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Saskatchewan Polytechnic educated nurses are known for their high standards of practice, ethical behaviour, acceptance of diversity and skilful compassion. After all, they’ve been trained by the best. With 16 innovative programs, our school boasts 230 nationally recognized faculty and staff who’ll help prepare you for gratifying careers as registered nurses, nurse practitioners, registered psychiatric nurses, licensed practical nurses, diabetes educators and more.

Face time with faculty. Small class sizes afford plenty of one-to-one interaction with faculty. These experienced nurses and health-care practitioners go beyond textbooks to help you develop essential skills such as critical thinking, communicating and caring.

Prepare for real-life situations. Prior to clinical practice placements, you’ll build your confidence in simulation centres, complete with high-tech mannequins, hospital and assessment rooms, video cameras and control rooms.

Earn a degree. The Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is offered jointly by Saskatchewan Polytechnic and the University of Regina and can be completed in three or four years. If you have a Psychiatric Nursing diploma, the Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing degree completion program gives you the opportunity to earn a psychiatric nursing degree in as little as two years. Saskatchewan Polytechnic and the University of Regina offer the Collaborative Nurse Practitioner Program, which leads to the Master’s of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) degree.

Flexible learning. We realize that on-campus programs aren’t always convenient. That’s why many of our programs and courses are offered through distance education and in communities throughout the province.

Programs


Master's Degree

Bachelor's Degrees

Post-Graduate Certificate

Diploma

Advanced Certificates

Applied Certificates

Continuing Education

Nursing continuing education

Saskatchewan Polytechnic Continuing Care Assistant (CCA) graduates who completed their program after the year 2000 can bridge into the Saskatchewan Polytechnic Practical Nursing program. By choosing the bridging option CCA graduates reduce their program of study. After successfully completing APHY 162, SOCI 160 and all three completer courses for Semester 1 students are eligible for PRAC 162 (Practicum 1) once they have applied to and are accepted into the program.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic Continuing Care Assistant graduates receive transfer credit for NURS 163 Personal and Professional Relationships for having completed the CCA courses COMM 291 Interpersonal Communication and COMM 197.

NURS 170 Nursing Arts 1 Completer, NURS 173 Health and Healing 1 Completer and NURS 174 Health Challenges add content that was not covered in the CCA Program.

All applicants are required to meet the admission requirements of the Practical Nursing program that include:

- Grade 12 with a minimum overall average of 65% in the following five subjects:
  • English Language Arts A30, English Language Arts B30, any 30 level mathematics*
  • one of Biology 30, Chemistry 30 or Physics 30 and
  • one of Social Studies 30, History 30 or Native Studies 30

- English Language Requirement

Accepted applicants are required to provide evidence of a Criminal Record Check upon admission into the program. At the discretion of the practicum agency, you may be declined access to a clinical or work placement based on the contents of the Criminal Record Check. The cost of the Criminal Record Check is your responsibility.

Proof of current Standard First Aid and CPR Health Care Provider C AED or equivalent is required prior to entry into the clinical practicum.

Revised Mathematics Curriculum Requirement (Effective July 1, 2013)

  • Foundations of Math 30 or Pre-Calculus 30 (replacing any 30 level math above)
  • All other admission requirements remain unchanged

Program Details


Courses
  • (APHY 162) Anatomy and Physiology 1
  • (NURS 173) Health and Healing 1 Completer
  • (NURS 174) Health Challenges 1 Completer
  • (NURS 170) Nursing Arts 1 Completer
  • (SOCI 160) Sociology 1
  • Diabetes Education for Health Care Professionals is an advanced certificate program that provides health care professionals with the knowledge, judgment, skills and attitudes needed to meet the health care needs of individuals with diabetes. You will learn how to practice in accordance with the Primary Health Care Model using primary prevention strategies and the population health approach to disease prevention. The program is designed for:

    • registered nurses
    • licensed practical nurses
    • registered psychiatric nurses
    • dietitians
    • pharmacists
    • advanced care paramedics
    • nutritionists
    • recreation/exercise specialists

    This program is available in full through distance and/or continuing education. For complete program information, check the program page.

    Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) and transfer credit may be options for receiving credit. For further information see the PLAR candidate guide (pdf) or the transfer credit page.


