ARTS AND

                                 SCHOOL OF HEALTH SCIENCES
                                PRACTICAL NURSING DIPLOMA

                                   PND NURSING HANDBOOK
                                           GENERAL INFORMATION
                                                 AND GUIDELINES

                                   Academic Year 2018- 2019

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Table of Contents

USEFUL CONTACT NUMBERS                                           5

PROFESSIONAL CURRICULUM INFORMATION                             10
GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES                                       13
PROGRAM OUTLINE - FULL TIME STUDIES                             14
PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS                                            15
PRE-REQUISITES & CO-REQUISITES                                  15
PROGRESSION GUIDELINES                                          16
PROMOTION POLICY                                                16
WITHDRAWING / DROPPING A COURSE                                 16
ACADEMIC STANDING                                               17
ACADEMIC PROBATION                                              17
TRANSFER OR READMISSION                                         17
LEAVE OF ABSENCE /PROGRAM INTERRUPTION                          19
VOLUNTARY WITHDRAWAL FROM THE COLLEGE                           19
MANDATORY WITHDRAWAL FROM THE COLLEGE                           19

ASSIGNMENT/TESTING/EXAM GUIDELINES                              19
APA FORMAT/GUIDELINES FOR WRITTEN WORK                          19
LATE ASSIGNMENTS                                                20
LENGTH OF MULTIPLE CHOICE TESTS                                 21
EVALUATION GUIDELINES                                           21
FINAL EXAM WEEK                                                 22
TEST/EXAMINATION REVIEW                                         22

ACADEMIC POLICY AND GUIDELINES                                  23
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY                                              23
ACCOUNTABILITY                                                  23
DISCRIMINATION/HARASSMENT POLICY                                24
STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT                                         24
SENECA IMPORTANT ACADEMIC DATES                                 24
ACADEMIC STANDING                                               24
ADVISING TRANSCRIPT                                             24
APPEALS                                                         25
INFORMAL RESOLUTION                                             25
FORMAL APPEAL                                                   25
DIPLOMA                                                         25
CONVOCATION                                                     26

STUDENT RESOURCES                                               26

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STUDENT SERVICES                                                         27
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SERVICE DESK                                                             28
BOOKSTORE                                                                28
ASSIGNMENT CALCULATOR                                                    28
LYNDA.COM                                                                29
NURSING SUBJECT GUIDES                                                   29
SENECA MOBILE APP                                                        29

COLLEGE OF NURSES OF ONTARIO (CNO)                                       30
ENTRY TO PRACTICE                                                        30

CLINICAL PRACTICUM EXPERIENCE                                            33
OVERVIEW OF PRACTICUM PLACEMENTS                                         33
PRACTICUM LOCATIONS                                                      33
TRANSPORTATION                                                           33
DOCUMENTATION                                                            35
MEMO OF CONCERN                                                          35
UNSAFE/UNPROFESSIONAL CLINICAL PRACTICE                                  36

GIVING CONSTRUCTIVE FEEDBACK                                             40

APPENDIX A                                                               42

PND LATE ASSIGNMENT SUBMISSION FORM                                      43

PND GRADE REAPPRAISAL FORM                                               44

DEFERRED EVALUATION PRIVLEGE REQUEST FORM                                45

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Welcome to Seneca College Practical Nursing Program
Congratulations on your selection to the Seneca College Practical Nursing Program.
We are delighted to have the opportunity to welcome you to the 2016-2017
academic year. You have been selected from a very competitive pool of applicants
and are entering a rigorous program.

The Practical Nursing Program Handbook contains critical information to assist you in
making the transition to a full-time nursing student. We strongly recommend that all
students review and refer to this document for program specific information.

Once again, congratulations on your acceptance. You are one step closer to your goal
to becoming a Seneca graduate and a Registered Practical Nurse.


 Sharon Cassar                            Annette Pejic RN, MSN
 Academic Coordinator,                    Clinical Coordinator,
 Seneca College,                          Seneca College,
 13990 Dufferin Street North,             13990 Dufferin Street North,
 King City, ON, L7B 1B3                   King City, ON, L7B 1B3
 Email:    Email:
 Tel: (416) 491-5050 ext. 55223           Tel: (416) 491-5050 ext. 55185

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Useful Contact Numbers
  Seneca College: 416-491-5050
  Academic Chair, School of Nursing
  Nina Koniuch. Ext. 55712
  Academic Coordinator: Sharon Cassar
  Room: GH1116 Ext. 55223
  Administrative Assistant to the Chair of H.S.: Darlene Cox
  Room: GH2060 Ext. 55144
  Academic Advisor - King Campus: Jennifer Goheen
  Ext. 55037
  Academic Advisor - Yorkgate Campus: Indira Hansraj
  Ext. 44739
  General Education Coordinator: Ted Tom

  Clinical Practice Coordinator: Annette Pejic
  Room: GH1110 Ext. 55185
  Clinical Support Officer: MaryBeth Hastings-Bedard
  Room: GH1110 Ext. 55211
  Clinical Student Advisor: Anne Hogarth
  Room: GH 1116 Ext.55268
  Program Assistant, Clinical Placement:
  Room: GH1110 Ext.55314

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Office of the Registrar
 Admissions Advisor/ King Campus: Catherine Dawson
 Room: GH2040 Ext: 55026
 Admissions Advisor /Yorkgate Campus: Maureen Massicot:
 Ext: 22014
 Registration & Records Advisor /Yorkgate Campus: Ashitha Jacob:
 Ext: 77452
 International Admissions

 Office of Financial Aid
 King campus: Gina Salituro
 Room: GH2040 Phone X 55492
 Seneca @York: Yorkgate Campus
 If your surname begins with:
 A-J: Randy Lake
 K-L: Laura Rizzello
 M-Z: Josephine Wong

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Practical Nursing Diploma Program

Mission Statement
To provide career-related education and training that will enable our students to succeed in the
global economy.

