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BIO-160 Human Anatomy & Physiology I

3 hours lecture + 3 hours lab, 3 credits


This course is the first half of a comprehensive survey of human structure and functions. Topics include: biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, and the anatomy and physiology of the integumentary musculoskeletal, nervous and endocrine systems. An extensive laboratory component is included.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C+ in Biology 12, BIO 060 or BIO-110.
  • C+ in Chemistry 11 or CHE 051. Biology and Chemistry prerequisites must have been completed within the last 10 years.
  • Take BIO-160L

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BIO-161 Human Anatomy & Physiology II

3 hours lecture + 3 hours lab, 3 credits


This course is the continuation and completion of the comprehensive survey of human structures and functions started in Human Anatomy and Physiology I. It includes an extensive laboratory component.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in BIO 160
  • Take BIO-161L

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BIO-260 Pathobiology I

3 hours lecture, 3 credits


This course is the first half of an overview of basic health science. It provides an introduction to the principles of pathophysiology, microbiology, immunology, pharmacology, and nutrition relevant to nursing. The focus is on concepts and mechanisms, with prototype diseases and prototype drugs given as examples. A series of assignments provides opportunities to investigate other diseases that may be encountered in the clinical area.


Prerequisite(s):

  • BIO 161 and enrolment in the 2nd year Nursing Program Minimum Grade C

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BIO-261 Pathobiology II

3 hours lecture, 3 credits


This course is the continuation and completion of the introduction to the principles of pathophysiology, microbiology, immunology, pharmacology, and nutrition started in Pathobiology I. Again, the focus is on concepts and mechanisms, with prototype diseases and prototype drugs given as examples.


Prerequisite(s):

  • BIO 260 and enrolment in the 2nd year Nursing Program Minimum Grade C

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NUR-102 Relational Practice I: Self and Others

3 hours seminar, 3 credits


The premise underlying this course is that nursing is an experience lived between people (Paterson & Zderad, 1976). Students explore the multiple factors that influence their own capacity to be in caring relation to others (individual, family, groups, populations, communities). They learn to question personal perspectives of experience; to uncover attitudes, beliefs and values; and to share and acknowledge differences. Emphasis is placed on a phenomenological attitude to view the structure and experiences that make up their own and other people's lives (Hartrick, 1997).


Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to the Nursing Program

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NUR-103 Professional Practice I: Introduction to the Profession of Nursing

3 hours seminar, 3 credits


This course is an introduction to the profession of nursing. Participants examine the foundational concepts of the curriculum and how the concepts relate to nursing practice. Participants also explore the history of the profession of nursing and have the opportunity to explore and critically reflect upon the political and socioeconomic forces that have shaped the status of women in society and the evolution of the nursing profession. Standards of nursing practice and responsibility for safe and ethical nursing practice are also explored.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to the Nursing Program

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NUR-104 Nursing Practice I: Introduction to Nursing Practice

1 hour seminar + 5 hours practice bi-weekly, 1.5 credits


This course is an introduction to the profession of nursing. Participants examine the foundational concepts of the curriculum and how the concepts relate to nursing practice. Participants also explore the history of the profession of nursing and have the opportunity to explore and critically reflect upon the political and socioeconomic forces that have shaped the status of women in society and the evolution of the nursing profession. Standards of nursing practice and responsibility for safe and ethical nursing practice are also explored.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to the Nursing Program

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NUR-105 Health and Healing I: Living Health

3 hours seminar +3 hours learning center, 6 credits


This course is an introduction to the meaning of health including personal health, family health, community health and societal health. Participants examine significant theoretical and conceptual frameworks of health including health promotion, primary health care, prevention and determinants of health. By reflecting on personal experiences, participants have the opportunity to identify personal resources and/or challenges that impact health as well as recognize the diversity of beliefs, values and perceptions of health held by others. Opportunities to learn basic health assessment skills are included in this course.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to the Nursing Program

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NUR-113 Professional Practice II: Introduction to the Discipline of Nursing

3 hours seminar, 3 credits


This course is an introduction to the discipline of nursing. Participants explore the historical development of nursing knowledge and theory as well as contemporary understandings of nursing as a discipline and the body of knowledge that defines it. Relationships between practice, theory and research are explored.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Successful completion of Term 1

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NUR-114 Nursing Practice II: Coming to Know the Client

1 hour seminar + 12 hours practice bi-weekly, 3 credits


This nursing practice experience provides opportunities to develop caring relationships with groups, families and individuals across the lifespan. Emphasis will be placed on health assessment and coming to know how clients understand and promote their health, and the role of the nurse in partnering with the client in this process. Participants work with groups, families and individuals in the home and community, in agencies, and in care facilities to incorporate concepts and learning from all the courses in this semester into their nursing pratice.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Successful completion of Term 1

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NUR-115 Health and Healing II: Health Indicators

3 hours seminar + 3 hours learning center, 6 credits


Building on Health I, this course focuses on individual, family and community health assessment. Participants will have opportunities to explore and critique various theoretical and conceptual frameworks in relation to health assessment including early childhood development, family development, healthy aging and community development. The concept of assessment within the context of decision making is explored. Opportunities to learn basic health assessment skills are included in this course.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Successful completion of Term 1