    Program Details


    Courses
  • (HLTH 270) Activity Management
  • (HLTH 271) Complications - Acute and Chronic
  • (CLTR 260) Cultural Considerations
  • (HLTH 272) Diabetes Care Across the Lifespan
  • (HLTH 266) Diabetes Management: A Review
  • (HLTH 268) Insulin and Oral Agents
  • (HLTH 269) Nutrition Management
  • (HLTH 267) Primary Prevention
  • (EDUC 260) The Education Process
  • Diabetes Education for Health Care Providers is an applied certificate program that provides health care providers with the knowledge, judgment, skills and attitudes needed to meet the health care needs of individuals with diabetes. The program is for health care providers with the following designations:

    • community health representative (CHR)
    • community health educator (CHE)
    • continuing care assistant (CCA)
    • primary care paramedic (PCP)
    • licensed practical nurse (LPN)
    • graduate practical nurse

    This program is available in full through distance and/or continuing education. For complete program information, check the program page.

    Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) and transfer credit may be options for receiving credit. For further information see the PLAR candidate guide (pdf) or the transfer credit page


    Program Details


    Courses
  • (HLTH 166) Long-term Complications
  • (HLTH 163) Managing Diabetes
  • (HLTH 164) Managing Highs and Lows
  • (EDUC 160) Principles of Education
  • (HLTH 167) Special Considerations
  • (HLTH 162) Understanding Diabetes
  • Nursing Re-entry is an applied certificate program designed for individuals who:

    • have been previously registered in Canada and are eligible for reregistration in Saskatchewan
    • are currently registered in Saskatchewan and want to update and evaluate their knowledge and skills
    • have not been registered in Canada and require or want to write registration exams (Assessment Strategies Inc.)
    You will acquire the knowledge and skills needed to reach the competencies required for a beginning graduate nurse (SRNA 1999).

    This program is available in full through distance and/or part-time continuing education. For complete program information, check the program page.

    Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) and transfer credit may be options for receiving credit. For further information see the PLAR Candidate Guide - Whole Program (pdf), the PLAR Candidate Guide - Individual Courses (pdf) or the transfer credit page.


    Program Details


    Courses
  • (NRSG 209) Adult Health Nursing 1
  • (NRSG 210) Adult Health Nursing 2
  • (COMP 170) Basic Computer Operation
  • (NRSG 208) Child Health Nursing
  • (FATR 1604) Group Facilitation
  • (NRSG 200) Health Assessment 1
  • (NRSG 201) Health Assessment 2
  • (NRSG 202) Issues and Trends in Professional Nursing 1
  • (NRSG 203) Issues and Trends in Professional Nursing 2
  • (NRSG 205) Mental Health Nursing
  • (NRSG 207) Nursing the Childbearing Family
  • (NRSG 211) Nursing the Older Adult
  • (NRSG 204) Perspectives in Community Nursing
  • (PHAR 200) Pharmacology in Nursing
  • Every employer must meet the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations.  There is a demand for qualified and experienced occupational health and safety practitioners in every industry because employers are building their OH&S teams.

    The Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) Practitioner program offers two credential options: an applied certificate for those wanting to enter the field and a certificate for practitioners who want a more advanced level of education and  qualifications for a career in occupational health and safety.

    Apply for the applied certificate if you:

    • want an entry level position in OH&S
    • have industry experience and want to ad occupational health and safety to your credentials
    • work as an OH&S practitioner and require one year post-secondary education to write the Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) exam to become a professional
    • are a member of a working group and want to know more about OH&S
    • want to work in an OH&S department along with other OH&S professionals (specialist coordinator)
     

    Apply for the certificate if you:

    • are a graduate of the applied certificate and want to further your education
    • have industry experience and want to add Occupational Health and safety to your credentials
    • want to study, prepare to write the Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) exam
    • work in a one person OH&S department division
    • want a higher level position in OH&S department / division as a officer, superintendent, manager or supervisor

    Graduates of the OH&S practitioner program learn the skills needed to provide knowledgeable advice that employers need to develop, implement and evaluate company safety management systems. Graduates will learn how to create effective teams, communicate effectively and coach employees to work safely.

