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Health & Human Services Programs

Child & Youth Care Diploma and Degree

VIU’s Child & Youth Care programs prepare you to work with individuals, their families and small groups across a variety of practice settings. The preparatory first year of both the Diploma and Degree programs are available at Cowichan Campus. Graduates of the two-year diploma program are prepared for the general practice of child and youth care work in community and residential settings across Canada, or they may consider the option of two more years of study towards a Bachelor of Arts in Child & Youth Care degree, which is available at the Nanaimo campus, or through University of Victoria Distance Education. Please contact Student Affairs at 250-746-3509 for details on admission requirements.
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Child & Youth Care Diploma—First Nations

We are not currently accepting applications for the CYC-FN Diploma program. You are encouraged to apply to the regular CYC Diploma or Degree programs. Some individual courses are also available at Cowichan Campus. Please visit the CYC home page for more information

VIU’s Cowichan Campus has offered, on a two-year rotation basis, a two-year full-time or part-time Child & Youth Care program intended for First Nations students. You would complete a core of four Child & Youth Care courses in each of the Fall and Spring semesters of year 1, and four Child & Youth Care courses in each semester of year 2. Due to the nature of this integrated program, you must enrol in the block of courses for years 1 and 2. Graduates of this program are eligible to apply to the third year of VIU’s Bachelor of Arts in Child & Youth Care program in Nanaimo. Program admission requirements include Grade 12 or equivalent*, min. “C+” in English 12, a resume, two letters of reference, min. 150 hours of volunteer or paid experience with children/youth, and an interview. Please contact Student Affairs at 250-746-3509 for details on admission requirements.
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Community Mental Health Worker

The Community Mental Health Worker Program will define entry-level competencies for employment in the field of community mental health. It is based on the principles of psychosocial rehabilitation.
This certificate is recognized as a qualification for employment for mental health worker positions within the Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA). VIHA has recently indicated an increasing demand for qualified mental health workers across the Island with many positions anticipated in the central Vancouver Island region.
The certificate consists of 438 hours delivered over 16.5 weeks.
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Health Care Assistant

This 24-week certificate program covers the basic skills necessary for mature adults who wish to work mainly with the elderly as home support workers or resident care attendants. Employment prospects are good in home support agencies, intermediate/extended care facilities, and community residential settings. Next intake is October 2014.  Please contact Student Affairs at 250-746-3509 for details on admission requirements.
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Practical Nurse

This program provides students with the theory and skills required to practice as a Practical Nurse within acute care, extended care, intermediate care, and community care settings. The two-year program includes four consolidated practice experiences and one preceptorship. Students must successfully complete all required courses in each semester before progressing to subsequent semesters and the final preceptorship.

On recommendation of the program faculty, graduates of the Practical Nursing Diploma program may write the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE) to become a Licensed Practical Nurse.

Click on heading for more detailed information.  This program is being offered at the Cowichan campus September 2014. Please contact Student Affairs at 250-746-3509 for program information and details on admissions requirements.
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Social Services Diploma

The Social Services Diploma Program prepares its graduates to work in a number of settings within the human services delivery system such as addictions, mental health and family support.  Each year select courses are offered at Cowichan campus that can lead to a Social Services Diploma granted by Vancouver Island University. The majority of program courses are offered at the Nanaimo campus. In addition to courses specific to the Social Services Diploma (e.g. SOCW 200A and SOCW 200B) there are courses offered at Cowichan campus that can be used as electives towards completion of the Diploma.

The courses in this program also prepare students for continued study in the field of Social Work through other universities and colleges, and some are transferable to the University of Victoria's School of Social Work.
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