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Faculty of Health Sciences Continuing Education Program

In the Health Sciences Continuing Education program, we're dedicated to providing high-quality distance, classroom and workplace-based education, training and services for people and organizations. We view training from a global perspective, training tomorrow's leaders today.

We believe professional development is an essential part of maintaining ongoing competency and skill training in health and human services fields. Our health courses, programs and customized training are designed to meet the learning needs of the future as identified by professionals, paraprofessionals, health care workers and employers.

We provide a College transcript for all of our courses and programs. Come join us in learning with dynamic instructors who teach the most current employment competencies for your field of study.

New Course - Concepts in Community Mental Health for Non-Registered HCAs - HLSC 612

We are pleased to share information, regarding this new course.  HLSC 612 is a bridge in and prerequisite to the Community Mental Health Worker program offered through the Douglas College Faculty of Health Sciences. It is designed for learners who are not Health Care Assistants in BC (who do not have a BC Care Aide Registry number).  Registration is easy: simply call Continuing Education Registration at 604-527-5472 and quote course registration number (CRN) by date:

Start Date CRN Registration Deadline
April 8, 2019 tba soon March 29, 2019
May 1, 2019 April 26, 2019
June 3, 2019 May 24, 2019

New Course - Mental Health First Aid Seniors - CACC 160

We are proud to announce the launch of a new program, Mental Health First Aid for Seniors (CACC 160).  The content of this course was developed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada, and is delivered by Douglas College faculty members who are certified instructors for Mental Health First Aid for Seniors.  The course “is intended to increase the capacity of seniors, families (informal caregivers), friends, staff in care settings and communities to promote mental health in seniors, prevent mental illness and suicide wherever possible in seniors and intervene early when problems first emerge.” (Mental Health Commission of Canada).  Registration is easy: simply call Continuing Education Registration at 604-527-5472 and quote course registration number by date & location:

May 24/25 - CRN 21293 (New Westminster Campus) - Registration opens Mar 18/19 & deadline to register is:  May 17/19

Certificate Programs

Credential earned: Certificate

Certificate programs are a cluster of courses with defined learning outcomes and evaluative components. A minimum grade of 60 percent is required in each course. A Douglas College Continuing Education Certificate is issued upon successful completion. Courses may ladder or act as prerequisites to other education courses and programs.

For mental health care professionals:

Certificate in Community Mental Health (CCMH)

For all health care professionals, plus Police, Firefighters and Paramedics:

Certificate in Emergency Mental Health

For RNs, LPNs and RPNs (Mental Health Nursing Programs):

(RN) Registered Nurse Mental Health Nursing Certificate

LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) Mental Health Nursing Certificate

Psychiatric Nursing Refresher Certificate

RN Qualifying Certificate in Psychiatric Nursing (for internationally-trained nurses)

Certificate Courses

Credential earned: Continuing Education Course Certificate

For Health Information Management Professionals:

Health Data Classification Refresher

Release of Information (ROI)

For Allied Health Care Professionals:

Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Dementia Care

Introduction to Mental Health (IMH)

Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR)

PSR for Managers

English for Health Care Professionals

For RNs, LPNs, RPNs (Mental Health Nursing courses):

Therapeutic Relationships in Mental Health

Assessment and Promotion of Mental Health

Disorders of Mental Health

Common Physiological Concerns in Mental Health

Professional Practice in Mental Health Nursing

For Dieticians, Mental Health Workers, Nurses, Pastoral Care, Pharmacists, Physicians, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Recreation Therapists, Researchers/Students, and Social Workers/Family Therapists:

Eating Disorders

Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

Health Promotion and Prevention

Customized Training is available. Contact Edith Kirkpatrick, Coordinator, Health and Community Studies at 604 777 6528 or for more information.

For more information

For general information about programs and courses or to register, contact:

Michelle Balogh -
Program Assistant 
Phone: 604 777 6527