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NUR-175 Consolidated Practice Experience I

Practice and Learning Center, 6 credits


The transitional practice experience is designed to assist students to move forward with the health focus of year one towards the focus on health challenges in year two. Hence this practice experience consists of two parts: two weeks in the nursing learning centre to practice skills that are foundational to providing personal care, and two weeks in a practice setting where students will have the opportunity to practice personal care while furthering the development of their assessment skills and their understanding of health and health promotion.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Successful completion of Term 2

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NUR-202 Relational Practice II: Creating Health- Promoting Relationships

3 hours seminar, 3 credits


Building on Relational Practice I, in this course participants move beyond personal discovery to a focus on relational caring. The major emphasis of the course is relational practice with individuals, families, and groups from diverse backgrounds of age, culture, and experience. This is an experiential course designed to deepen the participants' understanding of caring and how the connection between caring and relationship provides the context for health and healing. Participants explore theories and processes of caring, relational identity development of self as nurse, and relational practice as enacted across a range of settings and contexts.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Successful completion of year 1

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NUR-204 Nursing Practice III: Promoting Health And Healing

2 hours seminar + 10 hours practice, 6 credits


This nursing practice experience provides opportunities to develop caring relationships with individuals and families for the purpose of health promotion while coming to understand their unique health and healing processes. Participants will have opportunities to practice nursing approaches that accompany this understanding. Participants work with families and individuals experiencing common health challenges (both episodic and chronic) in the home and community, in agencies, and in care facilities to incorporate concepts and learning from all the courses in this semester into their nursing practice. The community and society are considered as contextual influences on the promotion of health and healing for the individual and the family.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Successful completion of year 1

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NUR-206 Health And Healing III: Health Challenges/Healing Initiatives

3 hours seminar, 3 hours learning centre, 6 credits


Building on the learners' understanding of health, the focus of this course is on people's experience with healing for both chronic and episodic health challenges. Participants integrate theory and concepts of health as they relate to healing. This course is complementary to Health Sciences III and provides opportunities for learners to integrate pathophysiology with their understanding of health and healing and the nursing approaches that accompany this understanding.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Successful completion of year 1

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NUR-213 Professional Practice III: Nursing Ethics

3 hours seminar, 3 credits


Building on previous Relational Practice and Professional Practice courses, this course focuses on the growing body of knowledge related to nursing ethics. Beginning with an understanding of bio-medical ethics that have dominated nursing ethics in the past and moving to an understanding of developing ethical theory related to nursing and nursing issues, participants will have opportunities to explore nursing ethics in the context of their nursing practice.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Successful completion of Term 3

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NUR-214 Nursing Practice IV: Promoting Health and Healing

2 hours seminar +10 hours practice, 6 credits


This nursing practice experience continues to provide opportunities for learners to develop caring relationships with individuals and families for the purpose of health promotion while coming to understand their health and healing processes when experiencing more complex health challenges, both episodic and chronic. Participants will have opportunities to practice nursing approaches that accompany this understanding. Participants work with families and individuals in the home and community, in agencies, and in care facilities to incorporate concepts and learning from all the courses in this semester into their nursing practice. The community and society are considered as contextual influences on the promotion of health for the individual and the family.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Successful completion of Term 3

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NUR-216 Health and Healing IV: Health Challenges/Healing Initiatives

3 hours seminar,3 hours learning centre, 6 credits


Participants in this course continue to develop an understanding of people's experience with healing related to a variety of increasingly complex chronic and episodic health challenges within a variety of practice contexts. This course is complementary to Health Sciences IV and provides opportunities for learners to integrate pathophysiology with their understanding of health and healing and the nursing approaches that accompany this understanding.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Successful completion of Term 3

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NUR-276 Consolidated Practice Experience II

8 weeks (192 hours) practice, 8 credits


In this consolidated practice experience, opportunities are provided to develop caring relationships for the purpose of healing and health promotion with individuals and families experiencing increasingly complex chronic and episodic health challenges. The community and society are considered as contextual influences on the promotion of health for the individual and the family. Participants have opportunities to consolidate learning from the first and second year of the program in a variety of settings.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Successful completion of Term 4

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NUR-302 Relational Practice III: Connecting Across Difference

3 hours seminar, 3 credits


Building on the concepts introduced in Relational Practice I and II and other previous courses, Relational Practice III provides a synthesis of knowledge that is the basis of critical analysis. This course focuses on enhancing participants' everyday relational practice with individuals, families, and groups. The emphasis is on engaging with the complexities of difference in everyday nursing practice and the challenges these complexities might pose for being in-relation with clients.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Successful completion of Year 2

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NUR-304 Nursing Practice V: Promoting Health and Healing

2 hours seminar + 10 hours practice, 6 credits


This nursing practice experience continues to provide opportunities for learners to develop caring relationships with individuals and families while coming to understand their health and healing processes. Participants will have opportunities to practice nursing approaches that accompany this understanding. Participants work with families and individuals in the home and community, in agencies, and in care facilities to incorporate concepts and learning from all the courses in this semester into their nursing practice.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Successful completion of Year 2

