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  • Objectives
    This program offers BC Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) the opportunity to access the second year of the Camosun College Nursing Program which, in partnership with the University of Victoria, offers completion of a Baccalaureate of Science Degree in Nursing. Graduates are prepared to write the Canadian Registered Nurse Examination and seek subsequent licensure as a Registered Nurse with the Registered Nurses’ Association of British Columbia.
  • Entry requirements
    BC Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN)
  • Academic Title
    Nursing Access for Practical Nurses Certificate
  • Course description
    Academic Term 1 (Winter)

    BIOL 152 Anatomy & Physiology 1
    ENGL 150 English Composition
      or
    One (1) non-Nursing elective*
    NURS 111 Professional Practice 2
    NURS 133 Health and Healing 2
    NURS 143 Nursing Resource Centre 2
    NURS 181 Nursing Practice 2
    One (1) non-Nursing elective*

    Academic Term 2 (Spring)


    BIOL 153 Anatomy & Physiology 2
    ENGL 150 English Composition
      or
    One (1) non-Nursing elective*

    After completion of above credits the student enters Year 2 of the Nursing program in the following Fall semester. The student is given course exemption for Academic Term 1 nursing courses, Consolidated Practice 1 (NURS 170), and NURS 242 in Term 3.

    *Required electives: Electives must be university transferable and may be at any level. However, students planning to take 3rd and 4th year electives at UVic should consider any prerequisites to UVic courses (see UVic calendar for specific courses). In the planning for elective selection at Camosun College, Academic Advisors can assist with the course selection process. Note: BIOL 100, HLTH 110 and PSYC 154 are NOT accepted as electives.  

    NURS 110 Professional Practice 1

    (3 credits) F (3,0,0,0)

    Participants examine foundational concepts of the nursing curriculum and relate them to nursing practice. Participants critically reflect upon the history and evolution of nursing and the political and socioeconomic forces that shape the status of women. Standards of nursing practice and responsibility for safe and ethical nursing practice are also explored.

    Pre or Co-requisite(s): BIOL 152, NURS 132, NURS 142, NURS 160, NURS 180.

    NURS 111 Professional Practice 2

    (3 credits) W (3,0,0,0)

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

    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 152, ENGL 150, NURS 132, NURS 142, NURS 160, NURS 180.
    Pre or Co-requisite(s): BIOL 153, NURS 110, NURS 133, NURS 143, NURS 181.

    NURS 132 Health and Healing 1

    (3 credits) F (3,0,0,0)

    This course is an introduction to the meaning of health including personal, family, community and societal health. Students examine significant theoretical and conceptual frameworks of health including health promotion, primary health care, prevention, and determinants of health.

    Pre or Co-requisite(s): BIOL 152, NURS 110, NURS 142, NURS 160, NURS 180.

    NURS 133 Health and Healing 2

    (3 credits) W (3,0,0,0)

    This course focuses on individual, family and community health assessment. Students explore and critique theoretical and conceptual frameworks in relation to health assessment including early childhood development, family development, healthy aging and community development. Assessment within the context of decision making is explored.

    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 152, ENGL 150, NURS 110, NURS 132, NURS 142, NURS 160, NURS 180.
    Pre or Co-requisite(s): BIOL 153, NURS 111, NURS 143, NURS 181.

    NURS 142 Nursing Resource Centre 1

    (3 credits) F (0,3,0,0)

    Students have the opportunity to identify personal resources and/or challenges that impact health and recognize the diversity of beliefs, values and perceptions of health held by others. The influence of context on health through the lifespan will be explored. Opportunities to learn selected basic health assessment skills are included.

    Pre or Co-requisite(s): BIOL 152, NURS 110, NURS 132, NURS 160, NURS 180.

    NURS 143 Nursing Resource Centre 2

    (3 credits) W (0,3,0,0)

    This course introduces the student to holistic health assessment of individuals across the lifespan. The influence on context and relationship on health assessment will be explored. Opportunities to learn further basic assessment skills are included in this course.

    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 152, ENGL 150, NURS 110, NURS 132, NURS 142, NURS 160, NURS 180.
    Pre or Co-requisite(s): BIOL 153, NURS 111, NURS 133, NURS 181.

    NURS 160 Relational Practice 1

    (3 credits) F (3,0,0,0)

    Participants discover nursing as interaction between people, and explore factors that influence their capacity for caring relationships with individuals, families, groups, populations, and communities. They question personal perspectives, attitudes, beliefs and values, and acknowledge differences. Emphasis is placed on a phenomenological attitude towards their own and other people's lives.

    Pre or Co-requisite(s): BIOL 152, NURS 110, NURS 132, NURS 142, NURS 180.

    NURS 170 Consolidated Practice Experience 1

    (5 credits) P (0,0,0,24)

    Students consolidate Year 1 theory through developing healing relationships with clients (individuals/families). The practice experience consists of two weeks in the Nursing Learning Centre, learning skills foundational to providing personal care, and four weeks in a practice setting delivering personal care, utilizing assessment, relational and critical reflection and thinking skills.

    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 153, NURS 111, NURS 133, NURS 143, NURS 181.

    NURS 180 Nursing Practice 1

    (3 credits) F (0,0,0,4)

    This course enables participants to integrate their learning with their beginning understanding of nursing practice and health promotion. Participants engage with individuals and families in the community and meet nurses from a variety of practice areas to explore the breadth of nursing practice.

    Pre or Co-requisite(s): BIOL 152, NURS 110, NURS 132, NURS 142, NURS 160.

