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Note: This program is closed and will not be accepting any new students. Courses will be available to currently enrolled students until the Fall 2019 term. Please contact the program head for further information.

The BCIT Occupational Health Nursing Specialty equips you to apply your nursing skills to the business environment. With small class sizes and faculty who are industry experts, we give you specialized education that can be applied to any industry and workplace.

Occupational health nurses work to improve, manage, and implement programs that support employee health. They collaborate with leaders, employees, community stakeholders, and health and safety professionals to support workplace health.

About the program

  • Part-time, advanced certificate program that takes an average of three years to complete
  • Distance and online learning gives you flexibility to keep working as you study
  • Three clinical experiences comprised of an on-the-job site, job demands analysis, and an independent study

Our comprehensive program meets the needs of any industry. See Program Details for more information.

Who it's for

This program is for individuals who:

  • Are current practicing, registered nurses (RNs) wanting an advanced occupational health nursing certification, or to complete their specialty Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) in occupational health
  • Are undergraduate nursing students currently completing an accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program
  • Have strong interpersonal skills and are able to communicate with many stakeholders
  • Enjoy taking initiative to inspire and initiate workplace change
  • Have an interest in facilitating workshops and presentations

What grads can do

From the private sector to public health, our grads can take many career paths. Visit Graduating and Jobs to learn more.

Program Entry

Entrance requirements

Note: Effective immediately, all health care workers who come into contact with patients at publicly-funded health care facilities or in the community, including at long-term-care facilities, will have to get the influenza vaccine or wear a mask during flu season. This policy affects all students who will be entering a clinical setting.

As such, you will be required to provide proof of your immunization or agree to wear a mask at all times prior to being placed in your clinical studies.

The following are requirements for program entry into Specialty nursing certificate and degree courses. Enforcement or waiving of any or all entry requirements is at the discretion of the Program Head.

If you have any questions about your experience or qualifications, please contact the Program Head to arrange program advising.

English Language Proficiency

Specialty Nursing courses are taught in the English language and require adequate English skills. To review BCIT’s requirements on English Language proficiency, please visit BCIT’s Admission and Registration page on English Requirements.

Basic Computer Literacy

Students interested in Occupational Health courses must be familiar with using web browsers, email and a basic word processing program such as Microsoft Word.

Work Experience

RNs or undergraduate students currently registered in an accredited RN or BSN program may start their Specialty Nursing Certificate by taking entry level theory courses. Applicants to the more advanced Specialty Nursing Certificate courses may require a minimum of 6 months to 1 year of relevant work experience in an acute care setting and a resume of work experience may be required to progress in the program. If you have questions about whether your work experience qualifies, please contact the Program Head.

Requirements for clinical courses in Specialty Nursing:

CRNBC Registration

As well as providing this information at the time of admission, BCIT requires students to provide proof of CRNBC membership (or Canadian provincial equivalent) for each clinical course they enroll in. Without proper provincial registration, you will not be permitted to continue in the course.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Part-time Studies Fees page for information on tuition fees and refunds.

Tuition is charged on a course-by-course basis. View the courses in the program matrix for individual course fees.

Books and supplies

The Occupational Health Nursing program draws on knowledge from a broad range of disciplines and as such requires a variety of textbooks. We are careful to select textbooks that you will use through the remainder of the program and in your future practice in occupational health nursing.

Written course materials and textbooks will be purchased from the BCIT Bookstore. Please check the BCIT Bookstore for most current prices. You may choose to purchase safety shoes/boots prior to Practice Experience 1.

Students must have the use of a computer with Internet and email access in order to submit assignments, communicate with tutors, and access online resource materials.


Program matrix

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Required Courses: (30.0 credits) Credits
  NSOH 7100 Introduction to Occupational Health Nursing 3.0
  NSOH 7200 Work and Work Environments 1 3.0
  NSOH 7250 Work and Work Environments 2 3.0
  NSOH 7301 Occupational Health Nursing Practice Experience 1 4.0
  NSOH 7350 Occupational Health Nursing: Practice Consolidation 1.0
  NSOH 7400 Disability Case Management 3.0
  NSOH 7450 Occupational Health Surveillance 3.0
  NSOH 7500 OHN: Practice Experience 2 4.0
  NSOH 7600 Occupational Health Program Planning 3.0
  NSSC 7115 Teaching and Learning in Specialty Nursing 3.0
Note: The first course taken in the program should be NSOH 7100. Courses do not necessarily need to be taken in the sequence shown above. Contact the Program Assistant for registration information at 1.800.663.6542 ext 8982 or 604.432-8982. You may take NSSC 7115 at any time prior to the sequence recommended.
Total Credits: 30.0

Check current availability of courses for this program.

