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PROGRAM AT A GLANCE

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JanEdmonton DowntownFT In-person
Jan*Edmonton DowntownFT In-person
MonAnywherePT Online w/ in-person labs
AnywherePT Online w/ in-person labs
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QUICK FACTS

Program length

Two years (including clinical practice)

Credential

Diploma

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TUITION & FEES

September

Canadian
Total tuition: $10,234.00
Total fees: $3,395.00
International
Total tuition: $35,861.98
Total fees: $3,395.00

 

January

Canadian
Total tuition: $10,234.00
Total fees: $3,189.00
International
Total tuition: $35,861.98
Total fees: $3,189.00

 

Part-time

Tuition and fees for part-time delivery will vary depending on the number of credits and courses taken.

Full-time

Canadian
Total tuition: $10,234.00
Total fees: $4,280.00
International
Total tuition: $35,861.98
Total fees: $4,280.00

 
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ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • 60% in English Language Arts 30-1 or 70% in English Language Arts 30-2 or equivalent
  • 60% in Biology 30 or equivalent
  • 60% in Mathematics 20-1 (Pure Mathematics 20) or 70% in Mathematics 20-2 (Applied Mathematics 20) or 50% in Mathematics 30-1 (Pure Mathematics 30) or 60% in Mathematics 30-2 (Applied Mathematics 30) or equivalent (Grade of 60% in Prep for Practical Nurse Math Foundations (MATH1524))
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Course Listing

Students starting in Fall term follow the September structure:

  • Term 1 is 16 weeks (fall)
  • Term 2 is 16 weeks (winter)
  • Term 3 is 8 weeks (spring)
  • Term 4 is 16 weeks (fall)
  • Term 5 is 16 weeks (winter)

Students starting in Winter term follow the January structure:

  • Term 1 is 16 weeks (winter)
  • Term 2 is 8 weeks (spring)
  • Term 3 is 16 weeks (fall)
  • Term 4 is 16 weeks (winter)
  • Term 5 is 16 weeks (spring)

Students studying Full-time Evenings / Weekends follow the Full-time structure.

Students studying Part-time Evenings / Weekends follow the Part-time structure.

