Health & Human Services Courses

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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. 

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

Instructor:  Nathan Jeffery
HHPN 001  F20W01
13 Sessions:
August 13-November 13; self-paced online; and (Final Exam)

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:
I20W08    August 24 – Dec 6  Registration available up until September 21
Instructor:  Shelley Trimblett
OSME 002 F20Q01 (Online) - Sep 21 - Dec 10, 2020
Instructor:  Suzanne Beyrodt-Blyt
24 sessions: 
Monday and Thursday, September 21 - October 15; 6:30-9:00 pm; and
Tuesday and Thursday, October 13 - 22; 6:30-9:00 pm; and
Monday and Thursday, October 26 - November 5; 6:30-9:00 pm; and
Tuesday and Thursday, November 10 & 11; 6:30-9:00 p.m.; and
Monday and Thursday, November 1 - December 10; 6:30-9:00 pm

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
3 Sessions:  TBD
If you would like to be contacted with information regarding the next offering of this course, please contact Deirdre Godwin at, and she will be happy to add your name and email address to the Interest List. 

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.

HHNS 010  (Nanaimo)
Instructor:  Deborah Denhoff
1 Session:  TBD
If you would like to be contacted with information regarding the next offering of this course, please contact Deirdre Godwin at, and she will be happy to add your name and email address to the Interest List. 

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 F20N01 (Nanaimo)
Instructor:  Karen Max
6 sessions: 
Tuesday, September 29-October 20; 5:30-8:30 pm; and
Saturday and Sunday, October 24 & 25; 9 am-4pm
$199 + GST
HHCO 010 S21N01 (Nanaimo)
Instructor:  Karen Max
6 sessions: 
Tuesday, January 12 - February 2; 5:30-8:30 pm; and
Saturday and Sunday, February 6 & 7; 9 am-4pm
$199 + GST

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 S21N01 (Nanaimo)
Instructor:  Karen Max
6 sessions: 
Tuesday, February 16 - March 9; 5:30-8:30 pm; and
Saturday and Sunday, March 13 & 14; 9 am-4pm
$199 + GST

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 (Online)
6 Sessions:  TBD
If you would like to be contacted with information regarding the next offering of this course, please contact Deirdre Godwin at, and she will be happy to add your name and email address to the Interest List. 

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
6 Sessions:  TBD.
If you would like to be contacted with information regarding the next offering of this course, please contact Deirdre Godwin at, and she will be happy to add your name and email address to the Interest List. 

Wound Care For Nurses

Open to LPNs and RNs, this course provides a foundation for advanced skin and wound care. You will learn to apply evidence informed best practice guidelines and principles when caring for people with acute and chronic wounds.  Recognize common conditions that can lead to chronic, non-healing wounds.   Learn the factors that create a healing host and providing the most appropriate wound care products to facilitate wound healing. Consolidate new learning with a series of case studies.

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.

Fall 2020

Principles and Practices of Wellness
ECEC 130 F20W70 (Online)
14 weeks:  September 8 - December 11, 2020

Spring 2021

Child Development I
ECEC 110 S21W70 (Online)
14 weeks:  January 7 - April 16, 2021

Summer 2021


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:  A Consent Form will be sent to you. 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

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.   

Information Sessions are free, but please register in advance. 

Click here for more information and link to REGISTRATION.

Information Sessions: Information Sessions have been paused due to COVID-19. Please refer to the information at the top of the page. For specific questions, please contact Deirdre Godwin at, and she will be happy to respond.

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  • Community Mental Health Worker
  • Hospital Unit Coordinator 
  • Medical Device Reprocessing Technician  
  • Medical Office Assistant  

Page updated August 12, 2020

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