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Overview

The BCIT Pediatric Nursing Specialty program is the only one of its kind in Canada. We educate students from around the world, and our certificate is recognized at every Canadian hospital and university. Our program gives you the skills employers seek.

Pediatric nursing is dedicated to the health and care of young people, ranging from babies to teenagers. Children, as patients, have unique healthcare needs that require specialized knowledge and expertise in their growth, illness, and injury. Pediatric nurses must also have excellent communication skills so they can provide a safe and supportive environment for young patients and their families. The Pediatric Critical Care option prepares nurses to work in the dynamic and highly specialized practice area of pediatric critical care nursing.

About the program

  • Part-time, advanced certificate program that takes an average of 2.5 years to complete
  • Distance and online learning gives you flexibility to learn at your own pace
  • Two clinical preceptorship experiences that can be completed in pediatric practice areas in your community or province

Our program prepares you for a career in pediatric nursing. Visit Program Details for more information about our program design.

Who it's for

This program is for individuals who:

  • Are current practicing, registered nurses (RNs) wanting an advanced pediatric nursing certification to move to a critical care area or to complete their specialty Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) in pediatrics
  • Are undergraduate nursing students currently completing an accredited BSN program
  • Enjoy working directly with children and their families
  • Have strong interpersonal and creative thinking skills, especially when communicating with young people

This specialty nursing program does not require relevant work experience. See Program Entry to learn more about entry requirements.

Your work experience matters

At BCIT, we value your work experience. If you’ve been working as a pediatric nurse, take advantage of our Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR) process and fast track your advanced certification education.

What grads can do

Our grads are in demand. See Graduating and Jobs to learn more about career opportunities in pediatric nursing.

Program Entry

Entrance requirements

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.

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.

If you are a long term or residential care nurse or an RN lacking current (within the last 2 years) acute care experience, Kwantlen College offers a Competency Assessment and Enhancement for Nurses course that provides a refresher in acute care principles.

This assessment involves an individual self assessment, multiple choice exam and practice simulation. This course may be required for admission in the Specialty Nursing programs. For more information on Kwantlen's offering please visit:

Once you have been assessed, you may be required to complete a tailored curriculum designed to meet BCIT's need for familiarity with acute care principles. This curriculum may include some of the following courses:

Clinical 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.

Basic Cardiac Life Support Certification

All students participating in clinical courses must have current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Level C or Level Health Care Provider (HCP). The original certificate must be presented upon application to the clinical courses.

CRNBC Registration

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

Face Respirator Fit Testing

A face piece respiratory fit test is required before students are permitted to enter the clinical practicum. Upon successful completion of the fit test, the original certificate must be presented to the program and annual re-fitting is required. Students are expected to carry their certificate with them at all times during their practicum.

Respirator fit testing with a N95 respirator (1860, 1860s or 1870) is required and must be performed in accordance with CSA Standard CAN/CSA-Z94.4-02. Fit testing must also include inspection, cleaning, maintenance, and storage of protective equipment. Students will be given specific instructions in preparation for their fit testing by the provider they choose.

Recommended for success

Prior experience with children and families is an asset. This experience takes a variety of forms, including: a senior preceptorship in nursing school in a pediatric, perinatal or neonatal area; volunteer work with childbearing families; and employment in a pediatric, perinatal or neonatal area.

If you are considering pediatric critical care nursing and have not had previous exposure to the profession, you can benefit from a day spent in a hospital pediatric unit, and from talking to pediatric nurses about the specialty and their practice.

Program declaration

Please contact the program assistant to declare this program.

Students may take NSPE 7100 - Pediatric Theory 1 prior to declaring this program. Progressing beyond this course requires a program declaration or prior consent from the program head.

Scheduled intakes

Ongoing Part-time Studies intakes: January, April and September.

Costs & Supplies

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

Total costs for materials within the Pediatric Specialty Nursing program is approximately $300.

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

Textbook costs vary from course to course. Please check the BCIT Bookstore for the most current prices.

Courses

Program delivery

BCIT offers theory courses via distance education on a part-time basis. Complete one course in twelve weeks with online materials and an online tutor for support.

BCIT offers full-time and part-time clinical preceptorship courses at a variety of clinical sites throughout British Columbia and across Canada.

Program matrix

Check current availability of courses for this program.

Required Courses: (27.0 credits) Credits
  NSPE 7100 Pediatric Theory 1 3.0
  NSPE 7260 Pediatric Critical Care Nursing Theory 1 4.0
  NSPE 7270 Pediatric Critical Care Theory 2 4.0
  NSPE 7280 Pediatric Critical Care Theory 3 4.0
  NSPE 7290 Pediatric Critical Care Nursing Theory 4 4.0
  NSPE 7310 Pediatric Critical Care Preceptorship 1 4.0
  NSPE 7410 Pediatric CC Preceptorship 2 4.0
 
Total Credits: 27.0

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

Program length

The length of the program is variable and depends on your pace of study. The maximum time to complete this program is seven years.

Continue your education

You are eligible to apply for an Advanced Certificate in Pediatric Nursing after completing 27 credits of approved courses. After receipt of an Advanced Certificate, you can choose to continue in the degree completion portion of the program, which requires completion of another 33 credits. Upon completion of all 60 credits of approved courses (including the Advanced Certificate courses), you are eligible to receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Specialty Nursing.

Graduating & Jobs

Our grads are ready

The BCIT Pediatric nursing specialty allows you to work anywhere in the world. Use our program to start your career in pediatric nursing or apply your new skills in your existing workplace.

Career opportunities

Pediatric registered nurses combine technical nursing expertise with strong communication skills focused on youth. They primarily work in dedicated pediatric units in hospitals or community health centers but can also work in doctors' offices and schools.

Positions start at approximately $36 per hour with opportunities available internationally. A typical day can involve:

  • Physical assessments
  • Educating families on care and prevention
  • Designing home care plans for children with special needs
  • Caring for children with chronic illness or injury
  • Creating a safe environment for young patients
  • Working closely with physicians on an on-going basis

Keep learning

Looking to get your BSN? Use your advanced certificate toward completing our Bachelors of Nursing, Specialty Nursing program.

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.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Tara Hodgson
Program Head
Tara_Hodgson@bcit.ca
604-412-7548
Toll-free: 800-663-6542 x 7548

Stephanie Wood
Program Assistant
Stephanie_Wood@bcit.ca
604-454-2230
Toll-free: 800-663-6542 x 2230

Contact Us

Tara Hodgson
Program Head
Tara_Hodgson@bcit.ca
604-412-7548
Toll-free: 800-663-6542 x 7548

Stephanie Wood
Program Assistant
Stephanie_Wood@bcit.ca
604-454-2230
Toll-free: 800-663-6542 x 2230

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