Course CodeTitleCredit
Term 1 - 16 weeks
ANPH1001 (O)
Study the organization of the human body and the structures and functions of the body systems that provide support and movement, coordination, and regulation. Learn how body systems work together to maintain homeostasis. Terminology used by health professionals will be introduced. In the Practical Nurse program, a final mark of C- is required to progress to PATH 1000.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
ANPH1002 (O)
Study the organization of the human body and the structures and functions of the body systems that provide transport and protection; absorption, diffusion, and excretion; and reproduction. Learn how body systems work together to maintain homeostasis. Terminology used by health professionals and theory and principles related to microbiology will be introduced. In the Practical Nurse program, a final mark of C- is required to progress to PATH 1000.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
ENGL2550 (O)
The course has a strong focus on essay composition and analysis. The assignments are designed to encourage critical and analytical reading, thinking, and writing. This course also introduces and demonstrates the APA method of citation. Prerequisites: 60% in English Language Arts 30-1 or 70% in English Language Arts 30-2 or equivalent.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
HEAS1000
Learn and practise procedures based on best evidence for obtaining a health history and conducting a physical examination on a healthy adult. Examine assessment findings for normal structures and functions of the human body. In the laboratory component of this course, apply your newly acquired knowledge. Practise obtaining a health history and demonstrate your physical assessment skills.
  • 30 Lecture
  • 30 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
4
HEED1000 (O)
Gain an overview of the physical, social, psychological, environmental, and spiritual aspects of personal health and wellness within the context of the community, the Canadian health-care system, and the global environment. Lifestyle choices are introduced as physical and social determinants affecting personal health and the health of others. Learn how to take responsibility for your own health and to advocate for the health of others.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
NCOM1000
Examine the fundamentals of communication and the development of interpersonal, therapeutic nurse-patient, and professional relationships with members of the interdisciplinary health-care team. Examine factors that influence our ability to communicate effectively and discover communication strategies that can improve our interactions with others. Discover the connections between effective communication, patient safety, and safe, high-quality care. Learn about theories related to communication climates, groups, teams, conflict and conflict management, and intimidation behaviour.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
NFDN1001
This first nursing foundations course of the Practical Nurse diploma program introduces several concepts and processes that will be further developed and applied throughout the program. The course introduces the learner to nursing by exploring health care in Canada, the history of nursing, and the evolving role of the practical nurse. Values, ethics, legalities, and legislation that affect nursing practice in Alberta are also introduced. The learner will relate the roles and responsibilities of the practical nurse to the direction of the professional association and standards of nursing practice. The nursing metaparadigm and nursing theory are explained as major concepts in nursing. Learners explore the holistic approach to client-centred care. Critical thinking skills are developed as the learner applies nursing knowledge to the delivery of safe, quality nursing care.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 15 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
4
Term 2 - 16 weeks
PATH1000 (O)
Learn the pathological processes underlying diseases and disorders that produce alterations in human physiologic function across the lifespan. Each pathological process is explained as a concept, and examined through examples of typical diseases and disorders. Gain a basic understanding of the diagnosis and management of the disease process associated with pathophysiologic dysfunction.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
PHAR1000
Examine the physiological effects of drugs on humans, including therapeutic effects, side effects, adverse effects, and drug interactions. Study common drug classifications and selected medications, including herbal preparations, within each classification. Explore the pertinent legislation related to best evidenced in medication therapy.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
NFDN1002
This second nursing foundations course builds on the theory and skills learned in Semester I, with a focus on the client and the nurse-client relationship. The primary purpose of this course is to prepare the student practical nurse for the continuing care practicum. Topics include the metaparadigm of nursing, safety, professionalism, and leadership, but the focus shifts from the applying these concepts to self to applying them to the client. Emphasis will be placed on using the nursing process, demonstrating critical thinking, applying the concept of self-care, and setting priorities. Students will develop nursing care plans tailored to client needs and will demonstrate effective documentation, mathematical calculations, communication, and client-teaching skills. In the lab setting, students will apply theory, practise skills, and competently perform the selected nursing skills required for the continuing-care practicum.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 60 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
7
NFDN2003
This nursing course focuses on nursing care and related skills based on evidence-informed medical-surgical nursing practice. The learner builds upon previous nursing knowledge and related theory in adapting the nursing approach to the care of the medical-surgical client using the nursing metaparadigm and the nursing process. The learner continues to develop leadership skills through the experience of mentorship. A laboratory component is included in which learners apply theory and practise nursing skills related to medical-surgical nursing, including parenteral medication administration.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 90 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
9
Term 3 - 8 weeks
NPRT1001
This nursing practice course provides opportunities for the learner to gain experience as a member of the interdisciplinary health-care team by providing safe, holistic, and evidence-informed nursing care in a continuing care setting, following the standards of practice for a practical nurse.
  • 0 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 145 Work Experience
5
PSYC1060 (O)
This course introduces the scientific study of behaviour and human development. You will learn terminology and theoretical concepts common to psychology. You will learn about the dominant theories in psychology today and the scientific process. You will also learn about human development across the lifespan; processes of the mind including consciousness, learning, and memory, cognition and intelligence, emotion and motivation; and social behaviour. The concepts of stress and health and psychological health and illness are introduced.  Note: Students with credit in another introductory psychology course may not be eligible for credit in this course. Please check with the Program Chair.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
