Course Details

Please see the  Plan of Study  details for upcoming course dates.

Core Courses

Professional Nursing

Professional Communication

  • Course Tuition: $300
  • Delivery: Online learning with 1 lab session
  • Length: 10 weeks
  • Textbook: Arnold. E., & Underman-Boggs, K. (2020).  Interpersonal relationships: Professional communication skills for nurses (8th ed.). Saunders Elsevier.
  • Outline:  Professional Communication course outline

Health Assessment

  • Course Tuition: $550
  • Delivery: Online learning with 2 full days of lab sessions
  • Length: 11 weeks
  • Textbook: Jarvis. C. (2019).  Physical examination and health assessment (3rd Cdn. ed.). Saunders Elsevier.
  • Outline:  Health Assessment course outline

Changes in Health and Therapeutic Interventions I


  • Course Tuition: $250
  • Delivery: Online learning with 1 online classroom session
  • Length: 9 weeks
  • Textbook: Sealock, K., & Seneviratne, C. (2021).  Lilley’s pharmacology for Canadian health care practice (4th ed.). Elsevier Canada.
  • Outline:  Pharmacology course outline

Medication Administration

Clinical Nursing Skills

Changes in Health and Therapeutic Interventions II

Clinical Course: Medical-Surgical

  • Course Tuition:
    • Instructor-led and preceptored clinicals: $800
    • Preceptored clinical only: $500
  • Delivery:
    • 160 hours of instructor-led clinical followed by 160 hours of a preceptored clinical in an acute medical, surgical adult-care setting
    • Learners educated outside of Canada must complete both course components
    • Learners educated in Canada must complete the preceptored clinical component only
  • Length: 320 hours: 160 hours instructor-led, 160 hours preceptored clinical
  • Textbook: No textbook required
  • Outline:  Clinical Course: Medical-Surgical course outline

Specialty Courses

Child Health

  • Course Tuition:
    • Theory portion: $200
    • Clinical portion: $350
  • Delivery: Online learning
  • Length: 8 weeks
  • Textbook: Hockenberry, M., & Wilson, D. (2017).  Wong’s essentials of pediatric nursing (10th ed). Elsevier.
  • Outline:  Child Health course outline

Maternal-Infant Health

  • Course Tuition:
    • Theory portion: $200
    • Clinical portion: $350
  • Delivery: Online learning
  • Length: 8 weeks
  • Textbook: Evans, R., Evans, E., Brown, Y., & Orshan, S. (2015).   Canadian maternity, newborn, & women’s health nursing (2nd ed.). Lippincott, Williams & Williams.
  • Outline:  Maternal-Infant Health course outline

Psychiatric Mental Health

  • Course Tuition:
    • Theory portion: $200
    • Clinical portion: $350
  • Delivery: Online learning
  • Length: 8 weeks
  • Textbook: Austin, W., & Boyd, M. A. (2019).  Psychiatric & mental health nursing for Canadian practice (4th ed.). Wolters Kluwer. 
  • Outline:  Psychiatric Mental Health course outline

Purchasing Textbooks

Textbooks can be purchased new or used. Some options to purchase new books include:

  • Dalhousie Health Sciences Bookstore: In person at 6136 University Ave., Halifax, NS, over the phone at 1-902-494-3020, or  order online
  • Directly from the publishers:  Elsevier Mosby or   Lippincott, William & Wilkins
  • Online through websites such as Amazon or Chapters/Indigo

The Nova Scotia Health Learning Institute for Health Care Providers offers education programming designed to meet the needs of learners across the province and strengthen our health care system. We are committed to delivering high-quality, evidence-informed programming that enables providers to develop and maintain foundational and specialty competencies.