The mission of the Seneca College Practical Nursing Diploma Program is to create an
environment that emulates the caring foundations of nursing. We aspire to promote learning,
creativity and innovation so that our students will have the knowledge, skill and attitude
necessary to provide excellent, client-centered nursing care. We aspire to prepare graduates
that respect the lived experience of people in diverse settings and use the caring relationship to
assist clients to achieve their physical, emotional and spiritual health goals. We expect that
students and faculty will be partners in the education process, continually developing as
healers, independent critical thinkers, responsible and supportive team members, and effective

Our Purpose
To develop and provide programs and educational services that are:
    • Relevant and enriching to our students work and lives
    • Focused on the workplace opportunities of the future
    • Practical, interactive and flexible in time and place
    • Supported by challenging academic standards
    • Integrated with information technology
    • Designed to combine technical and transferable skills
    • Reinforced by opportunities for ongoing education and retraining
    • Enhanced by supportive student services

Our Commitment
   • First and foremost, our commitment is to our students, who are the central focus of our
   • We value and respond to our diverse and multicultural community.
   • We work and learn together with cooperation, honesty, mutual respect and equity.
   • We act both locally and globally, building strategic partnerships and international
   • We provide quality service and strive to do things right the first time.
   • We foster an entrepreneurial, innovative, empowering and creative work environment.
   • We embrace change, adapt effectively and rapidly to new circumstances and actively
      pursue new opportunities.
   • We are competent, qualified, knowledgeable and accountable for our assigned
   • We take responsibility for our continuing professional development and employability.
   • We assure our financial viability through the effective and efficient use of our resources.

PND Program Goals
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The graduate of the program will:
   • Use nursing practice to promote the health and healing processes of individuals and
       families and establish caring relationships that foster trust, respect, collaboration and
   • Use multiple ways of knowing and multiple sources of knowledge to inform decision-
       making in nursing practice.
   • Be self-reflective, self-directed, accountable, creative and inquiring as a Practical Nurse
       and a life-long learner while striving to improve the quality of her or his dimension of
   • Establish caring relationships with colleagues and demonstrate the team and leadership
       skills required to work effectively wherever Practical Nursing is practicing.
   • Support, advocate and promote the ethical standards of the nursing profession.
   • Advance public policies that will promote the health of all people.
   • Know and be prepared to meet the legislative requirements and the standards of the
       profession and be accountable to the public.

PND Philosophy
  • We believe that people are holistic beings, who experience life in unique ways and this
      influences their relationships with others and the environment in which they live.

   •   We believe that people have the capacity and right to make choices about their ways of
       living, learning and health as well as the responsibility for the consequences of those

   •   We believe internal and external factors impact on people’s physical, socio-cultural,
       psycho-spiritual, political and economic health, influencing the quality life of the
       individual, their significant others and the community around them.

   •   We believe that nurses are responsible for the development of helping relationships,
       and provision of competent, holistic, patient centered care. Nurses assist people, in all
       stages and transitions, to enhance healing, make their own choices for health, and
       change or cope with the environment in which they live.

   •   We believe that the practical nurse must be prepared to participate in many roles and
       settings. These roles include, but are not limited to, those of multi-disciplinary team
       member, primary care giver, educator, manager, consultant, advocate or political
       activist. Practical Nursing is practiced in a limitless number of settings including
       communities, homes, institutions, or wherever there is a potential for influencing the
       health of people.

   •   We believe that the Practical Nurse is individually responsible and accountable for their
       practice. The Practical Nurse is professionally responsible to continuously seek to
       improve practice through critical self-reflection and study, and add to the growing
       knowledge base of the profession. Practical Nurses have a social responsibility to

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influence and advance public policy that will contribute to the health of people now and
       in the future.

   •   We believe that nursing education is a partnership between professor and student and
       that both bear responsibility for creation of an environment in which learning, creativity
       and innovation are promoted. We value and acknowledge the diversity between people
       and the variety of ways of knowing. Both teacher and student must participate
       holistically in the education process and work to create an environment of mutual
       respect and trust.

   •   We believe that learning is a life-long process that is aimed at personal and professional
       growth. Learners bring valuable prior knowledge and past experiences to the learning
       situation and are capable of and have the right to be self-directing, to participate in and
       share responsibility for determining their learning needs, learning methods and for
       evaluating learning. Nursing knowledge is derived from an understanding of self,
       practice, theory and research, all of which merge together in the generation of that
       knowledge and in the application of that knowledge to practice.

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Professional Curriculum Information
MDM101 - Mathematics for Medication - This course explores drug classifications, modes of
administration and dosage calculations. The student will prepare for safe administration of
medication in the practice setting. Topics studied will focus on the implications for, and
application to, the role of the Registered Practical Nurse.

PNA100 - Anatomy and Physiology for the Practical Nurse – This course is the study of normal
anatomy and physiology. Study includes organization of the body, the cell, tissue, organs and
four of the major body systems. An introduction to microbiology is included.

PNC121 - Practical Nursing Clinical – Preparation – This course allows the student to prepare
for clinical practice through applied theoretical concepts. Students will engage in learning
opportunities to promote professional identity and behaviour as a member of the
multidisciplinary health care team. The student will rehearse thinking like a nurse, which
promotes the nursing process and developing care plans, communication skills, guidelines for
documentation, as well as organizing, evaluating and engaging in activities that are essential to
the care of the individuals and their families. Students will investigate the practice concepts of
connectedness, competency, health and healing, professionalism, and critical thinking in
addition to understanding evidence-informed practice.

