Curriculum & Program Timeline

curriculum

The Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing is committed to providing students with the best possible learning experience. The 19-month Compressed Time Frame (CTF) Program spans two academic years. Students take courses in the summer of the first year of the CTF program, before completing two terms of courses in the second year.

Progression Requirements

All students in the BScN CTF Program must:

  • Successfully complete all courses for each term before proceeding to the next term
  • Meet the progression requirements and maintain clinical skills in all courses at a satisfactory level
  • Submit documentation for all medical and non-medical pre-placement requirements

Curriculum for students entering program Fall 2023 and beyond

Level 1: September to December

Students will begin to gain an understanding of the philosophical, theoretical and ethical foundations of the nursing profession and nursing practice. Concepts such as health promotion, relational practice, social determinants of health, social justice, and person-centered collaborative care are emphasized for individuals, families, and community populations. First level students will spend time in a laboratory setting learning and applying introductory communication and health assessment techniques necessary to begin the process of developing clinical judgment as a nurse. An introduction to health informatics in nursing is also explored.

Lecture-Based Courses

  • Nursing 1120A (0.5 credit) – Community Models of Care
  • Nursing 1201A (0.5 credit) – Foundations of Nursing Practice
  • Nursing 1335A (0.5 credit) – Health Assessment
  • Nursing 2240F (0.5 credit) – Introduction to Health Informatics Within Nursing
  • Nursing 3820A (0.5 credit) – Microbiology and Immunology for Nursing Students
  • Nursing 2440A (0.5 credit) – Pathophysiology

Level 2: January to April

Students will build upon their knowledge from first level and gain deeper insights and experience with more diverse populations. Concepts related to mental health care as well as application of principles in simulation are experienced. Students spend additional time in the laboratory setting learning more advanced health assessment and care techniques. An indigenous health course explores the influence of policy and practices of this population.

Lecture-Based Courses

  • Nursing 2600B (0.5 credit) – Mental Health Care
  • Nursing 2630B (0.5 credit) – Nursing Care for Clients with Acute and Chronic Health Challenges I
  • Nursing 3456B (0.5 credit) - Indigenous Health: The Influence of Policy and Practices
  • Pharmacology 2060B (0.5 credit) – Introduction to Pharmacology and Therapeutics

Professional Practice Courses

  • Nursing 2500S/T (0.25 credit) – Laboratory: Medication Administration
  • Nursing 2660S/T (0.25 credit) – Simulation: Mental Health

Level 3: May to July

A deeper focus on acute and chronic healthcare considerations will be discussed by students in theory, laboratory and simulation environment, as well as the clinical settings in acute care and surgical. Research methodologies, and evidence-informed practice in nursing are also emphasized throughout this level.

Lecture-Based Courses

  • Nursing 2250A (0.5 credit) – Understanding and Using Research
  • Nursing 3500A (0.5 credit) – Nursing & Family Health
  • Nursing 3630A (0.5 credit) – Nursing Care for Clients with Acute & Chronic Health Challenges II

Professional Practice Courses

  • Nursing 3700Q (0.25 credit) – Laboratory: Clients with Health Challenges
  • Nursing 3800Q (0.25 credit) – Simulation: Clients with Health Challenges (Simulation-based course)
  • Nursing 3900B (0.5 credit) – Clinical Application: Nursing Care of Clients with Health Challenges
    • Preceptored placement, schedule varies depending on preceptor’s schedule (12-hour shifts, days, evenings, nights, weekends are possible)
    • Placements are within the Southwest geographic area
    • Students will apply knowledge gained throughout Levels 1 - 3 to understand the nature of illness, healthcare system, inter-professional collaboration and variety of nursing roles and responsibilities
    • Course Outline

Level 4: September to December

Students will begin to consolidate their knowledge in classes that explore ethical theories and the legal aspects of nurses’ role, nursing regulation and practice standards, social justice, leadership, and advocacy. Students will examine the role of the nurse in shaping and influencing future directions in health and health care related to economics, technology innovation, power, and policy. Advanced clinical concepts are explored with a deeper understanding and application of clinical judgment in theoretical courses, as well as in professional practice placements.

Lecture-Based Courses

  • Nursing 3310A (0.5 credit) – Health in a Global Context
  • Nursing 4320A (0.5 credit) – Professional, Ethical and Legal Obligations: A Critical Appraisal
  • Nursing 4401W (1.0 credit) – Integration of Advanced Concepts for Nursing Practice
  • Nursing 4440A (0.5 credit) – Nurses as Leaders in System Transformation

Professional Practice

  • Nursing 4410A (0.5 credit) – Clinical Application: Applying Advances Care Concepts
    • Preceptored placement, schedule varies depending on preceptor’s schedule (12-hour shifts, days, evenings, nights, weekends are possible)
    • Placements are within the Southwest geographic area
    • Students to integrate and apply concepts learned through program at an advanced level
    • Course has a mix of both Collaborative and Compressed Time Frame students

Level 5: January to April

Students will enter the fifth level ready to apply knowledge in their integrative practicum experiences where they will work alongside a nurse preceptor preparing them to enter the profession as a novice registered nurse.

