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Gerontology In Nursing PNUR 9031*

All summer 2021 classes will be delivered remotely. In order to meet the requirements of remote delivery, students registering in summer 2021 term courses will need to have an electronic device, and access to the internet via WIFI or other source, to complete courses and access KPU services.  Please note: cellphones are not an option for video-conferencing, ipad/tablet or laptop with video capabilities required.


Course Description

This online course will enhance the knowledge of both Registered Nurses (RNs) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) who work with our older populations. Learners will learn to approach their nursing practice specific to older people, with attention to physical and psychological needs, spiritual beliefs, culture, family and friends. Removing preconceived ideas, and debunking common myths, the learning will emphasis person-centered care that is as individual as the persons they care for.  This Gerontology in Nursing course incorporates Geriatrics, (study of health and disease in later life) and focuses on the holistic study of aging and maturation throughout the adult life span. The goal for learners is to provide health care to older people that improves longevity and quality of life. Content will include assessment of older persons, common disease conditions, co-morbidity, and physiological foundations and challenges of aging, such as:  cognitive impairment, pain, pharmacology, nutrition, skin, independence and fall risks, communication and caring, sleep patterns, elder abuse and end of life care.

Please note:  Applicants intending to register for Consolidated Clinical (PNUR 9130) are required to show proof of English proficiency.  Please see the Consolidated Clinical website for full details.

Course Format

This is a fully on-line self paced course.  This course is approximately 100-150 hours of online learning and learners must complete the course by the semester deadline, extensions are not possible.  Learners should be prepared to spend anywhere from 10-12 hours per week.

Course Cost

$500.00 CAD, plus GST  (Please note: All Faculty of Health, Professional Studies course fees are non-refundable/non-transferrable.)

Course Grade

Successful grade for this course is Mastery

Learners who are not successful in PNUR 9031, Gerontology in Nursing may attempt the course for a second time. Learners requesting a second attempt are required to seek permission from the Director, in writing. Learners are advised to contact their Canadian Nursing Regulatory Body for advisement if they are not successful after a second attempt. No exceptions. Please note, there is no appeal mechanism within KPU for students receiving non-mastery.

Entrance Requirements

Nursing licensure (pre / post licensure) and foundational nursing knowledge

How to Register

Registration is completed via Elevate.  The course to search is PNUR 9031.

Registration Deadline

Registration closes two weeks after the semester begins to allow learners sufficient time to complete.

Current Course Schedule (Please note: schedule is subject to change)

Current course schedules are available on Elevate by searching for PNUR 9031 and on our home page under "Upcoming Courses".

Text books/Course Materials

Reliable Internet access required. Wifi technology not recommended for quiz/exams.  Online course modality may not be fully functional when utilizing iPads &/or android devices.

Relevant Canadian textbooks (of your choice), current within five (5) years.

Please note: Textbooks available from KPU Bookstore or online through major distributors (ie, Amazon, Indigo, etc), or educational libraries.


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