    When you add an OH&S certificate and the CRSP designation to your current education and experience you have an added advantage as a job seeker. The Saskatchewan Polytechnic OH&S certificate courses will help you to prepare to write the CRSP exam. Students are also encouraged to take additional safety training courses throughout their career to stay current in the field. Students should gear their education to employer job postings.

    Additional skills needed: good computer skills (typing, Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint), good organization and problem solving skills, excellent verbal and written communication skills, a passion for preventing workplace injury and compassion for others.

    The applied certificate is offered through part-time distance online courses as well as full-time at Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus in Saskatoon. The certificate is offered as print-based or online distance courses plus two face-to-face train-the-trainer courses. The certificate includes all applied certificate courses.


    Program Details


    Courses
  • (HLTH 190) Accident Causation, Analysis and Investigation
  • (SFTY 171) Auditing Safety Management Systems
  • (PCOM 180) Communication Strategies
  • (SFTY 198) Contractor Safety Systems
  • (HLTH 187) Disability Management
  • (HLTH 191) Ergonomics
  • (SFTY 199) Fire Prevention and Protection
  • (HLTH 188) Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene 1
  • (HLTH 189) Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene 2
  • (HLTH 181) Occupational Health and Safety Programming
  • (MGMT 191) Organizational Behaviour and Leadership
  • (PRAC 189) Practicum
  • (EDUC 182) Principles and Practices of Adult Learning
  • (HLTH 192) Respiratory Test/Train Trainer
  • (HLTH 180) Risk Analysis and Hazard Control
  • (SFTY 191) Safety Systems
  • (TRAN 181) Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Train the Trainer
  • (WHMS 184) WHMIS Train the Trainer
  • Occupational Health Nurses are registered nurses who play a vital role in workplace wellness. Their exciting role encompasses health promotion, health maintenance, and the prevention of illness and injury in the workplace. Learn more about this post-graduate certificate program.
    Program Details


    Courses
  • (NRSG 287) Foundations/Occ Health Nursing
  • (SFTY 201) Managing Hlth/Sfty Systems OHN
  • (PROJ 205) Project Management in OHN
  • (NRSG 289) Work Environments and Health 1
  • If you're an internationally educated nurse who wants to practice nursing in Saskatchewan and Canada, you'll need to update your credentials to meet the competencies of the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses' Association. Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s innovative Orientation to Nursing in Canada for Internationally Educated Nurses program can help. This applied certificate program is specifically designed to help you gain the knowledge and skills you need to work as a nurse in Canada. You will:
    • learn about medical technology, terminology and drug therapy theory in Canada
    • explore issues generated by language barriers and cultural differences
    • have your clinical skills assessed in comparison to techniques and equipment used in Canada
    • take part in simulation labs and supervised clinical practice education
    • prepare to write the Canadian Registered Nurse Exam (CRNE)
    For complete program information, check the program page
    Program Details


    Courses
  • (NRSG 222) Caring for the Elderly Client
  • (NRSG 208) Child Health Nursing
  • (NRSG 221) Common Health Challenges
  • (NRSG 224) Communications 1 (224)
  • (NRSG 225) Communications 2
  • (NRSG 226) Communications 3 (226)
  • (NRSG 200) Health Assessment 1
  • (NRSG 201) Health Assessment 2
  • (NRSG 205) Mental Health Nursing
  • (NRSG 219) Nursing in Canada 1
  • (NRSG 220) Nursing in Canada 2
  • (PHAR 202) Pharmacology Review
  • Perioperative Nursing/LPN

    Perioperative Nursing/RN

    Practical Nurse Re-entry is an applied certificate program for individuals who:

    • have previously been registered in Canada as licensed practical nurses and are eligible for re-registration in Saskatchewan
    • are practical nurses but have not been registered in Canada as licensed practical nurses and require or want to prepare to write the national registration exams (Assessment Strategies Inc.)
    • want to update and evaluate their knowledge and skills
    • You will acquire the knowledge and skills needed to reach the competencies required for a beginning practical nurse graduate.

      This program is available in full through distance and/or part-time continuing education. For complete program information, check the program page.

      Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) and transfer credit may be options for receiving credit. For further information see the PLAR candidate guide (pdf) or the transfer credit page.


