Faculty of Health

More than just a calling

British Columbia’s healthcare and wellness sector is growing quickly and the need for trained health care professionals and specialists is real.

At KPU's Faculty of Health we want you to make your mark in this dynamic field. We know you thrive on helping others and our unique and in-demand programs in health and wellness will prepare you for an exciting and challenging career. We offer a range of programs, including our Certificate in Health Care Assistant (HCAP), Diploma in Traditional Chinese Medicine-Acupuncture (TCM-AD), Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Nursing (BSN) and Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing (BPN) to name a few.

Beyond the classroom, you’ll be able to transfer your technical and communication skills easily to a fast-paced work environment after training in a variety of settings, including our modern facilities with advanced simulation technology and professional labs, with impactful small-group learning. Your education is further strengthened through exceptional hands-on experiential learning opportunities in hospitals, clinics, community agencies and care homes, ensuring you're prepared for success no matter where your career takes you.

Our Programs

At KPU you'll find the right program to turn your passion into your profession. No matter what degree, diploma or certificate you decide on, you'll get the hands-on experience you need to prepare you for the future you want.

Interested in health research, health practice, health management or health product production and distribution? Visit Health Science for more information.

Student Stories

PSYCHIATRIC NURSING STUDENT

"I have always had an interest in health promotion and helping others, and psychiatric nursing at KPU was the perfect fit. A year into my program at KPU I had to take time away from my studies. It was a challenge, but it helped me learn how to balance my priorities and it sparked a personal interest in student health, which is actually tied to my master’s thesis. Now, I’m a Registered Psychiatric Nurse, and back at KPU as a faculty member. The university has always been extremely supportive of me, even after I finished ‘paying tuition’."

#DidYouKnow that

KPU has a one-year certificate program which prepares internationally educated nurses (IENs) for professional nursing practice and licence in Canada? If you are an IEN looking to practice within the Canadian healthcare system, the Graduate Nurse Internationally Educated Re-entry (GNIE) program can help you continue your career in Canada. Learn more about the GNIE program

Upcoming Info Sessions

HCAP
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Health Care Assistant Program (HCAP) Information Session

Campus Location:
Online
GNIE
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Graduate Nurse Internationally Educated (GNIE) Information Session

Campus Location:
Online
TCM
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Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture Information Session

Campus Location:
Online
BPN BSN
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Bachelor of Science in Nursing / Bachelor of Science in Nursing Advanced Entry Information Session

Campus Location:
Online

Where Health Care Meets Action

TCM Student Clinic

The TCM Student Acupuncture Clinic is a teaching clinic on the KPU Richmond campus. It provides students with real-world experience and knowledge in patient care in a live clinical setting, all while supervised by instructors who are certified practitioners, acupuncturists or doctors of traditional Chinese medicine.

Nursing Labs

The Faculty of Health has dedicated nursing labs at KPU Langley, ensuring you get the hands-on nursing practice you need to be successful. The nursing labs use sophisticated sim technology—a life-sized computer-controlled manikin that simulates the symptoms of various illnesses through changes in breath, pulse and eye movements. The nursing labs are found on the KPU Langley campus and provide a unique learning experience for students across Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley.

Continuing Studies

Continuing and Professional Studies 

KPU's Continuing and Professional Studies (CPS) courses allow you to continue your professional education, upgrade specific skills or discover something entirely new without having to commit to a full-time program.

Check out what CPS courses are available from the Faculty of Health or visit Continuing and Professional Studies for course offerings from other faculties.

Health Advising

Health Degree Advising

Health degree advising is for all health students. Health degree advisors specialize in guiding you through all your options in the Faculty of Health. We are available to answer questions on the following topics:

  • Course planning and selection
  • Program and graduation requirements
  • Academic standing and GPA
  • Transfer credit

Visit Advisor Connect to book an appointment or visit health advising for more information.

Continuing and Professional Studies

KPU's Continuing and Professional Studies (CPS) courses allow you to continue your professional education, upgrade specific skills or discover something entirely new without having to commit to a full-time program.

Please note, Faculty of Health-intended students with fewer than 45 credits seeking academic advising should book an appointment with Central Advising.

International students should contact International Student Advising.

Program Guidelines

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

This guideline applies to all FoH students enrolled in programs that require a valid CPR Basic Life Support (BLS) or HCP certificate or equivalent. Credentials must be obtained from a first aid provider that follows the current Canadian CPR guidelines using one of the following curriculum providers: Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada, St. John Ambulance, Lifesaving Society, or Canadian Red Cross. Note: HCAP students require CPR Level C only

Fit Testing (N95 Respirator Mask): 

This Guideline applies to all students enrolled in FoH programs with a practice component, with the exception of our TCM-AD Acupuncture students. 

