Nursing Certificate Options


The certificates are an option for students- they are not a requirement to graduate. The graduation requirement is that all students have 6 credit hours of nursing electives, but students do not have to complete a specific nursing certificate. Options for Fall 2019 and Winter 2020.

1.    Public Health:

a.     Nursing 4381 (Fall 2019): Public Health Nursing: This course provides an opportunity for students to advance their introductory knowledge of public health nursing principles, roles, and functions. Public health nursing integrates knowledge from public health and nursing science to promote, protect, improve and restore the health of populations. The focus will be on advancing their understanding and application of population health, priority setting and planning approaches, partnerships, public policy literacy and health equity.

b.     Nursing 4380 (Winter 2020): Introduction to Epidemiology Methods in Nursing Practice: This introductory course is intended to provide students at both the undergraduate and graduate level with a working knowledge and understanding of the basic concepts and methods of epidemiology. The main focus of this course will be to learn to analyse and interpret information about disease (i.e. both acute and chronic) and other health related occurrences at a population level (e.g. risk factors, diversity, determinants of health) within a Public and Community Health Nursing context. This course will also provide an introduction to the concepts for developing, implementing and evaluating public health programs and, for independent inquiry and decision making around public health policy.  There are no prerequisites for this course though students are required to have completed their second year of their undergraduate program or have permission from the course instructor. A clinical background and a basic understanding of statistics for the Graduate students are essential but not necessary for Undergraduate students.

2.     Acute and Critical Care:

a.     Nursing 4471 (Fall 2019): Emergency Preparedness: A Nursing Perspective: This course focuses on preparation of future nurses for various hazards using an "all hazards" approach. Local, provincial and national disaster response systems, in the event of a mass casualty, are explored, and the ability to care for victims and responders of all types of hazards is emphasized.

b.     Nursing 4472 (Winter 2020): Acute and Critical Care Nursing: With the focus on acute and critical care nursing in the intensive care and emergency room areas, students will further develop, critically analyze and apply knowledge gained in previous courses with a focus on the management of critically ill clients. Emphasis includes working with clients across the lifespan and inter-professional relationships within specialty practice.

3.    Oncology:

a.     Nursing 4352 (Fall 2019): Exploring Concepts in Oncology: Introduction to concepts of oncology nursing including cancer biology/pathophysiology, pain and symptom management, bio-psychosocial-ethical issues, treatment modalities, psychosocial distress and decision-making across the cancer continuum. The implications of cancer care at the individual, community, organization/system to the global level are explored. Students learn the principles, standards and competencies underpinning quality of life cancer care.

b.     Nursing 4353 (Winter 2020): Multi-dimensional Aspects of Cancer: Building on Exploring Concepts in Oncology, this course will challenge learners to consider the comprehensive care of a range of health and illness needs of individuals at risk for or living with cancer within a dynamic and changing system. The course reflects a critical analysis of the existing theoretical and evidence-informed perspectives influencing health related behaviours within the context of cancer at the individual, organizational and global levels.

4.     Nursing 4330 (Fall 2019)/4331 (Winter 2020): Self-Directed Option

a.       Students may carry out independent studies or projects related to the theory or practice of nursing, under the direction of a faculty facilitator. Students are encouraged to systematically identify, plan, execute and evaluate a learning project that is relevant to nursing practice.

This is a 3 credit hour course offered in a flexible format according to study/project.