Curriculum & Program Timeline - RPN Pathway

Students in lab setting

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

Progression Requirements

All students in the BScN CTF Program (RPN Pathway) 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

Program Curriculum - RPN Pathway

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. First level students will spend four hours per week in clinical laboratory settings learning and applying introductory health assessment techniques necessary to begin the process of developing clinical judgment as a nurse.

Theory-Based Courses

  • Nursing 1201A – Foundations of Nursing Practice
    • Course Outline
  • Nursing 2240F – Introduction to Health Informatics Within Nursing
    • Course Outline
  • Nursing 3340A – Ways of Knowing: Data Analysis
    • Course Outline
  • Pathology 2420A – Pathology for Nursing

Professional Practice Courses

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 clinical laboratory learning more advanced techniques related to aseptic technique and medication administration. An introduction to health informatics in nursing is also explored.

Theory-Based Courses

  • Nursing 2600B – Mental Health Care
  • Nursing 3456B – Indigenous Health: The Influence of Policy and Practices
    • Course Outline
  • Nursing 3820B – Microbiology and Immunology for Nursing Students
  • Pharmacology 2060B – Introduction to Pharmacology and Therapeutics

Professional Practice Courses

  • Nursing 2660S/T – Professional Practice: Mental Health (Simulation-based course)

Level 3: May to July

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

Theory-Based Courses

  • Nursing 2250A – Ways of Knowing: Research
    • Course Outline
  • Nursing 3420A – Principles of Public Health
    • Course Outline
  • Nursing 3630A – Clients with Health Challenges II
    • Course Outline

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 provide nursing care in hospital settings to clients experiencing acute illness
    • 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 Approach
  • Nursing 4400A – Advanced Concepts for Professional Practice
  • Nursing 4440A – Future Directions for Nursing & Health Care

Professional Practice

  • Nursing 4410A – Professional Practice: Clients with Complex Health Challenges

Level 5: January to April

Students will enter the fifth level ready to apply knowledge in their integrative practicum experiences where they will spend 456 hours working alongside a nurse preceptor preparing them to enter the profession as a novice registered nurse.

Professional Practice Courses

  • Nursing 4461X – Professional Practice: Integrative Practicum
    • 456 placement hours
    • 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