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Math for Health Care Providers (MATH 1806)

You will review the basic mathematics skills required to succeed in the health care industry. This online course includes demonstrations and animations as well as interactive exercises and quizzes.

Students have online access to course material at days and time of their choice. Instructor assistance is not available for this course.

Fee: $109 15 hours
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CRN: 03-847January 2, 2014 - April 30, 2014
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CRN: 04-98May 1, 2014 - June 30, 2014
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Catheterization Completer Course (NURS 1640)

This course is for licensed practical nurses that require more knowledge and skill ability with catheterizations. You will enhance your skills in male and female catheterization, bladder irrigation and removing a urinary catheter. For the theory portion of the course, you will be required to complete the workbook, view a video and write an examination. Upon successful completion of the theory portion of the course, you will be required to attend a lab. During the lab, time will be provided for practicing and testing of the skill.

Prerequisites: LPN


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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (NURS 1672)

You will increase your knowledge of the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach to counselling. The course will present an overview of the model, basics assumptions of cognitive behavioural therapy and examine key concepts. You will review the therapeutic process, the nurse’s role and application of the cognitive behavioural model.

Prerequisites: LPN/RN or RPN


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Diabetes Mellitus: Classifications and Diagnosis (NURS 1667)

This course focuses on enhancing your knowledge and understanding of the pathophysiology, classifications and diagnostic criteria of the different types of diabetes.

Prerequisites: LPN, RN or RPN


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Foot Care: Principles and Practices (NURS 1656)

You will learn the anatomy, structure and function of the nail, foot and skin. You will learn how to identify common nail and skin pathology, as well as structural pathology of the foot and related nursing interventions. You will learn about common instruments used in foot care and how to care for them, utilizing Health Canada’s guidelines. You will learn how to complete a foot assessment and develop an individualized plan of care. The course includes a two day lab where you will practice and demonstrate foot care, nail cutting and basic padding techniques.

Prerequisites: LPN or RN


Fee: $550 Additional costs: Text(s)/Manual
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 03-498January 13, 2014 - April 25, 2014
Registration deadline Jan 3
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Homestudy (Print)
CRN: 03-499March 10, 2014 - June 13, 2014
Registration deadline Feb 28
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Foundations of Medical Device Reprocessing (MED 1601)

Your studies will focus on an overview of the medical device reprocessing (MDR) department as well as duties and responsibilities of Medical Device Reprocessing technicians. You will gain valuable information whether you are new to the area or have previous reprocessing experience. You will study medical terminology, major body systems, microbiology, infection control, confidentiality, safety and required Canadian standards related to medical device reprocessing.

Prerequisites: Grade 12 or GED 12, SIAST English Language Proficiency


Fee: $340 Additional costs: Text(s)/Manual
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 03-491April 14, 2014 - June 6, 2014
Registration deadline Apr 4
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Helping Skills (NURS 1632)

Your studies will focus on increasing your understanding of eight interpersonal helping skills and guide your self-assessment in each of these skills using a variety of print and Internet resources. The course content includes perceiving and responding with warmth, genuineness, respect, empathy, concreteness, confrontation, immediacy and self-disclosure.

Prerequisites: LPN/RN or RPN


Fee: $160 Additional costs: Text(s)/Manual
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 03-475April 14, 2014 - June 13, 2014
Includes Saskatoon workshop
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Insulin Therapy in Diabetes Management (NURS 1668)

Your studies will focus on increasing your knowledge of the insulin preparations available in Canada. You will study different insulin regimens and the role of intensive insulin therapy in diabetes management.

Prerequisites: LPN, RN or RPN


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Intramuscular Injection Completer Course (PHAR 1602)

This course is for licensed practical nurses that require more knowledge and skill ability for intramuscular injections (IM). For the theory portion of the course, you will be required to complete the workbook, view a video and write an examination. Upon successful completion of the theory portion of the course, you will be required to attend a lab. During the lab, time will be provided for practicing and testing of the skill.

Prerequisites: One of: Medications Clinical (CLIN 279), Drug Therapy 2 (Phar 262), Practical Nursing Clinical Experience 2C (CLIN 275), Practical Nursing Practicum 3 (PRAC 261), Practical Nursing Re-Entry Clinical Experience (CLIN 227) or similar course approved by Practical Nursing Program Head


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Medical Device Reprocessing - Decontamination: Cleaning and Disinfection (MED 1602)

You will have the opportunity to study decontamination in medical device reprocessing. You will discuss agents for cleaning and disinfection as well as study various equipment used to decontaminate surgical instruments and patient care equipment. You will discuss the handling and cleaning of both rigid and flexible endoscopes. The course will also cover key policies and procedures related to medical device reprocessing.