PNH101 - Healing Practices for the Practical Nurse – The course provides the foundation for
understanding the well client from infant to older adult. PNH101 begins with concepts of health
and illness in the context of social determinants of health and outlines the major components
of health for each stage of growth and development. Emphasis will be on anticipated
transitions, health promotion and relevant nursing considerations. Recognition of diversity in
regards to age, gender, race and culture is given.

PNL110 - Practical Nursing Skills Lab – This course gives the student the opportunity to apply
theoretical concepts and practice skills that maintain and promote health and healing.
Students will demonstrate a safe level of performance in the lab before implementing the skills
in nursing practice settings.

PNR100 - Role Development for the Practical Nurse – This subject is an introduction to
Practical Nursing as a profession. Students will examine professional behavior in themselves
and in others including the roles and responsibilities of the practical nurse. Additionally,
students learn about the history of nursing, the Canadian Healthcare System, legislation as it
relates to nursing, the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) and the professional organizations
that influence nursing practice. The multidisciplinary healthcare team and culture with an
emphasis on nursing care is studied as well.

COM101- Communicating Across Contexts – This course introduces students to the core
concepts of communication. Students will cultivate an awareness of these concepts by
analyzing how they are used in a variety of texts and contexts, and they will apply these

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concepts strategically in their own writing. Through a variety of writing tasks centered on these
core concepts of communication, students will develop the transferrable reading and writing
skills essential for success in their post-secondary studies, workplaces, and communities.

PSY100 - Introduction to Psychology - The discipline of psychology is the study of human
behavior. It is concerned with the observation behavior of an individual and its relationship to
unseen mental and physical processes, as well as of external events. Introduction to
Psychology will provide a framework within which the student can begin to explore the human

PNA200 - Anatomy and Physiology for the Practical Nurse - This course continues with the
study of normal anatomy and physiology begun in PNA100. Additional body systems will be

PNC220 - Practical Nursing Clinical - Students will apply theoretical concepts in a nursing
practice setting. Working with health care professionals and clients they will make a positive
contribution to the health and healing of individuals and families by providing holistic nursing
care. Students will work in Long-term-care or Alternate Level of Care settings for a twelve-week
period, 10 hours per week. Variations in the schedule may be necessary. Students will consider
resources in the community and Health Care Agency. Under the direction of the Seneca College
Clinical Supervisor, students will collaborate with agency staff, the patients/residents and their
families to promote health and provide safe and effective nursing care.

PNE203 - Health Assessment for the Practical Nurse - This course is designed to assist the
Practical Nursing student in performing a complete physical and health assessment across the
lifespan. The course focuses on learning physical assessment techniques using a systems
approach, skills on interviewing techniques and collection of subjective and objective
data. Students will consolidate assessment theory in the classroom and practice holistic
nursing assessment in the skills lab.

PNH201 - Healing Practices for the Practical Nurse – This course explores the nursing practices
and interventions that support health and enhance healing for clients and families experiencing
various health challenges. A specific focus is placed on the topics of maternal newborn health
and child health challenges.

PNL210 - Practical Nursing Skills Lab - This subject is a continuation of PNL110. Students will
continue to apply theoretical concepts and practice skills that maintain and promote health and
healing. Students will have the opportunity to practice a variety of nursing skills and work
towards clinical mastery.

PNC320 - Practical Nursing Clinical - Students will continue to apply theoretical concepts in a
nursing practice setting. Students will be assigned to work in health care agencies on a variety
of health care units. They will work with health care professionals while making a positive
contribution to the health of individuals and families. The emphasis of third semester clinical
will be on medication administration, nursing care plans, developing an understanding of
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community resources and patient/family health teaching. Students will be in the clinical setting
for a twelve-week period, 12 hours per week.

PNH 301 - Healing Practices for the Practical Nurse - This course continues from PNH201. The
focus will be on practices that support health and enhance healing for clients and families
experiencing various health challenges.

PNM300 - Practical Nursing Pharmacology - This course builds on knowledge from previous
courses, such as math, skills lab, anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology to develop
understanding of the therapeutic and adverse effects of drugs on the body. The course
examines pharmacological concepts and nursing practices required to safely care for clients in
need of pharmacological treatments. General principles of pharmacology, drug actions at the
physiological level, common drug classifications, pharmacotherapeutics, principles of
medication preparation and administration related to the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO)
competencies are studied. Topics studied will focus on the implications for, and application to,
the role of the Registered Practical Nurse in medication administration.

PNR300 - Role Development for the Practical Nurse - The student will study nursing concepts
and the legal, moral and ethical issue identified in health care, which impacts scope of practice,
patient safety and outcomes as well as the collaborative roles of healthcare teams assisting to
address ethical dilemmas. This course will help students to examine and communicate their
own belief and ethical values that are important in providing care. Students will explore
strategies to help address ethical conflict and moral distress that they may encounter in
practice setting. They will develop an understanding of the therapeutic nurse-client relationship
ethical framework, ethical responsibilities, and the legal rights of patients receiving care (for
example, safe, compassionate, competent and ethical care, values, advocacy, decision making,
and accountability).

PNP301 - Pathophysiology for Practical Nurses - This course will be an introduction to human
disease and will focus on the fundamental principles of homeostatic mechanisms. The student
will explore how alterations in homeostatic mechanisms will disrupt the integrity of human
function. Overall, the mechanisms of disease will be studied in a systems format and will be
considered for the effect that they produce on the structure and function of the body. Common
diseases will be used to illustrate the biological concepts of pathology.

