Courses may include
These are some of the courses offered in this program. It is not a complete list and courses are subject to change in advance of the academic year.
Recognizing prior learning / transfer credits
If you have previous learning (course, employment, etc...) that's relevant to your program, you may be able to apply to earn credit. Not all programs are eligible. Learn about our recognizing prior learning (RPL) process.
ANAP 1011 - Anatomy and Physiology
This course introduces the sciences of anatomy and physiology and the basic structure, functions and assessment of the integumentary, musculoskeletal, respiratory, circulatory gastrointestinal, urinary, reproductive, endocrine, and nervous systems as well as the sensory organs. Integration of systems and maintenance of homeostasis within the body will also be discussed.
CONC 1200 - Dementia: Understanding the Journey
This course prepares the student to work with persons experiencing Alzheimer Disease or other dementias in facility and/or community settings. The student will develop an understanding of dementia and the impact on both the individual and families. Strategies based on the philosophy of providing person-centred care to persons as well as support to family caregivers will be explored. The course will be delivered through completion of the provincial standard Dementia: Understanding the Journey Course. The student must attend all sessions and complete the final project of the course to meet the requirements.
GDEV 1010 - Growth and Development
Upon completion, the student will acquire an understanding of the physical, cognitive, psychosocial processes of growth and development, including developmental tasks across the lifespan.
PRNS 1002 - Nursing Skills I
Upon completion of this course the student will be able to perform basic nursing skills that are commonly required in the care of clients. These skills are required in acute, long term and community settings. In addition to classroom theory, the student will have an opportunity to practice and perform skills in the demonstration lab. The student must be successful in both the theory and all lab components of this course. Students will demonstrate professional conduct competencies at all times in the lab setting.
PRNS 1020 - Introduction to Nursing Profession
Upon completion of this course the learner will utilize Orem's theory to have an understanding of the legal and ethical aspects of their role and scope of practice in the Canadian healthcare delivery system. This course will also explore concepts of global health. The learner will be able to employ therapeutic communication skills to a diverse community.
PRNS 1030 - Communication for Health Care Professionals
Therapeutic and interprofessional communication skills provide the framework to effectively deliver respectful care in nursing. This course is designed to enable the student to establish and maintain professional therapeutic and interprofessional relationships as a member of the interdisciplinary healthcare team. The students will further develop their skill in applying therapeutic communication principles.
PRNS 1050 - Nursing Clinical I
Upon completion the student will be able to provide basic care to a stable client using the nursing process. The student will function as a member of the Health Care Team while providing a safe environment utilizing the principles of infection control. The student will function within the legal and ethical parameters of their role.
PRNS 2002 - Nursing Skills II
Upon completion of this course the learner will have the ability to perform the skills required in the care of clients in acute/long term care facilities and community care. In conjunction with classroom theory, the learner will have the opportunity to practice and perform skills in the demonstration lab and various clinical settings. The learner must be successful in both the theory and all lab components of this course. Learners will demonstrate professional conduct competencies at all times in the lab setting.
PRNS 2003 - Pharmacology/Administration of Medications
This course teaches, in a simulated setting, the basic concepts of pharmacological theory and the skills necessary to safely administer medications, and provides awareness of responsibilities and legal implications.
PRNS 2004 - Health Assessment of the Adult
This course provides the student with the opportunity to develop health assessment skills. It includes an introduction to a health assessment, components of health interview and guidelines to performing a head-to-toe physical examination. It also encompasses a review of anatomy as it pertains to the physical examination.
PRNS 2011 - Alterations in the Health of Adults
Upon completion of this course the learner will have an understanding of common disorders affecting the body systems and the care required while employing Orem’s self care deficit theory of nursing.
PRNS 2014 - Oncology Nursing and Palliative Care
This course describes the concepts of oncology nursing and the role of the Practical Nurse in assisting the client and family to deal with loss and death. Students will also develop an understanding of the concepts related to palliative care based on Learning Essentials for Palliative Care (LEAP).
