de Souza Institute
Categories: Nursing, Oncology

Provincial Standardized Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Course (PSCB03JAN22)


Gayatre Maharaj

The Provincial Standardized Chemotherapy and Biotherapy course (PSCB) is delivered online and tailored to the needs of oncology nurses. Nurses can pace their study time independently and still be part of a supportive learning community. The course is facilitated by advanced practice nurses/educators; the content is Canadian, up to date, and delivered with engaging and clinically relevant interactive activities and case studies.


Participants: Registered Nurses who have foundational oncology knowledge and are in a position to regularly administer chemotherapy and biotherapy.


Learning Hours:

  • Participants receive credit for 35 learning hours upon successful completion of the course, which is open for access over an 11-week period.
  • Depending on level of experience, some participants may need to spend more than 35 hours and some may require less than 35 hours to complete the course.


Delivery Methods:

  • This course is delivered online via an eLearning platform, which allows participants to study at their own pace.
  • Quizzes, assignments and other learning outcome assessments are due at fixed dates and enable for evaluation of participants’ grasp of concepts.
  • To support skills and development and critical thinking of Whole Person Care, participants must complete one of the two learning activities:
    • Workshop: A full day, face-to-face workshop will be held at a local facility at regional cancer centers or hospitals. This is an important part of learning in the PSCB regular offering in January, April and September each year. For nurses new to chemotherapy and biotherapy administration, this workshop option is highly recommended.
    • Workshop Replacement Assignment (no workshop): During the COVID pandemic as well as in February, May and October of each year, PSCB course offerings will NOT include a face-to-face workshop. Instead, participants will complete a workshop-replacement assignment designed to demonstrate knowledge consolidation. Although nurses new to chemotherapy and biotherapy can choose this option, it is more suitable for nurses who are already familiar with chemotherapy and biotherapy administration.
  • There will be an open book invigilated online exam for all participants.

Following the successful completion of this course, participants are recommended to complete a preceptorship at their sponsoring organization to finalize their competency development.


This does NOT apply to AHS O-PREP learners

Following a careful review of the COVID-19 pandemic trajectory and the ongoing uncertainty, the 2022 Provincial Standardized Chemotherapy and Biotherapy (PSCB) course will be offered with options for learners.

  • If COVID-19 is under control and a workshop is scheduled at learners’ workplaces, learners will be required to attend the in-person workshop

  •  If learners are not able to attend an in-person workshop due to pandemic related policies, restrictions or availability, they will be instructed to submit a workshop replacement assignment that covers the core content that is presented within the 7.5-hour workshop.

 We will work closely with our regional chemotherapy facilitators and are committed to support everyone during this difficult time. Please feel free to contact us at



Course Syllabus

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  1. Develop competency in holistic, standardized cancer chemotherapy and biotherapy nursing care and support patient safety efforts by integrating safety theory within all areas of cancer chemotherapy and biotherapy nursing.
  2. Apply evidence based systemic therapy practices.
  3. Integrate Cancer Care Ontario practice recommendations into practice scenarios.

Course Requirements:

To receive a certificate and a 1.0 credit toward the Treatment and Delivery of Evidenced Based Care (towards de Souza designation), participants must complete the following before the course end date:

  1. Pre-course evaluation survey
  2. Course sections and modules
  3. Quizzes and assignments
  4. Course evaluations, including the course exam, with a passing mark of 80% or greater
  5. Attendance at an in-person workshop at a local facility or completion of the workshop replacement assignment with a passing grade
  6. Post-course evaluation survey


Course Syllabus: To view the course syllabus, please click HERE 



Bayshore Health Ltd (Bayshore Staff Only)

Date: TBD

Time: TBD

Room: TBD

Facilitator: Leslie Marvell


Health Sciences North (Sudbury) (STAFF ONLY)

Date: March 4, 2022

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Room: :4th Floor Conference Room  NECC Boardroom

Facilitator: Shelley Lacelle


Juravinski Hospital & Cancer Centre (STAFF ONLY)

Date: March 3, 2022

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Room: JCC Leacture Theatre Auditorium

Facilitator: Cheryl Page 


Nova Scotia Health (STAFF ONLY)

Date: February 10, 2022 (Learners who need to finish sooner)

Date: March 7, 2022 for (Regular cohort)

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Room: Bethune Building, VG Hospital Room

Facilitator: Kate Heighton


PEI Cancer Treatment Centre (STAFF ONLY)

Date: TBD

Time: TBD

Room: TBD

Facilitator: Kara McQuaid


Southlake Regional Health Centre

Date: March 3, 2022

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Room: Auditorium E1-406

Facilitators: Cynthia Heron


The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre, General Campus 

Date: March 2, 2022

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Room: C2353 - 2nd Floor Caner Centre, General Campus

Facilitators: Laurie Ann Holmes, Amber Killam & Jen Newton





To enroll in the course, participants must be registered nurses who have developed competency in peripheral and central vascular access device care and maintenance. In addition, the participant’s nursing leadership/organization must support their application to participate. Participants must also be able to identify an invigilator to monitor their writing of the final exam. The invigilator must be your manager or nurse educator.

Please be aware, your manager and invigilator will be contacted by email to verify their support. Verification is mandatory for registration.


Payment must be received by January 3, 2022. For more information, please visit our Cancellation & No Show Policy.

Participants can pay for this course online with a credit card, or send a cheque to:

de Souza Institute
c/o The Michener Institute of Education
222 St. Patrick Street, Office 503
Toronto, ON M5T 1V4
Last Day to Register
Jan 3, 2022
Course Starts
Jan 10, 2022
Fee (CAD)

To enroll in this course:


To purchase multiple courses:

Course Ends
Mar 28, 2022
Last Drop Date
Jan 14, 2022
Learning Hours
de Souza Designation Credits
1 credits under Treatment and Delivery of Evidence Based Care
Mixed Modality [eLearning and in class]

Participants must be Registered Nurses with vascular access device competence.