Durham College receives $840,000 for
OSHAWA, Ont. – Durham College
announced that the provincial government will invest $840,000 in support
of the institution’s Critical Care Nursing E-Learning graduate
certificate program. The funding is being provided through the Ontario
Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s Critical Care Strategy.
Durham College will distribute the funds, based on a recent needs
assessment, to its 10 simulation partners across Ontario to augment
existing labs and facilities, ensuring these partners have the required
equipment to undertake the highly specialized simulation component of
the innovative program.
“The provincial government’s investment in our Critical Care program
will ensure students have access to the most up-to-date equipment during
the simulation portion of their training, providing them with a
significant advantage during their studies,” said Susan Sproul, dean of
the Durham College School of Health & Community Services, which oversees
The partner institutions receiving funds are:
• Cambrian College
• Centennial College
• Confederation College
• Fanshawe College
• Georgian College
• Northern College
• Sault College
• Seneca College
• Queen’s University
• University of Windsor.
• Two new simulation partners will also be added within the next 12 to
Among the equipment being purchased are mechanical ventilators,
defibrillators and triple-channel volumetric infusion pumps.
The critical care program provides an interactive teaching and learning
environment for current and future nurses that utilizes three key
components to build student confidence while learning critical care
skills in an innovative and realistic environment.
Students begin the program with six theoretical courses via the
Internet, enabling them to learn at their own pace and to schedule
studies around work and home commitments. They then participate in
hands-on simulation training at Durham College’s state-of-the-art,
5,700-square-foot simulation lab or at one of the partner institutions.
Students then complete their learning by gaining on-the-job experience
in a critical care setting of their choice under the direct supervision
of an experienced critical care nurse preceptor.
“This funding will allow us to strengthen our partnerships and provide
more opportunities for new and experienced nurses throughout Ontario to
gain training in an area that is critical to our province’s future
health-care needs,” said Sandra Goldsworthy, co-ordinator of the
Critical Care Nursing program.
This announcement comes one year after the college received a $1 million
contract from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to establish the
program as part of an initiative to improve the quality of nursing care
throughout the province. The program, which began in September 2007, was
developed to standardize education and meet the new provincial standards
for critical care, in addition to increasing accessibility of critical
care education to all nurses in Ontario. The first graduating class will
be celebrated at this year’s Durham College fall convocation in October.
The provincial government predicts a steady increase in the demand for
critical care services over the next 20 years as Ontario’s population
continues to grow and age. With this demographic shift in mind, Durham
College’s Critical Care Nursing E-Learning Graduate Certificate program
will help meet this demand and has the potential to improve patient care
and reduce hospital wait times.
About Durham College
Durham College is the premier college in Canada for career-focused
students who will succeed in a challenging, supporting and inclusive
learning environment. Offering approximately 80 full-time market-driven
programs and hundreds of part-time and continuing education courses, the
college has provided students with access to exceptional teachers with
real-world experience for more than 40 years. With a graduate employment
rate of over 90 per cent and employer satisfaction rate of 95.6 per
cent, Durham College gives students everything they need to obtain great
careers and make a difference in the world. The college has more than
6,100 full-time students, thousands of part-time students and almost
1,600 apprentices. For more information, visit