nurses of Ontario and works as a nursing administrator at a Windsor hospital. He says Georgian provided a great environment, which helped develop his leadership skills. Read more...

For inquiries please contact the appropriate person below.

Barrie

Contact:
Casey Wilson
Phone:
705-728-1968 ext. 1444

Owen Sound

Contact:
Nicole Graham
Phone:
705-728-1968 ext. 2019

Orangeville

Contact:
Siobhan Bell
Phone:
705-728-1968 ext. 5669

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