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:  Mary Vachon
HHPN 001 S20N01 (Nanaimo)
17 Sessions:
Wed, February 26-April 22; 6-9 pm; 
Sat, February 29-April 18; 1-4 pm; and
Wed, April 29; 6-8 pm.
No class April 11-25

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:
S20W01    Jan 13 – April 26, Registration available up until February 10
I20W04    April 27 – Aug 9, Registration available up until  May 25
I20W08    August 24 – Dec 6  Registration available up until September 21
In Person Classroom
OSME 002 S20N01 (Nanaimo) - Feb 6 - May 7, 2020
Instructor:  Mary Vachon
24 sessions: 
Thursday, February 6 - April 30; 6-8:30 pm; and
Saturday, February 8 - April 25; 9-11:30 am; and
Thursday, May 7; 6-8:30 pm
No class February 15, April 11, May 2

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 F19N01 (Nanaimo)
Instructor:  Alexis Beaubier
3 Sessions:  November 29, 30, & December 1; 9am-4:30pm
$395.00 + GST

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 F19N02 (Nanaimo)
Instructor:  Deborah Denhoff
1 Session:  November 16; 9am-4pm
$154.99 + $33.50 material fee

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 F19N02 (Nanaimo)
Instructor:  Karen Max
5 sessions: 
Tuesday, November 12-26; 5-9 pm; and
Saturday and Sunday, November 30 and December 1; 9 am-4pm
$175 + 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 S20N01 (Nanaimo)
Instructor:  Karen Max
5 sessions: 
Tuesday, January 14-28; 5-9 pm; and
Saturday and Sunday, February 1 & 2; 9 am-4pm
$175 + 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 I20W01 (Online)
6 Sessions, individually scheduled between Monday, April 20 and May 29, 2020
Instructor:  Nicole Velkjar
$279.00 + 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. Prerequisite: Open to Registered Nurses or Licensed Practical Nurses.

HHFC 023 F19N01 (Nanaimo)
6 Sessions:  Saturday and Sunday, November 16 - December 1, 2019; 9am - 5pm
Instructor:  Shannon Simons
NOTE:  Text required:  Art and Science of Foot Care: A Clinical Resource for Nurses in Canada 

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.

HHWC 004 S20Q01 (Parksville)
Instructor:  Brenda Beath
1 session:  Saturday, February 29, 2020; 8:30-4:30
$149 + GST

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.

Spring 2020

ECEC 110 S20W70:  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.

Next Session: January 6 - April 9, 2020


Summer 2020


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

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:

  • Activity Assistant - RHAI 001 F19N01 Tuesday, December 3, 2019; 6-8 pm (Nanaimo)
  • Animal Care Aide  - TBD
  • Community Mental Health Worker - RCMH 001 I20N01 Monday, April 6; 6-8 pm (Nanaimo)
  • Hospital Unit Coordinator - TBD
  • Medical Device Reprocessing Technician  - TBD
  • Medical Office Assistant  - TBD

Page updated October 31, 2019

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