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Medical-Surgical NursingNEW

Certificate of Accomplishment | CE0087

This intensive program is designed to provide the registered practical nurse (RPN) with the knowledge and skills required to provide comprehensive care to patients in acute care and clients in long-term care. The program is offered in asynchronous and synchronous delivery of study modules. The theoretical study modules are divided into two courses. The third course of the program will provide students with a supervised clinical experience. Concepts such as patient assessment, critical thinking and analysis, problem solving, ethics, and effective communication are emphasized in the program. In addition, holistic care, system review, general medicine and mental health challenges will be addressed in conjunction with the completion of health assessment course as pre-requisite for this program. Theory-based knowledge and skills will be integrated using case studies, journal reflection, participatory group discussions, video presentation, and current research findings. Upon completion of this certificate, the student will be prepared to take RPN Medical-Surgical Certification with the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA).


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Course Name 2023/2024 Academic Year 2024/2025 Academic Year
Compulsory May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul
MSRG 101: Pathophysiological Mechanisms of Disease
MSRG 100: Concepts in Nursing Practice
MSRG 110: Medical Surgical RPN Clinical
POST 500: Patient Assessment - Post Graduate

Compulsory Courses

MSRG 101 Pathophysiological Mechanisms of Disease

This course builds on learners’ pre-existing knowledge of the nursing process, holistic nursing care within the inter-professional health-care team, and biological and social sciences theory. Learners use critical thinking and problem solving to achieve a theoretical understanding of nursing and collaborative care strategies that address clients’ needs when faced with an acute physical or chronic complex disease. This course relies heavily on concepts and principles of quality care that translate to a variety of practice circumstances - acute health challenges that have been documented to have the greatest prevalence in Ontario as well as risk for societal health and wellness.  Glaucoma, head injuries, airway obstruction, infectious and Inflammatory processes, mechanical gastrointestinal disorders, and renal failure have been selected as the focal points to study the pathophysiological mechanism of disease entity.


MSRG 100 Concepts in Nursing Practice

This theoretical course focuses on learnings about the Canadian Healthcare System, relevant legislation, and College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) Practice Standards and Guidelines, as well as legal and ethical principles. The learners will explore the many factors that influence the health and wellness of individual clients, families and communities. This course utilizes complex professional and client case scenarios and requires learners to apply nursing process in a problem-based approach to learning. In addition, learners will develop skills at finding evidence and reviewing literature for relevant concepts. A learning community will be created by which all students present their perspectives in a group discussion format on a wide variety of topics and support their discussion with valid and trustworthy sources. An introduction to pathophysiological mechanisms of disease will also be included.


MSRG 110 Medical Surgical RPN Clinical

This is a precepted clinical field practice course. Upon successful completion of course 1 & 2 theory-based concepts and principles, learners will be assigned to a clinical field nursing practice environment. The learners will engage in opportunities to build professional identity toward self-directed proficiency in providing safety and client care in acute care settings. Learners are required to apply the knowledge of the pre-requisite courses 1 & 2 with competency required in quality assurance and reflective practice. Learners will work collaboratively with the assigned preceptor to assess, plan, evaluate and document clients’ health-care needs and health outcomes using a theory-based approach and relevant evidence, standards and guidelines. Teaching methodologies include clinical practicum, online resources, and teacher and peer feedback activities. The learners will demonstrate adherence to the roles and responsibilities of a Registered Practical Nurse in Ontario to be a competent and autonomous professional.



POST 500 Patient Assessment - Post Graduate
  Start Date: July 2023  

This theoretical course is designed to assist nurses to refine their assessment skills to a higher level in order to obtain data to complete the health history and physical examination of a variety of adult clients. Assessment throughout the lifespan along with cultural and spiritual differences of adult clients will be discussed. The content will focus on culture and diversity, communication and therapeutic nurse or client relationships, safety, interviewing, history-taking, pain and physical and psychosocial assessments. The following systems respiratory, cardiovascular gastrointestinal, genito-urinary, musculoskeletal and neurological will be examined across the lifespan. Emphasis will focus on differentiating normal from abnormal findings to assist the nurse to move appropriately from data collection to nursing diagnosis. Students are expected to take an active role in group discussion, assessment, demonstrations and practice. The learning format will include in-class and online methodologies, such as lectures, reflective practice, case studies, demonstrations and critical discussions.


Why study in our Hybrid courses?

Hands-on learning with instructors and online theory 

Practice ‘real scenarios’ in our state-of-the-art labs

Make connections with instructors and peers

for an enriched learning experience

Condensed courses to help fast-track you into your career

Receive regular feedback to improve your skills

Students report high level of confidence after our simulation lab experiences

Why study in our Online Courses?
Easy-to-navigate modules for student-focused learning

14 week courses allow for achievable timelines

Synchronous lessons throughout courses

Instructor available for individual student questions, in a variety of formats

Various assessments such as videos, interactive quizzes




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Humber Continuous Professional Learning Health Sciences & Wellness
416.675.6622 ext. 4554

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