Term 4 - 16 weeks
NFDN2004
This course introduces the learner to the childbearing family and the practical nurse's role in promoting, restoring, and maintaining the health of the maternity client and her family. The learner will apply knowledge of the nursing process and the four concepts of the nursing metaparadigm to the care of the expectant family before, during, and after the birth of the baby. The learner will build upon previous nursing knowledge and related theory in adapting the nursing approach to the care and health promotion of the child-bearing family and learn how assessment of family strengths, coping abilities, and life experiences are key to the practical nurse's role in health promotion. The learner will apply the collaborative interdisciplinary team approach to maternity care. New developments in maternal and newborn care will be examined as trends and issues in maternity care are addressed.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
NFDN2005
This course builds on previous nursing knowledge and related theory and assists the student in adapting nursing care for pediatric clients and their families through the use of the nursing metaparadigm, nursing process, and growth and development theories. Theoretical concepts of assessment of the pediatric client related to growth and development are introduced. Pathophysiology, nursing care, communication, and health-teaching techniques specific to pediatric clients and their family are discussed.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
SOCI1000 (O)
Explore introductory sociology through the study of social relations, community, and society. Learn about the institutions of Canadian society, such as family, politics, ethnicity, education, and religion.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
NPRT2101
This practice course provides the learner with clinical experience as a member of the health-care team, providing safe, holistic, and evidence-informed nursing care to clients and families in an acute care environment, following the standards of practice for a practical nurse. This course includes four weeks of instructor-supervised clinical practice on an acute care medical and/or surgical unit and in combination with Nursing Practice III, meets the program requirements of eight weeks of placement in an acute care setting.
  • 0 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 145 Work Experience
4
NPRT2102
This practice course continues to provide the learner with clinical experience as a member of the interdisciplinary team, providing safe, holistic, and evidence-informed nursing care to clients in an acute care environment, following the standards of practice for a practical nurse. This course includes four weeks of instructor-supervised clinical practice on an acute care medical and/or surgical unit and in combination with Nursing Practice II, meets the program requirements of eight weeks of placement in an acute care setting.
  • 0 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 145 Work Experience
4
Term 5 - 16 weeks
NFDN2006
This nursing course examines family and community theory, assisting the learner to acquire the knowledge and skill required to promote the health and well-being of families within the community. The course emphasizes the importance of collaboration among the interdisciplinary health-care team, families, and communities to achieve safe, evidence-informed community nursing practice. The learner will build upon previous nursing knowledge and related theory in adapting the nursing approach to the care and health promotion of the family and community using a nursing metaparadigm and nursing process. Trends and issues in the care of families and communities will also be explored.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
NFDN2007
This nursing course explores legal and ethical considerations and social stigmas related to mental health disorders. The learner will examine evidence-informed mental health nursing practice for clients and their families as they adjust to changes in functioning associated with mental health issues and related treatments. The learner will build upon previous knowledge and related theory in adapting the nursing approach to the care and health promotion of mental health clients and their families using the metaparadigm of nursing and nursing process. Trends and issues in mental health nursing will also be explored.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
NFDN2008
The final theory course of the program prepares the learner for the transition from student to graduate practical nurse. The learner will explore working within the parameters of a health-care organization, labour relations, and the professional association. The learner will also study concepts surrounding power, empowerment, contributing to successful teams, types of management and leadership styles, professional development, continued competence, lifelong learning, and quality improvement, all of which contribute to becoming a professional practical nurse in today's health-care field.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
NPRT2200
This final clinical practice course of the program provides learners with the opportunity to integrate the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and judgments they must possess to make the successful transition from the role of student to that of graduate practical nurse. Applying the competencies they have learned in the program, students will assume and carry out the anticipated roles of the graduate practical nurse in a clinical setting.
  • 0 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 245 Work Experience
7
Course CodeTitleCredit
Term 1 - 16 weeks
ANPH1001 (O)
Study the organization of the human body and the structures and functions of the body systems that provide support and movement, coordination, and regulation. Learn how body systems work together to maintain homeostasis. Terminology used by health professionals will be introduced. In the Practical Nurse program, a final mark of C- is required to progress to PATH 1000.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
ANPH1002 (O)
Study the organization of the human body and the structures and functions of the body systems that provide transport and protection; absorption, diffusion, and excretion; and reproduction. Learn how body systems work together to maintain homeostasis. Terminology used by health professionals and theory and principles related to microbiology will be introduced. In the Practical Nurse program, a final mark of C- is required to progress to PATH 1000.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
ENGL2550 (O)
The course has a strong focus on essay composition and analysis. The assignments are designed to encourage critical and analytical reading, thinking, and writing. This course also introduces and demonstrates the APA method of citation. Prerequisites: 60% in English Language Arts 30-1 or 70% in English Language Arts 30-2 or equivalent.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
HEED1000 (O)
Gain an overview of the physical, social, psychological, environmental, and spiritual aspects of personal health and wellness within the context of the community, the Canadian health-care system, and the global environment. Lifestyle choices are introduced as physical and social determinants affecting personal health and the health of others. Learn how to take responsibility for your own health and to advocate for the health of others.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
HEAS1000
