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Nursing Transition Courses

Transition nursing courses are suitable for nationally or internationally educated health professionals or students entering or participating in entry-level nursing programs.

Nationally educated nurses, for example, may choose these courses to support a transition in their professional practice or to receive credit toward a post-diploma undergraduate degree program.

Internationally educated nurses may choose some of these courses to support their Canadian licensure.

Students in entry-level nursing programs may opt for the theory courses as an elective or find a course suitable for transfer credit toward a course in their program of study.


  • HLTH 1061, Medical English (3)
  • HLTH 2121, Pharmacology Principles and Practices (3)
  • HLTH 2911, Perinatal Nursing, Foundational Concepts (3)
  • HLTH 2931, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Concepts (3)
  • NURS 2921, Perinatal Nursing Practice, Developing Competence* (3.0)
  • NURS 2941, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Practice, Developing Competence* (3.0)

Registration requirements for practice-based courses

NURS 2921 and 2941 are practice-based courses designated for internationally educated nurses residing in BC and seeking BC College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM) licensure.

To take these practice courses, applicants must supply:

  • A satisfactory health declaration from a general or family physician or nurse practitioner
  • A current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certificate (Basic Life Support, Level C, current within one year)
  • An up-to-date immunizations record (refer to Health Link BC - Immunization for Health Care Workers in BC)
  • A Criminal Record Check (CRC)
  • A Health Sciences Placement Network (HSPnet) Consent form
  • A letter of assessment from BCCNP indicating eligibility for nurse licensure

Internationally educated nurses whose first language is not English are required to provide evidence of English proficiency by passing the Canadian English Language Benchmark Assessment for Nurses (CELBAN) at the level required by the BC College of Nurses and Midwives.

TRU-OL program students are responsible for consulting with their program advisor to ensure that courses selected are appropriate for their program of study and educational goals.

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