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Anterior Nasal Swab Registration Page

Red River College Polytechnic is offering a course centred on anterior nasal swab sample collection, which is an important part of identifying individuals with COVID-19 to assist in the pandemic response.

The two-hour online course trains individuals on safe sample collection procedures. This will include a review of COVID-19 and its causative agent, the anatomy and physiology of the anterior nares and best practices when working with samples.

Course at a Glance

The course is summarized as follows:

  • Anterior nasal swab sample collection training
  • Two-hour course
  • Non-credit
  • $60 + GST
  • Delivered online through self-paced learning modules
  • No academic requirements need to be met

Academic Overview

Student Learning

By the end of this course of study, you should be able to:

  1. Describe COVID-19 and its causative agent SARS-CoV-2
  2. Explain how it’s transmitted and identify the most common signs and symptoms
  3. Locate the relevant components of the nares for anterior nasal sample collection.
  4. Identify issues associated with swabbing the area of the anterior nares.
  5. Recognize infectious disease transmission factors and public health measures that are important to consider when performing hand hygiene to adhere to principles of infection prevention and control for COVID-19 testing
  6. Identify the steps for proper hand hygiene as per public health measures and principles of infection prevention and control as applicable
  7. Identify the rationale for using anterior nasal swabs to identify the presence of SARS-CoV-2
  8. Apply knowledge of the theory and principles underlying performance of anterior nasal swab according to evidence-based practices
  9. Identify steps for safe acquisition of anterior nasal sample for COVID-19 testing
  10. Identify safe handling and storage of samples due to the potential risk to self and others
  11. Interpret the test to determine validity and results


  • COVID 19 Background, Transmission & Symptoms
  • General A & P and Potential Complications
  • Breaking the Chain of Infection
  • Procedure & Demonstration of kit
  • Quiz
    • Must achieve 80%

Letter Grade Distribution

The final grade is recorded as Complete or Not Complete for non-credit training.

Course Prep

Technology Requirements

Hardware Technical Requirements

  • Memory (2 GB Ram)
  • Space (1 GB hard drive space beyond OS requirements)
  • Processor (2GHZ processor with dual core)
  • Display (1366 x 768)

Software Technical Requirements

  • Browser:
    • Google Chrome v.80 – 32/64 bit
    • Firefox 60 ESR – 64 bit
  • Operating System (min Windows 7 (32 or 64 bit); Windows 10 (32 or 64 bit))
  • Anti-virus Software
  • Encryption Software (example – BitLocker or TPM chip)
  • Programs (Adobe v7 or higher (for displaying and printing reports))
  • Printing (Local browser printing capabilities through Adobe and OS)

Course Policies

Academic Integrity

Academic Integrity describes a commitment to honesty, truthfulness and accountability in teaching, learning and research. Academic misconduct describes acts and activities that breach standards of academic integrity including and not limited to fraud, cheating, plagiarism, misuse or misrepresentation of sources, unauthorized collaboration, etc. Academic misconduct will be treated seriously and will not be tolerated. Clear expectations will be communicated to students to promote positive academic practices in compliance with RRC Polytech policy S4 Academic Integrity.

General Academic Policies

It is the student’s responsibility to be familiar with and adhere to the Red River College Polytechnic (RRC Polytech) Academic Policies. These Policies can be found in the RRC Polytech calendar or online under “A SERIES – ACADEMIC MATTERS” on the RRC Polytech website.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL is a process in which students have the opportunity to obtain credit for college level knowledge and skills gained outside the classroom and/or through other educational programs. It is a process which documents and compares a student’s prior learning gained from education, work and life experience to the learning outcomes in College courses/programs. For more information about RPL at Red River College Polytechnic, refer to the RPL website or A14 – RPL Policy.

For general information and assistance with RPL, contact Red River College Polytechnic’s RPL Advisor.



If you are a student with a disability and require reasonable accommodations, you are encouraged to discuss this privately with your instructor to facilitate greater understanding of your learning needs. To receive accommodations, you must connect with Counselling and Accessibility Services who will assist in developing and implementing your accommodation plan. You can contact Counselling and Accessibility Services in person at NDC (D102) or EDC (P210) or by filling out the online intake form. For further information about RRC Polytech’s accommodation process, see the Disability Documentation Guide.

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Having good personal health and wellbeing will support your success in this program. We encourage you to:

  • Recognize that stress is an expected part of being a college student
  • Rethink how you view difficulty – being challenged is actually a part of learning and reaching success
  • Reflect on your role in taking care of yourself throughout the term – do your best to balance your schoolwork and life demands
  • Reach out to your instructor, program coordinator, or College supports at any time if something is affecting your academic performance – it’s always best to reach out early and it’s the responsible thing to do

College supports are readily available to assist you. These include:


Register for the COVID-19 Anterior Nasal Swab course online.

Note: Capacity is limited to 100 students per section. If a section is full, students may be moved to a different section.


Questions about the course can be directed to Red River College Polytechnic via email or by calling 204.694.1789.

RRC Polytech campuses are located on the lands of Anishinaabe, Ininiwak, Anishininew, Dakota, and Dené, and the National Homeland of the Red River Métis.

We recognize and honour Treaty 3 Territory Shoal Lake 40 First Nation, the source of Winnipeg’s clean drinking water. In addition, we acknowledge Treaty Territories which provide us with access to electricity we use in both our personal and professional lives.

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