Learn and practise procedures based on best evidence for obtaining a health history and conducting a physical examination on a healthy adult. Examine assessment findings for normal structures and functions of the human body. In the laboratory component of this course, apply your newly acquired knowledge. Practise obtaining a health history and demonstrate your physical assessment skills.
  • 30 Lecture
  • 30 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
4
NCOM1000
Examine the fundamentals of communication and the development of interpersonal, therapeutic nurse-patient, and professional relationships with members of the interdisciplinary health-care team. Examine factors that influence our ability to communicate effectively and discover communication strategies that can improve our interactions with others. Discover the connections between effective communication, patient safety, and safe, high-quality care. Learn about theories related to communication climates, groups, teams, conflict and conflict management, and intimidation behaviour.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
NFDN1001
This first nursing foundations course of the Practical Nurse diploma program introduces several concepts and processes that will be further developed and applied throughout the program. The course introduces the learner to nursing by exploring health care in Canada, the history of nursing, and the evolving role of the practical nurse. Values, ethics, legalities, and legislation that affect nursing practice in Alberta are also introduced. The learner will relate the roles and responsibilities of the practical nurse to the direction of the professional association and standards of nursing practice. The nursing metaparadigm and nursing theory are explained as major concepts in nursing. Learners explore the holistic approach to client-centred care. Critical thinking skills are developed as the learner applies nursing knowledge to the delivery of safe, quality nursing care.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 15 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
4
Term 2 - 8 weeks
PHAR1000
Examine the physiological effects of drugs on humans, including therapeutic effects, side effects, adverse effects, and drug interactions. Study common drug classifications and selected medications, including herbal preparations, within each classification. Explore the pertinent legislation related to best evidenced in medication therapy.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
NFDN1002
This second nursing foundations course builds on the theory and skills learned in Semester I, with a focus on the client and the nurse-client relationship. The primary purpose of this course is to prepare the student practical nurse for the continuing care practicum. Topics include the metaparadigm of nursing, safety, professionalism, and leadership, but the focus shifts from the applying these concepts to self to applying them to the client. Emphasis will be placed on using the nursing process, demonstrating critical thinking, applying the concept of self-care, and setting priorities. Students will develop nursing care plans tailored to client needs and will demonstrate effective documentation, mathematical calculations, communication, and client-teaching skills. In the lab setting, students will apply theory, practise skills, and competently perform the selected nursing skills required for the continuing-care practicum.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 60 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
7
Term 3 - 16 weeks
NPRT1001
This nursing practice course provides opportunities for the learner to gain experience as a member of the interdisciplinary health-care team by providing safe, holistic, and evidence-informed nursing care in a continuing care setting, following the standards of practice for a practical nurse.
  • 0 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 145 Work Experience
5
PATH1000 (O)
Learn the pathological processes underlying diseases and disorders that produce alterations in human physiologic function across the lifespan. Each pathological process is explained as a concept, and examined through examples of typical diseases and disorders. Gain a basic understanding of the diagnosis and management of the disease process associated with pathophysiologic dysfunction.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
PSYC1060 (O)
This course introduces the scientific study of behaviour and human development. You will learn terminology and theoretical concepts common to psychology. You will learn about the dominant theories in psychology today and the scientific process. You will also learn about human development across the lifespan; processes of the mind including consciousness, learning, and memory, cognition and intelligence, emotion and motivation; and social behaviour. The concepts of stress and health and psychological health and illness are introduced.  Note: Students with credit in another introductory psychology course may not be eligible for credit in this course. Please check with the Program Chair.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
NFDN2003
This nursing course focuses on nursing care and related skills based on evidence-informed medical-surgical nursing practice. The learner builds upon previous nursing knowledge and related theory in adapting the nursing approach to the care of the medical-surgical client using the nursing metaparadigm and the nursing process. The learner continues to develop leadership skills through the experience of mentorship. A laboratory component is included in which learners apply theory and practise nursing skills related to medical-surgical nursing, including parenteral medication administration.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 90 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
9
Term 4 - 16 weeks
NFDN2004
This course introduces the learner to the childbearing family and the practical nurse's role in promoting, restoring, and maintaining the health of the maternity client and her family. The learner will apply knowledge of the nursing process and the four concepts of the nursing metaparadigm to the care of the expectant family before, during, and after the birth of the baby. The learner will build upon previous nursing knowledge and related theory in adapting the nursing approach to the care and health promotion of the child-bearing family and learn how assessment of family strengths, coping abilities, and life experiences are key to the practical nurse's role in health promotion. The learner will apply the collaborative interdisciplinary team approach to maternity care. New developments in maternal and newborn care will be examined as trends and issues in maternity care are addressed.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
NFDN2005
This course builds on previous nursing knowledge and related theory and assists the student in adapting nursing care for pediatric clients and their families through the use of the nursing metaparadigm, nursing process, and growth and development theories. Theoretical concepts of assessment of the pediatric client related to growth and development are introduced. Pathophysiology, nursing care, communication, and health-teaching techniques specific to pediatric clients and their family are discussed.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
SOCI1000 (O)
Explore introductory sociology through the study of social relations, community, and society. Learn about the institutions of Canadian society, such as family, politics, ethnicity, education, and religion.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
NPRT2101