    Program Details


    Courses
  • (COMP 170) Basic Computer Operation
  • (NURS 227) Health Assessment for LPNs
  • Practical Nursing is a diploma program that provides knowledge and skill development in providing professional nursing care independently or as a member of a multidisciplinary health care team. You will learn how to provide professional nursing care to individuals within the context of families and communities; apply the knowledge you derive from the nursing arts and the physiological, psychological, sociological and cultural sciences which are common to all nurses; practice in accordance with the standards of practice and guidelines established by the Saskatchewan Association of Licensed Practical Nurses (SALPN).

    Graduates are eligible to write the national licensure examination for registration as Licensed Practical Nurses in Saskatchewan.

    Once admitted to the program, credit is normally limited to education completed within the previous five years. However, if the applicant produces evidence of having taken, on a continuous basis, and successfully completed courses required for the program since applying to the program, the five-year currency guideline will be waived.

    Selected courses from this program are available through continuing education distance learning. Practical Nursing is a diploma program that is delivered full-time online or on campus at Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus in Regina and Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus in Prince Albert. For complete program information, check the program page.


    Program Details


    Courses
  • (APHY 162) Anatomy and Physiology 1
  • (APHY 262) Anatomy and Physiology 2
  • (SOCI 160) Sociology 1
  • (SOCI 260) Sociology 2
  • (SOCI 261) Sociology 3
  • Practical Nursing, through Continuing Education offers bridging courses to Licensed Practical Nurses who graduated from Saskatchewan Polytechnic before June 2008 with a Practical Nursing certificate. These bridging courses offer an opportunity to bridge to the current diploma credential. As a Saskatchewan Polytechnic Practical Nursing certificate graduate, once you complete these courses you may apply to the registrar to graduate with a diploma.

    Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) and transfer credit may be options for receiving credit. For further information see the PLAR candidate guide (pdf) , PLAR fact sheet (pdf) or the transfer credit page.

    Those who have successfully completed LEAD 1604, NURS 1639, and NURS 1664 will receive credit toward bridging to the Saskatchewan Polytechnic diploma credential through a Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) process.

    These classes are all offered through distance education.

    If you graduated with a Saskatchewan Polytechnic Practical Nursing Certificate, reference this information (pdf) for the classes for you to achieve a Practical Nursing diploma.


    Program Details


    Courses
  • (NRSG 253) Community Nursing
  • (NURS 227) Health Assessment for LPNs
  • (NRSG 254) IV Therapy/Blood and Blood Products Completer Course
  • (LEAD 201) Leadership in Nursing
  • (NRSG 255) Nasogastric Tube Insertion Completer for LPNs
  • (NRSG 252) Patient Safety
  • (SOCI 261) Sociology 3
  • (NRSG 256) Tracheostomy Care Completer for LPNs
  • The Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing (BPN) degree program originates from Saskatchewan Polytechnic Regina Campus and will be delivered via distance learning, including online.

    BPN Degree Completion Program for Graduates of 2010 and Beyond

    BPN Degree Completion program is open to graduates of the Saskatchewan Polytechnic Psychiatric Nursing diploma program 2010 and beyond. (One to two courses per term over six terms for a total of two years).

    BPN Degree Completion for Graduates Prior to 2010

    The BPN Degree Completion program is open to graduates of a Psychiatric Nursing program prior to 2010. (One to two courses per term over eight terms for a total of 2.5 years).

    Overview

    Psychiatric nursing is a distinct field of practice in western Canada. There are currently about 5,000 registered psychiatric nurses in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia, and the demand is expected to grow. Baccalaureate prepared RPNs play an invaluable role in the delivery of quality mental health services to clients with increasingly complex needs. They also contribute in roles related to leadership and management, education and research.

    The BPN Degree Completion program provides contemporary and evidence-informed practices in psychiatric nursing. Students will gain additional knowledge, skills, values and attitudes necessary to achieve standards and competencies of roles related to clinical practice, leadership and management, education and research.

    Why Saskatchewan Polytechnic?

    Saskatchewan Polytechnic is granting the degree of Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing (BPN). The BPN program is Saskatchewan Polytechnic's first degree program offering. Saskatchewan Polytechnic is one of the most respected providers of nursing education in Canada.

