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The 2017/2018 Academic timetable will be posted Monday April 3, 2017.

Continuing student registration for 2017/2018 Academic year begins on Monday May 8, 2017.

New student registration begins on Tuesday May 23, 2017.

The college reserves the right to change its course offerings at any time. Note: Not all courses listed are offered every term. Unless otherwise specified, a minimum of letter grade of C is required to meet a prerequisite.

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PNS-111

Professional Practice 1

Lecture, 1.5 credits

This theory course introduces the profession of practical nursing. Legislation that informs PN practice within British Columbia will be introduced. The history of nursing and specifically, the evolution of Practical Nursing within the Canadian health care system will be discussed. The philosophy and foundational concepts of the provincial Practical Nursing Program are explored.

Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to the Practical Nursing Diploma Program


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PNS-112

Health Promotion 1

Lecture, 2 credits

This course introduces the learner to the concepts of health promotion, discusses the determinants of health inequities and develops a beginning knowledge of normal growth and development.

Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to the Practical Nursing Diploma Program


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PNS-113

Health Promotion 1

Lecture, 2.5 credits

This introductory course provides the learner with the foundations of disease and illness across the lifespan. Learners will gain an understanding of pathophysiological alterations of body systems. Nursing management of disease and illness across the lifespan with an emphasis on interventions and treatment is also discussed. Cultural diversity in healing practices will be explored as well as the incorporation of evidenced informed practice.

Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to the Practical Nursing Diploma Program


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PNS-114

Professional Communications 1

Lecture, 2 credits

This course provides learners with the foundational knowledge for caring and professional communication in nursing. It uses an experiential and self-reflective approach to develop self-awareness and interpersonal communication skills in the context of safe, competent, and collaborative nursing practice.

Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to the Practical Nursing Diploma Program


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PNS-115

Pharmacology 1

Lecture, 2 credits

This introductory course examines the principles of pharmacology required to administer medications in a safe and professional manner. Medication administration requires the application of the nursing process for clinical decision-making. Various routes of medication administration are introduced and complementary, Indigenous, alternative remedies, and polypharmacy across the lifespan are also explored.

Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to the Practical Nursing Diploma Program


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PNS-116

Integrated Nursing Practice 1

Lecture + Lab, 4 credits

This course emphasizes the art and science of nursing, focusing on the development of basic nursing care and assessment. Learners will apply nursing knowledge through the practice of clinical decision-making, nursing assessment skills, and nursing interventions aimed at the promotion of health, independence, and comfort. Classroom, laboratory, simulation, and other practice experiences will assist learners to integrate theory from other Level One courses.

Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to the Practical Nursing Diploma Program


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PNS-117

Consolidated Practice Experience 1

Clinical Practice, 2 credits

This first clinical experience provides the learner with an opportunity to integrate theory from level one coursework into practice. Learners will gain experience in various settings with a focus on the healthy adult client. Learning the role of the Practical Nurse, personal care skills, organization of care, focused assessment, beginning medication administration and professional communication are emphasized in this course.


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PNS-121

Professional Practice 2

Lecture, 1.5 credits

This course examines the legislation influencing PN practice with clients experiencing chronic illness and those in residential care settings. Specific professional issues such as responsibility, accountability, ethical practice, and leadership relevant to the PN role in residential care will be explored. Critical thinking and decision making specific to the care of the chronically ill and inter-professional practice will also be addressed.

Prerequisite(s):

  • Successful completion of PNS Level 1 Courses


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PNS-122

Health Promotion 2

Lecture, 2 credits

This course focuses on health promotion as it relates to the aging process. Health promotion activities are aimed at supporting clients in maintaining their health. The concepts of health promotion, physical and mental wellness, normal aging changes and continued independence are examined.

Prerequisite(s):

  • Successful completion of PNS Level 1 Courses


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PNS-123

Variations in Health 2

Lecture, 3 credits

This course will increase the learner's understanding of pathophysiology as it relates to the ageing process and selected chronic illness. The main focus of this course is on the care of the older adult experiencing a health challenge. Cultural diversity in healing practices will be explored as well as evidence informed research and practice.

Prerequisite(s):

  • Successful completion of PNS Level 1 Courses


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PNS-124

Professional Communications 2

Lecture, 2 credits

This course provides the learner with an opportunity to develop professional communication skills with the older adult, and clients requiring end of life care. Interprofessional communication is further developed.

Prerequisite(s):

  • Successful completion of PNS Level 1 Courses


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PNS-125

Pharmacology 2

Lecture, 2 credits

This course builds on Pharmacology 1 to increase the learner's understanding of pharmacotherapeutics prescribed for variations in health to clients across the lifespan.

Prerequisite(s):

  • Successful completion of PNS Level 1 Courses


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PNS-126

Integrated Nursing Practice 2

Lecture + Lab, 5 credits

This practical course builds on the foundation of Level One and emphasizes the development of clinical decision-making, nursing assessments, and interventions to promote the health of older adults. Classroom, laboratory, simulation, and other practice experiences will help learners to integrate theory from Level One and Level Two courses to provide safe, competent, and ethical nursing care with older adults.

