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RN RefresherNEW

Certificate of Accomplishment | CE0088

This certificate is designed for Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) and Registered Nurses (RNs) who have been out of practice for more than three years and/or have identified competency gaps in their education. The program is offered in a blended format with many online courses. Content includes topics such as health assessment across the lifespan, pathophysiology of common disease conditions, and entry to practice standards within the Canadian context.

The certificate will provide learners with an understanding of trends in the nursing profession using relevant, competency-based assessments. Learners will learn to develop evidence-informed nursing interventions, and build collaboration skills with nurse colleagues, patients, families, and other inter-professional team members.

This certificate is based on the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) entry to practice standards. Completion of the certificate academically prepares the learner for an entry-level RN position within an acute medical surgical setting.


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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
RNRC 100: Nursing in the Canadian Context
RNRC 101: Research Methods 1 – Introduction to the Research Process
RNRC 102: Research Methods 2 – Research for Evidence Based Practice
RNRC 103: Medical-Surgical Theory and Diagnostic Reasoning
RNRC 104: RN Medication Administration
RNRC 105: Health Care Evolution
RNRC 106: Entry to Practice Health Assessment
RNRC 110: RNRC Clinical Practical

Compulsory Courses

RNRC 100 Nursing in the Canadian Context
This course is designed for Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) and Registered Nurses (RNs) that have identified competency gaps in their education. The RN will gain knowledge about the structure of the Canadian healthcare system, professional nursing associations, and regulatory nursing bodies. The learner identifies ethical issues in nursing and incorporates legal accountabilities of nurses. To be successful with all learning objectives, each learner is required to participate fully with all individual and collaborative learning activities.



RNRC 101 Research Methods 1 – Introduction to the Research Process
This course will introduce and/or re-introduce participants to research; what it is, why and how it is conducted, locating/analyzing peer-reviewed resources to inform evidence-based decision making, and reflecting critically about the implications and role of ethics in research. This course will emphasize the first three steps in the research process (identifying a research problem, reviewing the literature, and describing the research purpose/methodologies). Participants will practise writing for research using a set of guidelines (called APA Style), which provides a foundation for presenting scholarly ideas in a clear and organized format.


RNRC 102 Research Methods 2 – Research for Evidence Based Practice
This course will guide participants along their research journey. Participants will heighten their knowledge of the six steps in the research process and gain practice using common research terminology. Expanding either upon a research problem identified in Research Methods 1 or another of interest, each participant will be tasked with crafting an individual research proposal presentation that is meaningful to them in their professional role.


RNRC 103 Medical-Surgical Theory and Diagnostic Reasoning
The purpose of this course is to provide learners with an understanding of the pathophysiology, etiology and clinical manifestations of common disease conditions. Focus will be placed on altered sensory input, neuro/musculoskeletal systems, ventilation and respiratory systems, gastrointestinal systems and cardiovascular systems. Learners will identify priority assessments, diagnostic testing, and therapeutic nursing interventions for diseases of various body systems including nervous, cardiovascular and respiratory systems.


RNRC 104 RN Medication Administration

This theoretical course is designed to facilitate the learner’s knowledge of medications and their effects on patients. Participants will explore the pharmacology, classifications, mechanisms of action and side effects of medications. The impact of medications on various diseases and clinical experiences will be discussed. National patient safety organization, current safe medication administration strategies, and medication error prevention will be discussed. This course offers advanced case studies by which learners use a problem-based learning (PBL) approach to achieve success with the course learning objectives.


RNRC 105 Health Care Evolution
This theoretical course is designed to provide the learner with leadership skills, intra and inter professional collaboration practice. The learner will gain understanding in informatics and telehealth as the future of health care and the role the nurse plays within this framework.


RNRC 106 Entry to Practice Health Assessment
Through a relational inquiry lens, this course provides learners with a combination of theoretical and experiential learning focused on the skills of physical health assessment with clients across the life span. This course includes theoretical and lab components.


RNRC 110 RNRC Clinical Practical

This experiential learning course will provide the opportunity to consolidate theory and clinical application. The focus will be on the management of patients with acute and/or chronic health conditions. Placement will be in one or more of a variety of settings. Students will be required to review the Competency Checklist and formulate a minimum of three learning goals based on current knowledge and areas of need. It is the expectation that students are at the novice level of competency nursing.

The RN Refresher Nursing clinical is 150 hours and must be completed within a 3-month term. Nurses are required to do two shifts weekly following their preceptor's schedule.


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

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