Health Sciences and Human Services

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Certificate Programs

Professional Development & Training in the Faculty of Health Sciences and 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 Sciences and Human Services PD&T Courses & Workshops Information.

Courses we offer

Essential Prerequisite Courses

Human Anatomy & Physiology For Practical Nurses

An overview of the 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. This course meets the prerequisite for VIU's Practical Nursing Diploma. Prerequisite: None.

Note: Textbook required: Human Body in Health and Disease

Course Code and Section: HHPN 001 S23W70 
Dates: February 6 - May 19, 2023
Delivery: Online
Instructor: TBA
Fee: $415

Medical Terminology and Anatomy & Physiology

Learn medical words, identifying suffixes, prefixes, and combining forms related to body systems. Prepares students to write the Island Health Medical Terminology exam. This course meets the 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.

Note: Textbook required: The Language of Medicine

Course Code and Section: OSME 002 S23W70
Dates: January 9 - April 23, 2023
Delivery: Asynchronous Online
Instructor:  Shelley Trimblett
Cost: $479

Standard First Aid with CPR Level "C" Certificate

No course scheduled
Dates: TBA

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.

Course Code and Section: HHIP 001 
Dates: May 23 - June 17, 2023
Delivery: Synchronous Online (via Zoom)
Schedule: TBA
Instructor:  TBA
Cost:  $420 + GST

Non-violent Crisis Intervention Courses

PD&T is not currently offering the Non-violent Crisis Intervention course.

Counselling Skills Level I

Counselling Skills Level II

VIU Counselling Skills courses are a perquisite for the Nanaimo Family Life Association Volunteer Counselling Training Program.

Learn about counselling skills courses

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.

This course is currently not being offered.
Course Code and Section: HHSB 010 (Online)
6 Sessions:  TBA
If you would like to be contacted with information regarding the next offering of this course, please contact and we 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.

Course Code and Section: HHFC 023 I23N70
Dates: April 29 - May 14, 2023
Delivery: In-person at the Nanaimo Campus
Schedule: 6 Sessions - Saturday and Sunday, 9 am - 5pm
Instructor:  Shannon Taylor

Cost:  $945

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.
This course is currently not being offered.
Course Code and Section: HHWC 004 TBD

Early Childhood Education and Care

These credit offerings are open to all. The ECE Registry recognizes these courses as meeting the training requirement for those who wish to obtain an Early Childhood Educator Assistant Certificate to Practice. Students enroled in these courses can apply for the ECEBC Education Support Fund (bursaries up to $500 per course).

Summer 2023

ECEC 110 (3) Child Development I

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. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: None.

Course Code and Section: ECEC 110 M23W70 
Dates: May 1 - August 4, 2023 
Delivery and Schedule: online asynchronous
Instructor:  TBA

Cost: $620.45 (subject to approval)

For ECEC courses, current VIU students can Apply Online through My Student Record.

New Students will need to apply to VIU.

Fall 2023

ECEC 130 (3) Principles and Practices of Wellness

An introduction to the principles and practices of health, safety, effective care routines, and nutrition that promote the wellness of young children. Topics include health promotion, appropriate ways of responding to common childhood conditions and child abuse, and the formation of effective partnerships with families as it pertains to wellness. ECEC 130 was formerly called ECEC 121; credit will not be granted for both courses. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: Admission to program or permission of instructor.

Course Code and Section:  TBA
Dates: September 2023 - December 2023 (actual dates TBA)
Delivery: Online asynchronous
Instructor: TBA
Tuition fee - TBA

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 must apply to VIU for PD&T Certificate Programs and ECEC courses. 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 
  • 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 with 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 Monday to Friday, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm (250.740.6400).   VIU will contact you if any further action needs to be taken prior to starting your program.
  • HSPnet Student Consent form

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.  To see when an online information session is being held, please click on the program name at the top of this page and scroll down to the information session section. Sessions will be held on zoom for the time being.  If you missed an information session, please feel free to contact us with your questions, or review the recorded session.   

Information Sessions are free, but please register in advance. 

More information and link to Registration.

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