Professional Practice Courses

  • Nursing 4461X (2.0 credits) – Integrative Practicum
    • Preceptored placement; schedule varies depending on preceptor’s schedule (12-hour shifts, days, evenings, nights, weekends are possible)
    • Placements available in diverse placements settings (primary care, acute care, public health, long term care, community health, etc.) within the entire Southwest geographic area
    • Purpose is to gain proficiency in experience gained throughout program and demonstrate evidence informed practice to meet the entry to practice CNO competencies

Curriculum for students entering program Fall 2022

Level 1: September to December

Students will begin to gain an understanding of the philosophical, theoretical and ethical foundations of the nursing profession and nursing practice. Concepts such as health promotion, relational practice, social determinants of health, social justice, and person-centered collaborative care are emphasized for individuals, families, and community populations. First level students will spend time in a laboratory setting learning and applying introductory communication and health assessment techniques necessary to begin the process of developing clinical judgment as a nurse. An introduction to health informatics in nursing is also explored.

Theory-Based Courses

Professional Practice Courses

  • Nursing 1225A – Health Assessment (Lab-based course)

Level 2: January to April

Students will build upon their knowledge from first level and gain deeper insights and experience with more diverse populations. Concepts related to mental health care as well as application of principles in simulation are experienced. Students spend additional time in the laboratory setting learning more advanced health assessment and care techniques. An indigenous health course explores the influence of policy and practices of this population.

Theory-Based Courses

  • Nursing 2600B – Mental Health Care
  • Nursing 2630B – Clients with Health Challenges I
  • Nursing 3456B – Indigenous Health: The Influence of Policy and Practices
  • Nursing 3820B – Microbiology and Immunology for Nursing Students
  • Pharmacology 2060B – Introductory Pharmacology and Therapeutics

Professional Practice Courses

  • Nursing 2660S/T – Professional Practice: Mental Health (Simulation-based course)
  • Nursing 3700S/T – Professional Practice I: Clients with Health Challenges (Lab-based course)

Level 3: May to July

A deeper focus on acute and chronic healthcare considerations will be discussed by students in theory, laboratory and simulation environment, as well as the clinical settings in acute care and surgical. Research methodologies, and evidence-informed practice in nursing are also emphasized throughout this level.

Theory-Based Courses

Professional Practice Courses

  • Nursing 2500Q – Professional Practice: Medication Administration ( Lab-based course)
  • Nursing 3800Q – Professional Practice II: Clients with Health Challenges (Simulation-based course)
  • Nursing 3900B –  Professional Practice III: Clients with Health Challenges
    • Students will apply knowledge gained in past year of the program to understand the nature of illness, healthcare system, inter-professional collaboration and variety of nursing roles and responsibilities
    • Placements will be within the Southwest geographic area
    • Course Outline

Level 4: September to December

Students will begin to consolidate their knowledge in classes that explore ethical theories and the legal aspects of nurses’ role, nursing regulation and practice standards, social justice, leadership, and advocacy. Students will examine the role of the nurse in shaping and influencing future directions in health and health care related to economics, technology innovation, power, and policy. Advanced clinical concepts are explored with a deeper understanding and application of clinical judgment in theoretical courses, as well as in professional practice placements.

Theory-Based Courses

  • Nursing 4320A – Professional, Ethical and Legal Obligations: A Critical Appraisal
  • Nursing 4400A – Advanced Concepts for Professional Practice
  • Nursing 4440A – Leading System Transformation

Professional Practice

  • Nursing 4410A –  Application: Advanced Care Concepts

Level 5: January to April

Students will enter the fifth level ready to apply knowledge in their integrative practicum experiences where they will work alongside a nurse preceptor preparing them to enter the profession as a novice registered nurse.

Professional Practice Courses

  • Nursing 4461X – Professional Practice: Integrative Practicum
    • Preceptored placement; hours vary depending on preceptor’s schedule (12-hour shifts, days, evenings, nights, weekends are possible)
    • Placements available in diverse placements settings (primary care, acute care, tertiary care, long term care, community) within the entire Southwest LHIN
    • Purpose is to gain proficiency in experience gained throughout program and demonstrate evidence informed practice to meet the entry to practice CNO competencies
    • Course Outline