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Fall 2020 Delivery Mode: ONLINE

  • This program will be delivered online for the fall 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.
Appropriate application of forensic principles has become an important component of overall patient care when the patient is a victim of trauma, sexual assault, violence or crime. The clinical management of such victims must include not only the obvious aspects of health care, but also elements of forensic significance such as the collection and protection of evidence, effective communication with law enforcement (and other agencies), and compliance with standards required in a forensic or legal investigation. The Forensic Health Sciences program is designed for health care workers involved in forensic examinations as well as for the law enforcement, legal and scientific professionals that must interact with them during a forensic investigation.

If you're interested in forensic nurse examiner education or individual courses, please visit our courses and workshops page.

Learn more about the history of this growing field.

Program Entry

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Application processing

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Entrance requirements

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first-qualified basis as long as space remains.

  • English: two years of full-time post-secondary education in English in an English-speaking country with 3.0 credits of post-secondary English, humanities or social sciences (67%) from a recognized institution

    What if I don't meet these English requirements?

  • Post secondary education: one of the following:
    • Bachelor of Technology in Forensic Science, or
    • Bachelor of Science, or
    • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, or
    • Bachelor of Arts in criminology, sociology or psychology, or
    • Bachelor of Social Work, or
    • Bachelor of Law, or
    • Doctor of Medicine (MD)

Applicants who have completed post-secondary studies outside of Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand will require a comprehensive evaluation of their credentials by the International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES). Credential evaluation reports from other Canadian services may be considered. These reports must include course-by-course evaluations and GPA calculations.

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Professional development

Most courses may be taken for professional development purposes on an individual course basis without formally applying to the program. To request approval to take a course for professional development, email the Program Assistant identifying which course you'd like to take and attach your current resume along with a brief explanation of how it pertains to your occupation or area of studies.

Recommended for success

  • Attend an information session prior to applying for this program. For more information and to register for an information session visit the Forensics website.

International applicants

This program is not available to international students. View available programs

Apply to program

To submit your application:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements.
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files.
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee.
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Scheduled intakes

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

Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)

Prior Learning Assessment Recognition (PLAR) lets student use knowledge and skills learned outside recognized programs to gain exemption for particular courses in the program. Contact the Program Assistant for details.


Within two business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal and myBCIT e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at We'll send you an e-mail when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these e-mails or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within four weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Part-time Studies Tuition & Fees page for information on part-time tuition fees.



Program matrix

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Required Courses: Credits
  FSCT 9009 Law for Forensic Science 3.0
  FSCT 9320 Introduction to Forensic Sciences 3.0
  FSCT 9810 Foundations of Forensic Health Sciences 3.0
  FSCT 9820 Forensic Health Sciences in Violence and Trauma 3.0
Complete 3.0 credits from the following list of electives: Credits
  FSCT 9830 Forensic Evaluation Injuries 3.0
  FSCT 9850 Pediatric Sexual Violence Examiner Core Education 3.0
  FSCT 9860 Death Investigation 3.0
Total Credits: 15.0

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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

Students work through their chosen curriculum at their own pace, therefore, the total length required to finish the program can vary.


Depending on the course learning outcomes, students will be graded on a combination of the following:

  • Participation in in-class exercises
  • Participation in and completion of case studies
  • Participation in discussion forums
  • Submission of completed projects
  • Submission of completed assignments
  • Quizzes
  • Mid-term and final examinations

The minimum passing grade for each course is 60%.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Downtown Campus
555 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC

Courses are also offered through distance and online learning.

Graduating & Jobs

Job Opportunities

Although many of the people who pursue this credential are already working in the field of healthcare or law enforcement, this education enhances the ability for individuals to work in areas where medical and legal issues overlap. Skills obtained in this program will assist in areas where individuals have contact with child and elder abuse and neglect, interpersonal violence including sexual assault, intentional or non-intentional trauma, corrections and psychiatric institutions, death investigation, disaster response, risk management in healthcare, medical malpractice and other areas where healthcare and law intersect in addition to the application of forensic medical expertise in investigative agencies.