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NUR-306 Health and Healing V: Complex Health Challenges/Healing Initiatives

3 hours seminar, 3 hours learning center, 6 credits


This course builds on Health and Healing I and II and Health Sciences III and IV and provides opportunities for participants to build on their nursing knowledge and understanding of health and healing in relation to complex episodic and chronic health challenges. This advanced course will focus on current topics and emerging knowledge related to a variety of health care contexts.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Successful completion of Year 2

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NUR-313 Professional Practice IV: Nursing Inquiry

3 hours seminar, 3 credits


Building upon concepts introduced in Professional Practice I, II, and III. In this course,participants will explore the historical and philosophical approaches to the development of nursing knowledge and inquiry. Relationships between practice, theory, and research are explored.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Successful completion of Term 5 or admission to Option B

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NUR-314 Nursing Practice VI: Promoting Health of Communities and Society

1 hour seminar, 8 hours practice, 4 credits


This nursing practice experience provides opportunities to develop caring relationships with families, groups, and communities within a societal and global context with emphasis on health promotion and community empowerment. Participants have opportunities to work with a community (geographical, self-identified, population based, institutionally based,etc.) on a particular health issue.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Successful completion of Term 5 or admission to Option B

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NUR-316 Health And Healing VII: Promoting Community and Societal Health

3 hours seminar, 3 credits


This course focuses on the role of the nurse in the promotion of community and societal health. It is intended to be a companion course with Health and Healing VI. Participants will continue to develop their competencies in relational practice with a focus on community and society as client. The political role of the nurse is explored as the emphasis is placed upon working with communities from a social justice and equity perspective. Community development and capacity building, as a pattern of community health promotion practice, is explored. In addition students will further develop their understanding of teaching and learning focusing on transformative and emancipatory approaches.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Successful completion of Term 5 or admission to Option B

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NUR-318 Health And Healing VI: Global Health Issues

3 hours seminar, 3 credits


Participants in this course continue to develop an understanding of people's experience with health and healing related to a variety of increasingly complex chronic and episodic global health challenges and issues. Emphasis is placed on the role of the nurse as care provider, community organizer/facilitator, educator and advocate within the context of the global society and the changing health care environment. Participants examine a variety of emerging health issues and trends using these as a context for further developing their personal understanding of nursing practice that supports meaningful interactions with individuals, families, groups, communities and society.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Successful completion of Term 5 or admission to Option B

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NUR-375 Consolidated Practice Experience (CPE) III

8 weeks practice (280 hours), 8 credits


This Consolidated Practice Experience is designed to provide opportunities for participants to integrate,consolidate and expand concepts from previous learning. Participants have opportunities to consolidate learning from the first, second and third years of the program in a variety of settings and with any of age or type of client.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Successful completion of Term 6

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NUR-403 Professional Practice VI: Nursing Research

3 hours seminar, 3 credits


Building on Professional Practice II, III, and IV, the intent of this course is to enhance participants? understanding of nursing scholarship and enhance their abilities to comprehend, critique, and utilize nursing research. Participants critically reflect on various scholarly works and research methodologies. Participants experience ways to critically examine their practice in relation to nursing research and to pose research questions for evidence-informed practice.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Successful completion of Term 6 or admission to Option B

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NUR-404 Nursing Practice VI: Engaging in Leadership

1 hour seminar, 8 hours practice, 4 credits


This nursing practice experience provides opportunities for participants to further develop their competencies in the areas of leadership, influencing and managing change, and the utilization of research for the purpose of promoting the health of individuals, families, communities and society, within the context of the Canadian health care system. This nursing practice experience focuses on participants' growth in their practice as professional nurses. They have opportunities to explore inter-professional practice and nursing leadership in the context of emerging Canadian and global health issues and trends.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Successful completion of Term 6 or admission to Option B

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NUR-405 Professional Practice V: Leadership in Nursing

3 hours seminar, 3 credits


This course explores the ways nurses can provide leadership, influence, create and manage change for the promotion of health for individuals, families, groups and communities within the context of society and the world. Emphasis is placed on leadership roles of the nurse within practice contexts. The role of the nurse within the current and evolving Canadian health care system is explored including considerations of the impact of global trends and issues. Issues facing nurses in the current work environment will be discussed. Collaborative and ethical approaches for working within institutional philosophies and frameworks will be explored.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Successful completion of Term 6 or admission to Option B

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NUR-414 Nursing Practice VIII: Transitioning to BSN Graduate

18 hours seminar, 16 weeks practice (560 hours) , 12 credits


This nursing practice experience provides opportunities for participants to consolidate their learning and prepare for assuming the role of BSN graduate. Participants also explore and critique changes and issues in the health care system, and the workplace, that affect nurses. Participants develop their nursing competencies and enhance their nursing knowledge so that they may practice in a variety of settings at a novice level. Participants may choose to focus their practice within a specific area, for example, a particular setting of practice, a certain client population, or a specific health challenge.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Successful completion of Term 7 or admission to Option B

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