PNC420 - Practical Nursing Clinical - Clinical placement provides the necessary learning
environment for students to apply their theoretical knowledge and skills to client care
situations. Students will prepare for their placement setting by accessing a variety of resources
and interacting with the clinical supervisor, health care team and peers. Students will research
client related information and prepare to integrate the 5 practice concepts studied
independently, and in related nursing and general education courses. Students who do not
complete the necessary independent study or do not prepare for the nursing care required will
be considered unprepared for the clinical experience. For safety reasons, the clinical supervisor
may prohibit this student from providing client care and may require the student to leave the
clinical area.

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PNH401 - Healing Practices for the Practical Nurse - This course continues from PNH301. The
focus will be on practices that support health and enhance healing for clients and families
experiencing various health challenges.

PNR400 - Role Development for the Practical Nurse - This course explores the transition from
student to health care professional with an emphasis on leadership competencies, teamwork,
legislation, the organization of health care, and career planning. Topics studied will focus on the
implications for, and application to, the role of the Registered Practical Nurse and their scope of

PNP401 - Pathophysiology for the Practical Nurse - Students will build on PNP301 and continue
the study of human disease. The mechanisms of disease will be studied by body systems. The
processes will be related to a variety of common diseases. Overall, the mechanisms of disease
will be studied in a systems format and will be considered for the effect that they produce on
the structure and function of the body. Common diseases will be used to illustrate the
biological concepts of pathology.

PNC520 - Practical Nursing Clinical Consolidation - Having completed all professional and
general education subject requirements, students will enter into their final consolidation
practicum. This is an intensive and demanding clinical practice course. Clinical practice hours
do not include course orientation on campus. Working with a preceptor that is a registered
practical nurse, the student will collaborate to develop and refine their clinical practice skills
and meet the learning outcomes of this course. The student shares the preceptor's clinical
practice schedule. Hours and days of the week will vary. Under the preceptor's guidance and
mentoring, the student will meet the learning outcomes of this experience. The student will
work the preceptor’s schedule throughout the term. The student is required to log 400
supervised clinical hours. During this time, he/she will strive to gradually assume the workload
of an RPN at that clinical agency.

                                 General Education Courses

Students must successfully complete at least 3 general education courses. Students must
complete 1 general education course from each category. 1 course from Arts & Humanities, 1
course from Sciences & Social Sciences, and 1 course from either category – for a total of 3
general education courses.

1.     Sciences & Social Sciences
2.     Arts & Humanities
3.     Sciences & Social Sciences or Arts & Humanities

Please note that PSY100 and Communicating Across Contexts (COM101) are not general
education courses.

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Program Outline - Full Time Studies

                              Semester 1           8 Courses                                        Hours/Week = 27
 MDM101            Mathematics for Medication                                                              2
 PNA100            Anatomy and Physiology for the Practical Nurse                                          4
 PNC121            Practical Nursing Clinical - Preparation                                                4
 PNH101            Healing Practices for the Practical Nurse                                               4
 PNL110            Practical Nursing Skills Lab                                                            4
 PNR100            Role Development for the Practical Nurse                                                3
 COM101            Communicating Across Contexts                                                           3
  PSY100           Introduction to Psychology                                                              3
                             Semester 2              6 Courses                                      Hours/Week = 26
 PNA200            Anatomy and Physiology for the Practical Nurse                                          3
 PNC220            Practical Nursing Clinical                                                             10
 PNE203            Health Assessment for the Practical Nurse                                               4
 PNH201            Healing Practices for the Practical Nurse                                               3
 PNL210            Practical Nursing Skills Lab                                                            3
  xxxxxx           General Education 1                                                                     3
                             Semester 3              6 Courses                                      Hours/Week = 29
PNC320**           Practical Nursing Clinical                                                             12
 PNH301            Healing Practices for the Practical Nurse                                               4
 PNM300            Practical Nursing Pharmacology                                                          4
 PNR300            Role Development for the Practical Nurse                                                3
 PNP301            Pathophysiology for Practical Nurses                                                    3
  xxxxxx           General Education 2                                                                     3
                             Semester 4              5 Courses                                      Hours/Week = 25
 PNC420            Practical Nursing Clinical                                                             12
 PNH401            Healing Practices for the Practical Nurse                                                    4
 PNR400            Role Development for the Practical Nurse                                                     3
 PNP401            Pathophysiology for the Practical Nurse                                                 3
  xxxxxx           General Education 3                                                                     3
                             Semester 5              1 Course                                         Hours/Week
PNC520 ***         Practical Nursing Clinical Consolidation + (400 clinical practice hours)              ~ 40

 Based on English placement testing, may need to take a series of English courses prior to taking Com101

 All courses must be completed prior to entry into PNC520

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Program Requirements
       Pre-requisites & Co-requisites
       Students are required to take courses in the prescribed order.
       If a student must drop a clinical course, they may be permitted to remain in academic courses after
       consultation with the clinical/academic coordinator.

