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If you’re a registered nurse (RN) looking for career advancement, or a student in an accredited RN program seeking specialized training, look no further than BCIT's Specialty Nursing department.

The only program of its kind in Canada, Specialty Nursing is a part of the School of Health Sciences and offers advanced training to RNs and accredited students in a variety of specialized nursing disciplines. Graduates of our certificate programs meet the growing need for trained specialists to work in high-skill, high-reward practice areas.

Courses are offered on a part-time basis allowing maximum flexibility for learners. Specialty Certificates require between 24 and 33 credits to complete, with most courses worth 3-4 credits. As with all BCIT programs, previous experience and academic learning can count toward transfer credit through our Prior Learning and Recognition process. Certificates can be completed in as few as 18 months.

For RNs with college diplomas, BCIT offers the unique opportunity of earning a specialty certificate and a Bachelor of Science Nursing (BSN) degree. Degree studies teach wider knowledge of systemic health care practices and foster creative leadership and professional growth. Registered nurses with their BSN are eligible for graduate studies and expanded employment opportunities in leadership and management as well as careers in community health.

Learn more about Specialty Nursing's Bachelor of Science Nursing program today!

With over 10 different specialties to choose from, BCIT helps RNs qualify for jobs in demand.


For prospective Long Term or Residential Care Nurses - Specialty Nursing courses at BCIT require current or recent experience in acute care workplaces (typically a minimum of 6 months to 1 year). If you are a long term or residential care nurse without the required experience Kwantlen College offers a Competency Assessment and Enhancement for Nurses course that provides a refresher in acute care principles.

This assessment involves an individual self assessment, multiple choice exam and practice simulation.  This course may be required for admission in the Specialty Nursing programs. For more information on Kwantlen's offering please visit:
Competency Assessment & Enhancement for Nursing Program (CAEN) PNCA 1000