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The committed and experienced faculty of the Specialty Nursing (High Acuity) program of the British Columbia Institute of Technology ensure that you have the skills to offer the best health care possible to patients. High acuity applies the foundational medical-surgical nursing skills you learn as a registered nurse (RN) to an acute care setting. 


A niche area of patient care, high acuity nurses work in inpatient units supporting acutely ill adults with multiple health challenges. No two patients are the same and each one requires individualized care. We prepare you to succeed in this challenging nursing specialty.

About the program

The Specialty Nursing (High Acuity) program of the British Columbia Institute of Technology is a combination of our advanced certificate program and our specific academic BSN courses. Choose to complete both concurrently or study in the order that works best for you.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • High Acuity Specialty Nursing Theory 
  • Dysrhythmia Interpretation and Management
  • Management Skills and Applications
  • High Acuity Specialty Nursing Clinical
  • Teaching and Learning in Specialty Nursing
  • Systematic Inquiry

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 9 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • Application processing - Ongoing throughout the year.


60 alternative credits
  • 60-69 credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • English: two years of education in English in an English-speaking country with one of the following:

    • English Studies 12 (73%) or
    • English First Peoples 12 (73%) or
    • Other acceptable BC and Yukon courses or
    • ENGL 1177 - Academic Writing (73%) or
    • 3.0 credits of post-secondary English, humanities or social sciences (73%) from a recognized institution

    Post-secondary education: diploma in nursing

    Current practicing registration with one of the following:

    • BC College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM) or
    • Canadian provincial equivalent or
    • Registered Nurse (RN) license number (if practicing outside Canada)

    Work Experience: minimum six months work experience in an acute care setting

Tuition Fee

  • The cost of a part-time program is the total of the separate course fees.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Specialty Nursing (High Acuity)
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