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STI Certified Practice Online Course

STI Course Application Form - please complete all fields in the application and email to the Education Program Coordinator (
Preceptor Application Form - please have potential preceptor complete the application and email to the Education Program Coordinator (

STI Certified Practice Course Redevelopment Outline

2022 - 2023 Course Schedule

  • September 12 - November 4, 2022
  • October 17 - December 9, 2022
  • November 14, 2022 - January 6, 2023
  • December 12, 2022 - February 3, 2023
  • January 9, 2023 - March 3, 2023
  • February 6, 2023 - March 31, 2023
  • March 6, 2023 - April 28, 2023
  • April 3, 2023 - May 26, 2023
       No course sessions in May/June

  • July 17, 2023 - September 8, 2023
  • August 14, 2023 - October 6, 2023

BCCDC's STI Certified Practice Education Program is approved by the British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM) as a certifying education program for registered nurses practicing STI care. 

Applicant Requirements

All applicants must meet the following prerequisites or they will not be considered.

  • Registered Nurse in British Columbia
  • Approval from employer, i.e. Program Manager or Nursing Supervisor with a Health Authority or affiliate to complete the course
  • Upon completion of the course, they must be performing STI assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up as part of their ongoing work

BCCDC's STI Certified Practice Education Program is approved by the British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM) as a certifying education program for registered nurses practicing STI care. 

BCCDC will provide BCCNM with the names and registration numbers of those nurses who have successfully completed the STI Certified Practice Education Program. To complete the certification process you must apply through BCCNM. Once BCCNM has received record of your successful completion from BCCDC you will receive communication from BCCNM that you have been entered into their Certified Practice registry.

There is no charge for the STI Certified Practice Education Program. Participants are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and expenses for the clinical practice component.

Seat Allocation

There are 13 seats available in each STI course session.

Health Authorities will have two seats in each course session (12). The majority of seats will require pre-arranged, Health Authority preceptorships but there will be five BCCDC STI Clinic preceptorships available in each course session. BCCDC preceptored seats are allocated through Health Authorities based on the number of requests in a particular course session, nurse applicants accepted into that session and the ability of the Health Authority to provide preceptors and clinical locations.

There will also be one seat in each course session for non-Health Authority applicants that will require a pre-arranged community preceptorship.

Course Details

The STI Certified Practice Education Program is divided into two components:

The STI course content is divided into five modules including:

  • Introduction to STI Practice
  • Sexual Health and Communication
  • Introduction to Sexually Transmitted Infections and Syndromes
  • STI Clinical Management
  • Partner Notification and Reporting
A schedule is provided allowing one - two weeks completion time per module depending on the work load in that module. We estimate 4 - 6 hours/week to complete the online theory course. Learner assessment is based on quizzes, journal assignments, case study assignments and a cumulative final exam. 

Nurses complete a 3 day or 18 hour STI clinical practice experience after completion of the online theory course. The nurse will work with a BCCDC Provincial STI Clinic preceptor or a community BCCDC-approved preceptor to fulfill the 14 STI completion requirements. 

This practical experience is an essential component for the completion of the STI Certified Practice Education Program leading to BCCNM STI certification.

STI Certified Practice: Supporting Competencies

This resource was developed to support STI Certified Practice RNs.  It is a space to share content and curriculum related to STI certified practice.  We will continue to add resources to this space.

How to access:

Go to PHSA LearningHub and search for "Supporting Competencies".  Enter the passphrase "competencies" to register.  You do need to have a PHSA LearningHub account to register.

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