Registered Nurse - Occupational Health Nursing - 875

Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Specialize your skills with an Occupational Health Nursing Graduate Certificate!
Nursing Students

*Next Student Intake - Fall 2019*

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 Admissions & 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!

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 2018/19 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.
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

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 Winter Spring
NRSGOHN01 Occupational Health Nursing Introduction X X  
HLTH10030 Health in the Workplace X X X
HSCI10151 Health Assessment X X  
HSCIOHN02 Occupational Health and Surveillance   X X
HSCIOHN03 Health and Safety Legislation     X
HSCIOHN04 Health and Safety Management X X  
MGMT10020 Ergonomics and Disability Management for Occupational Health Nursing X   X
WORKOHN05 Occupational Health Nursing Project X X X