The only academic renal nursing program in Western Canada, BCIT’s Nephrology Nursing Advanced Specialty program equips you to work in any renal healthcare setting in Canada. As renal disease becomes more prevalent, the demand for our grads rises. They are ready to start working from day one.
Nephrology nurses work closely with patients who require ongoing care or life-sustaining treatment. Using dialysis, renal transplantation, and other treatment methods, nephrology nurses manage illnesses such as chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease. Their work directly impacts quality-of-life and end-of-life care for renal patients.
Our curriculum is guided by the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) nephrology nursing competencies and the standards of practice for the Canadian Association of Nephrology Nurses and Technologists. Visit Program Details to find out more about studying nephrology nursing at BCIT.
This program is for individuals who:
Does this sound like you? See Program Entry to discover more about entry requirements and how to apply.
At BCIT, we value your work experience. If you’ve been working as a nephrology nurse, take advantage of our Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR) process and fast track your advanced certification education.
Our grads are in demand, and all of them find work soon after graduation. See Graduating and Jobs for more information.
The Nephrology Nursing program can lead to two levels of qualification:
To be successful in the Nephrology Nursing program, you need:
Nurses interested in the Nephrology Nursing program should have a minimum of twelve months of recent experience on an acute care unit. For interested nurses from international practice, residential or other areas of care, a refresher course in acute care may be required. BCIT recommends the following programs:
well as the Nephrology Nursing program at BCIT, to determine an appropriate preparatory course of study.
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.
BCIT's Nephrology Nursing Specialty program prepares RNs to practice in hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, renal transplant, home hemodialysis, chronic kidney disease management, advance renal anatomy and pathophysiology, renal nursing assessment, and self-care management. The courses and workshops in our program have been designed and created in collaboration, partnership and consultation with British Columbia Provincial Renal Agency, Health Authorities throughout the province of British Columbia, Canadian Nurses Association, Canadian Association of Nephrology Nurses and Technologist, and other important internal and external stakeholders, as well as alumni, currently practising nephrology nurses, renal care administrators, nephrology nursing educators, and BCIT nephrology nursing faculty. Thus, our curriculum and course matrix reflect the perspectives of learners, practitioners and educators.
Nephrology nurses provide unique continuity of care. They make a meaningful impact as they ensure the comfort of their patients in various stages of illness. They often work fixed schedules with minimal overnight shifts, depending on the renal care setting. There are many opportunities for work. For example:
Learn more about the work they do by visiting the BC Renal Agency website.
Most positions start casually or part-time but can quickly move to full-time roles. Salaries start at approximately $32 per hour based on experience, and with job titles such as:
With work experience, nephrology nurses can advance into clinical coordinator, supervisor, and leadership roles.
Our program is recognized by the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA). Grads can receive a credit of 1,000 hours towards their initial certification examination.
Looking to get your BSN? Use your advanced certificate toward completing our Bachelor of Science, Specialty Nursing degree.
Beginning in 2018, BCIT Specialty Nursing Advanced Certificate Graduates can apply to receive transfer credits towards the online, two-year UVIC Master of Nursing program. Applicants can chose from the Advanced Practice Leadership of Nurse Educator options.
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.
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