Introduction to the Canadian Health Care System and Nursing in Canada - For RNs PNUR 9101* (online)

This course was formerly known as PNUR 1101 and has now changed to PNUR 9101


Course Description

This online course is for Registered Nurses (RNs).  Formerly known as PNUR 1101 - Nursing in Canada course; this self-paced online 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 have an opportunity to look at the influence of culture, values and bias and how these shape perspectives.  Learners will examine the concepts of nursing, such as leadership, team work and client focused care.  Learners will explore ethical considerations within the role of the Canadian nurse and appropriate reporting.  Learners will update their knowledge and understanding of the professional, legal and ethical requirements for reporting and recording patient care within the Canadian Health care system.  Issues of mental health and addiction will be explored and learners will increase their knowledge of substance abuse and practice communication strategies and assessment techniques for patients experiencing a variety of mental health challenges.  This course is self-paced and will take approximately 100 hours of self-guided learning to complete. A current (within 5 years) Canadian Nursing Fundamental Textbook is optional as well as a required e-text and additional resource - details below.

Please note:  Applicants intending to register for Consolidated Clinical (PNUR 9130/9034/9020) are required to show proof of English proficiency.  Please see the Consolidated Clinical websites for full details.

Course Format

This is a fully online, self-paced course. The course is approximately 100 hours of self-guided online learning and learners must complete the course by the deadline, extensions are not possible.  Self-paced course with learner commitment for weekly course time dependent upon individual learner needs. Note: It is recommended learners register prior to the start of the course however, late registrations are permitted up to six weeks after start of the course but this will limit time available in the course.

Course Cost

$550.00 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 9101, 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 our office, in writing. Learners are advised to contact their Canadian Nursing Regulatory Body for advisement if they are not successful after a second attempt. Third attempts are not permitted. No exceptions. Please note, there is no appeal mechanism within KPU for students receiving non-mastery.

How to Register

Registration is completed via Elevate.  The course to search is PNUR 9101. 

Registration Deadline

Registration for this course closes six (6) weeks after the start of the course to ensure learners have sufficient time to complete the course.

Current Course Schedule

Current course schedules are available Elevate by searching for PNUR 9101 and on our home page under "Upcoming Courses".

Text Books/Course Materials

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

Required TextbookA Concise Introduction to Mental Health in Canada, third edition by Emily Jenkins, Allie Slemon, Dan Bilsker, Elliot Goldner; available through the publisher Canadian Scholars ( 

In addition to the textbook above, additional Learning resources of approximately $100 CAD are a requirement when purchasing this course.  Fees are the responsibility of the learner and will be paid to the vendor directly.

It is the belief of FOHPS that these resources are vital and offer exceptional value as the resources are utilized in multiple FOHPS courses.  Students purchase the resource at the beginning of their educational journey for courses and may remain available for two (2) years after initial purchase.  The average cost of the e-resource is about $100 Canadian* dollars which is much less than most hardcover nursing textbooks. 


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