Prerequisites: Foundations of Medical Device Reprocessing


Fee: $340 Additional costs: Text(s)/Manual
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 03-493April 14, 2014 - June 6, 2014
Registration deadline Apr 4
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Medical Device Reprocessing - Inspection, Assembly and Packaging (MED 1603)

You will discuss the inspection, sorting, assembling, packaging and storing instruments. Aspects of preparing equipment to be sterilized will be covered. You will study the various classifications of surgical instruments including specialty and by service categories. Policies and procedures related to these areas will also be identified.

Prerequisites: Medical Device Reprocessing - Decontamination: Cleaning and Disinfection


Fee: $340 Additional costs: Text(s)/manual
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 03-495April 14, 2014 - June 6, 2014
Registration deadline Apr 4
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Medical Device Reprocessing - Sterilization, Storage and Distribution (MED 1604)

Your studies will cover the microbiological principles of sterilization. You will study the various methods of sterilization including steam, EtO and low level sterilizers. This course will also focus on monitoring the sterilization process, discussing loaner instruments and identifying components of storage, distribution and transportation of sterile supplies.

Prerequisites: Medical Device Reprocessing - Inspection, Assembly and Packaging


Fee: $340 Additional costs: Text(s)/manual
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 03-497April 14, 2014 - June 6, 2014
Registration deadline Apr 4
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Medical Device Reprocessing Practicum (PRAC 1603)

You will apply theory and skills in an approved medical device reprocessing department. You will participate in the different aspects of medical device reprocessing including decontamination, inspection, assembly, packaging, sterilization, storage and transportation. You will work under the supervision of a manager/supervisor and work directly with a medical device reprocessing technician. You will model professional attitudes and practices in all aspects of your assigned duties.

Prerequisites: Medical Device Reprocessing - Sterilization, Storage and Distribution


Fee: $475 , 400 hours
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 09-18July 2, 2013 - August 22, 2014
Registraton deadline Jun 16
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Mood Disorders (NURS 1633)

The course will focus on helping you increase your understanding of the diagnostic criteria, etiology, symptoms and interventions for mood disorders. You will use a variety of print and Internet resources to assist you in working with persons with mood disorders.

Prerequisites: LPN, RN or RPN


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Oral Anti-hyperglycemic Agents in Diabetes Management (NURS 1669)

This course focuses on increasing your knowledge of the different classes of oral medications used to manage type 2 diabetes. You will study the medications’ mode of action, their potential side effects and the clinical markers considered when an anti-hyperglycemic agent is prescribed.

Prerequisites: LPN, RN or RPN


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Principles of Nursing Practice for Outpatient Procedures Procedures (NURS 1658)

You will review principles of nursing practice as they apply to procedures performed in a variety of outpatient settings. You will study process, roles/responsibilities, legal/moral obligations and measures to ensure patient and staff safety. This course will provide an introduction to the principles of asepsis, sterilization and disinfection and infection prevention in the outpatient setting. It will also provide information on identification, safe use and care of instruments, equipment and supplies for the performance of procedures. You will study pre and post procedure care including methods of anesthesia, recovery from anesthesia, discharge and follow up.

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Prerequisites:  Must be a RN or LPN


Fee: $550 Additional costs: Text(s)/manual
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 03-487April 7, 2014 - June 27, 2014
Registration deadline Mar 28
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Psychosocial Assessment (NURS 1634)

You will enhance your knowledge of how to provide a more thorough psychosocial assessment in psychiatric-mental health nursing. Using a variety of print and Internet resources, you will review communication techniques and further develop your understanding of the assessment of a wide range of areas in mental status assessment (including affect, behaviour, cognitive functions, thought processes and culture, and spirituality).

Prerequisites: LPN, RN or RPN


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Psychotropic Agents (NURS 1635)

Your studies will focus on psychotropic agents used in a variety of disorders. The primary references used are a handbook for mental health workers published by a registered psychiatric nurse in British Columbia (included with the course manual) and Internet resources. You will study major medication groups (including antidepressant agents, mood stabilizers, anxiety and sedative-hypnotic agents, antipsychotic agents and antiparkinsonian agents).

Prerequisites: LPN, RN or RPN


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Schizophrenia (NURS 1637)

The course will focus on increasing your understanding of the diagnostic criteria, etiology, symptoms and intervention for schizophrenia. You will use a variety of print and Internet resources to assist you in working with persons with schizophrenia and their families.

Prerequisites: LPN, RN or RPN


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Therapeutic Communication Skills (NURS 1674)

You will increase your knowledge of the therapeutic relationship using a variety of print and internet resources. You will study an overview of the therapeutic relationship and examine the process of communication and related therapeutic communication techniques. You will also explore responsive and action dimensions used in the therapeutic relationship.

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Wound Care Completer Course (NURS 1638)

This course is for licensed practical nurses that require more knowledge and skill ability for wound care. The course content includes theory, selfstudy, simulated lab testing and an exam. Your studies will focus on suture and clip removal, the principles of sterile technique and medical/surgical asepsis. Upon successful completion of the theory portion of the course, you will be required to attend a lab. During the lab, time will be provided for practicing and testing of the skill.

Prerequisites: LPN


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