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Specialty Nursing (Pediatric - Critical Care Option)

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Part-time/Distance & Online Learning School of Health Sciences


The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Specialty Nursing program is the only degree program in British Columbia designed to prepare Registered Nurses for employment in specialty nursing practice.

Program delivery mode: online

  • This program will be delivered online for the coming semester.

Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.

Please visit our COVID-19 Information page for information and updates about BCIT’s ongoing pandemic response.

These nursing specialties, and the contact numbers to call for more information, include:

Critical Care 604-451-7103
Emergency 604-451-7094
High Acuity 604-454-2230
Neonatal 604-432-8982
Nephrology 604-454-2230
Pediatric 604-454-2230
Pediatric Critical Care 604-454-2230
Perinatal 604-451-7102
Perioperative 604-432-8875

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.

Graduate characteristics

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.

Entrance Requirements

Costs & Supplies

Face respirator fit testing – approx $25 per year; annual re-fitting required.


Graduating & Jobs

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Tara Hodgson, RN, BSN, Adv Cert Pediatric Specialty, MSN
Program Head
Toll-free: 800-663-6542 x 7548

Stephanie Wood
Program Assistant
Toll-free: 800-663-6542 x 2230

Contact Us

Tara Hodgson, RN, BSN, Adv Cert Pediatric Specialty, MSN
Program Head
Toll-free: 800-663-6542 x 7548

Stephanie Wood
Program Assistant
Toll-free: 800-663-6542 x 2230

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