Reproductive Health Certification

BCIT partners with Options for Sexual Health to support Certified Practice in Reproductive Health for registered nurses in BC

Beginning April 1, 2010, provincial government changes to the scope of practice for registered nurses in B.C. permit nurses practising in Contraceptive Management (CM) and Sexually Transmitted Infection Management (STIM) to perform clinical functions previously only within the scope of physicians or registered nurses operating under a delegation of medical function or standing/direct order. These changes represent an important step towards reducing the cost of sexual and reproductive health care and a more effective utilization of registered nurses in the health system.

All registered nurses working in reproductive health must now be certified in this practice area with the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC).

The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) is the sole provider of CRNBC-approved CM education and one of two STIM education providers. Developed in partnership with Options for Sexual Health (OPT), BCIT's curricula teach and apply the knowledge and Decision Support Tools (DST) required for safe clinical practice. Successful completion of these courses allows for registration to practice in the respective area(s) of reproductive health.

BCIT's courses in reproductive Health are:
Employers interested in booking a group of nurses outside of the posted dates should contact the Perinatal Program Head, Reina Van Lagen. Please note that the minimum number for a cohort is six.

Registered nurses new to the province of British Columbia who have previous experience in reproductive health may challenge the course through our Prior Learning and Recognition (PLAR) process. Nurses interested in PLAR credit should also contact the Perinatal Program Head, Reina Van Lagen.