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

The program

This program provides the specialized body of knowledge, skills, and leadership abilities to practise at a beginning level in a wide variety of organizations. It offers experienced Registered Nurses either an Advanced Certificate in Occupational Health Nursing after completing 30 credits, or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Specialty Nursing (BSN) after completing 30 more credits (for a total of 60 credits).

Canadian Nurses Association Certification Program

Completion of the BCIT Occupational Health Nursing Advanced Certificate program provides the educational foundation and decreases the experience requirements for eligibility to apply to write the CNA Occupational Health Nursing certification examination.

Other resources

Program length

The length of the program varies, as it is offered in a variety of formats:

  • BCIT offers theory and clinical courses by part-time, independent study. We deliver theory courses over a 12-week term using guided-learning modules and telephone tutor support. If you work full-time, you would generally register for one theory course per term, although this can vary depending on your additional commitments.

  • Through independent study, learn in your own community and structure your learning schedule in a manner that is most convenient for you.

  • Nurses with relevant experience and/or previous courses can request assessment for appropriate placement within the program through either transfer credit or Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR).

Maximum program length for either the Advanced Certificate or the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is seven years. All courses are offered each term: January, April and September.

Continue your education

BCIT School of Health Sciences offers two levels of credential in Specialty Nursing:

  1. Advanced Certificate, Occupational Health Nursing
  2. Bachelor of Science in Nursing - Specialty Nursing (Occupational Health)
    The degree program is a total of 60 credits comprising:
    • 30 Credits granted for the Advanced Certificate, Occupational Health Nursing
    • 18 credits core nursing credits
    • 12 liberal studies credits

Graduating & Jobs

Our grads are ready

Occupational health nursing offers a dynamic, collaborative career with many work environments to choose from. We give you the business and leadership skills you need to implement, manage, and drive employee health initiatives in any industry.

Career opportunities

Whether you choose to work for an organization, a business, or be your own boss, no two occupational health nursing jobs are the same, as the needs vary depending on the industry you choose.

All career paths involve working directly with employees and leaders to drive workplace health, including implementing employee programs like disability management, smoking cessation, and mental health. Annual salaries average at approximately $70,000, depending on the industry, with opportunities like:

  • Occupational health nurse in a hospital
  • Occupational health or disability case advisor or consultant
  • Disability case manager
  • Health and wellness manager
  • Health and wellness advisor or consultant

Keep learning

Looking to get your BSN? Use your advanced certificate toward completing our Bachelor of Science, Specialty Nursing degree.

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 the hiring of BC nursing graduates. For more information, download the Health Match BC PDF.

Graduate employment outcomes

The BCIT student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2013-2015 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2012-2014 graduates and for Degree 2010-2012 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the BC Student Outcomes website.

To view these results, you may need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed in your Web browser.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are a list of questions new applicants frequently ask. If you have a question that is not answered here, please contact us directly.

Frequently asked questions

Is the Advanced Certificate transferable to the BCIT post basic BSN program?

Yes all 30 credits are transferable.


Can I take individual courses or take the courses out of order?

Yes - while the courses have been designed to be taken sequentially, you may register in any course in the program (with the exception of clinical courses) as continuing education or to fulfill elective requirements in an undergraduate nursing program. However, it is advisable to discuss your choices with the Program Head.


How long is the Advanced Certificate program?

The program is 30 credits - 7 three credit theory courses (21 credits) and 3 clinical courses (9 credits).


How fast can I work through the program?

That depends on how much time you have to devote to course work. Each 3 credit course is the equivalent of 45 hours of contact time spread over 12 weeks.


Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Janet Morrison PhD, MAdEd., RN, COHN(C)
Program Head
Toll-free: 800-663-6542 x 7082

Sandra McIvor
Program Assistant
Toll-free: 800-663-6542 x 8982

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

Contact Us

Janet Morrison PhD, MAdEd, RN, COHN(C)
Program Head
Toll-free: 800-663-6542 x 7082

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

Sandra McIvor

Program Assistant
Toll-free: 800-663-6542 x 8982

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