In addition to developing foundational knowledge, skills and attitudes in Specialty Nursing, students in the Post RN BSN program will learn to apply contemporary theories and practices about research, leadership, management, professionalism, education, and community health nursing to practice. Courses emphasize applying theory to practice in learning materials and assignments.
The curriculum, developed in collaboration with faculty, curriculum consultants, employers, learners and practicing nurses, focuses on integrating ways of knowing, being and doing, with relationally based practice.
The processes of critical, reflective thinking, communication, collaboration, systematic inquiry, creative leadership and professional growth, are integrated throughout the program.
The degree consists of three components:
1. Specialty Nursing Component:Students need to complete an Advanced Specialty Nursing Certificate as part of BSN Specialty Nursing program. Advanced Certificates can be completed in the following specialties:
Each certificate is an independent course of study and requires between 24 and 30 credits for completion.
2. Core Nursing and Management Component:
In addition to the Advanced Specialty Nursing Certificate, students will need to complete seven Core nursing and management courses as follows:
Core/Management Courses: (21.0 credits)
Management Skills and Applications
Teaching and Learning in Specialty Nursing
Community Nursing: Facilitating Health
Community Nursing: Facilitating Health Action
3. Liberal Education Component:
Students will need to complete 12 credits in Liberal Education. The courses LIBS 7001 and LIBS 7002 are mandatory (each worth 3 credits), with the remaining 6 credits taken through courses from a list of approved electives. For more information, please view our policy on the BSN - Specialty Nursing General Education Electives Requirement [PDF].
Liberal Education Component: (12.0 credits required)
Mandatory Courses: (6.0 credits)
Critical Reading and Writing
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.
The minimum number of credits required for degree completion is 60, as follows:
- 24-33 Advanced Specialty Nursing Certificate credits
- 21-24 Core nursing and management credits
- 12 Liberal Education credits
There are three designated terms, each 12 weeks in length:
- Winter: January to March
- Spring: April to June
- Fall: September to December