The program prepares highly skilled, practice-ready graduates eligible for nurse registration. On completion of the program graduates are eligible to write the Canadian Registered Nurse Exams.
Self-directed learning, small group learning, and problem-based learning help students develop the skills required in the health-care system. The program emphasizes the development of professionalism, communication, professional growth, reasoning and reflection, creative leadership, facilitation skills, and technical skills.
Self-directed learning is a method that encourages students to take charge of their learning by identifying learning needs, implementing strategies to meet these learning needs, and evaluating progress toward learning. These skills prepare students for lifelong learning and professional growth.
Small group learning is an approach in which students work in groups of 4 to 12 people to learn material and discuss course issues. This approach also develops communication and facilitation skills.
Problem-based learning is an approach in which a patient health problem is presented in a scenario. This is a starting point for learning. With the help of a tutor, students work together to acquire the knowledge they need to nurse patients with the health problem. Each course presents two to three scenarios. Each scenario may have several health issues to explore.
Problem-based learning has two purposes: the development of a base of knowledge related to the problem and the development of reasoning and problem-solving skills. This learning approach also perfects facilitation skills.
The program offers courses in nursing, basic health sciences, psychology, English, liberal studies, health-care management, and nursing specialties. Courses are offered in a variety of formats including lecture, laboratory, small group work, online, and clinical experiences. Learning opportunities in hospitals include clinical practice with acutely ill seniors, adults, children, and families.
Learning opportunities in community health include clinical practice in public health, homecare and other community health agencies. The clinical practice experience can be during the day, evening or night shift, including weekends and holidays.