       Semester 1
 Subject                   Pre-requisite                           Co-requisites                If this course is dropped,
                     (must have before taking)          (taken together or previously taken)   these courses must also be
       Semester 2
PNA200       PNA100                                     None                                   PNE203, PNL210
PNC220       MDM101, PNA100, PNC121, PNH101,            PNA200, PNE203, PNH201, PNL210,        Seek Advisement
Clinical     PNL110, PNR100                             PNC220
PNE203       PNA100, PNH101, PNL110                     PNA200, PNL210, PNH 201, PNC220        PNL210, PNH201, PNC220
PNH201       PNA100, PNH101, PNL110                     PNA200, PNE 203, PNL 210, PNC220       PNL210, PNE203, PNC220
PNL210       MDM101, PNA100, PNH101, PNL110             PNA200, PNE203, PNH 201, PNC220        PNH201, PNE203, PNC220
       Semester 3
PNC320       PNA200, PNC220, PNE203, PNH201,            PNH301, PNM300 PNP301, PNR300,         Seek Advisement
Clinical     PNL210, PNR100                             PNC320
PNH301       PNA200, PNE203, PNL210, PNH201,            PNM300, PNP301, PNR 300, PNC320        PNC320, PNM300, PNP301
PNM300       PNA200, PNE203, PNL210, PNC220, PNH        PNH301, PNP301, PNR 300, PNC320        PNC320, PNP301,
             201                                                                               PNM 300
PNP301       PNA200, PNH 201, PNE 203, PNL 210, PNC     PNM300, PNH301, PNR 300, PNC320        PNC320, PNM300, PNH301
PNR300       ALL FIRST SEMESTER COURSES                 None
       Semester 4
PNC420       PNC320, PNH301, PNM300, PNP301,            PNH401, PNP401, PNR400, PNC420         Seek Advisement
Clinical     PNR300,
PNH401       PNC320, PNH301, PNM300, PNP 301, PNR       PNP401, PNC 420, PNR 400, PNC420       PNC420, PNP401
PNP401       PNP301, PNM300, PNH 301, PNC 320, PNR      PNH401, PNC 420, PNR 400, PNC420       PNC420, PNH401
PNR400       PNR300, PNC 320, PNP 301, PNH 301, PNM     None
       Semester 5
PNC520 Clinical           All nursing courses, Com101 and general education courses must be completed prior to PNC520

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Progression Guidelines
•   Students registered in the PND full time program will register for a full course load each
    semester. Students experiencing academic difficulty should make an appointment with the
    course professor and the Academic Coordinator, to discuss options.
•   Students may repeat the same professional nursing course once.
•   Students may drop a professional nursing course once.
•   Students can drop one clinical course for the duration of their program.
•   A program interruption may be granted once. Only under extenuating circumstances will a
    second program interruption be permitted.
•   A student unsuccessful in any two professional nursing courses will be at risk of being
    withdrawn from the PND program.

Promotion Policy
The Practical Nursing Diploma Program requires student to achieve a minimum of C (60%) in all
Professional Nursing Courses, with the exception of the following:
• MDM101 - A minimum grade of 80% required. Graded as Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
• PNC220, PNC320, and PNC420 - Graded as Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
• PNC520 - A minimum grade of 75% is required. Graded as Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
• COM101 and General Education subjects - A minimum of D (50%) grade is required.

Withdrawing / Dropping a Course
•   Students may drop a professional nursing subject once. The subject must be successfully
    completed the next semester or the student may be withdrawn from the program.
•   Students may drop a clinical course once with approval of the Clinical Coordinator. The
    subject must be successfully completed the next semester or the student may be
    withdrawn from the program.
•   Students who choose to drop a course without academic advisement, may jeopardize their
    progression in the program.
•   Not attending class and/or notifying the professor of your intention to withdraw, does not
    qualify as a withdrawal.
•   Students are considered to have withdrawn from a course only when they drop the course
    officially through Student Centre.
•   Day 10 (week 2) – Courses dropped by this date will not appear on the transcript. This can
    be done independently on Student Centre or by an academic advisor.
•   Day 45 (Week 9) - Courses dropped by this date will receive a Did Not Complete (DNC) code
    on the transcript. This does not affect the Grade Point Average (GPA). Only an academic
    advisor can assist with dropping of courses after Day 10.
•   Week 10 and beyond – If a course is dropped after week 10, the transcript will reflect the
    earned grade. This will affect the Grade Point Average (GPA).

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Academic Standing
    •    Good: Successfully completed all professional courses with a term GPA of 2.0 or greater
    •    Probation: Failed one professional course or term GPA is below 2.0.
    •    Academically Withdrawn: Does not meet program progression requirements. Failed two
         or more professional courses.

Academic Probation
Students are placed on Academic Probation once they are unsuccessful in any one professional
nursing course. They will remain on academic probation for the remainder of their program.
Students are not permitted to drop any professional nursing courses while on probation.

Academic Withdrawal from the PND Program
The Promotions Committee may recommend to the Chair, or designate, that a student be
withdrawn from the practical nursing program. A student who is unsuccessful in two or more
professional courses over the entire program may be withdrawn from the program.
A full-time student that is absent for ten successive school days without contacting the faculty
and/or the registration office will be deemed to have withdrawn from the Practical Nursing
Program. Students can apply for readmission as outlined below:

Transfer or Readmission
Into the Practical Nursing Diploma - Full-time Program

Eligibility Criteria:

•       Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or greater
•       All readmitted students will be placed on academic probation
•       No third, fourth or fifth semester credits will be granted.
•       Applicants must have been students in a nursing program within the past 24 months.
•       Students may be required to repeat courses to support safe clinical practice
•       Applicants unsuccessful in any two clinical courses will not be considered
•       Student identified to be unsafe in any clinical course will not be considered
•       Applicants with less than a 3.0 GPA are advised to enroll in general arts/science courses to
        demonstrate academic success and bring GPA to 3.0 or greater

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Transfer or Readmission Process
 Step 1:         Previous Seneca Full-Time PND student within the last 24 months
                 Continue with Step 2

                 For Seneca BScN students
                 Complete a Transfer Request for Current Day Students form and submit with application
                 Continue with Step 2

 Step 2:         1. Prepare the following documents:
 Submission          •   Letter of Consideration – Discuss how you meet the eligibility criteria; comment on
                         the reasons for requesting readmission or transfer in to the PND Full-Time
                         Program; any extenuating circumstances that contributed to your situation and the
                         strategies that you have and will continue to implement for ongoing success
                     •   Last Clinical Evaluation if applicable
                     •   Transcripts from ALL post-secondary education

                 2. Submit your application with all required documents:

                         Attention: Catherine Dawson /PND Admissions Advisor King Campus
                         Seneca College; 13990 Dufferin St. | King City, ON | L7B 1B3

                 3. DUE DATES: Complete application must be submitted by the following dates:

                     •   June 1st for fall admission
                     •   October 1st for winter admission
                     •   March 1st for spring admission

 Step 3:
 Notification    Students will be notified by letter of the final decision of the admissions committee
                 approximately 2 to 3 weeks after the application due date. Successful applicants will
                 have their academic progression plan included in the notification letter.

