Rural Nursing Certificate Program

Built on a unique partnership between practice and academia, the Rural Nursing Certificate Program (RNCP) was developed by the Provincial Chief Nursing Officer Council (CNOs), BC's Health Authorities and UNBC. It provides Registered Nurses (RNs) with the opportunity to pursue concentrated coursework in rural nursing, through specialty education.

The curriculum is practice-driven, evidence informed and reality-based, and is designed to be completed on a part-time basis through distance education, workshops and clinical placements. The program consists of seven courses (30 credit hours) aimed at preparing nurses for confident, competent and safe rural practice, including Health Assessment and RN First Call, Chronic Disease Management, Palliative Care and Wound Care, Nursing Practice with Older Persons, Perinatal Care, Foundations in Emergency and Trauma Nursing, Mental Health and Addictions, and Living and Working in a Rural Community.

RNs with a Registered Nurse Diploma may be eligible to take five courses (15 credit hours) in addition to the Rural Nursing Certificate, in order to complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN).

Admission occurs annually in September and January.

Certified Practice

RNs seeking certification through the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC) can take individual courses at UNBC in Remote Nursing and RN First Call.

For more information on Certified Practice Registration please visit CRNBC's website at


Christy Fell - Advisor - Rural Nursing & Post-Diploma Programs
Phone: 250-960-6753