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

Overview

Learners in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Specialty Nursing program are Registered Nurses who are either seeking employment or are employed in one of the nursing specialties listed above. The program combines part-time distance study with practice-based clinical education. BCIT grants credit for previous experience and education through a variety of transfer credit, course challenge, and prior learning assessment procedures.

These specialties, and the contact numbers to call for more information, include:

Critical Care 604-451-7103
Emergency 604-451-7094
High Acuity
604-454-2230
Neonatal 604-432-8982
Nephrology 604-454-2230
Occupational Health 604-432-8982
Pediatric 604-454-2230
Pediatric Critical Care 604-454-2230
Perinatal 604-451-7102
Perioperative 604-451-7102

For all programs, call toll-free in Canada and US 1-800-663-6542.

Learners in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Specialty Nursing program are Registered Nurses who are either seeking employment or are employed in one of the nursing specialties listed above. The program combines part-time distance study with practice-based clinical education. BCIT grants credit for previous experience and education through a variety of transfer credit, course challenge, and prior learning assessment procedures.

The collaborative efforts of the BCIT Nursing Specialties faculty, nursing curriculum consultants, employers, learners, practicing nurses, and clients have developed the curriculum for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Specialty Nursing. The curriculum focuses on the technology of specialized nursing practice. Technology is broadly conceptualized as the knowledge, skills and attitudes that specialty nurses require in order to practice.

The curriculum also focuses on building partnerships. BCIT views both nursing and learning as relational endeavours in which communication and collaboration enhance the processes and outcomes of these endeavours. Partnership, therefore, is the context in which students learn and enact specialty knowledge, skills and attitudes.

Faculty members are experienced clinical specialists, academically prepared as educators, who maintain their competency by regular clinical practice. They demonstrate their commitment to the profession and to practice-based education by active involvement in professional organizations and interest groups.

Graduate Characteristics
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Specialty Nursing program provides a broad range of perspectives, specialized knowledge, and skills. The intent is to build on learners' previous experience and education to prepare them to competently care for individuals, groups and communities.

The following graduate characteristics facilitate competence in specialty nursing practice:

  • Development of reflective, critical-thinking skills
  • Participation in collaborative relationships
  • Further development of verbal and written communication skills
  • Development of systematic inquiry as a basis of practice
  • Expansion of professionalism through caring for and about individuals, groups and communities
  • Engagement in personal and professional growth

Flexible Learning Options
Learners may take all theory courses on a part-time basis via distance education modes. Selected courses may be offered on-site. Methods of delivery include print-based material, audio and video conferencing, computer-mediated communications, and classroom formats. BCIT designates three terms per year, each 12 weeks in length: winter, January to March; spring, April to June; fall, September to December. Registration should take place at least one month prior to the term start date.

BCIT offers clinical courses on a full-time or part-time basis at various appropriate clinical sites throughout BC The program may individually negotiate clinical placements outside of BC.

Program Entry

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
Apply Online

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.

Application processing

Ongoing throughout the year.

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: (15.0 credits) Credits
  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

Elective Courses: (6.0 credits)
All students will be required to achieve these credits in accordance with the BCIT policy on Liberal Studies course requirements.
 
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

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.

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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