    Saskatchewan Polytechnic has more than 43 years of experience in the delivery of quality nursing education. Saskatchewan Polytechnic offered the Psychiatric Nursing diploma program from 1972 to 1996 and again from 2008 to the present. The Saskatchewan Polytechnic Nursing Division is also a leader in reaching students where they live through various delivery modalities and technological innovations.

    Nursing faculty are experienced in a wide range of programming, including baccalaureate education and advanced education for RNs and RPNs. By teaching in both classroom and clinical practice settings, faculty assist students in linking theory with practice.

    Program Approval

    The BPN Degree Completion program for graduates of 2010 and beyond and BPN Degree Completion program for graduates prior to 2010 have been granted conditional approval by the Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan (RPNAS), which is the highest level of approval possible for a new program. Upon graduation, there is also recognition by the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Alberta (CRPNA), the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of British Columbia (CRPNABC), and the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Manitoba (CRPNM).

    This program is offered with the written authorization of the Minister of Advanced Education, effective July 1, 2013. This authorization was provided after the program proposal underwent a quality assurance review and was found to meet the standards established by the Minister. Prospective students are responsible for satisfying themselves that the program and degree will be appropriate to their needs.

    Is this program for you?

    One in five Canadians will personally experience a mental illness in his or her lifetime.

    By taking the BPN Degree Completion program, you will gain additional knowledge, evidence-informed practices, skills, values and attitudes necessary to work in a wide variety of mental health settings and the standards and competencies related to clinical practice, leadership and management, education and research.

    This program has been developed with the working RPN in mind. The Degree Completion program is offered on a part-time basis, with one or two courses. The BPN Degree Completion program for graduates of 2010 and beyond is offered  over six terms or two years. The BPN Degree Completion program for graduates prior to 2010 is offered over eight terms or 2.5 years.

    Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing program is client-focused. Mental health promotion and primary health care are emphasized, along with a strong focus on clinical practice education.

    On graduation, you will:

    be able to work in practice areas related to clinical practice, leadership and management, education and research continue to use the designation as a registered psychiatric nurse (RPN), and have a strong foundation that allows you to practice provincially, nationally and internationally.

    Your Career

    Psychiatric nursing is a dynamic field with a growing variety of opportunities for psychiatric nurses. You could work in clinical areas such as a hospital, long-term care facility, correctional institution, community mental health setting and youth centre. Upon completion of the BPN, employment in areas such as leadership and management, education and research are open to you.

    For more information about career opportunities related to this program, contact Student Employment Services at the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus nearest you.

    Program Details

    Start Date(s): Annual intakes. 


    Program Details


    Courses
  • (ENGL 100) Critical Reading and Writing I
  • (PSYC 101) Introduction to Psychology
  •  

    Health sector continuing education

    Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technology is a diploma program that provides the knowledge and skill development needed to perform a specific range of procedures, including laboratory tests, general radiography and electrocardiograms. The clinical experience, consisting of 29 weeks, may take place anywhere in Saskatchewan and at multiple sites. Students are required to challenge and pass comprehensive competency-based exams in radiography, laboratory and electrocardiography in order to successfully complete the program. Graduates will then be eligible to work as a CLXT and apply for membership in the Saskatchewan Association of Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technicians (SACLXT).

    Selected courses in this program are available through distance and/or continuing education. The program is available full-time at Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus in Saskatoon. For complete program information, check the program page.


    Program Details


    Courses
  • (APHY 191) Anatomy and Physiology 1
  • (APHY 282) Anatomy and Physiology 2
  • (CHEM 199) Clinical Chemistry 2
  • (ECRD 180) Electrocardiography
  • (INFC 180) Infection Control and Safety
  • (MTER 180) Medical Terminology (180)
  • (SPCR 100) Transferring, Lifting, Repositioning
  • Longer life expectancies, a growing population of senior citizens, more focus on outpatient treatment – these are some of the reasons for the increasing demand for continuing care assistants. The Continuing Care Assistant program provides the knowledge and skills you need to move into this rewarding field. It is a one-year certificate program that combines hands-on classroom learning with practical clinical experience. Practicums provide direct experience in home care, long-term care, special care and acute care settings.

