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Distance Education courses are computer-based, asynchronous and tutor-supported (no direct instruction). Students are not required to be online at specific times and exams are supervised on-campus (specific dates/times). Check the Distance Education Exams link for schedules as well as where to write exams within, and outside of, the Okanagan College region.
Continue your education from anywhere and build a study schedule that allows you to meet course deadlines as well as maintain other priorities in your life.
Find important dates, course material information, Moodle login instructions, course fees and other resources.
Exam Info & Schedules
Find exam information and schedules for academic courses. Distance Education exams are supervised on-campus (specific dates/times). Please check the link below for schedules as well as where to write your exam within, and outside of, the OC region.
Academic & Vocational Courses
Study from any location by taking Distance Education courses. Choose from over 80 academic and vocational courses in the following areas (please note that you must be admitted into a program prior to registration):
Certified Dental Assistant Certificate - Selection Criteria (DENT 001)
DENT 001 - Dental Assisting (Intro)
Practical Nursing - Admission Requirement
PNUR 113 - Human Anatomy and Physiology (Online)
Pre-PN Biology Certificate
This course is an overview of the structure and function of the body systems. Various health promotion strategies that work toward optimal function of these systems are discussed.
Only offered by Distance Education
A minimum grade of 67% in a Grade 12 biology course which includes human anatomy and physiology or an equivalent Provincial Level Adult Basic Education Biology course. However, students with a minimum grade of 80% in Biology 11 or an equivalent Advanced Level Adult Basic Education Biology course may take Biology 12 as a corequisite.
Frequently asked questions
Q: Who is this course for?
A: This course is an admission requirement for the Practical Nursing (PN) program.
Q: When should I take this course?
A: If you are applying to the Practical Nursing program you should take the PNUR 113 course as soon as possible, even if you haven’t yet received confirmation of conditional acceptance. If you start the PNUR 113 course late and haven’t successfully completed it by the deadlines, you will not be admitted to the Practical Nursing program.
Q: How do I apply?
A: Apply online through EducationPlannerBC, and select PNUR113 as your program. Alternatively, you can obtain an application form from any campus. Return completed hard copy applications to Admissions, 1000 KLO Road, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 4X8, or to any Okanagan College campus.
Q: The calendar description shows that this is a 52 hour course but how many hours will it take to complete when you include homework?
A: The course is self-paced with defined start and end dates and takes 150 – 200 hours over a 14 week period.
Q: How much is the course?
A: The price can be found on the tuition and fees page. Once on this page, click on the detailed tuition PDF link and scroll down until you see Distance Pre-PN Biology Certificate PNUR 113 (near the bottom of the document) for a detailed breakdown of fees. Students must also purchase an online text - details can be found in Moodle after registration.
Q: When can I start?
A: There are 3 start dates per year (September, January, May)
Q: Is there any online content and is a computer required?
A: Yes, the entire course requires computer access to Okanagan College’s course management system - Moodle. Even if you are delayed in picking up your materials, please go online right away to get started. You will require your student ID number in order to log into Moodle. Go to myokanagan.bc.ca to log in and then click on the Moodle image. Although you can download the course material to your computer, you will require reliable internet access in order to complete the many online activities, quizzes, and especially tests.
Q: When and where do I write the final exam?
A: All exams (3 midterms and the final exam) are done on your own computer unsupervised. You will need reliable internet access and you will download and use Respondus Lockdown Browser.
Exams are to be written during specified weeks; see the Moodle course for dates. It is recommended that you write exams during business hours.
Q: Do I need to arrange for invigilation of the final exam?
A: If you are taking this course for entrance into a different program, contact Distance Education in order to arrange for Respondus Monitor use during your exam. You will need a webcam for this service.
Q: Who can I contact if I have questions?
A: There is a tutor assigned to your course and their contact information will be provided to you when you pick up your materials. For any other questions not related to course content, please contact Distance Education.
Q: Where do I find more information about the Practical Nursing Program?
A: For more information on the Practical Nursing program view the Department of Practical Nursing page.
Choose from a variety of Okanagan College online certificate programs as well as a selection of UGotClass programs offered in partnership with the Learning Resource Network (LERN) Wisconsin, USA. All credentials awarded for LERN (UGotClass) programs, will come directly from LERN (not Okanagan College). Students will provide registration details directly to LERN.
General Interest Courses
Choose from a variety of Okanagan College online professional development and general interest courses as well as a selection of UGotClass courses offered in partnership with the Learning Resource Network (LERN) Wisconsin, USA. All credentials awarded for LERN (UGotClass) courses, will come directly from LERN (not Okanagan College). Students will provide registration details directly to LERN.
UGotClass online courses
Okanagan College has partnered with the Learning Resources Network (LERN) to offer UGotClass online courses and programs focused on skills for the 21st century. All credentials are awarded directly from LERN.
Visit the website to learn more about the online options and start dates.
Writing a Memoir: Step by Step
Karen Barnstable is an educator with a master's degree in teaching and learning. She has been an instructor at Okanagan College since 2011, and has assisted with the development and editing of many online courses. Karen's memoir Seeking Silver was published in 2020 by Castle Quay Books after winning the honour of the five best new manuscripts of 2019 by the Word Guild. Barnstable believes strongly in the personal insights that memoir writing can bring to writers and thoroughly enjoys coaching each individual through this process.
Capturing your life experiences on paper is a worthwhile mission that will benefit you and countless others. The goal of this online course is to set you up for memoir success, by walking you through the process step by step. The course contains 10 lessons that will prepare your mind, help you to organize your thoughts and motivate you to start writing. Each lesson leads to a writing assignment of 500 - 1,000 words that will become “pieces” of the first draft of your memoir. Each assignment will receive ratings and feedback to help you grow your writing pursuits.
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