Individuals who should enroll in this program include: Registered nurses and other allied health professionals, social workers, physicians, paramedics, rescue and emergency management personnel, police and other investigative personnel, corrections officers, psychiatric nurses, legal nurse consultants, occupational safety officers, and risk management, quality and safety personnel.

Go Further

After completing the Graduate Certificate, continue on to a Master of Science in Nursing - Forensic Nursing online through Aspen University. Two courses - FSCT 9810 and FSCT 9820 - are transferable for credit towards the Masters. These two foundational courses provide the Canadian medicolegal context for Forensic Health Sciences, allowing Canadian RNs to understand the Canadian context, but also obtain a Masters degree not currently available in Canada. The program is 100% online and fairly affordable.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Program Coordinator

Colin Harris 



Colin has a degree in Criminal Justice, a Masters in Nursing, with post graduate education in Forensic Nursing and additional education in crime scene analysis, death investigation and other forensic topics.

Colin has integrated his nursing experience in the acute medical setting with previous experience in law enforcement and investigations and as a Coroner and Manager of the Child Death Review Unit for the Province of British Columbia.  This combination allowed him to bring together expertise to both death investigations and to the area of “living forensics” investigations. Colin is a board certified Advanced Forensic Nurse by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the only board certified fellow of the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators in Canada. Colin’s most recent work as a Special Provincial Constable utilized forensic medical expertise in the investigation of workplace fatalities and serious injuries. This was the first ever application of this expertise by an Investigations Officer in the occupational setting.

Colin is a published author for the Journal of Forensic Nursing and the BC Medical Journal and has presented numerous times on topics related to Forensic medical expertise at the International Conferences on Forensic Nursing Science and Practice.

Colin has been a co-chair of the death investigation council, abstract reviewer, manuscript reviewer, and member of the conference planning committee for the International Association of Forensic Nurses and has been awarded:

2013 – Outstanding Graduate and Famous Alumni by the Distance Education Accreditation Commission for Aspen University Graduate Nursing

2014 – Forensic Nursing Excellence – International Association of Forensic Nurses

Advisory committee

  • Aaron Oliynyk - Crime and Intelligence, Btech Student and Civil Aviation Safety Inspector
  • Andy Mendell - Manager, Fatal & Serious Injury Investigations, WorkSafeBC
  • Anton Kishchenko - Lead Cloud Systems Engineer
  • Dana Adams - Director of Security Services, Telus Communication
  • Jag Sumra - Director, Investigative Services, Canada Post
  • Jared Jung - Computer Crime, ASC Student
  • Jess Ram - Inspector, Criminal Intelligence Services
  • Kevin McQuiggin - Inspector(retd), Tech Crime Unit, Vancouver Police Department
  • Lisa Lapointe - Chief Coroner, BC Coroner's Service
  • Lynn Gifford - Coordinator, Forensic Nursing Services, Surrey Memorial Hospital
  • Scott Kramer - Director of IT Security & Business Continuity, BCAA
  • Shelley Tiffin - Training Specialist, IIOBC
  • Tara Wilkie – Forensic Nurse Examiner, Surrey Memorial Hospital
  • Taras Hryb - President, Canadian Association of Private Investigators

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Colin Harris, Program Coordinator

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BCIT’s forensic nurse examiner education combines evidence-based research and hands on experience. By visiting BCIT and observing the high quality education of forensic nurse examiners, I have strengthened my wish to develop a similar program in Norway.

Linda Molgaard Gustavsen, Forensic Nurse & program guest


"As a BCIT alumna and now a registered forensic nurse with the Fraser Health Authority, I returned to teach as I know this is where students learn how to make a difference in the world."
Tara Wilkie, Instructor, Forensic Health Sciences