    You will build knowledge and skills related to application of long-term care philosophy in different settings, addressing individual psychosocial needs, dementia management strategies, gerontology (a major area of study), administering personal care, promoting independence in a safe environment, working with individuals with different physical and cognitive impairments and working with people of different cultures.

    This program is available through distance and/or continuing education, and is available full-time at Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus in Regina and Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus in Prince Albert. For complete program information, check the program page.

    The program may also be offered through regional colleges or work based training sites throughout the province. For more information contact Lorraine Tucker at 306-659-4363 at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Saskatoon campus, Dr. Ursula Osteneck at 306-765-1788 at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Prince Albert campus, or Wendy Treble 306-775-7764 at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Regina campus.

    Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) and transfer credit may be options for receiving credit. For further information see the PLAR candidate guide (pdf) or the transfer credit page.

    Graduates of the Continuing Care Assistant program are eligible to apply for the bridging option into the Practical Nursing program.

    Part-time students may take the following courses prior to application and acceptance to the program, but must apply thereafter: ANAT 100, COMM 197, COMM 291, DEMC 183, DEMC 280, FAID 1003, HUMD 187, NUTR 198, SANT 181, SFTY 194, SPCR 100, SPCR 101, SPCR 102, SPCR 180, SPCR 182, SPCR 192.
    Program Details


    Courses
  • (SPCR 103) Assisting with Special Procedures
  • (ANAT 100) Body Systems
  • (CLIN 232) Clinical - Home Care/Community
  • (CLIN 219) Clinical - Special Care 2
  • (CLIN 100) Clinical - Special Care I
  • (DEMC 183) Dementia - Behaviour
  • (DEMC 280) Dementia Family Care
  • (SPCR 102) End of Life Care
  • (COMM 197) Helping Skills (197)
  • (HUMD 187) Human Growth and Development
  • (COMM 291) Interpersonal Communications
  • (NUTR 198) Nutrition
  • (SPCR 101) Observing, Recording and Reporting
  • (SPCR 182) Personal Care
  • (SPCR 192) Personal Competence
  • (SPCR 184) Post Acute Care
  • (SFTY 194) Professional Assault Response Training
  • (SPCR 180) Safe Environment
  • (SPCR 284) Special Needs 1
  • (SPCR 285) Special Needs 2
  • (SPCR 1001) TLR Re-certification
  • (SPCR 100) Transferring, Lifting, Repositioning
  • Cytotechnology is a diploma program that provides knowledge and skill development in diagnosing disease through the recognition of alterations in cell morphology. The program is based on the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science’s competency profile (with appropriate topics added to address local needs). Students are science and technology oriented, enjoy independent and meticulous microscopic work, are comfortable with a high degree of responsibility and are strong decision makers. The program includes 45 weeks of practicums.

    Graduates are eligible to write the national certification exam set by the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) and for licensure with the Saskatchewan Society of Medical Laboratory Technologists (SSMLT).

    Selected courses in this program are available through distance and/or continuing education. The program is available full-time at Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus in Saskatoon. For complete program information, check the program page.

    Application is currently restricted to Canadian residents.


    Program Details


    Courses
  • (APHY 191) Anatomy and Physiology 1
  • (APHY 282) Anatomy and Physiology 2
  • (INFC 180) Infection Control and Safety
  • (MTER 180) Medical Terminology (180)
  • Information management is increasingly in demand, particularly in the health care field where high-quality information is critical to high-quality care. Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Health Information Management (HIM) is one of 19 programs in Canada recognized by the Canadian College of Health Information Management (CCHIM). Only graduates of CCHIM-recognized programs are eligible to write the national certification exam and be recognized as health information management professionals.

    The two-year diploma program emphasizes a practical, hands-on style of learning. The curriculum is designed to provide knowledge and skill development in biomedical sciences, information science, technology, legal aspects of health information and integration of clinical and financial information. You will learn how to provide leadership and expertise in data collection and coding, data quality, record content and retention, record/systems management, patient access to health information, privacy, security and confidentiality, interpretation and analysis of health data, transition to the electronic health record and e-HIM (electronic health information management).

