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HIV Testing Online Course

The HIV testing online course is designed to provide Registered Nurses with the necessary education to begin to provide HIV testing services.

The goals of the HIV Testing Online Course are:

  • to prepare RNs to provide HIV testing and prevention services in their communities

  • to facilitate networks to support competence and HIV testing and prevention services

The course will be run over four weeks, and consists of five modules that take approximately one hour each to complete.  There is no charge for the HIV Testing Online course. A certificate will be available upon completion.

Course schedule


  • May 27 - June 21, 2019
  • October 28 - November 29, 2019

Application form

Please complete the application form in full and submit it by email or fax. We recommend that you keep a copy of the completed form for your records.

This course is limited to British Columbia residents. Applicants who are supported by one of British Columbia's health authorities and will be using HIV testing skills upon course completion will be given priority.

A maximum of 20 learners will be accepted into each course session.

Technical requirements

QuickTime is recommended to view the video content in this course - please contact your IT department in advance if this program is not installed on your computer.

Course content

Week 1

  • Module 1 - The Virus and the Impacts of HIV:  Introduces the course and the health competencies utilized in HIV testing.
  • Module 2 - HIV Tests:  Describes and compares the characteristics of HIV tests used in BC

Week 2

  • Module 3 - Working with Populations:  Considers approaches and principles that guide engaging populations in HIV testing in BC

Week 3

  • Module 4 - HIV Testing Discussions:  Overview of the key elements of HIV testing discussions required to achieve informed consent, provide results to HIV tests, and follow up with HIV positive results.

Week 4

  • Module 5 - Partner Follow up:  Describes the stages and roles of partner follow up and notification.
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