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Leave of Absence /Program Interruption
•   Students are required to contact the Academic Coordinator for a leave of absence (LOA)
    from one to three terms (one calendar year) for an extenuating circumstance which
    temporarily effects the student’s ability to continue in the program.
•   The student must complete the Request to Withdraw from Full Time Program form
    ( no later than 10 business
    days after the start of the current term. Other timelines will be considered in extenuating
    circumstances; however, a refund cannot be granted beyond the tenth day of classes.
•   If a leave of absence is granted for a medical condition, medical documentation of fitness to
    return is required before returning to the program.
•   Students must meet with both the Academic Coordinator and Clinical Coordinator before
    returning to the program to discuss program progression.
•   Students who have been out of the program for three consecutive terms may be required
    to repeat professional nursing courses that support client safety.
•   Students who have been out of clinical for three consecutive terms will be required to
    repeat the most recent clinical practicum and other professional nursing courses that
    support client safety.

Voluntary Withdrawal from the College
A student who wishes to withdraw from the College must notify the Registrar's Office in writing
to be eligible for appropriate academic standing and fees refund where applicable. The official
date of withdrawal for grading and refund purposes will be the date on which the student’s
letter of withdrawal is received in the Registrar’s Office.

Mandatory Withdrawal from the College
A Promotion Meeting, regularly or specially convened, may recommend to the Dean, or
designate, that a student be required to withdraw from the College. Such a College-initiated
requirement may be made before the normal completion date of a course or program. The
basis of mandatory withdrawal may be a student's behaviour; and/or attendance; and/or
performance; where one or all of these are detrimental to the learning process, or disruptive to
the aims and objectives of the College. The unexpended portion of fees may be refunded.

                      Assignment/Testing/Exam Guidelines

APA Format/Guidelines for Written Work
To support clear and consistent communication within a discipline, each profession selects a
writing style that meets the needs of its members. All formal papers and assignments, unless
otherwise specified, should comply with the American Psychological Association (APA) guide.
American Psychological Association (2010). Publication of the American Psychological
        Association (6th Ed.). Washington, DC. (ISBN: 978-1-4338-0561-5)

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Late Assignments
Students are required to contact the course faculty to request an assignment extension.
24-hour notice for extension requests is required. Assignments submitted later than five
calendar days without prior negotiation will not be accepted.

Any assignment submitted late OR any assignment for which an extension has been granted
that is not submitted by the negotiated date and time is subject to the following penalty(s):

•   1 day late (any time up to 24 hours after time due): penalty is 5% which means 5% is
    deducted from the grade for the assignment (e.g., a mark of 75% would be reduced to 70%)
•   Each subsequent day late (each 24hour period: 5% will be deducted.)
•   2 days late deduction of 10% (e.g., a mark of 75% would be reduced to 65%)
•   3 days late deduction of 15% (e.g., a mark of 75% would be reduced to 60%)
•   4 days late deduction of 20% (e.g., a mark of 75% would be reduced to 55%)
•   5 days late deduction of 25% (e.g., a mark of 75% would be reduced to 50%)

Exceptions to the lateness penalty for extenuating circumstances may be considered by the
course faculty. This will require submitting the PND late Assignment Submission Form
(Appendix A) along with supporting documentation (e.g. health care provider statement).

Request for Grade Reappraisal Guideline
Academic work eligible for grade reappraisal include scholarly papers, a video recording or a
final examination. Oral or group presentations are not eligible. Non-academic grounds (such as
illness or misfortune) are not relevant grounds for grade reappraisals.

•   Students may, with sufficient academic grounds, request that their grade be reappraised.
•   Students are expected to first contact the course faculty to discuss the grade received and
    to request their work to be reviewed within five school days of receiving the evaluation.
•   If applicable the course faculty may choose to re-evaluate the student’s work and make the
    appropriate grade change.
•   If after meeting with the course faculty, the issue is unresolved, the student may request a
    grade reappraisal by completing a PND Grade Reappraisal Request Form. (Appendix A).
    Grade reappraisal may only be requested within five school days (excluding statutory
    holidays) from the release of final grades on student centre.

Process for Requesting a Grade Reappraisal
The student must submit the following to the Academic Chair:
1. PND Grade Reappraisal Request Form including rationale for the request within 1 week of
the release of the final grade.
2. The original academic work with all comments and feedback.
3. A blind (name and student number obliterated), unmarked copy of the paper to be
4. Complete information from the course syllabus/outline about the paper, including methods
of evaluation, marking guidelines or rubric.
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5. Students need to be aware that a request for a grade reappraisal may result in the original
grade being raised, lowered or confirmed.
6. The Academic Chair informs the student and course faculty of the result of the reappraisal in
writing via email.

Length of Multiple Choice Tests
Below are the guidelines for time allotted for multiple-choice exams. Students need to develop
skill in writing exam questions in a timed environment. This will support students in completing
the evaluation in the required amount of time. This prepares students for the CPRNE exam.

