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Introduction to the Canadian Health Care System and Nursing in Canada - For RNs PNUR 1101* (online)

Course Description

This online course is for Registered Nurses (RNs).  Formerly known as the Nursing in Canada course; this fully on-line, tutor supported course reviews the trends in Canadian society that affect the nature of nursing practice today. Learners will gain an understanding of the structure of the health care system, the health care team, and the regulation of nursing in BC. Learners will examine the concepts of leadership, team work and explore ethical considerations within the role of the Canadian nurse. This course is self-paced and will take approximately 50 hours to complete. A current (within 5 years) Canadian Nursing Fundamental Textbook is optional.

Please note:  Applicants intending to register for Consolidated Clinical (PNUR 1130) are required to show proof of English proficiency.  Please see the Consolidated Clinical website for full details.

Course Format

Course is hosted over one semester. Coursework is approximately fifty (50) hours not including exam time.  Self-paced course with learner commitment for weekly course time dependent upon individual learner needs. Note: Late registrants do not receive the full fourteen (14) weeks. Course extensions are not available.

Course Cost

$500.00 CAD, plus GST   (Please note: All Faculty of Health, Professional Studies course fees are non-refundable/non-transferrable)

Course Grade

Successful grade for this course is Mastery.

Learners who are not successful in PNUR 1101, Introduction to the Canadian Health Care System and Nursing in Canada may attempt the course for a second time. Learners requesting a second attempt are required to seek permission from the Director, in writing. Learners are advised to contact their Canadian Nursing Regulatory Body for advisement if they are not successful after a second attempt. No exceptions. Please note, there is no appeal mechanism within KPU for students receiving non-mastery.

How to Register

Registration is completed via Flexreg.  The course to search is PNUR 1101. 

Registration Deadline

Flexreg limits registration for all courses to 30 days from the start of class.  As registration for this course is extended beyond 30 days from the start of class, each month a new registration option will open on Flexreg to permit ongoing registration.  However, final registration for this course closes two (2) weeks prior to the end of semester to ensure learners have sufficient time to complete the course.

Current Course Schedule

Current course schedules are available Flexreg by searching for PNUR 1101, select "Course Details", and select "Meeting times".  Please note:  the "Meeting times" noted for each monthly registration option may pertain to the registration timeline and not the course schedule.  Once registered see the course Moodle site for details on course deadlines if "Meeting times" reflect registration dates.

Text Books (optional)/Course Materials

Internet access required.  Wi-Fi technology not recommended for quiz/exams.  Online course modality may not be fully functional when utilizing iPads &/or android devices.

Ross-Kerr, J. Potter and Perry Canadian Fundamentals of Nursing.  Latest edition and/or a copy current in the last 5 years.  Available through the publisher at or through Kwantlen's bookstore. 


Please contact our Program Assistant at 604.599.2232 or email