Registered Nurse - Occupational Health Nursing - 875

Ontario College Graduate Certificate
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Overview

Specialize your skills with an Occupational Health Nursing Graduate Certificate!

Occupational Health Nurses play an important role in providing health and safety services in workplaces, both for employers and employees. In this Graduate Certificate program, you will study ergonomics and disability management, health and safety management, health and safety legislation and more, preparing you for practice as an Occupational Health Nurse.

Led by instructors who are experienced industry professionals, this program will assist with meeting the application qualifications for the Canadian Nurses Association specialty certification examination (COHN-C) or enhance the knowledge and skills of experienced Occupational Health Nurses.

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.

Program Contact
Continuing Education Health and Nursing
  • Certificate of Registration from the College of Nurses of Ontario as an RN OR
  • Registered in the jurisdiction where you live.

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 current academic year. 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 

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: Students will acquire an understanding of principles of adult learning and therapeutic relationships in order to develop, implement and evaluate health promotion and disease prevention programs and strategies in the workplace. Students will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to promote employee wellness through identification, management and prevention work-related stress and burnout, acquire skills to assist employees to cope with bereavement and loss, facilitate Employee Assistance Programs, and provide crisis intervention and critical incident response, defusing and debriefing.
Credits: 3
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.
Course description: Understand the health effects of common hazardous chemical and physical agents in the workplace as well as the related health assessments, diagnoses, nursing interventions and medical surveillance. Develop an understanding of principles of occupational hygiene and exposure monitoring and sampling techniques. Prerequisite: NRSGOHN01.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: NRSGOHN01
Course description: Occupational health nurses must understand relevant health and safety legislation in order to assist workplaces to comply with legislated requirements. Introduces health and safety legislation to assist you in the design and implementation of a health and safety program. Prerequisite: NRSGOHN01.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: NRSGOHN01
Course description: Learn to design, implement and evaluate an effective occupational health service and health and safety program incorporating evidence-based practice. Acquire or enhance professional writing skills and obtain and critique a research report.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: NRSGOHN01
Course description: Acquire an understanding of biomechanical and ergonomic principles & relate these to pathophysiology of work-related musculoskeletal disorders. Perform physical demands analyses, identify ergonomic risk factors & recommend workstation and/or task modification to prevent work-related injuries. Identify barriers to return to work and design an effective disability management program. Recommended Prerequisite: NRSGOHN01.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: NRSGOHN01
Course description: This course introduces students to the practice of occupational health nursing as well as the ethical, professional and legal issues and guidelines, which form the basis of occupational health nursing practice. Students will acquire basic skills in the identification of health and safety hazards in the workplace as well as activities, which promote employee health and safety.
Credits: 3

Select 1 from the next 3 courses

Register Course number Course title Course Hours
Course description: Apply knowledge and skills of occupational health nursing in a preceptored clinical placement. Focus will be on provision of care related to Occupational Health nursing practice.
Prerequisites: HSCIOHN02 and HSCIOHN03 and HSCIOHN04 and HLTH10030 and MGMT10020 and HSCI10151
Equivalents: WORKOHN05
Course description: The student will consolidate and utilize the content of prior Occupational Health Nursing courses in the development and implementation of a workplace project. The student will select and perform a project related to occupational health nursing practice.
Credits: 4
Prerequisites: HSCIOHN02 and HSCIOHN03 and HSCIOHN04 and HLTH10030 and MGMT10020 and HSCI10151
Course description: The student will utilize the content of prior Occupational Health Nursing courses to conduct a research project and/or work with a research team on a research project focusing on Occupational Health Nursing care.
Credits: 4
Prerequisites: HSCIOHN02 and HSCIOHN03 and HSCIOHN04 and HLTH10030 and MGMT10020 and HSCI10151

The list of scheduled course offerings for this program is below. Please note that all offerings are subject to change. Not every course is offered every semester, so please consider this schedule when planning your academic path.

Course Code Course Name

Fall 

(Sep to Dec)

Winter

(Jan to Apr)

Spring

(May to Aug)

NRSGOHN01 Occupational Health Nursing Introduction OntarioLearn OntarioLearn  
HLTH10030 Health in the Workplace OntarioLearn OntarioLearn OntarioLearn
HSCI10151 Health Assessment OntarioLearn OntarioLearn  
HSCIOHN02 Occupational Health and Surveillance   OntarioLearn OntarioLearn
HSCIOHN03 Health and Safety Legislation     OntarioLearn
HSCIOHN04 Health and Safety Management OntarioLearn OntarioLearn  
MGMT10020 Ergonomics and Disability Management for Occupational Health Nursing OntarioLearn   OntarioLearn
NRSG10126 OHN Independent Study OntarioLearn OntarioLearn OntarioLearn
NRSG10127 OHN Research Project MyCanvas MyCanvas MyCanvas
CLIN10090 OHN Clinical FieldWork FieldWork FieldWork
Getting Started

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Login to MyMohawk
MyMohawk is the college portal used to access your student account information, email, grades and more. Your username and password can be found on the Continuing Education Acknowledgement of Registration & Student Account form that was sent to you after you registered for your course. Visit the Getting Started - MyMohawk Guide for step-by-step instructions.

Access Mohawk Email
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Access OntarioLearn
Courses in this program are delivered through OntarioLearn. Visit www.ontariolearn.com to access your course. Visit the OntarioLearn Course page for step-by-step instructions. Please note your course will not appear in OntarioLearn until the scheduled start date.

Access MyCanvas
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Explore Contacts and Services 

Online learning courses provide you with the opportunity to learn online, anywhere, at your convenience!  You can study at home or at work - wherever you like, whenever you like, within a predetermined time frame.

Courses are delivered over a set time period and are led by instructors. Most courses do not require that you be online at a certain time of day or night, but that you are active in the course during the schedule. There are scheduled start and end dates and you cannot start courses late nor finish early.

Visit the OntarioLearn Course page to discover how to get started on OntarioLearn. Please note your course will not appear in OntarioLearn until the scheduled start date.

Visit Exams for Online Courses for everything you need to know about booking and writing your online learning exam.

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.

Academic Opportunities

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Related Links

Consider joining the Ontario Occupational Health Nurses Association (OOHNA), where you will receive ongoing professional assistance to help in further developing your expertise and support you in your practice.