Reproductive Health Certification
BCIT partners with Options for Sexual Health to support Certified Practice in Reproductive Health for registered nurses in BC
Beginning April 1, 2010, provincial government changes to the scope of practice for registered nurses in B.C. permit nurses practising in Contraceptive Management (CM) and Sexually Transmitted Infection Management (STIM) to perform clinical functions previously only within the scope of physicians or registered nurses operating under a delegation of medical function or standing/direct order. These changes represent an important step towards reducing the cost of sexual and reproductive health care and a more effective utilization of registered nurses in the health system.
All registered nurses working in reproductive health must now be certified in this practice area with the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC).
The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) is the sole provider of CRNBC-approved CM education and one of two STIM education providers. Developed in partnership with Options for Sexual Health (OPT), BCIT's curricula teach and apply the knowledge and Decision Support Tools (DST) required for safe clinical practice. Successful completion of these courses allows for registration to practice in the respective area(s) of reproductive health.
BCIT's courses in reproductive Health are:
- NSPN 7720 Contraceptive Management - is taught as an online, six week, two credit course that is offered a minimum of five times per year. The curriculum is based upon the CRNBC's Contraceptive Management Decision Support Tools.
- NSPN 7735 Sexually Transmitted Infections Management Modified - is a theory-based, eight week, two credit, online course. The curriculum is based upon the CRNBC's Sexually Transmitted Infection Management Decision Support Tools. In order to be certified, students must pass this theory course and the clinical course:
- NSPN 7736 Sexually Transmitted Infections Management Clinical Course - is the required clinical component of STIM certification. It is a clinical practicum placement with a value of one credit and is offered three times a year. In order to enroll student must have valid CRNBC registration and must receive approval from the clinical coordinator, Ruby Gidda. Students may take both NSPN 7735 and 7736 in the same term, but must successfully complete the theory course (NSPN 7735) before beginning the clinical portion (NSPN 7736).
Registered nurses new to the province of British Columbia who have previous experience in reproductive health may challenge the course through our Prior Learning and Recognition (PLAR) process. Nurses interested in PLAR credit should also contact the Perinatal Program Head, Reina Van Lagen.