Oncology Nursing - 883

Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Nurse handing juice to smiling cancer patient

The next intake of new students for this program is Fall 2019, registration opens August 1st.

Enhance your nursing skills to support patients and families living with cancer.

Oncology nurses are compassionate, detail-oriented, and work well under pressure. Learn the skills necessary to provide optimal, safe and effective supportive care to individuals living with the effects of cancer.

Through a combination of theory and clinical experience, you will explore the biologic and psychosocial dimensions of the disease process that a patient may be dealing with, and will develop a keen understanding various variables of symptom control and management.

This program will also help prepare those who are eligible for the Canadian Nurses Association Oncology Nursing Certification Examination.

You do not need to apply to begin this program, simply ensure you meet the admission requirements (listed on the Admission & Registration tab) and then you may register for any available courses.

If you have any questions about this program, please do not hesitate to reach out to us!


Preclinical / Clinical Information

Students preparing for Clinical Placement should visit our Preclinical / Clinical webpage and our Clinical FAQ for details and information on the process.

Program Contact
Continuing Education Health and Nursing
  • Proof of current RN/RPN registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario.

You do not need to apply to begin this program. Start by ensuring you meet the admission requirements listed above and then register for the courses listed in the Program of Studies when they are offered.  Some courses have prerequisites, so please check the Program of Studies for details. Find out how to register for a course.

The program of studies displayed below applies to students starting the program in the 2018/19 academic year.  Students must take the introductory course before any others.  Students who began in other academic years may require different courses to be eligible to graduate. If you have questions regarding a strategy for completion contact Continuing Education - Health and Nursing .

Students have 5 years to complete their program of studies. 

Click on the Course number or Course title for more information on each course.

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A selection of courses are available each term. Courses that are currently not available (N/A) for registration may be offered in the future – check back frequently.

Mandatory Courses

Register Course number Course title Course Hours
Course description: An opportunity to integrate the knowledge and skills learned in the previous theory modules in a clinical setting. This clinical experience is 48 hours in length. Hospital and/or community settings may be selected. Date, time and clinical site(s) must be arranged with the Program Manager.
Prerequisites: HSCINSCC5 and HSCI10151 or HSCI10221 and HSCI10151 or HSCINSCC5 and NRSG10084 or HSCI10221 and NRSG10084 or HSCINSCC5 and NRSGHZ215 or HSCI10221 and NRSGNSCC5
Course description: This course will provide you with the cognitive, affective and psychomotor skills required to conduct a complete physical examination and health assessment of the client across the life cycle. Included are health history taking, physical examination skills, health promotion techniques and clinical decision making. This is essential for your role as a nurse in providing healing interventions for clients and their families.
Credits: 3
Equivalents: NRSG10084 or NRSGHZ215
Course description: Communication and psychosocial issues faced by patients and families living with cancer is the focus. Topics include communication skills, developmental issues, impact of cancer on patients and families, grief and bereavement and survivorship issues.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: NRSGNSCC1
Course description: Explore Oncology Nursing. Topics include pathophysiology, epidemiology, prevention, screening and detection, treatment modalities and clinical trials. Prerequisite: RN or RPN
Credits: 2
Course description: Topics include nursing management of cancer of the brain and CNS, breast, colon, rectum, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, gynecologic, head & neck, leukemia, lung, lymphoma, metastatic multiple myeloma, skin cancer, and pediatric cancers. Equivalent to: HSCINSCC3.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: HSCINSCC2
Equivalents: HSCINSCC3
Course description: This course includes oncologic complications, cancer treatment modalities of surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, biotherapy, bone marrow transplant, and cancer clinical trials. Equivalent to: HSCINSCC4.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: HSCINSCC3 or HSCI10219
Equivalents: HSCINSCC4
Course description: This course discusses cancer supportive therapies and symptom management in the care of the cancer patient. Equivalent to: HSCINSCC5.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: HSCINSCC4 or HSCI10220
Equivalents: HSCINSCC5
Courses Fall Winter Spring
Oncology Nursing - Introductory   X     X  
Comunications And Psychosocial Issues        X    X
Major Malignancies I  X      X
Major Malignancies II  X    X    X
Symptom Control and Management      X    X
Health Assessment   X    X    X
Oncology Clinical Experience   X    X    X

Successful completion of the Oncology Nursing Certificate Program will enable the graduate to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the CNO and CANO Standards, physiology of cancer, quality of life issues, advanced directive and palliative care
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Nursing Practice and Genetics
  • Demonstrate knowledge of epidemiology, prevention, screening, detection, diagnosis and staging
  • Demonstrate knowledge of cancer surgeries
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the pathophysiology of cancer, biotherapy related to cancers
  • Demonstrate knowledge of communication, techniques and barriers
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the theory of Learning and Patient teaching
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the impact of cancer on individuals and families
  • Demonstrate knowledge of grief, bereavement, spirituality and death, the meaning of "survivorship" relating to patients and families and sexuality issues
  • Demonstrate knowledge of head and neck cancers, brain and central nervous system, skin cancer, immunology, leukemia, multiple myeloma, Hodgkin's and non Hodgkin's lymphoma also on with the treatment modalities and nursing interventions utilized in the care of the patient and family
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the disease processes of gynecological, stomach, liver pancreatic, colorectal, bladder, prostate and testicular cancers along with prevention, detection and treatment modalities of theses cancers and appropriate nursing interventions
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the fatigue associated with cancer, GI disturbances, the immune system and supportive measures for the body's protective mechanisms, nutritional support and interventions, and pain and pain management
  • Demonstrate knowledge and technical skills in basic physical assessment, history taking and documentation
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills acquired throughout the theory courses to an oncological clinical setting

Potential for specialization in several areas of Oncology nursing including inpatient care, outpatient care and clinics

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Students who have gained knowledge and skills through the work experience and have documented evidence may utilize the Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition process for credit for the placement course. Please contact plar [at] mohawkcollege.ca (PLAR) for further details.

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