Cancer Systemic Therapy Certification Course
Cancer systemic therapy is an umbrella term for the types of drug treatments that are sometimes prescribed to address certain diagnoses of cancer. They work throughout the entire body or “system”, travelling throughout the body via the blood to cure, manage, or palliate a patient’s cancer. Chemotherapy (or “chemo”), hormonal therapy, targeted therapy, and immunotherapy are all types of medications that can inhibit the growth of, or destroy cancer cells. At Nova Scotia Health, cancer systemic therapy is provided to patients in our cancer centers, as well as our regional facilities.
Administration of cancer systemic therapy is a high-risk, complex treatment and is a beyond entry level competency (ELC) for Registered Nurses (RNs). As such, in order to safely and competently administer systemic therapy, RNs need additional education to meet the knowledge, skills, and performance requirements for this clinical competency to practice safely in oncology practice settings. Building on the de Souza Institute’s Provincial Standardized Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Course (PSCB), Nova Scotia Health Cancer Care Program in collaboration with the Registered Nurses Professional Development Centre (RNPDC) has incorporated Nova Scotia specific treatment and practice guidance for Registered Nurses working in systemic therapy treatment areas, to offer a Cancer Systemic Therapy Certification Course (CSTCC) tailored to the needs of oncology nurses in Nova Scotia. This performance based CSTCC is designed to meet learning needs of Registered Nurses to safely administer and respond to the complex care needs of cancer patients and their families.
This certification course is comprised of the following components:
At the completion of the CSTCC, Registered Nurses will be competent in the administration of cancer systemic therapy and able to provide safe and effective interventions to cancer patients and their families.
The online portion of the course will take approximately 35 hours to complete. You will also require time to complete the final assignment and exam, skills and simulation day, and preceptorship. This time will be arranged in consultation with your manager/CNE.
By providing approval for the course, the Manager is agreeing to:
Full-Time, 6 weeks
Part-Time, 11 weeks
Upcoming full-time offerings:
Upcoming part-time offerings:
Dates are subject to change, if you miss the deadline date please contact the RNPDC.