    All courses except the practicum (which must be completed in an accredited hospital chosen by the program) are available through distance and/or continuing education. Travel may be required for the practicum component. The program is available full-time at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Campus in Regina. For complete program information, check the program page. For more information on the distance program please refer to the student handbook (pdf).

    It may take up to a year to place out-of-province students in clinical practicum sites in their home province.

    You can apply to take this distance program anytime throughout the year. If you are interested in starting the program in the fall, it is strongly recommended that you apply before the end of May (if not earlier). It takes time to process applications and some classes begin at the end of August. Intake is ongoing, but if you apply late you may have to take October classes rather than August classes, which can have a significant impact later in the semester. You may take the following courses prior to being accepted into the program:

    • MED 161
    • APHY 162
    • APHY 262
    • PATH 161
    • HINF 160
    • COMM 262
    • PSYC 160
    • COMP 173
    • COMP 174
    • COMP 175
    • COMP 176

    Study schedules (pdf) for completing the program in 3 or 4 years are available. It is strongly recommended that you pick one path and maintain it. Once you choose your classes for the year please email Tara at tara.fournier@saskpolytech.ca. The HIM program must be completed within five years.


    Program Details


    Courses
  • (APHY 162) Anatomy and Physiology 1
  • (APHY 262) Anatomy and Physiology 2
  • (CLIN 257) Clinical - Coding 1
  • (CLIN 258) Clinical - Coding 2
  • (CLIN 288) Clinical - Coding 3
  • (CLIN 161) Clinical - Foundations of Health Information Management
  • (COSC 262) Database Programming
  • (HINF 260) Epidemiology
  • (CFEX 1600) Final Comprehensive Exam
  • (HINF 262) Health Care Law and Ethics
  • (HINF 266) Health Informatics
  • (HINF 161) Health Information Analysis 1
  • (HINF 261) Health Information Analysis 2
  • (PRAC 165) Health Information Practicum 1
  • (PRAC 262) Health Information Practicum 2
  • (HINF 265) Health Information Systems
  • (HINF 160) Health Record Systems
  • (HINF 263) Human Resource Management in Health Care
  • (COMP 176) Introduction to Microsoft Access 1
  • (COMP 174) Introduction to Microsoft Excel I
  • (COMP 175) Introduction to Microsoft Excel II
  • (COMP 173) Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint and Web Publishing
  • (MED 161) Medical Terminology
  • (PATH 161) Pathophysiology 1
  • (PATH 272) Pathophysiology 2
  • (PATH 273) Pathophysiology 3
  • (PSYC 160) Psychology 1
  • (STAT 260) Statistics for Health Sciences
  • (HINF 264) Theories and Concepts of Health Information Management
  • (COMM 262) Workplace Communication
  • Medical Laboratory Assistant is an applied certificate program that provides the knowledge and skill development needed to perform a specific range of specimen collection and pre-analytic procedures in the medical laboratory. Your clinical experience, consisting of 9 weeks, may take place anywhere in Saskatchewan and at multiple sites. Graduates are eligible to write the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) Medical Laboratory Assistant national certification examination.

    Selected courses in this program are available through distance and/or continuing education. The program is available full time at Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus in Saskatoon. For complete program information, check the program page.

    This is a high demand program. The application period is October 1 to February 15 each academic year. Applications are currently restricted to Canadian residents.


    Program Details


    Courses
  • (INFC 180) Infection Control and Safety
  • (APHY 189) Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology (also called Anatomy and Physiology)
  • (MTER 180) Medical Terminology (180)
  • Medical Laboratory Technology is a diploma program that provides knowledge and skill development in applying scientific, technical and medical principles to perform and evaluate a broad spectrum of laboratory tests in a health care environment. You will also gain an appreciation of the medical laboratory technologist’s role as a professional member of the health care team. The program is based on the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science’s competency profile (with appropriate topics added to address local needs). It includes 41 weeks of clinical experience.

    Graduates are eligible to apply to write the national certification exam set by the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) and for licensure with the Saskatchewan Society of Medical Laboratory Technologists (SSMLT).

    Selected courses in this program are available through distance and/or continuing education. The program is available full-time at Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus in Saskatoon. For complete program information, check the program page.

