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Pediatric Nursing Specialty (Critical Care Option): Advanced Certificate (Part-Time)


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Applications are submitted externally through the BCIT website.

Intake
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
  • Summer

Study Options
  • Work
    Experience
  • Program Start Date
    January, April, September
  • Campuses
    Burnaby

    Resources

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    City of Burnaby
  • Length
    2.5 years (part-time)
  • Tuition Estimate
    (domestic students)
    $500-$800 per course. See Part-Time Studies fees website for more information
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
  • Credential Granted
    • Advanced Certificate
    • University Course Transfer
  • Learning Method Options
    • Face-to-Face
    • Online
    • Off-site

Learning Method Option:

  • Face-to-Face: Program is fully delivered in class with face-to-face interaction
  • Online: Program is fully delivered online
  • Blended (Face-to-Face + Online): Program is delivered using a combination of face-to-face and online learning
  • Off-site: All or part of program is delivered in a physical location away from regular classroom/campus

Looking for ways to fund your education? Check out BCIT's financial aid and awards page.

Application Deadline Advice

Part-time Studies applications accepted throughout the year for intakes in January, April and September.

Application Fee: $90 (domestic); $154 (international)

1) Program Admission Requirements

Note: In alignment with public health orders, this program requires that students be vaccinated for a number of communicable diseases – including COVID-19.

Entrance requirements


The following are requirements for 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.

  • Post-secondary education: diploma in nursing
  • Current practicing registration with one of the following:
    • BC College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM) or
    • Canadian provincial equivalent or
    • Registered Nurse (RN) license number (if practicing outside Canada)
  • Work Experience: minimum six months work experience in an acute care setting

    Submit a resume of work experience with your application.

    Exceptions may be granted for undergraduate students taking entry-level theory courses or new graduates. A resume is required for placement in the program. If you have questions about whether your work experience qualifies, please contact the program head.

    Interested nurses from international practice, residential, or other areas of care lacking recent (within two years) acute care experience may be required to complete a refresher course. BCIT recommends the following programs:

    Please contact one of the institutions above, as well as the program head, to determine an appropriate preparatory course of study.

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Clinical requirements

  • Proof of your influenza 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.
  • BC College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM) registration: As well as providing this information at the time of admission, BCIT requires students to provide proof of BCCNM membership, Canadian provincial equivalent, or RN license number for each clinical course. Without proper registration, you will not be permitted to continue in the course.

  • Face Respirator Fit Testing

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


International applicants

  • This part-time distance/online program is available to international applicants who will complete the program from outside Canada or who currently have a valid work permit in Canada that will be valid for the duration of clinical training.

    International applicants accepted into this program are not eligible for a study permit.

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.


 

2) Institution Admission Requirements

Applicants also have to satisfy BCIT's institution admission requirements as listed below.

English Language Requirements

Review the full English Language Requirements policy here.

There are two ways to meet the English requirement:

1. Complete both of the following:

OR

2. Demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing, speaking and listening:


English 12 and equivalencies

At BCIT, entrance requirements are program-specific. All programs require English 12, but the percentage required varies by program. Be sure to confirm your program’s specific English requirement before applying.

If you do not meet the requirements, BCIT offers several options to help you upgrade your skills. View more here.

General Admission Requirements (All Students)

The English Language Proficiency requirement for studies at BCIT is detailed here.

Applicants to BCIT are also required to have completed two years of full-time study in a high school or post-secondary program in English in an English-speaking country.

BC Secondary School (or equivalent)

You will need to meet the specific admission requirements of your intended program. Most programs require Grade 12 graduation with specific Grade 11 and 12 courses. Some programs also have non-academic requirements such as submitting a resume or participating in an interview.

For details on BC/Yukon High School credit equivalencies click here

Review BCIT Entrance Requirements and Application priority .

Out-of-Province

You will need to meet the specific admission requirements of your intended program. Most programs require Grade 12 graduation with specific Grade 11 and 12 courses. Some programs also have non-academic requirements such as submitting a resume or participating in an interview.

Learn about Canadian high school course equivalencies here.  

For more information about admission, please review BCIT Entrance requirements and Application priority 

BC Transfer Student

For details on how to transfer credits from BC post-secondary institutions to BCIT visit this website.

 

Out-of-Province Transfer Student

For details on admission with Advanced Placement into BCIT programs, click here .

 

Mature Student

If you have not graduated from secondary school you may still be admitted to BCIT based on your relevant experience. To gain Mature student status, you must also meet BCIT's English-language requirements as well as any prerequisites for your desired program. Please contact BCIT Admissions to discuss your situation further. 

Note: there are several Upgrading options through BCIT.

For other information, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions section of BCIT's Admissions website.

International Student

For details on applying to BCIT as an International Student check here.

Note: some BCIT programs with a post-secondary entrance requirement will necessitate a comprehensive ICES evaluation for applicants who completed their post-secondary studies outside of Canada, the United States or the United Kingdom. Please review your program’s entrance requirements and contact BCIT Admissions if you have further questions. 

Other Student (including Special Consideration)

The Technology Entry Program is for students who want to improve their skills in core areas such as communications, Math, Chemistry or Physics to meet the prerequisites of their intended BCIT Technology Program.

Learn about other BCIT Upgrading options here.

 

 

How to Apply

For information on applying to BCIT's programs click here.

BCIT’s application website provide a step-by-step process to help you identify the program that is right for you, find the entrance requirements to your program of choice, prepare your application, submit your application in a timely manner, and track your application status online.

Training in a program like this one can lead to different careers. Related occupations are presented to show potential career options, not definite outcomes.

Follow the links to learn more about these careers on WorkBC's career profiles.