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Occupational Health Nursing Specialty Advanced Specialty Certificate


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  • Location
  • Length

    The length of the program varies, as it is offered in a variety of formats:

    • BCIT offers theory and clinical courses by part-time, independent study. We deliver theory courses over a 12-week term using guided-learning modules and telephone tutor support. If you work full-time, you would generally register for one theory course per term, although this can vary depending on your additional commitments.

    • Through independent study, learn in your own community and structure your learning schedule in a manner that is most convenient for you.

    • Nurses with relevant experience and/or previous courses can request assessment for appropriate placement within the program through either transfer credit or Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR).

    Maximum program length for either the Advanced Certificate or the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is seven years. All courses are offered each term: January, April and September.

  • Tuition Levels (approx)

    Please see the Part-time Studies Fees page for information on tuition fees and refunds.

    Tuition is charged on a course-by-course basis. View the courses in the program matrix for individual course fees.

  • Book & Supply Cost Estimates

    The Occupational Health Nursing program draws on knowledge from a broad range of disciplines and as such requires a variety of textbooks. We are careful to select textbooks that you will use through the remainder of the program and in your future practice in occupational health nursing.

    Written course materials and textbooks will be purchased from the BCIT Bookstore. Please check the BCIT Bookstore for most current prices. You may choose to purchase safety shoes/boots prior to Practice Experience 1.

    Students must have the use of a computer with Internet and email access in order to submit assignments, communicate with tutors, and access online resource materials.

  • Credentials
    Advanced Certificate

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Application Deadline Advice

Please refer to the BCIT website

Contact Info

Janet Morrison PhD, MAdEd, RN, COHN(C)
Program Head
Janet_Morrison@bcit.ca
604-451-7082
Toll-free: 800-663-6542 x 7082

Stephanie Wood
Program Assistant
Stephanie_Wood@bcit.ca
604-454-2230
Toll-free: 800-663-6542 x 2230

Sandra McIvor

Program Assistant
Sandra_McIvor@bcit.ca
604-432-8982
Toll-free: 800-663-6542 x 8982

Note: This program is closed and will not be accepting any new students. Courses will be available to currently enrolled students until the Fall 2019 term. Please contact the program head for further information.

Entrance requirements

Note: Effective immediately, all health care workers who come into contact with patients at publicly-funded health care facilities or in the community, including at long-term-care facilities, will have to get the influenza vaccine or wear a mask during flu season. This policy affects all students who will be entering a clinical setting.

As such, you will be required to provide proof of your immunization or agree to wear a mask at all times prior to being placed in your clinical studies.

The following are requirements for program entry into Specialty nursing certificate and degree courses. Enforcement or waiving of any or all entry requirements is at the discretion of the Program Head.

If you have any questions about your experience or qualifications, please contact the Program Head to arrange program advising.

English Language Proficiency

Specialty Nursing courses are taught in the English language and require adequate English skills. To review BCITâ??s requirements on English Language proficiency, please visit BCITâ??s Admission and Registration page on English Requirements.

Basic Computer Literacy

Students interested in Occupational Health courses must be familiar with using web browsers, email and a basic word processing program such as Microsoft Word.

Work Experience

RNs or undergraduate students currently registered in an accredited RN or BSN program may start their Specialty Nursing Certificate by taking entry level theory courses. Applicants to the more advanced Specialty Nursing Certificate courses may require a minimum of 6 months to 1 year of relevant work experience in an acute care setting and a resume of work experience may be required to progress in the program. If you have questions about whether your work experience qualifies, please contact the Program Head.

Requirements for clinical courses in Specialty Nursing:

CRNBC Registration

As well as providing this information at the time of admission, BCIT requires students to provide proof of CRNBC membership (or Canadian provincial equivalent) for each clinical course they enroll in. Without proper provincial registration, you will not be permitted to continue in the course.

General Admission Requirements (All Students)

The English-Language Proficiency required for study at BCIT is detailed here.

BC Secondary School (or equivalent)

You will need to meet the specific admission requirements of your intended program. Most programs require Grade 12 graduation with specific Grade 11 and 12 courses. Some programs also have non-academic requirements such as submitting a resume or participating in an interview.

For more details on BCIT's Admission and Registration requirements check here.

Application priority is given to BC residents who are Canadian citizens and landed immigrants who have lived in BC for the 12 months immediately before enrolment. Second priority is given to out-of-province citizens and landed immigrants. Third priority is given to applicants who are neither Canadian citizens nor landed immigrants.

Out-of-Province

You will need to meet the specific admission requirements of your intended program. Most programs require Grade 12 graduation with specific Grade 11 and 12 courses. Some programs also have non-academic requirements such as submitting a resume or participating in an interview.

For more details on BCIT's Admission and Registration requirements check here.

Application priority is given to BC residents who are Canadian citizens and landed immigrants who have lived in BC for the 12 months immediately before enrolment. Second priority is given to out-of-province citizens and landed immigrants. Third priority is given to applicants who are neither Canadian citizens nor landed immigrants.

BC Transfer Student

For details on transfer credit at BCIT check here.

 

Out-of-Province Transfer Student

For details on transfer credit at BCIT check here.

 

Mature Student

If you have not graduated from secondary school you can still be admitted to BCIT based on your relevant experience.

To gain Mature student status, you must also meet BCIT's English-language requirements as well as any prerequisites for your desired program.

There is helpful information for Mature students in the Frequently Asked Questions section of BCIT's Admission & Registration webpage.

International Student

For details on applying to BCIT as an International Student check here.

Other Student (including Special Consideration)

The Technology Entry Program is for students who want to improve their skills in core areas such as communications, Math, Chemistry or Physics to meet the prerequisites of their intended BCIT Technology Program.

 

How to Apply

For information on applying to BCIT's programs check here.

Education Building Options for this program are not available.

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