    This is a high demand program. The application period is October 1 to February 15 each academic year. Application is currently restricted to Canadian residents.


    Program Details


    Courses
  • (APHY 191) Anatomy and Physiology 1
  • (APHY 282) Anatomy and Physiology 2
  • (INFC 180) Infection Control and Safety
  • (MTER 180) Medical Terminology (180)
  • (MICR 1800) Microbiology Refresher
  • Medical Radiologic Technology is a diploma program that provides knowledge and skill development in understanding and applying the principles of science and medicine as they relate to medical radiography. You will become technically competent with the techniques and equipment used in diagnostic imaging departments. You will study anatomy and physiology, X-ray equipment, photographic process, pathology, radiobiology and protection, and radiological and radiographic techniques, professionalism and patient care. It includes 50 weeks of clinical experience.

    Graduates are eligible to write the national certification exam set by the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) and for membership in the Saskatchewan Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (SAMRT).

    Selected courses in this program are available through distance and/or continuing education. The program is available full-time at Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus in Saskatoon. For complete program information, check the program page.

    This is a high demand program. The application period is October 1 to February 15 each academic year. Application is currently restricted to Canadian residents.


    Program Details


    Courses
  • (APHY 191) Anatomy and Physiology 1
  • (APHY 282) Anatomy and Physiology 2
  • (INFC 180) Infection Control and Safety
  • (MTER 180) Medical Terminology (180)
  • Practicums and Orientations

    Therapeutic Recreation is a diploma program that prepares you to meet the physical, cognitive, social and emotional needs of individuals with a diverse range of impairments. Graduates work with other health care professionals as part of a multi-disciplinary treatment team. Therapeutic recreation (TR) uses recreation and leisure as a modality to facilitate independent functioning and enhance quality of life. The program includes three separate practicum experiences that allow you to apply your developing knowledge, skills and abilities in a variety of settings. You will learn how to:

    • apply the TR process of assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation
    • document client progress
    • use a variety of facilitation techniques to meet individual client goals
    • practice therapeutic recreation based on acknowledged professional standards
    • modify and adapt activities for individuals with a variety of impairments and barriers
    • participate as a member of a health care team

    This program is available in full through distance and/or continuing education. The program is available full-time at Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus in Saskatoon. For complete program information, check the program page.

    Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) and transfer credit may be options for receiving credit. For further information see the PLAR candidate guide (pdf) or the transfer credit page.


    Program Details


    Courses
  • (EMPL 180) Employability Skills
  • (THRC 291) Facilitation Techniques in Therapeutic Recreation
  • (THRC 182) Foundations of Therapeutic Recreation
  • (THRC 190) Hlth Promotion/Therapeutic Rec
  • (HUMD 188) Human Growth & Development
  • (HUMR 186) Interpersonal Skills
  • (APHY 189) Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology (also called Anatomy and Physiology)
  • (THRC 187) Introduction to Therapeutic Recreation
  • (THRC 290) Issues and Trends in Therapeutic Recreation
  • (MTER 180) Medical Terminology (180)
  • (THRC 283) Mental Health, Addictions and Therapeutic Recreation
  • (THRC 183) Physical and Cognitive Disabilities
  • (PSYC 188) Psychology A
  • (PSYC 189) Psychology B
  • (THRC 188) Research and Evaluation
  • (SOCI 184) Sociology A
  • (SOCI 185) Sociology B
  • (THRC 292) T. R. Integration Seminar 1
  • (THRC 293) T. R. Integration Seminar 2
  • (THRC 294) T. R. Integration Seminar 3
  • (THRC 289) Therapeutic Recreation and Aging
  • (THRC 284) Therapeutic Recreation and Leisure Education
  • (THRC 281) Therapeutic Recreation Assessment
  • (THRC 189) Therapeutic Recreation for Children and Youth
  • (THRC 285) Therapeutic Recreation Inclusive Leisure Services
  • (PRAC 177) Therapeutic Recreation Practicum 1
  • (PRAC 280) Therapeutic Recreation Practicum 2
  • (PRAC 281) Therapeutic Recreation Practicum 3
  • (THRC 184) Therapeutic Recreation Process
  • (THRC 286) TR Program Management

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