This practice course provides the learner with clinical experience as a member of the health-care team, providing safe, holistic, and evidence-informed nursing care to clients and families in an acute care environment, following the standards of practice for a practical nurse. This course includes four weeks of instructor-supervised clinical practice on an acute care medical and/or surgical unit and in combination with Nursing Practice III, meets the program requirements of eight weeks of placement in an acute care setting.
  • 0 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 145 Work Experience
4
NPRT2102
This practice course continues to provide the learner with clinical experience as a member of the interdisciplinary team, providing safe, holistic, and evidence-informed nursing care to clients in an acute care environment, following the standards of practice for a practical nurse. This course includes four weeks of instructor-supervised clinical practice on an acute care medical and/or surgical unit and in combination with Nursing Practice II, meets the program requirements of eight weeks of placement in an acute care setting.
  • 0 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 145 Work Experience
4
Term 5 - 16 weeks
NFDN2006
This nursing course examines family and community theory, assisting the learner to acquire the knowledge and skill required to promote the health and well-being of families within the community. The course emphasizes the importance of collaboration among the interdisciplinary health-care team, families, and communities to achieve safe, evidence-informed community nursing practice. The learner will build upon previous nursing knowledge and related theory in adapting the nursing approach to the care and health promotion of the family and community using a nursing metaparadigm and nursing process. Trends and issues in the care of families and communities will also be explored.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
NFDN2007
This nursing course explores legal and ethical considerations and social stigmas related to mental health disorders. The learner will examine evidence-informed mental health nursing practice for clients and their families as they adjust to changes in functioning associated with mental health issues and related treatments. The learner will build upon previous knowledge and related theory in adapting the nursing approach to the care and health promotion of mental health clients and their families using the metaparadigm of nursing and nursing process. Trends and issues in mental health nursing will also be explored.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
NFDN2008
The final theory course of the program prepares the learner for the transition from student to graduate practical nurse. The learner will explore working within the parameters of a health-care organization, labour relations, and the professional association. The learner will also study concepts surrounding power, empowerment, contributing to successful teams, types of management and leadership styles, professional development, continued competence, lifelong learning, and quality improvement, all of which contribute to becoming a professional practical nurse in today's health-care field.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
NPRT2200
This final clinical practice course of the program provides learners with the opportunity to integrate the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and judgments they must possess to make the successful transition from the role of student to that of graduate practical nurse. Applying the competencies they have learned in the program, students will assume and carry out the anticipated roles of the graduate practical nurse in a clinical setting.
  • 0 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 245 Work Experience
7
Course CodeTitleCredit
Term 1 - 16 weeks
ENGL2550 (O)
The course has a strong focus on essay composition and analysis. The assignments are designed to encourage critical and analytical reading, thinking, and writing. This course also introduces and demonstrates the APA method of citation. Prerequisites: 60% in English Language Arts 30-1 or 70% in English Language Arts 30-2 or equivalent.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
ANPH1001 (O)
Study the organization of the human body and the structures and functions of the body systems that provide support and movement, coordination, and regulation. Learn how body systems work together to maintain homeostasis. Terminology used by health professionals will be introduced. In the Practical Nurse program, a final mark of C- is required to progress to PATH 1000.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
ANPH1002 (O)
Study the organization of the human body and the structures and functions of the body systems that provide transport and protection; absorption, diffusion, and excretion; and reproduction. Learn how body systems work together to maintain homeostasis. Terminology used by health professionals and theory and principles related to microbiology will be introduced. In the Practical Nurse program, a final mark of C- is required to progress to PATH 1000.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
HEED1000 (O)
Gain an overview of the physical, social, psychological, environmental, and spiritual aspects of personal health and wellness within the context of the community, the Canadian health-care system, and the global environment. Lifestyle choices are introduced as physical and social determinants affecting personal health and the health of others. Learn how to take responsibility for your own health and to advocate for the health of others.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
NCOM1000
Examine the fundamentals of communication and the development of interpersonal, therapeutic nurse-patient, and professional relationships with members of the interdisciplinary health-care team. Examine factors that influence our ability to communicate effectively and discover communication strategies that can improve our interactions with others. Discover the connections between effective communication, patient safety, and safe, high-quality care. Learn about theories related to communication climates, groups, teams, conflict and conflict management, and intimidation behaviour.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
Term 2 - 8 weeks
NFDN1001
This first nursing foundations course of the Practical Nurse diploma program introduces several concepts and processes that will be further developed and applied throughout the program. The course introduces the learner to nursing by exploring health care in Canada, the history of nursing, and the evolving role of the practical nurse. Values, ethics, legalities, and legislation that affect nursing practice in Alberta are also introduced. The learner will relate the roles and responsibilities of the practical nurse to the direction of the professional association and standards of nursing practice. The nursing metaparadigm and nursing theory are explained as major concepts in nursing. Learners explore the holistic approach to client-centred care. Critical thinking skills are developed as the learner applies nursing knowledge to the delivery of safe, quality nursing care.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 15 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
4
HEAS1000
Learn and practise procedures based on best evidence for obtaining a health history and conducting a physical examination on a healthy adult. Examine assessment findings for normal structures and functions of the human body. In the laboratory component of this course, apply your newly acquired knowledge. Practise obtaining a health history and demonstrate your physical assessment skills.
  • 30 Lecture
  • 30 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
4
Term 3 - 16 weeks
PATH1000 (O)
