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Certificate Programs

Professional Development & Training in the Faculty of Health & Human Services offers short-term programs that are designed to prepare you for employment immediately upon graduation. 

A summary of PD&T Certificate Programs, by campus location, can be found in our Program Availability List.   

Courses & Workshops

PD&T courses can advance your career as a healthcare and human services professional.   Find the complete list of courses that are OPEN FOR REGISTRATION.

Important information like registration and refund policy can be found on the Health & Human Services PD&T Courses & Workshops Information page.

Essential Prerequisite Courses

Human Anatomy & Physiology For Practical Nurses

An overview of structure and function of the human body, including various health promotion strategies supporting optimal function. Topics include the disease transmission process and medical terminology relevant to normal human anatomy and physiology. Prerequisite: None.

NOTE: Textbook required: Human Body in Health and Disease


HHPN 001  I19N01 (Nanaimo)

Start Date: May 2, 2019

17 Sessions*:

Thu, May 2 - July 18; 6-9 pm;

Sat, May 4 - July 13; 1-4 pm; and

Sat, July 20; 1-3 pm.

No class May 18, June 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, & 29.

Medical Terminology and Anatomy & Physiology

Learn medical words, identifying suffixes, prefixes, and combining forms related to body systems. Prepares students to write the VIHA Medical Terminology exam. Meets prerequisite for Hospital Unit Coordinator, Medical Device Reprocessing Technician, and Medical Office Assistant Certificate programs. Statement of Course Completion awarded on successful completion. Prerequisite: None.  Cost: $479.00

NOTE: Textbook required: The Language of Medicine


OSME 002 I19W04 - April 29 - Aug 9, 2019

OSME 002 I19W08 - Aug 26 - Dec 6, 2019

In Person Classroom

OSME 002 I19N01 (Nanaimo) - May 8 - Aug 21, 2019

- 24 sessions: Wed, May 8 - Aug 21, 6-8:30 pm and Sat, May 11 - Aug 17; 9-11:30 am 

Interpersonal Skills For Health Care Workers

Your success in a high volume, challenging workplace depends on your ability to effectively communicate. Gain a better understanding of your personal style and your impact on others. Discover how to minimize conflict and foster teamwork through clear communication and appreciation for other styles. Through small group discussions, paired activities and reflection, you will identify ways to improve your interpersonal communication skills that are so critical for a demanding workplace. Note: This course is a prerequisite for the Medical Device Reprocessing Technician Certificate Program.

HHIP 001 I19N01 (Nanaimo)
3 sessions:  Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, June 7, 8, & 9, 2019

Teresa Farrell


Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Courses

PD&T is proud to offer training programs that equip individuals with proven strategies for safely defusing anxious, hostile, or violent behavior at the earliest possible stage.

Next intakes TBD 

Counselling Skills

Counselling Skills – Level I

Introduces the basic skills that form the foundation of helping relationships. Emphasizes development and practice of helping skills such as: attending; paraphrasing; reflecting; clarifying; questioning; and summarizing. Participants engage in experiential learning exercises and role plays. This course is recognized for entry into various volunteer/lay counsellor training programs on Vancouver Island but is open to anyone interested in gaining these skills. Note: You MUST attend the first six hours in order to continue in the class.

HHCO 010

Next intake TBD. Typically offered starting in October and January each year.

Counselling Skills – Level II

Emphasizes skill practice, feedback, and self-evaluation. Non-credit Statement of Course Completion awarded on completion of Levels I and II. Supplies required. This is the second prerequisite to the NFLA Volunteer Counselling Training Program. Note: You MUST attend the first six hours in order to continue in the class. Prerequisite: Counselling Skills - Level I (HHCO 010) or permission.

HHCO 020 - S19N01 (Nanaimo)

5 sessions:  Tue, Mar 19-Apr 2, 2019; 5-9 pm; and Sat and Sun, Apr 6 & 7; 9am-4 pm

Karen Max


Medical Reprocessing: Sterilization Basics

Successful sterilization of medical devices involves an entire process of cleaning, packaging, sterilizing and storing reusable instruments between patients. This introductory course includes: Microbiology; Infection Control; Standards and Best Practices; sterilization Theory; Disinfection; Safe storage and handling of sterile supplies; and Packaging medical devices based on current industry best practices.

