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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.  We also offer courses to prepare for and advance your career as a healthcare professional.

Certificate Programs

Courses & Workshops

Find the complete list of courses open for registration. Please click on the highlighted section code to register.

Important Information For Students - What You Should Know:

Important Information for Students - What You Should Know

Course Refunds: For most courses, fees are refundable if you withdraw at least seven days before the course starts. Extenuating circumstances may be considered for partial refunds. Please contact our office. Note that special refund deadlines are stated for some courses, and we are unable to issue refunds after those deadlines.

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.

HHPN 001  I18N01 (Nanaimo)

Mary Vachon

Start Date: May 31, 2018

17 Sessions: Thu, May 31-Aug 9; 6-9pm; Sat June 2-July 28; 1-4pm; and Sat Aug 11, 1-3pm

*No class June 14,16,21,30 and Aug 4


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.


OSME 002 I18N01 (Nanaimo)
Mary Vachon
Start Date - May 30, 2018
24 sessions: Wed, May 30 - Sep 5; 6-8:30 pm & Sat, June 2 - Sep 8; 9-11:30 am
(no class Jun 13, 16, 20, 30, Aug 4, Sep 1)
OSME 002 I18R04 (Online)
15 weeks:  Apr 30 - Aug 10, 2018 (exams Aug 13 - 24)
OSME 002 I18R08 (Online)
15 weeks:  Aug 27 - Dec 7, 2018 (exams Dec 10 - 21)

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 S18N01 (Nanaimo)
Alexis Beaubier
$349 + GST
3 sessions:  Fri, Sat, Sun, April 6,7,8 2018; 9-6:30

Crisis Prevention Institute Courses

Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Seminar

This six hour seminar provides an introduction to crisis prevention that emphasizes early intervention and nonphysical methods for preventing or managing disruptive behaviour. Ideal for those working with the public in various capacities, this curriculum provided by the Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) prepares participants to respond effectively in challenging situations. Personal safety techniques are demonstrated and practiced to prepare participants to safely remove themselves and others from dangerous situations. CPI certificate awarded upon successful completion.

Next intake TBA

Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Workshop

Considered the worldwide standard for crisis prevention and intervention training, this Crisis Prevention Institute course has a core philosophy of providing for the care, welfare, safety, and security of everyone involved in a crisis situation. This nine hour workshop provides an introduction to crisis prevention emphasizes early intervention and nonphysical methods for preventing or managing disruptive behaviour and includes the study and practice of crisis prevention methods, including restraint position, transport techniques, and team strategies.

HHNW 020
Wendy Wagner
Choose one of the following sections:

1 session: Sat, Mar 24, 2018; 9-6:30

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.

Next intake TBA

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 S18N01 (Nanaimo)
Karen Max

Start Date - Feb 27, 2018

5 sessions: Tue, Feb 27-Mar 13; 5-9 & Sat & Sun, Mar 17 & 18; 9-4
$169.00 + GST

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.

HHFC 023 - Next dates TBA

Wound Care For Nurses

Open to LPNs and RNs, this course introduces concepts central to maintaining skin integrity and promoting wound healing, provides hands-on practice with wound products from VIHA |inventory, and integrates knowledge with practice through case studies. The day starts with the question everyone has, "What product do |I use?" and ends with participants an evidence-based framework with which to make informed decisions on product selection.

HHWC 004 - Next date TBA

Early Childhood Education and Care

These credit offering 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 2018 Online

ECEC 110 I18W70: Child Development I (3 Credits)

An examination of developmental theories explaining human growth from conception to early childhood. Explores current research in developmental research. Addresses the image of the child in society and the influence of family and culture on children's growth. Application of theoretical knowledge to early childhood practice is emphasized
ECEC 110: Child Development I (Online)
April 30- June 15, 2018
$561.95 + Society & Activity fees
Jamie Covey

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Registration Information for NEW and CURRENT students:


NEW students, please apply to VIU. Upon notification of acceptance to VIU, you will receive information regarding the registration procedure.


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

Information Sessions

Hospital Unit Coordinator - February 13, 2018

Animal Care Aide - February 19, 2018

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