Learn the pathological processes underlying diseases and disorders that produce alterations in human physiologic function across the lifespan. Each pathological process is explained as a concept, and examined through examples of typical diseases and disorders. Gain a basic understanding of the diagnosis and management of the disease process associated with pathophysiologic dysfunction.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
PHAR1000
Examine the physiological effects of drugs on humans, including therapeutic effects, side effects, adverse effects, and drug interactions. Study common drug classifications and selected medications, including herbal preparations, within each classification. Explore the pertinent legislation related to best evidenced in medication therapy.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
NFDN1002
This second nursing foundations course builds on the theory and skills learned in Semester I, with a focus on the client and the nurse-client relationship. The primary purpose of this course is to prepare the student practical nurse for the continuing care practicum. Topics include the metaparadigm of nursing, safety, professionalism, and leadership, but the focus shifts from the applying these concepts to self to applying them to the client. Emphasis will be placed on using the nursing process, demonstrating critical thinking, applying the concept of self-care, and setting priorities. Students will develop nursing care plans tailored to client needs and will demonstrate effective documentation, mathematical calculations, communication, and client-teaching skills. In the lab setting, students will apply theory, practise skills, and competently perform the selected nursing skills required for the continuing-care practicum.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 60 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
7
NPRT1001
This nursing practice course provides opportunities for the learner to gain experience as a member of the interdisciplinary health-care team by providing safe, holistic, and evidence-informed nursing care in a continuing care setting, following the standards of practice for a practical nurse.
  • 0 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 145 Work Experience
5
Term 4 - 16 weeks
NFDN2003
This nursing course focuses on nursing care and related skills based on evidence-informed medical-surgical nursing practice. The learner builds upon previous nursing knowledge and related theory in adapting the nursing approach to the care of the medical-surgical client using the nursing metaparadigm and the nursing process. The learner continues to develop leadership skills through the experience of mentorship. A laboratory component is included in which learners apply theory and practise nursing skills related to medical-surgical nursing, including parenteral medication administration.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 90 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
9
PSYC1060 (O)
This course introduces the scientific study of behaviour and human development. You will learn terminology and theoretical concepts common to psychology. You will learn about the dominant theories in psychology today and the scientific process. You will also learn about human development across the lifespan; processes of the mind including consciousness, learning, and memory, cognition and intelligence, emotion and motivation; and social behaviour. The concepts of stress and health and psychological health and illness are introduced.  Note: Students with credit in another introductory psychology course may not be eligible for credit in this course. Please check with the Program Chair.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
NPRT2101
This practice course provides the learner with clinical experience as a member of the health-care team, providing safe, holistic, and evidence-informed nursing care to clients and families in an acute care environment, following the standards of practice for a practical nurse. This course includes four weeks of instructor-supervised clinical practice on an acute care medical and/or surgical unit and in combination with Nursing Practice III, meets the program requirements of eight weeks of placement in an acute care setting.
  • 0 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 145 Work Experience
4
NPRT2102
This practice course continues to provide the learner with clinical experience as a member of the interdisciplinary team, providing safe, holistic, and evidence-informed nursing care to clients in an acute care environment, following the standards of practice for a practical nurse. This course includes four weeks of instructor-supervised clinical practice on an acute care medical and/or surgical unit and in combination with Nursing Practice II, meets the program requirements of eight weeks of placement in an acute care setting.
  • 0 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 145 Work Experience
4
Term 5 - 8 weeks
NFDN2004
This course introduces the learner to the childbearing family and the practical nurse's role in promoting, restoring, and maintaining the health of the maternity client and her family. The learner will apply knowledge of the nursing process and the four concepts of the nursing metaparadigm to the care of the expectant family before, during, and after the birth of the baby. The learner will build upon previous nursing knowledge and related theory in adapting the nursing approach to the care and health promotion of the child-bearing family and learn how assessment of family strengths, coping abilities, and life experiences are key to the practical nurse's role in health promotion. The learner will apply the collaborative interdisciplinary team approach to maternity care. New developments in maternal and newborn care will be examined as trends and issues in maternity care are addressed.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
NFDN2005
This course builds on previous nursing knowledge and related theory and assists the student in adapting nursing care for pediatric clients and their families through the use of the nursing metaparadigm, nursing process, and growth and development theories. Theoretical concepts of assessment of the pediatric client related to growth and development are introduced. Pathophysiology, nursing care, communication, and health-teaching techniques specific to pediatric clients and their family are discussed.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
SOCI1000 (O)
Explore introductory sociology through the study of social relations, community, and society. Learn about the institutions of Canadian society, such as family, politics, ethnicity, education, and religion.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
Term 6 - 16 weeks
NFDN2006
This nursing course examines family and community theory, assisting the learner to acquire the knowledge and skill required to promote the health and well-being of families within the community. The course emphasizes the importance of collaboration among the interdisciplinary health-care team, families, and communities to achieve safe, evidence-informed community nursing practice. The learner will build upon previous nursing knowledge and related theory in adapting the nursing approach to the care and health promotion of the family and community using a nursing metaparadigm and nursing process. Trends and issues in the care of families and communities will also be explored.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
NFDN2007