PRNS 2017 - Maternal Child Nursing
This course provides the learner with an introduction to the role of the Practical Nurse in maternal and child care, emphasizing evidenced based practice. The learner will be able to explore the concept of family development employing Orem’s theory of self-care. The learner will develop an understanding of families as social systems within a community.
PRNS 2018 - Health Promotion and Community Nursing
This course is designed to prepare the learner with an understanding of the factors that affect health and wellness both on an individual and community level. The learner will examine risk factors to health, safety issues and the effect of stress and adaptation. The learner will explore the role of the Practical Nurse in community health.
PRNS 2022 - Mental Health Nursing
This course will provide the learner with the opportunity to explore various types of mental health issues, abuse, crisis, and related challenging behaviours. The course is designed to allow the learner to explore the role of the Practical Nurse in supporting individuals and families experiencing alterations in mental health and social wellbeing. The course will include a community based applied learning project.
PRNS 2050 - Nursing Clinical II
This course provides selected supervised learning experiences allowing the learner the opportunity to apply the nursing process and health promotion strategies. The learner will use clinical judgment for decision making when providing care to clients with alterations in health.
PRNS 2055 - Nursing Clinical III
This course provides selected, supervised learning experiences allowing the student the opportunity to apply the nursing process and health promotion strategies. The student will perform health assessments and nursing skills for clients with alterations in health.
PRNS 2062 - Clinical Intercession Preceptorship
This course provides the student with the opportunity to apply the nursing process and health promotion strategies during a preceptored experience. The student will perform health assessments and nursing skills for clients with alterations in health.
PRNS 3020 - Professional Practice
Upon completion of this course, the student will be familiar with concepts related to the professional role of the practical nurse. This will include, but is not limited to, an understanding of accountability, leadership, administration, research and evidenced-based practice. The students will also have an opportunity to review and debate current issues in health care. The students will complete a week of license preparation at the end of this course.
PRNS 3055 - Family and Community Clinical
This course provides the student with the opportunity to become familiar with the role of the Practical Nurse in family-centred and community nursing care using Orem’s theory of self care. The outcomes for this course can be met through a combination of clinical experience, guest lecturers, and student presentations.
PRNS 3060 - Pharmacology Clinical
This course provides the learner with the opportunity to apply the nursing process during the administration of medications in the clinical setting. Students will not be permitted to use calculators in this course.
PRNS 4052 - Nursing Clinical IV
The clinical experience is a time for students to integrate their knowledge, skills, ability and judgment in the provision of nursing care. Using Orem’s theory of self-care, the student will demonstrate safe, ethical and competent practice to clients and families requiring increasingly complex care.
PRNS 4058 - Mental Health Clinical or Symposium
This course provides the learner with opportunities to continue to explore types of mental health issues, abuse, crisis, and related challenging behaviours and to apply the nursing process in alterations in mental health by completing a 30 hour preceptor clinical experience with a mental health focus.
PRNS 4060 - Internship
The clinical experience is a time for learners to consolidate their skills and knowledge. This will be a time in which the learner can actively apply the NSCC conceptual framework and learned skills. It will be a transitional period where the learner will gradually move into the role of a beginning practitioner.
PRNS 4062 - Integrated Clinical Skills
The purpose of this course is to provide the learner with the opportunity to integrate the skills and competencies required for safe clinical practice. The learner will participate in Lab demonstrations and simulated learning while applying clinical judgement and critical thinking skills.
SAFE 1000 - Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
This course offers learners basic overview of WHMIS principles and establishes a solid foundation to support workplace-specific training on the safe storage and handling of controlled/hazardous products. Upon successful completion of the course, students receive basic WHMIS certification.
SAFE 1001 - Introduction to NS OH&S Act
This course offers students an introduction to the Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) Act of Nova Scotia, which is required by any person employed in a Nova Scotia workplace. This is a generic, introductory course that provides basic knowledge of the Act for students and is considered to be the basis from which more specific training can be given.