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Pelvic Exam Course NSPN 7710

Nursing Specialty Perinatal Part-time Studies Course

Course details

​The purpose of this course is to examine the trends and issues in the health and health care of patients in relation to reproductive health and pelvic exams. The course builds on the nurse's/clinician's knowledge and skills in reproductive health to enable them to offer a quality, patient-centered cervical cancer screening and Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) testing for whom services are inadequate or inaccessible. The course is available to clinicians whose scope of practice includes pelvic examinations. A theoretical framework based on the social determinants of health and trauma informed practice provides the foundation for learning the skills and information required to provide pelvic exams for clients. Included is a skills workshop to provide participants with the opportunity to learn and practice: inspection of external genitalia, speculum insertion, bimanual examination, Pap smear techniques, and STI testing. During the skills workshop this course utilizes Clinical Teaching Assistants, who are trained to teach and guide students in pelvic exams while receiving exams themselves. The Course is split into 2 sections: Theory and Clinical. The 2 week online theory portion is self paced and we recommend 4-6 hours of study time each week. The one day clinical skills workshop occurs on the second Saturday of the course in-person at BC Women's Hospital from 9-5pm. The skills workshop takes place over one day at BC Women's Hospital in Vancouver always on the last Saturday of the course. This course is strongly recommended as a pre-requisite to NSPN 7736, Sexually Transmitted Infections Practicum Course. Students who take this course can use up to 3 hours credit towards the completion of the NSPN 7736 practicum hours.​


  • No prerequisites are required for this course.





Course offerings

Fall 2022

Below is one offering of NSPN 7710 for the Fall 2022 term.

CRN 44153


Mon Nov 14 - Sat Nov 26 (2 weeks)

  • 2 weeks
  • CRN 44153
  • $469.54
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Nov 14 - Nov 26 N/A N/A Other

Nicole Pasquino

Course outline




Important information
  1. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.
  2. This course is offered in partnership with BC Women’s Hospital for RNs. It consists of 2 weeks of online theory, followed by a clinical consolidation day at BC Women’s Hospital on the last Saturday of the course. Please make appropriate travel arrangements.


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Learning Outcomes

As licensed health care practitioners, all learners will practice in accordance with professional standards of practice throughout the course. In this course, learners will have opportunities to use the processes of critical thinking, systematic inquiry, communication, collaboration, leadership and professionalism. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Identify current trends and issues related to our patients' health in relation to reproductive health.
  • Describe the impacts of the social determinants of health on our patients in relation to reproductive health.
  • Recognize the diversity of patients' experiences.
  • Describe the anatomy and physiology of the reproductive system.
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of cervical cancer screening.
  • Define the relationship between Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and cervical cancer.
  • Demonstrate competency in the performance of pelvic examinations, cervical cancer testing, testing for STI's.
  • Describe your role as a health care provider in the follow up of abnormal findings, with respect to the BC Cancer Agency and the BC Centre for Disease Control.

Effective as of Fall 2019

Related Programs

Pelvic Exam Course (NSPN 7710) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Health Sciences

  1. Perinatal Nursing Specialty (Standard Option)
    Advanced Certificate Part-time
  2. Specialty Nursing (Perinatal - Standard Option)
    Bachelor of Science in Nursing Part-time


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