Program Overview

Program Brochure 2023-24
Nursing
Application deadline

March 1 for Fall Semester.

Minumum admissions requirements

Quebec Secondary School Diploma or a level of education that is deemed equivalent by the College.

 

Additional Minimum Requirement

  • Letter of Intent (Nursing Guidelines for Letter of Intent)
  • Must be eligible to take Français et communication 602-101
  • It is recommended that candidates have completed Sec IV Mathematics Technical & Scientific Option (064406 or 564406) or Mathematics Science Option (065406 or 565406) or Math 436 or Math TS 4 or SN 4.

Prerequisites

Sec IV Environmental Science & Technology (058-404 or 558-404) or Sec IV Science and Environment (058402 or 558402) or Physical Science 436

Sec V Chemistry (051-504 or 551-504) or Chemistry 534. Adult Education Equivalences – PSC 4010, 4011 & 4012, Chemistry 5021, 5042, & 5043 with labs.

About the program

Nursing is a three-year program that blends classroom studies and nursing labs with clinical fieldwork in various hospitals and healthcare facilities.

Our mission is to develop graduates recognized as outstanding nurses providing compassionate and quality care, focusing on the unique needs of patients and their families.

Students experience a variety of Francophone and Anglophone clinical settings such as emergency, medical and surgical care, pediatrics, maternity, ambulatory care, mental health and gerontology. A DEC in Nursing will provide an opportunity to write the provincial licensing exam in order to begin employment as a registered nurse. Our graduates also have the opportunity to pursue continued studies in the DEC-BAC program with a university in Quebec, such as McGill University, Université de Sherbrooke and Université de Montreal.

What makes us unique

  • Small innovative program with all the resources of a large nursing program
  • Bilingual program with Francophone and Anglophone clinical settings that meet the needs of today’s society
  • Final semester dedicated to reviewing all theoretical and laboratory material to consolidate knowledge and prepare for licensing exam
  • Program based on the McGill Model of Nursing with a Strengths-Based Nursing philosophy
  • New laboratory facilities and Simulation Centre

Certification requirements

In order to become a practicing nurse, graduates must pass the l’Ordre des infirmiers et infirmières du Québec (OIIQ) licensing examination. Students must also demonstrate their ability to function in French in order to meet the needs of their clientele, thus they may be required to pass an examination set by the Office québécois de la langue française (OQLF).

Program Grid

Anatomy and Physiology I

Anatomy and Physiology I introduces students to a broad range of fundamental concepts in human biology. Emphasis is
placed on the integration of knowledge of the human body and its multiple functions. This course is designed specifically
for the nursing program and contains a lab component. Students will first be introduced to the chemical, cellular and
tissue levels of body organization before making a detailed study of the anatomy and physiology of the integumentary,
cardiovascular and respiratory systems.

Communication & Professional Challenges in Nursing

This course provides students with the tools to be able to become more self-aware, improve their communication skills and acquire the ability to help clients and their family at the same time as preserving their own mental and physical health. In this course, students are exposed to different issues that they might encounter in their clinical practice. Topics related to nursing such as effective communication, managing stress, conflict resolution, intercultural communication,
impression formation and professionalism are addressed.

Health Assessment & Physical Examination

This course introduces students to an essential role of the nurse; that is, the Health Assessment and Physical Examination. Students will learn to assess pain and vital signs and develop assessment skills related to various health systems, such as respiratory, neurological, gastrointestinal, to name a few.

Introduction to Nursing

This introductory course to the Nursing profession is designed to present core concepts related to nursing, such as the role of the nurse, the health care system, laws, values, and ethics. It also includes the philosophy and conceptual framework of the Nursing program, embracing a “Strengths-Based Nursing͟” approach as well as an overview of pharmacological principles. The student will be introduced to the Nursing Process (Assessment, Diagnosis, Plan, Intervention, Evaluation through case scenarios. The ADPIE and SBN approach are at the forefront of all
Nursing courses. Students will also explore health promotion concepts such as hygiene care, consequences of immobility, skin integrity, elimination, and nutrition

Introduction to Nursing | Clinical

This course is designed to introduce students to the clinical setting in a low acuity environment where they will be able to apply what they are learning in 180-N11-LA and 180-N12-LA courses. Students will care for one patient while integrating knowledge acquisition from 180-N11-LA and 180-N12-LA courses and developing clinical reasoning skills. They will apply the Nursing Process daily, collecting and analyzing data, creating, implementing, and evaluating a plan of care. They will use communication skills to interact with patients as they perform a health assessment and physical examination.

