The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Specialty Nursing is the only degree program in British Columbia designed to prepare Registered Nurses for employment in specialty nursing practice.
These nursing specialties, and the contact numbers to call for more information, include:
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For all programs, call toll-free in Canada and US 1-800-663-6542.
Learners in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Specialty Nursing program are Registered Nurses who are either seeking employment or are employed in one of the nursing specialties listed above. The program combines part-time distance study with practice-based clinical education. BCIT grants credit for previous experience and education through a variety of transfer credit, course challenge, and prior learning assessment procedures.
The collaborative efforts of the BCIT Nursing Specialties faculty, nursing curriculum consultants, employers, learners, practicing nurses, and clients have developed the curriculum for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Specialty Nursing. The curriculum focuses on the technology of specialized nursing practice. Technology is broadly conceptualized as the knowledge, skills and attitudes that specialty nurses require in order to practice.
The curriculum also focuses on building partnerships. BCIT views both nursing and learning as relational endeavours in which communication and collaboration enhance the processes and outcomes of these endeavours. Partnership, therefore, is the context in which students learn and enact specialty knowledge, skills and attitudes.
Faculty members are experienced clinical specialists, academically prepared as educators, who maintain their competency by regular clinical practice. They demonstrate their commitment to the profession and to practice-based education by active involvement in professional organizations and interest groups.
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Specialty Nursing program provides a broad range of perspectives, specialized knowledge, and skills. The intent is to build on learners’ previous experience and education to prepare them to competently care for individuals, groups and communities.
The following graduate characteristics facilitate competence in specialty nursing practice:
- Development of reflective, critical-thinking skills
- Participation in collaborative relationships
- Further development of verbal and written communication skills
- Development of systematic inquiry as a basis of practice
- Expansion of professionalism through caring for and about individuals,
groups and communities
- Engagement in personal and professional growth
Flexible learning options
Learners may take all theory courses on a part-time basis via distance education modes. Selected courses may be offered on-site. Methods of delivery include print-based material, audio and video conferencing, computer-mediated communications, and classroom formats. BCIT designates three terms per year, each 12 weeks in length: winter, January to March; spring, April to June; fall, September to December. Registration should take place at least one month prior to the term start date.
BCIT offers clinical courses on a full-time or part-time basis at various appropriate clinical sites throughout BC The program may individually negotiate clinical placements outside of BC.
Note: In alignment with public health orders, this program requires that students be vaccinated for a number of communicable diseases – including COVID-19.
Health Match BC
Health Match BC is a new service that helps recent Specialty Nursing graduates find work within BC. Funded by the provincial government Health Match BC prioritizes hiring of BC nursing graduates. For more information, download the Health Match BC [PDF].
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