Distance Education


Student Information

Whether you are starting out as a new student or continuing your next semester, use these tools to help you during your distance education studies.

Student Handbook

Find important dates, course material information, Moodle login instructions, course fees and other resources.

Student Handbook

Exam Information and Schedules

Find exam information and schedules for OC Distance Education academic courses and Bookkeeping Certificate.

Distance Education exams

Program Spotlight

Course Offerings

Whether it's a certificate, academic course or general interest session, Distance Education offers the opportunity to continue learning from any location. 

Academic Courses

Continue your education anywhere by taking courses by distance education.
Choose from over 80 academic courses in Arts, Science, Business or Health & Social Development. You must be admitted into a program prior to registration. 

Class Finder

Class Finder

University Studies - Business Related Courses:

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

Admission Requirements

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 or obtain an application form from any campus.  When applying, the title of the course is Pre-PN Biology Certificate.   Return completed 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: 150 – 200 hours over a 14 week period.

Q:  How much is the course?
A:  Please check the fee section in the Calendar for tuition and ancillary fees.  Students must also  purchase an online text - details can be found in Moodle after registration.

Q: Where do I get my textbook?
A: Students can purchase access to an electronic version of the textbook once they have enrolled in the course and received their student ID number.  Directions to purchase this e-textbook this can be found on Moodle. The textbook is Memmler's The Human Body in Health and Disease, 13th Edition by Barbara J. Cohen and Kerry Hull if you wish to purchase a new or used copy through Amazon or other suppliers.

The ISBN is 9781451192803.  

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. There are a few important dates that might apply:

  • For September start, you must write by Aug. 10.
  • For January start, you must write by Dec. 10.

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.

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).

General interest courses


Certificate Programs

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).

Certificate programs