Stand Alone Courses

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St. Francis Xavier University is pleased to offer a series of specialty nursing courses to Post-RN students through distance education. Designed specifically for practicing nurses, these courses enable nurses to develop a stronger theory base and support the integration of new knowledge into their nursing practice.

Each course is fully transferable into the StFX Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and is accepted at many other institutions. Students may also choose to complete these courses in combination with other specific courses to obtain a clinical specialty certificate.

These specialty courses may be taken by students currently enrolled in the Post-RN BScN Program, as well as those preparing to enroll in a baccalaureate nursing program or nurses simply wanting to take a single course for personal or professional interest.

Courses Available

Please note that each of the following courses has a value of 3 credits and is delivered over a 10-week period or 6 credits and delivered over 20 weeks. The mode of delivery will include a distance learning package (online delivery ultilizing a learning management system).

• DNUR 483: Hospice Palliative Care – print based - (3 credit)
• DNUR 488: Challenges in Aging: Implications for Nursing – (3 credit)
• DNUR 490: Forensic Nursing – (6 credit)
• DNUR 497: Computers in Nursing – (3 credit)

Course Descriptions

DNUR 483: Hospice Palliative Care

This course was designed to provide an overview of the theories, current practices, and relevant issues in the field of palliative care, with a major focus being placed on the nurse's role in palliative care. The importance of a holistic, patient/family centered, interdisciplinary approach will be emphasized, and in line with the philosophy of nursing at StFX University, the concepts of self-care and health promotion, as they relate to quality of life issues, will be incorporated throughout the course.

DNUR 488: Challenges in Aging: Implications for Nursing

New discoveries in health research, advances in technology and greater awareness of the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle throughout life, have increased life expectancies for both men and women. We now have a growing aging population (the fastest growing segment of population growth) which has profoundly impacted government policies and programs, industry and business, as well as curricula in both nursing and medical schools as educators scurry to meet the healthcare challenges of an aging society. With constant nursing shortages and growing numbers of patients and clients in various health settings, there is increasing need for those knowledgeable in the aging process itself, as well as with the many physical and psychosocial issues associated with growing old in today’s world.

DNUR 490: Forensic Nursing

This course will examine the application of nursing science, combined with the bio-physical-social education of the registered nurse, to the investigation and treatment of trauma, death, violent or criminal activity, and the traumatic accidents within the clinical or community institution.

DNUR 497: Computers in Nursing
This course teaches the knowledge and skills necessary to ensure that computers have a positive impact on the nursing environment and delivery of patient care. Students learn computer concepts and terms, and examine ways computers can enhance nursing practice, education, administration and research. Trends and issues related to the use of computers in nursing are explored.


A current RN registration and one year clinical experience are required for all of the specialty courses. For more information on registration and fees regarding these courses please contact the Program Office.

Distance Nursing Programs
St. Francis Xavier University
PO Box 5000
Antigonish, N.S.
B2G 2W5

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