Forensic Health Sciences Option Part-time Advanced Certificate 525hascert

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Appropriate application of forensic principles has become an important component of overall patient care when the patient is a victim of trauma, sexual assault, violence or crime. The clinical management of such victims must include not only the obvious aspects of health care, but also elements of forensic significance such as the collection and protection of evidence, effective communication with law enforcement (and other agencies), and compliance with standards required in a forensic or legal investigation. This program is designed for health care workers involved in forensic examinations as well as for the law enforcement, legal and scientific professionals that must interact with them during a forensic investigation.

Program Entry

Application processing

This is a continual intake program with applications processed throughout the year.

Entrance requirements

Most courses may be taken for professional development purposes on an individual course basis without formally applying to the program. To request approval to take a course for professional development, email the Program Assistant identifying which course you'd like to take and attach your current resume along with a brief explanation of how it pertains to your occupation or area of studies.

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements to be accepted.

  • English: two years of education in English in an English-speaking country with one of the following:
  • Completion of one of the following options prior to admission:

    • Option 1: A two-year diploma (minimum of 60 credits) or associate or bachelor's degree from a recognized post-secondary institution or

    • Option 2: A minimum of 60 credits of courses fulfilling the requirements of the first two years of study towards the completion of a defined undergraduate degree from a recognized post-secondary institution (e.g. BA, BSc, BComm, BASc, etc) or

    • Option 3: A minimum of 60 credits of courses from one or more recognized post-secondary institutions (minimum of 18 credits at second-year or higher level) or

    • Option 4: Certification as a police constable AND completion of 30 credits from a recognized post-secondary institution or

    • Option 5: Meeting of alternate entry/exception policy*
    • * Applicants must contact the Program Assistant for particulars. A completed pre-entry assessment document from the program area must be uploaded with your application. Processing times depend on individual assessment and could take up to 3 months to complete.

  • A Criminal Record Check [PDF] (attachment letter to bring to Police department)

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Recommended for success

  • Attend an information session prior to applying for this program. For more information and to register for an information session visit the Forensics website.

Apply to program

Candidates who wish to apply to the Forensic Science Technology - Forensic Health Sciences Option must declare this option/specialization at the time of application.

BCIT accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee
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You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Scheduled intakes

Ongoing Part-time Studies intakes: January, April and September

Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)

Prior Learning Assessment Recognition (PLAR) lets student use knowledge and skills learned outside recognized programs to gain exemption for particular courses in the program. Contact the Program Assistant for details.

myCommunication

Within 2 business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal e-mail and your myBCIT e-mail address. All correspondence about your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an email when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these emails, or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within 4 weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

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

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.

Courses

 

Program delivery

The program is offered via in-class delivery only and on a part-times basis. Most courses will be offered evenings and weekends throughout the year.

Program matrix

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1. Required Courses: Credits
  FSCT 7001 Forensic Applications of Criminal Law 1: Legal Procedures 2.5
  FSCT 7002 Criminal Law 2: Legal Evidence 2.5
  FSCT 7005 Introducing Forensic Evidence at Trial 1.0
  FSCT 7230 Forensic Interviewing 1 2.0
  FSCT 7320 Introduction to Forensic Science 3.0
  FSCT 7810 Introduction to Forensic Health Sciences 3.0
  FSCT 7820 Forensic Health Care in Violence and Trauma 3.0
  FSCT 7830 Wound and Blunt Force Trauma Assessment, Documentation and Evaluation 3.0
  FSCT 7840 Forensic Nurse Examiner Core Education: Theoretical Aspects 3.0
  FSCT 8340 Forensic Photography 3.0
and
  FSCT 7841 Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Core Education - Practical Aspects for Health Care Professionals 1.0
  or
  FSCT 7842 Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Core Education - Practical Aspects for Non-Health Care Professionals 1.0
 
2. Complete 3.0 credits from the following:
Electives can be selected from 8000-level specialty courses courses in the Forensic Science Studies Option (biological, physical, chemical aspects, or electives).
 
Total Credits: 30.0

Check current availability of courses for this program.

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

Program length

Students work through their chosen curriculum at their own pace, therefore, the total length required to finish the program can vary. At six credits per term, the Advanced Certificate Program can take five terms to complete.

Grading

Depending upon the learning outcomes of various courses, students will be graded on a combination of the following:

  • Participation in in-class exercises
  • Participation in and completion of case studies
  • Participation in discussion forums
  • Submission of completed projects
  • Submission of completed assignments
  • Quizzes
  • Mid-term and final examinations

Minimum passing grade for each course is 60%.

Additional program options

Program location

Courses are held at the Burnaby campus, the Downtown Vancouver campus or delivered online.

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Downtown Campus
555 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC

Burnaby and/or downtown campus.

Continue your education

Registered Nurses may qualify for admission into the Bachelor of Technology Program in Forensic Investigation (Forensic Sciences Option). Recipients of the Advanced Certificate in Forensic Health Sciences would have twelve months from the date of completion to apply for admission to the Bachelor of Technology program. If their application is approved, they will receive credit for selected courses completed in the certificate program.

Graduating & Jobs

Job Opportunities

Many of the people who take this credential will already be working as a health care provider or in law enforcement. This program will also be of interest to student nurses wishing to work as a Nurse Examiner or Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner.

Apply for graduation

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, complete an Application for BCIT Credential [PDF] and submit to Student Information and Enrolment Services.

Allow approximately six to eight weeks for processing.

All financial obligations to the Institute must be met prior to issuance of any credential.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Advisory committee

  • Dr. Darryl Plecas - RCMP Research Chair, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, UCFV
  • Dana Adams - Director of Security Services, Telus Communication
  • Lynn Gifford - Coordinator, Forensic Nursing Services, Surrey Memorial Hospital
  • Taras Hryb - President, Canadian Association of Private Investigators
  • Jared Jung - Computer Crime, ASC Student
  • Lisa Lapointe - Forensic Science and Identification Services, Province of BC
  • Stefano Mazzega - General Manager, Forensic Science and Identification Services, National Forensic Services Laboratory, Vancouver
  • Kevin McQuiggin - Inspector(retd), Tech Crime Unit, Vancouver Police Department
  • Aaron Oliynyk - Crime and Intelligence, Btech Student and Civil Aviation Safety Inspector
  • Jess Ram - Inspector, Criminal Intelligence Services

Contact Us

Sheila Early, Program Coordinator
604.456.1198

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