French

English

Anatomy and Physiology II

Anatomy and Physiology II introduces students to a broad range of fundamental concepts in human biology. Emphasis is
placed on the integration of knowledge of the human body and its multiple functions. This course is designed specifically
for the nursing program and contains a lab component. Students will examine the anatomy and physiology of the urinary, digestive, endocrine and nervous systems.

Wellness in the Aging Adult

This course is designed for students to develop knowledge on the normal changes in the healthy aging adult. Students will learn to differentiate normal from abnormal aging and be introduced to the concept of quality of life. They will also
acquire knowledge on common pathologies of the aging adult such as diabetes and sensory changes. Health promotion concepts such as hydration and elimination will continue to be explored. The course builds on knowledge acquired in 180-N11-LA and 180-N12-LA

Introduction to Medical-Surgical Nursing & Chronic Illnesses

In this course, students will be introduced to medical/surgical care with a focus on common chronic illnesses and core concepts such as obesity, oxygenation (e.g., pneumonia) and gastrointestinal disorders (e.g., peptic ulcer). They will use knowledge acquired in the first semester courses to analyze these illnesses and apply the Nursing Process (ADPIE). It also familiarizes students with nursing communication principles. This course links theory to practice using realistic contexts and case studies.

Introduction to Medical-Surgical Nursing & Chronic Illnesses | Clinical

This course is designed to introduce students to medical/surgical nursing care in a clinical setting. Students will be able to apply what they are learning in 180-N21-LA and 180-N22-LA courses, as well as continue to develop communication skills using the Strengths Based Nursing approach. They will continue developing clinical reasoning skills by applying the Nursing Process specifically to patients with a low acuity health situation.

Physical Education

Humanities

French

Anatomy and Physiology III

Anatomy and Physiology III introduces students to a broad range of fundamental concepts in human biology. Emphasis is placed on the integration of knowledge of the human body and its multiple functions. This course is designed specifically
for the nursing program. Students will examine the anatomy and physiology of the muscular, skeletal and reproductive
systems as well as cell physiology and human genetics.

Sociology of Families

The family has often been referred to as the foundational social institution of a society. As such, it plays a crucial role in shaping individual beliefs, attitudes and behaviors, such as those related to health and illness as well as the entire health care services. The family can also be considered as the mirror of social inequalities and social change, as well as the stronghold of cultural and social values. Ultimately, all these dimensions have an impact on the nurse/patient relationship and on nursing practice in general. This course will provide future nurses with background knowledge, which will allow them to situate the various family structures within the larger context of society, as well as the interaction between culture and community. Future nurses will also gain abilities that will help them interact with patients from diverse social and cultural origins.

Medical-Surgical Nursing II

In this course, students will build on previously acquired knowledge in medical/surgical care while focusing on surgical concepts and pathologies leading to surgical interventions. Students will become familiar with medications and skills associated to surgical care. They will apply the Nursing Process (ADPIE) throughout the course using a Strengths-Based Nursing approach.

Medical-Surgical Nursing II | Clinical

This course provides students with an opportunity to apply concepts learned in the 180-N31-LA course in a medical/surgical clinical setting. The student will care for one patient with a low to medium acuity health situation, and
continue developing clinical reasoning and decision-making skills, clinical links and clinical judgment by applying the
Nursing Process using a “Strengths Based Nursing” approach.

