Blending patient care with health technology
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What to expect
Location and schedule
For the first 2.5 years of your program, you'll study at Camosun's Lansdowne campus, situated near some of Victoria’s most beautiful neighbourhoods and urban beaches. Class time and nursing practice hours are scheduled for a maximum of 25 hours per week. Of these hours, nursing practice per semester varies from 4 to 25 hours per week.
You'll be expected to spend at least 3 to 4 hours of preparation, review, and studying per day. Nursing practice locations and hours vary, but most are located within Greater Victoria, and may include evenings and weekends. Limited numbers of learners travel to International Field Schools, the Yukon, and potentially other remote placements.
Streams of learning
Each semester will have a unique focus. There are five streams that run across the four years of the program: Nursing Practice, Relational Practice, Health and Healing (theory and lab), Professional Practice, and Health Sciences.
All fall and winter semesters include theory, lab, and nursing practice time.
Finish your program at UVic
After 2.5 years at Camosun, you'll finish your program at the University of Victoria. See the UVic calendar for program outline and course descriptions.
Joint Degree Program in Nursing
As a student in the Camosun/UVic joint degree program, you'll move seamlessly from your education at Camosun to completion at the University of Victoria.
You'll apply for admission once and can take electives at either institution – it's the best of both schools!
The focus of year one is on the roles of the registered nurse, including promoting health and well-being, as a professional; becoming self-aware as a practicing nurse; nursing assessment; basic nursing care; and growth and development in the context of family.
In addition to your nursing courses, you'll be required to take English and anatomy and physiology.
In your second year, the focus shifts to nursing care of patients with both acute and chronic illness in a culturally safe and ethical manner, on an interprofessional team.
You'll study pathophysiology, interprofessional communication, philosophy and ethics, in addition to extensive nursing knowledge, including skills such as intravenous therapy.
During your last six months at Camosun, your courses and nursing practice placements will involve complex and specialty nursing including maternity, pediatrics, and mental health.
Course work, in both theory and lab, will prepare you for advanced nursing skills such as intravenous insertion, cardiac monitoring, newborn assessment, and how to care for patients and families in unstable and crisis situations.