HHSB 010 - I19N01 (Online)

6 sessions:  April 8 - May 17, 2019; individually scheduled for 36 hours
$279.00 + GST

Nicole Velkjar

For Nurses

Nursing Foot Care

Designed for nurses responsible for foot care in facility and community settings. Provides theoretical and practical instruction in non-invasive foot care, emphasizing the healthy foot. The course also focuses on specific conditions and foot care needs. Topics include use of equipment, terminology, infection control, holistic approach to foot care, overview of foot care within the scope of nursing practice, and an introduction to private practice foot care. Prerequisite: Open to Registered Nurses or Licensed Practical Nurses.

HHFC 023 (Nanaimo)
Next Sessions: TBD
Typically hosted in the Fall over three weekends, on Sat & Sun, 9am - 5pm

Text requiredArt and Science of Foot Care: A Clinical Resource for Nurses in Canada (available through PD&T department)

Pathophysiology For Registered and Practical Nurses

Ideal for nurses who have a foundational understanding of anatomy and physiology and wish a review of some common health challenges. The underlying pathophysiology, assessment and collaborative interventions will be reviewed, along with integrative case studies. Practice with arterial blood gas and EKG interpretation will be provided. Materials provided in class and online. You will need access to a medical-surgical text.  Open to Nursing students, Registered and Practical Nurses.

HHPP 022 I19N01 (Nanaimo)

4 sessions:  Tue, Apr 23; Thu, Apr 25; Mon, April 29; and Tue, Apr 30; 8:30 am - 3:30 pm


Brenda Lane

Early Childhood Education and Care

These credit offerings are open to all. The BC Ministry of Children and Family Development recognizes these courses as meeting the training requirement for those who wish to obtain an Early Childhood Educator Assistant License to Practice.

Summer 2019 Online

ECEC 111 I19W70: Child Development II (3 Credits)

This course builds on the knowledge gained in Child Development I. It examines developmental perspectives that explain growth and development from early childhood through adolescence. All developmental domains and
integration of cultural knowledge will be studied.
NOTE: Textbook required: Children: A Chronological Approach
Next Session: May 6 - July 5, 2019

For ECEC courses, current VIU students can apply online through "My Student Record".

New Students will need to apply to VIU.

Application Information

New Students

NEW students, to apply to PD&T Certificate Programs and ECEC courses, please apply to VIU. Upon notification of acceptance to VIU, you will receive information regarding the registration procedure.

Current Students

CURRENT students can register directly using the online registration system or contact Registration at 250.740.6400 or toll free at 1.888.920.2221 Ext. 6400

Supplemental Application Forms

  • Immunization Requirements for Health Care Programs immunization_requirements.pdf 
  • Criminal Record Check  crc-consent.pdf
    • Do NOT mail the Criminal Record Check to the Ministry yourself.  Present the completed form to the cashiers in Building 200.  Pay the processing fee.  The cashier will stamp the form and direct you to Registration, where you will present the form along wth two pieces of government-issued ID.  The new driver's license / heath card combination is accepted as two pieces of ID.   The registration office is open M-F 8:30am-3:30pm (250-740-6400).   VIU will contact you if any further action needs to be taken prior to starting your program.
  • HSPnet Student Consent Form  HSPnet_Student_Consent_form.pdf

Information Sessions

Every Spring, PD&T hosts information sessions for our Certificate Programs.  Join us and meet PD&T staff and instructors.  Learn more about our programs, courses, instructor team, practicums, potential career opportunities, and application procedures.  If you missed an information session, please feel free to contact us with your questions.   

Please let us know if you plan on attending, it's free! 

Click here for more information and link to REGISTRATION.

Information Sessions:

  • Hospital Unit Coordinator - March 6, 2019, in Cowichan
  • Animal Care Aide - February 25, 2019, in Cowichan
  • Community Mental Health Worker - April 3, 2019, in Nanaimo
  • Medical Device Reprocessing Technician - February 20, 2019, in Nanaimo; February 27, 2019, in Victoria
  • Medical Office Assistant - April 30, 2019, in Parksville

Page updated March 13, 2019

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