    NURS 181 Nursing Practice 2

    (6 credits) W (0,0,0,7)

    The participant will develop healing relationships with clients (groups, families and individuals) across the lifespan. Emphasis is 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. Participants work with clients in the home, community, agencies, and care facilities.

    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 152, ENGL 150, NURS 110, NURS 132, NURS 142, NURS 160, NURS 180.
    Pre or Co-requisite(s): BIOL 153, NURS 111, NURS 133, NURS 143.

    NURS 232 Health and Healing 3

    (3 credits) F (3,0,0,0)

    The focus of this course is on people's experience with healing for both chronic and episodic health challenges. Students integrate theory and concepts of health as they relate to healing. Students also integrate knowledge from pathophysiology with their understanding of health, healing and nursing approaches.

    Prerequisite(s): NURS 170 or successful completion of the Nursing Access for Practical Nurses (NAPN) program.
    Pre or Co-requisite(s): BIOL 252, NURS 242, NURS 260, NURS 280.

    NURS 233 Health and Healing 4

    (3 credits) W (3,0,0,0)

    Students 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 complimentary to BIOL 253 and provides opportunities for integration of pathophysiology with nursing approaches.

    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 252, NURS 232, NURS 242, NURS 260, NURS 280.
    Pre or Co-requisite(s): BIOL 253, NURS 243, NURS 281, PHIL 250.

    NURS 242 Nursing Resource Centre 3

    (3 credits) F (0,3,0,0)

    In this course, students will begin to develop a repertoire of nursing practice skills for the promotion of healing. Critical thinking, decision making, relational, organization and psychomotor skills will be addressed.

    Prerequisite(s): NURS 170 or successful completion of the Nursing Access for Practical Nurses (NAPN) program.
    Pre or Co-requisite(s): BIOL 252, NURS 232, NURS 260, NURS 280.

    NURS 243 Nursing Resource Centre 4

    (3 credits) W (0,3,0,0)

    In this course, opportunities are provided for students to learn and safely perform complex psychomotor nursing skills while further developing their assessment, critical thinking, decision making and relational skills.

    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 252, NURS 232, NURS 242, NURS 260, NURS 280.
    Pre or Co-requisite(s): BIOL 253, NURS 233, NURS 281, PHIL 250.

    NURS 260 Relational Practice 2

    (3 credits) F (3,0,0,0)

    The major emphasis of this course is relational practice with individuals, families, and groups from diverse backgrounds of age, culture and experience. Students 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): NURS 170 or successful completion of the Nursing Access for Practical Nurses (NAPN) program.
    Pre or Co-requisite(s): NURS 232, NURS 242, NURS 280.

    NURS 270 Consolidated Practice Experience 2

    (5 credits) P (0,0,0,24)

    In this six-week consolidated practice experience, opportunities are provided to develop caring relationships with individuals and families experiencing increasingly complex chronic and episodic health challenges. Students have opportunities to consolidate learning from the first and second year of the program in a variety of settings.

    Prerequisite(s): Completion of Academic Term 4 of the Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing program.

    NURS 280 Nursing Practice 3

    (7 credits) F (0,0,0,13)

    This course provides opportunities for students to develop health-promoting, caring relationships with individuals and families experiencing common chronic and episodic health challenges. Nursing practice experiences may take place in the home, community, agencies or care facilities. Concepts and learning from all the semester's courses are integrated into learner's nursing practice.

    Prerequisite(s): NURS 170 or successful completion of the Nursing Access for Practical Nurses (NAPN) program.
    Pre or Co-requisite(s): BIOL 252, NURS 232, NURS 242, NURS 260.

    NURS 281 Nursing Practice 4

    (7 credits) W (0,0,0,13)

    This course provides opportunities for students to continue in the development of caring, health-promoting relationships with individuals and families experiencing more complex chronic and episodic health challenges. Students work with clients in the home, community agencies or care facilities. Learning from all the semester's courses are integrated into learner's nursing practice.

    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 252, NURS 232, NURS 242, NURS 260, NURS 280.
    Pre or Co-requisite(s): BIOL 253, NURS 232, NURS 243, PHIL 250.

    NURS 332 Health and Healing 5

    (3 credits) F (3,0,0,0)

    This course provides opportunities for students 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): NURS 270.
    Pre or Co-requisite(s): NURS 342, NURS 360, NURS 380.

    NURS 342 Nursing Resource Centre 5

    (3 credits) F (0,3,0,0)

    This course provides opportunities for students to further develop assessment, decision making and relational skills and to safely practice advanced psychomotor skills for nursing practice.

    Prerequisite(s): NURS 270. Pre or Co-requisite(s): NURS 332, NURS 360, NURS 380.

    NURS 360 Relational Practice 3

    (3 credits) F (3,0,0,0)

    This course provides a synthesis of knowledge that is the basis of critical analysis. It focuses on enhancing students' everyday relational practice with individuals, families and groups. The emphasis is on engaging with the complexities of difference, such as age, gender, culture, ethnicity, and sexual orientation , and the challenges these complexities might pose in relational practice.

    Prerequisite(s): NURS 270.
    Pre or Co-requisite(s): NURS 332, NURS 342, NURS 380.

    NURS 380 Nursing Practice 5

    (7 credits) F (0,0,0,13)

    This course provides opportunities for students to develop caring relationships while coming to understand the health and healing process of individuals and families in the home, community, agencies and care facilities. Students will incorporate concepts and learning from all courses in the program to date into their nursing practice.

    Prerequisite(s): NURS 270.
    Pre or Co-requisite(s): NURS 332, NURS 342, NURS 360.

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