Distance Education


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 link for schedules as well as where to write exams within, and outside of, the Ƶ 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.

Student Handbook

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

Student Handbook

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.

Distance Education exams


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 (other than Dent 001):

Class Finder

University Studies - Business Related Courses:

Certified Dental Assistant Certificate - Selection Criteria (DENT 001)
DENT 001 - Dental Assisting (Intro)

Designed for individuals not currently employed in the dental field who are considering a career as a Dental Assistant.  Provides information and activities to introduce students to the dental profession and to enable individuals to make an informed choice with respect to a dental assisting career.  This is a non-academic course.  Point Value: 1; used for Selection Criteria for the Certified Dental Assistant program at Ƶ.  Please call the Continuing Studies office at 250-862-5480 or email cskelowna@okanagan.bc.ca to register. Students can register for this course any time and have 4 weeks to complete it from their registration date

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 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 Ƶ 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 Distance Education Student Handbook page.  Once on this page, scroll down until you get to the Academic Fees section.

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 Ƶ’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.