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Provincial Standardized Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Course (PSCB03JAN20)


Samantha Scime and Donalda MacDonald

This course is designed to build nursing knowledge and skills in chemotherapy and biotherapy administration and care. The program reflects standards identified by a number of national and international bodies, and meets Cancer Care Ontario standards for chemotherapy delivery. This course will be completed over an 11 week period including a workshop at a local facility. 

Participants are recommended to complete a preceptorship at their sponsoring organization to finalize their competency development after successfully completing the course. 

This course is intended for registered nurses who have foundational oncology knowledge and are in a position to regularly administer chemotherapy and biotherapy. This is not an introductory course. If you are new to oncology or would like to work in oncology, we highly recommend that you complete the Foundations in Oncology Nursing Practice course first.

Although participants receive 35 learning hours upon successful completion of the course, depending on the 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. 

If you choose to enroll in the Provincial Standardized Chemotherapy and Biotherapy course and do not have the foundational knowledge and skills, you may find it difficult to complete the course and pass the exam.

Course Syllabus

Course Objectives

By the end of this 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 Treatment and Delivery of Evidenced Based Care, RNs must complete the following before the course completion date:

  1. Complete a pre-course evaluation
  2. Participate and complete all modules
  3. Complete all module quizzes and assignments
  4. Complete all course evaluations including a course exam with a passing mark of 80 % or greater
  5. Attend the in-person workshop at a local facility
  6. Complete a post-course evaluation

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


de Souza Institute 

Date: February 25, 2020

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

Room: DSi1

Facilitator: Samantha Scime & Rosemarie Rivera


Grand River Cancer Centre

Date: February 22, 2020

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Room: TBD

Facilitators: Sandra Ferris


Humber River Hospital

Date: February 28, 2020

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

Room: 4b1036

Facilitators: Cynthia Heron & Rachelle Soogree


Juravinski Hospital & Cancer Centre

Date: February 18, 2020

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Room: JH A4-4

Facilitator: Janny Proba and Cheryl Page


Kingston Health Sciences Centre

Date: Thursday, February 27, 2020

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Room: BURR 0 Conference Room (Meet at Cancer Centre Main Lobby) 

Facilitator: Rya Ibit, Rachel Sheldon, Janet Giroux, Lee Ann Fox


Northeast Cancer Centre (Sudbury)

Date: February 21, 2020

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

Room: :4th Floor Conference Room in the Cancer Centre

Facilitators: Shelley Matthews


PEI Cancer Treatment Centre

Date: TBD

Time: TBD

Room: TBD

Facilitators: Kara McQuaid-Duffy


Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

Date: February 20, 2020

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

Room: 6 702/3/4 

Facilitators: Diana Incekol and Anet Julius 


The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre, General Campus

Date: Februaruy 25, 2020

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

Room: C2353

Facilitators:  Laurie Ann Holmes & Amber Killam, Laura Giannantonio, Noorza Moledina




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 participants'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 6, 2020. 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
700 Bay Street
Suite 1903
Toronto, ON M5G 1Z6
Last Day to Register
Jan 6, 2020
Course Starts
Jan 13, 2020
Fee (CAD)

Registration is closed.

Course Ends
Mar 30, 2020
Last Drop Date
Jan 17, 2020
Learning Hours
de Souza Designation Credits
1 credit under Treatment and Delivery of Evidence Based Care
Mixed Modality [eLearning and in class]

Participants must be Registered Nurses with vascular access device competence.