2 Semesters (8 Months)
Credential Awarded
Ontario College Graduate Certificate

About the Program

This eight-month graduate certificate program prepares Registered Nurses and Registered Practical Nurses with additional knowledge and skills to competently care for individuals and their families experiencing cardiovascular illness. The combined theory and clinical courses will provide you with the knowledge, skills, and judgment to practice safely in an acute coronary care setting. This is a specialized and highly skilled area of nursing that requires knowledge of advanced training and clinical expertise. You will learn about care from ER to ICU, to Cardiac Cath Lab to advanced diagnostic techniques. This will include patient teaching, goal setting and understanding the clinical pathways for patients with cardiac disorders. Target audience – RNs, RPNs, hospitals (both local and international

Work Experience

Field Placement

You will complete 150 hours in a clinical placement at a local acute care hospital or rehabilitation facility and apply your skills with the supervision of a clinical supervisor.

Your Career

When you graduate from this program, these are the types of employers waiting for you:

  • Medical units with telemetry
  • Post-operative cardiac surgical units
  • Coronary care units


Throughout this program, you will be introduced to the Ontario/Canadian policy/procedures/protocols and guidelines as per Best Practice Guidelines for medication administrations including:

  • IV
  • Tracheostomy care
  • Ostomy care
  • Catheterization
  • NG tube insertion and care
  • Wound care
  • Mobilization
  • Documentation

Professional Certification/ Affiliation

This course of study will enhance the ability to meet some of the competencies required to write board exams such as the NCLEX and CPRNE.