Perinatal Care and Women’s Health

This course focusses on perinatal care and women’s health. Students will learn pre-conception, childbearing, labour and
delivery, and post-natal care for mothers and babies. They will apply the Nursing Process (ADPIE) throughout the course
using a Strengths-Based Nursing approach. They will acquire knowledge regarding specific women’s health issues as well as be introduced to the teaching process.

Perinatal Care and Women’s Health | Clinical

This course introduces students to perinatal nursing care in a clinical setting. The students will apply concepts learned in the 180-N33-LA course while caring for mothers and babies in a post-partum clinical setting. They will apply the Nursing Process daily, collecting and analyzing data, creating, implementing, and evaluating a plan of care specific to this patient population. They will also develop teaching skills and apply the teaching process with different families in varying health situations.

Complementary

English

Microbiology & Immunology

The Microbiology and Immunology course introduces students to a broad range of fundamental concepts in microbiology
and the understanding of the immune system. Emphasis is placed on the characterization of various types of invaders and the immune response generated by their presence in the human body. This course is designed specifically for the Nursing Program.

Lifespan & Development

Students will be exposed to different theories, concepts and research findings that will help them better understand
human development. Students will be able to learn about cognitive, physical, psychosocial changes taking place in
different stages of life starting from birth until death. This will increase students͛knowledge of the needs, personality traits and behavior of clients and their loved ones, therefore enabling them to effectively work with different clienteles.

Medical-Surgical Nursing III

Building on previously acquired knowledge in medical/surgical courses, this fourth semester course will provide students with continued learning opportunities in the medical/surgical field with a focus on medical concepts. Students will apply the Nursing Process (ADPIE) throughout the course using a Strengths-Based Nursing approach related to complex health situations such as organ failures, complex wounds, and neurological injuries, to name a few. Students will acquire specific knowledge related to complex health situations using various learning activities, primarily realistic contexts and case studies.

Medical-Surgical Nursing III | Clinical

This course provides students with an environment to apply what they are learning in the 180-N41 -LA course in a
medical/surgical clinical setting. They will continue developing critical thinking abilities and clinical judgment with varying patients in a medium acuity health situation by using the Nursing Process and the Strengths-Based Nursing approach.

Pediatric Care

This course is an introduction to pediatric nursing care. The student will acquire knowledge in the different stages of child development, common pathologies for this age group, and specific pediatric pharmacology principles. They will learn how to adapt their approach and communication with children and families, as well as develop assessment skills with this population using the Nursing Process (ADPIE) and a Strengths-Based Nursing approach.

Pediatric Care | Clinical

This course introduces students to pediatric nursing. The students will apply knowledge from the 180-N43-LA course in a pediatric clinical setting. The students will implement nursing care for children of varying ages with low to medium acuity health situations, and adapt their approach and communication to their developmental stage. They will apply the Nursing Process daily, collecting and analyzing data, creating, implementing, and evaluating a plan of care specific to this patient population.

English

Humanities

Medical-Surgical Nursing IV & Ambulatory Care

Building on acquired knowledge from previous medical-surgical courses, this fifth semester course provides students with learning opportunities in the medical/surgical field with a focus on ambulatory care and complex health situations, for example, advanced respiratory concepts, organ transplant, autoimmune disorders, and acid-base regulation. Students will apply the Nursing Process for these complex health situations using various learning activities, primarily realistic contexts and case studies. Simulation will be used to re-create the hospital setting for patients with high acuity care in need of emergency measures.

Medical-Surgical Nursing IV & Ambulatory Care | Clinical

In this course, students will apply knowledge from the 180-N51-LA course as well as all previous medical/surgical courses in a medical/surgical clinical setting ʹincluding an ambulatory care setting. They will continue developing clinical reasoning, judgment, and decision-making abilities while caring for various patients with medium to high acuity health situations. The students will apply the Nursing Process daily, collecting and analyzing data, creating, implementing, and evaluating a plan of care specific to each patient. They will be involved in the multidisciplinary team and learn to delegate care to the other healthcare providers.

