The BCIT Occupational Health Nursing Specialty equips you to apply your nursing skills to the business environment. With small class sizes and faculty who are industry experts, we give you specialized education that can be applied to any industry and workplace.
Occupational health nurses work to improve, manage, and implement programs that support employee health. They collaborate with leaders, employees, community stakeholders, and health and safety professionals to support workplace health.
Our comprehensive program meets the needs of any industry. See Program Details for more information.
This program is for individuals who:
Discover if this program is right for you. See Program Entry for details on applying to the BCIT Occupational Health Nursing specialty program.
At BCIT, we value your work experience. If you've been working as an occupational health nurse, take advantage of our Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR) process and fast track your advanced certification education.
From the private sector to public health, our grads can take many career paths. Visit Graduating and Jobs to learn more.
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.
This program provides the specialized body of knowledge, skills, and leadership abilities to practise at a beginning level in a wide variety of organizations. It offers experienced Registered Nurses either an Advanced Certificate in Occupational Health Nursing after completing 30 credits, or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Specialty Nursing (BSN) after completing 30 more credits (for a total of 60 credits).
Completion of the BCIT Occupational Health Nursing Advanced Certificate program provides the educational foundation and decreases the experience requirements for eligibility to apply to write the CNA Occupational Health Nursing certification examination.
Occupational health nursing offers a dynamic, collaborative career with many work environments to choose from. We give you the business and leadership skills you need to implement, manage, and drive employee health initiatives in any industry.
Whether you choose to work for an organization, a business, or be your own boss, no two occupational health nursing jobs are the same, as the needs vary depending on the industry you choose.
All career paths involve working directly with employees and leaders to drive workplace health, including implementing employee programs like disability management, smoking cessation, and mental health. Annual salaries average at approximately $70,000, depending on the industry, with opportunities like:
Looking to get your BSN? Use your advanced certificate toward completing our Bachelor of Science, Specialty Nursing degree.
Health Match BC is a new service that helps recent specialty nursing graduates find work within BC. Funded by the provincial government, Health Match BC prioritizes the hiring of BC nursing graduates. For more information, download the Health Match BC PDF.
Below are a list of questions new applicants frequently ask. If you have a question that is not answered here, please contact us directly.
Yes - you must be licensed as a Registered Nurse.Top
Yes all 30 credits are transferable.Top
No - there is no application process. You can register directly online.Top
Yes - while the courses have been designed to be taken sequentially, you may register in any course in the program (with the exception of clinical courses) as continuing education or to fulfill elective requirements in an undergraduate nursing program. However, it is advisable to discuss your choices with the Program Head.Top
The program is 30 credits - 7 three credit theory courses (21 credits) and 3 clinical courses (9 credits).Top
That depends on how much time you have to devote to course work. Each 3 credit course is the equivalent of 45 hours of contact time spread over 12 weeks.Top
All courses in the program are offered each term, with start dates in January, April and September.Top
Yes as long as you are licensed as a Registered Nurse in your home provinceTop
The first course in the program is NSOH 7100 - Introduction to Occupational Health Nursing.Top
You may be eligible to receive credit through the prior learning assessment (PLAR) process or by course challenge. Contact the Program Head for more information.Top
You may be eligible to receive transfer credits for NSSC 7115 (Teaching and Learning). Contact the Program Head for further information.Top
Janet Morrison PhD, MAdEd., RN, COHN(C)
Toll-free: 800-663-6542 x 7082
Janet Morrison PhD, MAdEd, RN, COHN(C)
Toll-free: 800-663-6542 x 7082
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