Registered Nurse - Occupational Health Nursing - 875

Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Nursing Students

*Next Student Intake - Winter 2019*

Course Availability Fall Winter Spring
Occupational Health Nursing Intro   X      X  
Health in the Workplace   X      X     X
Health Assessment   X      X  
Occupational Health and Surveillance        X     X
Health and Safety Legislation        X     X
Health and Safety Management   X      X  
Ergonomics & Disability Management   X       X
Occupational Health Nursing Project   X      X     X

Prepare for practice as an Occupational Health Nurse in various employment settings. The courses will enhance the knowledge and skills of experienced Occupational Health Nurses and will assist with meeting the application qualifications for the Canadian Nurses Association Specialty Certificate Examination (COHN-C).

This program is offered online through OntarioLearn


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 2017/18 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 

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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.
Credits: 3
Equivalents: NRSG10084 or NRSGHZ215
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
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: 3
Prerequisites: HSCIOHN02 and HSCIOHN03 and HSCIOHN04 and HLTH10030 and MGMT10020 and HSCI10151