This nursing course explores legal and ethical considerations and social stigmas related to mental health disorders. The learner will examine evidence-informed mental health nursing practice for clients and their families as they adjust to changes in functioning associated with mental health issues and related treatments. The learner will build upon previous knowledge and related theory in adapting the nursing approach to the care and health promotion of mental health clients and their families using the metaparadigm of nursing and nursing process. Trends and issues in mental health nursing will also be explored.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
NFDN2008
The final theory course of the program prepares the learner for the transition from student to graduate practical nurse. The learner will explore working within the parameters of a health-care organization, labour relations, and the professional association. The learner will also study concepts surrounding power, empowerment, contributing to successful teams, types of management and leadership styles, professional development, continued competence, lifelong learning, and quality improvement, all of which contribute to becoming a professional practical nurse in today's health-care field.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
NPRT2200
This final clinical practice course of the program provides learners with the opportunity to integrate the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and judgments they must possess to make the successful transition from the role of student to that of graduate practical nurse. Applying the competencies they have learned in the program, students will assume and carry out the anticipated roles of the graduate practical nurse in a clinical setting.
  • 0 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 245 Work Experience
7
Course CodeTitleCredit
Term 1 - 16 weeks
ANPH1001 (O)
Study the organization of the human body and the structures and functions of the body systems that provide support and movement, coordination, and regulation. Learn how body systems work together to maintain homeostasis. Terminology used by health professionals will be introduced. In the Practical Nurse program, a final mark of C- is required to progress to PATH 1000.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
ANPH1002 (O)
Study the organization of the human body and the structures and functions of the body systems that provide transport and protection; absorption, diffusion, and excretion; and reproduction. Learn how body systems work together to maintain homeostasis. Terminology used by health professionals and theory and principles related to microbiology will be introduced. In the Practical Nurse program, a final mark of C- is required to progress to PATH 1000.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
ENGL2550 (O)
The course has a strong focus on essay composition and analysis. The assignments are designed to encourage critical and analytical reading, thinking, and writing. This course also introduces and demonstrates the APA method of citation. Prerequisites: 60% in English Language Arts 30-1 or 70% in English Language Arts 30-2 or equivalent.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
NCOM1000
Examine the fundamentals of communication and the development of interpersonal, therapeutic nurse-patient, and professional relationships with members of the interdisciplinary health-care team. Examine factors that influence our ability to communicate effectively and discover communication strategies that can improve our interactions with others. Discover the connections between effective communication, patient safety, and safe, high-quality care. Learn about theories related to communication climates, groups, teams, conflict and conflict management, and intimidation behaviour.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
Term 2 - 15 weeks
NFDN1001
This first nursing foundations course of the Practical Nurse diploma program introduces several concepts and processes that will be further developed and applied throughout the program. The course introduces the learner to nursing by exploring health care in Canada, the history of nursing, and the evolving role of the practical nurse. Values, ethics, legalities, and legislation that affect nursing practice in Alberta are also introduced. The learner will relate the roles and responsibilities of the practical nurse to the direction of the professional association and standards of nursing practice. The nursing metaparadigm and nursing theory are explained as major concepts in nursing. Learners explore the holistic approach to client-centred care. Critical thinking skills are developed as the learner applies nursing knowledge to the delivery of safe, quality nursing care.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 15 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
4
HEED1000 (O)
Gain an overview of the physical, social, psychological, environmental, and spiritual aspects of personal health and wellness within the context of the community, the Canadian health-care system, and the global environment. Lifestyle choices are introduced as physical and social determinants affecting personal health and the health of others. Learn how to take responsibility for your own health and to advocate for the health of others.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
HEAS1000
Learn and practise procedures based on best evidence for obtaining a health history and conducting a physical examination on a healthy adult. Examine assessment findings for normal structures and functions of the human body. In the laboratory component of this course, apply your newly acquired knowledge. Practise obtaining a health history and demonstrate your physical assessment skills.
  • 30 Lecture
  • 30 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
4
Term 3 - 10 weeks
PATH1000 (O)
Learn the pathological processes underlying diseases and disorders that produce alterations in human physiologic function across the lifespan. Each pathological process is explained as a concept, and examined through examples of typical diseases and disorders. Gain a basic understanding of the diagnosis and management of the disease process associated with pathophysiologic dysfunction.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
PHAR1000
Examine the physiological effects of drugs on humans, including therapeutic effects, side effects, adverse effects, and drug interactions. Study common drug classifications and selected medications, including herbal preparations, within each classification. Explore the pertinent legislation related to best evidenced in medication therapy.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
Term 4 - 16 weeks
NFDN1002
This second nursing foundations course builds on the theory and skills learned in Semester I, with a focus on the client and the nurse-client relationship. The primary purpose of this course is to prepare the student practical nurse for the continuing care practicum. Topics include the metaparadigm of nursing, safety, professionalism, and leadership, but the focus shifts from the applying these concepts to self to applying them to the client. Emphasis will be placed on using the nursing process, demonstrating critical thinking, applying the concept of self-care, and setting priorities. Students will develop nursing care plans tailored to client needs and will demonstrate effective documentation, mathematical calculations, communication, and client-teaching skills. In the lab setting, students will apply theory, practise skills, and competently perform the selected nursing skills required for the continuing-care practicum.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 60 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
7
Term 5 - 16 weeks
NPRT1001