 •    Semester 1 & 2 = 85 seconds per question
 •    Semester 3 & 4 = 80 seconds per question
 •    Semester 5 = 72 seconds per question

Evaluation Guidelines
 1.  Students must be registered for a course to complete evaluations for the course.
 2.  Students will not be permitted to complete a test/exam prior to the scheduled date.
 3.  No student is permitted to complete a test/exam without invigilation.
 4.  Students are permitted to bring required pencils, pens and erasers in a clear plastic bag.
     All other belongings must be left in a locker or in a designated area of the test/exam room.
     The safety of their belongings cannot be guaranteed.
 5. Water in a clear bottle without a label is permitted.
 6. All students must bring their Seneca OneCard or valid government photo identification (ID)
     to complete a test/exam. Students must display their ID in plain view on the desk for the
     duration of the test/exam.
 7. All answers must be transcribed on the Scantron® sheet (if applicable) for electronic
     grading. Only answers on the Scantron® sheet will be graded.
 8. When completing essay, short answer test questions, and other handwritten work,
     students must write with a non-erasable pen. Correction tape/liquid is not permitted.
     Written work in pencil will not be graded.
 9. Students are not permitted to have unauthorized material or electronic devices during a
     test/exam as this is an academic integrity offence.
 10. No talking permitted.
 11. Students suspected of violating academic integrity will be reported to the Chair of Health
     Sciences for investigation.
 12. Students arriving late may be admitted to the test/exam room within 30 minutes of the
     start time of the test/exam other than for extenuating circumstances as determined by
     the invigilator. Students arriving late will not receive extra time to complete the exam.
 13. Students cannot leave the test/exam room for the first 40 minutes after the test/exam has
     started other than for extenuating circumstances as determined by the invigilator
 14. In order to prevent disruption to those students who are completing their test/exam,
     students cannot leave the exam room in the last 15 minutes of the scheduled test/exam
     other than for extenuating circumstances as determined by the invigilator.

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Final exam week
Exam week is Week 14 of the schedule. Exams are scheduled from 0800 – 1900.
The final exam schedule will be available for viewing on Student Centre once it is released.

Test/Examination Review
Students should contact the course faculty via Seneca e-mail to make an appointment to review
tests or final examinations. Students will be provided with an answer key to use when
reviewing test/exam results. Requests to review tests should be made within 2 weeks of
receiving test results. Faculty will be available to review final examinations during Academic
Advisement week. Faculty will notify students of availability during Academic Advisement week.
Due to the nature of the course, there will be no final exam review permitted for PNC520.

Request for Deferred Evaluation Privilege for Tests and Exams
Students are expected to complete evaluations at their scheduled time and are strongly
discouraged from missing an evaluation. Students may request a deferred evaluation privilege
for extenuating circumstances:

•   Incapacitating illness
•   Death in the family
•   Legal proceedings
•   Religious, Indigenous or Spiritual observance by the student

Process for Requesting Deferred Evaluation Privilege
1. Notify course faculty and the PND academic coordinator by Seneca email within 48 hours of
   the missed evaluation.
2. Complete the Request for Deferred Evaluation Form (Appendix A) along with supporting
   documentation and submit to course faculty within one week of the missed evaluation.
   Scanned forms and documentation will not be accepted.
3. The course faculty will review the documentation, approve or deny the request, and notify
   the student of the alternate date, time and location of the evaluation.
4. All deferred written evaluations will be scheduled in week 12.
5. Failure to adhere to the required process and time lines will result in a grade of zero for the
   missed evaluation.
6. For lab courses PNL110, PNE203 and PNL210, deferred practical testing will be scheduled at
   the discretion of the course faculty
7. An evaluation can only be deferred once. If the deferred evaluation is not completed, a
   grade of zero (0) will be given.
8. Deferred Final Exams will be assigned a date/time during end of term promotion meetings.
   Information about the deferred exam(s) will be provided on the student’s Advising
   Transcript. Students are required to check their advising transcript for this information.

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Required Documentation:

Incapacitating illness: Students are required to submit documentation on the health care
providers (HCP) practice letterhead and must include:

 •   Date(s) of illness
 •   The date(s) and time(s), the student was examined
 •   Functional impacts of the illness
 •   HCP’s signature with CPSO/CNO number
 •   Documentation retrieved from eHealth will not be accepted

Death in the family:
Students are required to submit a death certificate.

Religious, Indigenous or Spiritual observance by the student:
Students are required to provide evidence confirming the religious, indigenous or spiritual
obligations involved.

Legal proceedings:
Students are required to submit a copy of the summon(s) with date(s).

                           Academic Policy and Guidelines
Students are responsible for knowing the content of the Seneca College Academic Policy.
This document provides information about admissions, fees, curriculum, libraries, attendance,
participation, grades and examinations. Information on Seneca’s Academic Integrity Policies
and College Copyright Policies.

Academic Integrity
Seneca College has the highest standards of academic integrity. Academic integrity means that
all students will conduct themselves in an honest and trustworthy manner in all aspects of their
academic career. To support Academic Integrity, all work submitted by students may be
reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third-party services. Please
visit the Academic Integrity site at

Students in the PND program are accountable for their own learning and for facilitating the
learning of their classmates. Students demonstrate accountability by:
    • Being truthful
    • Being consistently prepared
    • Seeking assistance when needed
    • Being on time for class and practicum
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•     Giving prior notice of intended absences
     •     Completing assigned tasks as negotiated
     •     Informing the group of absences prior to class time
     •     Supporting classmates and guests during presentations

Discrimination/Harassment Policy
All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free
from discrimination and/or harassment. Seneca College will not tolerate any form of
discrimination and/or harassment in its employment, educational, accommodation or business

Student Code of Conduct
All students are required to adhere to Seneca College policies on Student Conduct. Faculty and
students are expected to abide by the zero-tolerance standard for discrimination and

Seneca Important Academic Dates
From this link, the student can see all of the important academic dates for multiple semesters.
This is where students can find when tuition is due and when the semester begins and ends; as
well as the dates for exam week, study week and holidays. It also indicates the exact last day to
add and drop a course, the last date to receive a DNC grade, and course grades.
End of Term Process
Week 14 – Exams are written
Week 15 - Monday - faculty submits Grades
Week 15 - Tuesday through Friday – End of Term Meetings for Faculty
Week 15 - Typically Saturday at 9am grades released to Student Centre
Week 16 – Academic Advisement Period – meet with faculty and coordinators by appointment.

