Registered Practical Nurse - Oncology


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The Registered Practical Nurse – Oncology Graduate Certificate program is designed for Registered Practical Nurses who aspire to the oncology nursing scope of practice.

This online program creates a pathway for students to achieve an Associate Nurse designation from the de Souza Institute. This program meets the educational needs of nurses who provide care for patients with cancer and their families in any care setting. The content enables the nurses to provide care for the patient and family throughout the diagnosis and treatment of the illness and end-of-life. The theory portion of the Lambton College program will be followed by a Capstone Project whereby students will create a clinically applicable project that demonstrates their ability to apply and synthesize key clinical concepts and to reflect on the process of project development. During the completion of the Lambton College Graduate Certificate program, students can register for de Souza courses (please see the program map that will guide you through your learning journey).

Please Note: Any course marked with an asterix (*) in the Course List is delivered by the de Souza Institute. To register for these courses, students must create an account on the de Souza Institute website and register and pay for the course with the de Souza Institute. For additional information/questions about de Souza Institute courses, please contact

Admission Requirements

Current and valid registration as a Registered Practical Nurse.

Applications for this program are not accepted through

If you are taking part-time courses with the intention of completing a program and earning a credential, you must meet Admission Requirements outlined on the program page. It is the student's responsibility to supply proof of admission requirements to the Office of the Registrar before he/she has completed three courses in the program.

If you do complete the program and do not have the appropriate admission requirements, you will be ineligible to receive your certificate or diploma.

If you believe you have an equivalent level of knowledge and would like credit for Prior Learning Assessment, please contact Counselling at 519-542-7751 ext 3412 at least two weeks before classes begin.

Employment Opportunities

Registered Practical Nurses who specialize in oncology work in: Public Health/Community Agencies, Home Care, Long-term Care, Hospice/Palliative Care, Emergency, Medical/Surgery Unit, Critical Care, General Hospitals and Public Health or Community Agencies.

A recent public opinion poll conducted for the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) indicates that an overwhelming majority of Canadians believe it is important to be treated by a nurse with specialist credentials.

The de Souza Institute website states, “Nurses play a vital role in caring for patients throughout the cancer journey – in prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, survivorship and palliation. But the demand for nurses with specialized skills in oncology continues to grow. In the next 10 years, Ontario will see a 40 percent increase in the number of people living with cancer.”

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