Mental Health Care

This course introduces students to caring for patients and families with mental illnesses. Students will attain knowledge related to different types of mental health disorders such as anxiety, schizophrenia, personality disorders, and depression, to name a few. They will understand the legal and ethical implications related to patients with mental health disorders using realistic contexts and case studies. Students will continue to develop their communication skills, learning how to adapt to various patients with mental health disorders, including crisis interventions, using learning activities such as roleplay and simulation.

Mental Health Care | Clinical

This course provides students with an environment where they will apply knowledge attained from the 180-N53-LA
course. The mental health clinical will take place in either a hospital setting or other mental health facility. The students will develop clinical reasoning abilities and clinical judgment with patients undergoing mental health disorder experiences. The students will focus on building a therapeutic relationship with this patient population while applying the Nursing Process and the Strengths Based Nursing approach.

English

Humanities

Physical Education

Complementary

Sociology of Health

Health is as much a social issue as a biological issue. This course will describe and analyze the social structure and cultural standards of healthcare in our society, as well as the socio-cultural factors that influence health and illness. The course will also examine the social dimensions of health and illness in conjunction with population variables such as age, sex and social class, as well as various workplace related problems.

Nursing Integration

This course is meant to help students prepare for their licensing exam while reviewing the core concepts discussed since
semester one. It provides them with an opportunity to make deeper links in all health situations as they have attained
required knowledge and understanding of global health situations of patients and their families. They will learn to adapt
to various work situations such as assuming emotional consequences of carrying out patient care, managing stress related to professional practice, preventing professional burnout, and organizing one͛s workload. Learning activities for this course will consist mainly of simulation, realistic contexts and case studies. Students will prepare a health promotion activity geared towards cegep students.

Nursing Integration | Clinical

In this course, students continue developing clinical reasoning, judgment, and decision-making abilities while caring for patients with high acuity health situations in a medical/surgical clinical setting. It is an integration of all the knowledge and experience attained throughout the program as the students develop autonomy and proficiency in becoming novice nurses.

Gerontology Care

This course builds on knowledge acquired from the first semester. Students will have a deeper understanding of caring for the older adult. They will learn about abnormal aging and common gerontological issues and disorders, for example dementia, delirium, Parkinson͛s disease, elder abuse, restraints and alternatives, and polypharmacy. Students will learn communication and assessment skills specific to these patients. Students will acquire knowledge using the Nursing Process (ADPIE) in various learning activities, primarily realistic contexts, case studies, and simulation.

Gerontology Care | Clinical

This course provides students with an environment where they will apply knowledge attained from the 180-N63-LA
course. The clinical will take place in a gerontology setting or other long-term care facility. The students will continue developing clinical reasoning, judgment, and decision-making abilities while caring for patients with gerontological illnesses as well as their families going through challenging health experiences. The students will apply the Nursing Process daily, adapting their approach and care, using geriatric assessment tools, creating, implementing, and evaluating a plan of care with the multidisciplinary team while delegating care to other healthcare providers.

Physical Education

NOTE: This program includes clinical fieldwork in Montreal-area hospitals.

Testimonials and Nursing Presentation

“Champlain College is an excellent institution to pursue a DEC in nursing. Teachers are available for help and guidance, stage experiences are bilingual (which is important in the workplace), a wide variety of resources are available in the nursing labs and students are thoroughly prepared for the provincial nursing license exam. Champlain gave me the tools to receive acceptance to the top two university programs in the province and employment at a leading university affiliated hospital in my preferred field .” Cecilia Marti, 2015

“The nursing program at Champlain College strengthens an individual to enhance one’s determination to make a difference in the world. The program is designed to help you discover your inner “Super hero” that can better the world, by caring for one life at a time. The vital human aspect for today’s society is the lack of connection that we have for one another. It has been corrupted by media, false expectations and smart phones. Nursing, nourishes people at times of their lowest low and celebrates with people at times of their successes. Champlain nursing is just that; it gives you the foundation to grow as a person and directs you to become life altering nurses. The Champlain nursing program will help you discover your inner super hero, wearing simple blue scrubs and a stethoscope. ” Melissa de Castro Class 2015

 

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