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Course Outlines

NSPN 7710

Pelvic Exam Course

School School of Health Sciences
Program Perinatal Specialty Nursing
Course Credits 1.5
Start Date July 12, 2021
End Date July 24, 2021
Total Hours 23
Total Weeks 2
Hours/Weeks 11.5
Delivery Type Lecture/Lab
CRN 64806

Acknowledgement of Territories

The British Columbia Institute of Technology acknowledges that our campuses are located on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish Nations of Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam).

Instructor Details

Name Nicole Pasquino
E-mail Instructor to provide
Location TBD
Office Hours Instructor to provide

Course Description

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 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 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.

Course Learning Outcomes/Competencies

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.

Learning Resources

  1. Screening for Cancer of the Cervix: An Office Manual for Health Professionals
  2. PHSA Pelvic Exam Competencies for Registered Nurses
  3. PHSA Pelvic Exam Decision Support Tool for Registered Nurses
  4. BC Center for Disease Control – Communicable Disease Control Manual, Chapter 5: Sexually transmitted Infections
  5. Public Health Agency of Canada: Canadian Guidelines on Sexually Transmitted infections

Evaluation Criteria

Evaluation is based upon:

  • Pelvic Exam Competencies for Registered Nurses
  • Pelvic Exam Decision Support Tool for Registered Nurses
  • Patient / Women-Centred Care
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Principles of Screening
  • Cultural Considerations in Screening
  • Trauma informed Care
  • HPV
  • Pap test and Pelvic Examination Skills
  • STI Testing and Counselling
  • Basic Gynaecological Cytology Reporting

Students will receive a final grade of:

(S) Successful = Clinical performance is safe and student adequately demonstrates application of the knowledge, required skills, and expected synthesis of learning appropriate to level in the course.

(U) Unsuccessful = Clinical performance is unsafe and inadequately demonstrates application of the knowledge, required skills, and expected synthesis of learning appropriate to level in the course.

Attendance Requirements

The skills workshop takes place at BC Women’s hospital on the last Saturday of the course.

Other information

Late Assignments

The penalty for late assignments is 5% per day past the due date. Extensions may be granted but must be requested AND confirmed at least 72 hours in advance of the assignment due date. If an extension is granted and the assignment is still late, the penalty is 10% for the first day and 5% for each subsequent day. All extensions and penalties will be granted or enforced at the discretion of the instructor and program head.

Note on Audio/Video Recording

As part of evaluation, learning and debriefing, you may be recorded, both audio and video, during simulation lab experiences. All recordings are stored at BCIT, not shared to third parties and deleted upon course completion.

Statement for prior learning assessment

Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition is a way for students with applicable work and academic experience to apply that knowledge toward earning credits without taking additional classes. If you believe that you have applicable prior work and academic experience, please contact the program directly:

Farah Jetha
Program Head
Toll-free: 800-663-6542 x 1139

For more information on BCIT's PLAR process, please visit:

Course Schedule and Assignments

Refer to your course-specific delivery schedule.

BCIT Policy

Any student who needs special assistance in the event of a medical emergency or building evacuation (either because of a disability or for any other reason) should promptly inform their course instructor(s) and Accessibility Services of their personal circumstances.

Human Rights, Harassment and Discrimination:
The BCIT community is made up of individuals from every ability, background, experience and identity, each contributing uniquely to the richness and diversity of the BCIT community as a whole. In recognition of this, and the intrinsic value of our diversity, BCIT seeks to foster a climate of collaboration, understanding and mutual respect between all members of the community and ensure an inclusive accessible working and learning environment where everyone can succeed.

Respect, Diversity, and Inclusion is a supportive resource for both students and employees of BCIT, to foster a respectful learning and working environment. Any student who feels that they are experiencing discrimination or harassment (personal or human rights-related) can confidentially access this resource for advice and support. Please see Policy 7507 – Harassment and Discrimination and accompanying procedure.

Students should make themselves aware of additional Education, Administration, Safety and other BCIT policies listed at

Guidelines for School of Health Sciences

No school specific policies, please refer to main BCIT Policy.


I verify that the content of this course outline is current.
Kristie Walters, Instructor on behalf of Nicole Pasquino, Faculty
March 02, 2021

I verify that this course outline has been reviewed.
Farah Jetha, Program Head
March 29, 2021

I verify that this course outline has been reviewed and complies with BCIT policy.
Kathy Kennedy, Associate Dean
March 29, 2021

Note: Should changes be required to the content of this course outline, students will be given reasonable notice.