Professional Associations

  • Nurse and Nurse Practitioners of British Columbia

    Nurse and Nurse Practitioners of British Columbia (NNPBC) is the professional body representing all nursing professions in British Columbia. NNPBC acts on behalf of nursing in order to advance the profession and influence health and social policy

  • Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing

    CASN/ACESI (Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing/Association canadienne des écoles de sciences infirmières) is the national voice for nursing education, research, and scholarship and represents baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs in Canada.

  • Canadian Nurses Association

    The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) is a federation of 11 provincial and territorial nurses' associations and colleges representing {C}139,893 registered nurses and nurse practitioners. CNA is the national professional voice of registered nurses, supporting them in their practice and advocating for healthy public policy and a quality, publicly funded, not-for-profit health system.

  • Canadian Nurses Student Association

    The Canadian Nursing Students Association (CNSA) is the voice of nursing students in Canada. For over thirty years, CNSA has represented the interests of nursing students to federal, provincial and international governments and other nursing and health care organizations.

Student Support

Student Affairs

Student Affairs offers many resources to help support your health and wellness, so you can thrive at KPU.

We are here to help you succeed at KPU. Now more than ever, we want you to be able to access the resources you need. Check out the support services linked below for important information about everything from financial assistance and helping you transition to post-secondary to counselling and ways to stay healthy.

KPU Health Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

There are several awards and scholarships available to KPU Health students. Below is a list of current awards:

Visit KPU's Scholarship, Bursary and Awards Guide for more awards details and other important information, such as complete award descriptions, criteria, eligibility and application deadlines.

General - Faculty of Health

  • Dr. Wang's Faculty of Health Award
  • Foresters Community Endowed Award
  • Joginder Singh Mann Memorial Award
  • KPU Foundation Gold Tournament Bursary
  • Pah-EE Endowed Memorial Award

Traditional Chinese Medicine - Acupuncture

  • Shen Nong Scholarship

KPU Health Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships (Nursing)

There are several awards and scholarships available to KPU Nursing students. Below is a list of current awards:

Visit KPU's Scholarship, Bursary and Awards Guide for more awards details and other important information, such as complete award descriptions, criteria, eligibility and application deadlines.

General - Nursing

  • Faculty of Health Challenge Endowed Award
  • Ha Yick Kwong & Chan Siu Hang Endowed Memorial Award
  • Kiwanis Club of White Rock/South Surrey Nursing Endowed Award
  • Krishna & Kewel Kholsa Endowed Award

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

  • Dr. Keith and Candice Best Endowed Nursing Awards
  • Eleanor Hughes Memorial Bursary
  • Faculty of Health Endowed Award in Excellence
  • Harry Hibbert Endowed Memorial Award
  • John Heaman Memorial Bursary
  • Kwantlen Student Association Endowed Faculty of Health Award
  • Margaret Shore Endowed Memorial Award
  • Marie and Joseph Gelinas Endowed Award
  • Nurse M. Joan Martin Bachelor of Science in Nursing Prize
  • Peace Arch Hospital & Community Health Foundation Endowed Nursing Award
  • Skills for Hope Foundation Award
  • Surrey Hospital & Outpatient Centre Foundation Endowed Nursing Award

Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing

  • Caitlin Miyoko Ikoma Memorial Award
  • Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing Endowed Scholarship
  • Dr. Keith and Candice Best Endowed Nursing Awards
  • Kwantlen Student Association Endowed Faculty of Health Award
  • Pacific Blue Cross Nursing Award
  • South Asian Business Association Endowed Award for Psychiatric Nursing

Graduate Nurse Internationally Educated Re-Entry

  • South Asian Business Association Endowed Award for Internationally Educated Nurses

Faculty of Health Student Association

The Faculty of Health Student Association (FOHSA) is a student-led organization representing students enrolled in the Faculty of Health at KPU. FOHSA offers students access to professional and educational development, employment opportunities and other resources. Visit the Faculty of Health Student Association for more information.

Visit the Faculty of Health media archive and event archive to read more about past news and events.

News and Events

KPU offers a host of activities and opportunities for you to explore to make the most out of your university experience. Check out the latest news and events to see what's going on in the Faculty of Health.

Upcoming Events

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