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.
If you are seeking a role in nursing where you will work independently as well as in collaboration with others, and where you will advocate for workers to improve workplace health and safety - this career is for you.
To enroll in this program you must be a graduate of a recognized bachelor of nursing program, and be licensed and currently registered with the registered nurses' licensing body in the province where you will participate in clinical practice education.
Saskatchewan Polytechnic's post-graduate certificate in Occupational Health Nursing will prepare you for the pace and pressures experienced by a nurse working in industry. Best of all, the program is available online, which allows you to study at a time, pace, and location that is convenient for you.
Your specialized studies will focus on:
Your studies will be based on the latest, evidence-informed practice for the specialty. You will have an opportunity to apply theory and demonstrate critical thinking, problem solving and skill mastery in a simulated lab setting.
Your learning experience culminates with an 80-hour field work opportunity in an industry setting, where you will apply what you have learned and will be mentored by an employed registered nurse.
Occupational Health Nurses play a unique role in health promotion and safety. They work independently and as part of a team, in outpatient care centres, educational institutions, factories, large corporations, public health clinics and hospital settings.
As a result of industry growth in western Canada, an aging population, and a focus on workplace safety, there is an increase in employment opportunities in this specialty.
If you want to make a difference in workplace health and safety - this career is for you.
The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake.
Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year.
Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.
See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.
Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training. A detailed Candidate Guide, which includes a self-audit for all PLAR-ready courses, has been developed for this program. This information guides a candidate through all steps in the PLAR process.
Many Sask Polytech students benefit from transferring course credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. Learn more about Transfer Credit.
Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.
Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. You don't have to be a brainiac to receive a student award. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.