Occupational Health Part-time/Distance & Online Learning Bachelor of Science in Nursing 810ebsn

Overview

The BCIT Occupational Health Nursing Specialty program enables you to apply your nursing skills to a 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.

About the program

The BCIT Nursing Specialty Bachelor of Science (BSN) is a combination of our advanced certificate program and our specific academic BSN courses. Choose to complete both concurrently or study in the order that works best for you.

Visit Nursing Specialty BSN for information about the required academic courses.

Visit Occupational Health Nursing Advanced Certificate for information about the required specialty courses and clinicals.

Program Entry

Application processing

Ongoing throughout the year.

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

  • English 12 (B) and English language proficiency

Specialty Nursing courses are taught in the English language and require adequate English skills. To review BCIT’s requirements on English Language proficiency, please visit BCIT’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.

Adequate Work Experience

Applicants to Specialty Nursing Certificate courses should have a minimum of 6 months to 1 year of relevant work experience. Exceptions may be granted for undergraduate students taking entry level theory courses. However, 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 provinvial equivalent) for each clinical course they enroll in. Without proper provincial registration, you will not be permitted to continue in the course.

Apply to program

Note: Do not specify an option/specialization at the time of application.

This program does not accept applications from International students. View BCIT programs that do.

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.

Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)

The program faculty assesses learners with previous Specialty Nursing course work and relevant work experience on an individual basis.

  • The program assesses learners with previous BCIT course work for potential credit into the degree program.
  • The program may grant transfer of credit for non-BCIT Specialty courses.
  • The program assesses experiential learning through prior learning assessment processes.
  • The Registrar's office assesses transfer of credit for Liberal Studies courses.

BCIT requires original, sealed transcripts and course outlines to assess transfer of credit.

myCommunication

Within 3 weeks of applying to a program, you will be sent a letter in the mail confirming receipt of your application. The letter will identify your student number, BCIT e-mail address and instructions on how to login to your myBCIT account.

All official BCIT correspondence will be sent to your myBCIT account. Check myCommunication often during the application process and throughout your studies at BCIT.

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

Costs & Supplies

Face respirator fit testing - approx $25 per year; annual re-fitting required.

Financial assistance

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

Courses

Program matrix

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Required Courses: (30.0 credits) Credits
  NSOH 7100 Introduction to Occupational Health Nursing 3.0
  NSOH 7200 Work and Work Environments 1 3.0
  NSOH 7250 Work and Work Environments 2 3.0
  NSOH 7301 Occupational Health Nursing Practice Experience 1 4.0
  NSOH 7350 Occupational Health Nursing: Practice Consolidation 1.0
  NSOH 7400 Disability Case Management 3.0
  NSOH 7450 Occupational Health Surveillance 3.0
  NSOH 7500 OHN: Practice Experience 2 4.0
  NSOH 7600 Occupational Health Program Planning 3.0
  NSSC 7115 Teaching and Learning in Specialty Nursing 3.0
Note: The first course taken in the program should be NSOH 7100. Courses do not necessarily need to be taken in the sequence shown above. Contact the Program Assistant for registration information at 1.800.663.6542 ext 8982 or 604.432-8982. You may take NSSC 7115 at any time prior to the sequence recommended.
 
Core/Management Courses: (18.0 credits) Credits
  BUSA 7250 Management Skills and Applications 3.0
  NSSC 8000 Systematic Inquiry 3.0
  NSSC 8300 Creative Leadership 3.0
  NSSC 8500 Professional Growth 3.0
  NSSC 8600 Community Nursing: Facilitating Health 3.0
  NSSC 8800 Community Nursing: Facilitating Health Action 3.0
 
Liberal Studies Component: (12.0 credits required) Credits
Mandatory Courses: (6.0 credits)
  LIBS 7001 Critical Reading and Writing 3.0
  LIBS 7021 Health Ethics 3.0

General Education [PDF] electives at a 100 level minimum in at least two different academic disciplines (6.0 credits)
 
Total Credits: 60.0

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.

Graduating & Jobs

Health Match BC

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.

Graduate employment outcomes

The following link takes you to graduate outcome survey results containing mostly labour market results from the 2011-2013 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2010-2012 Graduates.
Note: The survey results will be displayed in a separate browser window. To view these results, you need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed in your Web browser.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Janet Morrison
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

Contact Us

Janet Morrison
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

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