This nursing practice course provides opportunities for the learner to gain experience as a member of the interdisciplinary health-care team by providing safe, holistic, and evidence-informed nursing care in a continuing care setting, following the standards of practice for a practical nurse.
  • 0 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 145 Work Experience
5
PSYC1060 (O)
This course introduces the scientific study of behaviour and human development. You will learn terminology and theoretical concepts common to psychology. You will learn about the dominant theories in psychology today and the scientific process. You will also learn about human development across the lifespan; processes of the mind including consciousness, learning, and memory, cognition and intelligence, emotion and motivation; and social behaviour. The concepts of stress and health and psychological health and illness are introduced.  Note: Students with credit in another introductory psychology course may not be eligible for credit in this course. Please check with the Program Chair.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
Term 6 - 16 weeks
NFDN2003
This nursing course focuses on nursing care and related skills based on evidence-informed medical-surgical nursing practice. The learner builds upon previous nursing knowledge and related theory in adapting the nursing approach to the care of the medical-surgical client using the nursing metaparadigm and the nursing process. The learner continues to develop leadership skills through the experience of mentorship. A laboratory component is included in which learners apply theory and practise nursing skills related to medical-surgical nursing, including parenteral medication administration.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 90 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
9
SOCI1000 (O)
Explore introductory sociology through the study of social relations, community, and society. Learn about the institutions of Canadian society, such as family, politics, ethnicity, education, and religion.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
Term 7 - 8 weeks
NPRT2101
This practice course provides the learner with clinical experience as a member of the health-care team, providing safe, holistic, and evidence-informed nursing care to clients and families in an acute care environment, following the standards of practice for a practical nurse. This course includes four weeks of instructor-supervised clinical practice on an acute care medical and/or surgical unit and in combination with Nursing Practice III, meets the program requirements of eight weeks of placement in an acute care setting.
  • 0 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 145 Work Experience
4
Term 8 - 16 weeks
NPRT2102
This practice course continues to provide the learner with clinical experience as a member of the interdisciplinary team, providing safe, holistic, and evidence-informed nursing care to clients in an acute care environment, following the standards of practice for a practical nurse. This course includes four weeks of instructor-supervised clinical practice on an acute care medical and/or surgical unit and in combination with Nursing Practice II, meets the program requirements of eight weeks of placement in an acute care setting.
  • 0 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 145 Work Experience
4
NFDN2004
This course introduces the learner to the childbearing family and the practical nurse's role in promoting, restoring, and maintaining the health of the maternity client and her family. The learner will apply knowledge of the nursing process and the four concepts of the nursing metaparadigm to the care of the expectant family before, during, and after the birth of the baby. The learner will build upon previous nursing knowledge and related theory in adapting the nursing approach to the care and health promotion of the child-bearing family and learn how assessment of family strengths, coping abilities, and life experiences are key to the practical nurse's role in health promotion. The learner will apply the collaborative interdisciplinary team approach to maternity care. New developments in maternal and newborn care will be examined as trends and issues in maternity care are addressed.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
NFDN2005
This course builds on previous nursing knowledge and related theory and assists the student in adapting nursing care for pediatric clients and their families through the use of the nursing metaparadigm, nursing process, and growth and development theories. Theoretical concepts of assessment of the pediatric client related to growth and development are introduced. Pathophysiology, nursing care, communication, and health-teaching techniques specific to pediatric clients and their family are discussed.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
Term 9 - 16 weeks
NFDN2006
This nursing course examines family and community theory, assisting the learner to acquire the knowledge and skill required to promote the health and well-being of families within the community. The course emphasizes the importance of collaboration among the interdisciplinary health-care team, families, and communities to achieve safe, evidence-informed community nursing practice. The learner will build upon previous nursing knowledge and related theory in adapting the nursing approach to the care and health promotion of the family and community using a nursing metaparadigm and nursing process. Trends and issues in the care of families and communities will also be explored.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
NFDN2007
This nursing course explores legal and ethical considerations and social stigmas related to mental health disorders. The learner will examine evidence-informed mental health nursing practice for clients and their families as they adjust to changes in functioning associated with mental health issues and related treatments. The learner will build upon previous knowledge and related theory in adapting the nursing approach to the care and health promotion of mental health clients and their families using the metaparadigm of nursing and nursing process. Trends and issues in mental health nursing will also be explored.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
NFDN2008
The final theory course of the program prepares the learner for the transition from student to graduate practical nurse. The learner will explore working within the parameters of a health-care organization, labour relations, and the professional association. The learner will also study concepts surrounding power, empowerment, contributing to successful teams, types of management and leadership styles, professional development, continued competence, lifelong learning, and quality improvement, all of which contribute to becoming a professional practical nurse in today's health-care field.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
Term 10 - 8 weeks
NPRT2200
This final clinical practice course of the program provides learners with the opportunity to integrate the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and judgments they must possess to make the successful transition from the role of student to that of graduate practical nurse. Applying the competencies they have learned in the program, students will assume and carry out the anticipated roles of the graduate practical nurse in a clinical setting.
  • 0 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 245 Work Experience
7

Additional note

  • The schedule and weeks listed in the part-time delivery are approximate and may be subject to change.
  • Courses marked with (O) are available as Open Studies courses.

Nursing clinical practice requirements apply to practicum courses. See Practicum Requirements for more information.