Academic Standing
The student academic standing is evaluated at the end of each term.
 •       Good: Successfully completed all professional courses with a term GPA of 2.0 or greater
 •       Probation: Failed one professional course or term GPA is below 2.0.
 •       Academically Withdrawn: Does not meet program progression requirements. Failed two or more
         professional courses.

Advising Transcript
Final grades and academic standing are located on the student’s transcript. The transcript will
also have information on any temporary or incomplete grades, and if applicable, deferred final
examinations. It is important for students to follow up with their professor regarding their
course completion requirement.
Video on how to access Advising Transcript:
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Grade Point Average
•   Program GPA
    The grade point average includes all graded courses identified to meet program
•   Term GPA
    This is the grade point average of all graded classes in a term.
•   Cumulative GPA
    The grade point average of all graded courses for all terms.

Students may appeal any academic decisions made by the college, including but not limited to:
final grades, academic honesty decisions, continuation or status in a program, School, Faculty or
the college. It is College policy that you will be given a fair hearing when you proceed with an
academic appeal. See Section 13 Seneca College Academic Policy Handbook.

Informal Resolution
It is best for both the student and the College to resolve differences quickly and informally.
Therefore, if you disagree with any College academic decision the student must discuss the
matter with their faculty member(s) and Advisor, Program Coordinator or Chair as soon as
possible to see if a mutually satisfactory solution can be reached.
Students who want to appeal a grade should adhere to the following protocol:
     1. Review the grade with the subject professor.
     2. If the issue is unresolved, review the grade with the Coordinator
     3. If the issue is unresolved, review the grade with the Chair of Health Sciences

Formal Appeal
If you are unable to resolve the matter through the informal resolution, then you may file an
appeal with the College. Students can seek assistance from the Student Services Office
During an appeal, permission must be received from the Chair for the student to audit/attend
class until the Appeals Committee has made a decision. Students will not be allowed to attend
clinical practicum during the appeal process.

To receive your diploma, you must apply to graduate. Students must submit “Request to
Graduate” form to the registrar at any campus.

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Opt-out of Graduation to Upgrade Program GPA
It is important to note that once you graduate, you are no longer able to alter the program GPA.
Many bridging programs will ask for the program GPA. Seneca College has a policy of
automatically graduating students once they have met the final requirements of their program.
Students who do not wish to be considered for graduation can opt-out on the Student Centre,
under the "My Academics" tab, then Graduation Status. The posted deadline to opt-out is
available on the following site.

Please note that students who chose this option will not be deemed to have graduated so
their name will not be put forward to the College of Nurses of Ontario for eligibility to sit the
registration exam.

Seneca convocation ceremonies take place twice per year, October and June. You will need to
apply to graduate. The Convocation link will include a schedule of ceremonies and guest
information. There is also information on graduation photos, rings, flowers and frames.

                                    Student Resources

Counselling and Accessibility Services
Students requesting academic accommodations are asked to register with Counselling and
Accessibility Services at the beginning of the semester in order for supports and services to be
put in place in a timely manner. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and
Accessibility Services at 416-491-5050 ext. 55157 to initiate the process for documenting,
assessing and implementing individual accommodation needs.

Academic Accommodation
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to
promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counseling and
Disabilities Services Office to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing
your individual accommodation needs.

The provision of client care in the clinical setting is time sensitive and any delay may cause
safety concerns. As such there will be no accommodation for extra time provided for students
involving the performance, or demonstration, of practical skills, including documentation of
client care, in the clinical setting.

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Student Services
Student Services is a bridge to life at Seneca. They have many resources and supports to help
the student succeed during their Seneca academic career. We encourage students to explore
options and opportunities, and to get involved in the Seneca community. Student services have
available information on academic success strategies and offer many other opportunities, such
as how to become a student ambassador or a Seneca Student Federation representative.

Seneca’s Libraries provide students with resources and services both online and on-site to
enhance academic pursuits. They offer print, audio visual and electronic resources including
books, magazines, journals, videos, DVDs, slides, recordings and a variety of topical databases.
Seneca’s Libraries host a comprehensive website tailored to program-specific offerings. The
Nursing subject guide highlights relevant library resources specific to the Nursing and Health
Sciences fields.

Learning Centre
“Engage, Learn, and Succeed” is the focus of the learning center. The tutors are peers that have
taken courses, completed assignments and have written the exams. They are able to help the
student understand concepts, explain what they have learned in the classroom, recommend
the best way to study for courses, and how to best complete homework and assignments. The
tutors offer free one-on-one tutoring, free group tutoring and free workshops and seminars.

My Seneca /Student Centre
Each course will have a site where professors can post course related material and information
for the student to access. There is also access to important Seneca Tools and to Seneca
Services. Students are required to access course materials designated by the professor for all
subject areas on a regular basis. Also referred to as Blackboard.
Student Centre is a computerized student information system. This is where the student has
the ability to see their schedule, add or drop classes as required, and change their address or
add a phone number. On this site the student’s will find their official and final grades that have
been released. Please note: It is important for students to access their unofficial advising
transcript at the end of the term. This document will also provide information on the student’s
current academic standing, provide directions on submitting incomplete assignments,
supplemental and deferred exams when applicable.

Seneca Email
It is important that students check their Seneca E-mail daily. All E-mail communications
between faculty and students must be through the Seneca E-mail system ONLY. How to
activate your Seneca Email is identified through the New Student Technology Information

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