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Continuing Education Programmes are:

 

Brief Description of the Programmes
Offered by the
Sigma College of Nursing and Applied Science

RN-NCLEX Review

The RN-NCLEX Review Programme is designed in conjunction with Continuing Education for Health Professionals, USA for RN graduates to prepare them for the NCLEX examination.

Programme Length - 1 Month

 

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Associate Degree in Health Sciences
The Associate Degree in Health Sciences prepares students for continued studies in the Health Sciences at undergraduate tertiary level, with the ultimate goal of becoming competent and employed individuals int he fields of healthcare. 

Emphasis is placed on theories of health science, along with general education courses and concepts to promote, maintain, and restore health in individuals with common and complex health problems throughout the life span. Additionally the development and application of health care worker skills and concepts in the care of individuals is emphasized.

Programme length – 2 years

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Practical Nurse Diploma Programme

The Practical Nurse Diploma Programme prepares graduates to practice within the scope of the practical nurse under the supervision of a registered nurse within acute, intermediate, long term and ambulatory health care facilities.

This Programme consists of courses designed to develop skills in all aspects of practical nursing, and clinical experiences in area hospitals, long-term care facilities, schools, day care settings, and clinics. In addition to the study of basic nursing principles, medical and surgical care of the adult, and nursing of the childbearing family, the practical nursing student will study anatomy and physiology, nutrition, geriatrics, mental health, communications, pharmacology, and responsibilities of the PN.

All instructors are Bachelors or Masters prepared Registered Nurses and Contracted Specialists are appropriately qualified in their field. The programme is planned to provide classroom and clinical experiences sufficient to ensure a competent graduate. Clinical experiences must be obtained in the following areas: Mental Health, Med/Surg, Maternal and Newborn, Pediatrics, Geriatrics and Community Health. To facilitate learning, materials, supplies, and equipment are available in the classrooms and clinical areas.

Programme Length - 12 months

 

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Bachelor Degree in Nursing (BSN)

The Bachelor Degree in Nursing functions under Sigma College of Nursing and Applied Sciences of St. Ann, Jamaica. It is given direction by the Nursing Council of Jamaica. Graduates are eligible to apply to sit the Regional Examination for Nursing Registration (RENR) to become a Registered General Nurse.

This professional programme builds on a foundation of knowledge in science and humanities, and emphasizes critical thinking, health and human functioning, care and therapeutics, and health care resources.  The aim of the programme is to prepare a competent generalist nurse to function in primary, secondary and tertiary health care settings, provding safe and ethical care to individuals, families and groups across the lifespan at any stage of the health-illness continuum.

All instructors are Bachelors or Masters prepared Registered General Nurses and Contracted Specialists are appropriately qualified in their field. This programme is geared toward providing classroom and clinical experiences sufficient to ensure a competent graduate. Clinical experiences must be obtained in the following areas; Medical and Surgical, Surgical Recovery, Coronary Care, Mental Health, Maternal/Newwborn, Pediatrics, Geriatrics and Community Health. To facilitate learning, materials, supplies and equipment are available in the classrooms and clinical areas.

Programme Length – 4 years

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Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (RN to BSN)

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Nurse Specialist Programme

The Nurse Specialist Programme is designed to prepare EAN’s and RGN’s to function as a specialist in their chosen area of expertise. These areas include O.R., Pediatrics, Maternity/Child, Community Health and Communicable Diseases.

 

Programme Length: 6 months

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Phlebotomy

Phlebotomy prepares candidates to safely, accurately and successfully perform phlebotomy. The Phlebotomy Technician is an integral member of the medical laboratory team whose primary function is collection of blood samples from patients by venipuncture or venepuncture techniques using standard equipment or micro techniques. The phlebotomy technician facilities the collection and transportation of laboratory specimens and is often the patients only contact with the medical laboratory.

Programme Length: 30 hours

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Disaster Preparedness

Disaster Preparedness prepares candidates and increases their awareness of disaster preparedness in Jamaica. Guided step-by-step processes in preparing for emergency situations, before, during and after.

Programme Length: 8 hours

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HIV/AIDS

The HIV/AIDS programme is designed to educate and increase awareness of participants about HIV/AIDS. Programme includes safety and regulatory issues related to HIV/AIDS and vital information including:

  • product approvals
  • significant labeling changes
  • safety warnings
  • notices of upcoming public meetings
  • notices about proposed regulatory guidance

Programme Length: 8 hours

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First Aid/BLS

The First Aid/BLS programme increases participant’s knowledge of First Aid/Heart Saver Management.

Programme Length: 8 hours

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Nursing Physical Assessment

The Nursing Physical Assessment programme increase participant’s knowledge base of Nurses on physical assessments.

Programme Length: 30 hours

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Tuberculosis

The Tuberculosis Programme increases nurse’s knowledge of Tuberculosis and its management.

Programme Length: 6 hours

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