Prerequisite(s):

  • Successful completion of PNS Level 1 Courses


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PNS-127

Consolidated Practice Experience 2

Clinical Practice, 3 credits

The focus is on the ageing adult and clients experiencing chronic illness. The learner will encounter clients with more complex health challenges requiring comprehensive health assessment, medication administration and chronic wound management. This faculty supervised experience is 120 hours in Residential or Complex Care


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PNS-231

Professional Practice 3

Lecture, 1.5 credits

This course integrates the concepts from previous professional practice courses and introduces the learner to practice in the community. The role of the practical nurse as leader is emphasized in interactions with clients, families and other health care providers.

Prerequisite(s):

  • Successful complete of PNS Level 2 courses


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PNS-232

Health Promotion 3

Lecture, 2 credits

This course is focused on health promotion as it relates to the continuum of care across the lifespan. Health promotion in the context of mental illness, physical and developmental disabilities and Maternal /Child health is highlighted. Normal growth and development from conception to middle adulthood is addressed.

Prerequisite(s):

  • Successful completion of PNS Level 2 Courses


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PNS-233

Variations in Health 3

Lecture, 3 credits

This course focuses on the continuum of care and the development of knowledge related to health challenges managed in the community setting. Pathophysiology and nursing management of clients requiring home health care, rehabilitation, and supportive services such as community living and disabilities will be explored. Cultural diversity in healing approaches will be explored as well as the incorporation of evidence informed research and practice.

Prerequisite(s):

  • Successful completion of PNS Level 2 Courses


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PNS-234

Professional Communications 3

Lecture, 1.5 credits

This course focuses on specific professional communication skills used with clients and care providers across the lifespan requiring care in the community.

Prerequisite(s):

  • Successful completion of PNS Level 2 Courses


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PNS-236

Integrated Nursing Practice 3

Lecture + Lab, 4 credits

This practical course builds on the theory and practice from Level One and Level Two. Through classroom, laboratory, simulation, and other practice experiences, learners will continue to develop and practice comprehensive nursing assessment, planning and develop knowledge and interventions for clients experiencing multiple health challenges.

Prerequisite(s):

  • Successful completion of PNS Level 2 Courses


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PNS-237

Consolidated Practice Experience 3

Clinical Practice, 2 credits

This clinical experience will introduce learners to community practice and an opportunity to apply and adapt knowledge gained in level 1, 2, and 3 within a continuum of care for clients across the lifespan. The focus is on the role of the Practical Nurse within a continuum of care in a variety of community settings. The continuum of care will provide the learner with an opportunity to integrate and apply previous knowledge in community based settings including home health care, rehabilitation agencies, and supportive services such as community living and disabilities. This is a faculty supervised or monitored experience.


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PNS-241

Professional Practice 4

Lecture, 1.5 credits

This course is intended to prepare the learner for the role of the practical nurse in managing clients with acute presentation of illness. Legislation influencing PN practice, specific professional practice issues and ethical practice pertinent to PN practice in acute care environments will be explored. Practice issues that occur across the lifespan will be considered. Collaborative practice with other health care team members and specifically the working partnership with RN's in the acute care setting will be explored.

Prerequisite(s):

  • Successful complete of PNS Level 3 courses


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PNS-242

Health Promotion 4

Lecture, 1.5 credits

This course focuses on health promotion for the client experiencing an acute exacerbation of chronic illness or an acute episode of illness. Learners will focus on preparing clients for discharge, through teaching and learning of health promoting strategies.

Prerequisite(s):

  • Successful completion of PNS Level 3 Courses


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PNS-243

Variations in Health 4

Lecture, 4 credits

This course will increase the learners understanding of pathophysiology as it relates to acute disease and illness for clients across the lifespan. The focus is on the care of the client experiencing acute illness including, nursing interventions and treatment options. Acute disease and illness often occurs in individuals with existing chronic illnesses - the implications of these complexities will be addressed. Cultural diversity in healing practices will be explored as well as evidenced informed research and practice.

Prerequisite(s):

  • Successful completion of PNS Level 3 Courses


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PNS-244

Professional Communications 4

Lecture, 1.5 credits

The focus of this course will be on the advancement of professional communication skills for the practical nurse within the acute care setting with clients across the lifespan. The practice of collaboration with health care team members and clients will be further developed.

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  • Successful completion of PNS Level 3 Courses


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PNS-246

Integrated Nursing Practice 4

Lecture + Lab, 4 credits

This practical course emphasizes the development of nursing skills aimed at promoting health and healing with individuals experiencing acute health challenges across the lifespan. Classroom, laboratory, simulation, and integrated practice experiences will help learners build on theory and practice from Levels One, Two, and Three to integrate new knowledge and skills relevant to the acute care setting.

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  • Successful completion of PNS Level 3 Courses


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PNS-247

Consolidation Practice Experience 4

Clinical Practice, 5 credits

This clinical experience provides learners with the opportunity to integrate theory from all levels into the role of the practical nurse in the acute care setting and other clinical areas as appropriate. This is a faculty supervised experience.


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PNS-248

Transition of Final Practice Experience

.5 credits

Transition to Preceptorship will prepare the learner for the final practice experience. A combination of faculty led simulation experiences and self directed learning will provide the learner with increased competence and confidence in their final practice experience.

Prerequisite(s):

  • Successful completion of Level 4


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PNS-249

Final Practice Experience

Clinical Practice, 3.5 credits

This faculty monitored experience may occur through a variety of practice experience models, including the preceptorship model, under the immediate supervision of a single, fully qualified and experienced LPN or RN or RPN and/or within the context of a collaborative learning environment as a participating team member.

Prerequisite(s):

  • Successful completion of all PNS Level 4 Courses and PNS 248


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